Nintendo Direct Highlights Strong Holiday and Early 2016 for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

Cloud from FINAL FANTASY VII Headed to Super
Smash Bros.; The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
Revealed; Original
Games Return

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nintendo debuted a new Nintendo Direct presentation today, revealing
details about several new and upcoming Wii
and Nintendo
games. Some of the exciting news included the reveal that iconic
video game character Cloud from FINAL FANTASY VII will be added
as a playable DLC fighter in Super
Smash Bros. for Wii U
and Super
Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
. Other notable announcements
included the reveal of an HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight
for the Wii U console, a new Wii U bundle featuring Splatoon
and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and news that the Pokémon games
that started it all – Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version
and Pokémon Yellow Version – will launch with new wireless
communication functionality in the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS
system on Feb. 27. To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety,

“There’s never been a better time to join in on the fun with Nintendo,”
said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of
Sales & Marketing. “From new experiences like Xenoblade
Chronicles X
that you can enjoy this year to re-imagined favorites
like The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon coming in 2016, we
have you covered with games you’re sure to love.”

Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

Wii U and Nintendo 3DS

  • A New Challenger Approaches!: Cloud Strife, the legendary
    protagonist from the classic RPG game FINAL FANTASY VII, will
    enter the battlefield as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros.
    for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS in the
    future. A special video presentation will be released in December,
    which will share more updates about the hit fighting games. More
    information is available at

Wii U

  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD: Originally
    released for Wii and Nintendo GameCube systems in 2006, The Legend
    of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
    is a visually remastered remake of
    one of the most critically acclaimed games in The Legend of Zelda
    series. The new game launches on March 4 in a bundle with a detailed
    new amiibo
    figure modeled after the Wolf Link and Midna characters in the game.
    The game will also be compatible with five other The Legend of Zelda
    amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. series. The game’s iconic
    soundtrack will be offered as a bonus for fans who pre-order the game
    from select retailers.
  • The Legend of Zelda for Wii U (name not final):
    Next year marks the 30th anniversary of The Legend of
    series. And with that comes The Legend of Zelda for
    Wii U, the next entry in the storied franchise. During the Nintendo
    Direct presentation, it was revealed that certain saved data from The
    Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
    on the Wolf Link amiibo can
    be carried over to this new game.
  • New Wii U Bundle: A new Wii U Deluxe Set that includes the Wii
    U console and pre-installed versions of hit games Splatoon
    and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U launches this holiday season.
  • Pokkén Tournament: A collaboration between The Pokémon
    Company and BANDAI Namco Entertainment Inc., Pokkén Tournament
    is a new fighting game for Wii U that lets players use their favorite
    Pokémon characters to battle it out in fighting arenas. Fans who
    purchase a first-run version of the game at retail stores will receive
    a limited-edition Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card that immediately unlocks
    the character in the game after tapping it to the GamePad. Pokkén
    launches exclusively for Wii U in spring 2016 at a
    suggested retail price of $59.99.
  • Star
    Fox Zero
    : Star Fox Zero delivers a new beginning
    for the classic shooter series. With a unique control scheme that uses
    both the TV screen and the screen on the GamePad, players pilot
    multiple vehicles through intergalactic levels with Fox and his
    classic crew. The game launches exclusively for Wii U on April 22.
  • An Ink-redible Splatoon Update: Today at 5 p.m. PT, a
    free new update for Splatoon adds more than 40 pieces of new
    gear, including more winter items and some slick bandanas. And on Nov.
    13 at 6 p.m. PT, another free new update adds a new stage
    called Museum d’Alfonsino. Further stages and features will be added
    in future updates through January. A Nintendo Treehouse Splatoon
    Tournament will happen in December, featuring competitive game play as
    well as tips for players about setting up their own tournaments. The
    tournament will be live streamed at,
  • Super
    Mario Maker
    Powers Up Once Again: In December, a
    new Web portal will offer a more robust search function to find and
    filter levels in Super Mario Maker across a variety of
    Web-enabled devices!
  • Animal
    Crossing: amiibo Festival
    : By tapping any of the Animal
    amiibo figures, players can play as that character in the
    game’s main mode, a dynamic board game. Players can also tap in their Animal
    amiibo cards to play other modes like an Animal
    quiz. The Wii U game that includes the Isabelle and Digby
    amiibo figures and three amiibo cards launches on Nov. 13 at a
    suggested retail price of $59.99, the same day as the standalone Animal
    amiibo figures.
  • Mario
    Tennis: Ultra Smash
    : On Nov. 20, Mario Tennis: Ultra
    launches exclusively for Wii U at a suggested price of
    $49.99. The game includes a fun New Super Mario Bros. power-up,
    the Mega Mushroom, which is featured in the over-the-top “Mega Battle
    Mode.” Players can also select “Classic Mode” to enjoy a more
    traditional game of tennis. Players can compete online or together via
    local play, and the game is compatible with amiibo in select modes,
    including online matches.
  • Xenoblade
    Chronicles X
    : Massive RPG Xenoblade Chronicles X
    launches exclusively for Wii U on Dec. 4 at a suggested retail price
    of $59.99. For people who purchase the physical version of the game,
    four free high-speed data loading packs are available to download from
    the Nintendo eShop starting today. The data packs greatly increase the
    speed of loading times in the game, but are not required to play.

Nintendo 3DS

  • Where it all Began: The original Pokémon games – Pokémon Red
    , Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version
    – are coming to the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Feb. 27, the
    same day that the original games first released in Japan in 1996. And
    there’s no need to pull out those old Game Boy Game Link cables while
    playing. Using the wireless communication on Nintendo 3DS, players can
    trade Pokémon with other players.
  • Hyrule
    Warriors: Legends
    : Take the epic Hyrule
    experience on the go! Hyrule Warriors: Legends
    offers players the entire Hyrule Warriors game on Nintendo 3DS
    … but with even more content! This time, Tetra, Toon Link and the King
    of Hyrule from The
    Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
    join the Skull Kid from The
    Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
    on the battlefield. In
    addition, new character Linkle, a girl who lives in a small village
    filled with Cuccos and wields two crossbows, joins the large cast of
    playable characters. Players will be able to command multiple
    characters, taking direct control of them at any time, leading to new
    strategic options on the battlefield. Hyrule Warriors: Legends
    launches for Nintendo 3DS on March 25 at a suggested retail price of
  • Mario
    & Luigi: Paper Jam
    : The hilarious Mario & Luigi
    series meets the charming Paper Mario series in the Mario &
    Luigi: Paper Jam
    game, launching exclusively for Nintendo 3DS on
    Jan. 22 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. Using compatible
    amiibo, players can create a corresponding character card in the game,
    which has powerful effects during battle.
  • Fire
    Emblem Fates
    : There are multiple adventures waiting to be
    experienced in Fire Emblem Fates for Nintendo 3DS. By
    purchasing one of the two main games at a suggested retail price of
    $39.99 – Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright or Fire Emblem Fates:
    – either at retail locations or in the Nintendo eShop
    starting Feb. 19, players choose to embark on a unique quest with a
    different story and different experiences. The decision that the
    player makes early in the game will dictate the game’s story and
    difficulty. After purchasing one game, the downloadable version of the
    other is only $19.99 via an in-game purchase. There will even be a
    third downloadable version in the near future, Fire Emblem Fates:
    , for players who own either Fire Emblem Fates:
    or Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest and want to take
    on a new challenge and experience an alternative version of the game.
    For fans of the series, a special edition will be available that
    includes all three games, an artbook and a Nintendo 3DS XL pouch at a
    suggested retail price of $79.99.
  • The
    Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
    DLC: New free DLC
    is coming on Dec. 2, adding Linebeck’s Uniform and Fierce Deity Armor
    outfits, each with unique powers, as well as the new Den of Trials
    with more than 30 stages to conquer. The upcoming software update also
    makes it more convenient to get Friendly Tokens by purchasing them
    from the Street Merchant once the princess’ curse has been lifted.
    Additionally, two adjustments will ensure a more comfortable online
    experience: By answering a question before matchmaking, you will be
    matched with other players who gave similar answers, plus players who
    leave a game in progress through the Pause menu can be added to the
  • Pokémon
    Super Mystery Dungeon
    : Players can become one of 20
    Pokémon in Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, launching for
    Nintendo 3DS on Nov. 20 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. With
    turn-based battles and ever-changing dungeons, players can encounter
    every single known Pokémon in the game – all 720 of them!
  • Nintendo
    Badge Arcade
    : Now available in the Nintendo eShop on
    Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Badge Arcade is a free-to-start game
    that lets players control a classic arcade-style crane machine to earn
    badges from popular titles to customize their Nintendo 3DS HOME menus.
    The game is constantly being updated with new badges, so it’s always
    great to keep checking back!
  • Two DRAGON QUEST Games are Better Than One: The lineup
    of RPGs on Nintendo 3DS continues to grow with classic games DRAGON
    QUEST VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
    VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
    , both remastered for Nintendo 3DS
    and coming in 2016.
  • Pokémon Picross: The popular Picross series meets
    the lovable world of Pokémon when free-to-start game Pokémon Picross
    launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS in early


