Nintendo Direct November 12th – both underwhelming and surprising

 

Zelda!

Yesterday (as of the 13th of November 2015) Nintendo did another of their pre-recorded presentations called the “Nintendo Direct”. They use these to announce and detail upcoming releases for their games and software.  This is the first one since the passing of Satoru Iwata president and arguably the face of the company. So I was even more interested in watching this, not only for the new games, but also to see how Nintendo will do without him.

The answer? Alright, actually. Reggie Fils-Amie is no Iwata, but he isn’t afraid to look ridiculous and poke fun at himself along with the company. Bill Trinen – Shigeru Miyamoto’s translator – was more difficult to stomach.  I found him rather awkward and stiff, if inoffensive. They haven’t been able to fill the Iwata sized hole, but I wasn’t expecting them to immediately.

Anyone, enough about that. Time to highlight what Nintendo announced.

On the Wii U:

  • The previously announced Legend of Zelda game is coming in 2016
  • Twilight Princess HD was announced and it comes with a new Amiibo figurine
  • Super Mario Maker is getting an update that makes it easier to search for specific levels
  • Star Fox Zero – the Platinum Games’ developed Star Fox game – is coming out in April
  • New content for Splatoon. 3 new levels for the more experienced players, new costumes and balance changes
  • Pokken, a Pokémon fighting game developed by the Tekken people will be releasing in Spring. It comes with a Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card that unlocks it immediately
  • Yet more Amiibo figures, including the likes of Mr Resetti from Animal Crossing and Lucas from Earthbound
  • A Super Smash Bros specific Nintendo Direct set to air in December
  • And finally, something that blew people’s minds (for reasons alien to me) Cloud from Final Fantasy 7 is coming to Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS as a playable character.

On the 3DS:

  • Hyrule Warrirors Legends, the 3DS version of Hyrule Warriors, will include new characters including, most importantly, a female Link called Linkle (this will also happen on the original version for the Wii U)
  • Pokemon Picross, a “Free to Start”game (Nintendo’s version of free to play) is coming in December. It is basically Picross with Pokémon, only this time the Pokémon‘s abilities help you finish puzzles.
  • Dragon Quest 7 and 8 will be coming to the 3DS in 2016
  • Fire Emblem Fates, the follow up to the seminal Awakening, comes in two different packages that lets you play the main campaign from opposing sides will be releasing in 2016. It also has a third campaign coming later on.
  • Finally, Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow are coming to the 3DS. You can trade and fight each other using the 3DS’ wireless capabilities. They are coming out on the 27th of February.

Oh there is one more thing…Mother 3 is coming ot the Wii U Virtual Console but only in Japan. Goddamn it.

What do I think of all this? I was pleasantly surprised in a way. A lot of people have written off Nintendo’s current output since they announced the NX, their next console. However, if nothing else, Nintendo are fully prepared to support this generation of consoles, both handheld and not, for at least another year or so.

I mean, sure I would have preferred some more games announced but that is something Nintendo have normally reserved for E3. Plus, they are getting ready to move on, so nothing bigger than the next Zelda game will be coming from them for a while.

I have a quick prediction with the next Legend of Zelda game: Linkle will be the main protagonist. Calling it. LoZ will have a female lead.

Watch it all here:

 

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