Nintendo Direct Roundup – New Games for 3DS, New Amiibo

nintendo direct roundupThis Nintendo Direct roundup should help fill you in on all the news you may have missed this morning. Get ready for new games and amiibo coming in 2017!

The first big reveal in this Nintendo Direct roundup is the announcement of Super Mario Maker for 3DS. Coming to the handheld on December 2, the game will allow you to play many of the levels built on the Wii U version. Sadly, you won’t be able to search for the by their course ID. Instead, you can only play them through the 100 Mario Challenge. 3DS levels on the other hand can be shared locally or through StreetPass.

For fans of Animal Crossing New Leaf, get ready for an update that will bring amiibo functionality to the game. On December 2, Nintendo will release 50 additional amiibo cards for villagers that have yet to appear in the game. Further details will be explained in an Animal Crossing Mini-Direct this Fall.

One things we didn’t expect in the Nintendo Direct roundup was a big update coming to StreetPass Mii Plaza. The new update will allow you to purchase five new games including Slot Car RivalsMarket CrashersFeed MiiMii Trek, and Ninja Launcher. While the first two can be downloaded for free, the other games will each set you back $2.99. Additionally, Quick Plaza will be introduced as well. This will allow players to grind through the greetings from Miis much more rapidly. This is a great helps since some players will be able to meet up to 100 Miis at their Plaza Gate rather than the standard 10.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo will be releasing new amiibo figures. Just like the 8-bit Mario before it, you will be able to get an 8-bit Link. Additionally, you can get your hands on the Ocarina of Time Link and a two-pack featuring Toon Link and Zelda from Wind Waker. All of these amiibo will have special functionality in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and will be released on December 2.

Continuing this Nintendo Direct Roundup, Nintendo fans who missed Yoshi’s Wooly World on Wii U should be happy to know it’s coming to the Nintendo 3DS. This new version will include new Poochy stages as well as Poochy pups to help you hunt for the many secrets within each stage. There will also be a number of stop motion shorts to enjoy. Amiibo fans will also enjoy a Yarn Poochy amiibo that can be purchased separately or bundled with the game when it releases on February 3, 2017.

Later on in the Nintendo Direct, they revealed Mario Sports Superstars. This new game for the 3DS includes, soccer, baseball, tennis, gold, and horse racing. When it releases in Spring 2017, you’ll be able to play fully robust version of each sport including full 11 vs 11 soccer matches. Other smaller announcements include Tank Troopers and Picross 3D Round 2. The first is a six-player multiplayer game you can download from the eShop. Each tank offers different abilities in battle. the game will release in Winter of this year. The newest Picross game is available today for $29.99 and will feature puzzles that unlock by scanning amiibo.

The final big announcement of this Nintendo Direct roundup is a new Pikmin game coming to the 3DS. This will mark the first handheld entry in the series. Just like the console games, you control little Pikmin of various colors. This time, the game plays in the form of a 2D sidescroller rather than a 3D world. So far we have only seen red, blue, and yellow Pikmin, but we expect to see much more before the game’s launch in 2017.

That’s about it for this Nintendo Direct roundup. We just wanted to share the big news with you, but if you want to see the whole Direct for all the smaller news bits too, check it out below.

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