A new non-Aprils fools day Nintendo Direct came out Wednesday, and as always, there was a cornucopia of news. Here is a quick rundown on some of the major announcements:
Super Smash Brothers receives a lot of love from Nintendo:
- Mewtwo, who was previously announced as a DLC character, finally has a price and a release date. Mewtwo can be downloaded starting on April 28th of this year for either $3.99 for one version of Smash or $4.99 for getting him in both the 3DS and Wii U versions of Smash.
- As promised last year by Nintendo, if you have purchased the Wii U and 3DS versions of Smash 4, and registered them before March 31st on Club Nintendo, you will receive a download code on April 15th for your Mewtwo.
- With the announcement of Mewtwo came another surprise. Lucas, a fan favorite, and one of the disappointing exclusions to Smash 4, will once again be returning to Smash, but this time as a DLC character. There was no specific date or pricing for Lucas other then he will be out sometime in June. It can only be assumed that the price of Lucas will be around the same as Mewtwo’s.
- Along with being able to buy Mewtwo and Lucas, you will be able to purchase new costumes for your Mii Fighters. Some costumes featured were based on the Zelda series, Xenoblade chronicles, and the Megaman series. The first wave of costumes will be released on April 15th for $.75 for downloading them on one version and $1.15 for getting them on both the 3DS and Wii U versions. The bundle pack that will come with all the costumes will be $6.00 for each individual system and $9.20 for both versions.
- One of the biggest pieces of news for Smash 4 was the announcement of a fan poll called the Fighter Ballot that will give players the chance to submit fighter ideas for Smash 4. Finally, players will have a chance to make their dreams of playing Ridley from Metroid or Geno from Mario RPG into a reality.
- To submit a character idea, all you have to do is go to the Official Super Smash Brothers website and click on the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot link, or just click here. Once there, you can submit an idea for a character and make a case for including him/her in the game.
- Last but not least, there was an announcement of a new update for Smash, pushing the game up to version 1.0.6. This update includes the downloadable content, plus character balancing, and probably the coolest thing, is the new sharing functionality on the Wii U. The sharing functionality includes being able to share Mii fighters, replays, and custom stages.
Big news on the Amiibo front:
- The biggest news comes with an official release date for the new wave of Ambiios. The first set which will include Ness, Jigglypuff, Charizard, Pac-Man, Wario, Lucia, Robin, and Greninja will come out on May 29th. This will be followed by Dark Pit and Palutena sometime in July and Dr. Mario, Ganondorf, Zero Suit Samus, Bowser Junior, and Olimar sometime in September.
- A special Yoshi Ambiio made out of yarn will be released alongside Yoshi’s Wooly World this fall. This yarn Amiibo will come in three different colors: green, pink, and blue. If used with Yoshi’s Wooly World, a special Yoshi will appear to “help you out,” or as director of marketing for Nintendo America Bill Trinen put it, “So you’ll never have to feel alone”.
- Another surprise announcement came in the form of new Splatoon Amiibos. You will be able to purchase an Inkling Boy or Girl separately, or in a package that will also contain a Squid. These all launch alongside the game on May 29th. When used in the game, each character will give you a special mission to complete, and once completed will unlock special weapons and gear you can only get from using the Ambiios.
Lastly, Mario Kart 8 will be receiving a huge update and a new DLC patch.
- The DLC will include 3 new racers Isabelle, Villager, and Dry Bowser. It will also include 4 new vehicles, 8 new courses, and two new Cups. The new DLC will be released on April 23rd for $7.99.
- One of the biggest additions to Mario Kart 8 will be the 200cc difficulty level. This will be the hardest difficulty setting that has appeared in any Mario Kart and will also be available on April 23rd for free.
The Nintendo Direct in all its 48 minute glory.