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Nintendo Direct 21.04.212


So after some exciting announcements last time around, today’s Nintendo Direct has wielded some very interesting and exciting announcements!

The 3DS had an excellent showing:

Mario Tennis Open on Nintendo 3DS will allow players to collect items for their Miis and customise their style of play to be perfect for them. You can then go online with your Mii and become regional and national champion, if you’re good enough!

Some tips for Kid Icarus: Uprising. Along with an announcement of a partnership with Panini to sell Kid Icarus AR cards and an album to keep them in. Collectors will be pleased!

Heroes of Ruin by Square-Enix on 3DS will feature in-game voice chat over both local and online multiplayer. This is pretty exciting for a 3DS title! It will also have downloadable challenges every day for a year after launch, as Nintendo move deeper into DLC territory. The game will be available in Europe in June.

Next up came Pokémon! With 2 downloadable titles to increase enjoyment of Pokémon Black and White Version 2 coming out this autumn. The first of these is Pokémon AR Searcher, which will allow players to catch Pokémon in the real world and transfer them to B+WV2. The second is a new Pokédex.

Disney’s Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion for 3DS returns to the castle of illusion and offers new gameplay, making the most of the 3DS’s features.

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance goes a bit Pokémon with around 50 spirits for players to collect and train. It’s coming out on July 20th in Europe.

Next 3DS system update is on April 25th and will feature a folders option for the home menu, patch possibilities for games like Mario Kart 7, so glitches can finally be ironed out of Nintendo games post-release.

The interactive Louvre Audioguide is an interesting use of the 3DS’s capabilities. With over seven languages available, Europeans are able to educate themselves about the famous museum as they walk around it.

Finally, New Super Mario Bros. 2 was announced as in development. We only need to wait until August for the next Mario outing. I know I’ve been waiting for this one for a very long time, so it’ll be a day one purchase for me!

Shibata also spoke of the Wii, making sure we don’t be forget about it anytime soon:

Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise finally comes to Europe on July 6th and will also feature songs from the Japanese version of the game.


Video games were a part of Chris's life from the Mega Drive onwards. He has many happy gaming memories, including the first time he collected all the chaos emeralds in Sonic 2, collecting all SSBM's trophies (yes, all of them) and, more recently, collecting far too many platinum trophies on his PlayStation 3. In the real world, he has a degree in French and is currently living in Frankfurt, Germany. Follow him on Twitter @DPrime_Chris

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