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April 2015 Nintendo Direct Predictions

by Donald Theriault - March 31, 2015, 5:36 pm EDT
Total comments: 6

Will Mewtwo, Zelda Wii U or the Virtual Console actually show up?

Now that a Nintendo Direct has been announced and the brake lines have been cut on the hype train, everyone wants to know what to expect tomorrow. Based on the timing of the Direct and some other knowledge, the Direct falls into 4 camps. (As always, all predictions wrong or your money back.)

Things We Know

We know that the Mewtwo DLC is just about done per Sakurai himself, and the registration of Smash to get the DLC free will be complete as of the end of March 31. Prediction: The Mewtwo DLC's release date will be announced.

The reviews for Box Boy will start hitting at 11am EDT tomorrow for North America. Meanwhile, Europe and Japan don't have anything on their eShop calendars beyond Xenoblade 3D officially, but we've seen Azure Striker Gunvolt dated for April 2 in Europe. Predicton: BoxBoy is the North American "and it's on the eShop immediately following this Direct" game, with Azure Striker filling that role for the PAL territories.

North America gets a Treehouse Live “focusing on one of our upcoming Spring releases” immediately following. Prediction: We will know the full schedule through the end of June for all territories by the end of the day tomorrow. It’ll look a lot like the one Europe inadvertently revealed.

Mario Kart 8's 2nd round of DLC has been pegged for May since it was revealed. Prediction: We’ll get at least one other track reveal and a release date.

Things We Can Assume

The Direct times out to midnight CET, which is the post-watershed time usually reserved for mature content that may be restricted in some territories (Germany). Prediction: Based on this, there’s a good chance Devil’s Third appears in some form.

Every April since the Wii U launched has seen major moves with the Virtual Console on Wii U – it started fully in 2013, and added GBA games in 2014. Prediction: A major move related to Virtual Console will happen, but it may not be a new system. North America will largely ignore it, choosing to focus on independent developers.

Club Nintendo will be done with game registration entirely in North America, and the other territories will begin the wind-down shortly. Prediction: Some preliminary details of the new loyalty program will be announced, but the full blowout comes when all territories shut down. Please understand. Also, North America will be reminded to pick up their elite status rewards, if you’ll be able to access the site.

The Zelda delay is still fresh in the minds of gamers, but the process of healing will need to begin ASAP. Prediction: One of the major Wii U holiday titles to replace Zelda will be announced, and it will be related to a service that recently went unavailable. A more core-focused title announcement will be saved for June 16 and whatever Nintendo has for E3.

The new details for Splatoon were announced, but there hasn’t been an official blowout in Direct form yet. Prediction: Splatoon will be dated for May, and an Amiibo line will be announced.

Wave 4 preorders for Amiibo haven’t opened yet, though filler release dates are starting to trickle out. Prediction: The whole line will be up for preorder next week, with fulfillment in early May. Older Amiibo that is still game-relevant (Marth, Shulk for some definition of “relevant”) will be mixed in.

Depending on where you live, Xenoblade 3D launches either April 2 or April 10. Prediction: There will be a Xenoblade 3D trailer, as well as a trailer for the dub of Xenoblade Chronicles X. Europe will get a release date, North America won't. Riots that would make Twitch Plays Pokemon blush ensue.

The recent 3DS firmware update allows home screen alignments to be saved now in all territories. Prediction: Collectible Badge Center will come to other territories in some form.

Atlus USA’s Twitter retweeted the announcement and also sent a tweet that asks “Are you the hotdog?". Prediction: Attack on Titan, previously rated in Australia, could come west. Here's hoping they use the original anime theme song AND NO OTHER.

Things That Won't Show Up

Despite my frothing demand for Dragon Quest VII and Theatrhythm Dragon Quest increasing, neither game will get a localization announcement.

Paper Mario, whether a remake or a new game, will not appear as developer Intelligent Systems is knee-deep in development of Fire Emblem i... The Next Game In The Fire Emblem Series.

Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem is stuck in limbo until Persona 5 releases and the classic SMT demons make their HD debuts in something that isn't a crossover.

Nothing on NX or mobile phone games, as the Japanese Direct announcement already denied either would show up, and that's the only place they would be shown.

Rhythm Heaven 3DS and Style Savvy 3 localizations, because those are fated to sneak out in the press kit we get at E3.

In news that shocks absolutely no one, The Legend of Zelda Wii U will not appear.

The Absolute Metaphysical Certainty To Appear

Happy Direct Day, everyone.


JRokujuushiApril 01, 2015

I'd like to see Amiibo cards get announced.  The figures are cool and all, but all the game functionality is in the base, and I'd be interested in having that functionality in an easy to produce card form.  They'd also have the benefit of being more portable than the figures now that New 3DS supports Amiibo.

tendoboy1984April 01, 2015

Mario Maker has to be shown. It's been an entire year since the game was announced and since then we haven't gotten any new info besides the short Game Awards trailer. I want to know how the level sharing works, does it use Miiverse? How long can the levels be? What enemies and objects can we use from each game?

It's annoying that many people are ignoring this game/concept. It's something we've wanted Nintendo to make for decades, but there's no hype for it.

As for Yoshi, I bet we'll get a release date and a new trailer.

KhushrenadaApril 01, 2015

I find it endearing how much you love and want Mario Maker. Rock on, tendoboy1984, rock on!

nickmitchApril 01, 2015

Prediction: Iwata appears, says Nintendo Direct has been moved to Club Nintendo site, closes stream.

KhushrenadaApril 01, 2015

My predictions:

We see Mewtwo in action and he is released in April 28th.

More DLC content is announced like costumes and even Lucas returns as a fighter to be released in the future like in June or something. As an added bonus, everyone can participate in voting for a new fighter at the Smash Bros. website after.

The wave 4 of Amiibo will come out around May 29th. There will be more Amiibo released like Dark Pit and Palutena in September and other characters like Dr. Mario and Bowser Jr. will be released as Amiibo in like October or November.

There will be some information about using Amiibo to play bits of classic games.

Maybe some more footage of Mario Maker in celebration of Mario's 30th anniversary.

There's a good chance we see some Yoshi Wooly World footage and then Nintendo surprises us with the ultimate Amiibo. Yoshi Amiibos made of yarn which are going to drive people insane in getting and break the will of those who haven't been buying an Amiibo to finally get some.

Probably see some Splatoon footage only and there will be a reveal of Splatoon Amiibo because why not at this point. Amiibo is Nintendo's new money maker.

Maybe now, Nintendo will finally release some DS and N64 virtual console games. There will be Mario 64 and DK 64 available soon for the 64 and Yoshi's Island DS and Warioware: Touched available soon for the DS. However, Nintendo will allow for a lot of controller customization for them which is why they have taken so long to appear.

There'll probably some footage of indie games but whatever. They don't have Amiibo so who cares.

I also predict that we'll finally see some footage of the Shin Megami / Fire Emblem crossover and Fatal Frame. Ha ha ha. I'm just kidding. That will never happen

There'll be some information about Box Boy as well as a new Pokémon Rumble announced.

Just for fun, we'll say that Nintendo has heard people's complaints and will make an update for Codename S.T.E.A.M. to speed through enemy actions.

Streetpass Plaza will get another update of new games as well as paid content called V.I.P. Plaza which will not be very appealing or make much sense.

Most likely we'll see some Xenoblade Chronicles 3D footage and another clip for the next Fire Emblem 3DS game.

Oh, and some information on Mario Kart 8 DLC. In an effort to further get rid of F-Zero and make Mario Kart 8 faster, Mario Kart 8 will offer a 200cc.

That's about all I can think of that might happen.

KhushrenadaApril 01, 2015

Looks like I was pretty close. Khushrenada knows all.

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