It has been a while since I’ve responded directly here about a Nintendo Direct. Then again, the mini-conferences haven’t had as many twists and turns as the one this morning. It was truly an emotional roller coaster, so I’d like to respond to each piece of news individually with my thoughts. Feel free to respond with your thoughts as well!
Okay, they talked about a lot here, so this is going to be a long one. Bear with me!
New Fire Emblem Trailer:
When this trailer first started playing, I thought it surely must have been Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem. As soon as it became obvious that it was a 3DS game, I realized that it was just another regular game in the Fire Emblem series. As down on it that makes me sound, I loved Fire Emblem: Awakening and this one looks like it could be even better. By recruiting a new writer, they just might breathe the new life into this series that it so desperately needs. That map-to-3D transition also had me a bit giddy.
Two Versions of Puzzle & Dragons:
I tried to get into this series on iOS, but just couldn’t get past the always online functionality and constant free-to-play badgering. Since it is a full release on the 3DS, I’m hopeful that these versions of the game might be just what I need to understand why everyone who’s played it loves it. Adding Super Mario characters into the mix also makes it appealing to me. There are fewer RPG-style games in the Mushroom Kingdom than I would like, so I’ll take what I can get.
No. Please no! No no no!!! A free to play game on the 3DS with energy-depletion mechanics? I certainly hope this is not an indication of things to come from Nintendo’s bigger releases. In all seriousness, I may actually try this one out to see if the quality Nintendo usually tries to aim for can carry over to such a poisonous game-type. Either way, I’m not happy about this.
Wii Games Downloadable on Wii U:
I have mixed feelings about this announcement. I’m very glad that folks who missed out on some of the better games from the Wii library can catch up. Personally, I’m excited to pick up Metroid Prime Trilogy for half price when it goes up there. On the other hand, I couldn’t help but wonder what the holdup is on Nintendo releasing their old Gamecube library as well. I know I’m not alone when I’d love to play some Super Mario Sunshine on my gamepad screen. Does this mean we may still have some HD re-releases of some of those games coming? We can only hope!
Kirby & the Rainbow Curse Details:
As I’m knee deep in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker with Bayonetta 2 as my next step afterwards, I’ve pretty much accepted I won’t be getting this one. Perhaps later, but certainly not right away. This is not a snub on Kirby by any means, Kirby’s Epic Yarn was one of my favorite games the year it came out, but I just don’t have the time for it.
Amiibo Update Extravaganza:
I actually did pick up a couple of Amiibo when Super Smash Bros. For Wii U came out. They have some interesting functionality, but I’m having a hard time deciding how I feel about what they’ve implemented thus far and what they have planned. Some things, like the new weapon in Hyrule Warriors, seem like a good and fair idea. I did feel a little uncomfortable about the content they announced for Mario Party 10, specifically the fact that there was an entire mode locked out without Amiibo. I am relieved, on the other hand, that they appear to be trying to incorporate the figures where they can.
More Splatoon Details:
I’ve had my eye on this game since it was announced. It looks like one of those games that will live or die with how many friends you have playing it. The new features, the customization of your character, looks pretty interesting and the hub world is very attractive. What I really need to sell me on this game however, is to get my hands on it. Until then, I will keep an earmark on that promising game.
Tingle in Hyrule Warriors:
Many would likely describe Tingle as the Jar Jar Binks of the Zelda universe. Personally, I think he’s a weird character, but it would be hilarious to play as him in Hyrule Warriors. His attacks look absolutely ridiculous and it only adds to the massive fan service which serves to attract me back to this game time and again. Also, I’m pretty sure I say the silhouette of the Skull Kid when they were talking about additional characters! Just saying!
Xenoblade Chronicles X Details:
This game looks absolutely gorgeous, but I really feel like I should play the first game in the series beforehand so I can get the backstory. If only it were coming to some kind of portable console. Wink wink.
So So Many Downloadable Games:
Interesting that in the same Nintendo Direct, they adopted one of the worst portable game features (that was energy-based micro transactions) and then later, one of the best. It looks like cross-buy might become a thing going forward with Nintendo, which shows a lot of promise. The massive amount of downloadable that followed was a mixture of exciting and less so downloadable games. Elliot Quest and Gunman Clive 2 looked particularly interesting.
Here Comes the New Nintendo 3DS XL:
Let me make this clear from the get go: This is a terrible name for this system. It’s going to create confusion that rivals that of the Wii U by making it difficult to describe. Let’s take a very simple example and say someone walks into a store and says “I’d like to buy a New Nintendo 3DS XL.” Now, are they talking about the newest product, or do they simply want a brand new Nintendo 3DS XL? Okay, that aside, I’m excited about some of the features of the updated system. The added processing power will definitely be nice to boot up the OS and load games faster. The C‑stick is something that should’ve been added to the 3DS from the start, but I’m glad it has finally made it in. I’m also excited to use my 3D more if the head-tracking technology works as advertised. I’m pretty excited for the close release date. I’ll have my hands on the system in about a month and that’s my favorite way to wait for new technology: to not.
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. Makes Yet Another Appearance:
I get the feeling that Nintendo really wants me to be interested in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. The first time I saw the game, I was honestly ready to write it off. After continuing to see it, I’m starting to get more and more on board with it. Since the folks who make Advance Wars are making it, I’m sure it’ll be a pretty decent strategy game, and the ridiculousness of the concept attracts me a bit. The Fire Emblem Amiibo support is also a plus since I have a Marth Amiibo that I haven’t done a whole lot with yet.
Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+:
Not really into this type of game unless it has the words “Star” and “Fox” in the title in that order. Next!
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D:
I never got a chance to play this game on the Wii and the used copies of it have exploded in price. As such, I’d be willing to check this out if it comes in at the right price. I was kind of hoping Xenoblade would be one of the aforementioned downloadable Wii games on the Wii U, but with this coming out it doesn’t seem likely.
The visuals in the game look pretty slick. Almost too slick, which makes me a little skeptical. I will give it the benefit of the doubt for now, but I definitely don’t want to play any kind of third-person shooter on the 3DS without the C‑Stick to assist me.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate:
I got pretty into Monster Hunter Tri on the Wii when it came out. Then, on the day Skyward Sword came out no less, my Wii hard drive failed and I lost my save file. After all the time I had put into the game up to that point, I pretty much gave up. I haven’t played much Monster Hunter since then, but it looks like this could be one to get me back in. I would need some friends promises that I could rely on their co-op to take the plunge, but I definitely think it looks good. As for the custom Monster Hunter 3DS, I’m not sure I’m a big enough fan to warrant that special edition. Oh well, I guess I’ll just get the regular black one…
Majora’s Mask Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL:
Oh mah god!!! Nevermind! I want this one! In fact, just a few minutes after seeing the Nintendo Direct, I went out on an early lunch break and managed to get a preorder in for this gorgeous Special Edition. Good thing too, because it has not lasted in stock very long anywhere. As I’m writing this now, it has sold out in at least two retailers. Be careful though, because this system does not come with the game, which is fine by me because I would rather have the physical copy.
Well, that’s all I have for this Nintendo Direct. From the harbinger of free-to-play awfulness to a great new product with beautiful special edition, this was definitely an emotional roller coaster. Keep an eye out for more to come!