Nintendo Direct discussion thread: it's Happening Edition

  • Having watched the Direct twice now, I realize the Direct wasn't as bad as it originally seemed, because it was so bogged down by trash between all the good nuggets. If you just remove that stuff, it is actually a pretty great Direct.

    More Splatoon 3 information explained on this Twitter thread below that sheds light and confirms lots of the game changers they're adding, and I feel like I saw even more from studying the trailer that could be massive shakeups.

    Sure, it isn't until (probably Summer) 2022, but CHAOS REIGNS, and that is looking to be a pretty major shakeup for Splatoon 3, given some people complained 2 felt too much like 1 at launch. If ORDER had won the Final Splatfest Splatpocalypse, we would've gotten a wildly different game, and that's pretty awesome letting your playerbase decide the direction the series goes like that, which they also did between 1 and 2 to a much lesser degree.

    Also, for those who don't know Splatoon lore, remember that little buddy they introduced with you at the beginning? Their race are the harbingers of the apocalypse, well the recent or possibly even coming soon one. Their larger variants could very well be an added playable race by the end of 3, the way Octolings went from the primary enemy of 1 to friends by the end of 2. Currently however, they were the star antagonists of Splatoon 2's Horde Mode, Salmon Run, and we've been mass harvesting their unhatched children because a very shady talking wooden bear sculpture was paying us to.

    Here's some other tidbits worth mentioning. They did away with gender (the game used to call it style) limitations between hair and pants options. Everyone gets to choose from the whole pool now. Choosing your Respawn Points is the hypest shit to me, because it feels like a needed solution for spawncamping, which has been a bit of a problem since the original. They also added new base movement options everyone gets that one of the tweets in the chain above talks about. You can vertically launch yourself up inked walls much faster now, as well as do some kind of spiral sling forward, which should drastically change gameplay and makes me wonder if the Dualie weapon type will get changed since a fast Dodge Roll used to be their central gimmick. A big focus of trying to set Splatoon 2 apart from the original was scrapping every single Special from 1 and creating all new ones for Splatoon 2, but this time around they seem to be taking the route of combining new Specials with a mix of modified old Specials, as they demonstrated a more chaotic version of the ever popular Tenta Missiles from Splatoon 2.

    I know the allies didn't exactly go wild for the Splatoon 3 announcement, and people like Ian thought it still looked like basically the same game, but no they're actually changing alot, and that was just our first look. I'm sure they also have new Modes to announce, as well as campaign details and such, that we'll be getting a bit closer to launch.

  • It's Woomy Time! <3

  • As a recent Zelda fan, now they only need to bring Twilight Princess and Ocarina Of Time remake and I'm good to go.(Maybe Majora's Mask too while you are at it)

    Where the hell is new DK Country game!? I love that series.

    And is Bayonetta 3 dead at this point? They didn't even say "We'll share more infirmation this year"

  • @scotty said in Nintendo Direct discussion thread: it's Happening Edition:

    As a recent Zelda fan, now they only need to bring Twilight Princess and Ocarina Of Time remake and I'm good to go

    just play them on 3DS, Wii U, Wii , Gamecube or N64

    they've never released Skyward Sword on anything other than Wii but Ocarina of Time and TP have had craploads of re-release's

  • @yoshi

    Nope, I want to be able to play them on Switch and have all of them in one console. I'm also sure OoT can justify one more remake with modern take.

  • @scotty said:

    Where the hell is new DK Country game!? I love that series.

    Retro is busy with Metroid Prime 4 now. If they were working on one before that, it either got scrapped or delayed. It seemed from hints though that they were working on some other game starring a robot before that is either still being worked on or got scrapped.

  • @mbun

    Can't they pass the project to other avaliable studios?

  • @scotty Retro has made the modern ones, and Rare is no longer with Nintendo. Maybe there's someone else who could make one, but I don't think it'd hit the same level of quality as the Retro ones have achieved.

  • Skyward Sword without motion controls sounds great to me :D

    All the other Zelda rereleases on 3DS and WiiU had a lot of small improvements to them. I'm curious to see what they'll do with this one. There is a lot of room for improvement.

  • @neocweeny Seemed like they're not doing much honestly, beyond option nonmotion controls, 60 FPS, and HD, which are admittedly pretty big changes.

