Summary: Nintendo Direct – January 15, 2015

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Posted January 15, 2015 by Dominic Barbiran in Games
Update: That’s a wrap everybody! Thanks for joining in, that was one of the best Nintendo Directs I’ve seen in a while. Check out the full video above. We’ll be adding screenshots to this article as they come in.

1:47am: Majora’s Mask-themed 3DS! It’s in all gold, just like a Skulluta! Looks so sick.

Majora's Mask 3DS

1:45am: Majora’s Mask 3D!! 360-degree camera control… Release coincides with the New 3DS, on February 13!

Majora's Mask 3D

1:43am: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. 14 weapon classes, and a new demo incoming. The demo features online and local co-op as well! February 13 release is looming.

1:42am: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate special edition of Nintendo 3DS XL. It’s got this gorgeous brushed-metal finish!

MH4 3DS

1:41am: IronFall Invasion, February 2015. Third-person shooter that will work excellently with the New 3DS due to the secondary c-stick.

Ironfall Invasion

1:40am: Xenoblade Chronicles 3D exclusively for New Nintendo 3DS XL, March 2015.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

1:39am: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy+ has Nintendo-themed skins for Jets! Available February 13.
Ace Combat AHL
Fox Jet
Link Jet

1:37am: Codename: S.T.E.A.M. is from the creators of Fire Emblem. Plays a lot like it too. Amiibo-integration, means you can bring in Marth and Ike to the roster. Available March 13.

Codename STEAM

1:35am: Current 3DS’ will gain Amiibo support.

Amiibo 3DS

1:29am: New 3DS XL. Features include:

  • Second C-Stick for enhanced control
  • Colored buttons
  • Face-tracking 3D
  • Amiibo and NFC support
  • Improved internet surfing and downloads
  • Increased processing speeds
  • Better battery life
  • Auto-brightness
  • Utilises Micro-SD cards instead of the standard SD cards.


Available in Red and Black on February 13.

1:25am: eShop games.

  • Citizens of Earth (January 20, 2015)
  • Blek (January 2015)
  • Gunman Clive 2 (January 2015)
  • Moon Chronicles Eps. 2, 3, 4, (January 2015)
  • Sega 3D Classics (January-March)
  • Etrian Mystery Dungeon (Spring 2015)
  • Story of Seasons (March 2015)
  • Fossil Fighters Frontier (March 20, 2015)

1:23am: Mysterious new game called “Project Treasure” by Bandai Namco. Wii U-exclusive. Clearing traps, seizing treasures, defeating enemies. Four player co-op.

Project Treasure

1:21am: Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Cross-buy with Wii U and 3DS. Available March 5.

1:19am: Xenoblade Chronicles X for Wii U. Mostly showing footage of the environments so far. Huge maps incoming, and some massive enemies sprinkled across the lands.

Xenoblade Chronicles X

1:19am: New DLC for Hyrule Warriors. Majora’s Mask pack, features Tingle and Young Link, available February 5.

Majora's Mask Pack

1:15am: Splatoon! This game looks awesome. In addition to 4-vs-4 multiplayer mode, there will be a central hub that connects all game modes together. Massive amounts of customisation including weapon sets and clothing! This is fast becoming a premiere online title, it seems. Available in stores and on the eShop for Wii U in May.

splatoon!

1:14am: Mario Party 10, and other games, have cross-compatibility with the newest line of Amiibos. Use them to unlock game pieces and game boards. Coming March 20 alongside the Super Mario Amiibos.

1:12am: Super Mario line of Amiibos coming March 20.

Super Mario Amiibos

1:12am: 11 new Amiibos hitting store shelves in February!

Amiibos

1:10am: Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for Wii U! Amiibo integration, some cool collectibles.

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse 2

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

1:08am: Play Wii Games directly on the Wii U! Even with the Wii U GamePad! Super Mario Galaxy 2, Punch-Out Wii and Metroid Prime Trilogy will be available within the month.

New Wii Titles for Wii U

1:07am: Pokemon Shuffle. Kinda like Bejeweled, but with a limited amount of moves. Looks like there are some in-game purchases. Available February in the eShop.

Pokemon Puzzle

1:04am: Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros Edition. Fuses strategy and puzzle elements together. Two games in one basically, coming May 2015.

Puzzle & Dragons Z

1:02am: New Fire Emblem coming to the 3DS, developed by Intelligent Systems. Same character designer and story, but brand new content. Atmosphere, bigger narrative choices, battle tactics. No title though.

Fire Emblem

 

Original article:

Join us as we cover the Nintendo Direct live, summarising the news as best we can. We’ll be starting at 1:00am AEST.
Watch on their website or on their Twitch channel.

This will be a big one folks. As we mentioned in a previous article, we have some hotly anticipated titles eager and willing to be given the full treatment. Some games we’re expecting and hoping to see covered include:

  • New Starfox for Wii U
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World 
  • Xenoblade X 
  • Mario Maker
  • Majora’s Mask 3D
  • Splatoon
  • Xenoblade 3DS
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
  • Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem

They’ll likely also cover the New Nintendo 3DS which launched here in Australia last year, and maybe even address the Amiibo shortages? Who knows. All these games may not be covered during the Direct, but here’s hoping!

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