Nintendo Direct: March 3rd, 2016 - live-streams, blog

You can see every single asset released during today's Nintendo Direct via the embed below, or just click here to see the album all at once.

We are linking to the EU and Japanese Nintendo Direct streams due to autoplay. Check out the EU stream here and the Japanese stream here.

- StarFox Zero has teleporters that impact levels and branching paths. Fortuna has dangerous bio-weapons and giant enemies. Multiple alternate paths on maps for you to find. This will open up new paths on the map depending on which paths you take through levels. Encounter Star Wolf for battles along the way. Encounter Venom and Andross along the way. Two player mode, with one player flying and one aiming/shooting. Fox amiibo can be used to play with the classic Arwing.

- Project Guard has been renamed StarFox Guard and lets you create maps for people to play all over the world. StarFox Zero and StarFox Guard come bundled together on April 22nd.

- Splatoon is getting an update next week for improved gear abilities, adjustments to ranked battles and new Splatfest elements. There will also be more weapon recommendation updates on the ay.

- Mario and Sonic Rio 2016 is due out on Wii U June 24th

- Super Mario Maker update coming that gives you keys and key doors, as well as thwomps that turn into skewers, shake coins for pink coins that let you earn keys. New online mode being made available for an extra challenge that lets you unlock costumes. Update is available on March 9th.

- Tokyo Mirage Sessions: ♯FE is the localized name of Genei Ibun Roku ♯FE and it will release June 24th! Game will retain the original voice track.

- Lost Reavers open beta starts April 14th, full game due out April 28th.

- Paper Mario: Color Splash is coming to Wii U. Prism Island is being drained of its color and Paper Mario has to bring color back to the land. Mario has a new paint hammer that restores paint to items and other creatures. In battle, paint cards and then flick them from the GamePad to start the battle.

- Mini Mario and Friends: amiibo Challenge is a free download on Wii U and 3DS, due out March 25th at select retailers, then eShop release on April 28th.

- SNES VC titles confirmed for New 3DS today!

- Pocket Card Jockey from Game Freak is getting localized, due out May

- Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 is due out on 3DS this Summer

- Hyrule Warriors legends season pass gives you 4-new DLC packs in 2016, esclusive costume for Ganondorf. Packs are available for purchase individually as well. Get a physical copy for a download code for a special 3DS theme. Transfer code lets Wii U owners download/play the 5 new characters and use Ganondorf's Trident weapon. Preorder at GameStop for a soft cover 16-page character art book. Medli as a free download character!

- Disney Art Academy coming to 3DS. Includes art for all sorts of infamous Disney characters. Earn a variety of art styles depending on what you're drawing. Due out May 13th.

- Bravely Second demo due out March 10th. Best Buy members can get the demo early on March 7th. Full game due out April 15th.

- Dragon Quest VII is due out on 3DS later this year

- Monster Hunter X being localized as Monster Hunter Generations, due out 2016. Play it with MH4U save data for bonus content. MH4U being offered at $20 for the next 48 hours. Getting special Marth DLC!

- Metroid Prime: Federation Force development started in 2009 with the idea of a new online-focused Metroid for a portable. Work started on the DSi, but they it was understood that the team couldn't achieve what they wanted to. The project ended up getting restarted for the 3DS. Get sub-weapons from the Federation from each mission. Divvy up between players due to weight limits on characters. Due out late Spring 2016.

- Yo-Kai Watch due out in Europe on April 29th.

- Rhythm Heaven Megamix due out later this year on 3DS.

- Kirby Planet Robobot announced for 3DS. Kirby can now take on enemy Robot Armor and even take on abilities of enemies and has 10 modes. 4-player Team Kirby Clash mode included that has co-op to defeat bosses. Find tablets to get powered-up moves. Complete quests to earn experience and grown more powerful. This mode available for download play. Compatible with amiibo as well to get Kirby copy abilities tied to each amiibo. Some amiibo give character-specific abilities.

Tags: 3ds, eshop, wii-u


41 minutes?! Good Lord, this should be fun.

I'm keeping the hype fairly low this time, but I'd appreciate some surprises.

Gah, I completely forgot about this, and then my internet decides to take a dive as soon as I try to access it. :/ Guess I'll just pick up on the text versions later...

Thu Mar 03 16 05:16pm
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Uh-oh, Paper Mario: Color Splash looks eerily similar Sticker Star. Tons of Toads, and another new battle gimmick. I'm worried.

I dunno, Sticker Star was alright, which is not something you expect from PM games, but it FELT better than Super Paper Mario.

I don't think this will be as good as the first two, but I got a feeling this will at least be enjoyable.

Sadly, the curse of the internet predicts if it is not twice as good as the original it's not good enough at all. Happens to almost every series, from movie to comics to even games.

