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What Could Be at This Week's Nintendo Direct?

by Neal Ronaghan - April 15, 2013, 8:08 am EDT
Total comments: 18

With a Nintendo Direct in less than 48 hours, it's time to speculate until the event starts.

While I can't hide my disappointment that this upcoming Nintendo Direct is focused on the 3DS and not the Wii U, which needs hype and games way more than the bustling 3DS does, I'm still jazzed for whatever tricks Nintendo might be hiding up its sleeve. As part of my attempt to have measured expectations, here are my predictions for this week's Nintendo Direct.

3DS Retail Releases

  • As far as I'm concerned, this is Animal Crossing: New Leaf's show. We'll get more detail on the game, including an added focus on the newly added SpotPass features that compensate for the limited North American and European StreetPass possibilities.
  • Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins will likely get some screen time as well. This game is less than a week away from release and we still haven't seen that much of it.
  • Expect a little elaboration as to what exactly is being added to Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. We know about the easy mode and some added content, but it's still very loosely defined.
  • The next 3DS game I'd expect to come out is Mario Golf: World Tour, likely in July or August. I would imagine this game gets some more detail, and possibly a release date.
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team was revealed at the February 3DS-focused Direct, but I wouldn't be shocked to see this game get nothing more than a mention of a late summer release, meaning the next Mario RPG is probably due out in late August or early September.
  • Any other surprises? I wouldn't be shocked if we get something of a surprise announcement for a game coming either this summer, or late in the year. Maybe we'll get a tease of a big E3 3DS game (Zelda on 3DS?), but more likely, we'll hear about some third-party games getting localized. Level-5's Fantasy Life and Square Enix's Bravely Default could both be marching towards North America and Europe this summer.

3DS eShop Games

  • Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger came out last week. I would not be shocked if that still gets mentioned.
  • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, revealed at the last Nintendo Direct, will likely get a release date, or at least a more defined window. My money? Early May with maybe a demo out in late April.
  • The Guild 02 games from Level-5 could very well be mentioned in this Nintendo Direct. Remember, they were unveiled previously in a European Nintendo Direct.

Other Announcements

  • Miiverse on 3DS could be detailed with a more defined release window.
  • Maybe Nintendo will throw a Wii U bone in this event. I hope. Please. Are there any games due out on this thing in June? I don't know for sure!

What do you think will be announced or detailed? Let us know in the comments.


CericApril 15, 2013

I figure their would at least be a mention of Monster Hunter in the Europe one as well plus Fire Emblem.

BJWanlundApril 15, 2013

Oh boy!  I think we HAVE to have a unified eShop account, DS games available for sale on the eShop, and Miiverse.  And I'd like to see a Fire Emblem collection of all the older games available on the 3DS but that's just me (on a second playthrough of Fire Emblem Awakening no less).

VahneApril 15, 2013

Eh....probably nothing new....

Pixelated PixiesApril 15, 2013

Iwata falling on his Master Sword?

night814April 15, 2013

Bravely Default please.

clyde64April 15, 2013

I think the predictions in the article are very likely. I'm inclined to believe we'll get a e3 tease at least since last year around this time we got the New Super Mario Bros 2 announcement.

CaterkillerMatthew Osborne, Contributing WriterApril 15, 2013

Animal crossing, Miiverse, and Smash Bros. title drop. I don't know. Seems like we had so many great NDs with brand new games there is no way this one will show anything new. I sure hope I'm wrong.

ShyGuyApril 15, 2013

F-Zero, Mother 3, Metroid Dread, Dillon's Rolling Western MMO.

AVApril 15, 2013

Safe to assume this is last one before e3 ?
I'm thinking everything they show should release before e3
I hope they discuss at least one major wii u spring release

Pixelated PixiesApril 15, 2013

I can't believe how close we are to E3. How the f*** is it April already? Seriously!

terribledeliApril 15, 2013

More previews of the upcoming 3DS titles (LEGO, DKCR, and Animal Crossing). Maybe a clearer date for Golf and Mario & Luigi.

And Level-5's Guild02. Toss in a couple of eShop announcements (game-wise, not feature) and I think we're good.

Despite it being 3DS focused, I'm still hoping for a release date for Game & Wario.

Animal Crossing, something Pokemon, and DKCR3D.

Anything else is cream cheese.

beta4attackApril 16, 2013

I would love an announcement for that new Detective Conan game for the 3DS' localization... ;_;

pokepal148Spencer Johnson, Contributing WriterApril 16, 2013

it's likely just solidifying the release schedule until E3, some eshop stuff, nothing special

oohhboyHong Hang Ho, Staff AlumnusApril 16, 2013

Not much to ask for Advanced Wars?

CericApril 16, 2013

Quote from: oohhboy

Not much to ask for Advanced Wars?

Next year earliest.

pokepal148Spencer Johnson, Contributing WriterApril 16, 2013

Quote from: oohhboy

Not much to ask for Advanced Wars?

weather effects...

TJ SpykeApril 16, 2013

Quote from: pokepal148

Quote from: oohhboy

Not much to ask for Advanced Wars?

weather effects...

Which already exists in the series.

And I think ooohboy meant "not much to ask for Advance Wars", as in he is asking for them to announce it.

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