Nintendo Direct 4/1/2015

On April 1st, Nintendo streamed it’s Nintendo Direct video with announcements covering the next few months.  The whole video is down below if you haven’t watched already.  Here are some of the highlights I cannot wait for.

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Mewtwo Smash Bros. release date

For those who have been waiting patiently for a release date for Mewtwo, your wait is over.  For those who bought both Super Smash Bros for both the 3DS and Wii U, they will receive a code for download on April 15th.  For anyone else who are not owners of both games; they will have to wait until April 28th.  It will cost $3.99 to download him to one version of the game; or for a dollar more you can download him to both games if you missed the previous cutoff date when both games were released.

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Yoshii Amibo Plushies

I am a very big fan of anything KAWAII (cute) things from Japan.  Especially mascots.  While I am sort of excited for Yoshi’s Wooly World, Nintendo reeled me in with these to make me scream, “PLEASE TAKE MY MONEY.” While I am sure that current Yoshi Amibo figures will be compatible, Nintendo is releasing a Yoshi Amibo plushie that not only gives you an extra Yoshi in game, but something cute and collectible.  There will be three colors to collect, classic green, pink, or blue.  You can guarantee that when the game comes out, I won’t be buying it.  I will be buying these instead.

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Fire Emblem “Choose Your Path”

An updated trailer was shown for the next installment to the Fire Emblem series.  The game is set for release in Japan on June 25th, but there is no current release date for the US.  One can assume that hopefully it will be released here by the end of the year or early next year.  The trailer is amazing and has updated graphics.  Instead of played second banana to the main character as you were with Chrom the first time, your avatar is the star.  And this time, your avatar has to choose a side: the peaceful Hishodo, or the warmongering Nohr.  Here is the trailer:

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Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem Crossover

Nintendo streamed a gameplay trailer which had me hooked.  I am a huge fan of Atlus games and this one is currently being worked on by them.  It is best described as a crossover between Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem.  Based on what gameplay I did see, it also seems to tie in some Persona based ideas on the summon spells.  In Japan, the working title is Genei Ibun Roku FE (Illusionary Revolutionary Sharp FE).  The game is set to be released in Japan winter 2015.  There is no set date for the US.  The trailer is below.  It is amazing.

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Animal Crossing Home Designer

The last announcement that I got excited about not the game itself, but by what Nintendo will make up for those of us who had bought a 3DS before the current model was released.  Animal Crossing Home Designer takes the designing elements of the New Leaf 3DS game and puts it in the forefront.  Though instead of decorating your house, you will use your skills to decorate your neighbors houses.  This game will utilize the Amibo software, but instead of using figures or plushies, it uses Amibo cards.  You can sense my disappointment at first when I realized I could not use the cards.  Then Nintendo showed this:

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On the same day the game is released, you can purchase this NFC reader which can read the cards wirelessly with older 3DS’s.  There was a recent update for 3DS which included an Amibo update, so once can only hope that this reader will not only read the cards, but Amibo figures as well.

The video in it’s entirety is below.  Enjoy.

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