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November Nintendo Direct Round-Up



Nintendo held its first Nintendo Direct presentation after the passing of President and CEO Satoru Iwata, bringing news about a number of upcoming releases for both Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. NoA President Reggie Fils-Aimé and Bill Trinen hosted the North American presentation, with the European presentation hosted by NoE President Satoru Shibata and Ed Valiente. The full version of the North American and European presentation are available to view here and here respectively, with relevant individual trailers and images collected at the bottom of this article.

Both presentations started off with the announcement of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for Nintendo Wii U, set to be released on March 4, 2016 in both regions. Nintendo will release a bundle with the game and a new Wolf Link amiibo, with the game's soundtrack available as pre-order bonus. Players will be able to store certain bits of data on the Wolf Link amiibo and transfer it over the the upcoming new Legend of Zelda Wii U game that is planned for release ni 2016.

European RPGamers will also be able to pick up two classic Zelda games on the Wii U Virtual Console. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks will release shortly after the presentation at a cost of £8.99 each. For a limited time those who buy one of the pair will be able to pick up the other for half-price.

In other Zelda news, Tri Force Heroes will be getting free extra content. The extra content includes a new area called the Den of Trials, which features over thirty stages, and two new costumes. The update will be released on December 2, 2015 in North America and December 3, 2015 in Europe. Hyrule Warriors Legends, a 3DS port of the Wii U crossover title developed by Omega Force, also appeared. The 3DS version adds new palyable characters in the form of Tetra, Toon Link, King of Hyrule, Skull Kid, and new character Linkle who dual-wields crossbows. Hyrule Warriors Legends is due on out March 25, 2016 in North America and Europe. A limited edition containing a pocketwatch was revealed for Europe.

In other European limited edition news, Bravely Second: End Layer will receive a Deluxe Collector's Edition in the region. The edition includes a soundtrack CD, art book, and small Agnés figure and will arrive with the game in Q1 2016. The game was mentioned in passing for the North American presentation, which confirmed a Spring 2016 release there.

Attention was also paid to Pokémon, with Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon receiving a new trailer. The crossover between the monster-battling series and Spike Chunsoft's dungeon crawling series is set for release on November 20, 2015 in North America and on February 19, 2016 in Europe. In classic Pokémon news, the first three games in the series — Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow — were announced for release on the Nintendo 3DS via the eShop on February 27, 2016 in both North America and Europe. As the transfer cable used by the original Game Boy versions will obviously not work on the 3DS, the games will allow trades using the 3DS's wireless capabilities.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. appeared with a new trailer. The 3DS game was confirmed for a release on December 4, 2015 in Europe, with a January 22, 2016 date for North America. Hot on the heels of the latest Survival Guide video, Xenoblade Chronicles X also received a new trailer ahead of its release for Nintendo Wii U in North America and Europe on December 4, 2015. Final Fantasy Explorers was confirmed for its late January release dates in the two regions with all Japanese DLC to be available for free. A Collector's Edition was announced, which includes a 20-track CD, exclusive quests that grant players classic Final Fantasy weapons, an art book, and a 3DS travel case.

With the RPG news still not yet finished, the newest Fire Emblem title — Fire Emblem Fates — put in its appearance. The game was already confirmed to come in two versions — Birthright and Conquest — with each version taking players down a different story route. The individual versions will retail for $39.99 in North America, with those who purchase one version able to buy the other route for $19.99. However, it was also confirmed that the third route that was released a couple of months following the original two routes in Japan — Revelation — will come to North America and Europe sometime after launch. A Special Edition will be released including access to all three routes plus and art book and will cost $79.99. Fire Emblem Fates launches on February 19, 2016 in North America and Europe.

Arguably the biggest news was held to the end, with the announcement of both Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King both announced for release in North America and Europe. The games will be released exclusively for Nintendo 3DS in 2016.



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