If there was one thing that could have possibly solidified the public's support for Nintendo's next handheld system, the Nintendo 3DS, it was the surprise announcement of none other than Kid Icarus: Uprising as the system's premier launch title — the first Kid Icarus game in nineteen years. Pit himself lampshaded the wait by shouting "Sorry to keep you waiting!" upon his appearance in the trailer — which was received with an enormous storm of applause at Nintendo's E3 keynote. If you watch the broadcast, you can pinpoint the exact moment people realized it was Pit and Kid Icarus and had this trope hit them.
Five words: Ocarina of Time in 3D. Let me say it once again. OCARINA OF TIME IN 3D.
Nintendo's E3 2009 conference, which made those raging so-called "hardcore gamers" claiming that Nintendo was killing their hobbies with casual tripe rip their vocal cords out of their bodies. ThisPenny Arcade strip pretty much sums it up.
EspeciallySmash Bros. for the 3DS. Let's just put it this way — SSB fans have been begging for a handheld version of any title in the series for years, and finally Nintendo got enough brains to bow down to said requests. Now, if Snake and Sonic join in again, awesomeness will ensue.
... aaaaaaand now we have Sakurai's statement that Brawl won't be the only game in the series with third-party guest characters. Read that again - third party characters have been announced for the next title before its development even began. And to top that, the first ones Sakurai stated to be interested in? "Capcom characters". Hell. Yeah.
Aaaaand, the 3DS version will have customization tools for the fighters, possibly including alternate costumes besides just regular Palette Swaps. And then you can upload your costumes to the Wii U version.
Nintendo did a price drop on the 3DS starting August 12?!?!?! It can't be that big of a fa-$80 dollars cheaper totaling$170!?!? Fans who bought it aren't amu-the ambassador program will let those who connected to the eShop channel before Aug 11 11:59 EST get 10 free games BEFORE the others get it INCLUDING FREE UDPATES AND 10 free GBA games that are ONLY abvailable to those who purchesed the 3DS at the $250 dollar value as a way of saying thanks for our loyalty, totaling up to 20 FREE GAMES!?!?!?! I would say "TAKE MY MONEY NINTENDO!!!", but we got 20 FREE GAMES to those who used the Eshop channel before August 11 11:59 PM EST. Nintendo, YOU! WON! THE! GAMING! MARKET! FOREVER!
Virtual Console on 3DS is doing fine, but something's missing...Huh? Tetris? Game Boy Tetris? Russian motifs and everything? Sign me the hell up!
And two months or so later, we get the first Wario Land!
Hmm... Nintendo's E3 2012 presentation and the Wii U titles are sort of underwhelming. Don't get me wrong, that new Mario game looks decent-ish bu... OH MY GOD, PIKMIN 3 AND A NEW SCRIBBLENAUTS GAME!? SOLD!
And then Nintendo blows their chance to show off new 3DS games by showing us only the stuff we know are coming...wait a minute, Reggie? DID YOU JUST SAY FIRE EMBLEM AWAKENINGIS BEING LOCALIZED?!?! THIS CONFERENCE JUST INSTANTLY GOT TEN TIMES BETTER!!!
The Wii U's latest conference is just going over old stuff... huh, Platinum Games is making another exclusive title for i- A BAYONETTA SEQUEL OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD TAKE MY RINGS/HALOS!!!!!
Tsk, that's nothing! We also found out that ETRIAN ODYSSEYIV will be coming to Europe! AWESOME!
From the April 17th Nintendo Direct, Earthbound is now confirmed for the Wii U Virtual Console in North America AND Europe (which never got the game when it was first released outside of Japan).
The entire Nintendo Direct was just full of awesome news, both expected (new info and release dates on Mario & Luigi Dream Team, Mario Golf World Tour, Animal Crossing New Leaf...) and unexpected (Bravely Default, the last Professor Layton game in Europe by the end of the year...).
From the October 1st Nintendo Direct: Okay, some nice updates on Super Mario 3D World and the next Mario and Sonic game. Not bad, N—wait. SONIC'S SHOWING UP IN SUPER SMASH BROS. 4? OH HELL YEAH! And at the very, very end: KIRBY'S GETTING HIS OWN 3DS GAME?!?!? WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH NINTENDO!!!
On January 9, 2014, Next Level Games, the studio behind major Nintendo fan favorites like Mario Strikers, Punch-Out!! on the Wii, and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, announced they will be working exclusively on Nintendo projects from now on! Even better is that their reasoning for this is because their experience working with Nintendo has done great things to help Next Level grow into being the fan loved studio they are now, with games like Punch-Out!! and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon making them almost as loved as Retro Studios.note They're not being bought up by Nintendo, so technically they're still a third party company, but to hear such news is great for many a Nintendo fan, since Nintendo's reputation among third party developers has been shaky since the N64 years.
In the February 13, 2014 Nintendo Direct, not only was Little Mac revealed to be playable in the next Super Smash Bros. (see the respective page), but guess who is coming back in Mario Kart 8 for the first time? THE EFFINGKOOPALINGS!!!All 7 of them playable!
This Nintendo Direct also brought us the announcement of... NES Remix 2? Eh, the first one was kinda fun, but doesn't really warrant a sequel- Wait a second, is that Kirby's Adventure?! Metroid?! Super Mario Bros. 2andSuper Mario Bros. 3 (to name a few)?! Looks like we're getting a much more robust collection of NES games, and they're the more notable ones released later in the console's lifespan, at that!
Metroid fans were dismayed that the series didn't show up at E3 at all, until Nintendo announced they were planning on making new installments, a traditional 2D game and a 3D game in the style of Metroid Prime.