Nintendo 3DS Direct 9.1.2016 Highlights

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2016 has been a relatively unprofitable year for the video game producer Nintendo, but the plethora of games the widely loved company showcased in its online presentation, Nintendo Direct, on September 1 has the potential to turn the tides.

Nintendo Directs are half­hour long videos in which Nintendo dishes out new information on current and upcoming games, be it new Downloadable Content, amiibo figures or even new titles. The Direct on September 1 particularly focused on 3DS hardware and software. Announcements for over 20 titles were made in this Direct, and the highlights for Nintendo’s bigger series will be summarized below.

Directs are often punctuated by skits that company executives such as Reggie Fils­Aimé and Bill Trinen participate in. The 9.1.2016 Direct started with one such performance that quickly showcased new information on Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, such as an Alola­specific Dark variation of Rattata and specifications on the new Z­move feature. Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon are going to be released on Nov. 18 2016 . Those who buy the game before Jan. 11 2017 will receive a special Munchlax that comes with the special Snorlium Z item, which can be used on a Snorlax to grant it the new Z­move Pulverizing Pancake.

The second game discussed was Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS. This new version of Mario Maker focuses on local features such as StreetPass and Local Play, unlike the global­oriented WiiU version. Players will have the same course creation features as in the WiiU

version, but not Mystery Mushroom and the special amiibo costumes. Courses can be shared via StreetPass and Local Wireless, and can even be collaborated on by different users with this function. Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS will be released on the 3DS on December 2.

Announced next was the newest installment in the Mario Party series, Mario Party: Star Rush. This game, like each of its predecessors, will come with an abundance of minigames. It will include seven game modes, including the all­new Toad Scramble and Coinathalon. Multiplayer for up to four players will come in the form of Local Wireless and Download Play. With only one full version of the game, up to three other players can join in if they each purchase Party Guest software from the Nintendo eShop for free. Mario Party: Star Rush and seven new Super Mario amiibo will be available for purchase on November 4.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf, released in North America in June 2013, will be receiving a free update this fall. It is going to feature amiibo functionality for those in Animal Crossing series and select others. There will also be 50 new special Animal Crossing amiibo cards released that will allow Animal Crossing characters not originally in New Leaf to move into towns in mobile homes. The Animal Crossing: New Leaf ­ Welcome amiibo! version of the game will include one of these special cards. The new amiibo cards and Animal Crossing: New Leaf ­ Welcome amiibo will be available on December 2 and this holiday, respectively.

2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the Japanese release for one of Nintendo’s highest performing series, The Legend of Zelda. As commemoration four new classic Legend of Zelda amiibo will be released: 8­Bit Link, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Link and a Toon Link and Zelda from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker bundle. These amiibo will act as standard Link and Zelda amiibo and serve a special purpose in the next installment in the next

title in the Legend of Zelda franchise, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. There will also be three Zelda books by Dark Horse, the first of which is The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts, which is available for pre­order on Amazon here. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was also put on sale on the Nintendo eShop.

Finally, the second Yo­kai Watch game will make players choose between two different versions of the game, much like Fire Emblem: Fates. If players purchase Yo­kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits, they will side with the spider­themed Arachnus; those who take to the Fleshy Souls version will team up with the toad­esque Toadal Dude. First run retail versions of both games will come with a physical medal that will unlock a Soultimate move for the Yo­kai Jibanyan, whereas digital copies of the game will allow users befriend either Robonyan­F or Sailornyan. No release date was given, but a demo was projected for mid­September.

Nintendo and many fans are hopeful that the next two quarters will bring in more revenue for the producer with the slew of games from popular series slated to launch on the Nintendo 3DS in the next half­year.

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