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Games Announced At The Nintendo Direct Presentation

With a new Nintendo Direct comes brand-new releases for the year - read about the highlights here.

Nintendo’s Latest Direct is Loaded With Anticipated and Unexpected Releases

The latest Nintendo Direct, which premiered on June 18th, 2024, announced and revealed a plethora of new titles for various franchises. Highlights of the Direct included The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom and Metroid Prime 4: Beyond.

Zelda’s Own Game

The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom is perhaps the biggest game in this Direct; its trailer already has over two million views at the time of writing this article. In Echoes of Wisdom, strange rifts appear around Hyrule and swallow people whole, including Link. It’s up to Zelda and her new fairy companion, Tri, to save Link and the people of Hyrule. The game utilizes a crafting mechanic almost akin to Mario Maker, where Zelda can learn the schematic of an object and create it in the overworld to overcome obstacles. Because Zelda does not have a weapon, players are encouraged to find innovative ways around combat, such as throwing rocks or skirting around enemies entirely. This is the first Legend of Zelda game in which players actually play as the titular character and not her knight. The fanbase has been asking for such a game for a while now, and Nintendo has finally answered. The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom will be released on September 26th, 2024. 

Metroid Fans Are Done Waiting

The Nintendo Direct ends with one final trailer: Metroid Prime 4: Beyond. This game was announced back at E3 2017, and was not given any updates until 2019. On January 25th, 2019, Nintendo’s Senior Managing Executive Officer, Shinya Takahashi, released a developer update stating that Nintendo was not happy with the current state of Metroid Prime 4. He told viewers that Nintendo would be reaching out to the original creators of Metroid, Retro Studios, to overhaul and restart development for Metroid Prime 4 completely. Five years after that update, the game is finally here. In the trailer, all that is shown is some gameplay, an antagonist in a suit similar to Samus’ own, and a lush, open expanse of mountainous jungle. Metroid Prime 4: Beyond did not receive an explicit release date, only that it will come out sometime in 2025. 

Two Mario Installments

The Mario franchise received not one but two new games, those being Mario and Luigi: Brothership and Super Mario Party Jamboree. Mario and Luigi: Brothership follows the famous plumber duo as they are whisked away to Shipshape Island, an island that is also half-ship! With the help of the denizens of Shipshape Island, Mario, and Luigi must find their way home while fending off enemies and new antagonists called the Extension Corps. Familiar faces like Princess Peach and Bowser can be seen throughout the trailer as well. It is a two-player RPG with gameplay revolving, synergizing both players’ abilities. Mario and Luigi: Brothership releases on November 7th, 2024. 

Super Mario Party Jamboree is similar to Mario and Luigi: Brothership – if only in the setting. Players are taken to an “enormous island resort” for all the fun they could possibly imagine. This Mario Party game offers the most playable characters and minigames to date. The game boards have new mechanics, too, such as escalators, flash sales, tides changing paths, and even a volcano eruption. With Super Mario Party Jamboree comes a new game mode called Koopathon, hosting up to 20 players in one lobby. Super Mario Party: Jamboree comes out on October 17th, 2024.

Prosecutor’s Time to Shine

The Ace Attorney series has been getting Switch ports, and this Nintendo Direct brings another one. The Ace Attorney Investigations Collection includes Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth and Ace Attorney Investigations 2: Prosecutor’s Gambit. Not only is it making its way to Switch, but to America. While AAI: Miles Edgeworth is getting a remaster with its release, AAI: Prosecutor’s Gambit was, until now, a Japan-exclusive game.

Instead of hallmark defense attorney Phoenix Wright, players step into the shoes of his rival prosecutor, Miles Edgeworth. Instead of debating and refuting evidence in the courtroom as it is made relevant, like in other Ace Attorney games, players instead investigate the crime scene itself, using logic to deduce clues and evidence as well as confront potential suspects. After the investigation, the trial commences, where Miles must deliver his final verdict. The Ace Attorney Investigations Collection will be released on September 6th, 2024.

Return of the Kong

Donkey Kong Country Returns HD is, as the title states, an HD remaster of the original Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Nintendo Switch. Originally a game for the Nintendo Wii, Donkey Kong Country Returns HD is a sidescroller platformer that can be single-player or multiplayer, with players controlling either Donkey Kong or Diddy Kong. Multiplayer can only be played locally. The game contains 80 levels, including the Nintendo 3DS-exclusive levels from Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Gameplay involves swinging on vines, riding minecarts and a rhinoceros named Ramby, and flying on barrel rockets. In order to get around obstacles, players can crush them or simply roll past them. Donkey and Diddy Kong persist throughout the island in the name of Donkey Kong’s banana hoard, which has been stolen by his fellow villagers under the influence of the dastardly Tiki Tak Tribe. Donkey Kong Country Returns HD is slated to release on January 16th, 2025. 

Every single released game can be found on the Nintendo of America YouTube channel. For any updates on any of these games, stay tuned to Dead Talk News.

The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom (2024) Official Nintendo Direct/Nintendo of America Trailer

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