News Roundup January 14th

by Huey Chewwy in

After the first Nintendo Direct of the year, there is a LOT of news to report.

First off, the announcement of a new Fire Emblem game.  A trailer first revealing the game was showcased, but no formal announcement of a release date.

As reported on January 8th, Puzzle and Dragons Super Mario Bros edition will indeed be coming to America.  However, it will not be alone; Bundled with Puzzle and Dragons Z, the duo of games will be arriving here in May.

A new free-to-play Pokemon game is coming for the 3DS exclusively in the eShop.  Looking similar to Puzzle and Dragons, Pokemon Shuffle is a puzzle based game where you must match up puzzle pieces (in this case pokemon) to defeat a Pokemon standing in your way.  

Nintendo is looking to bring select Wii titles over to the Wii U.  Starting today, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is available for purchase.  Coming January 22nd is Punch Out, with the Metroid Prime Trilogy coming the following week.  Be sure to grab these during their first week on sale, as they will be offered for half off!

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse now has a release date of February 20th.  Along with announcing the date, amiibo functionality was also shown.  Using the Kirby, King Dedede, and Meta Knight amiibo (once per day) grants a special power specific to each character.

Speaking of amiibo, a new, fourth line of Super Smash Bros. related amiibo will be coming this spring.  Included figures will be Robin, Lucina, Wario, Ness, Charizard, and Pac-Man.  

Another wave of amiibo will be coming, this time focusing on the Super Mario series.  Available on March 20th, this wave of figures will include Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Bowser, and Toad.  The Super Mario wave of amiibo will be launching beside Mario Party 10, which utilizes the new Super Mario amiibo, along with certain Super Smash Bros related amiibo.  Scanning the amiibo will allow you to play in an all new mode, amiibo party.  Depending on the amiibo scanned, you get to play on a unique game board based on that character.  Along with the Super Mario line of amiibo, Rosalina & Luna, Donkey Kong, and Wario can be scanned for play.  Don't worry if you already have a Mario amiibo, the two different Mario amiibo function the same.  However, please note that if you decide to use a figure with Super Smash Bros data, that will have to be erased before using it with Mario Party 10.  Select retailers will be releasing a special bundle of Mario Party 10, which includes the Mario amiibo from the Super Mario wave of figures.

Using the Toad amiibo in Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker will place a small pixel Toad in a stage for the player to find.  An update to include support for the Toad amiibo will launch on March 20th.  

More details and gameplay for Splatoon were shown.  Coins earned from multiplayer matches will allow players to buy more clothes, weapons, and equipment.  All equipment have different stats, so equipping the right ones to suit your play style will be vital.  Splatoon arrives in store and on the Nintendo eShop in May. 

To celebrate the upcoming Majora's Mask remake on Nintendo 3DS, Hyrule Warriors will be receiving Tingle and Young Link in the Majora's Mask pack.  Also coming are two new playable characters, three new skins, and a new adventure mode map.  This new pack will arrive on February 5th.

New footage of Xenoblade Chronicles X was showcased.

The first cross-platform game for Wii U/ Nintendo 3DS will be Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars.  Buying either version of the game allows access to both 3DS and Wii U versions.  The game will be available on the NIntendo eShop on March 5th.

The New Nintendo 3DS XL will be heading to North America on February 13th.  Interestingly Europe will receive both the regular and XL editions of the New 3DS, while North America will only get the XL.  This new version of the Nintendo 3DS XL adds a c-stick, two shoulder buttons, and more processing power, and more.  Enhanced face-tracking technology improves the 3D effect by adjusting to the face of the player while playing the New 3DS.  If the system is moved to the side, the 3D effect will adjust to the face of the player through new motion technology.  Amiibo and NFC support is built into the system as well, without the need of an adapter for amiibo.

Code Name S.T.E.A.M. will launch on March 13th, and will also support amiibo.  You can use amiibo from the Fire Emblem series, which allows them to be playable in-game.

Also on February 13th will be two special themed New Nintendo 3DS XL bundles.  Bundles containing Majora's Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will each contain their respective game and a specially designed New Nintendo 3DS XL.  The Monster Hunter bundle will be available exclusively at Gamestop.  

The new trailer for Mortal Kombat shows off more gameplay along with the reveal of long time MK characters Kung Lao and Kitana.  A short but sweet video can be seen here.  

Ready to get into the Battlefield Hardline beta?  A post on the game's official website gives a few details about the upcoming open beta.  Players can try the all new mode Hotwire, bringing traditional warfare along with a sense of all out speed.  The classic Conquest mode will be available to play as well, with up to 64 players total (on PC, Xbox One, PS4).  The beta will be open to all Xbox and Playstation platforms along with PC.  Unfortunately there's no word of when we will actually get to play this new beta.

A short developer diary for Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris gives a little insight on the new DLC that is available today.  The Icy Death pack is available now, containing a new tomb, weapons, enemies, and more.  Community challenges are also mentioned, and how they affect the player even after finishing the game.  The developer diary video can be seen here.