Thoughts on the September 2019 Nintendo Direct

So Nintendo had a Direct the other day, and seeing as I’m all about all things Nintendo, I figured what better way to come crawling back into the blogosphere than sharing my thoughts on everything that was just announced.

So hi. It’s me again. Writing! It’s nice to be back after a month of not doing that. But let’s just get straight into this, shall we?

So… Yeah! I went into this Direct with pretty much zero expectations. I expected a Smash DLC announcement, and some further news about games that were already announced, but I wasn’t even remotely prepared for some of the bombshells we received the other day.

Nintendo already had enough amazing titles lined up for us for the remainder of this year, and now we have even more insane shit to look forward to. The last announcement in particular is something I didn’t see coming. At all!

So I’m going to do what I usually do and talk about every single announcement in order. Hopefully you’ll find my thoughts interesting, or at the very least entertaining.

So… Without further delay, let’s-a-go!

Overwatch

So it’s about 2 years too late, but Overwatch is finally coming to the Switch, and that’s honestly pretty cool!

It’s not really my kind of game, I have very little interest in arena shooters, and the game doesn’t seem to be anywhere near as relevant as it was when it first launched, but it’s still really nice to see it come to a Nintendo console. Especially after Blizzard kept saying it’d “never be possible”.

Well… It’s possible!

Luigi’s Mansion 3

We already got a pretty heavy dose of Luigi’s Mansion 3 at E3 earlier this year, but with the game officially launching at the end of next month, I was hoping we’d see a bit more of what the game has to offer.

And it’s looking even more appealing than before! We already knew that each floor of the mansion was going to have it’s own unique theme, but what we didn’t know was what some of those themes were going to be. And we got to see quite a few of them this time around.

There’s a pirate themed floor, one based off a pyramid and even a “disco” floor with neon lights and disco music! It really does look like this is going to be an incredibly varied and creative game and I can’t wait to get my hands on it in October!

Oh, and there’s also a multiplayer mode too in the form of “Scream Park”, where two teams of up to four Luigi’s duke it out to see who can capture the most ghosts or collect the most coins. It seems simple, but also looks like it could be a lot of fun with friends.

I can’t wait for this.

Super Kirby Clash

I did not see this coming at all. It’s a multiplayer Kirby game that has you and friends taking down bosses while collecting materials and crafting new gear to strengthen your party.

It’s “free-to-start”, which I believe means it’s completely free up to a certain point, which is something I can’t say I’ve ever seen Nintendo do with anything before. And it’s also out right now.

I might pick this up to play with some friends online at some point. It looks kinda fun!

Trials of Mana

Trials of Mana was recently released in the West for the first time in the Collection of Mana, but at E3 we also got shown some glimpses of a remake of the game coming to Switch as well.

And we got to see more of it this time around. It looks pretty awesome. I still haven’t had the chance to pick up the Collection of Mana yet, so I’ll likely be doing that first and playing through the original game before I bother to pick this one up. Still, looks really nice.

Return of the Obra Dinn

This one was… Different! It’s seemingly a first-person adventure game revolving around reversing time to solve the mystery of the ship you’re on.

It looks very atmospheric and certainly looks interesting, but I’m not so sure it’s for me. I might pick this one up if I hear good things!

Still, it’s really cool to see these kinds of games coming to a Nintendo system. We certainly wouldn’t have gotten this during the Wii U era.

Little Town Hero

Finally, finally, finally! We finally got to see more of Town, now know as Little Town Hero, the new RPG from none other than Game Freak, the development team behind Pokemon!

As much as I enjoy Pokemon, I’ve always wanted to see Game Freak tackle something completely new, and Little Town Hero looks like it might be just that.

The game revolves around you defending your hometown from invading monsters, but rather than using weapons or magic, you use your “ideas” to defeat the enemies. It’s honestly a really interesting looking concept for an RPG, and combined with the cutesy art style and charming setting, will likely make for a fantastic experience. I can’t wait to play this.

Smash Bros DLC Character – Banjo & Kazooie – Release Date

So I kind of expected we’d be getting an official release date for Banjo and Kazooie in Smash Bros.

