Staring Mr Shibata, the President of Nintendo Europe, the first Nintendo Direct of the year is a return to form with the Direct featuring Nintendo’s unique humour and style. Whilst fans might have been disappointed about some of the news, the latest direct proves that Nintendo has not lost its fun side in light of Mr Iwata’s sudden passing last year.
Whilst there wasn’t any news of the NX (Nintendo’s upcoming console), or the company’s plans to enter the mobile arena, there were a lot game announcements and updates for the 3DS and Wii U.
A new Paper Mario was announced, titled Paper Mario: Colour Splash, which looks to build on Splatoon’s painting theme and the foundations laid down by it’s 3DS predecessor, Paper Mario: Sticker Star. Unfortunately fans of the series wanted a game which was more true to the original Paper Mario and it’s sequel, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Both games were RPGs which featured a fairly in-depth battle system and a cast of wonderful characters. Sticker Star got rid of many of these elements, much to fans disappointment and Colour Splash appears to be doing the same. It’s already been confirmed that Paper Mario: Colour Splash won’t feature experience points, a staple of the RPG genre and Paper Mario, so many fans have unfortunately already written the game off.
Metroid Prime: Federation Force, a game which premiered at last year’s E3 and was shown off for the first time since it’s original announcement, finds itself in a similar position to Paper Mario: Colour Splash. Both games appear to be unwanted, despite our limited knowledge about both. Nintendo did attempt to address this in the Nintendo Direct, with the Director of Federation Force telling viewers how passionate he was about the game. Personally, I think Metroid Prime: Federation Force looks incredibly interesting, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the game later this year.
Monster Hunter Generations, known as Monster Hunter X (Cross) in Japan, was also announced for the Nintendo 3DS and given a release time-frame (Summer), as well as a new 3DS Kirby game, Kirby Robobo (10th June). Both games look to expand on their respective series.
Nintendo also announced a European release for Star Fox Zero (22nd April), Yo-Kai Watch (29th April), Fire Emblem Fates (20th May), Tokyo Mirage Sessions Sharp FE (24th June), and Rhythm Paradise Megamix (sometime in 2016). That’s a lot of games.
On top of that, Nintendo announced that SNES games will be coming to the New 3DS, as well as a Disney drawing game (which will be available on the old 3DS) called Disney Art Academy (May 2016).
More information was given about Lost Reavers, Bandai Namco’s Free-to-Play treasure hunting game, which was also given a beta and release date (14th April & 29th April). Splatoon updates will continue to roll out for Nintendo’s hit shooter, although they appear to be balance patches, as opposed to more maps/content. Nintendo also heavily promoted the new Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which was also given a release date (24th June). The ability to put keys in levels and locked doors, as well as few other bits and pieces, will also be added to Super Mario Maker in an upcoming update.
Fans expecting to see more of Zelda Wii U were left disappointed, although it’s understandable that Nintendo didn’t want to showcase a game which is rumoured to be pivotal in the NX’s launch plans.
Whilst this Nintendo Direct brought out the big guns when it came to release dates and announcements, one can’t help but notice the clear focus on the Nintendo 3DS. The N3DS still continues to receive new games late into it’s life-cycle, whilst the Wii U is being shunned into a corner.
The NX must be coming soon then, and we hope we’ll have more information about the console in the next Nintendo Direct.
You can watch the whole Nintendo Direct below: