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What to Expect on Nintendo Platforms in 2015

Hardware

by Justin Berube and Zack Kaplan - January 28, 2015, 10:43 am PST

The new Nintendo related hardware we will see in 2015.

Hardware is a special category in this Feature. Sure, these are not games (with the exception of a arcade title), but they could all be a part of how you enjoy Nintendo throughout 2015 and beyond.

Hardware


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New Nintendo 3DS XL

NA Release Date: Feb. 13, 2015

Preview: New Nintendo 3DS XL Hands-on Impressions

Nintendo's updated version of the 3DS XL will be coming to the west on Feb. 13. The New Nintendo 3DS XL will have a built in C-Stick, improved 3D viewing angles, faster processors, a built in Amiibo reader, and the ability to play New 3DS exclusive games like the upcoming port of Xenoblade Chronicles.


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Smash Bros. Amiibo Wave 3

NA Release Date: Feb. 2015

Feature: Amiibo Guide

Nintendo plans to continue the release of Super Smash Bros.- themed Amiibo figures this February with Wave 3. Some of these are exclusive to certain retailers, so keep checking our Amiibo Guide for the latest. Good luck on your Amiibo hunt!


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Super Mario Amiibo

NA Release Date: March 20, 2015

Feature: Amiibo Guide

The first non-Smash Bros. Amiibo line is launching this March alongside Mario Party 10. The most unique Amiibo in the set is Toad, which is the first non-Smash Bros. character Amiibo to hit the market. Toad will also have special compatibility in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.


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Smash Bros. Amiibo Wave 4

Feature: Amiibo Guide

Even more Smash Bros. Amiibo are due out next Spring. Will anything satiate Smash Bros. and Amiibo fans? Probably not, so Wave 5, though unconfirmed, is very likely in later this year as well.


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New Nintendo 3DS

Preview: New Nintendo 3DS Hands-on Impressions

We don't know if the standard version of the New Nintendo 3DS will be released in North America, but it is likely. The New Nintendo 3DS has all of the great features found on the XL model, but it is smaller in every way. Don't worry though, the New Nintendo 3DS still has larger screens than the original Nintendo 3DS and it also has swappable faceplates.


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Amiibo 3DS Adaptor

This upcoming accessory will make it possible to scan and use Amiibo on the original Nintendo 3DS family of portables. So all of you Nintendo 3DS, 3DS XL, and 2DS owners who don't want to upgrade to the "New" version of the 3DS won't miss out on Amiibo functionality in your games.


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Pokkén Tournament Arcade

Feature: Pokkén Tournament Hopefuls

News: Newly Announced Pokkén Tournament Playable Characters

A new fighting arcade game similar to Tekken, but with Pokémon characters was announced last year. Strangely, North America was also teased with a trailer for this game. While we haven't heard anything about a console release, it wouldn't surprise us if we saw Pokkén Tournament hit the Wii U by the end of the year.


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Quality of Life

Announced about a year ago, Quality of Life isn't a typical gaming system. Instead it is a new platform to help improve the quality of your life. So far we don't know a lot about it, but the first part of this platform or initiative is a sleep sensor designed to help those with sleeping disorders. It will upload data to cloud servers, which can than help you in some fashion.


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Talkback

JdloJanuary 28, 2015

Why are your news stories so short?  I know you can only report on info you have, but man, there is no substance to any of these articles.

Quote from: Jdlo

Why are your news stories so short?  I know you can only report on info you have, but man, there is no substance to any of these articles.

This is a massive 10 page Feature. The first page is a short intro created to describe the Feature in its entirety before going more in depth. Please use the table of contents on the right hand side of the page to navigate the different pages and to see the real meat of this particular article.

I hope that helps. :)

This is a ten page feature, so I think there's at least a certain degree of substance to it.

CericJanuary 28, 2015

Forgot Steamworld Heist was coming.  That looks interesting.  I really need to get there first Steamworld game which is tower defense and looks interesting.

CericJanuary 28, 2015

Technically Star Fox has a Release Date of Before Zelda.  I'm looking forward to being able to actually play Xenoblade.

fred13January 28, 2015

First of all you missed Metroid Prime Trilogy out tomorrow on Wii U.


Second, this never dawned on me. When I saw the Fire Emblem Amiibo integration with Codename: S.T.E.A.M. during the Nintendo Direct I just assumed that meant that Ike, Robin, and Lucina Amiibo would release by March 13th at the latest, but this makes it sound like Robin and Lucina aren't very likely to come by then. I was going to skip Ike and grab Robin and Lucina (I loved Awakening, but I've never played any of the other FE games so I have no emotional attachment to Ike or Marth) Now I'm wondering if I need to try and find Marth and Ike so I can enjoy the Amiibo side of Codename: STEAM

Just to clarify things, we did not include Virtual Console titles on this list. While the Wii Download games on Wii U are technically not called Virtual Console, they are in a sense. It's for that reason they did not make the list.

As far as release dates go, they are only shown on this Feature if the exact month of the release is known (at a minimum). Anything else I felt had a higher chance of slipping out of its "Release Window" so it doesn't have a release date listed.

Please Understand!

TrueNerdJanuary 28, 2015

This is gonna be a good year, even if Zelda falls into 2016. There are six full priced retail games that I plan on buying on that list. Nine if Star Fox and Project Giant Robot/Guard are good and separate games. Ten if I cave and don't wait for a sale or price drop for Kirby Rainbow Curse.

I'd also like to purchase Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze and Captain Toad at some point.

Maybe I'll hold off til 2016 on that PS4 purchase.

Mop it upJanuary 28, 2015

I don't expect all of this stuff to release in 2015, but it's a nice summation anyway.

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