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Nintendo Direct 9.13.17 – Speculation, Predictions & Wishful Thinking

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Intro:

A new Nintendo Direct is coming tomorrow and it’s reportedly focusing on the Switch’s next couple of months (Holiday Season) and the 3DS.  To have a little fun with this I decided to put together a little bit of what I think Nintendo is going to be announcing, and a lot of what I think they should be announcing.  I know there’s a lot of reasons why some of this stuff won’t happen, but I don’t think any of it’s too far fetched.

The Switch launch was a huge success, and unlike most successful system launches it was not during a holiday season.  Now 6 months later, it is my opinion that Nintendo needs to essentially re-launch and re-introduce the system to everyone for the holiday season.   Show us all what has gone so well, and what Switch owners have coming in the future, that’s what I hope to see from this Nintendo Direct

Sales/Success:

Nintendo should start off by hammering in the fact that the system has been a huge sales’ success so far and that the systems are flying off the shelf worldwide.  This past July the Switch outsold the PS4 and XBox One, it has also sold over 5 million units worldwide (1.5 million in Japan alone where thousands of people line up weekly to try and get one) and over 10million in software sales.

Games like Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and The Legend of Zelda: BOTW have all sold over a million copies (Splatoon 2 did it in 1 week!).  But even Third Parties such as Capcom and NISA have been very happy with the success of the sales on the Switch.  Nintendo should throw out all of this information in a concise way to just reiterate the fact that the Switch is doing good and developers are happy.   There is no need to worry about purchasing a Switch, this is not another Wii U.

Third Party Support

Transitioning from applauding the success of the Switch Hardware and Software sales, this would be a great time to announce some new third party support for the Switch and some details to recently announced games.   Some of the recently announced games we know of are: Resident Evil Revelations 1 & 2 and L.A. Noire, but wouldn’t it be great if we found a few more surprises from third parties?

These major third parties are just testing the waters, and most have had development tools for less than a year, so to expect brand new full fledged releases would be a little unrealistic at this point in my opinion.  I expect to see some more ports/remasters to get Switch owners through the next year before the major players really commit a big AAA project to the Switch.   They’ll want to try out their reliable sellers and gauge it on that, that’s why I’m expecting some more ports, and I’m all for playing some of these great games with portable functionality…this makes the Switch version more appealing to me than others.

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We know Capcom and Ubisoft have some unannounced games up their sleeves, and something like Mega Man Legacy Collection, or the Disney Afternoon Collection seems like a very easy port and cash grab to try out on the Nintendo fanbase.  Read the rest of this entry

Genesis Retro Mix Vol.1

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The First SEGA Genesis Mix was a 5 Game series with a bit of a random selection: X-Men 2: Clone Wars, Garfield: Caught in The Act, Super Street Fighter II, Rock ‘N’ Roll Racing and Greendog

X-Men 2 Clone Wars (Action) – I don’t remember ever playing this game but the first level in particular looks very familiar.  I have seen this on people’s Top 10 or Top 25 lists for SEGA Genesis games, and after playing it, that doesn’t surprise me.  The controls were very responsive and there was some cool level design and enemy patterns.  I was pretty impressed with the game even if I got frustrated and got a Game Over.  I made it up to Level 3-4 and died at the boss fight against Exodus.

Garfield: Caught in The Act (Platformer) – This game looks fun, and by watching the demo it seems like there are some cool levels to play, but this game is HARD.  And it wasn’t even a fun/challenging type of hard, it was very CHEAP.  I played this with my wife and we made it up to the boss of the first level, but couldn’t figure out if we were actually damaging it or not.  It was very frustrating and seemed to be very unforgiving and cheap.  I was pretty frustrated with it.   I’m going to look into seeing if I was doing something wrong, or if this game is actually that cheap.

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Resident Evil 6

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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Wii U)

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Most Wanted NES Games on Virtual Console

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Nintendo finally released Earthbound on the Virtual Console for Wii U, gamers have been demanding this ever since the Virtual Console system for the original Wii was announced.  This made me start to think of some of my most wanted Virtual Console games, specifically, ones that I think would possibly be overlooked.  I eliminated games that had been previously released on the Wii Virtual console, as they’re still available to be played on the Wii U.  Another factor in my “want” is the rarity of the physical copies, a few retro games carry a heavy price tag and a cheap Virtual Console release would be my better option. I tried to also figure out the odds of these games being released, based on different factors. Anyways, the following are my Most Wanted NES Games on Virtual Console.

Any games I’m overlooking or didn’t think of? Do you have a Most Wanted Virtual Console list?  Leave a Comment Below or Tweet @TheGamerPad

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Ducktales 2
– I wasn’t even aware of the existence of a Ducktales 2 until a few years ago, it was released late in the life of the NES and is actually a valuable/rare game that collector’s seek.  I’ve looked into it a few times and the price is usually $100+ for the cartridge alone.   Reviews were favorable of the game and said it’s more of the same as the original Ducktales (I don’t think that’s a bad thing).  Seeing how Capcom still has the video game rights to Ducktales, as they are publishing the remastered original, I think it’d be a great idea for them to re-release Ducktales 2 on Virtual Console.  A simple port of the NES title is all that is required, I would love to pick this up for $5 or so and play it on Wii U instead of spending $100+ for the NES cartridge right now.  This also puts money in Capcom’s pocket that they would not be making off the $100+ sale on eBay.

Odds of it happening – Highly Possible As mentioned before Capcom still has the publishing rights to Ducktales video game properties, and if the Remastered Ducktales turns out to be a success it’s possible they decide to re-release or remaster Ducktales 2 to further cash in on the success.

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Upcoming 2012 Releases – Part One

Every year I try to take a look at what games are expected to be released, then I figure out which ones I feel are must-buys.  I rank them usually on what I know will be good and warrant a day one purchase, what is worth renting first and what is worth waiting for a price drop.

Whenever I’m looking at my list of “must-have” games before E3, it seems short and affordable.  It isn’t until after E3 I figure out that my wallet is going to take a pretty steep hit.  With the 3DS starting to have more steady releases, the addition of a PS3 last year, and the release of Wii U this year…I’m expecting Q4 to be overwhelming.

The following list I’ve made is games that I plan to purchase pretty much the day they release.  They’re only in order of their expected release dates, not by how much I want them.

Kid Icarus Uprising (3DS) – March 23rd – Ever since Kid Icarus Uprising was announced I had the impression that this was the game to pick-up if you had a 3DS.  I could be way off in my assumption, but I feel like this is going to be the biggest franchise bounce-back since Metroid Prime.  Expectations of mine might be high, but I’m figuring this will be the kind of game that we will look back on for years to come and praise it as one of the best on the system (like we do with Metroid Prime on GameCube).  A lot of people love Nintendo, and a lot of people don’t, but I think this is a game that will be undeniably good to anyone that plays it.   Read the rest of this entry