Skip to main content

Nintendo Direct: New Nintendo 3DS XL coming to US and Europe on February 13

During the first Nintendo Direct of 2015 a release date for New 3DS XL was announced along with a release date for Majora's Mask.

New 3DS XL, Majora's Mask, Monster Hunter

New 3DS XL will release in black and red for $199.99. It will not come with a charger. You can use any Nintendo 3DS, 2DS, 3DS XL, or DSi charger with the New Nintendo 3DS XL.

Nintendo has said the warranty on your brand spanking New 3DS XL system will be voided if you purchase a third-party charger for it; however, this warranty notice is nothing new with 3DS systems, and if you purchase a name brand third-party charger licensed by Nintendo, it won't be an issue. Just FYI in case you were not familiar with this bit.

Nintendo of America doesn't plan to release the standard sized New 3DS in North America as the larger XL version "makes the most sense" for the market. Whether or not the smaller version will be released in the future remains to be seen.

Both the standard New 3DS and New 3DS XL will be released in the UK, per GAME.

Majora's Mask 3D will launch alongside of the system in the US and Europe and a Limited Edition 3DS XL featuring the game's emblem will be released. According to Nintendo, the ability to pre-order this version is coming soon.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will receive a bundle with New 3DS XL in North America and Europe. In the US it will run you $229.99 and it is emblazoned with art inspired by the game. The game comes pre-installed, so you can just plug and play.

In February, a system update will allow Amiibo support for Super Smash Bros for 3DS using New Nintendo 3DS XL. The previously announced NFC adapter for Amiibo support on Nintendo 3DS will launch in the future.


New Fire Emblem Game, other 3DS news

A new Fire Emblem game is in the works and it's coming exclusively to the 3DS family.

Developed by the same team that created Fire Emblem Awakening, the new adventure adds new challenges to the series by asks players to make decisions that will affect the game’s world in new ways.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D launches April 22 exclusively for New 3DS XL. It is a remake of the Wii game and contains 3D visuals and allows players to view the maps and character stats on the bottom screen.

An additional bonus mode lets players view 3D models of the characters and listen to music tracks from the game.

A new puzzle game called Pokemon Shuffle will launch exclusively on the eShop in February for 3DS.

Puzzle & Dragons Z / Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition is also coming to 3DS as one package in May.  Based on the popular Puzzle & Dragons game, this edition will launch as one package for 3DS  systems in May.

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition features characters and worlds from the Super Mario Bros. series.

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.  launches for 3DS on March 13 and you can use your Ike or Marth Fire Emblem Amiibo in the game. In the game, Abraham Lincoln will bring together heroes from classic literature and American folklore to fend off an alien invasion.

By tapping an existing Fire Emblem Amiibo character or the upcoming Robin or Lucina on the touch screen of  New 3DS XL system, players can enlist their help in battle as playable characters.
Etrian Mystery Dungeon from ATLUS and Spike Chunsoft will be releases as a 3DS exclusive that combines the game play of the Etrian Odyssey and Mystery Dungeon RPG series.

The game launches this spring and gives players the freedom to create their own party of heroes and then embark on a near-infinite loot-hunting quest.

Story of Seasons from Marvelous USA and XSEED combines farming and life simulation and connects players with other lands across the in-game world and with other players online. It's out in March.

Launching exclusively on the eShop for 3DS in February is Pokemon Shuffle, which is a puzzle game in which players will need to match three or more Pokemon in the Puzzle Area in order to deal damage as players battle wild Pokemon across a variety of stages.

Clearing the critters efficiently is the "key to success." Players can download and start the game for free and purchase in-game items using eShop funds.

Ace Combat Assault Hroizon Legacy from Namco Bandai is back with an improved 3D view and added C Stick and ZR/ZL button controls. Players can use Amiibo figures on the New 3DS XL system to unlock special aircraft skins.

The game launches on 3DS systems on February 13.

Finally, there's Fossil Fighters: Frontier, a new entry in the Fossil Fighters series, will be released  on 3DS systems on March 20. The game allows two to six players to team up and battle one other’s Vivosaurs in local or online tournaments.


