Nintendo Direct 03/03/2016 – A Summary

We summarise all that we learned from the Nintendo Direct – 03/03/2016

So Nintendo just dropped another beloved Direct, and there’s just so much to recap! If you didn’t have the chance to stream it live, you can watch the whole presentation above!

Let’s start with the news GeekPress is most excited about:

Monster Hunter Generations

Monster Hunter holds a special place in a few GeekPress members hearts and they were quite worried that Monster Hunter X wasn’t going to make its way west. But Nintendo has not disappointed, as it’s coming over to us in the form of Monster Hunter Generations this Summer. They announced that a trailer for the game would be shared by the Monster Hunter Twitter account after the presentation which you can view below:

Satoru Shibata boasts that for the first time you will be able to play as a feline, a.k.a Palico, and brings a new style system and hunter art. Shibata stressed that it is the most customisable Monster Hunter experience so far. To top it off, players who have Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate saved data on their 3DS will have access to bonus content. There’s also a special collaboration armour set based on Marth from the Fire Emblem series. Capcom are also showing a 2 hour live stream of the English version on the Monster Hunter Twitch channel on 4th March at 17:00 UK Time.

SNES Virtual Console Titles

I’m personally pretty hyped over the news that SNES titles are finally coming to Virtual Console, but there’s a catch; they’ll only be for the NEW 3DS and 3DS XLs unfortunately. It’s due to the new systems having a similar button layout to the SNES, making it a match made in heaven for all the Nintendo fans that have been longing for SNES titles to be added *wishes for a Plok release*.

Super Mario World and Earthbound are the first titles to kick off the new launch, which are perfect titles to lead the line up. They will be available on the e-shop just after the Direct, and if that wasn’t enough they’ll be a launch week offer with every batch! If you buy one of the games during its launch week, you can buy the other one half price – what an absolute steal! What are the other game you ask? Only The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, F-Zero, Super Mario Kart, and Donkey Kong Country 1 & 2! Zelda and Metroid will launch on the 10th March, F-Zero and Mario Kart will launch on the 17th March and 2 Donkey Kong Country’s will launch on 24th March.


The Direct was 40 minutes long so I shall summarise the rest of the content Nintendo are blessing us with in 2016:

Star Fox Zero

We’ve already seen a lot of coverage of Star Fox Zero from previous Directs, but in this Direct, Shigeru Miyamoto mentioned that while the Nintendo 64 classic Star Fox 64 was inspiration behind the new title they would also be introducing something new. There’s great emphasis on the different paths and branches you can take to get to the final destination, adding replay value to the game. He comments on how certain destinations and bosses will be worth the play too. Co-op play also has a fun twist, adding the ability to have a driver and a shooter on the two player mode. The Star Fox Amiibo from the Smash games will unlock the SNES version of the Arwing for those players after a nostalgia kick. There’s also another Star Fox game called Star Fox Guard which has been adapted from Project Guard that was demoed at E3 2 years ago. Both games will be available for the Wii U from 22nd April on the e-shop. However, there’ll also be a bundle containing both games called the First Print Edition.


There’s going to be a software update released on the 9th March that aims to:

  • Balance gear abilities
  • Adjust Ranked Battle matchmaking
  • Add elements to the Splatfests to improve the overall user experience

On top of that, there’ll be a new weapons recommendations entitled Sheldon’s Picks. These will be a selection of the most under appreciated and most popular weapons of choice chosen by the Ammo Knights owner himself. Some depicted were:

  • Wasabi Splattershot
  • Fresh Squiffer
  • Berry Splattershot Pro

They will be a mixture of different combinations to inspire and encourage new tactics. The feature will be divided into two parts with Sheldon’s Picks Vol. 1 arriving in April.

Super Mario Maker

Boasting that 6.2 million courses have already been created so far, Nintendo are to bring a couple of new elements to create even more challenging courses on the 9th March.

Shaking certain items will transform them into new items:

  • Shaking a Thwomp transforms into a Spike Pillar
  • Shaking a P Switch transforms into a Key
  • Shaking a Door transforms into a Key Door
  • Shaking a Coin transforms into Key Coins (Collecting all the pink coins will make a Key appear)

You can hide keys in blocks and even enemies, expanding the puzzle making opportunities.

