Nintendo Direct: Upcoming 3DS Games Announced

While the PS4 and Xbox One each other with the latest versions of the Xbox and PlayStation, Nintendo continue to live in the past with their latest Nintendo Direct broadcast. The monthly presentation from the firm’s American President, Reggie Fils-Aime, begins with an introduction to the latest version of Zelda, a game that Fils-Aime says was his favourite back in the day.

The 32 minute presentation then continues with a trailer for the latest version on Nintendo 3DS. The Legend of Zelda: A link Between Worlds is set for release in the UK on November 22nd in shops and on the Nintendo eShop.

There are two more Mario games being released on the same day as the Zelda one, including Mario Island Party Tour on the 3DS. There are 80 new mini games, all of which have been created with portable gameplay in mind, and downloads give access to the freeplay mode, puzzle games and additional extras.

Nintendo also use this month’s broadcast to announce a collectors’ edition of Bravely Default which contains the game, an art book, 34 collectors’ card and a CD of the game’s soundtrack. That won’t be out until February 7th, so we’re not really sure why it was part of this month’s Nintendo Direct.

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is another new release mentioned here. This is the final part of the first two Professor Layton trilogies. This game centres on the mystery of a hidden mummy.

Reggie’s announcement that “Nintendo loves independent game developers” ends this month’s broadcast followed by a montage of images from various unnamed games. If Nintendo can involve more independent game developers perhaps they’ll be able to claw back a bit of the market that they’ve been losing steadily over the past 20 years to Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation.

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