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So, are we getting a 40-minute Nintendo Direct today (Tuesday)? That is unexpected good news. I thought they’d just talk about the Wii U port rumours, maybe have another short Zelda tease, and that would be it. But that’s the length of a E3 Direct from Nintendo!
I know it’s easy to get carried away by that fact, and it’s always better not to expect anything and not be disappointed, but we will surely hear about some new games as well. The only game scheduled for next year is Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2, so now would be the ideal time to reveal more new games. I have no idea what those would be, but there must be a lot more that Nintendo is planning and they’ll want to give people a good reason to invest in a new Switch come Christmas.
Even if that doesn’t happen, Breath Of The Wild 2 has to be a shoe in, I just don’t see how it doesn’t get at least a short sneak peek and I’m hoping for a lot more. After a desperately dull summer for game news and releases, I’m hoping this is the turning point, or at least a good day.
I watched the entire Ubisoft Forward over the weekend, but I really wish I hadn’t. I know some people are disappointed, but I’ve always been an Assassin’s Creed fan, and yet even though most of the show is about it, they managed to announce so many games and then not show any of them. That mobile game probably had the most images of them all!
There were very few other big announcements, mostly just DLC, and very little to get excited about. Ubisoft used to have a good balance between blockbuster sellers and more experimental games, but they don’t seem to do that anymore. I think getting Valiant Hearts back as a mobile game was kind of an effort, but where are the bigger budget experiments? We didn’t even get to see the sequel to Immortals.
I must say, too, that Skull And Bones looks completely interesting, and to be honest, it always has. Unless it’s a free game, which I don’t think it is, that game will go down without a trace. If only they had shown Beyond Good & Evil 2 or something that didn’t look like it just got spit out of a random video game generator.
I must say I was almost blown away by the Disney showcase event last Friday. It was certainly better than Ubisoft’s and probably all other pseudo-E3 shows. The only problem is that I personally wasn’t interested in much of what they were showing, but I can’t deny that they were at least trying. I might get the Black Panther game but I have to say I’ve never been a huge Uncharted fan and I guess that’s what it’s going to be but with a fresh coat of paint.
I’m curious to see if the new Castle Of Illusion game turns out any good, but I really wish they had revealed some Star Wars games in addition to the Lego DLC. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor has to be December now, but what about the rest? I think we will not see more of them until the celebration of Star Wars next April. I just hope it’s worth the wait.
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the greatest thing ever
Splatoon 3 is the best selling game in Japan, on something? I know you said it was big in there, but I had no idea it was that big, that’s crazy.
But if it’s so popular, why isn’t it more obvious? Sure, it’s not that popular here, but with that level of success you’d think Nintendo would make the most of it, with spin-offs, cameos, and such (they already have weapons, so why not put them in Mario + Rabbids?) .
Why wait five years for a sequel to identikit and why aren’t other developers, especially the Japanese ones, churning out copycats in droves? Maybe not the whole paintball thing, but at least some kind of online shooter game for the whole family – I can’t think of a single one in the seven years since Splatoon came out.
As much as you want
I read a story one of your writers wrote about video games taking a long time to beat. They said that games that took four to ten hours to complete would be better to play and more fun. I love AAA games that take a long time to win.
My friends in the game also feel the same as me.
CG: One of our readers wrote it, it was a reader feature.
I was very surprised to learn that the creators of Xenogears and the Xenosaga and Xenoblade games helped out with Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Skyward Sword, Pikmin 3, the recent Animal Crossing games, Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS, and all three Splatoons.
More than any acquisition by a major developer/publisher in the last two generations, I truly believe that Nintendo absorbing the Japanese RPG masters and utilizing their expertise across multiple Nintendo properties has been a monolithically complementary investment.
Those who have experienced the wondrous alien landscapes of Wii U’s ambitious gem Xenoblade Chronicles X should know that they went a long way towards creating the sheer scale and open-ended splendor of the world of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. And they are currently hard at work on Breath Of The Wild 2.
Super underrated developers, I would personally love Square Enix and Bandai Namco to give you their blessing to remaster previous works Xenogears, Namco Vs. Capcom, and Baiten Katos games.
CG: To be clear, they were just helping on a technical level, usually through one of their smaller studios (they have four).
Six games and nothing happens
Ubisoft’s showcase was a waste of time for Assassin’s Creed fans. No gameplay was shown and only a CGI trailer was shown.
It was all very vague and when the presenter asked when the next game would come out, the director just said 2023!
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Currently Playing: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Some good cards about Nintendo in the wake of Splatoon 3. I bought it over the weekend and it’s a great online game. I actually missed the second game that came to Switch some time after its release and while in many ways it’s just another good online shooter, it’s very polished and looks great for a Switch title. I always think that online titles can be a bit impenetrable if you’re late in the game’s lifespan, so releasing a new title, not just more DLC every now and then, to give it a new lease on life isn’t always something bad. .
As for Nintendo’s supposed creative malaise in general, I’ve always thought of the company as much more conservative than many others make it out to be. Everyone remembers the innovations, usually in hardware like the N64, Wii and now Switch, and then there are the mainline Mario and Zelda titles… games that really understand gaming and what it means to ‘play’ in a fundamental way. In the rest of the range though, I’d hardly call it a tour de force in creativity, you’ve had all the same franchises now except Splatoon for a long time, the games are great due to the high levels of polish and attention to detail.
There’s a reason you usually only get one franchise entry per hardware iteration and that’s because they need the new hardware to set the titles apart, either through more advanced technology or control gimmicks. Mario Kart and Smash Bros. are a good example of this, the games have barely changed from their originals, slowly becoming more technologically advanced with each title. Better look, more accuracy, more content… but no really new ideas. They don’t really need new ideas, just an upgrade to the latest hardware. I’m sure it will be the same when Mario Kart 9 comes out on Switch 2.
That’s why it seems strange to me that we haven’t seen new titles from F-Zero, Star Fox, Kid Icarus, etc. on Switch. The excuse of not having any new ideas that they came up with for F-Zero doesn’t really hold up, especially after Splatoon 3. Many Nintendo projects are driven by individual creators like Miyamoto, Sakurai, or Sakamoto. F-Zero and the others probably just don’t have fans in the company to push them forward.
Inbox also ran
Does anyone else hate using L3 to run? I always end up doing it by accident and then it never seems to work when I want it to. To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of clicking the analog stick at best, I’d rather have paddles on the back of the controller.
Have they stopped doing the stupid things of the present in Assassin’s Creed? That’s what put me off the most about the games, I thought they were just normal historical games.
This week’s hot topic
This weekend’s inbox topic was suggested by reader Gooch, who asked what your favorite fantasy video game is.
To be clear, that means anything with at least a vague Tolkien feel, as popularized by The Lord of the Rings, as well as low-fantasy settings like Game of Thrones, so there’s no need to have orcs and elves in that.
How attractive do you find these kinds of fantasy settings? Do they influence the games you are interested in, regardless of their game mode? What else do you think could be done with the concept, and what next-gen fantasy games are you most looking forward to?
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