Maybe Next Time Tom.
Nintendo finally premiered the surprise direct from last week to the public. Showing, as predicted by many, larger titles coming to the switch not just this year but next year as well. The games for next year, of course, did not come with an official release date. However, we did get some new announcements. Some were seriously surprising, some happened almost as predicted. The whole direct was entertaining and highlighted just how well Nintendo is doing, with some huge 3rd party support being announced along with this direct.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
The gamecube launch game finally gets its third installment in one of the most surprising announcements of the day. Luigi’s Mansion has been a cult classic since it launched in 2001. Now the series is back on home consoles after going to the 3DS for the sequel. This game looks like it only builds on what has made the game so enduring. With traps and different ways to battle ghosts, Luigi looks more prepared than ever to take down whatever spirit is trying to take the world’s most famous sidekick out this time. This game is one of the few new games announced that we can look forward to in 2019.
3DS Highlight Reel
The 3DS is having a smaller and smaller presence in these Nintendo Directs as the Switch launches in popularity. Now essentially a side project for Nintendo, the 3DS is still seeing some good games come to the platform. The Luigi’s Mansion remake looks really good and seems like it will play similarly to how it originally played. Kirby’s Epic Yarn is surprisingly getting a deluxe version called Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn, which is cool enough. It brought a nice aesthetic with it that really stands out from a lot of games, it also has some additional content which is always nice. But at the end of the day this is just a port on a system in its last few years, nothing to really get excited about. The announcement that hurt the most was seeing Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story being re-released on to the 3DS, when the Paper Mario series has never been cared for after release. Not to say that the Mario and Luigi series don’t have respectable quality on their own, but Paper Mario has become one of the neglected franchises at Nintendo, and it hurts to see that happen.
Switch Online Service
The Switch’s online service finally made its grand debut and it had some hits and some misses. The biggest miss was featuring the online feature so heavily, slapping a price tag on something that had been previously free up until the release of the service is more of a slap in the face than a proper way to advertise something. The best thing that happened from the info drop is the reveal of the Nintendo Entertainment System, and as you can tell from the name it is a streaming service for Classic NES games that is included in the service. They announced that there will be more games being added regularly. No word yet on whether or not there will be any newer systems involved in the rotation, however if this is a success the newer systems will be coming.
Splatoon 2, Mario Tennis Aces,& Xenoblade Chronicles 2
All these games had big updates announced for them coming to the game. Splatoon 2 has new cosmetics, a new map and even new weapons coming soon. Nothing major on the Splatoon Front but it is nice to see them continue to support it. Mario Tennis Aces announced brand new content coming to the game, including the additions of Birdo, Shy Guy, Paratroopa, and Petey Piranha. The most surprising part of this drop was the fact that they will continue supporting the game with new content until next June. MEaning the game hasn’t gone as hoped, but for the game to be serviced for a full year after release, it did well enough for what it was. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is also getting its prequel DLC with all new content releases next Friday, September 21.
Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee
While being marketed to a completely different audience than normal Pokemon fans, there still seems to be massive improvements made to the game that fans have been asking for for years. Hidden Moves, or HMs for short, seem to be removed for Secret Techniques, which your partner Pokemon can perform. No longer do you have to make a pokemon be the HM machine and essentially a waste of a slot on your team. My main question with this is, are all team rocket grunts Jesse and James now? Or are Jesse and James their own characters in this world. Everything else looks like it is going as expected and I;m just curious.
Super Mario Party.
This is the best example someone can produce of Nintendo listening to their fans and giving them what they want. Overall this game is looking more and more impressive every time I see it. It has been adding new features like online play and 80 original minigames. The character selection screen seems like it is going to be nuts. Every time there is new gameplay footage, there are more characters shown off. If you watch the different minigames there are always different characters and most haven’t been formally announced, just used for demonstration. Hopefully this game lives up to the hype and restores Mario Party’s good name on October 5.
Fun fact, Game Freak actually makes more than just Pokemon games, did you know that? Well, if you didn’t then boy will you be surprised at their new RPG simply called Town. It flips traditional RPG tropes and has the player defending a town from invasions rather than Invading camps and towns themselves. It seems, small, concise, yet deep, and strategic. This isn’t a game that is coming out any time soon. However, it is one to keep on your radar for the future.
After robbing my childhood of some of the most legendary games in the modern era, Square Enix is finally righting the wrong of leaving Nintendo and porting Final Fantasy VII, IX, X, and X-2 are being released on the switch, along with a few other Final Fantasy games, including most notably Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition. There was a huge dump of information on Square Enix games leading up to the end of the confrence, which made me seriously consider that they were about to reveal Geno as a playable fighter in Super Smash Brothers, that didn’t happen however. The information that we did get was still huge though, Square Enix looks all in on the Switch and that is a really good sign.
Super Smash Brothers
In perhaps the most surprising announcement of the day, the new character announced during the direct happened to be Isabelle from Animal Crossing. During the video, Isabelle laments over how she is doing all the work while the mayor is camping and smashing. She even breifly considers a usurping the mayor and taking over the town before she ultimately receives a letter, the letter being her invitation into Smash. Ultimately this is totally not the character I thought would be revealed. I imagined that she would be announced as an echo fighter and may show up in a cinematic to celebrate, but having her own roster slot is a complete surprise. A happy surprise, her kit looks like a lot of fun, but a surprise nonetheless.
Nintendo had two surprises for viewers at the end of the direct, the first one being the announcement of Isabelle in Smash, and that was then used to introduce the new Animal Crossing game coming! There was no gameplay shown, and the devil himself Tom Nook seems to be taking a much larger role this game, telling viewers that he has a lot of work to do. Still, though, the announcement is real and I couldn’t be happier. This game also releases in 2019 so the schedule for next year is already looking pretty full.
While not being the most flashy direct ever, this was a quality direct that really hit some very solid highs. Luigi’s Mansion, Animal Crossing, and Yoshi’s Crafted World coming in spring 2019 all seem substantial and helps build up the Switch’s library going into its third year on the market in 2019. Nintendo keeps impressing, and leaving room for more games to come up and relieve other games of their pressure, like Bayonetta 3 and Metroid Prime 4 for example. Nintendo did the most important thing though, they left viewers wanting more. They are still interested, and so am I.
That’s just what I think though, let me know what you think in the comments down below! Did you watch the direct? Are you excited to see Isabelle get her own spot in Smash? Let me know! And remember to Like, Share, and Subscribe for more BYOG.