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Nintendo Direct 3.3.16

Nintendo Direct 3_3_15

On March 3rd/4th, 2016 Nintendo hosted a worldwide Nintendo Direct. Source Gaming has broken compared the announcements across all three major regions (Europe, Japan and North America) to provide comprehensive coverage of this event.

Wii U Software:


Tokyo Mirage Sessions: #FE

-Game will come with the Japanese Dub and English Subtitles

Europe: June 24th 2016

Japan: Already out
North America: June 24th 2016


Dragon Quest Online
Japan: Free from March 14th-31st


Lost Reavers

Europe: April 28th
Japan: Update after the direct
North America: 14/4/2016 – Open Beta Version ; 28/4/2016 Full version


Mario and Sonic at the Rio Olympics

Europe: 6/24/2016
Japan: 6/23/2016
North America: 24/6/2016


Paper Mario Colour Splash

Europe: 2016
Japan: 2016
North America: 2016


Star Fox: Guard

Europe: 4/22/2016

Japan: 4/21/2016

North America: 4/22/2016


Star Fox: Zero

Europe: 4/22/2016
Japan: 4/21/2016
North America: 4/22/2016


MvDK amiibo
Japan: Already Out
North America: April 28th, 2016


Shovel Knight

Europe: Already Out
Japan: June 30th, 2016
North America: Already out


Wii Karaoke U:
March 5th and March 12th, free


3DS Software:

Bokujou Monogatari: Mitsu no Sato no Taisetsu na Tomodachi
Japan: June 23rd, 2016


Bravely Second

North America: April 15th, 2016


Culdcept Revolt

Japan: July 2016


Disney Art Academy

Japan: April 7th, 2016 (with theme and plates)

North America: May 13th, 2016

Europe: July 15th 2016


Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 3

Japan: March 24th, 2016


Dragon Quest VII

Europe: 2016

North America: 2016


Etrian Odyssey V

Japan: August 4th, 2016


Fire Emblem: Fates
Europe: May 20th 2016

Japan: Already released
North America: Already released


Azure Striker Gunvolt 2
Japan: Summer 2016

Europe: Summer

North America:  Summer


Hyrule Warriors Legends

Europe: March 25th
Japan: Already released
North America: March 25th


Kirby: Planet Robobot

Japan: April 28th, 2016

Europe: June 10th, 2016

North America:  June 10th, 2016


Mario & Sonic at the Rio Olympics

Europe: April 2nd, 2016
Japan: Already Out
North America: March 18th, 2016


Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Europe: Summer
Japan: June
North America: Late Spring 2016


Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge

North America: 28th April


Monster Hunter Generations

Europe: Summer 2016
Japan: Already released
North America: Summer 2016


Puzzle Dragon: Cross (Two versions)

Japan:  July 28th, 2016


Rhythm Heaven Megamix

Japan: Already released

US: 2016

Europe: 2016


Shovel Knight

Europe: Already Out
Japan: June 30th, 2016
North America: Already out



Japan: April 21st, 2016


Yokai Watch
Europe: April 29th 2016
Japan: Already released
North America: Already released


Yokai Watch Sangokushi

Japan: April 2nd




Fire Emblem Fates

3rd Map Pack: Japan 3/16 and 3/23

Price Museum Melee, Ghostly Gold, Royal Royale for 2,49 USD


Hyrule Warriors Wii U and 3DS

Season Pass

Medli for free

Toon Ganondorf for season pass

19.99 USD



(Balances Gear and Updates the matchmaking. Also adds “Sheldon’s Picks”)

Europe: March 9th, 2016. A second update in April.
Japan: March 9th, 2016

North America: March 8th, 2016


Dragon Quest (Gangankouze or Inochidaijini) for next Splatfest 3/12/13
North America:

Another update in April

Summer Festival – April 29/30th on NicoNico Douga


Super Mario Maker:

(Adds keys, new blocks, P Coin, harder courses)

March 9th, 2016


Monster Hunter Generations: Fire Emblem Costumes



Animal Crossing amiibo cards March 18th (Europe) June (US)

