Nintendo Direct 12.18.2013 Round Up

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Well there was a decent Nintendo Direct on Dec. 18th 2013, everything from Smash Bros having Rosalina join, to MK8, to Hyrule Warriors. Here is a quick break down.

Wii U:

Super Smash Bros: Rosalina also accompanied by her starry friend, Luma will join the fight. The game will launch in stores and the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in 2014.

Mario Kart 8: Some new playable characters are Rosalina also the “Baby” Nintendo characters, like Baby Mario and Baby Luigi are back. New course settings include an airport, the desert and high in the clouds, and vehicles include UFOs, four-wheel ATV buggies, and of course standard karts and bikes.

NES Remix: Select parts from 16 classic NES games have been remixed with new challenges. For example, players might be tasked with completing a familiar Super Mario Bros. stage while running left instead of right. Or they might encounter a revamped level of Donkey Kong but play as Link from The Legend of Zelda series instead. NES Remix includes Miiverse compatibility (Boo). NES Remix is only available exclusively in the Nintendo eShop for $14.99.

Sonic Lost World: A new Nintendo-themed level is coming to the Nintendo E-Shop. Yoshi’s Island Zone is now available for free. Done in a Yoshi art style, the level has Sonic speeding through areas filled with pipes, Shy Guys and Piranha Plants.

Dr. Luigi: The Year of Luigi continues on and brings surprises, with a new title starring Luigi. Similar to the classic puzzle game Dr. Mario, Dr. Luigi requires players to line up color-coded pills to destroy viruses. Dr. Luigi offers different skill settings and attacks in multiplayer games. Also an original mode where the pills are L-shaped. The game comes with a Dr. Mario mode, Wii U GamePad compatibility and online play. Dr. Luigi launches exclusively in the Nintendo E-Shop on Dec. 31 for $14.99.

Wii Sports Club: Golf has been added. Golf however has players place the Wii U GamePad controller on the floor in front of their TVs. Players can then use a Wii Remote Plus to swing at the ball on the ground, just as they would a real golf ball, enabling more precise control with each stroke. When they take their swing, the ball flies from the screen of the GamePad to the TV screen in one fluid motion. A Club Pass for the full golf game, allowing unlimited access, can be purchased for $9.99. Boxing and baseball will be coming to Wii Sports Club in 2014.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: Veteran Cranky Kong is now a playable character along with Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong as companions for Donkey Kong. Cranky Kong comes with his own set of special moves that allow him to bounce off enemies and obstacles using his cane. Now that Cranky Kong is playable, instead of overseeing the in-game shop as he did in the Donkey Kong Country Returns game, the aptly named Funky Kong will assist players by offering them items for trade in the game. The game launches Feb. 21 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop.

Nintendo 3DS:

Bravely Default: A free demo of the game launches in the Nintendo eShop on Jan. 2, but this is much more than a demo. It’s an exclusive story with hours of content not included in the main game. The full game launches in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Feb. 7 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. Also launching Feb. 7, a Limited Edition including the game, an art book, a soundtrack CD and 34 augmented-reality cards will be available via GameStop, Best Buy and Amazon.com at a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe: The game is a side-scrolling platformer, but players can move Kirby to the background and foreground to dodge enemies and solve puzzles. Kirby can also use a new Hypernova ability, which powers up his inhale ability and enables him to suck up everything in his path. The game is set for 2014.

Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder: Players are given silhouettes of needed objects, then use the Nintendo 3DS camera to find matching objects, known as NostalJunk, in the real world. Game releases on Jan. 9, 2014.

Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter: Pokémon Bank is software that lets players store up to 3,000 Pokémon from the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games. Poké Transporter is an application that lets players take the Pokémon they’ve caught through the years and transferred into Pokémon Black and Pokémon White, as well as Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2, and transfer them into Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter launch Dec. 27. Players can download a 30-day free trial version anytime between launch and Jan. 31, 2014. Following the free trial, an annual usage fee will apply for Pokémon Bank. Anyone who accesses a Pokémon Bank box by Sept. 30, 2014, will receive the Pokémon Celebi as a special gift.

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