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Nintendo Direct Wii U recap

Valentine's Day Nintendo Direct Screencap

Aside from the usual handmade cards and boxes of chocolate, Wii U owners got an extra special treat this Valentine’s Day. The Nintendo Direct that took place this morning offered up a ton of new Wii U news. While WiiUDaily reported the news as it was released, here is a streamlined recap of the Wii U news that was presented today.

It was announced that there will be DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U.  The DLC will allow players to control Luigi as he makes his way through alternative versions of the over eighty levels already found in NSMBU. No word yet on release date or price.

Miiverse has a new community specifically for talking about The Legend of Zelda series. Earlier this month Nintendo announced that off topic posts would not be tolerated on Miiverse. This new community gives fans a place to talk about Zelda without breaking any rules.

Wii Street U went live in North America today. Wii Street U is essentially a version of Google Earth that can be controlled with the Wii U gamepad.

Nintendo also revealed several upcoming games and their release dates today. They include:

  • Runner 2-February 2013
  • Zen Pinball-February 2013
  • Toki Toki 2-March 2013
  • Lego City Undercover-March 18th
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted U-March 19th
  • Monster Hunter 3-March 19th
  • The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct-March 20th
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us-April 16th
  • Disney Infinity-June 2013

Today’s Nintendo Direct shows a lot of promise for the Wii U. The creation of the Zelda community shows that Nintendo is listening to its fans by providing them with a place to discuss games that they want to talk about. Wii Street U provides an example of the kind of fun extras Wii U owners can expect from Nintendo in the future.

Most importantly, the announcement of DLC for NSMBU and upcoming titles goes to show that there is no shortage of quality content on its way to the console. While some may have expected some lackluster announcements, this Nintendo Direct makes it look like the future is indeed bright for the Wii U.

Be sure to check out our recap of the 3DS portion of the presentation, including the release date for Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Let us know what you thought about today’s presentation in the comments below.

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  • Mark Thom

    YEA!!!!!!!

  • therealruben1
    • tronic307

      F***in’ Right!

    • RoadyMike

      Exclusive,not a chance.Get over it.And fuck you Ubisoft
      Launching the finished Wii U version on its original date,I’m all for it

      • Glenn Indahl

        the petition is NOT about keeping it exclusive. its only concern is the date.

        • RoadyMike

          I know about the petition and it’s intentions;I’ve signed it twice
          But this guy’s comment says to keep it exclusive,which is pretty much impossible at this point.I honnestly don’t mind the game not being exclusive.But I want my finished Wii U version RIGHT.THE FUCK.NOW

    • catsby

      It would be stupid making it Wii U exclusive. What if people with other colsoles wants to play it?

      • CTRAINGAMER

        Then they buy a Wii U. :p

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502572522 Andrew Teddy Spencer

      It doesnt need to be an exclusive. I believe everyone should play this great game. What they need to do is release the Wii u version now 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3ZKS57QHNI7BPNG2H3HSFCHJI Chiwawa

    awesome!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3ZKS57QHNI7BPNG2H3HSFCHJI Chiwawa

    im just waiting for lego city undercover. both versions.

  • mchelski

    I would like that all these titles come on eShop, I don’t want to have to switch discs to play my games on wii u

    • fireheartis1

      Dude that’s the best part of gaming switching a disk and seeing the completely different game.  Man gamers have gotten so lazy now days it’s not freaking funny.

      • Petri

        Well, I hate disk switching, but only if it’s on the same game (xbox360…)

  • ConCity Soldier

    Highlights!?  What highlights!?! You mean last month’s Nintendo Direct right?  Today was nothing special not one bit, it’s not even worth mentioning today’s Direct.  They pretty much announced all the big first party titles and exclusives their working on for this year last month.  But their will be more 3rd party titles announcements leading up to E3.  Watchdogs & Rainbow 6 is two games that looks like it’ll be released on the console this year.

    • Scott Duperree

      Given, this wasn’t focused on Wii U but 3DS.  I still thought that this New Super Luigi U DLC announcement was pretty great.  Certainly not an announcement that turns the Wii U into more dominant of a console, but still a pretty great announcement.  Then again, I am a sucker for Luigi.

    • DragonSilths

      They have not announced every big 1st party Wii U game for this year yet. Retros Game says hi.

  • Scott Duperree

    My dad doesn’t want anything to do with Video Games.  I doubt I could get him to play bowling on Wii Sports.  He spent an hour on Street View with me tonight, his small town had street view right in front of the house he grew up in.  We loved this feature.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000741982106 Scott Mars

    WHAT ABOUT PIKMN 3

  • http://www.youtube.com/azhood321 AZHood

    “Today’s Nintendo Direct shows a lot of promise for the Wii U. ”
    Let’s be serious now; today’s ND was crud for the Wii U. Granted it was a primarily a 3DS ND, but there was nothing that stood out on the Wii U. DLC was already a given on NSMBU, all of the Wii U games shown today have already been covered previously (release dates, features, etc.), and we are still missing out on set release dates for games (TW101, Pikmin 3, Game & Wario, eShop titles). 

