About a week before this article was written, Nintendo finally released another Nintendo Direct for their fans.  It was the first one since their former CEO Satoru Iwata’s passing earlier this year, and not having him there definitely made it feel different.  Despite this, the direct was welcome among many Nintendo fans as the last one we had gotten was from all the way back in June.  A lot of important news was discussed, and here we’re going to talk about and give our opinions on what was revealed.

First of all, I wanted to start off with some of the more minor stuff.  It was revealed that updates are planned for both Splatoon and The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes.  The Splatoon update (which has already been released at this point) contains two new maps and new clothing.  One map is called ‘Museum d’Alfonsino’, and as the name implies the entire battle takes place within an art museum.  The other map, donned ‘Mahi Mahi Resort’, takes place in a swimming pool in a sunny, tropical hotel.  Both maps look like they’ll make great additions to an already great game.  The update to Triforce Heroes will add two new costumes, Linebeck’s Uniform (based on Linebeck from The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass) and the Fierce Deity Armor (based on Fierce Deity Link from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask).  Linebeck’s Uniform will allow you to see into chests at the end of stages, making it easy to nab rare goodies necessary for making other outfits; and the Fierce Deity Armor allows you to shoot Master Sword-esque beams in four directions, making you a dangerous adversary for your foes.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way we can get to the real ‘meat and potatoes’ of this direct.  One important announcement that was made is that The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is getting an HD remake for the Wii U.  This news was hinted at when infamous leaker NWPlayer123 did some digging around the Nintendo eshop’s data, but we now have official confirmation.  While this news is exciting, many people have claimed that this HD remake doesn’t really look “HD” and are comparing it to Windwaker HD, the game’s sibling on the same system.  One thing that Twilight Princess HD will have that Windwaker doesn’t is it’s very own amiibo.  That’s right, a Wolf Link amiibo is being created to celebrate the release of this game and the only way to get it is via purchasing the exclusive bundle that includes both the game and amiibo packaged inside.  Sorry to any amiibo collector’s out there but you’re probably going to be mourning the money your wallet lost, as Zelda isn’t the only series to have exclusive amiibo announced this direct.

Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival was also discussed during the direct, and it was pointed out that the Isabelle and Digby amiibo figures would be exclusive to the game’s special bundle.  The game itself doesn’t look that good if I’m being honest.  Basically, take Mario Party and remove the mini games, quick-paced gameplay, and fun you have with your friends.  Congratulations, now you can pay sixty dollars for a game you probably won’t enjoy and only want for the amiibo anyway.

Speaking of amiibo, (yes, there’s even more) it was announced that a special Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card is being made for the Wii U title ‘Pokken Tournament’, which is planned to drop Spring of next year.  When playing the game, you are required to clear certain challenges and missions and then finally fight Shadow Mewtwo in order to unlock him; however, if you’re impatient or just don’t like the concept of these challenges, you can scan the Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card and he will be automatically unlocked in your game.  It’s kinda like being able to unlock all the hidden characters in Super Smash Bros. as soon as you boot the game up, and I think it’s a pretty nice idea.  To top off the icing on the amiibo cake, it was also announced that a special Gold Mega Man amiibo will be released with the Collector’s Edition of Mega Man: Legacy Collection.

Okay, now we can finally get past the amiibo and move on with our lives.  A new character was confirmed for Hyrule Warriors in the form of ‘Linkle’, Link’s genderbent alternate character he never knew he had (or wanted for that matter).  Linkle’s moveset looks pretty awesome if I’m being honest.  She wields dual crossbows, flooding the battlefield in a spray of arrows; then when the enemy gets up close you get to unleash her special attack, the spin kick (think Link’s spin attack except flashier).  This news had also been rumored for a while and it was really neat to see it finally be confirmed.

A new trailer was also shown for the anxiously awaited new Star Fox game, Star Fox Zero.  The game was originally supposed to release towards the end of this year, but after development issues it ended up being delayed to see a release early next year.  It looks like this delay was necessary however, as the game now looks better than ever.  Graphics and gameplay have been improved since the game’s original showing at E3, and hype amongst fans seems to be building once more.

There’s also good news for Fire Emblem fans as well.  The new game, Fire Emblem Fates, pulled a Pokemon and decided to be split into two different versions: Birthright and Conquest.  In case you couldn’t figure it out, that wasn’t the good news.  The good news is that a special edition of the game has been announced in which you get both of these story campaigns and more.  The special edition includes a hardcover 90 page art book with pre-release sketches, a 3DS carrying pouch with game artwork, and the game’s third story campaign path.  Did I forget to mention that the game has a third storyline?  Well it does and the best part is that this special story path, titled “Revelation”, isn’t available for commercial download until three weeks after the game’s release.  This means that if you buy the special edition, you get to have the Revelation story path all to yourself three weeks before everyone else (and you can rub it in their faces too)!  At a suggested retail price of eighty dollars, this looks like a great deal.

Well, that about wraps it up for this recap.  I can’t think of anything else that important or significant to talk about that was revealed during this direct.  Gee, it’s kinda cloudy today.

Wait a second.

Yes, for those of you who haven’t heard yet Cloud Strife from the Final Fantasy Series has been confirmed as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.  Wielding his buster sword onto his very own battlefield (his DLC will come with his own stage “Midgar”, similar to Ryu) it seems this newcomer will pack a severe punch for the other big shots in gaming.  His sword looks like it has some serious range, and by taking advantage of his ability to “Limit Break” Cloud can strike his opponents extra hard.  Many would agree that Cloud is an odd choice for Super Smash Bros., as fans weren’t really asking for him and Square Enix and Nintendo aren’t exactly “best friends”.  Despite this, it seems that Cloud is going to make an interesting and fun addition to the Smash Bros. roster and fans are eagerly awaiting for his DLC release date to be announced.

That’s just about everything important that needed to be discussed from the last Nintendo Direct.  Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you next time!