As it turned out, the hype over a potential Direct was not unfounded as last Thursday we were treated to a surprise Nintendo Direct mini which was just dropped out of nowhere. It wasn’t a live stream this time around, so it took some slick maneuvering on my end to get to the video without having the contents of it spoiled before watching it.
That being said, I was quite pleased with the announcements especially since I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from a Direct mini. The Dark Souls: Remastered reveal was great, even though I was a little peeved we didn’t get to see any gameplay yet. As someone who hasn’t played past the first hour mark of the first entry in the series I’m vastly looking forward to it. In retrospect, all those cryptic tweets from the different publishers alongside Nintendo were likely referring to the bonfires used as checkpoints in the game as a little tease before the Direct. Hopefully this means we’ll get the other two installments later on down the line.
I got the Mario Odysssey DLC prediction right in an older entry, but the contents of it were something I wouldn’t have guessed in a million years. It’s a mini-game of sorts given to you by Luigi where you scatter a balloon around a kingdom of your choice in a set time limit and then another player has to try and find it. I found the concept quite intriguing, although I definitely think a lot of people got let down when they saw Luigi in the beginning just for him to be the NPC that runs the mini-game. I look forward to see how the internet will ruin this one like they did with the jump-rope leaderboards.
The Mario Tennis announcement was highly unexpected, at least for me. I’ve never played any of the Mario Tennis games, but this one looked really nice. The inclusion of a story mode was something I definitely wasn’t prepared for, and it ever so slightly raises my hopes for a proper Paper Mario sequel at some point in the Switch’s lifecycle.
Kirby Star Allies is looking better and better, and even though I’m not that into Kirby this entry may change my mind on that regard a bit.
Regarding Nindies, Fe looked really stunning and I’m anxious to play it. Had a little bit of that Unravel vibe to it. I was little unsure regarding Climb Mountains In Celeste, so I’m going to wait on it and see what the overall reception for it is.
Now on to the ports, and there were quite a few. Hyrule Warriors is getting a definitive edition which I’m sure quite a few people are amped up for. The World Ends With You is getting ported, which originally was a Nintendo DS title. I honestly hadn’t heard of it prior, but surprisingly it seems to have quite a decent following so I might be tempted to try it out once it releases.
Most of all I’m really psyched for the Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze port as I never played it on the Wii U. I always thought it looked really neat, and I’d hear people sing its praises a lot so I’m definitely looking forward to its release. The inclusion of Funky Kong as a character initially confused me as I thought he was very broken until I realized later on that he’s pretty much an “Easy Mode” setting for people that aren’t very used to playing games. So that’s a thoughtful addition for players that need it.
All in all, for a Nintendo Direct Mini this was quite jam-packed with some exciting announcements. This might even indicate a full-fledged Direct in the near future as they tend to follow the Minis. I could see a lot of people being a tad disappointed after seeing the rumors that amassed during the days that led up to it, but personally I expected less so I guess that helps.