In the first Nintendo Direct since the death of president Satoru Iwata, Nintendo is calling 2016—the 30th anniversary of the Zelda franchise–the year of Zelda.
To celebrate Zelda in 2016, Nintendo is releasing a remastered version of the The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess, officially titled The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess HD. The game will include some gameplay enhancements for the Wii U, including compatibility with a newly revealed Wolf Link Amiibo. The Wolf Link Amiibo can be purchased in a bundle with the game, which is scheduled for a March 4, 2016 release. For those who pre-order the game, a bonus game soundtrack will also be included. Finally, Nintendo hinted that Amiibo data from the Wolf Link will be transferrable to a confirmed new Legend of Zelda game coming to Wii U in 2016. While a new Wii U Zelda game was confirmed, a release date was not provided.
Continuing with the Zelda theme, Nintendo is expanding the The Legend of Zelda: TriForce Heroes – 3DS with a free update coming to the 3DS game on December 2. The update includes a new map area named the Den of Trials and also includes new outfits. Wrapping up its Zelda related news, Nintendo announced Hyrule Warriors: Legends for 3DS for March 25, 2016. Interestingly, a new character in Legends is a female Link-like character named Linkelle.
Some of the other highlights from the November Nintendo Direct include:
- A dungeon exploration RPG style game starring Pokemon titled Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon. Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon is slated for a November 20 release and all 720 pokemon are in the game!
- New content is coming to Splatoon with two new stages (Museum d’Alfonsino, and Mahi-Mahi Resort) and equipment coming this winter.
- Nintendo is developing a Super Mario Maker portal website as an easier way to find the millions of user designed courses that have been created since the game’s launch. The courses can be tagged on the portal site and will later appear in your queue on the Wii U when you’re ready to play. The portal website will come with an update to Mario Marker slated for December.
- Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival is coming for the Wii U tomorrow, November 13. A bundle with Isabelle and Digby Amiibo figures is available for purchase, with the Digby being exclusive to the bundle. For anyone purchasing the Animal Crossing Amiibo cards to play Happy Home Designer for the 3DS, they’ll be compatible with Amiibo Festival, unlock minigames within the game.
- November 20 will see the release of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash for the Wii U, which support play for up to four players and includes an online mode as well a power-up or simple gameplay styles.
- Xenoblade Chronicles X, a cross-over between western-style and Japanese-style RPGs arrives on December 4. The game hopes to satisfy a more mature audience that would otherwise look to Microsoft or Sony for this style of game.
- Nintendo will offer an new Wii U bundle for the holiday that includes Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Splatoon.
- New Amiibo Coming in January–January 22, 2016 to be specific. Look for Blathers, Celeste, Kicks, and Mr. Resetti from Animal Crossing and Mother 3’s Lucas to join the Amiibo family then.
- A Pokemon fighting game is slotted for spring 2016. Titled Pokken Tournament, the first production run of the game will include a Shadow Mewtwo Amiibo card as a bonus.
- Team StarFox will board their arwings one more time in StarFox Zero, which launches April 22, 2016.
- Megaman Legacy Collection, a collection of the first 6 NES games starring the Blue Bomber, is set for release on February 23, 2016. A gold Megaman Amiibo will come with the collector’s edition of the game and the special amiibo will unlock special challenges in the game.
- Two long-awaited Dragon Quest games are finally seeing release for the 3DS with Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past coming in RPG early summer 2016 and Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King coming later in 2016.
- The next update for Super Smash Bros. Wii U will feature characters from Final Fantasy 7, with Cloud Strife confirmed as one the the characters through gameplay footage.