Wii U news

Amiibo figures inspired by the characters of the Super Mario series will launch on March 20.

The lineup includes new models of Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi and Bowser, as well as the introduction of Toad. Crossover Amiibo characters from the Super Smash Bros. and Super Mario lines like Mario, Luigi, Peach and Bowser will have the same functionality in all compatible games.

Additional amiibo Figures: Robin, Lucina, PAC-MAN, Wario, Ness and Charizard are also compatible with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS and will launch this spring.

Wii titles such as Super Mario Galaxy 2 are coming to Wii U through the eShop. This particular title is available on the eShop from today.

Metroid Prime Trilogy is also on the way January 29 and Donkey Kong Country Returns will be released on the eShop January 22 alongside Punch Out.

The Wii U GamePad can be used to control Wii games that were compatible with the Wii Classic Controller. Players will not be required to switch over to "Wii mode" when playing these games.

The games will be on sale for an introductory price of $9.99 each during their first week of availability, and $19.99 after.

Nintendo once again showed off a video for Xenoblade Chronicles X without any additional information. The upcoming Wii U game is an open-world RPG with a "massive world".  The game is slated to launch sometime this year.

Splatoon was shown off during the stream today, and it will launch on Wii U in May.

A Majora's Maskpack is coming to Hyrule Warriors on February 5 and it includes Tingle as a playable character.

The pack will launch for Hyrule Warriors for $7.99 and along with Tingle, a playable Young Link is included. It also comes with a new Adventure Mode map and three additional costumes.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse will soon allow Kirby, King Dedede and Meta Knight Amiibo support. All are compatible with the game and once a day, players can tap either Amiibo to the GamePad to power up Kirby.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse launches for Wii U on February 20.

Mario Party 10 will contain a new Amiibo Party Mode and select figurines from both the Super Smash Bros. and Super Mario series will work with the game: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Bowser, Rosalina, Donkey Kong and Wario.

While at least one Amiibo is required to play, the new mode lets players tap an Amiibo to the GamePad to use that character as a game piece, as well as play on a game board themed to that classic character.

Mario Party 10 and a limited-edition Mario Party 10 bundle including a Mario amiibo figure launch for Wii U on March 20.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will receive a new update on March 20 which adds Amiibo support to the Wii U game. Tapping  Toad  will make Pixel Toad appear in a stage, waiting to be found by the player.


Harada-san and other eShop news for 3DS and Wii U 

3DS owners in Europe will be able to watch anime on their systems via the Nintendo Anime Channel come February 13 .

The service features various anime series and new content will be added on a regular basis. The Inazuma Eleven, Kirby and Pokemon anime series are the first three to be added to the new network.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars is a new puzzle-platformer  where players will guide Mario Minis to the exit door using touch control. As with previous games in the series, players can create their own levels and share them with other players online.

In this game, players can “tip” the creators of the user-generated puzzles with stars, which can be used to buy new parts in the level creator. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars will launch exclusively on the eShop on both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on March 5.

Players who buy one version will receive a free download code for the other version, making it the first cross-buy title from Nintendo. It will run you $19.99.

IronFall: Invasion from VD-Dev: brings "fast-paced 60-fps shooting action"to 3DS with six-player local and online multiplayer and a dedicated single-player campaign.

It is playable on both 2DS and 3DS but Nintendo said the C Stick on New 3DS XL "enhances the control options."

IronFall: Invasion launches in early 2015.

Other third-party games coming to the eShop, including the following: Elliot Quest, Blek, Citizens of EarthGunman Clive 2, Moon Chronicles episodes 2-4, and SEGA 3D Classics.

Katsuhiro Harada was shown in a pre-recorded video discussing his Wii U exclusive game in the works. Presently known as Project Treasure, he mentioned accessibility for all and that it was free-to-play, but would not say much on it other than it's a four-player co-op game.

We've embedded the US Nintendo Direct below.

Read this next