    Not a bad ND, as it was good on the 3DS front, but nothing occurred on the Wii U side that surprised or enticed people.

    • bizzy gie

      Nothing that surprised or enticed *you.

      Speak for yourself.

      • http://www.youtube.com/azhood321 AZHood

        If ND is your only source for Nintendo news, then maybe it did surprise you. However, all games mentioned during this last ND have already been revealed previously. The same goes for the release dates (with the exception of eShop titles and Disney Infinity). Free updates for NG3: RE isn’t new, and although the specifics of the NSLBU DLC weren’t known beforehand, the discussion of DLC for NSMBU has been going on since last year.

        I don’t want to speak for everyone, but I think it would be safe to say that the majority wasn’t satisfied with the Wii U announcements during the Feb. 14th ND. If you were, more power to you. However, saying that this ND showed promise for the Wii U is a large stretch.

        • bizzy gie

          I’m sure many people were satisfied with the Nintendo Direct. While I myself knew most of this information before, I’m not going to say that most to all people were mutually unsatisfied with the latest Nintendo Direct.

          Prior to that presentation, many people were beginning to believe Nintendo forgot its customers and left us in a drought that would last until E3. Updates and reminders mean they’re still working hard on all their previously mentioned titles.

           It would be stupid to make a Nintendo Direct focused on only new titles when they have yet to delivered on the titles we already know about. This past Nintendo Direct showed plenty of promise for the Wii U.

          One example: A new game, Injustice: Gods Amoung Us, was announced. It was also stated that the game will run in a full 60 FPS. A small fact like that helps ease the worries of those who are doubting the Wii U’s CPU which is the Wii U’s most important concern at the moment given it determines what games can run on it or not.

          So yes speak for yourself. I’m positive more people than not were pleased with Thursday’s Nintendo Direct.

          • http://www.youtube.com/azhood321 AZHood

            You must be part of the minority then, because I can tell you that the majority of people, Wii U owners, potential buyers, and everyone else, thought the Wii U segment of the Feb 14 ND was underwhelming.

            I never mentioned anything focusing on new Wii U titles. I stated that I was expecting crucial information regarding release dates and such for previously announced titles that people are looking towards, such as TW101 and Pikmin 3. Instead, we got release dates on games that have had their release dates and announcements revealed before the latest ND, including Injustice  Gods Among Us. None of that was new. The “highlights” that are worth mentioning are the Luigi DLC for NSMBU and the NG3:RE update. Even then, those were already expected given previous coverage from other outlets, as I have stated 3 times now.

            So once again, this last ND didn’t show the promise of the Wii U, as that was done in Janurary. Your previous reply has proven to me that you can’t comprehend the argument I have presented, so I’m not going to bother replying anymore until you can recognize and formulate a reasonable counter-argument as to how the Wii U “highlights” of the Feb 14th ND showed promise for the Wii U.

          • bizzy gie

            What minority? The actual minority ARE the Wii U owners as it hasn’t done as well as it could have in sales. Have you forgotten that most people don’t even know what the Wii U is? Did it ever occur to you that this past Nintendo Direct might not have been for Wii U owners?

            It was a 3DS ND. Maybe the idea was to present the information we Wii U owners already know to those who are still on the fence about the console. Considering more people own a 3DS than Wii U, I’m sure the 3DS fans who tuned in were larger in quantity than the fewer Wii U owners who tuned in.

            In my opinion, I believe this Nintendo Direct was to make sure ALL Nintendo fans were on one accord with 3DS and Wii U news and maybe to attact in a few more buyers.

            As far as the topic on hand, I also strongly believe more people who watched this ND were pleased than people who weren’t given the fact that not EVERYBODY who watched the ND owned a Wii U.

  • khkjhkj

    WiiUDaily, please keep your bullshit fanboy analysis to yourselves.

    • Threinfhir

      Wow, somebody’s bitter. What’s wrong, pumpkin? Are you upset that other people have things to look forward to?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502572522 Andrew Teddy Spencer

      Dude, the website is called WII U DAILY! The hell do you expect?

  • Kuzon

    Since when does the Wii U disc slot light up at all like in your headline image on the front page for this article?

    • CTRAINGAMER

      Sence always. The original Wii did it too.

      • Kuzon

        But mine doesn’t do that at all. In fact it doesn’t have the plastic slot frame to do it. Here’s a picture comparison of my Wii U and Wii disc slots http://imgur.com/a/w9Zee

  • Nintendofreak

    d nintendo direct was for 3ds n i didnt get any chocolate or cards dis valentines….well i got a speeding ticket guess dat is something

  • Justin Jefferson

    In the direct i thought i heard something about lugis mansion on wii u?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1451897774 Dylan Clark

    i come here to laugh at you people that take video games a bit to seriously lol

  • TheFarmboy

    Too bad they never mentioned anything about Pikmin 3. I just hope it`ll launch soon.

  • sup3rnoah

    Oh Animal Crossing, how I will put many hours into you. :)