Nintendo Direct Micro Sprung on North American Audience

Yesterday, Nintendo of Japan presented a Nintendo Direct to their native audience, announcing new games for Wii U and 3DS that would no doubt go global. The following morning, Nintendo of America unleashed an unannounced Nintendo Direct Micro, confirming western details on many of those same titles.

As confirmed by a Miiverse leak, the new Dr. Mario is titled Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure. As previously mentioned, it combines many features of the past few entires, including a Dr. Luigi mode and all-new Miracle Cure power ups. It is now available for pre-loading, but won’t launch until June 11th.

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Chibi Robo’s new platformer now has a western title: Chibi Robo!: Zip Lash. Like in Japan, there is a Chibi Robo amiibo figure, built to the scale of the actual character. However, that amiibo will only be available in a retail bundle with the game. It launches in North America in October, while Europe and Australia see the game in November.

Nintendo confirmed a couple of Japanese localization details. The first is LBX: Little Battlers eXperience. The 3DS game is based on the robot fighting anime and toy line of the same name. Its presence in the Nintendo Direct may have had to do with its origins from stalwart developer Level-5, who also brings us Yo-kai Watch. The game launches here on August 21st.

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The second, more exciting, news is that Bravely Second: End Layer has been confirmed for a western release in 2016. It is a continuation of the first game that hit the States in early-2014. Once again, Nintendo will be handling publishing duties over Square Enix, despite that the game sold very well in the west.

In Splatoon news, Nintendo confirmed that new weapons, like the previously seen Zapper (N-Zap ’85), along with a new map would make their way into the multiplayer game. Just over the weekend alone, enough players have hit the Level 10 threshold, and thus Ranked Play will be available today as of 7 PM Pacific time (10 PM EST).

Other details from the overall presentation include:

  • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon will launch stateside this ‘winter’
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was re-confirmed for Wii U as well as 3DS
  • Art Academy: Home Studio, while a retail release in Europe, will be download-only in North America. If you bought Art Academy Sketchpad, you’ll get a $4 discount. There will also be YouTube integration: upload videos of time lapse art creation. It will be out June 25th.

Not present in this Direct Micro were details on Fire Emblem If, Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer, or even the release of Super Mario Galaxy on the eShop. With all this news out there and E3 coming up, one wonders what mysteries Nintendo still has left? Nintendo did confirm that the E3 Digital Event would focus on 2015/2016 titles, so keep your expectations in check.

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