The Nintendo Switch calendar was indeed looking very quiet for 2019 and beyond, a Direct was needed for a long time! If Nintendo wanted to make the fans both happy and slightly disappointed, it was now! Before every presentation, the amount of rumours that go round would make you think that you would have to take out a second or third mortgage to get them all.
Even though we may not have too much to take on to the hybrid console this spring, the releases that have been announced promise some fun times now and to tide us over until E3 and beyond. Whether it’s the new IP, a sequel to a Wii-U classic or even a reimagining of a much beloved game, it is here!
I have for you now my personal highlights of the presentation. I will note this is not a full representation of the Nintendo, but it is my personal opinion of the releases that actually have a strong interest to me. Also, I shall say now that I am not employed by Nintendo and would really enjoy a job in the PR team for them or maybe even an official tester for the games they craft? Please?
Super Mario Maker 2
If you are gonna start a Nintendo Direct off strong, this was it! Possibly the only game I ever played on the Wii-U, Super Mario Maker was indeed a gem of a game and I loved the custom levels that many around the world had contributed. The idea you could create your own worlds and make them as easy or as difficult as you please was possibly the greatest creation for the console.
When the presentation began with this game, I couldn’t hold my excitement. Since the Nintendo Switch first came out, I really wanted a Mario Maker for my own. Instead of a port like many predicted, we are getting a full-blown sequel which will continue to challenge many creators and infuriate many gamers with near-impossible levels.
At this time, the game has been given a June release date. Expect to see this game before E3!
What happens when you take the best-selling game of all time and give it the “Battle Royale” treatment…THIS! An idea that sounds so crazy, but looks so much fun. In an age where we have PUBG, Fortnite and various other shooters who think this is the best way to progress, I could never have dreamed I found a Battle Royale I could really get behind.
Don’t expect too much depth with this game, it is honestly just Tetris with 98 other people and the points you achieve are used to then attack the opponent of your choosing. I have played about 30 minutes of this so far, as it was released almost immediately after the direct, and I must say this game is simple but fantastic.
Tetris 99 is available now on the Nintendo eShop!
Boxboy + Boxgirl
Boxboy, the game that I honestly think was the inspiration to Snipperclips. The puzzle game series has always been popular with many fans and has appeared on Nintendo consoles in the past. It has previously been a more handheld experience, but it does seem like the 3DS is being left to fade away like the victims of Thanos’ finger snap in Avengers: Infinity War.
While I personally have never played this game, it does have my interest. The co-op aspects, the simple graphics and the cute aesthetic could see this become a surprise hit. Plus, Boxboy is joined by his wife/partner/sister/friend for a whole lot of fun that I will certainly have a crack at.
Boxboy + Boxgirl is due out April 26th!
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
I wanted to play this game for a long time, why have I not yet played this game before? Well I have no excuse now as it will be coming to my favourite game console in the next few months. Games that tackle mental health issues have become highly acclaimed over the last few years with releases such as Celeste!
If the footage that was shown was from Nintendo Switch gameplay, we could really be in for a treat. I know this game has won a number of awards and my friends have already told me I should give it a try. Well, this is definitely going on the list!
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is out in the Spring!
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem games were never that important to me when I was growing up. My teen years mainly consisted of Call Of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and many EA titles (before the microtransactions fiasco!). But, I was introduced to these games when the 3DS port was released for the Switch, and I am now a fan.
Is it the anime cutscenes that got me? The beautiful graphics? The battle system? I’m not sure. All I know is that I love how this title looks. The Nintendo Direct turned me from being on the fence about this title to really wanting the summer to come!
Fire Emblem: Three Houses comes out on July 26th!
The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
I have mentioned before that before Breath Of The Wild, I had never really been a fan of the Zelda series. Wind Waker was fun, and I could see why many people weren’t too keen on it. When I bought my Switch, The Legend Of Zelda was indeed the game I needed and the 80+ hours later show that I must have enjoyed it.
I understand the next BOTW-style game will be a while away, but this game looks like it will be fun. I know the style is a bit more basic, but I trust Nintendo to take this classic Game Boy release and create something that is perfect for those who play on the go. Also, who would love an Amiibo of Link from this game? I would
The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening comes out later in 2019!
Platinum Games may have many people on the edge of their seat awaiting the release of Bayonetta 3, but they have got another game coming out before we see the sequel. Astral Chain comes from the minds behind Bayonetta (Hideki Kamiya) and Nier: Automata (Takahisa Taura). With this much talent, there is a lot of hope on this title being a success.
With any new IP, there is always a lot of questions. Just watching this trailer, I honestly can’t tell you what the hell is going on, but I really want this game. This action title will surely be the last big summer release for the Nintendo Switch and possibly the biggest debut for a new franchise on the console. Why do we have to wait for such nice things?
Astral Chain is due for release August 30th!
If I could make a point about anything from this Direct, it was the lack of information on the supposed Metroid Prime Trilogy port or even a follow-up on Animal Crossing. Overall, this was possibly one of the strongest presentations in recent memory.
What did you think of the Nintendo Direct? Is there anything you wish had been shown on Wednesday? Let me know in the comments.
Written by Jonjo Cosgrove