Last week’s Nintendo Direct detailed plenty of interesting Wii U news, but Nintendo also revealed some exciting 3DS news for 2014.
The most surprising news from the Nintendo Direct (even with the announcement of Hyrule Warriors [name not final]) was that Chibi-Robo is back! Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder sees the tiny robot returning to an all-new 3DS adventure. This time the little guy will be helping a museum curator open a Nostalgia museum containing NostalJunk. In the game’s future, Chibi-Robo can travel to the past to collect NostalJunk and bring it back to the future. He will accomplish this by taking photos of specific items in the real world to digitize and bring back to the game. Collecting enough NostalJunk will help the museum curator achieve his dream! Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder launches on the Nintendo 3DS eShop in 2014 on Jan. 9 for $9.99.
Yoshi’s New Island received a few new tidbits from the Nintendo Direct. New footage from teh game mainly showed off some of Yoshi’s new abilities and eggs. However, Mr. Iwata revealed that Takashi Tezuka, the creative director of the SNES original, will serve as a producer for Yoshi’s New Island. Yoshi’s New Island comes out in Spring 2014.
Previously announced in an earlier Nintendo Direct, new information on Bravely Default was revealed in the December Nintendo Direct. Bravely Default’s combat system features a Sleep Point system. Sleep points accrue one at a time for every eight non-consecutive hours the game is running in a closed Nintendo 3DS. Sleep Points can be used to heal, swap out equipment, revive a party member or unleash devastating attacks. Players can earn up to 3 max Sleep Points to use during battles in Bravely Default. Sleep Points can be bought in game from the eShop without pausing the game. Sleep Points are a benefit, but do not allow for anything that cannot be already done in game without buying or using them.
In January, gamers will be able to download a demo of Bravely Default to test out the lauded turn-based combat system. The demo is a free side-story that will not be included with the main game. The main character Tiz and his friends will work toward restoring a village in this free side-story demo. Any item packs gained during the game and some other functions will transfer over to the main game. The Bravely Default demo will be free on the eShop on Jan. 2, while the game launches in North America on Feb. 7.
Another 3DS title previously mentioned in a Nintendo Direct was the new 3DS Kirby game. The game now bears the title Kirby: Triple Deluxe. Triple Deluxe is a side-scrolling platformer that will utilize the depth of the Nintendo 3DS’ screen to allow Kirby to move between the foreground and background to combat enemies and solve puzzles. Kirby has a new ability called the Hypernova that is a more powerful version of his inhale technique. Triple Deluxe features over 20 different abilities for Kirby to inhale and copy. Four of these abilities are brand new to Triple Deluxe. Along with the main game, Triple Deluxe features two extra game modes in Kirby Fighters and Dedede’s Drum Dash. Kirby Fighters is a game mode where four players can pick one of 10 copy abilities and fight against each other to see what ability is the strongest. Dedede’s Drum Dash is a rhythm game featuring Kirby’s nemesis. Kirby: Triple Deluxe releases in 2014.
Other 3DS news included information on the Pokemon Bank and the European date for Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney for Mar. 28 (meaning a US release should follow soon).