Next Smash and AC Amiibo: March 18th (Europe)

Series 4 AC Card: april

Ryu and Roy – April 28th (Japan)

Kirby amiibo – April 28th (Japan) June 10 (US/Europe)




Fire Emblem Fates 3DS Edition

Europe: May 20th 2016


SNES on New 3DS

03/03: Super Mario World and Earthbound

03/10: A link to the past and Super Metroid

03/17: F-Zero & Super Mario Kart

03/24: Donkey Kong Country 1 & 2


Japan: Discount for Nintendo Account holders

Super Famicon Design New 3DS XL: 20,000 Yen

Fire Emblem Design New 3DS: 18,800 Yen


June 23rd, 2016 – TCG Fire Emblem 5th Pack


Hunter Life Starter Pack – April 28th, 22,000 Yen


Fire Emblem Prepaid Card Special Design

Nintendo Direct 3/3/2016 PM
March 3, 2016 22:45 UTC

Momentum for Wii U, Nintendo 3DS Keeps Going Through Winter, Spring and Beyond

New Nintendo Direct Video Reveals Massive Amount of New Information

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– In a new Nintendo Direct video, Nintendo revealed new games on the way for its Wii U and Nintendo 3DSsystems, as well as additional details about previously announced titles. From new games in the Kirby and Paper Mario franchises to a companion game for Star Fox Zero, this is one video that can’t be missed.

Fox McCloud returns in Star Fox Zero on April 22. (Graphic: Business Wire)Fox McCloud returns in Star Fox Zero on April 22. (Graphic: Business Wire)

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

Wii U

  • Star Fox Zero: Fox McCloud returns in an action-packed new adventure. Multiple paths branch out to give players plenty of places to explore, and each route gives them a completely different experience, with each battle posing its own set of unique challenges. Players will notice their skills get better and better over time, as they become top-notch pilots. In two-player mode, one player can fly the Arwing while the other player aims and shoots. The game launches April 22. The packaged version comes with aStar Fox Guard game disc at a suggested retail price of $59.99 while the digital version of the game can be purchased by itself from Nintendo eShop for $49.99.
  • Star Fox Guard: Players set up 12 cameras to find and defeat enemies who are attacking the mining site of Slippy Toad’s uncle, Grippy Toad. The game includes about 100 stages, but players can also create their own stages by editing the placement of enemies and uploading their levels online. The only way to get the physical version of Star Fox Guard is by purchasing the packaged version of Star Fox Zero. The game can also be purchased by itself from Nintendo eShop for $14.99. Customers that purchase the digital version of either Star Fox Zero or Star Fox Guard will receive a $4.99 Nintendo eShop discount toward the other game.
  • Paper Mario: Color Splash: Prism Island is being drained of its color and it’s up to Paper Mario to stop it! Use Paper Mario’s paint hammer to splash paint on anything it hits and bring the color back to the island in this new action-adventure game. The game will launch later in 2016.
  • Super Mario Maker: More than 6.2 million courses from players around the world are available for others to play, and now a free March 9 update will add a Super Expert mode to the 100-Mario Challenge. The mode is unlocked after players clear Expert mode. Super Expert Mode dishes out six extremely tough courses. Additionally, 12 new Mystery Mushroom costumes have been added to 100 Mario Challenge. The update also provides level creators with even more tools:
    • Shake a P Switch to turn it into a key. Shake a Door to turn it into a Key Door. Creators can make enemies hold keys, meaning players can’t advance without defeating mandatory bosses.
    • Shake a Coin to turn it into a Pink Coin. Players must collect them all to make a key appear.
    • Shake a Thwomp to turn it into a massive Skewer column from Super Mario World.
    • Additionally, the Super Mario Maker Bookmark site will see additions such as ranking categories for world records and the number of first clears on courses, inspiring new ways to experience the main game.
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games: The Wii U version of the game launches on June 24 and includes two events new to the series: Rugby Sevens and Rhythmic Gymnastics Clubs. Every event in the game takes place in locales modeled after the actual venues in Rio.
  • Splatoon: The hit multiplayer game is getting more updates. An update on March 8 balances some gear abilities to improve some of the lesser-used ones and make them more appealing. Additional tweaks to matchmaking, Ranked Battles and Splatfests aim to improve the overall user experience. Another update arrives in two waves, with the first coming in April. It will adjust some existing weapons and add new weapon set recommendations as “Sheldon’s Picks.”
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE: Slay monsters—and slay like a pop star—all at the same time, in this brand-new RPG from acclaimed developer Atlus. A sinister force from another dimension has invaded modern-day Tokyo, resulting in a fantastical barrage of style, fashion, music and, of course, danger. So play to your strengths in high-energy turn-based battles, then fuse items to craft powerful weapons and crush your foes. Around every corner you’ll find fan-service—including Fire Emblem references—original songs by Japanese entertainment giant Avex, dungeons themed after the entertainment industry and eye-catching music performances. The one-of-a-kind game launches June 24.
  • LOST REAVERS: BANDAI NAMCO’s latest free-to-play online co-op action game asks players to team up with other adventurers online to fight zombies and solve puzzles as they search for valuable treasure. As players complete missions, characters will level up, unlock additional skills and increase their in-game funds to acquire new weapons. An open beta version is launching April 14 with the full version coming to Wii U on April 28.

