The Nintendo Direct was week ago, but we are still super excited for several of the announcements that Nintendo made during the presentation. Take a look at the full video and then look below for our favorites!
Star Fox Zero – Wii U
I’ve been concerned about Star Fox Zero for a while. It didn’t look very good when it was formally announced and everything I read about the way the game controlled gave me plenty to be scared of. The numerous delays haven’t done anything to help heighten my excitement either. The footage and features they showed this time around have us much more excited. The biggest reason? The introduction of a cooperative mode where one player can control the ship while the other controls the fine aiming with the Wii U gamepad. I simply cannot wait to give this one a try with my kids!
Star Fox Zero will launch on April 22nd.
Paper Mario: Color Splash – Wii U
Paper Mario and the Thousand Year Door for the GameCube is one of my favorite RPGs of all time. It is dumb. It is laugh out loud funny and it has some of the smartest turn based combat in the entire series. Paper Mario: Color Splash looks like it has a chance to return the series to form by bringing it back to the home console to take full advantage of the hardware’s power.
We don’t know any of the details regarding release window, but it is safe to assume it will be out during the later part of the year.
Splatoon – Wii U
We thought that updates for Splatoon were over, but Nintendo is coming back swinging! They have already released a balance patch with the intention of improving matchmaking and increasing the weapon diversity by making some of the lesser used weapons better. They also plan to release several different weapon configurations in packs called “Shelldon’s Picks” starting in April!
Kirby: Planet Robobot – 3DS
Kirby Games are always a treat. He’s adorable and his games are often very forgiving for kids who want something to play. This time you control Kirby just like you always have, but with the added twist that you can hop into a giant mechanized suit of armor.
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past – 3DS
We are huge RPG fans here at EFG. That won’t come as a surprise to any of our regular readers.
The Dragon Quest series is one that doesn’t get a lot of love in North America and it really doesn’t make much sense. It has interesting characters, cool stories, and tight mechanics. Dragon Quest VII is one of the best in the series and it is getting the full remake treatment for the 3DS. The graphics are being redone and it is being fully localized for the Western audience. It will be coming out later this year.