With the Nintendo Direct came a ton of sales figures regarding the Nintendo 3DS, including software like Fire Emblem Awakening and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, including some digital vs. retail ratios as well. Let's take a look, shall we?

Fire Emblem Awakening, the strategy RPG that took the whole gaming world by surprise, was released almost two months ago. As of this writing, the game has sold 240,000 copies, with more than one third of the bulk sold on the Nintendo eShop. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, an extended length pseudo point-and-click adventure oozing personality, has sold over 415,000 copies, the majority of which were from retail. You can see our review for Awakening here and Dark Moon's right here. Both deserve great sales!

In addition to this news, first-party game sales are up 55% from last year, and this excludes digital purchases. StarFox 64 3D and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D have both continued to sell well almost two years after release, with digital sales adding more revenue. 20% of the space shooter's sales were from the eShop, while 15% of the first 3D Zelda came from the online store. Brain Age: Concentration Training has even sold up to 25% digitally.

Over twenty million 3DS games have been sold in North America, and 55% of sales are first-party. Overall, eight million 3DS systems have been sold in the NoA region. And that number can only grow as the year's impressive release schedule continues.

I'd say it's less the Year of Luigi, and more the Year of the 3DS.

In today's Luigi-themed Nintendo Direct, more information was provided about the New Super Luigi U DLC that was announced back in February. For those unaware, New Super Luigi U is downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U that features Luigi as the hero of the adventure. This DLC leaves the world map untouched, but completely revamps all 82 stages, providing a new adventure that is almost like a completely new game. Find out what else was revealed after the jump!

In today's jam-packed Nintendo Direct, further information was added to a brand new Mario and Donkey Kong game which was previously announced: Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move. This game will be available only on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, making it a digital-only game, similar to it's predecessor  Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! which was released only through the DSiWare service on the Nintendo DSi. Find out more after the jump!

Today's Nintendo Direct was just full of treats. Revealed along with all of the other new information was a new 3DS XL bundle featuring Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Although this is not a new game announcement, it is still pretty fancy. This bundle will come with an Animal Crossing themed 3DS XL with a digital copy of the game preloaded onto its SD card. This is a completely viable option for those looking to purchase this game and gives incentive to those on the fence about purchasing a 3DS XL. It is a neat looking bundle and the game looks like it is going to steal away tens of hours of life, so consider that when deciding on getting it or passing it by. It has a suggested retail price of $219.99.

Excited for the game, the new bundle, or both? Tired of waiting for the new Animal Crossing? Tired of hearing about Animal Crossing? Leave thoughts and feelings in the comments!

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies was released in Japan earlier this year, but North America and Europe have gotten little to no news on the sixth entry in the series. However, in today's Nintendo Direct, the puzzle adventure was announced for localization in both regions.

Europeans can expect the latest Layton sometime later this year. North American audiences will have to wait until 2014.

Azran Legacies is said to have over 500 puzzles (which is a lot), and is the last game in the prequel trilogy that began with Last Specter and was continued with Miracle Mask. Legacies is also the last game in the series starring our favorite gentleman Hershel Layton. Don't fret though! The series is likely to continue with Luke or Layton's son in the future!

I recently hopped on board the Layton bandwagon, and I don't regret it one bit. I finished Curious Village in under two days and am now nearing the end of Diabolical Box. I just need to track down Unwound Future soon. The mysterious are intricate and incredible, and the puzzles are true brain teasers. The franchise is one of the best I've played in my gaming history.

I can't wait for 2014. And remember readers, a true gentleman always writes letters to localize Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney. 

Game & Wario was revealed at last year's E3 press conference, and the title has garnered a ton of attention. The game features a mix of microgames and challenging experiences. One part of the title even allows you to recreate your favorite retro video game moments of yesteryear, as you are supposed to be sleeping. It's complete with a menacing mother and everything! 

Though the game is incredibly clever and fun, Nintendo has yet to give much information on a release... until today's Nintendo Direct.

That's right. Game & Wario will come to the NoA region on June 23rd of this year.

My body is ready to jump into the wacky world of WarioWare. The Wii U is a perfect fit for the fast paced action of the franchise, and I cannot wait to experience a new entry in the series.

Will Wario be snatching the coins out of your pocket too this summer? Sound off in the comments.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, announced in February, is having more stuff added than previously thought. While the Wii version was very challenging, which made it even more satisfying to finish, this version of the game will include the new "New Mode". The New Mode is designed to make the game more balanced on a portable system, because people take it with them wherever they go. In essence, the difficulty is lowered so you don't get frustrated on the go, otr if you found the Wii version to be too challenging. For example, Donkey and Diddy Kong get three balloons, instead of the two balloons of the Wii version, and Donkey can carry a few DK barrels, so he can spawn Diddy again if he loses him by accident.

