Jul 18th, 2013

Nintendo has released a Nintendo Direct Mini today, detailing several updates for what’s going on with the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS. A new GameStop demo program will see Pikmin 3 playable at more than 250 GameStop locations across the United States and Canada. The mini also mentions the Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei eShop promotion. Other highlights include:

  • EarthBound for Wii U virtual console is now available
  • NintendoZone StreetPass enhancements are detailed
  • Preview of new downloadable Nintendo eShop titles
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf image capture and sharing

What do you think of this news? Let us know in the comments!

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  • The Clockwork Being

    Exiting and saw it. Just cant wait to get my hands on Shin Megami Tensei 4 when I get a 3DS. Hopefully the next Nintendo Direct is going to be presenting stuff like this.

    -News on Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS

    -Zelda Teaser. I dont give two shits what they show, it could be a poster, Link`s hair, Zelda`s new look, the first dungeon just show me anything and my body will be even more ready

    -3rd party unannounced party games

    -A Hat Time coming to Wii U

    -News on Fire Emblem X Shin Megami Tensei. A more clear trailer

    -Miyamoto`s new IP(Please)

    -Announced some of those unannounced games Iwata talked about. You know when he said more were coming up.

    -Metroid U

    Last but not least Kid Icarus Uprising being ported to Wii U. Even though that wont happen, one can only dream

    • Leo

      For the next Nintendo Direct i wanna see news on Yarn Yoshi and Yoshi’s New Island!

      • The Clockwork Being

        Yeah Yarn Yoshi will be tons of fun.

    • Silent

      I thought I was the only one who dreamed of that last one with KIU.

      • The Clockwork Being

        Nahh man you would be surprised at the number of people who really want the last one

  • Jack5221

    I love this!! I hope they do more Mini Directs in the future!

  • Leo

    EarthBound NOW!!!!!

  • Nintedward

    The Wiiu is back in full force. So many good games to look forward to in near future. Downloading Earthbound when I get home tonight!!!! awwwwwww yeah.

    Edit- Looks like the Downvoat fairy has flown through to give us all a good downvoating! Probably one of the bitter , recently banned trolls LMAO!!

    • The Clockwork Being

      Well you can say Nintedward that the Wii U

      *Puts on sunglasses*

      made a U-turn


    • Super Buu

      Trolls are getting more sensitive to good news. I still wonder why people still waste their time trolling since the art of trolling was lost so long ago.

      • asdfk

        The art of trolling will never be lost as long as the intenet is here. Its a burden we must carry.

        • gimpcell

          I downvoted you just to prove your point. No harm intended.

          • Arthur Jarret

            The proof is in the pudding. I love pudding – so I must be a very truthful person.

  • thedeciderU

    this was okay, and a nice update, but as far as wii u goes, what was truly new and not just reminders? did i miss something? vc is nice, but i want wii u games. i hope they announce new titles that will launch this year soon.

    • Stoenk

      they said at the beginning it was about already announced games

      • thedeciderU

        yeah at least it’s called a direct mini, but still kind of a let down. now that they’ve said they’ve got more to announce and release this year, i’m really curious to see what they’ve decided to save. i hope it will blow everyone away, no matter your genre of choice.

    • Fred

      Go buy Earth Bound

  • kinghenroc187

    give us news on gta5 come on tells us if its coming or not i just want to know im done with all this suspense just tell us if its not fucking coming is not that hard to just say it get that out the way if its coming bring the hype up by starting now and letting people know why the should get it for wii u and not the other 2…

    • Agent721

      Its not coming. I already preordered mine for the PS3. I cant imagine they would announce it now, given the all the bundles already announced on the PS3 & 360. Seems too late in the game, given its 9/17 release.

      • Dave

        It’s not coming. Nintendo hasn’t really liked having the GTA series on it’s consoles (not handhelds since its been on the GBA and NDS). There’s a small chance Nintendo might bring it to the Wii U since it’s trying to reach out to hardcore gamers but the chances are still slim…

    • Daniel Gonzalez

      It’s easy to tell it’s not coming to the Wii U. I recommend it on PS3. The PS3 controller is better suited for it.

    • Christopher Acuna

      It’s not. There aren’t any rumor regarding even if it will ever. To be honest I don’t mind if GTA is on a different console. Perhaps Rockstar will see the possibilities of using the gamepad they will make a WiiU only game. Mmmmm that would be nice.

  • Andrew Gonzalez

    Great Direct, so hyped.

  • Ballzbeard

    My hype for W101 won’t be satiated until I have it.

  • everyone

    I have to say thats the best W101 trailer I’ve seen so far.

