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GoNintendo 'End of Day' thought - How do you feel about Nintendo Direct events?



Man, am I spent. Three Nintendo Direct events and a scattered sleep schedule because of them, it sure takes a toll. I'm off to get some much-needed rest, but I sure hope you enjoyed the coverage! See you in a few, short hours!

Nintendo is making a concerted effort to bring Nintendo fans around the world more information. That info pertains to games, apps, and basic hardware information. While Nintendo is usually a very quiet company, they've seemed to open up a lot more since they started their Nintendo Direct events.

I don't know about you, but I feel like Nintendo just can't stop pumping out Nintendo Direct events! Every few weeks we have another Nintendo Direct to look forward to. Sometimes Nintendo lets us know about these events a few days in advance. Other times, we learn about them just a few hours before they air. It can be hard to stay on-top of all these events!

On top of that, there are different Nintendo Direct events for each region! Sometimes we just get an event for Japan, but other times we get the triple threat of NA/EU/Japan. Throw all those into the same day and you can quickly fill up your head with all sorts of Nintendo news. It's certainly a lot to process in one day!

I thought I'd reach out to you guys and see what you thought of Nintendo's Nintendo Direct features in general. Do you watch them live as they air, or do you hang back and check them out when you have a more opportune moment? Do you find the events to provide info that you enjoy and are interested in, or are you baffled as to why Nintendo shows some of the content they do? What would you change about the presentations to make for a better overall experience? Leave a comment and fill us in.

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06 Dec 2012 07:33

I really want to like Nintendo Direct. I think it's a good concept, dishing out info in little bits at a time. However, I always come away disappointed because they devote too much time to crap I don't care about. Google maps? Why are you showing me this when I want to see what Retro is working on? I guess it's no different than their last few E3 press events. Instead of one big heap of disappointment in summer, it's constant smaller doses of disappointment dished out year-round. I guess Nintendo simply isn't the company I want them to be anymore.
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06 Dec 2012 07:56

They are superb. No other company does it to my knowledge.
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06 Dec 2012 07:56

Fire Emblem alone makes the entire thing worth it.
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06 Dec 2012 08:20

There nice, but I'm ready to to start lowering expectations. The number of megatons is few and far between.

But as stated above, Fire Emblem release date made it worth it.
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06 Dec 2012 08:39

i like them , the community brought that onto itself because the goal is clearly to show their messages without being distorted by the usual "nintendo is doomed" field . The same one that can make an individual truly believe that miyamoto just announced to him and no one else that he's going to retired . It's clear that nintendo never received the same amount of coverage for the last ten years , and it's also clear that any games intended for the ps360 on the other hand will receive massive positive coverage . So that's the way it is , but even this blog is not devoid of the chicken little syndrome
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06 Dec 2012 08:57

For the most part I like them but they tend to recycle what we already know with some added new morsels to it.

I still would really like to see the return of Space World though.
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06 Dec 2012 10:03

They need less of them, less often, but more packed.
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06 Dec 2012 10:35

coffeewithchess wrote:Just for clarification, Bayonetta 2 was not at a Nintendo Direct, right? That was at the Nintendo Wii U press conference back in September.

Right. Bayonetta 2 was announced twice on September 13th. First at a Japanese event called the Wii U Launch Presentation (often confused for a Nintendo Direct) and then shortly later in the American press conference you're referring to. Bayonetta 2 has never actually appeared at a Nintendo Direct.
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06 Dec 2012 10:51

I enjoy and appreciate them. Usually I just read the bullet points but last night after work I got to enjoy it on my Wii U. I was really impressed with how good Pikmin 3 looks.
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06 Dec 2012 11:12

I like Nintendo Direct events. It allows Nintendo to regularly give out news and information about their games and systems, which we pretty much never got previously. Better to have some news than no news, right?
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06 Dec 2012 11:32

Nintendo directs CAN be fun when Nintendo does something interesting in them. But alas they are very hit and miss. They're just sorta boring. That's why I just read the bulletins RMC posts about them instead of watching them.
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06 Dec 2012 11:42

It would be nice to see Regginator do some of the fun stuff Japan does like the Legos and Pikmin But I guess that's why he does the phrases; maybe that's his thing. As far as info is concerned I like hearing what Nintendo is doing as a whole. Some fans feel its a tease because Japan gets all the good stuff.
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06 Dec 2012 11:55

It would probably benefit them and everyone else if they just stuck to a regular schedule for Nintendo Directs Maybe monthly or something. It would allow more packed and relevant info and been regular enough that it kept fans interested. It would also allow more time for bigger announcements to be included as there's probably quite a fair amount goes on month to month.
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06 Dec 2012 12:15

I like the fact that they exist, lol.

