Nintendo Direct Thoughts (September 4, 2019)

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After an interestingly busy summer, we are totally ready to get back to blogging and gaming, and it was great being greeted with a Nintendo Direct right at the beginning of this month. There was a ton of stuff that was teased at this direct, giving us plenty of games and release dates. Some rumors were confirmed, while other announcements created new ones.

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We weren’t able to watch the Direct live, but we watched it the moment it had ended. I knew a lot of stuff was coming between now and the end of 2019, but Nintendo just added so much more to the list. Overall, it was a good Direct. However, I really only cared about a handful of the games they announced.

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I wrote down the majority of the games and their release dates that were shown, but I’ll admit that I was getting a bit burned out as the last few games were being shown. Still, we have a decent list to go through and add to our release dates calendar. I was happy for those who enjoy Overwatch to see it confirmed for the Nintendo Switch, and I’m interested in Tokyo Mirage Sessions for early next year.

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I have to admit, I was surprised Overwatch is just now coming to the Switch. I had forgotten about that game, but still. It’s so popular as is the Switch. I was mainly interested in hearing more about Luigi’s Mansion 3, of course, and also learning a bit more about Animal Crossing New Horizons. The SNES Virtual Console was a nice surprise as well.

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It was nice to see the SNES Virtual Console. Perhaps we’ll use the Online services more due to it! I’m interested in seeing what SNES games will be released through it down the line. As someone who is only newly interested in Animal Crossing, I did enjoy seeing the bits and pieces of New Horizons. Being able to place furniture outside is a much bigger plus than I thought it would be, and it’ll be fun being able to play together! Of course, what I enjoyed the most about the direct was the Pokemon Sword and Shield news. The new tea Pokemon is adorable, and the Pokemon camp seems to be fun!

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We have barely used the online services though as we don’t recognize many games from the NES. I’m sure that’ll change with the SNES games. I too am looking forward to what else they release. And, maybe, a virtual console Nintendo 64 is in the future. As for Animal Crossing, yes, I’m looking forward to doing more with the village rather than just your own house or seeing what your neighbors are up to. Then, of course, there’s Pokemon. Two months and counting… I can’t wait! That Pokemon camp looks awesome.

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And our Pokemon can play together! That’ll be too cute! Aside from the other various titles that piqued my interest — Assassin’s Creed, Trials of Mana, Dragon Quest, Little Town Hero, to name a few — the other piece of the direct that surprised me was hearing that even more DLC characters will be coming to Smash Ultimate after the current Fighter’s Pass is done. The next DLC character was announced, but Terry doesn’t mean much to us. While I’m happy for those who are excited for Terry, we have no idea who he is, so it’s fun to speculate who else will be coming to Smash.

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Our Pokemon will be able to play together because we’ll each have our own Switch! As for the other games, again, nothing piqued my interest. I downloaded Super Kirby Clash because it was free and I’d love to play more Kirby games – he’s a cute fluff-ball. I wasn’t too surprised to hear they’re coming out with more DLC for Smash. I have a feeling this may be the last Smash game (at least for the next few years) and they’re trying to squeeze in as many characters as they can. My question now is… will they announce the new DLC characters as they have been? And how much will they cost?

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I’m sure Sakurai would like this to be the last Smash game, haha! The only downside to getting more DLC Smash characters is cost, yes. Obviously, getting the Fighter’s Pass was the cheaper option to go, and we wanted to get all five extra characters, but honestly? We wouldn’t have minded skipping Terry and maybe Hero or so to save money and data. Still, it’ll be fun to see what other characters they’ll manage to squeeze into the game!

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It would have made sense to save money on characters we don’t know, but… it’s Smash. And it’s me. Gotta collect ‘em all. I wonder if they’ll ready another set of five characters and do another Fighter’s Pass. Or if they’ll just release characters willy-nilly.

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I know, I know, gotta get all the characters, haha! Still, I hope the next set of characters will be more recognizable to us. On the flip side, I suppose that means we just need to expand our gaming horizons even more!

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I’m sure we’ll see some familiar faces eventually. Now that we have the SNES Virtual Console, we can definitely branch out with some of the older games as well. We’re going to be busy for quite a while with these new games!

