After nearly a year and a half, Nintendo released their first full Nintendo Direct with games that are releasing this year and, as it turns out, 2022.
Firstly can I say that when I found out we were finally getting a Nintendo Direct (and not a partner showcase thankfully!) I actually experienced a moment of joyful bliss. I also get excited when I hear we are getting a Direct and manage to always somehow wait in anticipation. Saying that, the 30ish hours between the Direct being revealed and aired were torture.
For this article I am going to share my personal 3 favourite new game announcements, why I am looking forward to them and an anticipation rating.
Miitopia is a game that was originally launched for the 3DS and was effectively a RPG featuring Mii characters. They would go on an epic fantasy quest although having never played the original I’m not sure why… I do know it appears to be a fleshed out version of Streetpass Quest.
The trailer showed us that the game is a RPG that does not appear to take itself too seriously, which could be refreshing for the genre in my opinion after serious games like the Mana series and Final Fantasy (not to say RPGs have no humour at all, but Miitopia appears to have humour as a central theme). An example of this shown a couple of times in the trailer are where we saw an enemy called “The Evil Dark Lord Stan”. Of course Stan is a generic name for a being of extreme darkness.
I have enjoyed some other Mii based games such as the aforementioned Streetpass Quest and also Tomodachi Life which is really quirky in my opinion. From my experiences of them, plus what I have seen in the trailer and previously of Miitopia, I think it’ll be a fun addition to the Switch collection and one I will be adding.
I would give this an anticipation rating of 7/10
2) Mario Golf Super Rush
This will be the first Mario Golf game released since Toadstool Tour on the GameCube at the very start of the century/millennium (delete as appropriate).
Personally, I’ve always been more of a Mario Tennis fan (especially the Nintendo 64 one); however, I really did enjoy Toadstool Tour. This in itself has given me great expectations of the newly announced Super Rush; more so thankfully, the trailer has suggested those expectations may be fulfilled. Firstly, it looks like a Mario sports title presentation wise. The colours used look beautiful and a natural continuation of the theme of Toadstool Tour. Secondly, the course design we saw also looked like that of an actual golf course but with a cartoon twist, as one would expect of a Mario sports title.
Then of course, you get the Mario twist. Four players at once teeing off in a competition and all racing as fast as possible to get to where the ball landed in a race to complete the course first. Standing upon giant balls and moving along the course – these all provide the typical quirkiness one would expect and brings an added fun twist to golf. Note: I have played golf and it’s fun to play but boring to watch in my opinion. This would definitely liven the game up…
Overall, Mario Golf Super Rush looks really fun and a welcome addition and revival of a Mario sports title series. Now I hope for a new Mario Strikers game 🤞
This is the second most anticipated game in the Direct personally with a score of 7.8/10
1) Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD
This is the big game for me out of everything that was announced. I am a massive Zelda fan and am eagerly waiting for any news on Breath of the Wild 2 (so glad to hear Eiji Aonuma confirm that we will get news for it this year!) As with the first Breath of the Wild, an HD remaster of an older gamehas been announced, and this time it’s Skyward Sword.
As with many other people, I was disappointed at the lack of a Zelda collection. But as shown with Mario’s 35th Anniversary, it does last over a period of time with a few months between the release of Mario 3D All-Stars and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. This gives hope that we may yet see a game collection to come.
In fact, it has been hinted by a couple of top, reputable journalists as seen below:
From the trailer Skyward Sword looks much nicer than it did on the Wii. This brings a lot of graphical potential as in my opinion Wind Waker in particular looked amazing as an HD remake on the Wii U.
Why am I especially interested in Skyward Sword though?
1) I never got going with the motion controls and so I am looking forward to playing it with ‘normal controls’. The same was true with Twilight Princess on the Wii and then Wii U, and I enjoyed it a lot more on the Wii U (one can also infer that I would enjoy the GameCube version too).
2) I only recently got an actual physical Wii copy for Christmas 2020 and therefore haven’t had loads of time to properly integrate myself into the experience; so being able to move to normal controls fairly soon after starting means I’ll be able to enjoy the majority of the game more than if I kept playing the Wii version.
For now, this will help to fill the space u too Breath of the Wild 2 but I am really hoping further titles are announced this year.
I’m giving this one an 8.7/10 anticipation rating.
So I lied and decided to throw in two more things that I am excitedly awaiting that were announced in the Direct.
1) The Skyward Sword joycons
Nintendo announced that launching aside Skyward Sword HD would be a special set of Joycons based around the Master Sword and Hylian Shield. These will act like the actual devices when swung around while playing the game adding to the experience. Even though I said that I intend to play with normal controls, these look amazing and I plan to add them to my collection purely as a Zelda fan.
2) Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity DLC
As with the first Hyrule Warriors game, Age of Calamity has had DLC announced including new stages and characters akin to the first game. Age of Calanity is an awesome game in my opinion to begin with so the possibility to expand upon that experience brings joy to my heart. Yes, I am a massive Legend of Zelda fanboy.
The Legend of Zelda franchise turned 35 on February 21 2021, 4 days after the Direct and I am sure the last few Zelda items were at least partly timed to tie in with this (happy birthday!)
Due to this anniversary, and wanting to maintain the excitement until Skyward’s release, I have begun to read through my Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess manga books again. These tell the story of Link and Midna against the Zant and the Twilight Realm. Although mostly following the story of the game, there are some differences in the plot but I won’t spoil these for you 😉 I highly recommend reading them though.
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