But what I didn’t expect, was that it’d be the same day of the Direct. They’re already here! I can literally go boot up the game right now and play as the infamous duo! I still can’t believe that this is fucking real. This is still so insane to me!

This was also announced alongside a follow up presentation taking place immediately after this Direct that would detail more about the character, their stage and all the other things that came with them. I never watched it as I had to go to sleep after the Direct, but I heard it was really great.

I think it’s time for me to buy the Fighters Pass now.

Speaking of…

Smash Bros DLC Character – Terry Bogard

So here’s a character I honestly didn’t expect at all. There were some pretty credible leaks the day before this Direct that suggested he was coming, but before then I’d never even considered Terry fucking Bogard from Fatal Fury would have been added to Smash Bros! That’s… Really unexpected!

He had a pretty fantastic trailer and given how he plays in his home series, I have no doubt he’ll be a very fun and interesting addition to the roster.

A lot of people seemed incredibly disappointed with this choice, but I couldn’t disagree more. Much like Street Fighter’s Ryu and Ken, Terry is iconic in the world of fighting games. And given that Smash Bros is a celebration of the biggest icons in gaming, across all platforms and eras, he’s a perfect fit for the roster in my eyes.

Haters gonna hate I guess.

Now we just need Ryu from Ninja Gaiden and we’re all good.

Oh and speaking of further DLC characters…

Smash Bros DLC – More Characters are coming!

Yup. We’re getting even more DLC fighters after the initial 5 that are to be included in the Fighters Pass.

GIVE. US. SORA. YOU. COWARDS.

But yeah. This is insane. I can’t believe they’re doing more! Sakurai is never getting a break. The poor guy.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Once again we got to see a little more of the Switch remake of Link’s Awakening, and yeah. It still looks pretty awesome. This little snippet of information was mostly focused on the games amiibo functionality, allowing you to summon a shadow version of Link to add to your custom dungeons. And you can also save said custom dungeons to your amiibo and transfer them to a friends copy of the game.

I doubt these are features I’ll ever get to use, seeing as I don’t really bother with amiibo, but still cool nonetheless.

DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition

Hey, another Dragon Quest XI trailer. I like Dragon Quest but man, they’re really pushing this one aren’t they? It’s kind of taking the biscuit now.

I’m not even sure what the point of this trailer really was, since it didn’t really show off anything we’ve not already seen before, but… Hey! It looks really good. I’ll pick it up eventually.

But we get the point now, Nintendo.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore

And with this announcement, the Wii U has become even more obsolete.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions was one of the last few Wii U games worth playing that had yet to be ported to the Switch. And now it’s being ported to the Switch. With additional content and smoother graphics.

I absolutely adored the original game on Wii U. It was an incredible blend of Persona and Fire Emblem and was one of the best JRPGs of its generation, so I’m looking forward to playing through the game again on Switch.

And seeing my waifus again!

Deadly Premonition 2 + Deadly Premonition Origins

I’ve heard of Deadly Premonition before, but it’s never something I’ve ever really bothered to check out or gotten the chance to play myself. But supposedly, it’s now getting a sequel on Switch, which is neat I guess.

It doesn’t really seem like my kind of game, and the graphical style looks… Really off-putting to me… But if I hear good things I’ll maybe give this one a look.

And supposedly the original game is also being rereleased on Switch under the title Deadly Premonition Origins, and it’s available now. So I guess if I find myself interested I’ll jump into that one first.

Still really cool that these kinds of games are coming to a Nintendo console.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition

I’ve seen this games praises thrown around a lot lately, but it’s honestly not my kind of game, so I probably won’t even bother checking it out. It’s kind of the antithesis of everything I value in video games so… Nah.

Still, I didn’t expect something like this to ever come to the Switch. So… That’s neat!

Doom 64

Now this is dope! After getting ports of the Doom trilogy, the 2016 reboot and Doom Eternal, now we’re also getting an exclusive port of Doom 64 on the Switch! Hell yes!

Doom 64 is an incredible entry in the franchise that was unfortunately largely overlooked at the time due to it being exclusive to the Nintendo 64. It’s very worth your time, especially if you enjoy the classic Doom games.

