Nintendo hosted a very special Nintendo Direct that was all about Wii U Nintendo Games. The new Nintendo Direct went over a bunch of new information including what games will be playable at the granddaddy show of them all, E3. These Nintendo Direct shows are always worth watching as they have a bunch of news, and we will cover everything from today’s show here. You can check out today’s show in the YouTube video below.
|Miiverse Update Info|
The first part of the Nintendo Direct was the Miiverse. People have been taking to the Miiverse in a very cool way. Posts have been helpful for players and will be more helpful in the future. Nintendo has plans to optimize the Miiverse in a way to make it more usable.
Filters will help players find the content they are looking for. Also in some upcoming titles, there will be more Miiverse communities per title so different groups can get together to talk about a specific game more effectively. Look for a Gamers Heroes Miiverse community as soon as we are able to create one! Look for more information on the site in the future.
|Wii U System Updates Inbound|
There is one glaring problem with the Wii U that almost everyone has talked to death. Why does it take so dang long to switch in between apps? And why does it take so long to go back to the main menu after you are done? Thankfully Nintendo has some answers as well as a solution to this topic.
There will be two system updates coming shortly for the Wii U. The first one will be in Spring followed by another one in the Summer. These updates are specifically being done to address the update problems. According to the Nintendo Direct announcement these two updates will increase responsiveness of the menus incrementally. When these update come out we will make sure to do a side by side test to see how much of a difference this update will make.
|Wii U Virtual Console Confirmed|
One of the more exciting announcements from the Nintendo Direct for retro Nintendo fans is the confirmation of the launch of the Virtual Console. The Virtual Console launched shortly after the Nintendo Direct announcement and is featuring Balloon Fight for only $0.30. Getting to the download may be a bit tricky, but we have a quick video for you that can be found right here.
More games have been announced for the future for the Wii U virtual console. The games that will be at the $0.30 special are listed in the picture to the right. Some highlights for me personally are F-Zero and Super Metroid. Now if you don’t pick up these games during the special, don’t worry. They will still be available later, just for a little bit of an extra cost.
Unfortunately, if you have purchased Virtual Console games on the Wii in the past there will still be a little bit of a charge to play them on the Wii U GamePad. To get full functionality, users will have to pay a $1.00 charge for NES games and a $1.50 charge for SNES games. There is no word so far how the Wii U will handle games from other generations that have been on the Wii eShop, or how the interaction between the 3DS eShop and Wii U will be handled if at all. However, it is confirmed that Game Boy Advanced titles will start to become available in the eShop soon.
|The Wonderful 101 Trailer|
Moving on in the conference, Nintendo says there will be no new Nintendo games until March. In it’s place, however there will be some third party titles, with Nintendo working closely with other studios. A new trailer was released for the upcoming Platinum Games title, Wonderful 101.
The trailer shows off a little bit more of the gameplay mechanics in The Wonderful 101. Look for this game soon, as Nintendo wants to get the third party titles out the door to prevent dusting of the Wii U. Iwata made it very clear in his presentation that third party titles and support would be a key difference coming up very soon in the Wii U life cycle.
|Bayonetta 2 Trailer|
Platinum had a huge showing in this Nintendo Direct. Directly after talking about Wonderful 101, another trailer was shown, this time for Bayonetta 2. The trailer shows a little bit of the development process including what the new universe is going to feel like. At the end of the trailer you see Bayonetta walking away from camera muttering the words “You want to touch me?”.
|Nintendo’s Leaked E3 Plans|
During the presentation a few key points were outlined that hinted at what will be available during E3. Firstly, Iwata said that new screen shots of the new Super Smash Brothers game will be released. Make sure to keep it locked on Gamers Heroes in June for those screen shots because we will be sure to bring them to you as soon as we get them.
Right after announcing there will be information on a Super Smash Brothers Game, Nintendo announced that two heavy hitting franchises will be playable at E3. A 3D Action Mario title and Mario Kart will both be making an appearance. These titles are being developed by the best of the best in the group. For the 3D action Mario title, the team that made Mario Galaxy 1&2 as well as Mario Land 3D will be on the job. As for Mario Kart, it will be in the fine hands of the people that worked on games such as Double Dash, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart for the DS and Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS. These juggernauts pulled the 3DS together and made it take the Japanese market by storm. Stay locked on Gamers Heroes for more information on these titles around E3.
|Yoshi Game Confirmed for the Wii U|
Moving on Iwata and Nintendo announced in the Nintendo Direct that there will be a new Yoshi game coming for the Wii U. It has been a long time since the last fully featured Yoshi game has been around. The new game will be made by the people that made Kirby’s Epic Yarn and looks to use the full potential of the Wii U with a very dramatic art style. Take a look at a few screen shots that have been pulled from the conference.
|Wii U – Yoshi Screenshots|
|New Atlus Collaboration with Nintendo|
In an unexpected announcement, Nintendo will be working with Atlus on a new RPG. This RPG will cross Shin Megami Tensei (the persona guys) with Fire Emblem. Crossing these Universes is practically something coming from a RPG fan flic. There is no hard date set yet, but the confirmation of Nintendo working with Atlus on something like this should peak every RPG fans senses. Look for more information on Gamers Heroes in the upcoming months.
|The Legend of Zelda Series Coming to Wii U|
After the Fire Emblem announcement, the producer of the Zelda Series came out to talk about future plans for the Legend of Zelda games. He confirmed that there will be a new Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U that is in development. They talked about challenges that they want to overcome with the new Zelda game. It is hinted that the next Zelda game will be open world and will not be an only single player game. However, not many details were talked about for this new game. In the meantime Zelda fans will have something else to play on the Wii U and in HD.
With flashes of HD comparison videos from the Gamecube vs. Wii U shots, Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD will be released this fall for the Wii U. The game will have specific upgrades other than just an uprezzed textures. The game will have tweaks to game experience as well as playing it on the Wii U Gamepad. There also is some hints at some interesting Miiverse compatibility.
|Monolith Soft Trailer – A New RPG|
Finally, the makers of Xenoblade have something new to offer to the Wii U. Xenoblade offered an expansive RPG to the Wii catalog at the end of the life cycle. This new title looks to be an interesting experience. From the trailer you can see some sort of party system, along with a chat. This Phantasy Star looking RPG could bring connectivity and online play to Nintendo in a huge way. Check out the trailer below.
So what do you guys think? Does the news excite you to buy a Wii U? If you have a Wii U are you excited for some of the titles? Hit us up in the comments section below to tell us what you think. For me personally, all of this news, included with the excitement of a strong Nintendo showing at E3 makes me salivate. Keep checking back to Gamers Heroes for more Nintendo Coverage.