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Star Fox Zero and Fatal Frame get release dates, but I just want a Nintendo Direct

This is weird - I have a bunch of Nintendo news to report, but no Nintendo Direct video to embed. Well, here goes: Star Fox Zero is finally cleared for takeoff on November 20 in North America and Europe. The release date was revealed in a Nintendo press release that also locked down the schedule for several other games, including Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, which will release on the same day as Star Fox in Europe (the North American date remains Holiday 2016).

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water will hit Wii U on October 22 in North America, and as Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water on October 30 in Europe. Nintendo has no plans for a retail release in North America; instead you'll be "free to start" the game's first few chapters through an eShop download, with the rest available as a $49.99 DLC purchase. The Japanese version takes up 15.9 GB when installed, so plan accordingly if you want to fit all that ghost portraiture action on your internal storage.

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Meanwhile, the 3DS' release lineup plugged in Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash for October 9 in North America. If you prefer your handheld games to involve the acquisition of monster friends, Yo-Kai Watch will launch on November 6 and Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon will follow on November 20.

Wii U
• Super Mario Maker - Sept. 11
• Yoshi's Woolly World - Oct. 16 (NA)
• Fatal Frame/Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water - Oct. 22 (NA), Oct. 30 (EU)
• Star Fox Zero - Nov. 20
• Xenoblade Chronicles X - Dec. 4
• Devil's Third - Dec. 11 (NA)

• Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer - Sept. 25 (NA), Oct. 2 (EU)
• Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash - Oct. 9 (NA)
• The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes - Oct. 23
• Yo-Kai Watch - Nov. 6
• Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon - Nov. 20 (NA)

It's sad to think that we probably would have gotten all this news in a fun little Nintendo Direct presentation - probably with an encore appearance from those Star Fox and Nintendo executive muppets - if not for Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata passing away in July. We'll be feeling his absence in many little ways for a long time to come.

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