Nintendo had their popular Nintendo Direct digital conference yesterday. Depending on how much of a Nintendo fan you consider yourself the announcements range from “tremendous” to a cold “meh.” That said all announced news focused on the company’s first party offerings.
The biggest news was the release date of Star Fox Zero for the Wii U. First seen in some playable form on Nintendo’s E3 presentation and the Treehouse, the game is the newest in the Miyamoto-created franchise. Most were expecting a release in time for the holiday shopping season—especially since the Wii U needs some heavy hitters in general and to move the needle a bit during the holidays. Unfortunately, the series isn’t coming until April 22nd.
In the middle of “exciting news” spectrum was an announcement of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. The series was originally released in 2006 for GameCube and Wii and was one of three console offerings in the Miyamoto-franchise for the 2000s.
Like most console Zelda releases, the game was very well received often scoring in mid-90s to 100 or higher end of whatever scale. You’ll have to wait until March 2016 to get your hands on the HD release of this classic.
In handheld and Zelda related news, the upcoming Hyrule Warriors Legends will see the inclusion of Linkle, the female Link. Three other inclusions were announced with Toon Link, The King of Hyrule, and Tetra (Pirate Zelda), but Linkle made the biggest news there. Again this is another spring 2016 release.
Finally for Pokemon fans—yours truly included—Nintendo will bring classic Pokemon, first generation Pokemon to the Nintendo 3DS in February just in time for the franchise’s 20th anniversary. These won’t be special HD releases, so you’ll play them as they were on Gameboy and Gameboy Color in the 1996-1997 releases. Next year should be big for the franchise with the release of Pokemon Go for mobile.