Nintendo defied expectations at the moment with an E3-timed Direct exhibiting off not the hoped-for new Swap however a dozen or so new video games — in addition to a normal launch window for the much-anticipated subsequent Zelda recreation. And to have a good time the unique’s 35th anniversary, it would promote a brand new Recreation & Watch that includes the primary three video games within the sequence.
Amongst different issues, Nintendo confirmed off remasters or remakes of titles from the “Monkey Ball,” “Mario Celebration,” “Advance Wars, “Wario Ware” and different sequence, and introduced new entries within the “Mario + Rabbids” and “Shin Megami Tensei” worlds. Different newly introduced or teased video games can be making it to Swap as properly, like the brand new “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Maybe most shocking was the inclusion of a brand new side-scrolling Metroid recreation, the primary in practically 20 years — and actually, it has been out and in of improvement for half that point. “Metroid Dread,” the fifth within the mainline sequence that started on the NES, will launch October eight, and we’ll see if Nintendo has managed to maintain tempo in a style it pioneered however others have refined.
Everybody hoped for Zelda information, nevertheless, and Nintendo… solely barely dissatisfied us. Because the announcers famous, it’s the 35th anniversary of the NES authentic, and the right time to announce one thing really particular, however they’ve “no campaigns or different Nintendo Swap video games deliberate.”
As an alternative, they supplied an admittedly tempting Recreation & Watch within the model of the one we noticed launched final yr for the Mario sequence. I had a number of good issues to say about that machine, and the brand new one will little question be simply as enjoyable. The flexibility to pause the sport and choose it up later (however not rewind or save states) ought to make for a enjoyable, genuine playthrough of the primary three video games within the Zelda sequence: “The Legend of Zelda” and “Zelda II: The Journey of Hyperlink” for NES, and “Hyperlink’s Awakening” for Recreation Boy (lately remade).
The final merchandise on the listing was a brand new take a look at the follow-up to Breath of the Wild, which years after its debut nonetheless shines as one of many, if not the, greatest recreation on the Swap. Its sequel has loads to dwell as much as!
Whereas the primary trailer was all cinematic, this one confirmed gameplay and the overworld, together with a brand new degree of verticality that brings flying fortresses and castles within the air into play. It definitely appears spectacular, however one wonders how a lot additional the corporate can push its Swap . In any case, “Breath of the Wild” pushed the system to its limits at its debut, and even then it was not as highly effective as its rivals from Microsoft and Sony — each now changed by a brand new era.
One hopes that Nintendo is solely being bizarre and has a trick up its sleeve, because it has many instances earlier than. The Swap was introduced out of nowhere, and former updates have additionally dropped with little or no warning and seemingly arbitrary timing. What’s anticipated is an up to date Swap that’s bodily the identical dimensions however significantly up to date inside and utilizing a bigger, higher show. Good backwards compatibility, like with the 3DS sequence of handhelds, additionally appears solely logical. However Nintendo has all the time carried out its personal factor and its followers wouldn’t have it another means.