Cloud in Smash Bros, Twilight Princess HD, Fire Emblem Fates Release Date + More at the Recent Nintendo Direct

Nintendo recently held a new Nintendo Direct on November 12th where the company has made many big announcements for the upcoming year, including many big first party reveals. We will be covering the major announcements from the recent Direct.



Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

The final reveal for the biggest Nintendo game over the past year was for a brand new character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. The newest character is making their debut in a Nintendo console for the first time, from a third party company that recently have started to win fans over once again. Square Enix and Nintendo have done the impossible, a Final Fantasy character in Smash Bros., and it’s none other than…


Cloud will be coming to the game very soon as an add on content. Here is the full reveal for Cloud:

No truer words were ever spoken…



The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD


Following the success of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Nintendo has announced that the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Gamecube title The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will also be making its HD debut on the Wii U. The game is being co-developed by Tantalus, though it is unknown whether the game will utilise the Wii or Gamecube version of the game – motion controls or not. Nintendo will also be producing a special amiibo figure, Wolf Link, for the game. Both the game and amiibo will release on March 4th.


Here is its reveal trailer:


Fire Emblem Fates


Fire Emblem Fates, the next major title in the Fire Emblem series is coming to the Nintendo 3DS on February 19th next year. The game itself is split up into two versions like the Japanese release, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest. Both games will be sold both in retail and digital, with the first purchase of either version being US$39.99. And for major fans, they are able to purchase the digital release of the other version for US$19.99. Both Birthright and Conquest feature the same conflict, but are played and told from the conflicting faction. So, to experience the full story and game, both versions are needed.


There will also be a DLC titled Fire Emblem Fates: Revelations, the third part of the story that is recommended to be played last. It will reveal more about the game’s true story. There will also be a bundle containing all three titles, alongside a special New Nintendo 3DS XL pouch and a special art book, for US$79.99.


Here are the newly revealed details for the game:


Star Fox Zero


The next big first party game from Nintendo was supposed to be released by the end of the year, but was revealed to be delayed at E3 this year. Shigeru Miyamoto’s next project is Star Fox Zero, the first console Star Fox game since the Gamecube, and will release on the Wii U on April 22nd next year.


Here is the first full trailer for the game:


The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors Legends


Coming to the Nintendo 3DS on March 25th next year is the 3DS port of The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule WarriorsThe Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors Legends Legends. The game itself will include many bonuses over the Wii U original, including new playable characters including Tetra. But what’s this? Linkle, a brand new original character coming to the game? And it’s a female Link who uses crossbows? Maybe all the people referring to Link as Zelda were correct all along. Here are some renders for her model.

And here is some gameplay for the game and the introduction of Linkle:


Zelda Wii U


The next big Zelda title is still heavily in development and rumours of it coming to Nintendo’s next console, the NX, are aplenty. Though, to show that the game is still coming out very soon a confirmation of a 2016 release and new gameplay was shown. Even though, it was only for a few seconds.




There were quite a few new Pokémon announcements this Direct, the first is the free to play title Pokémon Picross. The game is a brand new puzzle game, though the concept for the game was developed in 1999 but was scrapped, where players solve number puzzles with Pokémon. The game itself is a crossover with Picross developers Jupiter. It will be out on the eShop in early December.

Nintendo have also released additional screenshots for the game:

The next big Pokémon announcement is that the first three original Pokémon Gameboy games will be making their way onto the Nintendo eShop for 3DS. Pokémon RedPokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow will all be out on the 3DS on February 27 next year, 20 years since their first release.


The games will also have the ability to transfer Pokémon between systems, where rather than using the old Gameboy link cable players can transfer the game wirelessly like recent Pokémon titles. Here is the full trailer:


Pokken Tournament


The final Pokémon announcement is of Bandai Namco’s Pokken Tournament, which is heading to the Wii U in Spring next year. The title is currently out in Japanese arcades and the console release will contain additional bonuses for its port. One new inclusion is having a playable version of a new variant of Mewtwo, Shadow Mewtwo. Fans who get the first run of the game will get an amiibo card that will unlock the character for them to play.


Here is the trailer from the Direct:

Here are some new screenshots:


Dragon Quest


Aside from the big Smash Bros. news, Square Enix has revealed many more announcements this Direct. The next announcement is that the 3DS remake of Dragon Warrior VIIDragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, will be releasing internationally in Summer next year. The game is a remake of the PlayStation title for the 3DS, where the latter was released in Japan back in 2013.

Not only that, a 3DS remake of fan favourite Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King will also be heading our way, but the wait will be a little longer as the game is only slated for a 2016 release.


Here is some gameplay for the 3DS version:


Final Fantasy Explorers


And the final Square Enix news is that more details were revealed about the international release of the Final Fantasy crossover RPG for the 3DS, Final Fantasy Explorers. The game itself will be out on January 26 next year in North America and on the 29th in Europe. Other than that, an amazing Collector’s Edition was also revealed, which will include: the game, a limited edition art box and art book, the OST and a hardcase for the 3DS. There will also be some exclusive items in game.


Here is the new trailer of the game:

And some new screenshots:

And if you did miss out on the Direct, you can watch the full 40+ minute presentation:

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