The much anticipated, much predicted Direct
finally happened. Did it meet expectations?
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
The first noteworthy announcement to me was that of a new Kirby game. I know that this game leaked a few hours before the Direct but I didn't read any of the details. I thus knew that a new Kirby game was coming but that was it. I have never really dug deep into a Kirby game before, at most I played 2 hours of a Kirby game on NSO yet seeing what appears to be Kirby, at long last, getting its Super Mario 64 moment next year is nonetheless exciting to me. Kirby dives into 3D proper with Forgotten Land giving us a platforming sandbox (if I'm not mistaken). It looks like a lot of fun, the Forgotten Land itself looks like an interesting place to explore with its own little mystery to uncover. I've only gotten into platforming relatively recently so I haven't experienced many of them yet which makes this game all the more exciting to me.
Nintendo Switch online expansion
Super Mario Movie
Hands down the biggest surprise of the entire Direct was more information on the Illumination (you know, from the Minions) Super Mario Movie. It's coming out during the 2022 Holiday season and we now know the voice cast. And oh boy is it a doozy! Just like I expected the cast is star focused. It's not that element that upsets me, I expected it, but more that I feel that the actors are just don't fit their roles. I don't see Chris Pratt and Charlie Day in the roles of Mario and Luigi at all. I am happy that, at the very least, longtime Mario, Luigi, Wario & Waluigi voice actor Charles Martinet has some role in the movie even if we don't know what it is at the moment. I've seen people speculate he could perhaps play Mario and Luigi's father which I would approve of. The movie could still be good, don't get me wrong, but this weird cast is not giving me a lot of hope. It's not a good start in my eyes.
Rapid Fire round
Monster Hunter Rise is getting a 'massive update' in the form of Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak next Summer. Not a lot was shown about it but I did spot that Dragon from Monster Hunter Stories so that's neat. I gave the game a try with the demo earlier but had some trouble getting into it. The gameplay was a bit too difficult to understand for me. Seeing how many people enjoy this game though and with this expansion expanding the breadth of the multiplayer segment I might just give the Demo a second chance.
That rumoured Castlevania Advance Collection got announced. Not a Castlevania fan but it does look like a good collection. Got 4 games in there with all regional versions available alongside an art gallery and some other neat updates such as save slots.
Splatoon 3, Metroid Dread and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity all got check-ins. Splatoon 3 got a lot of details revealed. From a good look at the gameplay to new story details. The campaign will focus on the return of Mammals which I guess is a big deal to people. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity second wave of DLC got a not so great trailer that tells us little about it all except that Purah and Robbie are playable. Will see how it turns out when it drops in late October. And Metroid Dread? It got yet another trailer. One that was much longer and had more bells & whistles than I thought. Nintendo, uncharacteristically I might add, is not letting the fan-generated momentum of this game go to waste and I'm all for it.
So those are my thoughts on the Nintendo Direct. I'd say that the Direct was overall good. I felt that it was missing that big 'oh my lord!' surprise for me and many others to really make us scream at the screen. It didn't have the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 reveal (or even X port) that was really the one thing I wanted to see but that's more a case expectation meets reality. I'd say that it's the perfect Direct to point towards and say 'that's what a pleasant Direct' is. Nothing spectacular but by no means bad.