Nintendo aired their latest Nintendo Direct yesterday, and among a whopping 35 minutes of juicy game footage, the president Satoru Iwata announced a new installment in three of the company’s long-running series.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2
This new Zelda game is a spiritual sequel to the 1991 SNES game Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (aka Zelda no Densetsu: Kamigami no Triforce). It is set in the same world as A Link to the Past, but the story is completely new.
Developed for the 3DS, this installment uses an art style that looks like a cross between Wind Waker and Ocarina of Time 3D. Although it uses a top-down view, the game takes advantage of the 3DS’s stereoscopic graphics. In gameplay footage, we see Link using a hammer to push down springs, then using them to fly towards the camera.
As a new ability, Link can turn into a mural and travel across walls, adding a new puzzle element, which is a must-have for all Zelda games.
These are all of the details Nintendo has currently revealed, but considereing the size of Zelda games, they have barely scratched the surface. A Link to the Past 2 is scheduled to be released next year in Japan and this winter in North America.
Mario Party 3DS
Also announced is a 3DS game in the Mario Party series, the official title of which has not been announced. This is the 12th game in the party game series, spanning from the N64 to the Wii. The newest installment will feature seven game boards with drastically different rules.
In the broadcast, we see a board in which players collect cards that cause different actions. In another board, players hide in caves to avoid being chased by a giant Bullet Bill that blasts off randomly. One board seems to be set in space, and players ride spacecrafts capable of traveling a huge distance in a single turn.
The game will include 81 mini-games, including puzzle games, action games, games that use the touchscreen, and games that use the 3DS’s augmented reality capabilities.
Since the Mario Party series is best played with friends, it will be exciting to hear what online functionalities this game will have. The newest Mario Party will be released this winter in Japan and North America.
Yoshi’s Island 3DS
Another game announced on Nintendo Direct is another 3DS game without an official title, Yoshi’s Island. The Yoshi’s Island series has one game for the SNES, a port for the GBA, and a sequel for the DS.
From what we can see in the broadcast, the gameplay style of the 3DS game is similar to that of the past games, but the graphics have improved greatly while keeping a cute vibe, and we get to see Yoshi throwing a giant egg that smashes stone and pipes.
There is currently no release date for Yoshi’s Island, so there must be plenty of new gameplay elements we haven’t seen yet. Considering that Yarn Yoshi was also announced two months ago, Yoshi fans have a lot to look forward to.
There’s a ton of other information and gameplay footage that aren’t covered in this article, such as info on New Super Luigi U, Pikmin 3, Mario & Luigi Dream Team, Mario Golf, and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3DS. You can watch the North American Nintendo Direct below:
If you want to see the Japanese Nintendo Direct, you can see it here:
Source: Nintendo Direct