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Nintendo Direct 2.13.2014 Recap: Mario Kart 8, Metroid Fusion, Yoshi’s Island

Nintendo Direct is a presentation put on by Nintendo once every month or 2 in which they make any necessary announcements or news updates regarding the franchises they own. In the first North American Nintendo Direct since before Christmas, the company had a big opportunity to rebound from the media disaster that came in the form of its financial debacle that was announced last month.

The presentation lasted a little over 40 minutes, and covered a lot of Nintendo’s biggest franchises and titles within those franchises that are soon to be released. Before discussing specific titles, the biggest thing that jumped out to me in the presentation was that Gameboy Advanced virtual console games will be coming to Wii U in April. A strange announcement, as it seems that GBA virtual console games being made available on the 3DS would make much more sense, as a handheld-handheld translation seems more smooth than a handheld-console one.

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Despite this odd decision, the Gameboy Advance games that were mentioned directly should create excitement for most Wii U owners. Not every game that will be available was announced, but those that were mentioned by name include Metroid: Fusion, Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga, and Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3. Having played all three of these games back in the day, I can firmly say they are three of the best GBA games that were ever released. Metroid: Fusion is a massive fan favorite, and while this isn’t exactly the big time HD release fans hope for it’s certainly a step in the right direction. Personally I was a huge fan of the original Wario Ware for GBA and that type of game seems to translate perfectly to the Wii U so maybe that’ll be one of the games that becomes available as well.

The biggest game featured in the presentation was Mario Kart 8, though it was basically common knowledge leading up to this Nintendo Direct that this would be the featured game. The game will be released for the Wii U on May 30th, and it was revealed that the game will include 7 playable koopalings from Super Mario Bros 3 that players can choose from to race with. This was revealed in a two minute trailer for the game which can be viewed below, and as you can see from the trailer this game will also feature unique physics that include driving upside down and on ceilings.

3DS owners were not forgotten, as a large slate of games were given release dates:

Inazuma Eleven: February 13th

Weapon Shop de Omasse: February 20th

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy: February 28th

Yoshi’s New Island: March 14th

Pokemon Battle Trozei (A puzzle game) March 20th

Mario Golf: World Tour: May 2nd

Kirby Triple Deluxe: May 2nd

The most prominent of these games certainly has to be Mario Golf: World Tour, as it will be the first Mario: Golf game since a GBA version was released in 2004. The game was delayed slightly, but now has an official release date of May 2nd. The additional development time as a result of its delay has gone into implementing a large item count allowing players to collect equipment and customize their stats. Power, shot trajectory, and more will be taken into account when choosing a loadout. Any title with the name Mario in the title is sure to attract attention, so it will be interesting to see if this is as a big hit on Nintendo’s handheld console.

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Fingers crossed this kid is playable in Mario Kart 8

A few less significant things were included in the forty minute presentation, which can be viewed in its entirety below. Stick to ScreenInvasion for all the latest news on the Nintendo front.

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