Within the next 24 hours Nintendo will release it’s first Nintendo Direct since E3 and the first one since Satoru Iwata passed away. This is the longest gap between Nintendo Directs since they started. I figured this was a good time to try and speculate on what is going to be discussed and announced.
New Super Smash Bros DLC/Character – The ballots recently closed for voting on a new character for Super Smash Bros on Wii U & 3DS, so I’m guessing Nintendo will be announcing the results. My guess is that Shovel Knight will be the new announced character, Yacht Club Games campaigned for it, their is an amiibo coming out soon and Nintendo “accidentally” listed Smash Bros support for the Shovel Knight amiibo. Based on other rumors and opinions if Shovel Knight isn’t the winner then I’m guessing it’s King K. Rool or a character from previous Smash Bros games.
Other DLC – Nintendo would’ve loved to have had Star Fox Zero out for the holidays but it got pushed back, they can’t rush out a new retail game to fill-in for Star Fox but maybe they could surprise us with new Mario Kart DLC. Maybe even Mario Kart DLC with a Star Fox character (or two), a Star Fox theme course, a Landmaster Kart and Arwing Kart (or Glider). This sounds too cool and makes too much sense, as it would help hype me up for a new Star Fox just like those F-Zero courses have me itching for a new F-Zero. Read the rest of this entry
Nintendo first introduced the Amiibo’s at E3 in June 2014, and just recently released them (in the United States) in November 2014 alongside Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Until shortly before the release, it wasn’t exactly clear what the purpose of the Amiibos were, and how they would interact with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and other games. Even after their release, I still don’t have a full understanding of their functionality and their purpose. Nintendo has yet to explain how they’re going to work with already released software like Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker and upcoming releases like Kirby and The Rainbow Curse, Mario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Wooly World. Kirby and The Rainbow Curse is due out February 13, 2015, almost 3 months from the release of the first wave of Amiibos, which includes a Kirby Amiibo. It seems odd that Nintendo would sell the Kirby Amiibo shortly before the release of a Kirby game that supports Amiibos, without explaining how they’ll be used. I’m actually somewhat skeptical if Nintendo knows what they plan they do to them. If Nintendo handles Amiibo correctly, they could actually make up for any lackluster sales of hardware and software related to the Wii U, so it is important for them to get this correct.
I don’t have any problems with the physical quality of the Amiibo’s but without better functionality, I think the price of them is currently too high. I know that the quality of the Amiibo protoypes showcased at E3 are better than the actual manufactured releases, but they do feel very solid (Marth’s sword is a little flimsy). The figures now include props/stands such as Link’s yellow pole and WiI Fit Trainer’s clear boot, these make the figures a little less appealing but it doesn’t ruin them. I am curious to know why they chose yellow for Link’s stand instead of a clear color. Nintendo franchises are my favorites and I already have some non-Amiibo Nintendo figures, so I am someone that want’s to like Amiibos. But I don’t want to spend $13 on all 41+ characters from Smash Bros just because I’m a collector and fan of Nintendo, I want to get more out of their functionality. Read the rest of this entry