  • Tom Greene

    Who cares…until nintendo announces a hardcore fan favorite like a new Metroid ..Starfox ..or F-Zero…they can go fuck themselves

  • Tom Greene

    So sick of Nintendo playing it safe…Rare making making another Dk game…really? Zzzzzzzz? ??

    • The Clockwork Being

      Well Donkey Kong Country Returns did really well on the Wii and a lot people wanted another one. Retro stated themselves that they still had lots of Ideas for the Donkey Kong Country but they couldnt do it due to the hardware limitations of the Wii thats why they made another one for Wii U with all their new ides. But I would have wanted a Metroid game. Im still going to buy this game anyways

      • Christopher Acuna

        I for one cannot wait for DK Trop Freeze

        • The Clockwork Being

          Same its going to be one hell of a game. It would be great if as soon as the game comes out you could download DKC 1-3+Returns with a discount once you register DKC:TF.

      • Mochlum

        I never thought I’d see the day when people complain about a new Donkey Kong Country. Seriously, Returns wasn’t that recent, it came out three years ago. Ports don’t count…

        • The Clockwork Being

          IKR. Lets see DK 1 came out 1996, DKCR came out in 2010, Thats freakin 14 years without a DK Country game. Nintendo makes a new one to bring the franchise back and then they make another one since the fans wanted more and people bitch about it saying we got one recently. DKCR was a good game and DKC: TF is going to be amazing.

          • Mochlum

            What about DKC2: Diddy Kong’s Quest and DKC3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble?

            And yes, I am sick of the whining. I can kind of understand not wanting DKC as much as Metroid, but saying “Donkey Kong got one way more recently.” is just dumb, since Metroid: Other M and DKCR came out in the same year. And DKCR3D isn’t a new Donkey Kong game. It is a port so you can see the great backgrounds and layers in 3D.

          • The Clockwork Being

            Sorry abou that but what I meant is DKC 3 came out in 1996 the ones on gameboy are remakes. I love Metroid and I also love DK. I agree with you completely. Plus lets look at Metroid which got much more love recently. Then Retro Stuios decides to make another game for a change and you see people bitching about it. I for one dont want Retro to be known as the ”Metroid Studios”. Plus whats wrong DK is a really successful game

    • DragonSilths

      Rare??? Rareware is a Kinect Development Team at Microsoft. Retro Studio made DKC: TF.

  • Tom Greene

    Who cares what Retro Studios wanted…we already have Dk on Wii and3ds

    • Luffy

      who cares what you want. Ill rather they make what they want and make a good game then what you want, not feel it and end up doing a bad game

  • Tom Greene

    Like I said WHERE IS METROID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TULFich

    3DS is going nuts!!! I need one :O

  • Pikboss

    Nintendo seems to be encouraging people to download games instead of buying physical copies

    • Thomas Vienna

      That is very evident.

      – Deluxe Digital Promotion gives you 10% on all of your download purchases.
      – Those who download a title instead of retail get it at midnight, instead of when shops open the next day.
      – Those who download a title sometimes get it a little earlier or way earlier, such as Pikmin 3 and New Super Luigi U respectively.
      – Almost all of the multi-purchase discounts require you to download them, like the Shen Migami Tensei/Fire Emblem deal, and the “free original donkey kong with purchase of any of these 5 titles” deal.
      – The only commercials broadcasted through Nintendo Video are those encouraging you to “step into the future” and download games rather than buy them at retail.

      Why? Because Nintendo makes so much more money selling something that doesn’t have to be manufactured, shipped, and sold to retail. Way, way more than what they discount.

      • Luffy

        Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem deal does not need you to download them.
        I bought both retail and I’ve got my 30$!
        First game I bought: Pushmo. Great game by the way!

        • Arthur Jarret

          I really recommend Gunman Clive (2 bucks), Mario & Donkey kong: Minis on the Move and Colors! 3D (if you like drawing) as well as Shantae, Mighty flip champs and Mighty milkyway on the DSi shop.

          Crashmo too, of course – especially if you like pushmo.

          I’d also recommend mighty switchforce – but the Wii U version is better.

          • Luffy

            yeah, I have to try those too!
            (Well not Colors 3D, I suck at drawing….)

          • Arthur Jarret

            I wish you could temporarily lend someone downloaded games… ah well, most games have some good promotional videos (esp. gunman clive, the video is pretty funny)

      • Arthur Jarret

        Second point reply:

        Actually, stores are usually allowed (called by Nintendo) to sell games a day early to people who preordered it.

        At least, here in the NL. So, buying retail actually gets you the game half a day earlier than the digital buyers.

        Third point reply:
        For pikmin, see second point reply, for Luigi: Retail version is a standalone game, the digital version isn’t – I think it’s an exception.

