Nintendo held it’s first Direct event of 2015 this Wednesday and boy was it a hefty one, featuring release dates, new games and a 3DS launch. Let’s start where the Direct itself did, with news that a brand new Fire Emblem is in the works for the 3DS and one which looks to be retaining many of the elements which made Awakening as successful as it was. Other 3DS titles showcased included Puzzle & Dragons Z + Super Mario Edition which will be released as a bundle in both the US and Europe this May, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. which will include Amiibo support for all Fire Emblem Amiibos and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars which is a cross-buy title for both the 3DS and Wii U.
Sticking with the 3DS all be it with the word “New” front and center Nintendo outlined plans for their newest handheld which will arrive both stateside and in Europe on February 13th, that said, the regular size New 3DS won’t be made available in the US for some reason leaving customers to pick up an XL version or nothing, both versions are to be released at the same price as a standard 3DS and 3DS XL.
Away from the 3DS a number of titles were also shown for the Wii U including Splatoon, Xenoblade Chronicle X and a mysterious, four-player co-op action game from Tekken Producer Katsuhiro Harada code named Project Treasure. Oh and Nintendo also revealed that a number of Wii titles are to be made available to download through the eShop including Super Mario Galaxy 2, Punch-Out and Metroid Prime Trilogy however carrying a price point of £17.99 / €19.99 / $19.99 might put many potential buyers off given that, bar Metroid Prime Trilogy, the likes of Galaxy 2 and Punch-Out can be picked up on eBay for under £12 easily and popped straight into your Wii U.
All in all this Direct was a decent one to kick off the year however Nintendo’s woeful pricing structure of digital titles, their decision to cut costs by not including an AC adapter with the New 3DS, Amiibos everywhere and the reveal of Pokemon Shuffle which is, unashamedly, a free to download/pay to play game might just leave a bit of a bad taste in the mouth. It certainly did mine.