Iwata: "This time, the plan is a bit different from a regular Direct, in that I'll be talking about what kind of Wii U titles and services Nintendo is developing."
Originally Posted by Satoru Iwata
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I will be providing live translations here in the OP and on my Twitter feed, @Cheesemeister3k.
23:00 The presentation has begun. Iwata says that most NDs have been about the near-future. This time it'll be about future titles and services. So, how is Miiverse doing so far? Users are posting messages and experiencing the service. This presentation will convey the Miiverse experience to those who don't have the Wii U. Players can post messages asking for help, mark spoilers, and report violations. Players can talk about their experiences about specific games from start to finish. Players can attach screenshots to their posts. Some have drawn very detailed pictures.
23:06 Careful: the Miiverse can be a time-sink. Profiles with green checkmarks are official. Official users are authorized to post web links and videos, as is done with NSMBU.
23:09 Firmware updates in spring and summer. Speeding up launching software, menu return. Wii U Virtual Console with spring firmware update. NES and Super NES games. Save states, GamePad play, Miiverse integration. GBA coming. Upgrade from Wii VC versions: NES 100 yen ($1.00), SNES 150 yen ($1.50).
23:10 This year is the 30th anniversary of the Famicom. From January through July, Wii U VC trial campaign titles for 30 yen (30 cents) if purchased within the first 30 days.
23:11 Campaign titles: Balloon Fight, F.Emblem (in Japan, F-Zero elsewhere), Mother 2 (in Japan, Punch-Out!! ft. Mr. Dream elsewhere), Kirby's Adventure, S. Metroid, Yoshi, DK.
23:13 Mother 2 Resurrection Festival celebrating 19th anniversary of Mother 2, VC title releasing in March (in Japan). Discussion of Mother 2 on Wii U VC via its Miiverse community. Itoi will have an official Mii there. Iwata hopes both previous and new players of Mother 2 will enjoy the VC game together, sharing experiences on Miiverse.
23:14 Post Pikmin 3 screenshots on Miiverse.
23:15 Private user communities coming to Wii Fit U. Smartphone Miiverse browsing, app coming this spring.
23:18 Nintendo-developed titles coming up. No Nintendo-published titles in Jan. or Feb. Iwata apologizes for delays. Next titles needed more time. The Wonderful 101 trailer now.
23:20 Bayonetta 2 dev is progressing, more info later, but studio intro video now.
23:23 Iwata Asks starting with Platinum Games this year, about development history, philosophy. Smash Bros. new info? Sakurai will show screens at E3. Please wait!
23:24 Wii U 3D Mario under development by Galaxy team! Mario Kart Wii U! E3 playable demos!
23:25 Successor to Mario Party, Wii U Party intro video now.
23:26 Unannounced, but expected title: Yoshi game from Kirby team!
23:27 Atlus collaboration title trailer now. Shin Megami Tensei meets Fire Emblem.
23:28 Zelda Wii U news! Eiji Aonuma speaks. Development theme: rethinking Zelda standards.
23:31 Zelda Wii U screenshot: Windfall Island from Wind Waker remake in HD! Wind Waker HD remake and new Zelda title both under development. WW: graphic refresh, game tuning, off-screen play, Miiverse integration. Due by this fall.
23:33 Monolith Soft game trailer now. Monolith Soft game trailer ends with a big, red X. Online?!
Originally Posted by Eiji Aonuma
Hello everybody watching Nintendo Direct. I'm Eiji Aonuma, the producer of The Legend of Zelda. I felt like it hadn't been very long since we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of "The Legend of Zelda" with you. But it has already been one year since then. Time sure flies, doesn't it? Wii U launched at the end of last year, so I'd like to be able to talk soon about the new Zelda game we are preparing for you on Wii U, but since I have to wait until you can see actual game visuals to talk about it in detail, I will instead talk about the driving theme behind our development.
Our mission in developing this new Zelda game for Wii U is quite plainly to rethink the conventions of Zelda. I'm referring to things such as the player is supposed to complete dungeons in a certain order. That you are supposed to play by yourself, the things that we've come to take for granted recently. We want to set aside these "conventions," get back to basics to create a newborn Zelda so players today can enjoy the real essence of the franchise.
We had actually worked on this kind of challenge with Skyward Sword, but we weren't able [to] put efforts in changing the linear structure of the game. I hope to be able to talk to you in more detail about how it will change after I see it come together a bit more. Separately from that, there are some interesting images that have emerged from the development process for this new Wii U game that I'd like to show you.
If you're a Zelda series fan, you may know what this image is. This is an image showing Windfall Island from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, which was released 10 years ago on Nintendo GameCube. And it is now in HD on Wii U. After the Zelda team showed the Wii U Zelda demo that we called the Zelda HD Experience at E3 2011, we continued to experiement with converting past Zelda art styles into HD as we continued to consider graphical styles for the new game, but in fact felt as if it had been transformed into something entirely new.
The reason I wanted to show you these pictures today is because our new Zelda title looks like it is going to take some time to complete, so I wanted to report that while you're waiting for that game to release, we intend to offer you The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, reborn on Wii U, to play in the meantime. I hope you will look forward to both The Wind Waker and our all new Zelda title.
23:35 Nintendo Direct presentations to continue delivering direct info. Thanks for watching.
NOA has announced a presentation by Satoru Iwata tomorrow, Jan. 23rd at 9 am EST, simultaneous with NCL, covering future Wii U titles from Nintendo. It will run for about 35 minutes.
Firmware updates in spring and summer. Speeding up launching software, menu return. Wii U Virtual Console with spring firmware update.
When does the NOA stream start in my time zone? Click this link for worldwide times.
Where can I watch the NOA stream? Right here: http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct
NOE has announced a presentation by Satoru Iwata tomorrow, Jan. 23rd at 2 pm GMT, simultaneous with NCL, covering future Wii U titles from Nintendo.
When does the NOE stream start in my time zone? Click this link for worldwide times.
Where can I watch the NOE stream? Right here: http://www.nintendo.co.uk/Misc-/Nint...ct-698557.html