Nintendo Direct - 8th March 2018
After rumours of a February Nintendo Direct didn't come to pass, rumblings about a March event were proved to be right on the money as we got one yesterday.
I'm not going to go over every announcement but I will try to go over some key ones that spoke to me.
Also, I won't be discussing the 3DS announcements here for two reasons - 1) I no longer own one, and 2) nothing stood out for me as being particularly exciting. With all that in mind, lets jump in (in release date order)...
24th April 2018:
South Park - The Fractured But Whole
Oh my. I did NOT see this coming. I'm currently playing through this game on the PS4 and I adore it. Tactical RPG combat, fairly linear RPG gameplay, countless superhero references AND all wrapped up in the South Park Universe?! Its perfect for me - in fact, I'm already enjoying it more than Stick of Truth.
Porting it to the Switch is more of a good thing - and good lord its funny.
18th May 2018:
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
A fairly low-key start but I think this is important - Little Nightmares (like the recently released Outlast Switch Port) shows Nintendo adding more and more "adult" titles to their portfolio. Pac-Man amiibo support is cute, but Little Nightmares is creepy. It may look cutesy in terms of gameplay, but don't let it fool you - the sense of unease is palpable.
Hyrule Warriors follows on from Fire Emblem Warriors, a "musou" game (think Dynasty Warriors) based on another of Nintendo's first-party franchises. Musou's don't interest me too much, but I think it speaks to Nintendo's commitment to giving previously overlooked games a new life on Switch - Mario Kart 8, Fire Emblem Warriors, and now Hyrule Warriors. I (like most of the world), skipped the Wii-U, and Nintendo's commitment to re-releasing these titles is perfect for me (although I admit most will be disappointed if they DID own the last console).
25th May 2018:
Dark Souls Remastered
Ok, this one intrigues me. I played Demon's Souls for maybe an hour or two, and struggled to get going. As a result, Dark Souls flew right by, and I jumped into Bloodborne for an hour or two, only to bounce back off of it.
I was already planning to give Bloodborne another go (its free this month on Playstation Plus) but I would love to play the original Dark Souls. That said, its not a game I'm desperate to play on a portable. Previously announced in the January Direct, the release date was given yesterday, hence why its on the list. But I think I'll be playing on the Xbox simply for the 4K graphics and throwing a controller in frustration is a lot cheaper than throwing a Switch!
(Kidding, thats not me!)
22nd June 2018:
Mario Tennis: Aces
One of two titles to get a more extended look during this direct, Mario Tennis isn't a franchise I've tried before. After seeing the multitude of modes, characters and nuances to the tennis gameplay (breaking your opponent's racket seems like it'll be fun in multiplayer!), I'm actually really keen.
Also, using motion controls with the joy-con seems to be the closest we'll get to Wii Sports until Virtual Console - perfect for the family!
10th July 2018
Crash Bandicoot: N Sane Trilogy
Another game I recently picked up for PS4 is coming to Switch and honestly, thats fine. Crash feels at home to me on the Playstation, but I cannot recommend this collection enough. There are some tough as nails sections that'll have you clenching the controller but for the most part Crash stands the test of time with smart level design and iterative mechanics - Crash 1 is jumping and spinning, Crash 2 adds the belly flop and the slide, and Crash 3 adds the Wumpa Bazooka. Yes, a bazooka.
Now if we can just get Crash Team Racing Remastered...
13th July 2018
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Project Octopath Traveller
Wow. What a day.
Firstly, yes - Treasure Tracker is a re-release. A re-release of a game people tell me is one of the best the Wii-U had to offer. An action puzzle game featuring everyone's favourite "Fungi to be with" sorry. This version adds extra levels from Super Mario Odyssey and co-op play. Its also coming to 3DS, if that tickles your pickle.
Secondly, Project Octopath Traveller looks AMAZING. A unique sort-of pixel-based art style, turn based combat (my favourite) and multiple playable characters put this closer to one of the older Final Fantasy titles than a 2018 blockbuster - and I couldn't be more thankful for it. I can't wait to play it.
Splatoon 2 Octo Update
Switch's spring looks rosy, but looking ahead to Summer we got another in-depth look at Splatoon 2's new expansion. A $20 DLC for a game I know very little about means I can't speak with any real authority on this one. That said, Nintendo's constant additions to the game have got me really wanting to try Splatoon 2 out - it looks fun and fast-paced, I just wish there was a demo I could try.
Super Smash Bros - Switch
Holy s**t. It happened. We wondered when we'd see it, but I think we all knew it was coming.
Towards the end of the Splatoon 2 expansion video, I noticed there wasn't long of the Direct left. I waited with baited breath, expecting the Direct to close before a "we have one more announcement".
The video began with two Splatoon inklings. Then came Mario. Then Link. Then the Smash Logo. And then Switch. And then THIS YEAR.
Heres hoping for a big E3 blowout - I can't wait to see what characters the franchise could add. We've had Cloud, Solid Snake, Ryu, Sonic and Bayonetta. Heres hoping for a few more surprises!
I'll be doing some E3 wishes and predictions with my friend in the next week or so, and one of my two big Nintendo ones has now been checked off with Smash! Fingers crossed for Pokemon!
Thanks for reading,
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