So yesterday, the Digital Event happened and a couple of new games were announced. Mainly for next year; the same issue that Nintendo suffered last year, but at least they had great announcements... and Smash.
For this, I'll be discussing some of the games and what I think of them, if I have any impressions on them to begin with. After, I'll talk about the Digital Event itself.
Star Fox: Zero: So, another Star Fox game! I think it's been a while and the last Star Fox game was Command in 2006 (or the 64 remake in 2011 if you'll count that). This game however, is a reboot. So I just wonder how that'll go. The game itself looks pretty fun. Flying and shooting as I expected, but there's also ground portions which incorporates a concept from Star Fox 2... which never happened. Another moment when Nintendo never throws out ideas. The only thing I'm not totally into with this is the Star Fox crew's redesigns. I don't know, to me there's something... off about them, but I can't find what... But anyway, this game is coming out in Q4 2015 for the Wii U.
Skylanders: Super Chargers: So, I don't play Skylanders. Nor do I particularly care about the games it has, but this game is going to have a bit of crossovers with the Mario universe. Donkey Kong and Bowser will be possible characters if you buy their figures and they look pretty awesome in game. Bowser stood out to me more to be honest. He looked very Strikers Charged Football in his bigger, Magma form. That's as much as I can say about it though since I'm just not that interested in Skylanders.
Zelda: Tri Force Heroes: Another Zelda game that is obviously using the Link Between Worlds engine. Basically another adventure that has up to three Links and has multiplayer aspects to it. It actually looks very fun. I got quite a bit of Four Swords Adventures out of it, and some Kirby too. Mainly with Kirby's Return to Dreamland. It also looks like it's going to be one of those games where you can really screw over your friends if you really wanted to. The game will come out Q4 2015 for the 3DS.
Hyrule Warriors Legends: So, this isn't as special because Koei Tecmo accidentally uploaded the video before hand. It was unlisted though, so how it was found to begin with is beyond me, but still, it was found and... yeah. Now I've never played Dynasty Warriors and not even Hyrule Warriors. I mean the game looks entertaining, but it doesn't look like something that would satisfy me for that long. So I decided not to pick it up. I still doubt I'll pick this up even if it's Hyrule Warriors on the go, essentially. I do wonder how much content will be in the game though. I mean Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U is huge. So how will it all fit on a 3DS?
Metroid Prime: Federation Force: Some Metroid game really. I... don't even know what to say about this. From here, it just looks like a couple of short minigames that you can do with friends. One game you have to beat the opponents. Another game is some makeshift Football (Soccer). Uh... Coming in 2016 I guess.
Fire Emblem: Fates: This is one of my favourite things in the Direct. I don't know, it just looks so good to me as it stands. Makes me really want to try out Fire Emblem: Awakening more, but I can't find that game outside. I guess that's what the online store's for though I don't want a downloaded copy. One thing I found odd though is that I thought Fates was technically two games like a traditional Pokemon game, but it only had one game shown... unless I'm blind. But the game's what I expect. A Real Time Strategy game with new characters and a new world to explore. Coming in 2016 for the 3DS.
Genei Ibun Roku x FE: Fire Emblem crossover with Shin Megami Tensei. Um... I have nothing to say about this. I didn't really know what was going on at all in this. Coming 2016.
Xenoblade Chronicles X: Another Xenoblade Chronicles game, but I can't say I'm that interested in the series. I mean it looks good as an RPG, impressive looking monsters and the world. That's... it though, I have no other words on this. Coming December 2015.
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer: An Animal Crossing minigame for the 3DS. Basically designing house interiors and exterior stuff. I may enjoy Animal Crossing, but this isn't the kind of game I play personally. I suppose it's good for people who want to try and be designers of some sort in the future. It's coming 2nd October 2015. Very specific date, so it must mean it's very complete, and it'd better not cost too much.
Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival: Essentially a Mario Party game with Animal Crossing characters and locations. It looks good and all. Typically Mario Party style. Now here's the big turn off. Amiibos: we need Amiibos to play. May I ask, why? Can we just have a normal Mario Party game (or equivalent) without any need of this Amiibo stuff? What happened to the good old days where we could just pick up and play a game? Anyway... it's coming out in Q4 2015.
