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Rash Predictions for the November 13 Nintendo Direct

by Neal Ronaghan - November 12, 2013, 9:00 am EST
Total comments: 9

Release dates, a new Smash Bros. character, and a surprise or two. Not exactly going out on a limb here.

A new Nintendo Direct is coming in less than 24 hours, and the focus will be on 2014. Sounds exciting, huh? I think it does. But just what could be a part of the show tomorrow? (Note: I know the Direct says "previously announced Nintendo 3DS software." I stand by every prediction.)

Let's get the obvious stuff out of the way first. I'd imagine we get a concrete Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze date. I'll be oddly specific and say February 14, just in time for shippers to hype Diddy/Dixie. I'd also imagine that Mario Party: Island Tour gets an early 2014 release date in Europe (mid-January) and Bravely Default and Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy both get North America release dates and/or windows. Let's say January for Bravely Default and February for Layton.

What else could there be? Likely, there will be some surprise game. Nintendo's usually good about that. My guess is it'll be an internal eShop release such as Fluidity: Spin Cycle or Crashmo. I wouldn't be surprised if one of these titles is a December release.

Tomorrow's Direct should also give us a clearer picture of Nintendo's expectations for the first three months of 2014. I think there will be at least one big gun for Wii U and 3DS in March. My guess? Yoshi's New Island on 3DS and Mario Kart 8 or Yarn Yoshi on Wii U.

And there will be some Smash Bros. character reveal. Let's say it's Yoshi. No, he hasn't been confirmed yet. I thought that was weird, too.

This is all probably wrong. Who knows.


CericNovember 12, 2013

Monster Hunter 4 coming State side.  Maybe something on DQX.

Honestly I don't see much coming from this except a rushed attempt to Show relevancy near the PS4 and XBox One release to help propel the Holiday Season.  Also an apology on how hard it is to get a Wii Fit U Meter.

InterloperNovember 12, 2013

No Kirby coverage?

I could very well be wrong, but I think Kirby 3DS is a summer/fall game. Unless Yoshi's New Island is hitting a huge snag in development, then I think Kirby 3DS is June at the earliest. If New Island is "delayed," then maybe Kirby sneaks into March/April. Outside of the evolution of Kirby GCN/Wii, HAL Labs usually hits their Kirby deadlines. I could be wrong, but I don't think any Kirby game of theirs (save GCN/Wii game) in the past decade or so has been noticeably delayed.

Spak-SpangNovember 12, 2013

How about Nintendo opening the gates to all VC games being available on the eshop now.
Wii mode now runs in the Wii U menu.
A subscribtion based service to play all VC games online?

AVNovember 12, 2013

Unified Account ?

US gets the treasure box for 3DS Zelda


maybe that buy 2 get one free game program that Europe and Japan has comes to US .

talk about online features of zelda 3ds and dlc for mario 3d land .

probably a firmware update to tighten parental settings. After the whole swap note fiasco .

maybe say good bye to the internet browser?

probably an update to animal crossing new leaf to stop the duplicate glitch and add more works projects.

EtopenNovember 12, 2013

Since this Direct is only announced for US and EU so far, it will probably be only about localizations.

pokepal148Spencer Johnson, Contributing WriterNovember 12, 2013

That wii u summer update we were supposed to get months ago...

KhushrenadaNovember 13, 2013

Phoenix Wright vs Professor Layton!

Mario Golf!

Yoshi's Island!

Zelda - Link Between Worlds!

Mario Party Island Tour!

Pokémon - Pikachu Detective!

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy!

Mario and Sonic Winter Olympics!

Luigi's Picross! (to round out year of Luigi)

Star Fox surprise (Tease of new Star Fox game in development for 3DS)

Predictions are fun.

AdrockNovember 13, 2013

Quote from: pokepal148

That wii u summer update we were supposed to get months ago...

Wii U got two major updates this year, one in April and another in September. The one in September was the summer update, but Nintendo delayed it to Fall.

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