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Japanese Nintendo Direct Details - 31st May 2015

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Your regular dose of Nintendo news, as presented by...Morimoto-san?!

People in Japan were treated to a region-exclusive Nintendo Direct, which was presented not by Satoru Iwata, but by a new face, Morimoto-san. Iwata-san assures us that he will present some future Nintendo Direct broadcasts, but he doesn't plan to do so every time.

Many of the details are relating to titles coming out soon in Japan for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, so let's examine each bit of information more closely:

Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games - In what's become a bi-annual crossover of the Mario and Sonic universes, this game sees your favourite budding Mushroomian and Mobian athletes as they compete in the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This title will be released on both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and is sure to be an entertaining multiplayer party game.

Wii U

Project Treasure - When this free-to-play Wii U title from Bandai Namco was originally announced, it did not have any footage of the game in action. Viewers of the Nintendo Direct broadcast were treated to several scenes from the game, revealing it to be a cooperative action game for up to four players. It will be interesting to see how the free-to-play aspect will be handled for this title, and if there will be any microtransactions associated with it.

Super Mario Galaxy - In a somewhat surprising announcement, it was revealed that the smash-hit Wii title Super Mario Galaxy would be made available from the Nintendo eShop immediately after the Nintendo Direct broadcast, with a special limited-time discount. This masterpiece is currently only available in Japan, but expect it to make its way to the west sometime in the near future.

Nintendo 3DS

Monster Hunter X Cross - The next title in the increasingly-popular Monster Hunter series was announced for a Winter 2015 release, just in time for the holiday season. It builds on what makes the series great with even more monster-fighting action, as well as a number of new creatures to hunt. It's currently unknown whether this will make it outside Japan, but with the popularity of the series, there's always a chance.

Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Palico Village DX - This is a more lighthearted title in the Monster Hunter series, which sees the player managing towns of Palico characters. It is an enhanced remake of a PSP title, and features several Animal Crossing-related crossovers.

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon - Releasing on the 17th September in Japan, this title revisits the popular gameplay mechanics of past titles in the series, with the player becoming one of a potential 20+ Pokémon. A number of mythical Pokémon appear in this preview, which would suggest many exciting boss battles against favourites such as Entei, Reshiram and Deoxys. Expect a release date for your home continent sometime in the near future.

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer - More details and pricing of this game's offerings have been revealed. The game itself will cost 4,000 Yen, and will include a number of special amiibo Cards which unlock new characters in the game; additional cards can be obtained for 300 Yen per booster pack. These cards hearken back to the Animal Crossing-e trading cards which could be used with Nintendo's e-Reader accessory over a decade ago, so there is some nostalgia right there. The Nintendo 3DS amiibo Portal will be necessary for using amiibo on an original Nintendo 3DS console, and will be priced at 2,500 Yen; alternatively, you can get the amiibo Portal packaged with the game for a total price of 5,000 Yen, a saving of 1,500 Yen if purchased separately, which is handy for people who don't own a New Nintendo 3DS. A limited-edition Animal Crossing-themed New Nintendo 3DS XL console will be released, and will include a digital copy of the game, for 22,500 Yen; for owners of the standard New Nintendo 3DS, an Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Kisekae Plate will be available for 2,000 Yen. All of these goodies will release across Japan on the 30th July, which should give Japanese Animal Crossing fans something to look forward to in the near future.

Chibi-Robo (working title) - Nintendo announced a new game in the Chibi-Robo series, which will be a platformer starring the adorable little appliance-bot. The game will be able to use a special Chibi-Robo amiibo which, when scanned, increases the speed and power of Chibi-Robo.

Nintendo announced Dr. Mario Gyakuten! Tokkouyaku & Saikin Bokumetsu - Released in the Nintendo eShop directly after the presentation (pardon the pun), this title brings the joy of autostereoscopic 3D to the Dr. Mario series, and it even includes Dr. Luigi! A number of modes are included, including the classic Germ Buster mode from the Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training series.

Fire Emblem If - A number of details relating to the hotly-anticipated Fire Emblem If were unveiled. A new mode will allow you to build and manage your own town, which you must defend from invading forces, which may be some form of StreetPass functionality. Additionally, it was revealed that the four Fire Emblem-based amiibo, Marth, Ike, Lucina and Robin, will be compatible with the game, allowing you to scan them and add them to your ranks.

So there you have it. Although most of this information currently applies only to Japan, there is much that Nintendo fans in the rest of the world can gleam from this Nintendo Direct, as many of the titles shown are due to be released in the west sooner-or-later. Which parts of the Direct did you like the most? Is there anything you would have liked to have seen which wasn't shown? Leave your thoughts with a comment below.

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It is odd they announced SMG at this direct, rather then just wait on tuesdays like normal... when SMG2 got announced it made sense because it was a new platform, but this seems odd, add to the fact it comes out the day before E3
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Um...there was a North American direct this morning. Smile
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