Nintendo held another one of its Nintendo Direct video conferences this morning, this time focusing on some of the games that\’ll hit the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS this summer.
The summertime is usually a barren period for the video game industry when it comes to major new releases, and for the most part, Nintendo\’s conference today reflected that. While past Nintendo Directs have been stuffed with noteworthy announcements, today\’s was a little bit lighter, though not completely empty.
Most notably, Nintendo announced that it has entered into a \”worldwide partnership\” with publisher Sega for games in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. The first result of this will be Sonic: Lost World, an \”action platforming game\” that will arrive exclusively on Wii U and 3DS.
Further details and a release date were not given, but Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said that more information on the title will be shared before next month\’s Electronic Entertainment Expo.
A new Mario & Sonic Olympics game entitled Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games was revealed too. That one will arrive on the Wii U this year, and will see the two mascots and their pals compete in a variety of Winter Olympics mini-games, similar to previous installments in the series. It\’ll make use of both the Wii U GamePad and Wii Motion Plus controllers.
A third major Sonic game for Nintendo consoles was teased to be revealed at a later date.
The partnership will also bring a number of games from the old Sega Game Gear handheld to the 3DS via the Nintendo eShop, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Tails Adventure, Shining Force II: The Sword of Hajya, and others.
Next, the previously-announced companion Zelda titles for the 3DS, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, were officially priced at $5.99 each. Anyone who picks the games up between their May 30 launch and June 20, however, can get them for $4.99 each.
Nintendo also made note of a few more release dates. New Super Luigi U, the Luigi-based expansion to last year\’s New Super Mario Bros. U, will arrive as downloadable content in the Nintendo eShop for $19.99 on June 20. It\’ll arrive in a standalone boxed retail version for $29.99 on July 26 in Europe and August 25 in North America as well.
The Wonderful 101, meanwhile, will come to the Wii U on September 15 in North America and August 23 in Europe.
Nintendo showcased some gameplay from the anticipated strategy game Pikmin 3 and the mini-game-based Game & Wario as well. The former will have three main characters (Alph, Brittany and Charlie, for those keeping track at home), and will use the Wii U GamePad as an overhead map. The latter will also use the GamePad to offer differing perspectives during gameplay.
Finally, Nintendo of America COO Reggie Fils-Aime ended the presentation by announcing a partnership with Best Buy that will see the electronics retailer host demos of various unreleased Wii U games at more than 100 stores. The idea is to let fans get their hands on the games showcased at E3, which isn\’t open to the public. The demos will only be available during the week of E3, which runs from June 11 to June 13, and specific locations will be detailed at a later date.