I think the big disappointment is the lack of original characters, which looks like it will continue with Color Splash. Charming partner characters were a big part of what made the franchise "beloved" in the first place, and they've done away with them due to some top-down mandate. Color Splash has an interesting premise and maybe the gameplay will be fine, but it looks like those will be wasted on another generic Mario experience.

It's interesting how new characters somehow equate to a better experience, yet other cases people preferred the older casts in other games. It's one of those insatiable things the consumer at large will likely follow about why they must be unhappy with a product.

I posted this awhile back on another message board, but it's topical, so I'll say it here:

The difference between Super and Sticker Star, is that Super is very clearly trying to do its own thing, and if you judge it on its own merits, I think you'll find that the gameplay really isn't bad at all. Sure, some of the depth from the previous games is gone, but it's a really unique experience all its own. Plus, even if you're not a huge fan of the new gameplay, I think the story, writing, and characters are so strong that you'll probably want to keep playing anyway, just to find out what happens next.

Sticker Star, on the other hand, is really just a watered-down version of the first two games, mixed with New Super Mario Bros. It's so dull, and it has nothing to make it stand out on its own. At least the presentation is nice, but that's about all I can give it.

That's my opinion on the matter, anyway.

Sat Mar 05 16 06:04am
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Not having played Sticker Star, I can't comment much on that part of your message (though the general consensus on the internet seems to agree with that)... But I completely agree about Super Paper Mario. It's definitely a departure from the previous two games and I was very wary. ...Until I saw gameplay videos. Super Paper Mario has so much charm, and it looks really nice too. It's very much its own thing and I love it for it.

Well, I'm glad that someone else feels that way. Smile Thanks for replying!

Too early to tell, but yeah...It looks eerily similar to Sticker Star...

Thu Mar 03 16 06:19pm
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The over world and copy pasta Toads tell me all I need to know about his game. I'm so disappointed that I gotta wait four more years for another shot at a traditional Paper Mario. Sad

lol, having Goombella as your icon lets everyone know where you'll fall on this game.

RIP good Paper Mario ;(

Soriti Horse... It's been 3000 years LoL

3DS getting VC support? That's the biggest news shock to me yet!

Also... FINALLY some New 3DS exclusive features.

3DS is not getting it, New 3DS and New 3DS XL are getting it. 3DS Classic fans who bought one early on are left out in the dark.

I did read that. I'm a New 3DS owner, and while I do agree that it's unfortunate for regular 3DS owners, it's incredibly refreshing to have something, ANYTHING exclusive for the New 3DS after a full year of nothing since system launch.

(Yes, I know... Binding of Isaac, but that's one game outside of Xenoblade in that lifetime.)

Honestly, though, I think the "exclusivity" boils down to just having something just for New 3DS, and is being used as a justification/temptation for buying the system or upgrading.

I'm happy with my New 3DS, but I have to admit that it's a relief to get something specific for the thing to add something unique to owning it.

In that sense I can agree with you. I am not going to make a huge deal of it since the 3DS is basically on it's last legs as is the Wii U as well. The Wii U however will be the first to see a replacement since it has not faired so super well unlike the 3DS which could go another year or 2 if Nintendo so wished to do so.

Interesting.... You know in some weird way, it seems like Nintendo is all of a sudden starting to pay attention to the 3DS again, as in getting better about supporting it.

How long that will last, however, remains to be seen.

I knew it! I totally knew it! Gotta love me some Monster Hunter.

That direct was pretty all-right. There was some good stuff. None of the surprises are very exciting to me (not a fan of Paper Mario or Kirby) but they made some other games look more exciting for me. Medli's pretty cool!

Safe to say that rumor of Starfox Zero getting delayed was a load of bunk. Major announcement for me was Rhythm Heaven Megamix.

Thu Mar 03 16 05:46pm
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That was actually a rather impressive Direct, keeping in mind that they are keeping their big guns for E3 in 3 months.

Edit: I actually liked Sticker Star despite its shortcomings, so if this entry (which looks somewhat similar) fixes my gripes with Sticker Star, it could prove quite good. My only concern is that it might be a little rushed to push out before the NX comes out.

Thu Mar 03 16 05:48pm
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A much better direct than expected. Nothing to go crazy over, but generally a lot of decent stuff.

I like how the new paper mario uses the lovely art direction of sticker stars, hopefully though it won't come with the same gameplay issues.

That Direct was surprisingly satisfying. My only concern is that the Paper Mario game looks like it learned nothing from Sticker Star but everything else was great. More Zelda DLC, new Kirby, Federation Force has a layer of depth to it nobody knew about it, Rhythm Heaven, Star Fox Zero and Guard look promising, etc. Good stuff.