I’ll definitely be picking this one up when it launches. It’s great to see Bethesda are supporting the Switch in full. Who’d have ever guessed?

Rogue Company

Looks like this is the next big multiplayer shooter game. Again, it’s not really my thing, but the fact that this is coming out on Switch alongside other platforms is nice to see.

Hopefully this is a sign that the days of Switch versions of multiplatform games being released months later are behind us.

Pokemon Sword and Shield

So we got more Pokemon information and despite the fact that the whole National Dex carry on is still going on, I remain on the opposite side of the debate. Every time I see a new trailer or learn new information about this game, I find myself more interested in purchasing it, which is something I haven’t been able to say about a Pokemon game for years.

So what did they show off this time around? Well, character customisation is back, only this time it’s way more varied and customisable. It looks like there are literally hundreds of options to choose from and that has me really excited. I’m looking forward to playing as my idealised Pokemon Trainer waifu for the entirety of the game. Sign me the fuck up!

They also showed off a new feature called Camp Pokemon, where you can set up a campsite and bond with your Pokemon to improve their performance in battle. It looks really wholesome and fun! You can also cook curry as well, and there are over 100 different recipes to experiment with. There’s even a “Curry Dex” for all the entries. This is… Different! But it seems really fun.

And finally, they showed off some new Pokemon as well, including a Ghost type Pokemon that takes the form of a broken teapot. They’re really trying to drive home the British inspired setting huh?

All in all, Sword and Shield look even more appealing after this trailer than they did before and I honestly cannot wait to play it. It’s going to be one heck of an adventure!

SNES Online

Finally, finally, finally! We finally have Super Nintendo games added to the online service! And the line up of titles is already absolutely fantastic!

I kind of guessed this was going to happen eventually, what with the NES library mostly being dried up as of now, but it’s really great to see it actually happen. And you can play these games now! With no extra charge to the subscription service either.

As for the games that are currently available, there’s already so many classics in here to sink your time into. Super Mario WorldA Link to the Past, Super Metroid, Yoshi’s Island and many other classic games are already available for you to play on the Switch right now.

I just hope that they add some more niche titles as the service goes on. I’d kill to be able to play Earthbound or Illusion of Gaia on my Switch.

Oh and you can also buy a SNES controller to use with these games too, if you’re wanting the most authentic experience possible. I probably won’t bother, but it’s nice that the option is there.

But anyway, this was a big surprise and I’m really happy that this is a thing. Hopefully Nintendo 64 titles are soon to follow!

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

We got some more info about this game as well, and again it’s looking really great. I haven’t been too invested in the series since the first Winter Games release on the Wii, but I genuinely might pick this one up if I have the cash to spare.

There’s a story mode this time around, which is a definite plus and there are some retro styled events where the characters are all based on their original NES and Genesis sprites, something that’s sure to appeal to fans from back in the Nintendo vs Sega days. You can have Mario’s NES sprite compete against Sonic’s Genesis sprite! That’s kinda cool!

Daemon x Machina

With the launch of this game right around the corner, we got some last minute information about it, mostly that a demo of the prologue chapter is available for free. Right now.

I haven’t had the chance to try out the prologue yet, but I’ll definitely be giving it a shot to see how this is going to hold up. The game looks really interesting, so I’m looking forward to giving it a test drive.

Oh, and they finally confirmed online multiplayer with friends too. That’s really great. If anyone wants to play along with me once I get a copy, hit me up!

I can’t believe this is already coming out. This has been a fast year!

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

So umm… This port came out of nowhere! I’m honestly kind of surprised that this got a port at all. I remember Jedi Outcast being loved by just about everyone back in the day but… Is there really a demand for a rerelease of this? It seems kind of random!

But the game looks fun. So I might pick it up if it’s cheap! Maybe… I’ve found myself getting back into Star Wars lately so we’ll see.

Assassin’s Creed: Rebel Collection

I feel like this was announced before, but I don’t remember if it was so this kinda came out of nowhere for me.

I dropped off the Assassin’s Creed franchise after Assassin’s Creed III because the story was over and I felt like I’d played more than enough of the series to last me a lifetime, but I’ve kind of been meaning to give Black Flag a shot after hearing how amazing a game it was.

