Holy smokes, Nintendo. You hit it out of the park with a variety of announcements within that Direct. A few returning franchises, such as a new WarioWare bringing its minigame mayhem to Switch, along with Metroid – which brings Dread back from the dead. That title was originally meant to release more than ten years ago, so to see it be revived is absolutely lovely. Even if it means little to me. But just because those two don’t, doesn’t mean nothing did.
Seems Nintendo is in a revival mood, which certainly felt like the tone of the entire Direct, as quite a few of the games featured were from series that haven’t seen much in the way of support on a Nintendo platform. Worms Rumble is finally coming to the Switch, having seen a release last year on PC and Playstation systems. I enjoyed my time on the open beta of the PC version, but I’m not sure I’ll be grabbing it on the Switch. Good for fans who do, though.
Cruis’n is another Nintendo franchise seeing a revival of sorts, by bringing Blast to the system. Having been released for arcades in 2017, a lot is being added for the series return to consoles. With 29 tracks in total – including the five from the arcade game, I’m ready to get into a Nintendo racer that isn’t Mario Kart. Over-the-top action – including racing on a unicorn – makes this a must have for me. A true arcade racer that’s not of the karting variety.
That information drive about Animal Crossing New Horizons was everything I could have hoped for and more. We’ve got a lot more information than we had previously, some interesting new additions, and some quality of life improvements.
The Direct started out with a look around the island in all four seasons, and you’d be forgiven for thinking there wasn’t much coming out of this. However, it did reveal we can place where our villagers live at the start, which led the way to placing where all villagers will live.
It seemed like a build up of freedom in customisability, with that leading to custom designs able to be used on furniture, the path creation tool we already knew of, and then the reveal that we can alter the entire look of the town.
The Pokémon Direct has finished and given us the news. Home was barely featured within it, with the meat of the presentation diving into the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass.
Just at the beginning, though, we got news that the original Pokémon Mystery Dungeon is being remade for the Switch as Rescue Team DX – and there’s a demo already available to try it out.
The first Mystery Dungeon game was one I played a lot when it first came out, with it offering a blend of turn-based battling and a full range of movement that couldn’t be found anywhere else at the time in the series.
Well, that was a content packed Direct. And it all started with Luigi’s Mansion. While I’m not big on the series, it was still great to see a third game announced as coming to the Switch. The original game being ported to the 3DS was also shown off with a new local multiplayer mode.
Other 3DS games included Kirby’s Epic Yarn going Extra Epic with a port, Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey being shown off and given a date of 25/January, and Yo-Kai Watch Blasters getting new content at the end of the month.
Splatoon 2 is getting new content in Version 4. It looks as though some sort of 1vs100 mode is being added, so that should be interesting. Along with new styles and new weapons, it also looks as though there might be new things added to the solo missions and Salmon Run.
Yesterday is was announced that a new Nintendo Direct would run for half an hour at 22:00 GMT today. What a wild ride that was. There were quite a few ports, but one of them was a big one.
Yes, Super Smash Bros. is coming to the Switch, and the Inklings will be playable. That's all that was shown, but we know it's coming, and coming this year.
The main spotlight was for Mario Tennis Aces, where more content was shown for it. Fifteen characters - including a chain-chomp for some reason - the mechanics of the game, along with a simple mode which will turn the game into a more focused tennis game.
Nintendo Directs are always big news, no matter what the subject of them includes. However, what if one was to never get officially mentioned until it dropped, leaving the gamers in such a frenzy due to cryptic teases that the hype levels exceed that of E3 presentations? This last week in a nutshell. And it wasn’t helped by a load of rumours and leaks back in December either.
This Direct Mini was short and to the point. Starting with a remaster of a popular Square-Enix game. The World Ends With You: Final Remix brings the original DS game to Switch, with new content and the touch controls intact. There’s also traditional controls added for playing on the TV, which I assume many people will want to be doing.
Nintendo are known for their Directs at this point. It gives an info blowout on either a range of games, or a specific one - such as this one with ARMS. The new IP is a month from release, so what better time to show the game off than now?
Before I get into what was shown, allow me to just give my thoughts from when I played it during the Nintendo Switch event in January, pulling from the post I made about it. I found it good, and said it was sitting between a casual and technical fighter.
I found the controls easy to get into, and liked the stages and content on offer. However, arena fighters aren't exactly my forte, since the last I owned [Pokken Tournament] only ever got played twice in the launch month and then forever forgotten.
Yesterday I mentioned the Animal Crossing Direct in the monthly update, and now it has aired, I'm here with a post. This will be short and sweet, just like the Direct itself.
The Direct took place on the set of a campsite. A campsite that features within the game itself, with producer Hisashi Nogami taking the role of Harvey - the guy who owns the campsite.
This campsite is where visitors come once you have scanned their amiibo or amiibo card with Wisp, who is summoned from a magic lamp.
This game is looking great, and most of the Nintendo world are looking forward to it. I am too, as it was one of the games I featured in the latest What I'm Waiting For posts. The Nintendo Direct today was focused solely on the game. It was mostly a recap of what has already been shown off. New things were within the Direct, most of which were at the end. Let's get into it.
First off, the game is about shooting the ground with ink. The ink you spray will allow you to cover ground faster in squid form. As a squid, you cannot fire weapons. As a humanoid, you move slower. Firing weapons cost ink, which you recharge by moving through your own ink as a squid.
Like I've been saying, it's been near enough two years since I covered any gaming event of any type. So to warm up for E3 this year, I decided to cover one Nintendo Direct. And this Nintendo Direct covered pretty much what I expected, along with some I didn't see coming.
Before the introduction from Iwata, a Super Smash Bros. 4 trailer played showcasing Mewtwo. Once the trailer ended, Iwata then introduced us to the Direct as a whole, and gave a few words about Mewtwo before giving his release. To those who registered both Super Smash Bros. 4 games on Club Nintendo, you'll be getting him free on the 15th of this month.