A new Nintendo Direct broadcasted at 2 this afternoon. It delivered good and bad news for Super Mario Maker: the good is that we’re finally getting keys, and the bad is that they’re giving us an even WORSE version of Expert Mode called Super Expert Mode. I’m just going to have to accept now that I’ll never be able to collect all the character sprites. It’s just impossible. The update patches itself in on March 9.
If you don’t have time to watch all this, you don’t have to. Below I have laid out the full March-to-July 2016 release schedule Nintendo revealed in the video, reshuffled by release date.
March 3, 2016 — Super Mario World, Pilotwings, F-Zero
March 24, 2016 — Super Mario Kart, EarthBound, Donkey Kong Country
April 14, 2016 — A Link To The Past, Super Metroid, Donkey Kong Country 2
SNES games are coming to the 3DS Virtual Console, but you can only play them if you have the New 3DS. Have you noticed that so far, every exclusive for this handheld has been something from another system with nothing changed?
March 18, 2016 — Pokken Tournament
March 18, 2016 — Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (3DS)
March 25, 2016 — Hyrule Warriors Legends
It feels like this has been announced forever. Ten million Tumblr Linkle drawings and we’re still waiting. Oh well, it won’t be long now.
April 15, 2016 — Bravely Second: End Layer
As with the original Bravely Default, we’re getting a demo that transfers its progress into the actual game. That demo releases in a week. The artbook looks great too, if anyone can find it.
April 22, 2016 — StarFox Zero
This looks better than I’ve ever seen it. All I ask for is good space combat and those clips delivered hard. Apparently its companion game StarFox Guard is on a separate disc? It looks simple enough to stuff onto the same Blu…..
April 28, 2016 — Lost Reavers
A freemium online multiplayer game from Bandai Namco. There’s reason to be suspicious.
April 28, 2016 — Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge
This free download provides another use for the Mario-related amiibo in your collection.
May 13, 2016 — Disney Art Academy
It’s Art Academy, with licensed properties this time.
May: Pocket Card Jockey
Game Freak introduces the unorthodox combo of cards and horse racing.
Late Spring 2016 — Metroid Prime: Federation Force
Oh boy, this one. Nintendo is fully aware of the negative reaction Federation Force got the last time we saw it, and much of its reintroduction was spent in damage control mode, with producer Kensuke Tanabe trying to explain that he had been working on this since 2009 and it was going to be great, people, really it was. That didn’t stop angry fans of Samus from downvoting the YouTube version of the trailer until Nintendo had to shut the ability off. What I do know is that it’s foolhardy to judge a game based on how doofy it looks; you’d think we would have learned this from Wind Waker.
June 10, 2016 — Kirby: Planet Robobot
This was the last thing Nintendo showed. Sometimes Nintendo manages to cap off these videos with something great and sometimes they fail, but this time, the sight of Kirby in a giant mecha bot was enough to forgive any disappointment I had experienced over the course of the stream.
June 24, 2016 — Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
Nintendo is leaving the original Japanese voices in this one intact, with subtitles. A smart (and cost-effective) move given the anime fanbase it’s aimed at.
Summer 2016 — Azure Striker: Gunvolt
Summer 2016 — Monster Hunter: Generations
Not a Monster Hunter player, but I’m pleased to see Nintendo’s continued support of that niche.
Vaguely 2016 — Dragon Quest VII
Think about the fact that Square passed on localizing both this and Bravely Second. Nintendo’s the only reason we’re getting them. After you’re done stabbing Reggie for Federation Force, give him a hug for Dragon Quest VII.
Vaguely 2016 — Paper Mario: Color Splash
A new Paper Mario was announced and barely talked about (Federation Force got far more coverage). It definitely feels like the Paper Mario series has reached the churn-em-out stage. Could surprise us, but after Sticker Star I don’t have blind faith in the series anymore.