October Nintendo Direct: Wii U and 3DS Update
It's time for another Nintendo Direct to hit the inter-webs, and following last month's Wii Fit U special, this one is much more general in nature. Covering a fair few upcoming titles for both Wii U and 3DS, we've got some brand new footage, a few release dates, a delay and a new title announcement.
First the bad news. With their typical, trademark politeness Iwata and Nintendo announced that unfortunately Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (previously expected in December) has been delayed, and will now arrive in 2014.
As for the good news? Luckily, there was plenty of that! The show kicked off with brand new footage from Mario 3D World. Seemingly designed to calm the concerns of those who were worried about the previous footage's emphasis on multiplayer, there was a distinct focus on solo play. Plus there was more footage of the cat-suit in action, which can only be a good thing. Also revealed was a few new games for Wii Party U, as well as some updates to Pikmin 3. The latest software update adds mission mode and improved world ranking features.
There was also footage from Mario and Sonic's latest sporting venture, the tie-in with next year's Sochi Winter Olympics. This wasn't to be Sonic's last appearance of the day though, as there was also footage from the ace-looking Sonic Lost World, on bothe Wii U and 3DS. If that wasn't enough the speedy 'hog was also confirmed to be making his second appearance in Smash Bros, following his début in the Wii's Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Over on the 3DS side of things, we got new footage from Zelda : A Link Between Worlds, Bravely Default and Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies. A demo of the latter has also been released on eShop immediately after the presentation. The biggest surprise however came in the form of a spanking new Kirby side-scroller, coming to 3DS next year. Details (including a full title) are currently thin on the ground.
In other Nintendo news, today also saw the release of the latest Wii U Firmware. The latest update adds the ability to play Wii games on the Gamepad, among other updates and minor tweaks.
Watch the entire presentation below: