The Nintendo Direct video updates have been an interesting way to keep up to date on titles heading to Nintendo platforms since last year. Usually aimed at the Japanese audience, we have nevertheless seen a couple of installments aimed at Western Nintendo fans. One such broadcast took place today, with news about several upcoming games, including one very big incoming title.
Some of the news featured in the video included confirmation that Theatrythm Final Fantasy is on its way to the US and Europe this summer, that patches will now be available for certain 3DS games, and also a little look at forthcoming titles Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion. It was also announced that a firmware update will be hitting the handheld next week which will allow the creation of folders within the home screen, allowing you to file away the many virtual console and eShop games you have downloaded these last few months. Assuming you are rich beyond the dreams of Avarice of course.
By far the biggest news though came with an announcement regarding the 2D handheld Mario game Nintendo has been talking about for a while. Surprising approximately nobody is the news that this game will be New Super Mario Bros 2.
Sequel to the DS title and its follow-up on the Wii, a few screenshots were released, along with the startling news that it would be heading our way in just four short months. Slightly less impressive is the fact that the screenshots shown so far indicate a very similar looking game to the others in the series, and also discussion that it will suit ‘newcomers to the series’ indicating that the reduced difficulty level of the New Super Mario Bros titles will be carried over.
At the very least though, it should prove extremely playable and the ‘hidden coin’ challenges are always fun. The 3D aspect of the otherwise 2D game should also be interesting to see. Regardless of your thoughts on New Super Mario Bros 2 however, it is at least very good news that the 3DS is seeing more and more titles announced. You can also bet that future Nintendo Direct installments will focus more and more on the Wii U.