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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD revealed on Nintendo Direct

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD among the delights announced on the first Nintendo Direct since June.

It’s been a long time coming but Nintendo Direct returned this evening with a jam-packed broadcast that contained a number of announcements.

First up was news of the much mooted HD remaster of the Wii classic The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, along with an accompanying amiibo figurine of Wolf Link. The game is due to arrive in March 2016. There was also the briefest of previews of the new Wii U Zelda.

The two Nintendo DS Zelda titles – Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks – were also announced for immediate release on Virtual Console.

There was also news of updates to Splatoon in the shape of new gear, stages and improvements to the online experience.

Nintendo’s commitment to supporting games after release was reaffirmed with unveiling of a forthcoming web-based search engine to filter and find levels for Super Mario Maker – a much needed utility that will hopefully come to the game proper at some point.

Delayed space shooter StarFox Zero also received a revised launch date of April 2016 and as well as details of new gameplay mechanics and vehicle abilities.

It also looks like a good time to be a 3DS owning RPG fan with Bravely Second End Layer, Dragon Quest VII, Fire Emblem Fates and action RPG Final Fantasy Explorers all arriving next year.

Other titles included in the broadcast were Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam Bros, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Animal Crossing amiibo Festival, Mario Tennis Ultra Smash, Style Boutique 2, Fast Racing NEO, Typoman, Steamworld Heist, Pokemon Picross, Megaman Legacy Collection, Pokken Tournament and Hyrule Warriors Legends.

The Nintendo Direct concluded with the surprising announcement that Cloud from Final Fantasy VII will shortly be coming to Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS as a playable character.

These announcements might not fill the gap in Nintendo’s autumn line-up but do demonstrate that there’s much anticipate before we get too wrapped up in their mobile and NX future.

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