Nintendo held a new Direct presentation today, focusing on games planned for release up through the summer of this year for Wii U and 3DS. There were plenty of RPGs featured, with an assortment of updates including new game announcements, release dates, and new gameplay footage.
One of the major announcements was the English name for the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem crossover for Wii U (known as Genei Ibun Roku #FE in Japan). The game will be released in North America and Europe as Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, and will be available in both regions on June 24, 2016. Nintendo also confirmed that the game will have Japanese voicing with English subtitles.
The company also announced a new entry in the Paper Mario series. Paper Mario: Color Splash will be released for Wii U sometime in 2016. The theme for the game is colors and paint, and takes place on Prism Island, which is being drained of its color. Paper Mario is able to splash paint on areas that have lost their color. The game features cards that can be painted and then flicked from the Wii U gamepad to use in battle.
The Legend of Zelda series received some focus, with a reminder the Twilight Princess HD is out on Wii U tomorrow in both North America and Europe. Things then moved on to the next upcoming game, Hyrule Warriors Legends, the 3DS enhanced port of the action RPG spin-off Hyrule Warriors,
which is out in Europe on March 24, 2016, and in North America the following day. The game will have a season pass, that grants access to four DLC packs as well as a bonus Ganondorf costume. A new character was also announced, Medli from The Wind Waker, who will be available for free for both the original Wii U game and the 3DS version.
Another big announcement was that the 3DS Virtual Console will be upgraded to include SNES games. These will be available exclusively on New Nintendo 3DS or New Nintendo 3DS XL systems, with Earthboundbeing available today in Europe for £8.99/€9.99 and on March 24, 2016, in North America.The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past will also be available in Europe on March 10, 2016, and in North America on April 14, 2016.
Two more RPGs appeared in both Directs. The upcoming 3DS remake of Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past received some footage, though was not given a firm release date in either North America or Europe. The final big announcement for both regions was that Monster Hunter X will be released in the West under the title Monster Hunter Generations. The game will be released for Nintendo 3DS during summer 2016, and will offer bonus content to those who play the game with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate save data. Nintendo also revealed that the game will have some gear based on Marth from Fire Emblem in its western release.
In the North American Direct, there was a reminder that the third path for Fire Emblem Fates, Revelation, will be available to download as DLC from March 20, 2016. Some new footage forBravely Second: End Layer was also shown, showcasing some of the new jobs in the game. It was also announced that the Ballad of the Three Cavaliers demo will be released on March 10, 2016, ahead of the full game's release on April 15, 2016.
In Europe, the region finally received its own release date for Fire Emblem Fates. The game will be released on May 10, 2016. The European release will be accompanied by a special edition that features all three routes on a single cart as well as a special SteelBook case, art book, and double-sided poster. Nintendo also revealed that a special Fire Emblem Fates-design New Nintendo XL 3DS will be released in the region. For those that do not buy the special edition, the Revelation path will be released as DLC on June 9, 2016. The remaining RPG that appeared only in the Europe presentation was Yo-kai Watch, which is due out in Europe on April 29, 2016. The game's demo will be available to download in the region from today.
Various images and videos for the games mentioned above can be viewed below (more will be added as they become available). The full presentations can also be viewed here for North America and here for Europe.