By: Andrew Lister
Welcome to the next 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!
The rumor mills started last week about a potential Nintendo Direct presentation coming sometime this week. When I heard about said Reddit rumor, I wasn't expecting much in the way of truth. Nintendo has already released a ton of games and information lately, so what else could they talk about so closely removed from E3?
Well, I'm glad to say that I was completely wrong. A brand new Nintendo Direct is dropping on Wednesday, September 13th at 6 pm EST, 3 pm PT. Nintendo stated that we'll get information regarding the next several months of games, and it's almost certain that they will focus on their upcoming massive title Super Mario Odyssey.
Given the fact that their Direct will be 45 minutes long (much longer than their E3 presentation, by the way), just how are they going to fill all that time? My mind has been brewing and formulating lots of great possibilities, but below are my Top 5 most desired announcements from the Big N!
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#5 - Media Apps
You all should know by now just how much I love my Nintendo Switch. I have been overwhelmed by the number of amazing and fun games that have come out in the last six months. In short, it's a great console!
That being said, there's still something really important missing that is keeping me turning on my PS4 more than my Switch, and that's media applications.
It's become standard for gaming systems to come with a number of multimedia services. Whether it's Netflix or Hulu for television and movies or Spotify or Pandora for streaming music, gaming systems should be able to do more than just play games.
The Nintendo 3DS and Wii U had streaming apps, and Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has promised Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon in the near future. If they're going to announce these releases, this Direct would be the perfect time. It doesn't seem like much, but it's something that would help push the console for those still on the fence that love to binge some television shows.
#4 - More Pokemon Information
Pokemon has a lot of great games coming by the end of this year to Nintendo's consoles. We have a total of three games (technically 5) coming by the end of the year. This month we will get to play Pokken Tournament on the go for Nintendo Switch as well as relive two of the best games in the Pokemon series, Gold and Silver for the 3DS. On top of that, we can also look forward to November's big Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the alternate timeline follow up to last year's entry in the franchise.
Also, you cannot forget about the blockbuster announcement at E3 that there is a mainline Pokemon game being produced for the Nintendo Switch. Yes, we are getting Pokemon in glorious 1080p and 60 fps.
Even with more electricity built up than a room full of voltorbs, several unanswered questions remain. My hope is that this Nintendo Direct clears up some really important information.
First of all, what exactly can we expect from Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon? We haven't gotten a whole heck of a lot about these two games, and they launch in about two months. We can assume by the game titles that the concept of the Ultra Beasts from the game will play a key role, and we've seen the photos of the two legendary Pokemon, Solgaleo and Lunala, with alternative forms. Aside from that, we've seen a lazy redesign of lycenroc, and that's about it. This Nintendo Direct would be a great place to give us a clearer message of the game's story and new Pokemon that we can get excited for.
On top of the upcoming 3DS game, I would absolutely geek out if we received any news regarding the Pokemon Switch title. I'm not holding my breath, but some concept art or discussion of the style the game will take would really stir up some excitement. Don't expect a release date or any actual footage as I'm sure it's very far off in the future, but a little information here could go a long way.
#3 - More 3rd Party Support
One of the biggest downfalls for Nintendo over the last decade has been the lack of true 3rd party support. It's the Achilles' heel for the company, and it's been a rallying cry of opposition for both supporters and haters of their systems. The Wii U saw the depth of a complete dearth of non-Nintendo games, and that furthered the system's problems.
Things haven't been so grim for Nintendo since the Switch's launch in March. The system has embraced indie developers and made many of these companies a lot of money and notoriety. Perhaps the success of "Nindies" has given hope to more established 3rd party companies to test the waters on the brand new system.
Take a look at some of the companies that have come on board already. EA and 2K games are bringing FIFA, NBA 2K17, and WWE 2K17. Bethesda is porting Skyrim over to Nintendo, and we can soon play a sprawling RPG on the go. Even Rockstar recently announced that their remaster of L.A. Noire will not only come to PS4 and XBox1, but also to the Switch.
Sure, you could argue that we're just getting a lot of ports, but if these games sell well, it could mean that these companies will be willing to bring their current games to Nintendo or develop their own titles for the hardware. Look no further than Ubisoft and their fusion of Mario and rabbids to prove the 3rd parties can come up with something new and really fun to play.
So during this Nintendo Direct, don't be surprised if we get one or two announcements of other 3rd party companies bringing games to Nintendo's new hybrid.
#2 - Release Dates
We know that a bunch of games are coming to the Switch, but we don't know exactly when. If there's any one thing on this list that we're bound to get, it's a slough of release dates for some of the biggest games headed to the system.
I could go on and on about all the games without release dates, but instead I'll focus on the ones that I'm most interested in.
When it comes to indie titles, I'm not alone in wanting to know when I can get my mobile supernatural farming on by playing Stardew Valley on Switch. Also, I'd love to finally try Rocket League, and I'm waiting for its release for Nintendo. Better late than never, right? And then there's Golf Story, a game just revealed on the Nindies presentation, but one that I'm far more excited to play than I should be.
Of course, don't forget about Skyrim. It's coming out this year, but when? I'm guessing sometime in November, and hopefully it's later in the month to allow me a chance to play enough of Mario Odyssey first. Speaking of RPGs, I'm curious when Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will release. I'm not a fan of the series, but I am interested in seeing the reviews. It's supposed to come out before the end of the year, but it feels like they're cutting it close.
Finally, it would be awesome if we get some dates for 2018. I'd love to get dates for games like the new Pokemon and Metroid Prime 4, but I understand that we definitely will not. That being said, it would be cool to have an idea when to expect the new Yoshi or Kirby game. If we get one of these in January, I'd be stoked!
#1 - A Massive Surprise
Nintendo's E3 presentation blew the gaming world away with some of its big reveals. We got information about a Pokemon main game for the Switch, a lot of cool reveals for Super Mario Odyssey, and the announcement of Metroid Prime 4. So how can Nintendo create a similar media buzz? Announce a brand new game that we didn't see coming!
So what games could create some real excitement for Nintendo fans and gamers in general? I can think of quite a few possibilities.
I love Animal Crossing. I was so upset when I lost my favorite town member on Animal Crossing New Leaf, I stopped playing for months. I went to eBay to purchase an Amiibo card just to force him into moving back. Oh, Kody...I missed you so much...
Where was I? Oh yeah, Animal Crossing. Right. Getting a new Animal Crossing on the Switch would fill my nostalgia for playing on the big screen during the days of the Gamecube and allow me to decorate my house and town on the go like I've always done on the 3DS!
Rumor has it that there may be a brand new Switch game being developed by Rare. Perhaps we could see a brand new Donkey Kong game? Banjo-Kazooie? Perfect Dark? BATTLETOADS? You never know!
In the realm of Wii U ports, it would be cool to see Mario Maker with some added features. And how hard would the internet shatter if fanboys finally get their port of Smash Bros?
Realistically, we'll probably get information for Pikmin 4, which would be really cool. However, I'm really hoping for something completely out of left field. If I could play Fallout 4 on the go, my life would be complete.
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 on Wednesday, September 13th! 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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