Well, I think Nintendo finally delivered the Direct that fans were hoping to see yesterday.
Earlier this January, Nintendo dropped the first mini Direct for 2018, giving fans insight into its plans for the first few months of 2018. It was solid, if not a tad underwhelming in terms of AAA content. With this March direct, Nintendo aimed to fill in the rest of the first half 2018 with a half an hours worth of new games and DLC. They also had a number of big name surprises as well.
The classic RPG inspired Octopath Traveler got plenty of time in the sun and I have to say, those visuals are stunning. Kirby, a slew of 3DS titles, Mario Tennis Aces, Splatoon 2, and a bunch of other games showed off new content and plenty of release dates were handed out. Dark Souls Remastered even revealed a Solaire of Astora amiibo. Praise the Sun!
I mean, look at all this content! But there was one announcement that sent fans over the edge. Take a look for yourself:
The highlight for many however was the megaton reveal of Super Smash Bros. Nintendo channeled Ubisoft and revealed a stylish teaser with their “1 more thing” moment. The trailer was pretty light on details, but it looks like the Inklings are being added to the roster and if you look quickly, it looks like Breath of the Wild Link is also there. I’d imagine this is going to be a remastered version of the WiiU version, similar to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. We’ll see what other content is added in later this year.
So why now? Why reveal Super Smash Bros in a random March update? For the first time in a long time, I feel that Nintendo may have too many games ready to be revealed at E3 this year. Fans knew Smash Bros was coming, so not only does this announcement hype the fan base, but it was never really a big secret.
Revealing it now also frees up part of the show for Nintendo. If you remember, the past couple of E3’s were devoted to one massive game, first with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and then last year with Super Mario Odyssey. I strongly believe that Nintendo is going to do that again, but this year’s ace in the hole is the Pokemon Switch game. I fully expect to see their booth decked out end to end with Pokemon and for the highly anticipated title to have a major presence. It also frees up their E3 presentation a bit so they don’t need to cram all these reveals in as well.
Of course, E3 will be packed with other games as well like Metroid Prime 4, Super Smash Bros and a ton of other major Fall 2018 titles. We’ll get to that in a future article though.
For now, what did you think of this Direct? Was this the one you were hoping to see earlier? What game is on your must-buy list?