Well folks, that’s a wrap! Sadly, Nintendo didn’t come anywhere near close to bringing down the house during last night’s presentation. Following the recent Zelda Wii U delay, the Big N was expected to go some way towards curing fans’ heartbreak during this Nintendo Direct.
In all honesty, we must now conclude that they failed miserably in that regard. That’s not to say that there were no interesting announcements at all, so let’s go over the three biggest reveals.
Mewtwo and Lucas join the fight.
The presentation kicked off with a genuine crowd-pleaser, as Mewtwo’s return to the Super Smash fold was officially announced. The powerhouse from Pokemon’s first generation, who also had a stint in Super Smash Bros Melee, will join the likes of Lucario and Pikachu in the ever-expanding roster of fighters. Players who registered both their 3DS and Wii U versions of the game with Club Nintendo before March 31 will receive the character for free come April 15. Everyone else will be enabled to purchase the character 13 days later for 4,- euros.
Mewtwo won’t be the only new character to hop into the arena, with Mother 3’s cowardly hero Lucas scheduled for June as paid DLC. We can’t wait to find out how these two established characters will fit into this edition of Super Smash, and whether they’ll be able to upset the current meta. What are you expecting? Let us know in the comments below.
Nintendo was quick to confirm that both of these new fighters will also receive a physical commemoration in the form of an Amiibo. And they won’t be alone as three new waves were announced last night: Greninja and Jigglypuff in May, Palutena, Dark Pit, Zero Suit Samus, and Ganondorf in June, and Olimar, Dr Mario, and Bowser Jr. in July.
As the already absurd number of Amiibos continues to grow, Nintendo has decided to give collectors the world over something special in the form of ‘Amiibo Touch & Play: Nintendo Classic Highlights’. By using an Amiibo, players will be able to play scenes from classic Nintendo games corresponding with the Amiibo used.
Expect the first of these be launched in May.
Yoshi’s Wooly World also received attention. Alongside the announcement of a release date, June 26, Nintendo announced that three dedicated Yoshi Amiibos will also see release. What’s special about these Amiibos is that they will be made of actual wool, making them about 1000% more cuddle-friendly than other Amiibos.
IF only Fire Emblem were coming in 2015
This storm of Amiibo news was followed by more gamer-centric news, as Nintendo revealed the first official gameplay footage of the hotly anticipated Fire Emblem x Shin Megami Tensei. If the first glimpses of in-game footage are any indication, the title will play nothing like the franchises present in its title. FEXSMT will be released in 2016.
It won’t be the only Fire Emblem title to see the light of day in 2016 however, as Nintendo confirmed that the latest instalment in the long-running franchise will see release on the 3DS that year as well. The official name of the game was revealed to be; ‘Fire Emblem IF’ and will reportedly center on the player-created character, rather than a separate hero like Chrom. Players will have to pick a side near the start of the game. We’re already planning a second play-through.
There you have it, our favourite moments from last night’s Nintendo Direct. Of course, these weren’t the only announcements made during the show, so be sure to check out the video on the official Nintendo Youtube channel. What did you think of these announcements, were you as disappointed as we were? Sound off in the comments below, and for everything Nintendo don’t take your eyes off the Fanbot.