Thu Mar 03 16 05:49pm
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So I have to upgrade to a New 3ds to play SNES games... why? Also, I have to buy them again (right?) WTF...

Sticker Star... Er... Color Splash looked so bad. Ugh. GIVE US A REAL PAPER MARIO. My gamepad is broken, so I'm assuming I have to pay $100 to have it fixed to even play this gimmick filled garbage.

Oh boy, a j-pop idol game! Yawn... Moster Hunter... oh boy (I couldn't care less). Fire Emblem... please go away. Bravely Default... yawn. Dragon Quest... yawn. ugh.

Starfox looked alright... I guess. New Kirby looked... ugh.

Only good thing was Rhythm Heaven, IMO. I guess Nintendo will get $30-40 out of me this year.

I think it's safe to say I'm about done with gaming as a whole. I've wasted too much of my time and energy supporting this (and other) companies and I'm just so burnt out. Done. Bye.

So I have to upgrade to a New 3ds to play SNES games... why?

Perhaps the regular 3DS can't run SNES games perfectly. Or maybe it's an elaborate marketing move by Nintendo.

My gamepad is broken, so I'm assuming I have to pay $100 to have it fixed to even play this garbage.
*worlds smallest violin*

Shut up. I'm not exactly made of money, being a self-employed individual in a crap country.

In that case, you might want to take better care of your stuff.

Well, you know, not everyone is perfect like you and accidents never happen.

So can you tell me what the point of your original post was, to whine that Nintendo does not allow people that break controllers to play their games? What if an accident happened and you broke your Wii U, would that be any different? Would Nintendo need to allow you to play the game without a working console? Please be reasonable.

Yep, exactly. I'm whining and venting. You're a sharp one.

Why would you mention it if you weren't? Anyway, let's give it a rest.

My personal instinct is that it's more of a hopeful incentive to get people to buy a New 3DS or upgrade to the system with this "exclusive" feature.

As a 3DS owner, I'm glad that we finally get something, anything to actually further validate the purchase.

But is that still the case when Nintendo is asking you to buy 25 year old games *again*? I don't think it would work for me.

Agreed. They are still so far behind when it comes to cross-play. I'm actually stunned that this is still a thing, unless they are planning something with their new accounts program.

Thu Mar 03 16 05:59pm
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What's it like as a member of the Fun Police?
But you like Rhythm Heaven, as do I, so you're cool in my book.

What's fun? Horribly awful looking games and gimmicky ways for Nintendo to drain me of my cash?

Don't like them? Don't buy them. In fact, Nintendo themselves would be in a much better place right now if fanboys didn't buy every game they make.

I haven't bought a game in over a year because Nintendo is churning out gimmicky garbage.

Well that's why other platforms exist, you can also measure up Nintendo games to others and see that Nintendo's game hasn't been up to snuff lately.

Yea ok, whatever. Bye.

Looks like someone's throwing a hissy fit because he didn't get what he wanted...

Paper Mario: Color Splash looks like another gimmicky entry in the series ala Sticker Star... the overworld map is back, and he referred to the series as being in the "Action Adventure" genre... So it's not an RPG. Sigh.

Still digesting but I think it was a pretty solid presentation, especially with no expectations going in.

I'd say 8.8/10, about as good as Twilight Princess.

I'll move my grade up to a 7.8/10 but no higher!

Let's see if we can get it up to 7.9/10...


Was hyped to see Paper Mario Wii U. Then I saw the stack of Toads and got horrid obnoxious Toad Collecting Minigame flashbacks from Paper Jam... :/

Please be good.

Have to wonder if the obvious Splatoon [or and Sunshine] paint angle was decided before or after the prior one's global success, though.

Better download the video before Youtube starts shoving stupid reaction videos in my face.

Overall great Direct. Funny how it seems they've given up on giving the N3DS "exclusive" games for it, so they're doing VC games instead. I wouldn't be surprised if they announce GBA games at E3. And yea the new PM is Sticker Star for Wii U, great. Also I was chuckling at how that weeb game is keeping its Japanese voices. Couldn't have it any other way.

SNES VC on 3DS is expensive! $5 more then they'd be on Wii U and no price cut if you've already purchased Wii U and/or Wii VC version

Just another reason I'm done with Nintendo. DONE

I won't be buying any more VC games if they don't allow us to transfer them from system to system via MyNintendo. It's really sickening how they are expecting us to buy ALttP for the Nth time.

Yes, exactly what I am complaining about. GREED

I'm just happy that in the next major direct/information dump, there should be NX news and info. We're just about to transition over to NX launch hype phase. Finally.

I'm really 50/50 at this point. I'm sure they'll do an impressive presentation though I fear anything worthwhile will not be at launch.

