EP Daily Rundown for March 4, 2016

Today we’re getting caught up on all the new games that have been announced for the 3DS and Wii U, including Kirby: Planet Robobot and Paper Mario Color Splash. We also discuss the Windows 10 UWP controversy, and have the latest details on the new Star Trek TV series.

The NX is right around the corner, but Nintendo still has plenty of cool stuff coming to the Wii U and 3DS. The gaming giant made several new announcements in a Nintendo Direct presentation yesterday afternoon. First, the 3DS. The biggest game unveiled for the handheld is Kirby: Planet Robobot. It will see the loveable pink puff take on robotic invaders, and you’ll be able to collect and wear their armour, turning into a mech Kirby. There’s a 4-player co-op mode called Team Kirby Clash, where you and three other people join forces to take on powerful bosses. Nintendo is also making a new line of Kirby amiibo figures for the game. It hits the 3DS on June 10.

Monster Hunter X, which was released in Japan last year, will finally make its way to North America this summer. It’s getting a title change, and will now be called Monster Hunter Generations, which hopefully won’t be too confusing. Special armor based on Marth from Fire Emblem will be available, and anyone who has a save file from the last game Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be able to unlock extra in-game content.

A free demo of the new game Bravely Second: End Layer will be available to download from the eShop on March 10. The final game hits the 3DS on April 15, and you can learn more about it by watching our interview with Nintendo’s Erik Peterson by clicking on the screen or in the description below.

New games on the 3DS are pretty cool, but how about reliving some classics? Nintendo has begun releasing Super Nintendo games on the 3DS Virtual Console. Super Mario World, F-Zero, and Pilotwings are now available, with Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Kart, and EarthBound set to follow on March 24. On April 14, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, and Donkey Kong Country 2 arrive.

And the Wii U has some cool new stuff of its own. Paper Mario: Color Splash is an all-new game in the RPG series. The story sees the 2D version of Mario out to save an island that’s being drained of all its color, and the gameplay is based around a new color-splashing mechanic. Looks like they’ve been playing a lot of Splatoon. Paper Mario: Color Splash will hit the Wii U in late 2016.

Star Fox Zero will come with a stand-alone digital game called Star Fox Guard. It’s basically a tower defence game, where players use armed security cameras to hold back waves of enemies. That’s free with Star Fox Zero, which soars onto the Wii U on April 22.

Nintendo is already working on their new platform codenamed the NX, which is expected to hit stores late this year or early 2017. Official details are still light, but hopefully we’ll learn more soon.

A lot of PC gamers and game makers are very angry at Microsoft right now. Earlier this week, Microsoft announced new details on their Universal Windows Platform, or UWP, a software architecture for creating apps and games for Windows 10. According to some developers, if you read the fine print, certain features can only be included in games if those games are being sold through the Windows Store. This would make it very difficult for developers to sell games through their own websites or rival platforms. In a strongly-worded op-ed in the Guardian, Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney writes that Microsoft is doing this to monopolise game distribution, and create a closed platform-within-a-platform on Windows 10. He calls this a move against the entire PC gaming industry, subverting the rights of developers and players alike, and adds that developers should fight back to keep Windows 10 open. We’ll have to wait and see if Microsoft changes their plans.

More and more good news about the new Star Trek TV show is being picked up on the subspace channels. CBS has hired Rod Roddenberry to serve as a producer on the new series. He’s the son of late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and longtime Trek actress Majel Barrett, and has a history of his own working in television. With him on the behind the scenes team, it looks more and more likely that the new Trek show will stay true to the roots of the franchise, unlike some of the more recent incarnations. This isn’t the only addition that has Trek fans excited. Last week, CBS hired The Wrath of Khan writer and director Nicholas Meyer to work on the show. Along with Khan, he also wrote and directed Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country, and wrote Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home, so he’s had a hand in three of the best Trek movies. Now all they have to do is hire Ronald D. Moore and they’re set. Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller is running the show. It premieres in early 2017.

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