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Next Nintendo Direct

I can't wait until the next Nintendo Direct. I don't have too many hard core Nintendo friends out there to discuss hopes/predictions for the next direct. So I am going to post what my hopes/predictions are in hopes that I can have a discussion with you all about the inevitable hopefully April Nintendo Direct.
Predictions:
Switch
-Release Dates to pad out the rest of the year for Arms, Splatoon 2, Xenoblade 2, Super Mario Odyssey, Fire Emblem Warriors, Project Octopath Traveler, and Skyrim.
-Information on the upcoming roll out or Zelda BotW DLC.
-Virtual Console News (NES, SNES, N64) to start with.
-Information on the online structure.
3DS
-Release Dates for Detective Pikachu, Bye Bye Boxboy, and Lady Layton.
-Fire Emblem for both Warriors and Valentia as well as information and upcoming DLC plans for both games.
Hopes
Switch
-Virtual Console games announced (NES, SNES, N64, GCN, GB/GBC, & GBA and they carry over from Wii U/3DS with a $1.00 upcharge.
-3rd parties jump on board and announce upcoming games (Resident Evil 7, Tales of Berseria, Kingdom Hearts 1.5/2.5/2.8, Mass Effect, Batman Trilogy, Batman Tell Tale, Persona 5, Final Fantasy XV, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Tomb Raider. I know that Tales of Berseria/Persona 5 are long shots in fact probably all of the games I mentioned are probably long shots.
-Online system update that includes patch for achievement/trophy system.
3DS
-New Golden Sun game.

berrix
Thu Mar 30 17 06:40pm
Rating: 1

I don't think we'll get a traditional, all-inclusive Nintendo Direct before E3. Since Iwata's passing, it seems the new president is dead set on getting the bigger market share they once had. Which is a good thing in its entirety, but I am certain he curtailed the traditional Directs back simply due to timing.

If we do get a Direct before E3, we'll probably see something in form of something more, for a lack of a better wording, direct to a franchise or piece of Nintendo's plans. My money would be betted on 3DS eShop future releases, with some announcement about the last BOXBOY! game and its amiibo's future in the states.

I actually do expect a 'normal' Direct before E3, and probably very soon at the start of April, I feel. They will of course wanna give ARMS a lot of focus, being their new IP, and I think a Direct would talk a lot about ARMS, and some reminders for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, some things about the upcoming 3DS Titles (Ever Oasis, Pikmin 3DS), and more footage of Fire Emblem Warriors, Switch and 3DS footage. I'd also expect at least something about Zelda's upcoming DLC, if only just a teaser.

A new Splatoon 2 Trailer would be possible, to keep it's momentum going. A few Third Party games footages and reveals, and then end it with a 'ARMS Testfire' thing in the upcoming weeks.

That'd make for a good Direct without taking away much from E3.

mr_ry
Fri Mar 31 17 07:21pm
Rating: 1

If a direct is coming soon-soon, I'm expecting it'll be more a reminder of 3DS games with maybe a little of bit of Switch reassurance. I think they should save their ammo for E3 week. I'm more interested to see how they'll do E3 this year with more games and other stuff in the pipeline than in years past.

blade_master
Fri Mar 31 17 11:58pm
Rating: 2

I agree with MR_RY.

While I've been a HUGE fan of the directs, we are close enough to E3 that I don't want one. I would rather have a strong E3 presentation where they can really take advantage of the large public interest in the switch to blow the doors off.

I will say though, a "Spring Release + 3DS Future" Oriented Direct would be nice. Focusing on whatever small details they may have on Mario Kart, giving us an info dump about ARMS, maybe something Splatoon related, a little more info on the FE Warriors game and a tiny teaser of a future game to be revealed properly at E3. And then just detailing what the 3DS plans for 2017 are, because I want them to get that out of the way so they don't waste too much time on it at E3.

I agree that we probably won't have one being so close to E3 but I hope they do because a lot of smaller games and VC/Online updates for the Switch will be buried with all of the other E3 news. I know that they need to hold most of their bigger announcements but the smaller games and updates on announced games would be a blip on the E3 hype train. I have never been this excited in my gaming life since I was a kid who just got my NES and SNES then I have been for the Switch. I am so hungry for more information and I just can't wait.

mr_ry
Wed Apr 05 17 05:28pm
Rating: 2

I can understand that. Although a part of me want to see them maximize the Switch hype train by going all out during E3 week. I know the feeling that E3 isn't as big as it used to be but it can't be denied that many eyes are on the gaming industry during this time. I kinda want to see the same approach that they took for the Wii U back in 2012. Have a pre-E3 direct a couple of days before their usual timeslot and then go back to a live stage presentation. They can use the pre-E3 direct to go over details for their online service, VC games, OS upgrades, etc. The stage time will be for the release dates of big games and third party announcements. They can also do a separate presentation for 3DS games at the Treehouse. That's what I want to see but I wouldn't be opposed if they release new details for some of those stuff in a direct sometime this month or even May.

