Nintendo Direct Recap: A Link Between Worlds, Bravely Default, Indie Games, More

Yesterday, Nintendo held a Nintendo Direct livestream. The video focused primarily on 3DS games that are set to release between now and early 2014, but there’s also some information related to Wii U games and managing your Nintendo account. As usual, I compiled a list with all major announcements in the order they were shown:

  • A new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds was shown. The game launches on November 22nd. To commemorate the release of the new Zelda game, a Zelda-themed 3DS XL that includes a copy of the game launches on November 22nd.
  • Mario Party: Island Tour for the 3DS also launches on November 22nd.
  • Some of Bravely Default’s features were explained during the livestream, including the brave and default systems, street passing, sleep points and customization. Bravely Default arrives on February 7th. The collector’s edition of the game also launches on February 7th and includes a copy of the game, an art book, 34 AR cards and an OST CD.
  • North America gets Professor Layton and The Azran Legacy on February 28th.
  • The Nintendo 3DS will receive a system update. This update will combine balances from the Wii U and 3DS eShop accounts. Soon, you’ll be able to register your Nintendo ID on your 3DS to share balance information across systems.
  • Miiverse is coming to the 3DS.
  • A YouTube application will be available for the 3DS later this month. The Wii U version of the YouTube app will be upgraded and improved.
  • Pikmin 3 will receive the third round of missions on December 2nd.
  • The Animal Crossing Plaza software will receive an update to add two new features: stamps and ranking.
  • A handful of indie games are coming to the eShop, including Q.U.B.E., Shantae, Armillo, 1001 Spikes, Pier Solar HD, Treasurenauts, Retro City Rampage, Unepic and Shovel Knights.
  • Nintendo showed 10 new details regarding Super Mario 3D World, including a fifth secret character. The game is coming on November 22nd.