Ohhhh lordy lordy lord. Where to begin? From Shibata’s rendition of “Dance with somebody” to showcase some Karaoke U shenanigans to the incredible Super Mario 3D World trailer, I was left lost for words. And yet here I am, WRITING WORDS. To be fair I’ve had a few days to calm myself and collect my thoughts.
While not the most epic direct (We’ll leave that to the one with the ‘X’ announcement), it was by no means the worst either! So, let’s cover things in order of appearance. First up is the already mentioned Super Mario 3D World trailer. Please, Take a look:
OMFG OMFG OMFG
This is exactly what I wanted to see. The overwhelming positive reaction to this trailer is great after the disaster that was the E3 trailer. Everybody complained because they wanted
1. A Super Mario 64 sequel
2. A Galaxy sequel
3. A Sunshine sequel
4. A reason to complain
In fact here’s the current top comment:
“I’ll be honest, the first trailer for this game was underwhelming, but this one really pumped me up for Super Mario 3d World. Can’t wait!! Who else?” – BOBMARIYO
Nobody was expecting a 3D Land sequel. 3D Land was met positively by fans and critics so naturally nobody wanted a sequel. Yea. Well, it looks like everyone’s calmed down. EAD Tokyo did actually make the Galaxy games too so people really should have put more faith in them. 90% of the complainers have hung up their boots for another day. T’other 10% are just the regulars.
The game releases on the 29th of November (in Europe, and in and around that date in other regions). It’s a day one purchase for me.
Iwata also showed two new Wii remote plus’sssss releasing on November the 8th. Here’s a pic…. If you can’t discern the patterns one is Mario and the other Luigigigas
Next up is Wii Party U. They showed off some of the new mini games in what’s called “House Party Mode”. They use the unique aspects of the system to create some (in typical Nintendo fashion) bizarre mini games. It looks like it will be a really fun game particularly for kids or even adults with the right atmosphere and friends. I was skeptical when they showed off Nintendoland (it too being a collection of mini games). I bought it after launch for half the price from a local advert site. It ended up being my most played Wii U game to date. When my cousins came over and we popped it in we had an absolute blast and it became instantly clear to me Nintendo’s vision with that title. So I try not to dismiss anything which initially seems bizarre or stupid. For now though I can’t see myself picking up this title until I’ve tried it. Here’s the latest trailer which was uploaded after the direct
It launches on October 25th and comes bundled with a Wii remote plus and horizontal stand for the gamepad. This is because there are tabletop games which two players use the Wii U gamepad together.
The next piece of news is what editors with an anti Nintendo agenda have been using as a title for their Nintendo Direct summary articles, because it was clearly the most important thing shared. That is that Donkey Kong Country Returns: Tropical Freeze is being delayed until 2014. Well, I can’t say I care much. I think it will be a great game but
- There’s too many games I want to get already, so spreading the expenditure out works for me
- Now there won’t be a drought in early 2014 like there was this year
Call that damage control or whatever but that’s me honest t’ God opinion. I hope those who were really looking forward to it can find some solace in some of the other games. I’d like to personally recommend Rayman Legends as I know many who were anticipating this game took their Rayman Legends money from their Rayman Legends money jar and dumped it in their Donkey Kong jar because of the Rayman delay debacle.
So, Iwata showed off some more footage of Mario and Sonic at the Soichi Olympics. He announced that the game will in fact have online modes where players can compete with each other. I was actually surprised by this game, I was never considering buying it but I thought the footage looked really good. It releases on November 8th. I think I’ll pick up one of the previous games in the series to see if it’s something I’ll enjoy. Here’s the latest trailer
Afterwards we got some more Sonic news; Sonic will be appearing in Smash Bros. We know that Sega and Nintendo have a 3 Sonic titles ‘partnership’. The first was Sonic Lost Worlds and the second Sonic and Mario at the Soichi Olympics. I’m wondering if this is the third title? They didn’t make it very clear if it is. I hope it’s not, because I don’t like Smash Bros. Yup I said it. SOZ. Strangely they played the Sonic Hereos theme music in the background during the direct.
Next Iwata announced some DLC coming to Pikmin 3. You can pick up new levels in Mission mode for 2 euro each. Those who own the game already can actually pick up a new level for free! You just need to download and install the update. This should have happened automatically if your system is up to date. Also the ranking system of mission mode has been updated to show the best score in the world. Pretty cool if you’re that guy!
Next Iwata talks about A Link Between Worlds (Meaning I’ll have to update my ALBW blog). You can view it here with the updates:
Iwata announced a new Kirby game for the 3DS to be released in 2014. Here’s the new trailer.
I have to say it’s looking sweet. It’s also good to see that they are not relaxing on the 3DS support because of all the Wii U titles they’re working on.
Now we move on to Shibata who’s first announcement is the release of Wii karaoke U by JoySound. It’s available today (4th October) as a free download. You can buy songs you want from a database instead of buying a disc that has a library. Also, every Wii U gets a free 1 hour trial. I’m not sure how that works but I assume you can try out any songs in the database for the hour. The game can use the gamepad’s microphone or a usb microphone. Go to 19:44 to see the best moment in the direct
Shibata is the man.
Afterwards a new trailer of Sonic Lost World was shown. It’s shaping up to be a really fantastic title. My girlfriend’s got this on preorder for me. Sadly it’s for xmas, so I won’t be playing it at launch 😦 Here’s the trailer, it gives a big run down of what the game is all about.
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
I think I do.
Next Shibata apologies for the Scribblenauts Unlimited delay which will be available on Decemeber 6th. Any…Anybody care?
Another trailer! This time for Ace Attorney Dual Destinies. I’ve never even played an Ace Attorney game but these trailers always grab my attention. The music is fairly bad ass. The game releases on the eshop only. Here’s the trailer:
There’s a demo out in the eshop right now, try it out!
Finally we get a deepa grimpse into the world of Bravely Defualt which looks to be Square Enix’s most promising RPG in years. I refuse to link the latest trailer with the English voice actors. Urrgh, they absolutely suck. Thankfully we get to choose the language of the subs and dubs. I strongly suggest Japanese dubs with English subs.
It looks absolutely stunning. The artwork is gawwwwwwjus. Alright what the hell, here’s the latest trailer, you’ve been warned
This game releases in December. If you preorder it from “participating retailers” you get a collector’s edition of the game along with an artbook. Sweet!
So that’s everything.
I’m so excited for so many of these games. Along with others that weren’t mentioned and games that are already out but I’ve yet to buy (Fire Emblem, Luigi’s Mansion 2 for examples) it looks like my wallet’s gonna get hit hard.
I’ll rationalise it by considering things I don’t spend my money on that others do 😉
So, what did you like/dislike about the direct?
Let me know in the comments 😀