Obscure references to classic Ferrero Rocher adverts aside, the 3DS really is spoiling us with its game collection. Yesterday's Nintendo Direct presentation showed even more of its Christmas lineup, including Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Bravely Default, the new localised JRPG from Square Enix, which we've embedded after the break.
I've included the US and UK versions. Guess which one opens with an embarrassingly idiotic skit, and which one gets down to business straight away? Go on, guess.
There's more, including news that 3DS and Wii U owners will soon be able to merge their accounts into a single online ID and wallet. Could the 3DS be one of this Christmas' savviest purchases? Hint: yes.
Satoru Shibata cracks straight on with a close look at the 3DS' incoming Zelda title, which promises to be one of the 3DS' biggest hitters this year. It's an oddly focused approach that takes aim at individual characters, so you might want to check out the much broader overview in the US presentation below. Link's new adventure is looking fantastic, frankly, with some exciting new mechanics, expanded dungeons and a few familiar faces to look forward to.
Bravely Default is also shaping up nicely, which us Brits will receive before year's end. It's an enhanced edition based on Bravely Default: For The Sequel, sporting dozens of hours of gameplay, retouched visuals and fully localised dialogue (some of which sounds a bit pants, mind). Mario Party: World Tour just misses 2013 with a January 14th 2014 release date, a minigame collection that we'd completely forgotten about. So there's that.
These three games join Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, not to mention a ton of incoming eShop downloads on both Wii U and 3DS. A new system update is also in the works, which will finally allow us to merge our Wii U and 3DS accounts into a single Nintendo ID, while also adding YouTube and MiiVerse functionality in the process.
In my personal opinion, the 3DS is one of the smartest console buys right now, since its back catalogue includes the likes of Fire Emblem: Awakening, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Luigi's Mansion 2, Pokemon X & Y, SteamWorld Dig, Etrian Odyssey IV, Mario Kart 7, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros and more - while retailers are trying to give it away with increasingly ludicrous deals. Every game I listed there is 8/10 or above.
Speaking of Wii U, we also get another look at Super Mario 3D World, including a fifth playable character. I'm still not sold on the idea of iterating on a 3DS game rather than finally delivering a flagship Wii U title (oh yeah, I forgot about Super Mario 3D Land - that's another great game right there), but hey, it's going to be good. It always is.
Play us out, Reggie. Anyone thinking of picking up a 3DS or Wii U this Christmas?