Today we saw the first Nintendo Direct since the passing of late-President Satoru Iwata back in July, 2015. Nintendo Direct was one of Iwata-san’s crowning achievements at Nintendo, giving fans an intimate and personal look at what is heading their way. Nintendo Directs have come to mean a lot to so many people, and it’s great to see their return.
With this latest Direct, I will be taking to breaking it all down in separate parts. This first installment will be dealing with the most relevant information, time-wise. Nintendo of America announced several key things that are currently ready for your attention, as you read, or will be within a matter of hours.
With the start of the Direct, Nintendo introduced The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. Many have been speculating for weeks now, that this game would be coming to Wii U, and most were simply awaiting confirmation. Well, confirmation is what we received, and though its release date is not until March 4, 2016, preorders for the game (and the special edition) are open today (technically yesterday, after the Direct).
Also yesterday, a special Splatoon update went live, and with it, a large number of subsequent add-on content will be heading our way. As early as this evening at 9pm EDT/6pm PDT, Splatoon players will be getting first looks at the new map, Museum d’Alfonsino. There are other things to note about Splatoon in the coming weeks and months, but for now we will go with the most time-sensitive.
Another key release coming today is Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival. Interestingly, this game has not garnered a lot of support from many fans, but I believe it is drawing the short straw with them. Many were disappointed that it was not the full feature Animal Crossing game that most wanted/expected it to be. Many erroneous reports continued to be spread within the community about the game, such as a free-to-play model, and strictly board game modes, but of course that was addressed during the Treehouse Live @E3 streams. Though it seemed no one else was paying attention, it has again been confirmed that there is more to the game than the board game aspect.
Though Xenoblade Chronicles X is scheduled for release on December 4, there are several things that can be done currently for those folks looking to pick up the game, whether retail or digital. For retail customers, there are 4 downloadable data packs to help the game run faster that are available to download right now, at no charge. For those looking to acquire the game digitally, the game and be pre-purchased and pre-loaded right away, as well.
These titles, along with some previously released games, like YoKai Watch, and Badge Arcade (both on Nintendo 3DS) were also addressed among the most time-sensitive games, but stay tuned for a much more in-depth look at what was shared, overall.
I came away from the Nintendo Direct knowing that a lot of great things are happening inside the company and for fans, and really anticipating many more great things to come. As more hours pass since the Direct, and there are those who have shared their opinions, it is becoming quite clear that there will be a lot of things that I will be addressing, even beyond simply sharing the details.
Will you be taking advantage of these things coming available right away? How did you enjoy the Nintendo Direct? Were your expectations met? Exceeded?
As always, gaming is meant to be fun, so keep gaming!