So Nintendo's August 7th Direct was a pretty action packed affair. We got to see plenty of games in the pipeline for their flagship living room and handheld consoles. More importantly however we received some solid release dates. Lets take a look at what was on offer.
Sonic: Lost World
We got a slightly more extended look at what the next Sonic game has to offer. One of the main features Nintendo chose to plug is the cross-platform play between the Wii U and the 3DS - something Nintendo has always been fond of throughout their console generations.
Sonic: Lost World will allow players to create customised vehicles on the 3DS version of the game, and share them with their Wii U owning friends, dropping them right in to the action. No news on whether this will work in reverse but we really hope so!
Sonic: Lost Worlds is a Wii U/3DS exclusive and will be available in store and via the Nintendo eShop on October 18th.
All has gone quiet on the Rayman front, after the fallout earlier in the year regarding the exclusivity of the game. As we're all hopefully now aware, Rayman Legends will ship on pretty much every format known to man.
So what have Ubisoft been doing with the extra time they've had on their hands? Yesterday's announcement showed off a few of the extra game modes that Ubisoft have crammed in to the game including KungFu Soccer, Invasion Mode and unlockable levels direct from the prequel - Rayman Origins - playable from within Legends itself.
More importantly though, Wii U owners are going to get their hands on 2 exclusive outfits for Rayman and Globox - Mario and Luigi costumes! That's worth the entry fee all on it's own, surely?
We've already had hands on time with Rayman Legends - and it's probably about the most co-operative fun you're likely to have this year (especially the music levels!)
Rayman Legends will be available in store and online (where applicable) for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, Wii, Vita and 3DS on August 29th.
Art Academy Sketchpad
Nintendo will release an updated version of their popular sketching software, Art Academy, on Wii U and 3DS. Both versions of the game will take advantage of their native touch screen and stylus and both will support Miiverse integration so you can share your masterpieces with your friends.
Art Academy Sketchpad will be available on Wii U and 3DS in store and on the Nintendo eShop on August 9th (In other words, now - what are you waiting for?)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Much has been made of this sequel to the original Legend of Zelda: Is it actually a sequel? Is it a remake? There are certainly many cookie cutter sequences lifted straight from the retro classic, but the improved visuals and touch integration should make this one of the best handheld RPGs in the last few years.
Also... a second triforce in another world?! Your guess is as good as ours!
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds will drop in late November on 3DS.
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
Wind Waker has always had a bit of a cult following, as one of the franchises most pick-up-and-playable entries. The HD re-release looks set to improve on the original in more than just the visuals department. Nintendo have tweaked everything from sailing and Wind Waker speed to difficulty levels later in the game.
Nintendo announced that the Wind Waker HD remake will be available via their eShop on October 4th.
Super Smash Bros. U
Ok, let me get this one out there before I burst... Playable Luigi!! Mario's lesser-significant green brother carries on his year in the spotlight and officially stars in the latest SSB outing.
Colour us excited! More news on release dates when we get them.
What will Nintendo announce via their increasingly popular Direct web-stream today? We're hoping for further details on anything Mario or Zelda related. Be sure to tune in!