And Rebel Collection comes with both Black Flag and Rogue along with all of the DLC for both games, so that’s kinda neat. I might pick this up, but part of me is also considering just buying the PS4 versions of each game, since they’ll likely be significantly cheaper than this. We’ll see.

Still, hopefully this means we get more Assassin’s Creed titles on the Switch in the future. It’d be nice to play Origins and Odyssey on the go.

Just Dance 2020

Hahaha. This is still a thing. I forgot.

Grid Autosport

It’s a driving game.

Farming Simulator 20

YES! The greatest game of all time is finally coming to the Switch! This is the port I’ve been waiting for!

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

As I’ve said before, I never got the chance to play this back in the day, so I’ll definitely be picking this up.

And I hope the sequel gets ported to Switch too. There’s no reason for them not to.

Devil May Cry 2

I’m really not sure what Capcom are thinking here. Devil May Cry 2 is easily the worst game in the entire franchise and the fact that they’re releasing it on it’s own makes no sense to me at all.

The game was packaged along with the first and third games on the PlayStation 3! There is absolutely no reason why Capcom can’t put the HD Collection from almost a decade ago onto the Switch. This is being done out of greed and nothing else and I’m pretty frustrated about it.

Wake me up once the third game is on Switch.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

We got a pretty lengthy video about the latest Animal Crossing game which was unfortunately delayed until next year despite originally being scheduled for Winter this year.

The game looks fantastic. It’s looking like it’s going to be the definitive Animal Crossing game, with a whole bunch of new features and an exciting island setting. Mrs. Leth and I are going to so many hours of our life to this game.

I’ve always had a soft spot for the series, with the original game in particular being a game I hold very close to my heart, so this has me very excited. March 2020 can’t come sooner enough. I’m looking forward to island life.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

And then just when we thought the Direct was over, this happened. And I literally screamed. And was shaking. And almost cried.

Because Xenoblade Chronicles is one of my all-time favourite games. It’s probably my favourite game on the Wii and is a strong contender for my favourite JRPG. And it’s getting a remake on the Switch.

You read that correctly. Not a port. A full blown remake with brand new assets and everything.

As much as I love Xenoblade Chronicles my biggest issue with the game has always been that it was severely limited by the Wii and stuck in 480p, despite having one of the most beautiful and immersive settings I’ve ever seen from a video game.

But now it’s coming to the Switch. In high definition. In a brand new engine that looks absolutely stunning. And it’s going to be glorious.

This is now officially my most anticipated game of next year, and it’s release can’t come soon enough. I can’t believe this is happening!

And with that, that’s a wrap!

I’m a few days late with this, but I hope my thoughts on the Direct were interesting, or at least mildly entertaining.

As for the blog itself? I have some stuff in the pipeline and some potential announcements to make. Expect more stuff soon. Maybe. I’m sorry I haven’t been kicking about too much lately. Unlike Shulk, I just… Haven’t been “feeling it”.

So…

Until next time everyone. It’s nice to share some thoughts with you all again.

2 thoughts on “Thoughts on the September 2019 Nintendo Direct

  1. Deadly Premonition is a cult masterpiece that transcends its ropey visuals to tell a fantastic story with some of the most memorable characters you’ll ever encounter. If you’ve ever enjoyed stuff like The X-Files, Twin Peaks or The Twilight Zone, you’ll absolutely love it; it’s a game made with an incredible amount of love, and an absolutely amazing script. Plus you get penalised for forgetting to shave or wash your clothes, because you’re not behaving in a manner becoming of an FBI agent.

    SWERY65, the guy who created it, is one of those people who can quite rightly be regarded as a “video game auteur” alongside Hideo Kojima, Taro Yoko and Goichi Suda. He may not be quite as well known as those guys, but he’s been slowly and resolutely building up his reputation over the last few years, so I’m delighted to see his most well-known (and divisive) work get celebrated in this way.

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  2. I think the biggest problem with getting Sora into Smash is the monumental amount of paperwork involved and getting rights to his character (and additional stages and music) from both Square Enix AND the goddamn prude that is Disney. If they can pull it off it would be absolutely amazing.

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