Nintendo Announces Rhythm Heaven Megamix For The West

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Nintendo Announces Rhythm Heaven Megamix For The West

Nintendo announced in its most recent Direct that the newest iteration in the Rhythm Heaven franchise will be making it to American shores. Rhythm Heaven Megamix functions as a “best of” compilation of the series’ rhythmic mini-games.

Rhythm Heaven Megamix is a blend of old and new mini-games infused with vibrant colors and bizarre humor. These mini-games are broken up with story fragments, and they eventually culminate into a mashup “remix” stage.

The new title boasts 100 mini-games: 70 from previous titles, 20 completely new ones, and 10 reimagined from the series' past. This includes games from the original Japanese-only Rhythm Tengoku, which never made into the cartridge slots of American Game Boy Advances.

Nintendo Makes Another Pitch For Metroid Prime: Federation Force

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Nintendo Makes Another Pitch For Metroid Prime: Federation Force

When Nintendo fans told the publisher they wanted another Metroid game, they weren’t expecting Metroid Prime: Federation Force. The announcement made at E3 2015 wasn’t warmly received, but Nintendo isn’t giving up on it yet.

During today’s Direct, Metroid Prime producer Kensuke Tanabe discussed his vision for the multiplayer-focused 3DS game and its long development history. Work on Federation Fighters began in 2009 in collaboration with Next Level Games.

The team saw the opportunity to make the conflict between the Galactic Federation and the Space Pirates more than just Samus’ mission. To that end, the Federation Force uses power suits based on her original one.

Monster Hunter X Comes West As Monster Hunter Generations

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Monster Hunter X has finally been announced for North America with Monster Hunter Generations for 3DS. Slaying gargantuan beasts and reassembling their body parts into armor and weapons has served the series well, and Generations continues this trend with new features and a release window.

Monster Hunter is a huge cultural and financial juggernaut in Japan, and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate proved to be a commercial and critical success in America. Monster Hunter X released in November of last year in Japan, and fans have been patiently awaiting its announcement for the West.

Monster Hunter Generations introduces a slew of new monsters, abilities, and a revamped armor upgrade system in addition to other changes. The clip shown during the Nintendo Direct featured four colossal flagship monsters that seem to be tent poles in the plot. 

New Characters And DLC Revealed For Hyrule Warriors Legends For 3DS

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New Characters And DLC Revealed For Hyrule Warriors Legends For 3DS

Hyrule Warriors is making the 3DS transition soon, and with that will come an expanded roster, which got larger during today's Nintendo Direct.

Medli from the Wind Waker has been confirmed as a new playable character, and she will be free on both Wii U and 3DS. She will be available when Legends' first DLC pack releases.

Nintendo has four DLC packs planned for the game, and a season pass will be available. Those who purchase the season pass will get an exclusive costume for Ganondorf. The game will also include a theme with purchase as well as a code that will unlock new characters in the Wii U version of the game, including Linkle, Tetra, and more. Finally, those who purchase the game from GameStop will get a free 16-page character art book (Disclosure: GameStop is Game Informer’s parent company).

Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 Is Coming To 3DS

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Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 Is Coming To 3DS

Developer Inti Creates announced the game a year ago, but now we have a release window and some more details for Azure Striker Gunvolt 2.

The game releases on 3DS this summer and Gunvolt's rival will be a playable character capable of copying boss abilities. Ahead of the sequel's release, Azure Striker Gunvolt will be discounted until June 1 to $9.99.

For our review of Azure Striker Gunvolt, head here.

Game Freak’s Pocket Card Jockey Blends Solitaire, Horse Racing, And Animal Husbandry

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Game Freak’s Pocket Card Jockey Blends Solitaire, Horse Racing, And Animal Husbandry

Pokémon developer Game Freak is reminding fans it isn’t a one-trick pony. The studio released Tembo the Badass Elephant last year, and it has something galloping to 3DS in May.

Pocket Card Jockey is a blend of solitaire and horse racing. As players clear cards from the board, they’ll give their thoroughbred a burst of speed.

Horses will level up and, eventually, you’ll want to retire them to a farm. Once you have a couple of aging racers, you can breed them to continue the winning lineage.

Mini Mario And Friends Amiibo Challenge Coming to Nintendo eShop

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 Mini Mario And Friends Amiibo Challenge Coming to Nintendo eShop

Nintendo announced a new free game coming to the eShop during today’s Nintendo Direct. Mini Mario and Friends Amiibo Challenge will allow players to tap their Amiibos on their Wii U or 3DS in order to access a series of puzzles unique to each figure.

In Mini Mario and Friends, each Amiibo will unlock a corresponding character and levels built around that character’s unique abilities. For example, Mario can bounce off of walls in order to access hard-to-reach spaces on the screen.  

Mini Mario and Friends Amiibo Challenge will be available for download on April 28. Prior to that, purchasing an Amiibo at GameStop, Best Buy, or Amazon will get you a code for early access to the game starting on March 25. (Disclosure: GameStop is the parent company of Game Informer.)

Super Nintendo Games Are Coming To New Nintendo 3DS

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Nintendo has revealed in its latest Direct that a number of Super Nintendo classics are heading to the eShop. Games like Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past, EarthBound, and Super Metroid will soon be available to New Nintendo 3DS owners.  

So far Nintendo has confirmed nine titles that will become available over the course of the next two months, with more games to follow suit in the future. Here's the release schedule given out for the Super Nintendo games we know about, with the first three titles being available later today:

These games will not be available on the regular 3DS or 3DS XL.

Bandai Namco Shows More Of Its Free-To-Play Wii U Game Lost Reavers

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Bandai Namco Shows More Of Its Free-To-Play Wii U Game Lost Reavers

A small portion of Nintendo’s most recent Direct was carved out for a free-to-play multiplayer game called Lost Reavers. Bandai Namco’s Wii U title allows you to romp around with your friends, as showcased in a brief gameplay section.

Although details for Lost Reavers are scant, we know that you’ll be able to explore ruins with an ancient Egyptian aesthetic. Collecting treasure and cooperatively taking out zombies seems to consume most of your time as you travel between boss fights.

There will be an open beta for Lost Reavers on April 14, with the game properly releasing on April 28. For more coverage of today’s Nintendo Direct, head here.

Bring Color Back To The World In Paper Mario: Color Splash

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Bring Color Back To The World In Paper Mario: Color Splash

Nintendo announced a new entry in its Paper Mario series today, Paper Mario: Color Splash. In the game, which is coming to the Wii U this year, Mario has to restore color to an island using a handy new gadget.

When Prism Island has been drained of color, it’s up to our favorite plumber to set things right. While an ordinary paintbrush could bring things back to how they were, that’s far too subtle.

Instead, Mario comes armed with a paint hammer. Players can use it to bring color back to the world, which is used to solve environmental puzzles and resurrect fallen Toads. Players can also paint cards using the GamePad’s screen, and then flick them onto their TVs to start battles.