(North America Direct)
I came in with low expectations to the Direct. Only thing I can honestly say I cared about was the Sun/Moon segment and it’s content(Alolan Rattata and Snorlax’s Z-Move are nice). Everything else, I have no strong opinions on. Apparently people are complaining about the Pikmin game already, but whether it becomes another Federation Force(ya know, since people wanted Pikmin 4) is anyone’s guess. I’ve seen a few devout Pikmin fans with mixed feelings already.
But hey, the 3DS will remain relevant, so there’s that.
This Nintendo Direct shows the 3DS will stay relevant for quite a while. First, the Pokémon Sun/Moon news reveal a new Alola form for Ratatta, turning it into a Dark/Normal type, as well as a special Munchlax which will come with a new Z-Move for when it evolves into Snorlax. Honestly speaking, I was expecting more out of what might be the 3DS’s biggest title of the year.
Next, we had news of Super Mario Maker coming to 3DS which, combined with the later announcement of Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World, pretty much cements the Wii U as dead. Both ports will, of course, include some new functionalities, which is to be expected. Shame that Mystery Mushrooms were removed, though. As for Mario Party: Star Rush and Mario Sports Super Stars didn’t really impress me, but the latter looks like a solid entry in the Mario sports spin-offs. Updates to Animal Crossing: New Leaf and StreetPass Plaza ought to keep those games enjoyable for long-time players as well.
As for the Zelda part, the new Hyrule Warriors Legends content looks fun and it’s great that the update is released today as well. The new amiibo look good and their functionality in the upcoming Breath of the Wild is something to look forward to. In addition, Skyward Sword on the Wii U eShop as well as promoting the Symphony of the Goddesses concerts cement Nintendo’s commitment to celebrate the series’ 30th anniversary, in spite of no new game being released this year.
Ever Oasis, Rhythm Paradise Megamix and the new Picross game show that Nintendo is still dedicated to the handheld as far as first-party games go. Same for several third-party titles like Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse and two new upcoming Dragon Quest titles. Indie titles were showcased as well, continuing Nintendo’s relationship with smaller studios to bring back more unique titles. I’m looking forward to try out Azure Striker Gunvolt 2.
Finally, the new Pikmin game was announced to close the presentation, marking the first handheld title in the series. A spin-off that takes some of the series’ gameplay elements to a 2D platforming game. Not exactly the 4th game everyone was expecting, but it seems fun anyway. It’s likely that a main title might be coming for the NX as the 3DS’s hardware may not quite handle such a title.
All in all, it wasn’t a bad Direct, even though there wasn’t any mind-blowing announcement either. Plenty of new titles were shown, including a bunch from third-party companies and indie studios, so there’s still a variety of games coming for the handheld that will last for a while in terms of entertainment.
First off: That was a good Direct. It fully fulfilled my expectations and that’s a good thing. But on the other side…I didn’t expected much.
But what this Nintendo Direct clearly showed is that the Wii U is dead and how Nintendo tries really hard to take away some of the remaining exclusives and releases it on the 3DS. Is it bad? No, of course not. Why wasting your best titles on a dead console? Nintendo’s efforts were remarkable at that time but if nothing can save it, then better bring it over to the only living device Nintendo’s selling right now. So it makes sense and MANY guessed that Super Mario Maker will someday come to the 3DS. But it still gave me a good laugh. Now when’s The Wonderful 101 on n3DS?
Personally, my highlight is Picross 3D Round 2 and more Mii Plaza-Update. For my taste, the Update comes a bit late but it finally removes the 10 Miis-Limit. 100 Mii’s is more then fair enough. But man, I wished they would done that sooner. Picross 3D Round 2 is self-explaining. I mean, come on, it’s Picross 3D! Oh, and I almost forgot about the new Zelda-amiibo. Those look really good.
But in the end, nothing really surprised me except Yoshi’s Wooly World for 3DS and Pikmin for 3DS. Pikmin 3DS whoever reminded me A LOT of Kirby Mass Attack, which shares almost the same Gameplay-mechanic, but slower and more complex. Time will tell what this game holds for us.
I personally had no expectations heading into the direct, and I’m glad I felt that way, because coming out the other side I’m now extremely excited about the 3DS again.
First off: a new Pikmin game on the 3DS! Absolutely the highlight for me. I’ve recently been saying how a Pikmin game is one of the few ‘missing titles’ from the 3DS otherwise brilliant library, and now that’s another gap filled. I’m also completely fine with the 2D aspect of it, it’s cool when they try different things.
Another big highlights of this direct for me were the Zelda amiibo figures. Which means we finally get an Ocarina of Time Link amiibo figure.
The trifecta of direct highlights are rounded off in the form of Mario Sports Super Stars. Mario Sports games are often not that great, but I have high hopes for this one. With baseball being an included sport, I’m hoping for a sizeable roster with plenty of delicious Kongs!
The 3DS versions of Yoshi’s Woolly World and Super Mario Maker are certainly welcome, though I’m not sure I’m interested in them on a personal level, as I’ve got the Wii U versions already. I would like to think this gives a ray of light for Star Fox Zero and Tropical Freeze seeing similar treatment in the future. That side, I’m chuffed!
It’s been awhile, but the new direct is finally here.
In some ways, it feels Nintendo preparing for the inevitable NX announcement as they announced a lot of things for the 3DS (and reminded us of Color Splash). There’s more games, amiibo and remakes coming to our portable devices. A lot of downloadable stuff was made available right after the direct, which is nice. I enjoy it when they can pull that off and not have it leaked ahead of time. The Chinese Sun and Moon leak got another confirmation today as Dark Rattata was confirmed. Also, unsurprisingly the Hyrule Warriors: Legends data mining done by RandomTalkingBush is true too. I’m interested in seeing more about the Mario Sports game, and the new Pikmin. A very welcomed updated to the Mii Plaza was announced and released as well. I know for most of our readers Mii Plaza isn’t very widely used…but in Japan it’s amazing and one of my favorite things about the 3DS. Miitopia was announced, but no details were shared. As for other Japanese exclusives, Momotaro Densetsu was shown, as well as Megami Meguri.
Mario Maker and Woolly World coming to the 3DS were pretty surprising. I think the only thing I have to look forward to on the Wii U is the rest of the Hyrule Warriors DLC. Overall, it felt solid but nothing mindblowing.
Mains: Yoshi (64), Game and Watch (Melee), Wario (Brawl), Wario/Pac-Man (Smash for 3DS/Wii U)
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