Nintendo has just announced a bunch of cartoon shorts, set to start streaming to your 3DS from today! Of the five, three are original IP, and two are based on popular Nintendo franchises – The Legend of Zelda and Pikmin. Finally, the Nintendo Video app will be useful for something beyond watching Big Time Rush!
Tony Ellison, senior director of Business Development at Nintendo of America, explains:
This latest set of great new shows for Nintendo Video gives fans a unique way to enjoy two of their favorite Nintendo franchises, in addition to hand-picked series from some of the most imaginative and successful creators in the world of animation.
To watch these, you’ll need the Nintendo Video application on your 3DS (or 2DS). Once you’ve got the app, you’ll be able to access the new shows as they’re made available!
Here’s the lineup:
- The Legend of Zelda: The Misadventures of Link: This original series of comedic shorts shows Link, the series’ star, in a new and hysterical light. His surroundings will be familiar to fans of the series, since the shorts are based on The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD game for the Wii U console.
- Pikmin Nature Documentaries: These “nature documentaries” explore the wonderful world of the tiny Pikmin. The animations, highlighted by dramatic voiceover work, are a tongue-in-cheek take on safari nature shows.
- Bravest Warriors: The latest hit show created by Pendleton Ward, the mind behind Adventure Time, follows four teenage heroes-for-hire as they warp through galaxies to save adorable aliens and their worlds using the power of their emotions. The series is produced by Frederator Studios and launched on the Cartoon Hangover channel on YouTube. New episodes of Bravest Warriors will appear every Friday on Nintendo Video.
- Wildheart Riukiu: This new series of 3D shorts comes from the creator of Meat or Die, which has already amassed more than 5 million views on Nintendo Video. Wildheart Riukiu incorporates charming 16-bit graphics with some not-so-charming, but hilarious, characters. Think ninja puppets.
- Bee and PuppyCat: A Cartoon Hangover Shorts fan favorite, this two-part series by Natasha Allegri follows Bee, an out-of-work 20-something who has a life-changing collision with a mysterious creature she names PuppyCat.
The Nintendo Video application’s been out since 2011, but this is only one of a few times the studio has done something innovative with it, beyond delivering “premiere and exclusive” videos directly to gamers. The first of the new five series will arrive on November 1st (possibly not in your timezone), with new content rolling out into 2014.