Most of them are cluttered with information that's not all that important so they feel like wasted opportunities. If they removed that obstacle, we'd be left with funny, informative videos that come directly from the head honcho himself. Who wouldn't want that?!
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06 Dec 2012 12:25

I don't watch them very often--they usually air while I'm at work, so I just skim through the bullet points when I get a chance most of the time.

But they can be fun, and I do appreciate the effort on Nintendo's part to give us info this way!
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06 Dec 2012 12:52

I used to be really excited about them, because they typically only had them for HUGE announcements. Now, they use them for even smaller stuff, like even announcing a few dlc levels for a game. So I'm not so excited about them anymore. But I still like them, and I'm glad Nintendo's making a convenient and frequent system for announcing things.
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06 Dec 2012 13:11

I like 'em, they're good for getting out small bits of info.

What I dislike is that some people get their hopes up way too high and expect these little things to be the equivalent of an E3 press conference. I highly doubt they'd "waste" an E3-type megaton for a small informational video, so quit expecting a random Nintendo Direct in December will suddenly be where we'll get the first trailer for Retro's new game or something. Just go into it expecting some nice little details about the games we know are coming. I suppose the most one can expect is maybe the confirmation on the localization of a game or two, but nothing along the lines of "here's the first trailer for Super Mario Kingdom!"
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06 Dec 2012 13:26

I like them because it's better than having to wait 3-4 months between the major conferences/conventions to get any information. I'm already looking forward to how they'll use it for the upcoming Smash Bros games because, while the Dojo was fun to follow, it was like Chinese Water Torture at times waiting for trailers/major announcements.
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06 Dec 2012 13:30

One of my biggest complaints about Nintendo in the past is how tight-lipped they were with information. We'd have to wait usually until larger gaming events for even tidbits of information on their games - announced or otherwise - and it was sort of frustrating. I love the Nintendo Direct videos because not only do they trickle out information and make the wait for these games much easier, they also focus a little more on some third party content. And obviously, that's something Nintendo NEEDS to do this time around.

So yeah. I'm all for them.

To answer your question, I watch them live if I'm awake and they're on at a reasonable time, but if I miss them, I don't lose any sleep. That's what I've got GoNintendo for!
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06 Dec 2012 13:48

If these continue having at least some sort of new reveal then even if 99% of it is a snorefest like usual then I'll still look forward to them. Now as much as I'm looking forward to Pikmin 3 and the others showing off new footage isn't a reveal. Now revealing there's free DLC of known coming DLC for Razor's Edge is a reveal because it involves release date and price =D

Also keep it entertaining like Lego Iwata. Also those Mii Masks.. .. TAKE MY MONEY!! Tip NOA.. put some emotion in your reading! It sounds like Apple apologizing to Samsung outside of the US. "i know you're excited for the new iphone 5s releasing a few months after you just bought your 5, but in even more exciting news we were wrong about Samsung ripping our ideas and like to announce they're taking some of our market share with their non-ripped off cellphone designs. yay.".. .. seriously..
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06 Dec 2012 14:40

In general I do like the Nintendo Directs and try to watch them live when I can however sometimes the Nintendo Directs feel near pointless. This past one feels more like the ladder, much of the content was already known stuff with a few dates here and there.

With that said, I'm really looking forward to the future of the Wii U and 3DS!
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06 Dec 2012 15:00

I like them quite a bit. I have my expectations in the right place and always come out informed or at the very least entertained.

Although I must admit, it is also pretty entertaining to read the comments afterwards. Like others have alluded to already, some people expect these things to announce F-Zero U or a new Star Fox. These people don't understand the concept of a Nintendo direct. Sure sometimes we get an announcement of The Last Story or Xenoblade coming to America (was it both or just one of them?) but really, expect the big dogs for E3.

The funniest was last night when people expected a megaton during Japan's MINI event.
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06 Dec 2012 17:20

i like them. they're not usually earth-shattering, but they're light-hearted and entertaining, and have enough info to make them worthwhile.
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06 Dec 2012 18:40

i enjoy them. i'd rather look forward to the games coming out during the next few months, than just having only E3.
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07 Dec 2012 03:56

I enjoy them. Especially the Japan ones (since they offer more).

As for North America, we need moarrrr!

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