Thu Mar 03 16 06:28pm
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I'm anticipating a very strong launch window. Nintendo has acknowledged their failures with the Wii U and 3DS and even commented on this launch being Nintendo-like (I think that was the term Iwata used). Their output has been so lackluster lately, it's not even funny. I can see quite a few teams being ready around launch/launch window, and we have the guaranteed Zelda being there. Plus, there's the rumor today of BG&E for next year and comments that it sounds like Nintendo is actually attempting to get 3rd party support, which is exciting.

I'm probably expecting too much, but regardless, it's way more exciting and entertaining than watching DLC/amiibo addons to games and small-budget re-iterations/spinoffs of their franchises for Wii U and 3DS.

We'll see.

Those I don't think that will go away.

Thu Mar 03 16 06:16pm
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I actually don't think the direct was that good, granted I'm not expecting major news, but they pulled this crap through 2013-2014. Stringing people along with the same info we already knew, plus filler.

Most of it are filler games which is understandable but then half the games did not even have solid release dates or months, we should definitely have one for DQ7 since that was in a previous direct.

Oooh! New Kirby game! Like the new gimmick for the game. The new Star fox is getting more and more interesting. Forgot all about project guard. Not sure what to think about the new Paper Mario game, but however it's too early to judge the game at this point. The new MH game looks awesome. That reminds me, need to get back on MH4U.... Federation force looks more interesting since we seen more of it now. And I'm surprise that they're going to finally put SNES VC games on the 3ds now. The upcoming update for SMM got me excited. Even more potential for new levels now! SMM is just getting better and better with each new updates!

Pretty good Direct overall. Excited about new Kirby, Kirby amiibo (but still no new FE amiibo...), MH and Rhythm Heaven localizations. New Paper Mario may look like Sticker Star but I'm willing to give it a chance. I'm actually looking foward to Star Fox, Federation Force, and Something Something Something Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (guess that getting someone that could act and sing for Azura must have been pretty hard, which must be why NOA is avoiding English voice actors for that one. That, and the game is so Japanese that it being in English would probably destroy the universe). Also FE Fates stuff in Mario Maker, please?

Largely unrelated to the Direct, but the fact that Pikmin 4 wasn't mentioned makes me think that it will be an NX launch title, or at least a launch window title.

Monster Hunter, Lost Reavers, Kirby all look great.

I however am seriously peeved about Hyrule Warriors new content being only for 3DS.

Musou games just aren't that great on portables, and unless I buy a £130 minor upgrade, the game is going to run like absolute steaming garbage on my 3DS.

Blargh, that's my only real complaint with the direct, the rest was a lot better than I thought it would be, besides Star Fox Zero and Guard being two separate games, that is just ... wrong.

Lost Reavers

look[s] great

It really looks dreadful, what do you like about it?

I enjoy simple action games.
I enjoy co-op orientated games.
I certainly enjoy role based mechanics in co-op games.

Honestly I see no issue with it so far.

Just looks too basic to me, I can't see it being successful outside Japan. Then again it's F2P on a system with almost no F2P content, so it might pick up some stragglers.

I'm of the mindset that simple can sometimes be as fun and engaging as the most complex of games.

I mean this in a positive for both "simple" and complex games of course, I love strategy titles afterall.
Who knows, it could turn out to be slow, clunky and dull, but for now I'm staying optimistic, plus it's free, so even if it is a giant turd, I didn't lose no money on it.

I'm of the mindset that simple can sometimes be as fun and engaging as the most complex of games.

That's because complexity isn't what makes a game engaging, what makes a game engaging is depth. A simple game can have more depth than a complex one, but it's more difficult to create a deep game if you go the simplistic route. The most easy to pick up and hard to master games have low complexity but great depth.

I have to admit though, this one looks sort of shallow.

Rhythm Heaven Megamix was definitely the best news of this direct, and that's not necessarily a knock on the rest of the direct. I'm just that hype for what sounds like the definitive Rhythm Heaven game.

Thu Mar 03 16 06:49pm
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As somebody who has played all 3 games prior and 100%'d an import copy of Megamix (The Best +)

It's not what I'd call the "definitive" game, since there are plenty of amazing games and variations of games and even remixes they could've added to it I personally would love to see.
HOWEVER, it is by far the best game in the series thus far for the sheer amount of content there is, it's amazing how much there is to do in that game, and I cannot wait to pick up the Western release once it's finally out.

I usually refrain from saying cliche things like this, but if you're a fan of the series, this is one you should absolutely get hyped for.

The leak was pretty accurate. With snes games on n3DS and all.

Pretty "meh" direct overall. best parts:
good to see more Splatoon and Mario maker additions
Rhythm Heaven and kirby were nice little surprises
Monster hunter x getting a release here

Worst parts:
Paper Mario not playing like the original or TTYD that everyone wanted
Federation Force and Lost Reavers still not doing anything at all for me


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