N64 and DS games are here!
We've expected it a while, but it's official now: the first batch includes Mario Kart DS, WarioWare Touched!, Super Mario 64 and Donkey Kong 64. The GamePad acts as the DS's touchscreen, while the N64 games feature rumble without the need for a Rumble Pak! Obviously. But I still thought I'd point that out as Nintendo was keen to do so. Paper Mario and Yoshi's Island DS will be coming at some point, with more games to follow. Blast Corps please.
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and amiibo cards
Focusing on decorating and home-designing aspects, Happy Home Designer launches on 3DS in the autumn. Animals ask players to design their houses for them, and then you go WALLPAPER MAD. Though that's not how Nintendo refers to it.
Animal Crossing-based cards will launch for Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, and will be compatible with the amiibo reader coming to the old 3DS and 2DS models, which handily releases at the same time as the cards.
New Smash DLC and amiibo
April 28 brings with it Mewtwo, and players who had both 3DS and Wii U versions of the game as of March 31 will get a voucher to download the catty little blighter on April 15. Lucas, from Mother 3, will arrive as a paid-for download in June, and purchaseable costumes (from titles like Zelda, Xenoblade and Mega Man) will be coming after a patch on April 15. There's also new amiibo coming in the Smash range: May sees Greninja and Jigglypuff, June Palutena, Dark Pit, Zero Suit Samus and Ganondorf and July brings us Olimar, Dri Mario and Bowser Jr.
Also, players can now vote for which character they'd like to see added to Smash in future by going here and clicking some stuff.
Shin Megami Emblem?
It doesn't have a proper title yet, but Shin Megami Tensei & Fire Emblem Crossover Project is a real thing. Developed by ATLUS, it will essentially be a SMT RPG with Fire Emblem characters. Already sounds great to me, mind...
Oh, and a new, pure Fire Emblem
Coming to 3DS in 2016, it will allow a customisable main player character for the first time, as well as two ways of playing (or difficulties, as I like to call them): Hoshido, for the standard Fire Emblem fare, and Nohr for a more complex story and difficult action.
Mario Maker delay
Now coming in September, the great-looking Mario Maker will also tie in with activities based around the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.
New Project Zero in Europe
Good for some, bad for those of us who are utter cowards (hello!), Project Zero is officially coming to Wii U in Europe 'later this year'. You use the GamePad as a camera, which has immediately put me off because I learned from previous PZ games to never, ever even think about playing them because oh god I'm scared.
More Wii games a-comin'
Pandora's Tower and Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies are coming to Wii U on April 16 and 30, respectively, with a 25 per cent discount in each game's week of release.
Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains
Launching on the eShop for 3DS in May, Humanity in Chains is a four-player local/online co-operative title in which players work together to stop those encroaching giant bastards. The first two episodes of the excellent series are on the eShop for free until June 30, too, so get on that.
New StreetPass games
As if we didn't have enough StreetPass hijinks to worry about, April 16 sees two new games for the compulsive walk-past-'em-up released: StreetPass Fishing, where you have to catch 150 types of scaly critter using bait you get from StreetPass hits, and StreetPass Zombies, where you have to defeat a horde of the undead buggers. There's also the option to enrol in StreetPass Mii Plaza Premium, which isa paid service that allows access to new features, like birthdays, a VIP room and more.
Free to Poke
Pokemon Rumble World, featuring 700-plus Pokemon from Red to Alpha Sapphire and everything in-between, is 'free-to-start', as Nintendo calls it. That's still free-to-play though, right? Launching April 8, the game includes in-game purchases.
Splatoon's modes detailed
Launching May 29, Splatoon had a couple of new modes shown off: ranked battle, which is... a ranked battle like you'd see in any other competitive online game, and battle dojo, which allows local one-on-one fights; one player using the GamePad screen, the other on the TV. Sweet. The inevitable tie-in with the game's release sees Inkling Boy and Inkling Girl amiibo hit stores. Using them with Splatoon means special missions, weapons and gear, huzzah!
Inafune goes 3DS
Azure Striker Gunvolt is available today for 3DS, and Mighty Gunvolt - a related game - is free to anyone who purchases Azure until July 2. Both games are from Keiji Inafune, which should be decent enough reason to pick them up.
Affordable Space Adventures
Coming on April 9, this up to three (local) player game sees the GamePad used as the cockpit display of a stealth spacecraft. You need to use all of your systems to get past monsters without being seen, making it sort of sound like ZombiU with more spaceships.
Yoshi's Wooly World
Coming June 26, this adorable-looking Yoshi-'em-up had a new 'mellow mode' revealed, catering to those of us who lack, well, skill. Launching alongside Yoshi's Wooly World will be a new set of amiibo 'Yarn Yoshi' figures (pink, green and light blue), made from 'knitted material'. Tapping them into Wooly World allows you to double up on the Yoshis you control, naturally.
Mario Kart 8 gets faster
200cc mode will be added to Mario Kart 8 as a free update on April 23 - the same day that (premium) DLC Pack 2, with an Animal Crossing theme (three characters, four vehicles and eight tracks), releases. The free update also brings with it support for nine more amiibo characters: Wario, PAC-MAN, Olimar, Bowser, Sonic, Toad, Villager, Rosalina and Mega Man. You'll be able to tap these characters' outfits onto your Mii racer, which is nice.
I'm not overly excited, that's just how it's written. BOXBOY! is from HAL Labs, the folks behind Kirby. It's a monochrome platformer/puzzler with 150 stages, out now on 3DS
Puzzles and Dragons and Mario
May 8 sees a double-pack release of Puzzle & Dragons Z and Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition. They're puzzle/RPG crossovers with strategic elements, and one of them - guess which - has Mario in it too!
Code Name STEAM
Was there for some reason, even though we already know loads about the turn-based strategy game. It launches May 15.
Classic Nintendo games with amiibo
amiibo Touch and Play: Nintendo Classics Highlights will be released in May. The free download requires players to tap an amiibo on the GamePad, for which they will be rewarded with (roughly) three-minute sessions on classic NES and SNES games.
Swords and Soldiers 2
Available on Wii U on May 21, and there's not much else to say about it.