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Another Nintendo Direct is happening very soon in Japan (at 11 PM EST/8 PM PST, and we're going to be covering it. Come for the live blog, and stay for the IRC chat!
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7:59:07: Should start any minute now.
8:00:28: Iwata is here. It's time to go.
8:01:37: Unfortunately, I don't speak Japanese. Iwata is talking, though.
8:02:11: It's Kirby's 20th Anniversary!
8:02:32: Looks like Kirby will get the royal treatment.
8:02:45: Talking about Just Dance sales. It's working in Japan.
8:03:52: There will be Kirby Club Nintendo awards and new games. Something about Wii software, I believe.
8:05:20: Talking Pokemon Black/White 2 now. Also, Just Dance 3 is coming out in Japan as Just Dance 2. Yea, I don't care either.
8:06:47: Following up on the Kirby stuff, Kirby games will be coming in some sort of memorial form on Wii over the summer.
8:07:52: Pokemon AR game coming out on June 23. Looks kind of neat. Hope it's free or cheap.
8:09:07: New Pokedex coming out on July 14.
8:09:21: Also, that AR game is 300 yen, which is about $3.
8:10:07: So yea, looks like a new Pokedex 3D app coming out on July 14.
8:10:22: It's $15 (eep)
8:10:42: Guild 01 being talked about
8:11:26: It's a Level-5 game if you don't know. Looks totally bonkers and awesome. I don't really know what's happening, though. I just want to play it.
8:11:52: Coming out on May 31. Not sure if that's new news.
8:13:00: Guild 01 is a collection of four games from four different designers.
8:13:16: Dragon Quest Monsters 3D being shown off. Please localize...
8:13:25: May 31 for DQM3D as well
8:13:46: Etrian Odyssey IV being shown off next. Making its second appearance on Nintendo Direct
8:15:52: EOIV coming out on July 5.
8:16:08: Little Battlers, also from Level-5 is being shown off. Also July 5.
8:16:25: Taiko no Tasujin 3DS being shown off.
8:17:19: Taiko no Tasujin coming out on July 12
8:17:33: Rune Factory 4 is up next.
8:18:31: July 19 for RF4
8:18:42: Project X Zone being shown off. This looks rad.
8:19:50: This game might be the biggest cocktease of all time.
8:20:08: Finally, after a minute or two of build-up, gameplay!
8:20:50: This is a game that will live and die by nostalgia for the characters. I think it will be very successful. Love the art style.
8:21:53: It's listed for 2012
8:22:08: Talking Mario Tennis Open. Showing off character customization, I think.
8:22:46: So yea, in case you didn't hear, Miis are in Mario Tennis. Excite?
8:23:24: The Mii can wear character outfits. Actually looks kind of cool. Not quite "replacing the RPG mode" cool.
8:23:53: Culdcept being shown off.
8:25:57: Other detail about Mario Tennis Open: It has 16 characters
8:26:09: Culdcept coming out on 6/28. Has download play for co-op
8:26:26: Now, a soccer game.
8:27:32: Nintendo is starting a Culdcept Twitter, hosting a tournament in the fall, and giving away cards.
8:27:55: Culciobit, that soccer game, is a thing. Using Japanese comedy duos and soccer players to pimp it.
8:28:59: Culciobit coming out on July 12. It's a packed couple months!
8:29:13: Waiting for something big. End it on a big note. Maybe?
8:29:37: Folders is the big new addition for this. I guess that's megaton.
8:30:22: New firmware soon adding folder functionality. Can hold up to 60 things each.
8:31:24: Hearing next week for the firmware update.
8:31:49: Mario Kart 7 patch?
8:32:48: Mario Kart 7 getting a patch to fix shortcut bugs. Also, KHearts 3D and Love Plus are getting patches.
8:34:47: Kid Icarus soundtrack on Club Nintendo (I'm pretty sure).
8:35:15: Kid Icarus getting a patch, too.
8:35:58: Marth DLC for Fire Emblem coming out on May 31
8:36:37: All sorts of Fire Emblem DLC
8:37:44: Guest artists making characters from past games. Coming out on 4/26.
8:38:37: Oh man! Animal Crossing!
8:38:55: I guess Next Level Games is having trouble with Luigi's Mansion 2....
8:39:03: Animal Crossing set for 2012. No set range.
8:39:55: Side-scrolling Mario? New Super Mario Bros. 2 coming in August
8:40:31: Iwata with the bomb.
8:40:39: Also, Animal Crossing is set for fall.
8:44:24: We're done here. Check the site for updates. Nintendo of America's Twitter should give us some North American confirmation. See you for Europe's in the AM!