Nintendo Direct: Thoughts and Impressions

Ok, so I’ve had a night to reflect on the Nintendo Direct. I’m a big Nintendo fan, so I try not to write about this kind of stuff until I’ve let the initial “wow” factor wear off so I can be a bit more objective. Let’s take this Direct apart one point at a time, and remember, this is just my opinion of what was presented. As always, feel free to let me know how you feel about things. So here we go!

Star Fox Zero/Star Fox Guard

I have never felt any excitement for this game. I love Star Fox, always have. Star Fox 64 is one of my favorite games. Its super short, but incredibly fun. The branching paths make for good replay value as well. That said, I’m not sure why Nintendo was touting branching paths as a big thing in Star Fox Zero when the franchise has been doing that since 1997. In fact, everything about Zero makes me think of 64. It looks like an HD remake of 64, not a Wii U title. Combine that with the questionable controls (which, admittedly, I’ve had zero hands-on time with) and lack of online multiplayer, and you have what is a really questionable title from Big N. I’m a fan of co-op play, which should have been in this series from the get go, but that alone is not enough to make me care about this game.

Star Fox Guard looks mildly interesting. It seems to be basically a tower defense game, something I don’t get into, but maybe it could be fun. At least it’s being added as a pack in with Zero, so you’re not really out anything if you take a chance on it.

Splatoon Update

Splatoon is getting an update with recommended weapon packs and some balancing to the current gear. I don’t play Splatoon, but the fact that this game has gotten so many free updates is really nice. It shows Nintendo has confidence in their latest IP.

Super Mario Maker Update

Another title to receive the free update treatment, and this one I actually play. The Tanooki Statue is being added as a costume, but the way it’s executed is really weird and I’m not a fan of it at all really. Luckily, it’s just a costume and easily ignored. The update also allows for keys and locked doors, which is cool. It also adds a Super Expert Mode for the 100-Mario Challenge, which means you’ll be thrown into even more incredibly BS courses from people with too much time on their hands! In all seriousness, I’m excited to try out the new features.

Lost Reavers

This is a free-to-play game from Bandai Namco. It actually looks somewhat fun. I might be inclined to gather a few friends and give it a go. It looks like an adventure game in which you are searching for a treasure. I could get into that.

Pocket Card Jockey

It’s solitaire crossed with horse racing. I like solitaire. Will I buy this? Probably not. Looks fun enough though. Just not enough to justify a purchase from me.

Azure Striker Gunvolt 2

Yes. YES. The first game was a masterpiece of platforming. Inti Creates worked wonders, and I have no doubt they’ll do similar here. I cannot wait for this title (and the ability to play as Copen.)

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

I have been waiting for this game since the first trailer. It just looks like too much fun. Inspired by Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem, yet nothing like either, the game is so stylish and flashy. It looks to have a pretty solid battle system as well. This is possibly my most anticipated title of 2016.

Monster Hunter Generations

Ok, I’m prepared for the hate, but Monster Hunter has always been the worst franchise in the genre it created for me. That said, this one looks slightly better. I will most likely continue to ignore this particular series, however.

Bravely Second: End Layer

Ok, so I was incredibly disappointed with many of the decisions Square Enix made with Bravely Default. The repetition really killed that game for me. That said, Bravely Second looks a lot better than its predecessor, but I felt so burned by the first game that I’ve pretty much actively avoided this game. Catmancers are pretty crazy as a job class, though.

Dragon Quest VII

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This game looks great. Dragon Quest VII was already a great game, but reworking it and making it handheld is just icing on the cake. Day one purchase for me.

Rhythm Heaven Megamix

I have never played a Rhythm Heaven game. I know little to nothing about them. I have, however, been sucked into the world of Rhythm games in the past few years, so I might give this a try. The series seems to be well loved, and this being a “greatest hits” of Rhythm Heaven minigames might make this the perfect entry point.

Metroid Prime: Federation Force

Here’s the elephant in the room. When this was shown at E3 last year, reactions were…animated, to put it kindly. A Metroid game that doesn’t star Samus, is focused on multiplayer, and has some off-putting, almost chibi designs? The reaction was almost understandable (aside from the fact that we saw barely fifteen seconds of gameplay.) So now we’ve gotten some clarification. The game will indeed be multiplayer focused, but is able to be played single player. It looks to have the same style of gameplay as previous Prime games. Characters can be outfitted almost RPG-style, allowing a focus on healing, damage, etc. I, for one, love most of what I’ve seen. It’s Metroid Prime in the palm of my hand. I’m ok with it not being Samus, because the first-person perspective puts me in the suit anyway. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on this one.

Paper Mario: Color Splash

Ok, I’m a fan of what I’m seeing. I did not like Sticker Star at all, but this doesn’t look exactly like more of that. I’ve seen some concern over the graphics, but to me it looks like I’d want an HD Paper Mario to look. It’s not an RPG, as Nintendo described it as “action-adventure.” I’m ok with this. The Mario & Luigi games are the new standard for Mario RPGs now, and frankly I think they do a better job of it anyway. This game just looks like light-hearted fun. I can’t wait to see more of it. The people asked for a new Paper Mario after Sticker Star, I think it’s time we let Nintendo do their thing instead of, I don’t know, creating ridiculous cancellation petitions.

Kirby: Planet Robobot

This looks like a nice follow up to Triple Deluxe, a game that just happen to be one of my favorite platformers of all time. The multiplayer stuff looks fun, plus is has Kirby in a mech. That’s pretty amazing on it’s own. New Kirby Amiibo are coming as well. My Kirby Amiibo is probably my favorite of my collection, and I can’t wait to put these alongside it.

Hyrule Warriors Legends

I’ve been on board with this game since it’s announcement. It looks as though it will be getting a season pass not unlike its console brother. I’m perfectly ok with this if it brings the content. The Wii U season pass added literally hours of gameplay that I’ve barely touched, so this can only be a good thing. I do hope that the Wind Waker content can be purchased for the Wii U version separately instead of just using the code included with Legends, because reports are that Legends doesn’t run that well on a standard 3DS and I have not upgraded yet. I’d love to enhance one of my favorite Wii U games with my favorite 3D Zelda game.

SNES on New 3DS Virtual Console

Speaking of New 3DS, the long awaited announcement of Super NES games coming to 3DS is finally here, but only if you have the upgraded hardware. There are pros and cons to his whole thing. I don’t mind it being on New 3DS because Nintendo was reportedly having issues getting the 3DS to run the SNES games. I have an issue with there being no cross-buy options. I have most of these games on Wii U VC. IT this was a Sony account, I could just download them to my 3DS and keep going, much like classics on PS3, PSP, and Vita are handled. Not so! says Nintendo, who is charging full price for these game on 3DS whether you already have them on Wii U or not. I honestly would not have even gotten them on Wii U had I know they were coming to 3DS, as I prefer to do my retro gaming on the go. Buying these games again will be a hard pill to swallow. Otherwise, kudos to Nintendo for finally making this happen.

So those are my thoughts, what are yours? Are you excited for what Nintendo has in the pipeline? Disappointed? Mixed, like myself? I’ve posted the whole Direct below in case you missed it and want to watch for yourself. Let us know!


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