Nintendo's first Direct video without its charismatic host Satoru Iwata was an absolute treat! It was packed full of pleasant surprises and shocks that are sure to send waves of euphoria through the legions of Nintendo fans.
So without further delay, here's the Direct if you haven't seen it already:
And here is a rundown of the biggest pieces of news to come from the House of Mario's welcome return to the airwaves.
Dragon Quest Is Coming To The US!
About damn time too! The 3DS remakes of the infamous JRPGs Dragon Quest VII: Warriors of Eden & VIII: Journey of the Cursed King are finally coming to roost on the shores of the US. Originally released on the PlayStation 1 & 2 respectively in the early naughties, the games were re-released on iOS and Android in NA, but the Japanese 3DS versions never managed to make the journey.
DQ7 will be releasing in the summer, whereas DQ8 will release at... some point in 2016.
Megaman Returns in Gold!
Though 3DS owners have had to wait a little later than consolers to get their hands on this brilliant collection of Megaman's outings on the NES, Nintendo have repaid their patience by releasing a set of two new Megaman Amiibos that will unlock 11 special challenge stages unique to 3DS. Gold Megaman will come complete with a collector's edition of the game.
The Megaman Legacy Collection will release February 23rd, 2016.
Cloud Will Be Playable In Super Smash Bros. Wii U & 3DS!
I still can't believe this is happening, but after many pinches I am still a physical state of being. Cloud from Final Fantasy VII will be a playable character in Smash Bros. When exactly and what price has still to be disclosed by Nintendo, but there's a super special Super Smash Bros. Direct planned for December, so I'm sure they'll give us the sweet lowdown then.
Star Fox Zero Is April Bound!
Not much more to add to this than Star Fox Zero, which was supposed to release this year and got pushed back, is coming to every Wii U users home on April 22nd, 2016. YAS QUEEN.
Twilight Princess is Indeed Getting A HD Remaster!
Yes, the news just keeps getting better and better. The Gamecube's Twilight Princess is indeed getting a HD makeover, and will be hitting the Wii U on March 4th, 2016. The game will come with all-new gameplay, meaning there are brand new sections to tangle with, and a pretty awesome new Wolf Link Amiibo, that apparently carries data over to the all-new Zelda on Wii U.
The New Zelda Looks Utterly Sublime!
And coming off the back of the incredible news... just, just watch this from 3:15 in:
Zelda Wii U is shaping up wonderfully for its eventual release next year, and I for one cannot wait!
(Sources: Kotaku, Eurogamer, Nintendo Life, Nintendo Direct)