NintendoDirectLuigiNintendo is at an interesting crossroads. They’ve got to prove that this Wii U thing is still relevant in a world with two new next-generation consoles. They’ve got to show everyone that they’ve got the games that can stand up to Microsoft and Sony’s juggernaut franchises, and that the Wii U’s Gamepad is the real next generation. And we at Gaming Trend believe that they’ve got a chance to do that. With new Mario, Mario Kart, Zelda, and Smash Bros. titles in the works, plus a few additional surprises, Nintendo has an enormous opportunity to win us over with their latest Nintendo Direct video.

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Sam Vary Sam Vary June 11, 20137:41 am

I felt like they brought some solid game to the table. The cel-shaded graphics on games like Zelda look really nice, and they’re working hard to entice players who might feel alienated by the Gamepad.

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:39 am

That’s it for Nintendo Direct!

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:39 am

Special video on Nintendo website. including trailers and developer talks

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:38 am

Complete with a bunch of robot master powers, apparently

Sam Vary Sam Vary June 11, 20137:37 am

Your favorite! :)

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:37 am

Blue Bomber is going to be in next Smash Bros! How did it take this long?!

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:37 am

MEGA MAN!

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:36 am

The animal crossing villager is going to be in Smash Bros, out in 2014

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:35 am

Yep. It’s smash bros. Looks like it’s running on both 3DS and Wii U

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:35 am

One more game.. Looks like Smash Bros.

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:35 am

New Donkey Kong game is coming to Wii U – traditional side-scrolling gameplay.

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:34 am

No details, just a splash screen with a bit red X. Made by same team as Xenogears. Launching in 2014

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:33 am

TRANSFORMING ROBOT DINOSAURS?!

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:33 am

Mechs? Did someboody say mechs?

Sam Vary Sam Vary June 11, 20137:32 am

Bayonetta looks like it means business – or, so they would have us believe anyway

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:32 am

Footage looks like…well, Bayonettta. Look for it next year

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:31 am

So, Bayonetta footage is probably a trailer. New look for Bayonetta, shorter hair.

Now we’re getting some gameplay

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:31 am

Our stream just jumped to Wonderful 101…

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls June 11, 20137:30 am

Apparently we’re going to be blowing flutes all over again. I don’t now that this is a game I want to play through it again.

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:30 am

Bayonetta remains pervy as heck.

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:30 am

Looks beautiful, the cel-shaded graphics hold up decently.

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:30 am

Getting our first in-depth look at Wind Waker on Wii U.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls June 11, 20137:29 am

Dear good god man. Spin the Bottle:Bumpy’s Party – where the game looks innocent, but the title suggests otherwise.

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:29 am

Platinum games are up next Bayonetta?

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:29 am

The Spin the Bottle game might be M rated…

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:29 am

eShop titles being shown – Ducktales Remastered, Mutant Mudds Deluxe, Oddworld: New N Tasty, Shovel Knight, Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party, A World of Keflings…

David Roberts David Roberts June 11, 20137:28 am

We’re watching the European Nintendo Direct right now. We apologize if some wires get crossed. Our Internet’s been taking a nosedive all day too.

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:28 am

Iwata is his usual, formal self in these feeds.

Manny Costa June 11, 20137:27 am

Could it be… A possibly good sonic game?!

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:27 am

Skylanders SWAP Force, Splinter Cell Blacklist for Wii U.

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:26 am

Scribblenauts Unmasked on 3DS… Shin Megami Tensei IV on 3DS…

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:26 am

Disney Infinity, Just Dance 2014, Rayman Legends…

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:25 am

We’re being introduced to some third-party games now.

Sam Vary Sam Vary June 11, 20137:24 am

Now, the “Wonderful 101″, which will be released prior to Zelda

Sam Vary Sam Vary June 11, 20137:22 am

Windwaker will be rendered in 1080p, and feature cel-shaded graphics

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:22 am

There’s a bunch of multiplayer mini games that are not traditional racing.

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:21 am

Windwaker HD!?! :D

David Roberts David Roberts June 11, 20137:21 am

Mario Kart 8 comes out Spring 2014.

Sam Vary Sam Vary June 11, 20137:21 am

Legend of Zelda looks like something I would actually be excited for – if I felt inclined enough to buy a Wii U

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:21 am

We’re about to see the online multiplayer…

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:21 am

Motorcycles are returning from Mario Kart 3.

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:20 am

Zelda!

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:20 am

Looking forward to seeing how the Gamepad plays into this game, especially for multiplayer.

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:19 am

The tracks in this Mario Kart corkscrew as well so there will be some upside-down racing too.

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:18 am

Hover Karts!!

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:17 am

The gliding is back in the new Mario Kart.

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:17 am

Was that a reference to my favorite Robin, Stephanie Brown?!

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:17 am

They’re showing Mario Kart for Wii U now…

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:16 am

Cat Mario suit… Lets Mario climb up the walls…

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:15 am

There’s also some sort of multiplayer component, ala New Super Mario Bros.

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:15 am

The game will have playable characters besides Mario and Luigi, there’s also Toad and Peach that I’ve seen so far.

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:14 am

It’s the same gameplay as Mario 3D Land on 3DS… very similar graphically as well.

Sean A. Lama Sean Lama June 11, 20137:13 am

Nintendo has just announced Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U!

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:08 am

You’re welcome

Atlas Burke Atlas Burke June 11, 20137:07 am

http://www.ustream.tv/NintendoUK

David Roberts David Roberts June 11, 20137:07 am

We’ve found a working stream (their E3 page isn’t working for us) but we’re experiencing massive technical difficulties right now.

David Roberts David Roberts June 11, 20137:01 am

Aaaaaand, nothing’s loading…

David Roberts David Roberts June 11, 20136:59 am

Heh, yeah, it’s an early start for us.

Justin Pauls Justin Pauls June 11, 20136:59 am

No. I’m tired.

David Roberts David Roberts June 11, 20136:59 am

I’m actually pretty excited for this. Anyone else?

David Roberts David Roberts June 11, 20136:56 am

Hey everyone! Just three minutes and counting for Nintendo’s “press conference” to start.