Friday, May 25, 2018

Nintendo Direct 08/03/18: Extremely Not-so-live Impressions

It's uncharted territory, friends. 1.) I finally picked up a Switch - more on that later during one of the really boring (i.e. 3DS parts) of this :p and 2.) Holy shit, everything is on fire here at the moment: my internet's been off and on, and even worse than usual for the last week; meanwhile my PC is on its last legs. I'm running off an Ubuntu partition that's still working, for now, with a copy of the Direct I downloaded earlier, while I could. This whole thing's being held together with sticky tape and could break, irreversibly, at any second. Well, what are we waiting for?

00:38 - Oof. 3DS first. So about the Switch... :D

00:49 - Ah, A WarioWare collection. Great to see that they haven't completely given up on the series. But come on, put this out on the Switch too at least.
01:04 - There are new micro games? *sigh* Fine, I guess I'll pick this up. But I won't be happy about playing on the 3DS. Not even slightly!

01:08 - "Press buttons" Finally!

01:12 - Oh, right! I guess if they're collecting micro games from Touched, those might not work as well on the Switch maybe, making a 3DS-only release a bit more justifiable. I guess.
01:24 - I always dig crazy action, Voice-over Guy. I'll be the one to decide whether it's hot or not.
01:38 - July 27th. Well you certainly can't argue that the 3DS hasn't had some longevity.

01:46 - Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers. Hmm, I'm pretty sure I bought Dillon's Rolling Western during a sale, sight unseen. Still haven't touched it - big surprise - so for all I know, it could well be a racing game and this is just a sequel. Or maybe this is the DK: Barrel Blast of the series. (Actually, I just thinking about that game the other night. I'm oddly curious about it. I feel like I'm coming dangerously close to picking up a copy.)

01:54 - Wait, it's not a racing at all then. Action-meets-tower-defense? Yeah, probably not for me.

02:05 - Miis, really? In 2018? Look at the Switch UI: even Nintendo doesn't care about Miis anymore!
02:15 - Speaking of the Switch, let's get into it a bit because this is boring as all get out.

So picked one up a couple of weeks ago, used, but in good shape for €215 and a bunch of traded-in junk - not bad. Only played an hour or so of Mario Odyssey so far, and it's awesome - looks great, controls beautifully, and the soundtrack is excellent - which makes me feel much better about blind buying the Japanese 4-disc version as soon as the pre-orders went up a few months ago. :D Controller-wise I've only used the joycons in the grip so far. The HD rumble feels pretty good, but I'm not really liking how small the joycon grip feels, so I've got a Pro Controller on the way. Outside of Mario, the only other thing I've had a look at so far is the UI, which sadly, is just as joyless and spartan as it always seemed anytime I've seen glimpses of it online, looking almost like a placeholder set-up until they patch in the real one. Well, it's been a year; I wouldn't hold out hope. It's a far cry from the days of jaunty shop channel tunes and wandering Miis. On the other hand, the insidious chirping of the Wii U Mii Plaza is also gone, so maybe not all bad. :D

02:47 - Hm, a Bowser's Inside Story remake. Much as I'm apathetic towards the Mario & Luigi series, this is the one I've always wanted to check out. Bowser in a featured RPG role is usually a pretty good time. That Bowser Jr. side story you can keep though.

03:39 - 2019! For real?! The 3DS just will not die.
03:50 - Detective Pikachu. You know, I not sure if I know what this game even is.

03:58 - ...but I'd be 100% more down with it if they'd actually gone and gotten Danny DeVito to voice Pikachu. This is gruffer than I would have expected, but no substitute for the real deal.

04:41 - Urgh, not into that Detective Pikachu amiibo at all. There's something about it pulling a human pose that really weirds me out.

04:50 - Uh, what? They're remaking the first Luigi's Mansion for the 3DS?..... But why?

04:57 - Yep, there it is! Looks about on par with the GameCube version. I guess with the Dark Moon tech already available, and the release calender of a system that you staunchly refuse to kill off to fill out, this makes some sense. Can't see myself picking this up, but hey, maybe they'll finally do a Luigi's Mansion amiibo to put out alongside it. (Have to say, this coming out on the 3DS probably doesn't bode well for that rumored Gamecube Virtual Console coming to Switch.)

05:42 - Yikes, that baby ghost's screams were ear shattering! I remember my Mom super not being into them at the time. :D

05:51 - Any amiibo though?
05:55 - Nope! Throw this remake in the trash.

06:18 - On to the Switch stuff. I should try out that Kirby demo, well if the internet ever gets freakin' fixed that is. :D

06:23 - King Dedede is in a Kirby game? You're right Voice-over Guy, that is a surprise.

06:40 - Damn! This game looks really nice.

07:27 - Oh, Okami. Another Switch port, but I can't get too mad about this one. More people need to play this game. I wonder how they're going to handle the celestial brush in docked mode. I might be wrong, but I don't think we've see the joycons being used to control a pointer in-game yet. This could be a first.

08:03 - And there it is! Plus, a touch screen brush in handheld mode. So, Mario Maker could totally work on the Switch then. Now where is is, Nintendo?!

08:21 - (Boy, I bet any newcomers are going to be disappointed when they find that what "awaits at your journey's end" is a giant ball. That you fight. (In space, maybe? It's been ten years.)

