Yesterday, February 22, was a huge day for the video game industry. Yes, the PS Vita officially enter the handheld market in North America, but Nintendo wasn’t going to let their competitor steal the show. Nintendo held pre-recorded conferences in North America, Europe, and Japan, to deliver news and make waves for 3DS and Wii owners.
Nintendo has held these pre-recorded conferences twice before, where Hulu plus service, 3D video recording, firmware updates, and 3DS eShop titles have been announced. Now, let’s take look at Japanese and North American conferences.
Reggie Fils-Aime took the stage at Nintendo head quarters in Seattle to talk about the future of the 3DS and Wii. Kicking things off was a video of Dillon’s Rolling Western, a game that blends together tower defense with action stylus-controlled action. After exciting the audience with a cowboy armadillo, Reggie announced that Dillon’s Rolling Western was live on the eShop as he was speaking. A rare Wednesday treat from Nintendo.
Following Dillon’s Rolling Western was a look at Kid Icarus: Uprising and a video of Mario Tennis Open, both 3DS titles. The only reveal there was that Camelot will be developing Mario Tennis Open.
Moving onto the Wii, Reggie was pleased to reveal the cover of Xenoblade Chronicles in North America, as chosen by fans and Reggie himself. Reggie then revealed that XSEED will be bringing The Last Story stateside. The Last Story now joins Xenoblade Chronicles as two critically acclaimed RPGs that had almost no hope of coming stateside a few months ago. Perhaps there is still hope that Pandora’s Tower, a game localized for Europe, will come stateside? Either way, I’m sure the members of Operation Rainfall are thrilled.
Reggie ended the North American Nintendo Direct by announced that the 3DS game, Spirit Camera, will be available to purchase Friday, April 13.
Meanwhile, in Japan, President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata delivered a wealth of Nintendo. Kicking things off was a video for Kid Icarus: Uprising and a new new trailer for Fire Emblem 3DS. The Fire Emblem game looks like a combination of cel-shading and polygons, but other than that it seems like the same Fire Emblem formula: including woman crying, lances, horses, magic, swords, and one-on-one battles.
Pokemon vs. Nobunaga’s Ambition, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Mario Tennis, Rune Factory 4, Dragon Quest Monsters: Terry’s Wonderland 3D all received the trailer treatment. The latter is a remake of the origin Dragon Quest Monsters game from 14 years ago.
Two surprise announcements from Japan’s Nintendo Direct Conference was that Game Gear games will be coming to the eShop in March, and the reveal of a new downloadable 3DS game titled, Denpa Ningen RPG. Nintendo has confirmed that the first Game Gear games making it to the eShop will be Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble, Dragon Crystal, and Shinobi. Denpa Ningen RPG is a AR game where you need to capture characters which you then take on quests. No word on a North American release for those items.
Ending the conference was a reveal of a new, harder, Brain Age game for the 3DS, Etrian Odyssey IV, and Monster Hunter 3G DLC, and an episode of Game Center CX.
Many of those announcements were translated for the European Nintendo Direct.