Today's Nintendo Direct hit the ground running with Nintendo of Japan president Satoru Iwata presenting with his co-hosts Mario and Luigi! Mr. Iwata was quick to note that this Nintendo Direct would be unique as it was taking place at same time across Europe and America.

Iwata did not waste any time moving straight into a list of some fantastic sounding titles coming to 3DS this year. You can watch the full broadcast below, or scroll past it for our round-up:

Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros. (July 12th 2013) – the two iconic plumbers take a trip to a mysterious island going between the real world and dream world trying to save a kidnapped Princes Peach (I think at this rate she should take out life insurance) – The game was notable for being co-op and featuring Final Fantasy-like turn based battle sequences in its mini games.

Mario Golf World Tour (Winter 2013) – The game will have a competitive online mode were players can play against each other globally and in real time. It will also boast community features like those seen in Mario Kart 7, allowing gamers to create and recruit players. Local multiplayer and global leaderboards will also be made available.

Mario Party (Winter) – Much like the other Mario Party games, this will simply boast a huge amount of extras. For example there will be seven game boards with unique rules. To sum up the type of game styles that will be featured, Mr. Iwata detailed that a lot of the gameplay styles will vary from utilizing player’s Speed, Luck, Concentration and using the unique hardware feature of the 3DS.

New Super Luigi U (Summer 2013) – DLC for Super Mario Bros. U for the Wii U will be made available this Summer featuring Mario’s brother, Luigi. Every level in the original game has been redesigned just for Luigi to utilize his unique abilities. Some levels will start with less time and have very challenging level designs.

Yoshi’s Island 3DS – Although no release date has been confirmed for this title, Mr. Iwata detailed a brief history of the game from its original release in 1995 to its sequel in 2006. The new game will see Yoshi using his original abilities seen in previous games as well as new some features that will be detailed in the near future.

The 24th April will also see a patch for the Wii U system. This will initiate faster loading times and copying of data between two hard drives. Holding down the B button on the GamePad when the system is starting up will allow you to directly boot into the Wii mode of the console.

The Virtual console will also launch on 24th April with its very own Miiverse community. A host of titles were shown that are to be made available on launch (one of them being Super Mario World, which is sure to be popular). The Panorama View application that allows you to use the GamePad to see tours of the world will also be made available as a demo with four tours costing £1.79 each.

Mr. Iwata turned his attention briefly to Pikimin 3 to quickly detail that there is in fact a new Pikimin that will feature in the upcoming game. The new “Winged Pikimin” will follow the player in the air and carry objects around with them – More details will be released later.

One unexpected announcement was Mr. Iwata acknowledging the dedicated fan feedback and pleading of seeing Earthbound (Mother 2 in Japan) finally being released in Western territories. This was a game originally only released in Japan and featured a deep RPG story. Mr. Iwata announced that European and USA fans will finally see the a localised release at the end of this year.

 photo fire-emblem-01_zpsebd98695.jpgMr. Shibata then took over the broadcast to recap on some recent and upcoming releases such as Fire Emblem: Awakening.There's new DLC on the way that can be purchased for £1.79 each or as a special omni-pack for £2.49. There will also be a free DLC map available for the duration of the month.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo 3DS) was then detailed for newer fans. Mr. Shibata encouraged them to follow @ac_isabelle on Twitter, or the official Animal Crossing website.

A new exclusive Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS XL, complete with its very own trailer was shown with the details on how to purchase the game either physically or digitally via the Nintendo 3DS eShop on June 14th 2013.

There was a new Zelda game announced (click link for details), however Mr. Shibata wanted to quickly tell us that on May 30th The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons will be coming to the3DS – anyone wondering how you transfer your save data between these games can now rest easy knowing you will get a unique password at the end of completing each game that will allow you to transfer your save game to the other game with ease.

Guild02’s games, The Starship Damrey, Bugs vs. Tanks and Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Tokyo Tale were all quickly shown and detailed with their respective gameplay trailers. These games will be made available via the eShop this summer.

A trailer for Shin Megami Tensei IV was shown with Mr. Shibata detailing that the game will have over 400 unique demons to collect. It will also feature Street Pass, voice acting and 3D unique dungeons for the 3DS.

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies is officially announced to be released later this year. This will be the final Professor Layton journey that will see him travelling the world solving puzzles on the notes of a letter sent from a mysterious archaeologist.

Towards the end of the broadcast, Mr. Shibata showed a mysterious trailer that he encouraged us to watch. At the very end, the game was revealed as Bravely Default: Flying Fairy. Mr. Shibata confirmed the 3DS game would be coming to Europe this year.

The highlight of the entire broadcast had to be the news that The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past was getting a sequel. But you already know we're excited about that.