Yoshi's Woolly World: Now this game... I'd be more excited about it, but we know it's coming very soon. So for me, there's not so much they can talk about here. I might pick up Woolly World in the future, but we'll see how money and Wii U space goes. Even if I can't get the game though, I really want to buy at least one of the Amiibos for this game. Just for the sake of collection. Coming 26th June 2015, but I'm not sure about the Amiibos.
Yo-Kai Watch: Now this was... interesting at least. I wasn't sure what to make of it at first, but it's basically an RPG. A very weird RPG at that. Weird characters, but a relatively normal-looking world. Facing off against evil Yo-Kai and all that general stuff you see in an RPG. Coming in 2016.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros.: Now this was my favourite thing in the Direct. I missed out on Dream Team, but I might decide to pick this up. Mario & Luigi crossover with Paper Mario? This should be interesting. Now just make an interesting story unlike Sticker Star. This game seems to have three playable characters: Mario, Luigi, and Paper Mario. (Where's Paper Luigi?) I'm not sure about what Paper Mario in particular is completely capable of, but the game looks pretty good. Liking the part-paper aspect and it seems like there'll be good interactions as a result such as the short scene we saw with Bowser and Paper Bowser. Gotta say though it did look weird to me. It's probably because of the two completely different art styles the games have. Coming Spring 2016 for the 3DS.
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash: Can't say I'm interested in this one. I mean it's Mario Tennis, now with Mega Mushrooms. Yay...? I mean that's not an awful lot. I can't even pick out much to say about this. Uh, it comes in Q4 2015.
Super Mario Maker: I honestly can't say too much about this because we've seen quite a lot. But I mean, I'm surprised, man. There's so much in this! Exactly how much did they design in this? Someone would've have to have told the designer to stop designing at some point it looks like. So many forms, so many new additions, it's insane. Like... what? With the amount of combinations, it makes me really curious in what kind of stages people will make. Better not be lots of inappropriate stuff... Gotta say though that I thought the way had to design stuff in the past interesting as they didn't exactly have the technology. Must've been hard. But the game comes out 11th September 2015.
And that's it, that was the last game they showed for this Direct. After that, it was just a talk about where you can play Super Mario Maker in Best Buys (in America...) at specific times, and about the fact that this is Mario's 30th Anniversary. Woo!
Now overall I thought the Direct was... okay at best. Nothing absolutely amazing to me besides Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros. and partly Fire Emblem: Fates. Certain other games just didn't stand out to me because they just didn't interest me. I mean that's just me though. I know a handful of people will enjoy Skylanders: Superchargers or Xenoblade Chronicles X for example. Though I'm very sure that the majority won't be down for something like Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival. Though not only that, people weren't happy about the fact that that Nintendo didn't discuss more about certain games like Zelda Wii U. Which I understand.
What I usually end up thinking here though is that because last year Nintendo blew us out the door, people have much higher expectations now and because Nintendo didn't reach that this time, people were overly disappointed. I mean the dislike bar on this Direct (at least on the UK version) is actually very half-and-half.
Humor-wise, I think this Direct wasn't as good... but I thought it was funny at least. Also the fact that Reggie, Iwata and Miyamoto were in the style of Sesame Street (I think) puppets I though was funny.
That's it though. Those are my final thoughts on the Direct... Looks like we're going to have to wait another year for more of this information, but I suppose we also have the normal Directs to pass the time.
In the mean time, a short discussion about something not Nintendo-related because I don't want to make another journal on only one game:
Kingdom Hearts III: Still not out yet. Shouldn't be surprised, but it's good to see this game going strong, and we were introduced to a new world in Kingdom Hearts too: a Tangled World. We don't know it's name... but it's Tangled. The game does look really good though. Still liking the flashy effects and the Disney Rides looks really cool in this game. I just kinda wonder what kind of moves they'll be. Like... Magic-esque moves? Sora also packed guns and... that was strange. I don't remember the Keyblade being able to do that, but beyond that is Sora's clothing. Now I don't know if you can change clothes during the game because his inital artwork has his clothes from Kingdom Hearts II, but as it stands I'm not that into his new outfit. I don't know. It just doesn't look very colourful enough unlike his other designs. I do like the Black and Purple, but... doesn't really suit Sora to me. If it's just a form though, then I'll accept that more. No release date yet though. Just "Now in Development" which we're aware of.