On January 14, 2015, at 6 a.m. PST, Nintendo will be broadcasting their first Nintendo Direct of 2015.
2014 was a great year for the Japanese company. After a few years of serious struggles, they finally managed to turn a profit in the second half of the year. They successfully launched titles for two big Nintendo franchises with Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros., as well as a new line of figures with Amiibo.
But all that is in the past now for Nintendo and like any good company, they are looking to the future. So, what can we expect from Wii U and 3DS during tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct?
First and likely foremost, we will likely be seeing a North American release date for the New 3DS, Destructoid reports. That would make sense and according to Gamenesia, the release date is already set for February 13th, so all that is lacking is an official announcement from Nintendo. According to the International Business Times, we can also expect another round of Amiibos to get featured ahead of their February release.
On the software front for 3DS, we can expect Nintendo to feature The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, a long-awaited remake for the cult favorite Nintendo 64 classic. Codename: S.T.E.A.M, the innovative turn-based strategy game, is another 3DS game we can expect big things from during the broadcast.
For the Wii U, we can expect more information on Splatoon, Yoshi’s Woolly World, and Mario Maker. Each of these Wii U games made a big splash at last year’s E3, and now that their release is right around the corner, anticipation for them will only increase.
Finally, we may hear some news about upcoming DLC for last year’s hit games Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros–for both Wii U and 3DS.
Anyone expecting to see something like Zelda for Wii U on the list is likely to be disappointed as Nintendo is only aiming to highlight titles with a Spring 2015 release. But while these titles may lack the gravity of bigger Nintendo franchises, each looked like a solid and unique experience and most importantly, they all seemed very Nintendo.
On the whole, Nintendo is looking for a solid year for the Wii U and with a new Mario vs Donkey Kong, Mario Party 10, Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush, Devil’s Third, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Star Fox, and the new Legend of Zelda all on the way for the home console, it looks to be anything but a drought for Nintendo fans.
Do any of these titles have you excited for the upcoming Nintendo Direct? Let us know below! And if you want to watch it live, be sure to watch it here!