Thursday, 13 April 2017

April 12th: Nintendo Direct UK Discussion & Overview

Hi guys! As I'm sure you know, Nintendo streamed a brand new Nintendo Direct last night. I'll talk a little about what happened in brief, and follow up with my opinion/thoughts.
Let's start with Nintendo 3DS announcements! Hey! PIKMIN: Pikmins first 2D platformer will come to Nintendo 3DS on July 28th, along with a new Pikmin Amiibo figure.
Ever Oasis:
Defend the worlds last Oasis with Water Spirit Esna, coming to 3DS on June 23rd.
Monster Hunters Stories: A brand new RPG in the Monster Hunters series, coming to 3DS this fall.
Yo Kai Watch 2: Don't miss the chance to get an Extravagant Crank-a-kai Set and a glitzy coin by using the code SP@RKL3S in game!
Culdcept Revolt:
A new strategy card meets board game mash up, releasing on September 1st.
RPG Maker Fes: Create your own RPG and share it online with your friends. RPG Maker Player will be available free on the 3DS eshop and the full game will be available on June 23rd.
A fantasy game for your Tomodachi Life friends, available 2017.
Fire Emblem Echos: Shadows of Valentia:
New free and paid DLC, offering new maps and dungeons (No release date yet).
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe:
A free to start game available on the 3DS eshop NOW!
Kirby's Blowout Blast: 25 plus stages of a brand new 3D Kirby world, available this summer exclusively to Nintendo eshop.
Kirby multiplayer/action game (untitled):
Available this winter and currently in development. Devlish Brain Training: Remember this DS classic? Well, it's coming back in a Devil form to 3DS on July 28th.
Super Smash Bros Amiibo:
6 new Amiibo figures completing the Super Smash family will be available on July 21st!
The Legend of Zelda Amiibo: 3 new Link Amiibo figures based on Link from past games will also be available on June 23rd!

My thoughts on Nintendo 3DS: I can't lie - it's a lot. In my opinion, it's time for the 3DS to be taking a back seat with the release of the Switch. But still, they're doing a great job with the amount they're releasing. They have a strong calendar for all types of fans, but I will say one thing. Why would I play a 3D Kirby game, when I could just play a 3D Mario game? Why would I play a 2D sidescroller when I could get Super Mario Bros for a fraction of the price? It's time for something fresh and interesting, not copies of games that were successful for different fandoms. The only games I'm interested in at the moment are Devlish Brain Training and Ever Oasis, but I'm not definite about purchasing them! 

Now onto Nintendo Switch announcements!

We found out a lot about ARMS during this direct - including weapons that will be available, modes we can play and a short preview of gameplay and maps that could be used. We also saw some of the characters, including one based off Ramen. ARMS will launch on June 16th.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe:
New battle maps, plus new characters, karts and tracks from the start than any Mario Kart game ever before! Online mode will allow you to play with 11 other players on randomised tracks. Battle Mode will switch between classic Balloon Battle and all new Renegade Roundup. You can also play with friends in a friend room, or create an in game tournament. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches on April 28th.
ULTRA STREET FIGHTER II: The Final Challenges:
All new HD graphics offer a new, fresh feel, featuring 2 new playable characters. Local and online multiplayer will be available, and you'll now be able to play in 1st person mode! This game will be released on May 26th.
The PC game is coming to Nintendo Switch! You'll be able to play in Survival and Creative mode, with friends or alone. A Super Mario Pack will also launch on Nintendo Switch eshop this May 12th, with the full game. A hard copy of the game will be available at a later date.
NEOGEO Arcade Archives: A collection of arcade games coming soon, including Samurai Showdown 4 now available.
Sonic Forces: A brand new Sonic game, where you have to save the world from the evil Eggman! Releasing on Nintendo Switch this winter.
Sonic Mania:
A new installment in the classic series, including new and existing stages. Coming to Nintendo Switch eshop Summer 2017.
Project Makuru:
A puzzle/panel flipping game, available in local multiplayer or online. Releasing on Nintendo Switch eshop this summer.
Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star: An intense action game, launching on July 21st.
Disgaea 5 Complete:
A tactical game with distinct characters. A demo will be available on Nintendo Switch eshop soon, with the full and limited edition game launching on May 26th.
Puyo Puyo Tetris:
A demo of this new, fresh edition of Tetris is now available on the Nintendo Switch eshop!
Monopoly: This famous board game is coming to Nintendo Switch this autumn, perfect for multiplayer.
Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition:
A brand new game in the classic series, offering a solo and local co-op mode, launching 2017.
Sine Mora EX:
A stirring tale of honour and morality, available on Nintendo Switch this summer. Complete with a local co-op and versus mode.
Battle Chasers:
Nightwar: An RPG inspired by the comic book series and classic RPGs, releasing late this summer.
Payday 2:
Intense co-op action as you climb the criminal underworld. Available later this year.
A collection of classic arcade games, including multiplayer favourites for local co-op. Launching on the Nintendo Switch eshop summer 2017.

Splatoon 2: A new mode will be available in the sequel of the popular Splatoon, called Salmon Run. You'll be able to collect power eggs to achieve rewards, which we'll know more about soon. New Amiibo figures will also be available for Splatoon 2, which you can befriend in game. These friends will remember your favourite weapons and outfits. You can also swap with the Amiibo figures outfit! A new selfie mode will allow you to share photos of your characters on social media. The game will also be compatible with old Splatoon Amiibo figures. The new Amiibo figures and full game will be released on July 21st!  

My Nintendo Switch thoughts:

To me, ARMS is still not interesting. I can see how they're trying to keep it fresh, but it still looks like it could get boring pretty quickly. I just don't think it's worth the money.  

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is one I'm definitely getting. I wanted Mario Kart 8 for Wii U, but I never bought a Wii U and now I'm kind of glad I didn't. This will be my time to play, and I can't wait. I can see they've worked hard on this to change it and keep it interesting for new and old players of the series.

 I was a long time player of the PC version of Minecraft, and my brother played since Beta. I loved the game, and I am tempted to purchase it for Switch and get back into it with some new friends. I'm not too bothered about the Super Mario Pack, though. Although I'm not interested in Sonic Forces, I loved Sonic Rush as a kid. If Sonic Mania is an okay price, I'd definitely be tempted to purchase it and delve back into the classic feel.

 I have to say, the Monopoly game looks interesting. I think it'd be great to play as a family or with friends, as long as it's at a reasonable price.

 Splatoon 2 still looks like a definite purchase for me. I really enjoyed the demo, and the new features shown in the direct just cement my decision to pre-order it.

Overall direct thoughts: As you can see, I'm not very interested in even half of this stuff. The games I listed for the Switch (apart from ARMS), are the only ones I'm even remotely interested in purchasing. I'm also a little disappointed they didn't mention the upcoming Rime, which looks like a possible game to add to my Switch collection.

I also noticed there was no mention of Super Mario Odyssey, which could be a massive game for the Switch, if it's marketed right. This direct would have been a great opportunity for Nintendo to hype it up a little more. As a lot of fans have pointed out, E3 is just a couple of months away. In one way, I'm expecting a lot. In another, I can't imagine that at this point they'll have a lot to say.

They packed a lot into the Direct last night, and that could jeopardize the opportunity for them to make big announcements at E3. But you never know, maybe Nintendo have something surprising hidden, just waiting for an announcement opportunity. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

If you reached this sentence, well done! It's taken me at least 2 hours to get to this point in writing this post :P 

What did you think of the direct?

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