Nintendo Direct round-up – June 2nd, 2015

June 2, 2015

Over the last few days, Nintendo Japan and Nintendo America have released separate Nintendo Direct presentations highlighting some upcoming releases. Rather than listing every piece of news separately, we’ve decided to do a round-up article to cover the major announcements.

A new Dr Mario game titled Dr Mario: Miracle Cure is coming to the 3DS. This entry includes a Dr Luigi mode with L-shaped vitamins, a self-explanatory Classic mode, Virus Buster mode, an online mode and Download Play functionality. There is also a new Miracle Cure meter which will give players special items that will either aid or hinder there progress. Miracle Cure is available now in Japan and from June 11 in the US. No dates for the European/Australian market have been announced at the time of writing.

Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon has been confirmed to be released this Christmas. The game will feature all 720 Pokemon and is being touted as the “ultimate” Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has been announced for the 3DS and Wii U. The game will feature new sports such as golf, ruby sevens and soccer. More details will be revealed in the near future.

Art Academy: Home Studio for the Wii U was revealed and is an updated version of Art Academy: Sketch Pad. The game will feature new lessons, 360 degree landscapes to draw and draw inspiration from, and the ability to upload a timelapse video of a painting’s creation to YouTube. Home Studio is expected to release on June 25 on the US Nintendo e-Shop.  No dates for the European/Australian market have been announced at the time of writing.

JRPG fans will be glad to learn that Bravely Second: End Layer, the sequel to Bravely Default has been confirmed to becoming to the West for 3DS. It’s expected to be released in 2016 and will feature both new and returning characters.

A game called LBX: Little Battlers Experience was announced for the 3DS. Based on the anime of the same name, the game is a brawler and will let players create their own unique LBX. There are more than 130 LBX models and over 4,000 parts to discover. The legs, torsos, heads, arms, CPUs and batteries of your LBX are customisable, and you can choose two of nine different weapons to wield in battle. Up to six player local wireless multiplayer is supported. The game is expected to launch in August in the US.

A new Chibi-Robo! game titled Chibi-Robo!: Ziplash is in development for the 3DS. Unlike previous installments, the game will be a side-scrolling platformer and have players use Chibi-Robo’s plug and cord to solve puzzles, attack enemies, and swing across areas. The game will be bundled with a special Chibi-Robo Amiibo. The Amiibo will let players transform Chibi-Robo into Super Chibi-Robo, which makes the little robot faster and stronger. Further Amiibo functionality will be announced in the future. Ziplash is anticipated for an October release.

A short trailer for Project Treasure was shown for the first time. Project Treasure had previously been announced as a free-to-play game for the Wii U and is being developed by Bandai Namco. The game looks like a four player co-op brawler with mission-based objectives. More information was promised to be announced during later in the year.

The previously announced Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer was given a Japanese release date of July 30. Happy Home Designer will launch on the same day as the NFC reader/writer peripheral for older 3DS systems, as well as the Animal Crossing Amiibo cards which unlock content in the game. The card packs will be released in “blind bags”, which means consumers will not be able to know which cards are in the packs. This will no doubt encourage trading amongst fans (and high Ebay prices for scalpers). Happy Home Designer will be available separately and bundled with the NFC peripheral. Details for a Western release have not been announced.

Fire Emblem IF‘s new castle mode was shown. The mode is best described as micro-town management sim where you manage resources, buildings and defend against invaders that come through via Street Pass. Fire Emblem IF will be released as two separate versions in Japan due to the two branching stories. All current Fire Emblem Amiibos will also be supported, allowing players to battle the Amiibo character and recruit them in their army.

Last but certainly not least, two new Monster Hunter games were revealed for the 3DS. The first game, Monster Hunter X is a new entry in the main series. The title will feature both new and old monsters and will reportedly play similar to the Frontier games. The second game is a spin-off title called Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Palico Village DX. It’s actually an updated version of the PSP game released in 2010, and plays similar to Nintendo’s own Animal Crossing franchise. There are mini-games, tons of character customisation options and even guest appearances from the Animal Crossing games. So far only a release in Japan has been confirmed.

Nintendo America notably referred to their Direct as a micro presentation, which begs to question what surprises they will have in store for the E3 Nintendo Direct in the next few weeks. Stay tuned to Rocket Chainsaw for a full write up.