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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

2016 – The Year of the Playstation 4

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Majority of my time gaming in 2015 was surprisingly spent on the Wii U.  Splatoon and Super Mario Maker were the two releases from 2015 that really got a lot of play time, but I played a lot of older releases too, especially in the summer.   There were a few months where I never even used my Playstation 4, it just collected dust.   Going into 2015, I would’ve never expected this.

My most anticipated PS4 game was Uncharted 4, and it had been delayed into 2016…I felt like there was no big holiday title, especially not exclusive for the Playstation 4.  In 2015 Bloodborne was a big release, but I could never get into it, I just did not like it.  Battlefield Hardline was a flop, The Order: 1886 was very fun but I was done with it entirely in 10 hours or less.  Batman Arkham Knight felt like more of the same, it wasn’t bad though but I only rented it and didn’t bother finishing.   A lot of other games did not feel like they were worth the full price and I knew they’d drop in price down the line.  I ended up picking up a few of them recently for cheap (Batman Arkham Knight, Mad Max, Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Dragon Quest Heroes, Tales of Zesteria, Until Dawn).   To be fair though, there were 2 games in particular I’m sure are great, I just never made the time for them. Those games are The Witcher 3 and Metal Gear Solid V.  I played some of Witcher 3 and it does seem fantastic, I hope to play more of those in 2016.

Now 2016 is here, I have some discounted backlogged titles from 2015 and it looks like the Playstation 4 has a strong line-up of releases for the year that will keep a Dual Shock 4 in my hands through the year.  The Wii U looks to be on it’s last legs, with only a few delayed 2015 titles coming out this year.  And the XBox One still hasn’t given me a reason to spend my money on it when I already have a Playstation 4.    The following is where I think a lot of my PS4 gaming will be spent.


Leftovers From 2015:

Batman Arkham Knight – I played through about half of this in the summer on a free rental but found myself bored before I could finish it.  I was able to recently purchase it for $15 new, I’m hoping to pick it back up and finish it this time.

Just Cause 3 – I’m currently about halfway through the 2nd Act, when I wrap up the story mode I’ll gauge how much time I want to spend pursuing side missions and trophies.  As of now I think I will re-sell this game shortly after I complete it.

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Mad Max – I recently bought this for $15, I’ve never played it before so I’m excited to check this out.  I’m hoping it’s a good game, it didn’t grab my interest enough to spend full price on it, now that it’s cheap it’s become something to play in 2016. Read the rest of this entry

Nintendo Direct (11/12/15) – Info & Opinion

 

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Last week Nintendo held it’s first Nintendo Direct in almost 6 months.  I tried to make predictions and expectations, some of them came true but the majority didn’t.  Speculating is half of the fun of these things though!  Anyways here is a re-cap of everything that was announced, new updates, new titles, new release dates, etc.  Plus some opinion thrown in there too!

 

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD w/Wolf Link amiibo – There were rumors already going around about the existence of a Twilight Princess HD remake. A lot of us thought it was going to be digital only, as a collector I’m glad to see it’s getting a physical release. I’m sure the bundled in amiibo is to help justify pushing the price up to $59.99 but it looks pretty cool so I’m not complaining!

Zelda Wii U Clip – Nothing much shown here, just re-confirmation that the next Zelda is still planned for the Wii U in 2016, maybe people will stop speculating that it’s going to be NX only now.

Tri Force Heroes Update – A new update releaseing on December 2nd was announced. This update will add the “Den of Trials” which is a new area with 30+ stages.   You and your team must defeat every enemy in the stage to advance, there will be checkpoints placed through the stages though.  Read the rest of this entry