  • @mbun Could be that are still some changes. The other remasters also had some small changes that they didn't talk about pre-release. Quality of life changes and stuff like that.

    I wish they would cut down on some of the Fi and other interruptions as well as some of the padding.

  • Skyward Sword is one of the worst 3D Zelda's by far. Absolute horseshit.

    That Octopath Tactics game looks lit af

    Pyra/Mythra are a waste of a slot. Literally would have been more excited for another FE rep.

    Everything else ranged from bad to meh.

  • @yoshi Sorry I'm not as impressed by mediocrity and bad decisions as you, I guess?


  • @el-shmiablo said in Nintendo Direct discussion thread: it's Happening Edition:

    Sorry I'm not as impressed by mediocrity and bad decisions as you, I guess?

    cool. now have fun not being able to upgrade your PS5 SSD storage data.

  • That was really disappointing. First proper direct in n a while and nothing of relevance.

    I'll be happy to play Skyward Sword, although that art style needed Nintendo to make a minimal investment, but that might be asking too much. Mario Golf looks super fun, I won't play it ever probably.

    Absolute best moment

  • @yoshi I've got 300 games installed to an external drive right now dude.

    Is this really what you're doing?

  • I'm surprised to see so much negativity about this Direct (not necessarily here, but all over internet), to me it was really enjoyable and there were some very sweet surprises. They said it was going to be updates for existing games, or coming in the first half of 2021, so anyone expecting a full blowout for Metroid Prime 4 or BotW 2 was setting themselves up for disappointment.

    Project Triangle Strategy is like the perfect dream game I never knew I wanted, tried the demo last night and it instantly became my most-anticipated game, so that could make me slightly biased.

    Not sure why everyone acts like Splatoon 3 isn't a big deal, of course they haven't shown enough to see how it shakes up the formula but it is a huge announcement whether you're fan or not.

    Mario Golf is a typical spring game, of course not a blockbuster but it looks great for what it is.

    Skyward Sword is personally my favorite 3D Zelda (outside of BotW), it's definitely a slow-burn and has lots of room for improvement, but the highs are really high, I have very fond memories of it (although there's no way I'll buy it again). Also all signs point to Wind Waker and Twilight Princess following throughout the year, so put down the pitchforks Zelda fans, the anniversary is only getting started.

    Speaking of which though, what is it with the obsession for Nintendo anniversaries? Why is Nintendo seemingly obligated to celebrate the anniversary of every single series they have every 5 years by releasing multiple games? Have there been regular Assassin's Creed/God of War/Ratchet & Clank/Call of Duty/Final Fantasy 5th/10th/15th anniversary celebrations? Companies may celebrate those when they happen to align with an actual release, or decide to launch a bundle, but they can't whip up games on demand just to meet arbitrary dates. /end of rant

    Legend of Mana is another personal highlight, love the series but I never played that one and it's a cult classic, so I'll be happy to give it a shot!

    Pyra in Smash, I don't care either way, it could be ANYONE and there would be people complaining, they just can't win. There was a rep for Xeno 1, now there's a rep for Xeno 2, makes sense to me. At least it's not Rex!

    New content for Animal Crossing, Age of Calamity as expected, that's good too.

    Neon White, World’s End Club, and Famicom Detective Club are cool oddities!

    Then there's all the ports which obviously won't matter to most of us because we may have played those games before, but it's still cool to see them come to Switch. Something like Ninja Gaiden Trilogy is bound to make someone happy!

    Of course I would have been overjoyed with a new 2D Metroid, DKC or whatever, but again this is only for the next 4-5 months, and this time period is rarely the one where high-profile Nintendo games launch, so it's par for the course (golf, get it?)

  • @el-shmiablo said in Nintendo Direct discussion thread: it's Happening Edition:

    I've got 300 games installed to an external drive right now dude.

    i wonder how many of them are PS5 games though. not just PS4 games.

  • i fucking love how we the players directly affected splatoon 3's story. the inkling was in the World of Chaos at the beginning of the trailer because team chaos won in the chaos vs order final splatfest of 2019.

    makes me even more hyped for splatoon 3. we the players specifically asked for this story haha