        – Fourth point reply:
        The multi-purchase discounts work with retail titles via club nintendo.
        You can get the eshop code by entering VIP codes.

        First and fifth point are Truth, though.

        • Thomas Vienna

          Second point – Not where I’m from. I wait until 11:00 Sunday morning when downloaders play it 11 hours earlier (or 10 hours. Download times must be terrible).

          Third point – I do count New Super Luigi U, whether it’s tied to another game or not.

          Fourth point – It seems I was wrong about the Shen Migami Tensei/Fire Emblem Deal, but not about the Donkey Kong Deal.

          • Arthur Jarret

            But donkey kong isn’t even available as a retail title on wii U and dlc getting a later standalone retail release is already common practice for pc for years… but I wonder if the standalone luigi u has a chance to be available as a download once it hits retail…

            Luigi was always meant as DLC pack, but they decided to make it a standalone release too… it’s great they did it and that they didnt delay or upcost the dlc version for it – I hardly think it’s part of a push to buy DLC.

            The discount you mentioned is pushing for it, though – as well as the video content.

  • Christopher Acuna

    That was the fakest apple bite ever!

  • Christopher Acuna

    That was possibly the best Nintendo Direct of the year for me. Pikmin 3 looks so good, but why oh why is there no online multiplayer. A game like that shouldn’t be just split screen. Oh well it will have to do for now. Wonderful 101! All the 3ds titles! All the WiiU titles! This direct almost made me forget I was planning on purchasing getting a PS4 lol…almost 😉

  • Brandon Gardner

    This guy should always do the Nintendo Directs for America

  • Yousif Alromaithi

    Finally Earthbound WIi U is now available on virtual console. Downloading now because it is worth the money.

  • Peter5747

    Garbage, no news on the fall update rediculous nintendo

    • ludist210

      New Crayola color! Red-iculous!


      • Peter5747

        That is so stupid don’t get mad for the truth

        • ludist210

          If said update is coming in the fall and we’re only a month into the summer, well…

          It was a Mini Direct anyway, not a full-fledged one. I thought it was good all around, especially the ending.

  • DragonSilths

    Mario Party 3DS is November…STOP NINTENDO!!! No more damn games for this year. I still have to pre-order and pay off, Wonderful 101 and Zelda Windwaker HD which my EB Games still dont have in their damn system yet. Then Batman Arkham Origins, Pokemon X, Zelda A Link Between Worlds, now Mario Party 3DS…I dont have the money for half of those, and I am running out of Xbox 360 games to sell to get extra money!!! NO MORE OR I LEAVE YOU AND GO TO A COMPANY THAT DOESNT TRY TO DROWN FANS IN THE BEST GAMES IN THE INDUSTRY!!!

  • Mochlum

    The Nintendo Zone idea is actually really smart, considering Streetpass isn’t as common in NA.

  • DVE

    I am very Impressed Nintendo now get these Wiiu’s selling or maybe cut the price down to 300 for the deluxe to rival Ps4 and XTV1 sells xD, and get GTA 5 hopefully on here and then OMFG!!!!!!!!

  • Ducked

    Sure was a mini direct, nothing big. Oh well…

  • Luffy


  • Madmagican

    Well it’s time to get Shin Megami Tensei IV

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  • InterTreble

    Nintendo is more than alive. Trolls are adviced.

  • ItzameyaToad

    True story, when I was younger(around the N64 days) I thought Ness was simply a character made for Smash Bros and had no other previous game ha ha. A few years back I realized Nintendo actually had a game with Ness in it. Looks like a great game though (EarthBound) so will have to give it a try when I get all the big games I want this year and have some money left over.

  • shaun

    love all the new gamepad integration but have they abandoned the wii mot motion controls?? Please Nintendo keep integrating motion controls into your new games!

  • sd

    Not that I am interested in it personally but did anyone else notice that WiiFit U was missing from Nintendos games available this year list. Might mean absoloutely nothing, but I think every other Nintendo game for this year was mentioned.

  • Weeping angels

    Omg! Olimar was the second player in the game footage! He is playable!

  • Rainbow Dashing

    “EarthBound for Wii U virtual console is now available”

    Nintendo, take my money

  • Nothing5555

    So the Fire emblem and SMTV promotion is still going on? Does this only apply to the eShop version or does the physical copies also count?

  • YogiGRB

    Unite Up 😀

  • Michael Jurado

    yo fuck child support I gotta buy me some video games lmfao nah i’m j/k I don’t have kids … but, if I did *shakes fist*

  • Cubester_64

    I’ve never wanted Project P-100, I mean Wonderful 101 any more than now, because of the trailer!