Nintendo Direct broadcast January 2013 What’s in store for Wii U owners? Check out this summary of the Nintendo Direct broadcast

In the latest Nintendo Direct broadcast, Satoru Iwata explains a few new features headed to the Wii U console in the coming weeks, along with a few new game announcements. The list looks promising. Promising enough that if you don’t yet have a Wii U console, you might just consider purchasing one.

Here are the main points of what to expect from Nintendo’s latest console:

Miiverse

  • Spring and Summer Updates – faster software launch; ease in returning to the Wii U Menu screen
  • Closed group for games – A group will be given a unique ID. To be able to access a closed group, users need to input the unique ID assigned.
  • Each game will be given an official community in the Miiverse
  • Filtering functions will soon be added
  • Miiverse can soon be accessed using smartphones. Initially, it will be browser-based. However, Nintendo will be developing a Miiverse app. A Nintendo network ID and password will be required.

Virtual Console

  • NES and SNES titles will be released first, GBA titles will be released later
  • Virtual Console launches after the system updates this spring
  • Just like the 3DS, players can save the game progress
  • Games under the Virtual Console are Miiverse enabled
  • A discount applies if you bought Virtual Console titles on your Wii console
  • Regular price for NES titles – 4.99 USD to 5.99 USD; discounted price is 1 USD
  • Regular price for SNES titles – 7.99 USD to 8.99 USD; discounted price is 1.5 USD

Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign

This was launched to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Family Computer. In a period of 30 days, from January to July, a NES title can be bought at a very low price of 30 cents. All players can participate in this campaign. Here’s the list of participating titles:

  • January – Balloon Fight
  • February – F-Zero
  • March – Punch Out! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • April – Kirby’s Adventure
  • May – Super Metroid
  • June – Yoshi
  • July – Donkey Kong

Wii U GamePad

  • Titles (including Virtual Console games) will be launched which will allow users to play using only the GamePad. You don’t have to use your TV.
  • Take screenshots of breathtaking and interesting sceneries, visuals and environments from games such as Pikmin 3.

Wii U Fit

  • This game will utilize the Miiverse’s closed group access
  • With the closed group feature of the Miiverse, players can lose weight with friends, discuss strategies and encourage each other.

On New Games

During the first two months of 2013, Nintendo isn’t planning on releasing new titles for a steady flow of game lineup and for an improved quality of user experience. New titles will be launched starting March. These are the games previewed in the latest Nintendo Direct:

  • The Wonderful 101
  • Bayonetta 2
  • New Super Smash Bros.
  • Yarn Yoshi
  • Shin-Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem (Iwata promises more collaboration titles such as this one in the future)
  • The Legend of Zelda (only the remake of The Wind Waker was previewed)
  • A new RPG brought by the developer behind Xenoblade Chronicles, Monolith Soft. Is it a Xenoblade sequel? We still don’t know.