Nintendo Direct 9/1/16 Recap

Missed today’s Nintendo Direct because you were shopping in Slovenia for a new nose? Don’t worry — here’s everything you missed in one convenient place.

Important to note: today’s Direct, as previously announced, focused mostly on the Nintendo 3DS. And of course, naturally, some amiibo news was forthcoming as well.

  • Super Mario Maker is coming to the 3DS on December 2nd.
    • BUT, in this version you won’t be able to upload levels online. You can share levels, but only locally or through StreetPass
    • There will be 100 Nintendo-made levels included
  • Mario Sports Superstars coming to 3DS sometime next spring.
    • Includes 5 fully-featured sports: baseball, soccer, tennis, golf, and horse-racing.
    • Each sport will be fully-fledged, not just a minigame. For example, soccer will include full 11v11 matches.
    • Local and online multiplayer was announced.
    • Singleplayer tournaments will be included for each sport, though how deep these tournaments go has yet to be revealed. 

  • Four new Amiibos dedicated to the Legend of Zelda series have been announced. All four are set to release on December 2nd.


  • The classic Wii title, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, is available to purchase and download on the Wii U eShop starting today.
  • Dragon Quest 8 Remake for 3DS has been delayed to 2017. A new release date was not provided.
  • Multiplayer Tank game Tank Troopers announced for 3DS.
    • Supports up to six players.
    • When using download play, or if you’ve picked up the demo, only one person needs to have the game to be able to have friends join locally. It is unclear if there is online play.
    • The game’s developer was not mentioned
    • Tank Troopers will release sometime this winter, though an exact release date wasn’t provided.


  • Yoshi’s Wooly World confirmed for the 3DS. It will include all Wii U stages.
    • It will launch on February 3, 2017.
    • It will feature 30 stop-motion yarn character video shorts spread throughout the game.
    • On top of that, Nintendo is making a new yarn Amiibo, this time for the Poochy character.
  • New Pikmin announced for 3DS
    • The side-scrolling adventure game will see players tapping the screen to move their Pikmin and to pick up items and attack enemies.
    • It will launch sometime in 2017.
  • Third DLC pack for Hyrule Warriors Legends revealed
    • The third of four DLC packs included in the Hyrule Warriors Legends season pass was revealed today. The Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks pack adds a new weapon for Toon Link, a new playable character, and more.
    • Toon Link receives a new weapon in the Sand Wand, which gives him new attacks including the ability to summon the train from Spirit Tracks. Toon Zelda is also introduced as a playable character through this DLC pack. Her abilities include being able to possess enemies and control them in battle. The pack also adds a new Adventure mode map.
    • The DLC is out today.
  • Mario Party: Star Rush gets new trailer and details
    • The game will support multiplayer for up to four players through one purchased copy of the game.
    • New amiibo figures will be released to coincide with the game and include functionality. The new figures include: Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Rosalina, Daisy, Wario, Waluigi, and Boo (which glows in the dark).

And that’s it folks. Party hard.

My Opinion:

Mario horse-racing. That’s all I care about in life right now.

Tyler Fischer is a Senior Writer for MONG who plays video games when he’s not busy researching alien conspiracy theories at 2AM. You can find him on Twitter.

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