As quickly as the hype for the first Nintendo Direct in forever was, for some, it promptly vanished. Despite some significant announcements, the direct was filled with more ports to the Nintendo Switch console and remasters than any new content. Let’s dive into what’s new, what’s looking good, and what was disappointing with the first Nintendo Direct of 2021.
The Direct starts off with an announcement of a new Super Smash Bros’ Ultimate character. To our surprise, it was two characters from the Xenoblade Chronicles franchise. Pyra and Mythra enter the fray; you can switch between both characters while in battle. The pair comes to the game as downloadable content in March. Monster Hunter: Rise continues to be an exciting game with a new trailer showing off some new monsters. Samurai Warriors 5 seems to be dropping for the Switch before anywhere else.
Monster Hunter: Rise (March 26, 2021)
My most hyped game of the year drops a new trailer featuring new and returning monsters like Nerscylla. The trailer shows hunters being able to control Rajang like your own personal tank and new combos for the extensive list of hunter weaponry.
Mario Golf: Super Rush (June 25, 2021)
The Mario golfing game comes packed with a story mode and a free for all golfing multiplayer mode that looks really fun. I’m actually surprised by the technicals in this one.
Splatoon 3 (2022)
A lovely cinematic trailer for one of the latest Nintendo franchises that unexpectedly became a smash hit is dropped. The trailer shows new weapons, new locations, new abilities, and unique customizations. However, fans will be waiting to see it all in action as the game comes out in 2022.
Project Triangle Strategy- Working Title (2022)
Quite possibly one of the more exciting trailers of the direct. The Octopath Traveler creators, Square Enix, show their new game, a cross between the beautiful Octopath Traveler, Fire Emblem, and Final Fantasy tactics. They announced a demo that drops today, definitely something to check out.
Joining the Switch for the first time ever are other titles like Bravely Default 2 (February 26, 2021), Samurai Warriors 5 (Summer 2021), No More Heroes 3 (August 27, 2021), Neon White (Winter 2021), DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power (June 4, 2021), Miitopia (May 21, 2021), Star Wars Hunters (2021) and Knockout City (May 21, 2021).
Nintendo announces new content, new ports, and remasters
I gotta admit that I was expecting some ported content and remakes, but we got many cool things to look out for. Overall, I’m excited to see Stubbs The Zombie making a comeback. In the next few days, The Ghost N Goblin remake looks like it’s going to drive me crazy in the best way possible. Animal Crossing received a cute Super Mario-related update, and The Legend Of Zelda delivers some disappointing news.
Here’s what’s yet to come:
Ghosts N Goblins Resurrection (February 25, 2021)
Capcom Arcade Stadium (February 2021)
Apex Legends (March 9)
Stubbs The Zombie: Rebel Without A Pulse (March 16, 2021)
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle For The Neighborhood Complete Edition (March 19, 2021)
Tales From The Borderlands (March 24, 2021)
SaGA Frontier Remastered (April 15, 2021)
World’s End Club (May 28, 2021)
Ninja Gaiden Collection (June 10, 2021)
Legend Of Mana HD Remastered (June 24, 2021)
Fall Guys (Summer 2021)
Outer Wilds (Summer 2021)
The Legend of Zelda raised hopes and quickly dashed them as they admitted that they had no news on Breath of The Wild 2. This was literally an announcement of an announcement. In exchange for any info of what we wanted, we got word of The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD Remaster yours for only $60.00. To top it off, we got another expansion for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. They also sweetened the deal with the announcement of two new LoZ joycons! Let’s hope they have some better news with the upcoming 35th Anniversary of the beloved series.
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