There was a Japan-only Direct today, although there was still plenty to be excited about if you could handle an hour of
Japanese. There were four key bits of news for me, jam-packed in amongst a whole lot of very Japanese whizz-bang flashy effect affairs involving robots and magic and the like...
- Animal Crossing is hitting Japan on November 8. As the mayor of EAisawesomeville, you'll be able to buy bridges, benches, wells and other landmarks to brighten up your town. You'll also be able to make your home more elaborate inside and out, with a number of themes on show in the trailer
. You can also design your own rad threads and share them with QR codes. There will be an Animal Crossing-centric Direct sometime before launch!
- Professor Layton 6 is in development and pencilled in for a 2013 release in Japan. There was no word on the Layton/Ace Attorney game, which was a bit of a shame. Professor Layton And The Remains Of An Advanced Civilisation
(that's definitely gonna be shortened/improved for the West) has been described as not just the final game in the prequel trilogy, but Layton's final adventure. Not while those bad boys continue to sell like the proverbial hotcakes.
- I got rather excited when Iwata started coughing up some words I recognised. Namely, Pocket Monsters and Gamefreak. While the reveal was not what I expected, I was still pretty excited by what I saw. Gamefreak have unveiled a new title, Rhythm Hunter Harmo Knight. This download title is part platformer, part rhythm action which sees your metal-clad hero collecting notes in time with the music, including familiar Poké-tunes. It looks absolutely gorgeous, has a great premise
- Paper Mario Sticker Star also got a new trailer
, as did Inazuma Eleven 1-2-3 and New Art Academy, featuring an absolutely bonkers Japanese version of Where's Wally/Waldo. No idea what that was about. Other games shown included AKB48+Me which looks like a poor Mii-focused version of EBA (where's our proper new EBA, Nintendo?), Girls Fashion Mode and the aforementioned array of magicians and robots on crack.
Oh, and Nintendo are making all sorts of Kirby merchandise you will probably never get your hands on.