Everything Announced during the Nintendo Direct for 3/3/2016

A few days ago, we got wind of a new Nintendo Direct presentation for March 3, 2016. In case you happened to miss it, here’s everything they had to say and announce. You can also check out the full presentation below.

  • Star Fox Zero was shown and has multiple paths, 2 player coop, and supports use of the Fox amiibo from the Super Smash Bros. series to unlock the classic Arwing for use in game. Releasing April 22, 2016 for Wii U
  • Star Fox Guard announced, packaged in with Star Fox Zero (can be bought separately on the eshop)
  • Splatoon receiving an update with several balance and matchmaking changes on March 8, second update (split into 2 parts, the first arriving in April) adds weapon set recommendations and balance changes
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games had a trailer, new events “Rugby Sevens” and “Rhythmic Gymnastics Clubs.” Releasing March 18, 2016 for 3DS, June 24 for Wii U
  • Super Mario Maker getting an update that changes objects when shaken, new “Super Expert” difficulty for 100 Mario Challenge, and bookmark site will be expanded. Available March 9, 2016
  • Genei Ibun Roku #FE is now Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE in the west, releasing June 24, 2016 for Wii U
  • Lost Reavers, a free-to-play online coop game, is releasing April 28, 2016 on Wii U, with an open beta on April 14
  • Paper Mario Color Splash was announced for Wii U, coming 2016
  • Pokken Tournament was featured before its imminent release on March 18, 2016
  • New loyalty program, “My Nintendo,” launching this month. You can preregister for Miitomo and make your account now
  • Mini Mario & Friends amiibo Challenge coming to 3DS and Wii U on April 28, 2016 for free. Early access on March 25 after purchase of any amiibo figure from Best Buy, Gamestop, or Amazon
  • Series 4 of the Animal Crossing amiibo cards arrive on June 10, 2016 alongside the standalone Isabelle amiibo figure and a separate figure of her in her summer outfit
  • Virtual Console on New 3DS is getting SNES games. Pilotwings, Super Mario World, and F-Zero are available now, with Super Mario Kart, Earthbound, and Donkey Kong Country arriving on March 24, 2016, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest arriving on April 14
  • Pocket Card Jockey announced, a mixture of solitaire and horse racing, releases in May 2016 for 3DS
  • Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 announced, releasing summer 2016 for 3DS
  • Reminder that Fire Emblem Fates Revelation is coming on March 10, 2016 for $19.99. 2 new maps are also available now at the in-game DLC shop, with another coming March 17 for $2.49 each. More to be added weekly until April 21
  • Hyrule Warriors Legends is getting a season pass at launch, allowing access to 4 DLC packs and a bonus Ganondorf costume for use in game. New character Medley revealed, available for free on both versions when the first DLC pack launches. Physical copies give a 3DS theme and a code to obtain the 5 new characters in the Wii U version. Releasing March 25, 2016 for 3DS
  • Disney Art Academy announced for 3DS, releasing May 13, 2016
  • Bravely Second End Layer demo will be available to download on March 10, 2016, giving a bonus in the full game. The game itself releases April 15, 2016 for 3DS
  • Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past coming later in 2016 to 3DS
  • Monster Hunter Generations gets a western debut trailer, releasing summer 2016 for 3DS. Playing with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate save data present gives bonus content in the new game. The game is also getting a Marth costume
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force was further detailed, received a new trailer, and is coming to 3DS in late spring 2016
  • Rhythm Heaven Megamix coming to North America later this year for 3DS
  • Kirby Planet Robobot coming to 3DS, along with a separate 4-player mode called Team Kirby Clash. The game is compatible with amiibo, and is receiving its own amiibo series. Releasing June 10, 2016

What did you think of this Direct? See anything that you can’t wait for? Disappointed in what they had to announce? Let us know in the comments below.

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Mark Sullivan

Mark is a student in Philadelphia currently working towards a B.S. in Information Science & Technology. Starting in 1998 with a hand-me-down PS1 and the demo for Spyro The Dragon (which he played COUNTLESS times), his love of gaming soon elevated when he borrowed Final Fantasy VII from a friend for the first time. Now he's an avid collector, a semi-expert trophy hunter, and an overall lover of video games. Favorite games are Final Fantasy VII (I know, deal with it), Metal Gear Solid 2, Resident Evil 4, Dark Souls, and Psychonauts, to name a few.