08:37 - Sushi Striker? I want to say this came out on 3DS already.
09:10 - I don't know, this might be fun. Looks kind of like a competitive puzzle game.

09:24 - Oh, maybe it was just shown on one of these for the 3DS before. No cross play for a simple game like this? Get excited for that upcoming Nintendo online service, everyone!

09:52 - Octopath Traveler. Oh right, this is the 2D sprite diorama one, with the branching story lines.

11:07 - Yeah, that looks really promising. Will probably pass on the pop-up book special edition, even if it is a pretty neat bonus for this game, given the graphical style.
11:38 - Soundtrack available digitally. As much as I love getting shaken down for import duties on Japanese CDs, please take note, Nintendo.

11:43 - Oh hell yeah! Didn't expect to see anything from this so soon.

12:08 - Hm, this is much less No More Heroes in a bunch of game worlds - which I was kind of hoping for - and more a smaller-scale, top down spin-off. This still looks pretty fun though, and there's certainly no shortage of Suda51 craziness here. Sign me up!

12:20 - These guys look great!

12:42 - 2018. Awesome.

12:47 - Amiibo compatibility I'd imagine. I swear if they put out a Dark Souls amiibo before Tetra, or Paper Mario, or...

13:20 - Well, don't need to test my network. It's baaaad.

13:31 - Motherfucker! Turn this Direct off!

14:06 - 406? I have, maybe, 40 gold points right now. The amount you get is so small, especially for physical games, why even bother?

14:32 - Do we really need a 'nice, long spotlight' on a Mario Tennis game? It looks promising, but I think they more or less covered it last time. No need to go all Nintendo Land on us again. *shudder*

14:43 - I feel like I might be the only person who actually likes Toadette. Those mushroom ponytails: pretty rad.

16:00 - Motion controls and breakable rackets. This is kinda sounding less appealing by the minute.

17:26 - Motion controls for the special shots too. Nintendo will not get the message that people are done with those, will they? Well, I suppose after the explosive sales of Arms and 1, 2 Switch...

18:22 - Oh, okay, you can turn all that stuff off too. Normally I'm not a Final Destination, no items kind of guy, but all the bells and whistles here look like some real BS.

19:09 - Swing mode - Finally relive the magic of New Play Control: Mario Power Tennis on your Nintendo Switch.

20:35 - Speaking of New Play Control.. The cavalcade of Wii U ports continue! Man, I need to play Captain Toad. I've had it for years now. Probably won't be for a while though with both Odyssey and, actually, Mario 3D Land on the go as well at the moment.

20:55 - Ooh, new Mario Odyssey levels. Still though, probably won't double dip on this. Re-release some 3Ds or Wii games in HD on the Switch. Then you can have my money, Nintendo.

21:23 - 3DS version too. Looking rough.

21:41 - Oh, is this Undertale? Man, everything I've seen or heard of this over the years kind of makes me think that I'd hate it intensely. *runs*

22:25 - Neat! The Crash N. Sane Trilogy. With one and a half of the original PS1 games completed now though, I think I'm in too deep not to finish off the originals first. Hopefully the first game here lets you save after every level now, because, boy, that game is pure suffering once you start getting further into it.

23:38 - Ah, finally, an indie puzzle-platformer with a unique art style.

24:01 - (Oh, I'm sure it's good. Getting a real Limbo vibe from it, which is no bad thing.)

24:09 - Hell yeah, that Pac-Man amiibo is still so good. Won't be tapping it to unlock that though. Eek!

24:24 - The Fractured But Whole. Man, I was just getting into The Stick of Truth before my PC crapped out. Really enjoying it so far - writing's great, battle system is fun, some neat environmental puzzles. Hopefully my save doesn't get gobbled up by the Steam cloud. It's happened before.

26:06 - Give it up, Nintendo. Arms just isn't happening, and a three day beta a year after the game came out is just.. kind of sad.

27:48 - I wish I cared about Splatoon. I suppose I don't even know if I do or not though. I never even tried the single player in the first game - which I have, of course, because I'm the worst. :D

28:04 - Rank X is gonna give it to ya, you might say.

29:21 - Uh.... what? Wait, is that King Kai?

30:11 - So I guess this is single-player DLC.

30:41 - Yeah, looks like it.

32:08 - Never. It'll always be the Year of Luigi to me.

32:50 - One more announcement. Well, gee, I hope it isn't yet another Wii U port with minor new additions that I've already heard about. (Thanks, YouTube) That would be very disappointing indeed.

33:13 - An inkling girl, wha-what????

33:45 - Uhhhh... Wait a second. This doesn't look like a port of Smash 4. They'd definitely have dropped in some footage by now if it was.

33:51 - No, this is definitely a teaser for a new Smash. Okay! Link's locks looking very luscious here.

34:16 - Yeah, it looks like we're dealing with a brand new game. 2018? That's probably optimistic, but it's always exciting to see a new Smash Bros bring unfurled. Really hoping for some more substantial single player content this time this time around though. Smash has so much potential for that and both The Subspace Emissary and Melee's Adventure mode were steps in the right direction. Then they just gave up. Well, I guess we know the big game for E3 now, which, hmm, I wonder if that puts Metroid Prime 4's 2018 release on shaky ground. I guess we'll out. Very much looking forward to seeing more of both.

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