  • Jan. 22 sees the release of Lucas in the Super Smash Bros.
    series, amiibo figures for Resetti, Blathers, Celeste and Kicks in the Animal
    series, and Series 2 of the Animal Crossing amiibo


  • FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS from Square Enix, Inc.
    (Nintendo 3DS)
    : In the first FINAL FANTASY action-RPG on
    Nintendo 3DS, players journey to an island filled with mystical
    crystals protected by powerful eidolons. More than 20 jobs can be
    learned, each with its own set of special skills. When FINAL
    launches exclusively for Nintendo 3DS on Jan.
    26, it will include all the DLC that was previously released in Japan.
    Multiplayer functionality for up to four players is enabled through
    Nintendo 3DS local wireless communication.
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection from Capcom (Nintendo 3DS):
    Capcom’s iconic Blue Bomber has been a classic part of Nintendo
    history since the NES days. Mega Man Legacy Collection launches
    for Nintendo 3DS on Feb. 23 and features faithful reproductions of the
    first six NES Mega Man games (Mega Man 16), plus
    new ways to experience these classics with Challenge Mode’s remix
    stages and Museum Mode’s repository of original production art. In
    addition, the game comes with exclusive new challenges that can be
    unlocked using the Mega Man amiibo. But that’s not the only amiibo
    that can unlock these bonus challenges! A new gold-colored Mega Man
    amiibo figure also launches as part of the Mega Man Legacy
    Collector’s Edition.
  • Hive
    from Graphite Lab (Wii U):
    Players shoot their way through dangerous alien infestations in Hive
    , a frenetic run ’n’ gun platformer for one to four players. Hive
    launches in the Nintendo eShop with exclusive Wii U features
    in early 2016.
  • Kerbal
    Space Program
    from Squad (Wii U): By using the Wii
    U GamePad, players can take part in the complete space agency
    experience, from building a spaceship part by part, to mission control
    by flying their creation and conquering the planets and moons of the
    solar system. Kerbal Space Program launches in Nintendo eShop
    for Wii U in early 2016.
  • SteamWorld
    from Image & Form (Nintendo 3DS): For a
    limited time, players who purchase side-scrolling, turn-based strategy
    shooter SteamWorld Heist in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    when it launches this holiday season will receive an exclusive
    Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu theme.
  • FAST
    Racing Neo
    from Shin’en (Wii U): It’s almost here! FAST
    Racing Neo
    , the high-octane racing game with up to eight-player
    online multiplayer, launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii
    U in early December.
  • Typoman
    from Headup Games and Brainseed Factory (Wii U): Typoman
    is a puzzling platformer that tells a dark tale of heroes and
    monsters, where words can either be a blessing … or a curse! Using
    the GamePad in a unique way, players set out on an adventure to
    explore the incredible power of words and how they can be used to
    survive the environmental hazards and overcome vicious enemies. The
    game launches exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U on Nov. 19.
  • Mighty No. 9 from Deep Silver (Wii U / Nintendo 3DS):
    From Keiji Inafune, the creator of the Mega Man series, comes Mighty
    No. 9
    . This action side-scroller can be played solo or with two
    players in online co-op and competitive modes. The Wii U version of
    the game launches on Feb. 9, with a Nintendo 3DS version following
    shortly thereafter.
  • LEGO Marvel’s Avengers from Warner Bros. Interactive
    Entertainment (Wii U / Nintendo 3DS)
    : With an extensive roster of
    new characters to play, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers features
    storylines and locations from six different films in the Marvel
    Cinematic Universe, as well as classic Avengers content seen in Marvel
    Comics, all retold with a unique splash of LEGO humor. The game
    launches for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on Jan. 26.
  • Project X Zone 2 from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
    America, Inc. (Nintendo 3DS)
    : Everyone’s favorite Capcom,
    SEGA and BANDAI NAMCO characters are crossing over once again in Project
    X Zone 2
    . But this time Nintendo is also joining the fun by adding
    Chrom and Lucina from Fire Emblem Awakening and Fiora from Xenoblade
    to the game. Project X Zone 2 launches
    exclusively for Nintendo 3DS on Feb. 16.
  • Terraria from 505 Games (Wii U / Nintendo 3DS):
    In Terraria, players explore vast fantasy worlds and wage war
    on hundreds of enemies and giant bosses using weapons and armor they
    craft themselves. They can even use the touch-screen interface on the
    Nintendo 3DS system or the Wii U GamePad to reach directly into the
    world of Terraria, fashioning elaborate and amazing structures with
    their fingertips. It’s also possible to share the adventure with
    friends, with online and split-screen multiplayer for Wii U and local
    play for Nintendo 3DS. Hundreds of hours of entertainment await in Terraria,
    launching in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in early

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