Nintendo 3DS

  • Kirby: Planet Robobot: Invaders have mechanized Dream Land. To restore his home to its original form, Kirby must use their technology against them with the new Robobot Armor. The Robobot Armor can even destroy a variety of obstacles in his way. The Team Kirby Clash mode lets up to four players join forces to battle against powerful bosses. Players select one of four roles, and participate in a co-op quest to defeat a boss while supporting their team. Completing a quest earns experience points to level-up and grow more powerful. The game is compatible with a large variety of amiibo figures, and some give Kirby character-specific abilities. A new series of Kirby amiibo figures that includes Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight and Waddle Dee gives Kirby attributes specific to each character. Tapping the Kirby figure is the only way to get the UFO ability. The game and new amiibo figures launch June 10.
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force: This next chapter in the Metroid Prime series is a first-person adventure fused with puzzle solving, focused on shooting and co-op gameplay. Players take on missions that tell the story of the battle between the Galactic Federation’s elite Federation Force unit and the Space Pirates. Each player must select and carry specific sub-weapons based on their preferred roles, then proceed to complete each mission. The game will launch in late spring.
  • Rhythm Heaven Megamix: The game offers more than 100 rhythm games, 30 of which are new to the series. An additional 70 have been selected from previous games in the series, including the original Game Boy Advance title, which was never released in North America. The game launches later this year.
  • Monster Hunter Generations: The newest installment in the popular Monster Hunter action RPG series from Capcom is making its way to the West. The game will feature a special collaboration armor set based on Marth from the Fire Emblem series. Anyone who plays Monster Hunter Generations on Nintendo 3DS with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate save data present on it will receive bonus content in the new game. As a special promotion, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is being offered at a special price of $19.99 in Nintendo eShop for 48 hours, starting today at 3 p.m. PT. The game will launch this summer.
  • Disney Art Academy: Discover your inner artist to capture the stunning visuals of over 80 Disney and Pixar characters. With advice and lessons inspired by Disney art and Pixar animations, learn to use a bundle of different drawing tools to create Elsa and Olaf from Disney Frozen, characters from Disney Inside Out, Mickey Mouse and more! Even share your creations with your friends! Disney Art Academy launches May 13.
  • Hyrule Warriors Legends: The game launches March 25, at which point players can buy a season pass to get access to four DLC packs and a bonus costume for Ganondorf. These packs will also be available for purchase individually in Nintendo eShop during the next few months. A transfer code will allow purchasers who also own Hyrule Warriors for Wii U to use Ganondorf’s Trident weapon and play as the five new characters from Hyrule Warriors Legends in the Wii U game. Medli from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker will be available as a free download when the first DLC pack is released.
  • Bravely Second: End Layer: A free demo of the game hits Nintendo eShop on March 10. Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked members will receive a unique 16-digit code to access the demo early on March 7. Playing the demo will earn play bonuses that players can transfer into the full version of the game when it launches on April 15.
  • Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past: Travel to the past to save the present in this classic Dragon Quest adventure that has been completely remade from the ground up for Nintendo 3DS. The world has been rebuilt, the characters have new 3D models and the story has been completely re-localized. Even customize your party with over 30 classes and rank up in turn-based battles to learn new spells and abilities. The game launches later in 2016.
  • Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation: This third path in the story reveals many secrets not available in the Birthright or Conquest versions. On March 10, players can purchase Revelation for $19.99. Once purchased, a third option will appear at the Branch of Fate moment of the game: “Refuse to Choose a Side.” Today two new maps (Museum Melee and Ghostly Gold) are being released for purchase in the Dragon’s Gate in-game DLC shop, with Royal Royale launching on March 17. After March 17, additional maps will be released on a weekly basis through April 21.

Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

  • Virtual Console Update: Super NES games are coming to New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL systems. At the conclusion of today’s Nintendo Direct, Super Mario World, F-Zero and Pilotwings will be available, mirroring the original Super NES launch lineup. On March 24,Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Kart and EarthBound will join the lineup. And on April 14, watch for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past,Super Metroid and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Quest. The New Nintendo 3DS hardware enables Perfect Pixel Mode in these versions, which gives players the option to display the games in their original resolution. Find a full listing of Virtual Console titles at
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt 2: Gunvolt’s rival Copen joins the fray as a playable character. Players can dash into enemies to lock on to them, then unleash a devastating homing shot. Copen can also copy the abilities of all seven new boss characters and use them as his own. The game launches this summer. In the meantime, the original Azure Striker Gunvolt game is available for $9.99, now through June 1.
  • Pocket Card Jockey: Solitaire meets horse racing – really! Game Freak’s new mashup puts players in the saddle as a jockey who must complete a fast-paced, simplified version of solitaire to propel the horse through intense races. It’s all about leveling up the horse through strategic positioning and placement on the track. Over time, players can win trophies for high-ranking races to secure sponsors. The game launches in May.


  • Mini Mario and Friends amiibo Challenge: This free game can be found in Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Tap an amiibo figure on the Wii U GamePad controller or New Nintendo 3DS system (or to a Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL or Nintendo 2DS system using the Nintendo 3DS NFC Reader/Writer accessory) to guide one of 11 minis across more than 60 levels. Players can tap any compatible amiibo figure. Or, by tapping specific amiibo figures, players can guide minis that have exclusive level sets or their own unique abilities, like mini Mario’s wall jump or mini Yoshi, who can eat enemies. Starting March 25, the game will be available at select retailers as a bonus download code with the purchase of any Nintendo amiibo figure. It will also be available to download for free from Nintendo eShop on April 28.
  • Isabelle amiibo Figure: In June, Isabelle will be available separate from the Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival bundle, in her winter outfit. A new Isabelle figure featuring her summer outfit is also coming. Both figures launch on June 10.
  • amiibo Cards: Series 4 of the Animal Crossing amiibo cards launch on June 10.

Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit or

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  1. So yeah, about the only really exciting thing were the SNES VC games and more info about Star Fox Zero and it’s new companion game.

    Everything else was meh.

    (Also, **** the Direct chat for the amount of whining about Zelda U and ****ing Mother 3. Got real sick of that **** by the time Fates’ DLC trailer rolled around, and it never stopped afterwards. God, that was annoying. :/)

    Joshua St Jean on March 3 |
    • And they wonder why Nintendo made fun of them at E3 2014…

      Igiulaw on March 3 |
      • Because they are rabbid, the chat was way too much I had to ignore it, and they wonder why Nintendo doesn’t listen to them. It’s because you act like THAT all the time.

        PrettyIvyPearls22 on March 3 |
  2. Overall satisfied. Some titles in the Direct people will never stop complaining about, it was a pretty good 40 minutes. With that said I’ll look into the new Metroid the more gameplay is shown.

    Chris.W on March 5 |