So we’ve had the Nintendo Direct air as scheduled, and there was certainly some very interesting news to be shared.
If you want, you can watch the whole thing here:
There was a decent number of announcements, though I’ll only be sharing my highlights.We got some 3DS news to start, and I am looking forward to the return of WarioWare with WarioWare Gold. It will have the biggest collection of microgames yet, and take advantage of all of the 3DS’ features for them.
Also on the 3DS is a remake of Luigi’s Mansion. I still have the GameCube original, but I wouldn’t mind revisiting the title on my 3DS.
Whilst the 3DS news was nice, the Nintendo Switch announcements stole the show. I’ve recently been contemplating revisiting Okami, and it looks like I’ll have a very good excuse to do that when Okami HD is released on the Switch.
…and after I’m done with that, I’ll have a good excuse to revisit the Nintendo DS sequel, Okamiden.
That Traveler’s Compendium Edition of OCTOPATH TRAVELER also looks mighty tempting – it’s the pop up book that is making it hard for me to resist. I adore special editions of stuff like this, and I can’t really use lack of funds as an excuse not to get them any more…
The third party love continues, with Crash Bandicoot, South Park and Dark Souls. Oh, and I guess Undertale as well. Whilst I am glad to see a diverse collection of games making their way to the Switch, I don’t know whether I’ll be getting any of them. Dark Souls is most likely.
I also found it quite amusing that there will be a Solaire of Astora amiibo.
Mario Tennis Aces looks like it could be fun, though I will miss the RPG-like story of the Game Boy Advance’s Mario Power Tennis. Still, at least there will be a story mode in this entry. It seems like this will be an improvement over the previous entry.
Chain Chomp as a playable character was another thing I found amusing.
Splatoon 2 will be getting new paid DLC, and it looks great. A new single player mode in which you take control of an Octoling (or an Inkling that looks like an Octoling, or something like that…), and uncover more of the lore of the Splatoon world.
I haven’t touched Splatoon 2 recently due to many other games, but this is certainly making me want to get back into it.
However, everything in this Nintendo Direct paled in comparison to the final piece of news. We got an amazing teaser trailer, which started with two Inklings battling each other – whilst the song Splattack! plays. It was nice to hear the return of a favourite tune from the first Splatoon.
The light dims, and the female Inkling turns around. Something appears in the sky, and we see it reflected in her eye; the Super Smash Bros. logo. We then see silhouettes of Mario and Breath of the Wild Link, and a bombshell is dropped: Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch will be released this year, in 2018.
That final teaser trailer was amazing, and it also means we will probably be seeing even more character reveal trailers for the game over the course of the next few months.
We will also certainly be seeing rampant speculation about which video game characters will be making it into the roster – and that is something I intend to join in with as well.
Expect a post from me in the near future speculating about who will be appearing in the next Smash Bros. game.