Nintendo Direct: all the 3DS and Wii U line-up news in one place

Friday, 4 March 2016 01:16 GMT By Brenna Hillier

3DS fans have plenty to look forward to over the next few months, and the Wii U won’t go neglected, either.

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Watch the Nintendo Direct replay here.

Wii U line-up

We were pleased to see a new Wii U announce during today’s Nintendo Direct: Paper Mario: Color Splash is coming to Wii U this year, confirming a January leak.

Star Fox Zero blessed us with a new trailer and the news that Miyamoto’s Project Guard will be bundled with it as Star Fox Guard.

Nintendo didn’t have anything new to say about Pokken Tournament, but did release a trailer.

The game formerly known as Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem, Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE, is coming in June.

Wii U favourite Splatoon isn’t quite finished, Nintendo said, and will receive two more free updates.

Speaking of updates, Super Mario Maker‘s getting one, too. It adds locked doors and spike columns.

Bandai Namco’s Lost Reavers was dated, too. This free-to-play online multiplayer affair has players teaming up to solve puzzles and battle zombies. It goes into open beta on April 14 and releases April 28. Here’s a trailer:

3DS & Wii U line-up

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games launches on 3DS on March 18. The Wii U version is set for June 24.

Nintendo announced a free downloadable game for 3DS and Wii U called Mini Mario & Friends Amiibo Challenge, which nobody seems especially interested in, to be honest.

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3DS line-up

To 3DS exclusives now: huge news for Monster Hunter fans as Monster Hunter Generations, the new name for Monster HUnter X, was confirmed for western release. There’s a trailer and details of some bonus Fire Emblem content through that link, too.

The very cute Kirby: Planet Robobot was announced for June release, along with a new series of Amiibo.

The controversial Metroid Prime: Federation Force got a look-in with a new trailer, as well as some pointed comments from the Metroid Prime series producer on its place in the canon.

For those in Europe, Fire Emblem Fates has a release date at last.

Disney Art Academy releases on 3DS on May 13 in North America and July 15 in Europe.

A new series of The next series of Animal Crossing Amiibo Cards will release in June, as will a Summer Outfit Isabelle Amiibo.

Free demos for Yokai Watch and Hyrule Warriors Legends were released on the 3DS eShop following the presentation. Speaking of Hyrule Warriors Legends, it will be supported by a four-drop DLC season pass including Medli from Wind Waker.

Oh hey, there’s a new trailer to hype for Bravely Second: End Layer‘s April launch, too:

Possibly the most intriguing 3DS news was a new title from Game Freak, the developer of Pokemon. This new one is called Pocket Card Jockey, and involves playing fast-paced Solitaire to propel your chosen steed along a horse racing track. Look for it on the 3DS eShop in May.

Nintendo also announced a new entry in the Rhythm Heaven series for 3DS, called Rhythm Heaven Megamix. Unfortunately, we were only given a “later this year” release window but given this presentation was all about the next few months there’ll probably be a follow up announce soon.

The New 3DS Virtual Console now supports a pack of SNES titles. Some are available right now while others are coming soon.

We got a new trailer for Azure Striker Gunvolt 2, but still no release window beyond northern summer. The first game is on sale on the 3DS eShop through June 1, though. So that’s nice.

And then there’s this

Finally, the European stream was followed by this:

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