Nintendo's Saruto Iwata took to the screen to present today's Nintendo Direct by first introducing 2013 once more as "The year of Luigi."
The first game discussed in Nintendo Direct was Mario & Luigi's Dream Team Bros, showing off some gameplay in which it showed off some of the unique features of the title, before dating it for July 12. Next up was Mario Golf: World Tour, in which we were told that you'll be able to play against other across the globe by connecting to the internet. Iwata mentioned some standard multiplayer features and custom rules. It doesn't seem to be anything not included in other multiplayer games really. Mario Golf: World Tour arrives this summer.
Mario Party is back. Nintendo also took time to mention that you'll be able to play in various party games using Mario and Luigi thanks it being a party game will include 81 different types of mini-games to play. It's out Winter 2013.
New Super Luigi U was next up, changing the 82 courses of New Super Mario Bros. U into a new adventure, starring Luigi. Our green coloured friend can jump higher and further than Mario, no doubt meaning that the new levels will focus on this.
Donkey Kong County was also discussed, with Iwata going over the new items like the New Mode and DK barrels, all of which we have covered before, since Nintendo have already discussed them. The game is out May 24 on the eShop and at retail.
After taking a short breath, Iwata decided to talk about a new Yoshi's Island game which looked super cute, although no date was announced.
Sticking with Mario, after all that seems to be what Nintendo do best, was another new eShop only game to be known as Mario & DK: Minis on the Move. Here you place tiles on map to guide Minis home as well as avoiding obstacles etc. There are four modes included and the ability to upload new stages. The game is out May 9.
The Wii U Firmware was also mentioned, with focus on the faster loading times and giving the ability to swap data between USB drives. It was also mentioned that Virtual Console will launch the day after the update, bringing along some NES and SNES titles. The Wii U panorama view will also be launched at the same time.
Pikmin 3 was also mentioned, with Nintendo introducing a new Winged Pikmin. Apparently this will be bring new abilities to the game. The game was also said to be launching in 'a few months'.
That was it from Iwata, however there was more information for news for Europe such as Map packs for Fire Emblem and a trailer for the upcoming LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins (We'll have a review of this for you tomorrow).
An Animal Crossing 3DS system bundle was also announced by Nintendo (you may have saw this leak yesterday). The system looks pretty nice and comes with a custom design and a copy of the game already pre-installed. I'm already tempted to pre-order it.
Finally Zelda Oracle of Ages & Seasons are both coming to 3DS Virtual Console in Europe this May. While a few new titles are also on the way to the Virtual Store - The Starship Damrey, Bugs vs.Tanks! and Attack of the Friday Monsters: Tokyo Tale.
Just when we thought all the announcements where done, Shin Megami Tensei 4 was also announced for Europe, as was a new Professor Layton (Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy) and Bravely Default was also confirmed for later this year.
Development of a new Zelda game was also confirmed, look out for that at the end of the year.