On May 17, the latest Nintendo Direct video was aired. This one focused on 3DS and Wii U games that are releasing this summer. While there was much talk about the games that have already been announced, Nintendo provided more information about the titles and had a few surprises as well.
Since E3 is only a few weeks away, Nintendo also teased more videos coming around the time of the convention in June. Here’s some highlights of what the company featured in May’s Nintendo Direct.
*Nintendo and SEGA are partnering for Sonic Lost World. There wasn’t much information about the game except for one screenshot. The title will be exclusive to the Wii U and 3DS. Sonic Lost World is promised to make an appearance at E3.
*The Olympics games are getting a new installment. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games 2014 will take place in Sochi, Russia. Standard events like skiing are still playable, but there’s also going to be new ones such as curling. In addition to a real world place, areas from Sonic and Mario games will be available.
*The Legend of Zelda games, Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, will be coming to the 3DS eShop on May 30. Today’s Nintendo Direct announced their prices. Each game will be $4.99 for the first three weeks after release. After that each game will be $5.99.
*The release date and price for the Luigi DLC was announced today, along with a new playable character. Downloading the DLC will cost $19.99 and be available June 20. A disc version will be released August 25 and will cost $29.99. Nabbit from New Super Mario Bros Wii U is the new playable character. He will not take damage, but he can’t use power-ups.
*Pikmin 3 will be released on August 4. Today’s Nintendo Direct focused on the three new characters, Alph, Brittany, and Charlie. They need to find a new food source for their planet. Off screen mode is available, meaning you can play the game without needing a TV. You can also replay days and watch previous play-throughs. There will be three control schemes, the GamePad, Wii Remote and nunchuk, and the Pro controller.
*Wonderful 101 finally got a release date of September 15.
*The biggest news is that Nintendo and Best Buy have teamed together. During the week of E3, select Best Buy stores in North America will have playable demos of unreleased Wii U titles. These demos would usually only be at E3. More information about which games and stores that are participating is going to be revealed when we get closer to E3.