By: Andrew Lister
Welcome to the latest installment of Tuesday Top Five! From time to time I'll be coming up with a Top 5 spanning a number of geeky topics. This week I'm tackling the upcoming Nintendo Direct presentation and what I'd most like to see revealed!
Last September, Nintendo released a Direct presentation that outlined key releases for 2017, including more information regarding games like Super Mario Odyssey and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. To accompany the big event, I provided my own predictions. I was correct about some of them (minus the inclusion of media apps), but last year I focused on safe bets. This time around, I'm going to go out on a limb and predict the top five things that I would like more than anything from this month's upcoming Nintendo Direct.
Nintendo fans know that the Direct was delayed due to the unfortunate earthquake that took place in Hokkaido, Japan. Because of the delay, many announcements that were meant to be revealed in the Direct have already come to light. I'll not address any of those in my own predictions.
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#5 - Surprising 3rd Party Titles
We already know about some big 3rd party offerings coming to Switch. Whether it's the Spiro collections, Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, or Megaman 11, the Switch is slowly receiving more and more support from other companies. That said, Nintendo could do more to entice 3rd parties other than Bethesda and Ubisoft to port their games over to the Switch.
And yes, I know that the Nintendo Switch is not as powerful as Sony or Microsoft's machines, but we have seen examples of some really awesome ports of modern games, such as FIFA or Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. Why can't Nintendo follow suit with some of the most anticipated games and allow us to play them on the go?
For example, why not make fighting game fans happy by releasing Soul Caliber VI on the Switch? We've seen games like Pokken Tournament and Dragon Ball Fighter Z make their way onto Nintendo's hybrid, so what is stopping Bandai Namco from doing the same with Soul Caliber?
While we're at it, let's satisfy the shooting game fans and get Battlefield V or the new Call of Duty on the Switch. I may not be a fan of them, but we've seen how the gyroscopic aiming has improved games like Doom and Splatoon 2. This would turn more traditional, clunky aiming from consoles into something more fluid and realistic.
And why stop there? Let's really aim high and see Fallout 76, Darksiders III, or Kingdom Hearts III make an appearance on Nintendo's platform. Sure, it would be a challenge, but if Panic Button can bring Doom Eternal and Warframe over and make them playable, I have faith that other companies can do the same.
#4 - Nintendo Online Surprises
The Nintendo Online Service launches this month. As of right now, we have a basic idea of how the service will run. Obviously, you will be able to play games online, which has been free up until it launches. There will be a library of NES games with added online functionality, allowing players to essentially pass the controller or play cooperative games at the same time. Also, we'll be able to back up our saved data via the nebulous "cloud."
For just $20 a year, it's hard to complain about what you'll be getting (even if there are a lot of people doing just that). While these are enticing features, I think Nintendo could really knock this part of their Direct out of the park with a few added surprises.
First, I think it's about time to ditch the idea of using your phone to use voice chat for games like Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Nintendo needs to work with Discord or come up with their own system to allow chatting via the system itself.
On top of that, I think they should outline new monthly releases of classic games. Sure, I love the NES and have all kinds of fond memories playing it growing up, but without a Virtual Console on Switch, Nintendo Online can become the new replacement for those looking to feed their nostalgia. Tell us the titles or at least how many games we can expect each month. Give us more than NES and dip into the SNES, N64, Gamecube, and handheld libraries. If they do this, Switch Online subscriptions will sell themselves.
Finally, give us some or all of the small things we've been begging for since the Switch launched. Give us options for themes or backgrounds. Revamp the online store to make it easier to navigate. Allow us to stream Netflix, YouTube, Twitch, and Amazon Prime. And most importantly, give us access to exclusive content, such as...
#3 - Smash Bros. Ultimate Playable Demo
Nothing would initially sell the Nintendo Online Service more than releasing a playable online demo for the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game. Tell your rabid Smash Bros. fanbase that if they sign up for Nintendo Online, they can download a demo to play the game and try out the characters, and everyone will inevitably do so.
I don't really have much else to say here. They can continue this trend in the same way they've done with other great games. We've seen the likes of Splatoon 2, ARMS, and Mario Tennis come out with playable demos. Make this an exclusive perk to Nintendo Online subscribers, and watch the yen just pile up.
#2 - Gameplay of Metroid Prime 4
I know this one might be a little unlikely, but I think it's time that we get more information concerning Metroid Prime 4. The last time we heard anything about the game was at E3 2017. Yes, it's been over a year since the teaser trailer, which only consisted of a placeholder logo.
I've personally never been that big of a fan of the series, but I understand how much their fans would love a new game. Also, there are some really cool visual and gameplay possibilities with the leaps in technology since Metroid: Other M or Metroid Prime 3. Seeing how much Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey redefined the gameplay and visuals of their respective series, I can say with confidence that we'll see the same treatment for Metroid.
The game may not be ready until the holiday season of 2019 or even into 2020, but it's time to see more than just the logo. Also, they could cash in now if right after the reveal they announce an HD remake of the original three Metroid Prime games. It won't happen, but it sure would make a lot of people happy if it did.
#1 - Animal Crossing Switch
Last year I predicted that we'd get a massive surprise at the end of the Direct. While we did get some big news on some of the most beloved games out right now, Nintendo missed out on a lot of other good opportunities to leave their audience with a lasting impression. That's not to say that the big Super Mario Odyssey reveal wasn't interesting, but this time around they need something big and surprising to end their showcase.
My suggestion (once again this year) is Animal Crossing.
I cannot tell you the number of hours that I have sunk into Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS. Even though the series started on traditional consoles, it thrived on handhelds. The Switch would bring the best of both worlds for the game. We'd be able to live in a much bigger town with more to do, and we could play it both on the big screen and take it on the go. What's not to get excited about?
It may be a much more casual experience than Metroid Prime 4, but like Pokemon, Animal Crossing will bring over the 3DS audience and sell systems. Please, Nintendo, I'm begging you: grant my wish and let me create my own city and befriend the best ever bear boy, Kody.
We'll be back sometime soon for another Tuesday Top 5 article! Don't forget to check out the upcoming Nintendo Direct presentation, which can be found on Nintendo's YouTube Channel sometime this week! Be sure to check back and let us know what you think about my predictions in the comments below and/or on our Discord! What do YOU most want to see, or what are your reactions to the presentation once it happens?
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