I think you just about summed up exactly what I want to see as well. Throw in a tournament of some kind like they have been having along with Treehouse streaming games after the presentation and into Wednesday and that would be a pretty good way to structure E3.

I think we have a greater chance for this to happen with Kimishima. He seems to have the company a lot more focused on utilizing major events (such as the super bowl) and less so on trying to make their own hype (with Directs).

I really do feel it is about 'time' for a Direct. It worries me a bit since we are getting Splatoon news so much now. Which is awesome by itself, but I feel it is time for at least one new game announcment (in a Direct) before E3. If no Standard-Direct, then we should at least get a ARMS Direct, right?

Plus they have to reveal the three amiibo that were leaked.

That too. As well as restocks of all the recent Zelda Amiibo (right, Nintendo?!). I just want some new news overall right now, haha. With the Switch launch hype dying down, there is not that much known to be hyped for, so a Direct would be very good right about now.

We at least need one (or a PR) confirming VC plans and the new amiibo. The Switch is starting to run dry on content and this would be a good time to confirm it.

berrix
Mon May 22 17 06:48pm
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Run dry? Dude, this is usually the thing that happens before Summer. Almost every system suffers thin UNLESS they had a game to hype for years (see, KH3 and FF7). Usually if they're focusing on the coming year, it usually does pittle out till the next announcement at either E3 or some other major games-related convention of sorts (like PAX or Gamescom).

EDIT: Not sure why I saw this recently, just noticed the timestamps.

Mon May 22 17 08:55pm
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I dunno, I've had plenty to play on my PS4 lately to the point my backlog is massive on it. Puyo Puyo Tetris, Kingdom Hearts 1.5/2.5, DARIUSBURST, the PS plus games and a ton of the stuff that's on sale. Granted, I bought the system when it was several years old, but even my freaking 3DS gave me a lot of enjoyment when June came around and the VC opened. Sure, the Switch has more quality retail games out, but if most are multiplatform ports that I can get for systems that support achievements, (sans Disgaea 5 as the devs built them into the Switch version) I'm gonna get it for my PS4 (as I did with puyo.)

It's just frustrating when so far we've had Zelda, Mario Kart, lots of multiplats, obscure but good gems like KAMIKO and Soldam Bloom Declaration, and the hordes of Street Fighter Clones from the NEOGEO, despite the real deal coming out this week. (not to mention that even the best non-clone fighters like Garou and KOF are already out now, which should hopefully mean Hamster stops with the fighters and focuses on genres with replay value.)

Honestly, the only major retail game that I think is worth a buy on switch to have come out since launch is Disgaea 5, since it's filled with content and is pretty much perfect for the Switch's handheld nature. (since 3/4 got vita ports that were done well, and 5 is following suit) That's why I'm really bummed the GCN on launch day rumor didn't happen because a lot of the rumored games had tons of depth that would give me reason to play my switch as much as I did with my Wii U back in the day. (I still play my 3DS as well, though that has to do with a lot of new games like FE Echoes)

So yeah, as far as I'm concerned unless you skipped the Wii U and don't buy much for other consoles, the Switch's library is rather dry now, and won't be un-dry until August/September when/if they announce any games with lots of content for that period. (Hopefully FE Warriors gets dated for August) I get what their new focus is (and it IS better than the Wii U's empty Nov-April Period) but it's pretty darn annoying to say the least.

I was only speaking of the NEW games drought. Which happens across the board.

When you have a backlog, the complaint is rendered moot. Though I am still baffled that people will opt for alternative game version purely on achievements.

The only multiplatform games I DON'T get on PS4 over switch are the Arcade archives games, since their achievements/trophies on other systems offer nothing of value at all and are insanely easy to obtain, only being there due to the platform holders require them. That along with the fact that they feel nice on the Switch despite the low amount of quality rereleases makes those games worth a buy in my book.

The reason I go after achievement-supporting titles is because in most cases it gives the player extra things to do that isn't shown in the main game, and for a lot of the ones I play at least some of them can be a good, unique challenge, while in some other cases they just come if you aim for 100% completion. Obviously not everyone cares for these, and with them being totally optional that's fine, but when two versions of a game are the same price yet only one supports achievements... I'll grab that version if the achievements add to the replay value.

It would be a wise move for Nintendo to wait a couple of days until the Scorpio buzz calms down a bit and attack the gamers with a new Direct. They need some announcements before E3, it's 2,5 months away!

Please new f-zero, please new f-zero, please new f-zero, please new f-zero!
New shiny HD graphics with online play. I can dream Sad.

Though online for F-zero is almost a given. An 8-player LAN feature would be boss on it.

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