No, today’s Nintendo Direct didn’t have anything to say about the Nintendo NX, but it was a fantastic show of support for the 3DS. Several major games and series from their home consoles are making the jump to the handheld, alongside new amiibo, a big update to Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and a bit of love for Zelda’s 30th anniversary.
You can, of course, watch the whole thing here, but keep scrolling past the video for all the major news.
Super Mario Maker is coming to the 3DS on 2nd December! The popular Wii U game that lets you create all manner of wild and wonderful Mario levels is being shrunk down to fit the handheld. There’s 100 built in courses from Nintendo to play through, and all the same level creating tools.
The downside is that, while there’s clever local networking features so that you can collaborate on levels with friends, you won’t be able to share your 3DS created levels online, only locally and via StreetPass. The best you can do is download created and uploaded from the Wii U version of the game. You won’t be able to search for courses, but can take the 100 Mario Challenge and play the recommended courses.
Mario Maker, then, but with a few caveats.
Pikmin is being turned into a side-scrolling adventure for 3DS, which is a pretty big shift for the series. Pikmin still follow Olimar around on the screen, but you’re just going left and right, while tapping on the touch screen to where you want the Pikmin to jump and get to work.
Pikmin for Nintendo 3DS, which is a working title, is planned for release in 2017, but might this be what’s previously been referred to as Pikmin 4?
Either way, if you really love Pikmin lots and lots, you can turn on your Wii U and download the “New Play Control!” version of the first game, which adds Wii motion controls to the Gamecube original.
Yoshi’s Woolly World is weaving its way onto the 3DS on 3rd February 2017, bringing another popular Wii U game to the handheld.
Alongside everything from the Wii U original, there’s new features, such as new stages that focus on Poochy. In fact, Poochy’s such a big addition that he’s going to star alongside Yoshi in 30 animated shorts for the 3DS game, a yarn Poochy amiibo is being made, and the game itself is now going to be called Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is getting a big new update, three years after its original release. It adds compatibility for all the Animal Crossing amiibo and amiibo cards, as well as a few figures from other games. There’s even another batch of 50 amiibo cards being released on 11th November, and it’s a big enough deal that there’s a new release of the game on 25th November that will include the updated game and an amiibo card.
Nintendo are going to host a Animal Crossing-themed Mini-Direct later this autumn, where we’ll doubtless hear more about this and the upcoming mobile game.
Donkey Kong, Wario, Rosalina and Boo join the Super Mario series of amiibo figures on October 7th, with Waluigi, Diddy Kong and Princess Daisy are out on November 4th.
Boo glows in the dark.
There’s a new set of 30th anniversary Legend of Zelda amiibo, with pixel Link, Ocarina of Time Link, and Toon Link and Zelda from The Wind Waker, coming out on 2nd December. They’re functionally the same as other Link and Zelda amiibo, but will work with Breath of the Wild when that releases next year.
The original Wii version of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has also been added to the Wii U eShop this evening, and if you’re still dipping into Hyrule Warriors Legend every now and then, there’s new DLC on the way based off Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks.
Dragon Quest VII is still set for release on 16th September, but Dragon Quest VIII has been delayed until 2017.
Axiom Verge, Jotun: Valhalla Edition, Severed, Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 and Noitu Love: Devolution are all “Nindie” games coming out this month, and will do so with a 10% discount.
Last but not least, 3DS StreetPass is being updated to allow for up to 100 Mii to queue up at once, so long as you’ve upgraded to StreetPass Plaza Premium. With so many more Mii in your plaza, it’s a good thing that there’s five new mini-games to take them into and play with. StreetPass Slot Racer, StreetPass Trader, StreetPass Chef, StreetPass Explorers and StreetPass Ninja, all of which feature in this trailer:
Source: press release, Nintendo Direct