The update will also include the 100 Mario Challenge which is a new Super Expert mode – this is unlocked after completing Expert mode naturally. You have to beat 6 incredibly hard levels with only 100 Mario’s. 12 new Mystery Mushroom costumes will also be hidden within the challenge – one of them being Tetra if the footage is anything to go by. Finally, ranking options for World Records and First Clears will be added to the dropdown on the Super Mario Maker bookmark website.

Hyrule Warriors: Legends

Hyrule Warriors: Legends will be available on the 3DS e-shop from 24th March. It will come with a code which allows you to download the 5 new characters and Ganondorf’s Trident to the original Wii U version. Also, from launch day you can buy a Season Pass which grants access to 4 new DLC packages and a costume for Ganondorf. Each DLC package will be available for purchase separately.

Medli will be joining the roster for both Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors: Legends and will be released at the same time as the DLC content; She will be free download!

A demo of Hyrule Warriors: Legends was made available on the e-shop straight after the presentation. Also, if you purchase the game on the e-shop between 24th March 2016 and 21st April 2016 (23:59pm GMT) you will receive a free 3DS home theme!

Fire Emblem Fates

There shall be 2 pretty kick ass bundles for the Fire Emblem Fates series; A Software Special Edition and Limited Edition 3DS XL. The Software Edition will include:

  • All the games on one game card
  • A SteelBookⓇ
  • An Artbook
  • A double-sided poster

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright & Conquest will be available from 20th May; whereas, Revelation will only be available in the Software Special Edition at first. It will then be released as add-on content via the e-shop on 9th June.

Kirby Planet Robobot

Robots have mechanised Kirby’s Dreamworld and it’s up to Kirby to save the day! You can inherit new abilities from the robot enemies and bosses absorbing both their abilities and armour AND you become more powerful than them. All Amiibo’s can be used in the game bringing unique abilities to Kirby e.g. Mario gives fire abilities, Link gives sword abilities.  There will also be a new batch of Kirby Amiibo’s released at the same time as the game that also bring unique abilities for Kirby.

There’s an additional separate mode called Team Kirby Clash which is just a multiplayer levelling up side quest. There can be up to 4 roles and you each chose a separate role to support each other in battle. You fight bosses, and after each win you gain XP to level up to take on harder bosses.

This game and the corresponding new Amiibo’s will be released 10th June.

My Nintendo

They wanted to stress it’s more than a traditional points program, but it pretty much is from what was described. You will receive points by interacting with Nintendo products, whether it is from playing the apps or purchasing digital downloads. The service will begin in March, and if you sign up during the launch period you will be able to download Flipnote Studio 3D for free.

Below is a list of all the other games and content that is set to release sometime this year:

[tabgroup][tab title=”Wii U Releases”]28th April
Lost Reaver

24th June 
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE

Dates TBC
Paper Mario: Color Splash
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
MouseCraft: Director’s CAT
PixelJunk Monsters
Pinball Arcade
Hive Jump
Giana Sisters: Dream Runners
Kick and Fennick
Super Meat Boy
Lovely Planet
6180 the moon
Hollow Knight
Jotun: Valhalla Edition
[/tab][tab title=”3DS”]29th April
Yokai Watch

15th July
Disney Art Academy

Dates TBC
Metroid Prime Federation Force
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 (Note: Azure Striker Gunvolt Offer: 33% off – 23:00 03/03/2016 – 23:59 01/04/2016)
The Legend of Legacy
Rhythm Paradise Megamix
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight
Stella Glow
Mega Man Legacy Collection
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past
LifeSpeed – New 3DS
[/tab][tab title=”Both Systems”]Dates TBC
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Noitu Love: Devolution
Futuridium EP Deluxe[/tab][tab title=”Amiibo”]18th March
Animal Crossing Amiibo Cards – Series 3
The already known Amiibo figures

17th June
Animal Crossing Amiibo Cards – Series 4[/tab][/tabgroup]

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Normally just the ranter on the podcasts - decided to take the ranting into text form. Intermediate geek - you'll find me fawning over Pokémon, Zelda and Marvel mainly.

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