Nintendo Direct Brings Expected Wii U and 3DS Announcements

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Nintendo held another one of its Nintendo Direct video conferences today, and while CEO Satoru Iwata and company did have plenty to say, the Japanese gaming firm primarily talked about previously announced titles for its 3DS handheld and Wii U home console.

\"NintendoFor the former, Nintendo announced that Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney will arrive sometime in 2014. The crossover adventure puzzle game was released in Japan last November, and brings the titular protagonists of the two popular series together.

A separate Professor Layton title, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, will come to North America sometime next year as well. Nintendo has confirmed that Europe will be getting the game on sooner, though, on November 8 of this year.

Europeans got another one up on their North American counterparts with the announcement that the HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker will hit the Wii U there on October 4. Nintendo did not provide a release date for America, but the game is still on track to launch around the same time.

\"TheNintendo will be releasing some more classics on its Virtual Console service as well. The NES version of the original Donkey Kong will come to the 3DS on August 15, platformer Wario Land 3 and the formerly Japan-only shooter Summer Carnival ‘92 RECCA will arrive “soon,” and footballer Tecmo Bowl will follow sometime in September. Super Mario Bros. 3, meanwhile, will come to both 3DS and Wii U “later this year.”

Nintendo’s other announcements were either minor or expected. The company announced that Luigi will be a playable character in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games, and it unveiled a new social app for popular 3DS title Animal Crossing: New Leaf that will let players share images and messages with each other.

\"WiiIt also continued to show off future titles like Sonic: Lost World, Mario and Luigi: Dream Team, Rayman Legends, Pokemon Rumble U, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds in the hopes of drumming up excitement for its systems.

The 3DS continues to sell well, but with the forthcoming releases of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Nintendo continues to hope that its longstanding franchises will help its struggling Wii U weather through the rest of the year. The company recently announced that it sold just 160,000 Wii U units last quarter, well under expectations, but that it moved 1.4 million 3DS units during that same time frame.

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