More after the jump.

While today's Nintendo Direct featured a slew of trailers and new games, one game mentioned seems to have been overlooked, Shin Megami Tensei IV. One of the greatest JRPG franchises ever made, and set to cross with Fire Emblem later on, players control a samurai member as they fight against and are aided by demons in battle.

Those who purchase a first-print copy of SMT4 will receive the game in a Limited Edition box set that features a CD Music Collection from the franchise's 20 year long history along with special recordings, a collectible slipcase packaging featuring full-color kery art designed by Masayuki Doi, and a 176 page Strategy & Design Book from Prime games that contains walkthroughs, charts, maps, and artwork for the game that ranges from concept art to unused-content.

You should preorder while you can because trust me, this isn't something you're going to want to miss! RPG fans especially!

Among the many titles announced today (seriously, the amount of first party titles coming in the next year is reaching critical mass) is a new iteration in the Mario Party franchise. I'll bet nobody saw this coming! It even has Mario, Luigi, Peach, Donkey Kong...this is going to revolutionize gaming forever!

In all seriousness, though, I'm kind of excited for what they can do with the 3DS. and Mario Party. If they really let loose, this could be one of the best entries in the series, and I wouldn't mind another reason to get a 3DS...


Strap yourself into your chair because this next game is a doozy. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team continues the year of Luigi in one of the most absurd ways possible. Players will control both Mario & Luigi as they try to capture Princess Peach after she is captured once again. Players will control Mario for the most part as he travels between dream and reality and will be assisted by Luigi in the real world, but in some of the most unexpected ways in the dream world. Mario can mess with Luigi's face to manipulate objects/environments, or even roll up dozens of Luigis like a Katamari to attack his enemies! It's sure to be a wild ride so be sure to watch the trailer (UK version) and see what's in store for Mario & Luigi's next big adventure when it hits store shelves August 11th!

Whip out your 3DS systems and get ready to lock and load a cartridge or two because an all new Yoshi's Island is coming to the Nintendo 3DS soon. There is not much to the say about the title other than the featured footage that shows off some classic Yoshi's Island gameplay with shiny new storybook visuals, but Nintendo has promised that there will be more information about the title in the near future so be sure to look forward to that!

We've known about it since day 1 and yes, Winged Pikmin are real. The recent Nintendo Direct gave us our first look at the new Pikmin type in action and it's just so over-the-top cute you'll want to squeeze your heart out and die as it stares at you with its big blue eyes. 

Winged Pikmin were first seen in the Pikmin 3 announcement trailer at the very end and no one seemed to miss it. Winged Pikmin will be able to fly and carry objects at the same time as shown in recent footage, in order to bypass large obstacles and make attacking flying enemies much easier. Pikmin 3 is said to be coming to North America on August 4th (My Birthday!) and Japan and August 7th. No European or Australian release dates have been confirmed.

Nintendo has teamed up with Square-Enix to publish Bravely Default: Flying Fairy in the United States. It's arguably the best looking game on the system, and is praised as a fantastic RPG like experience unlike anything the 3DS lineup has currently in North America. This is exciting news. Stay tuned for more information.

This feels like it's been over a decade in the making. People have started several movements to get EarthBound released on the Virtual Console or remade on handheld systems in North America, but there have always been several obstacles in the way. We were hopeful when we saw a rerelease of EarthBound in Japan, but when news went mum, hopes were mostly lost.

Not anymore, as Nintendo just confirmed via Nintendo Direct that EarthBound is heading to North America and Europe on the Wii U Virtual Console before the end of the year.

In a turn of events that makes some sense, yet is sure to be a let down for many, Ubisoft will not be allowing the challenge mode released later this month only for the Wii U to be played for free after the game itself is released in September. That means, while we get to enjoy the full mode and all the daily challenges before the game comes out (that literally no other console will get to enjoy until that point), we wont be able to play it for free forever. 

This is expected in many ways, as they want to promote people actually purchasing the game itself, and let down in other ways. As an example, I would have loved to play it for free in general, just so I don't have to get Rayman Legends day one. This isn't a big blow by any means to Wii U owners, as the we get to experience the full challenge mode of the game (which is what truly adds the replay value to the packaged product) long before the game comes out, and the mode includes an exclusive Wii U only stage. If anything, this mode could do well to not only mend some upset fans, but it could convince many others to consider purchasing it.

Maybe. Time will tell, as this fall is sure to be jam packed with big Wii U titles. That being said, hop inside to find out what we have to look forward to by the end of this month.