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E3 2019: Nintendo

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Nintendo’s Direct for E3 2019 has come and gone. Yes, they’re still showing off games at the Treehouse, but all has been revealed and we’re, of course, happy about what Nintendo had to offer. For starters, they’ve announced the next two DLC fighters for Smash Ultimate, which isn’t what I was expecting at all. I mean, I was hoping for one, but two was certainly a surprise.

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Seeing two DLC fighters was a surprise, but I think they did it right. Showing off the Hero character from Dragon’s Quest first was smart, considering the game itself was already seen at Square Enix’s E3 show. I don’t believe the Hero was a popular guess for a DLC fighter, so it was a surprise all around. Of course, showing off Banjo-Kazooie at the very end made everyone go wild!

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For sure. If they announced Banjo-Kazooie first, they wouldn’t have been able to top that for the entire show… except maybe the ending, but we’ll get to that in a minute. I think having The Hero will be interesting, but I can’t imagine him being too much different than the sword fighters we already have, even though they showed off some cool moves from him. Banjo-Kazooie, I imagine, will mimic Duck Hunt in some ways, but there are only the two characters like that so it should be fine. Also, I really enjoyed how they announced Banjo-Kazooie with DK, Diddy, and K. Rool all hanging out together.

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Seeing K. Rool hanging out with Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong was probably one of my favorite parts of that reveal, haha! Not only was the throwback to K. Rool’s announcement great, but just to see the supposed enemies napping together was amusing. I do have the same thoughts about the Hero, too, about him being yet another swordsman. It was one of the first things I said upon seeing him. Granted, neither of us have played the Dragon Quest series, so there may be some other surprises in store regarding his move set.

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Totally. After announcing The Hero for Smash Ultimate coming this summer, they announced Dragon Quest for September and showed off a nice chunk of Luigi’s Mansion 3 showing off some new mechanics. Whether I’ll like those changes or not will be decided when I get to try them out, but what I love most about it is the setting. The first two games are set in a mansion and are fast games because the mansions are large, but the game is quick enough. Luigi is in a hotel this time and it looks much larger than the two mansions so I’m hoping the game will have longer gameplay. Not to mention, he’s rescuing not just Mario but also Peach and two Toads.

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The game looks great, even coming from someone who only played the first game as a challenge issued by her sister. Luigi’s Mansion 3 seems to have some co-op play mechanics as well, so I wouldn’t mind giving it a try together. We also got more of a look at Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which seems like it’ll have a time-jump between the school part of the game and a larger war that the three main characters — and the teacher avatar — will be engulfed in. I’m definitely intrigued by that!

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Yes, Fire Emblem: Three looks like it’ll be great. We didn’t get a set release date for Luigi’s Mansion 3, though they did say 2019, but Fire Emblem: Three House will be out this July, which is exciting. In fact, Nintendo has just about all of their games coming out within the next few months. Cadence of Hyrule and Super Mario Maker 2 come out this month, a couple of games are coming out in July and August, and they have a ton of games coming out in September with another couple for November. Which leads me to believe that Luigi’s Mansion 3 will be set for another Halloween release because they clearly need something for October.

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October or maybe even a holiday release to go with Pokemon Sword and Shield. Either way, it was thrilling to see so many actual release dates, especially when I feel that many of the other developers didn’t have as many solid dates for the games they showed off. Of course, we screamed in excitement at the very end of the direct, at Nintendo’s “one more surprise.” Seeing a confirmed sequel to the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was insane! Upon seeing the first few seconds of the clip, we at first thought maybe it would be more DLC, which would have been great as well, but an entire sequel just blew our minds. I’m not expecting it for another three years or so, but seeing that it’s happening is wonderful.

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Pokemon will be coming November 15, so who really knows. I’m sure they’re trying to spread out their big releases a bit. Especially since they showed off a bit of Animal Crossing and shared the title, New Horizons, with us. I love that name and it’s so fitting for an Animal Crossing game! However, that’s been delayed until March 2020, which is fine with me because I want them to make it the best it can be and honestly, there are plenty of games to keep me busy in the meantime. Unfortunately, the Breath of the Wild sequel will not be part of that, but I’m super excited to have that to look forward to in the coming years!

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Despite Nintendo giving us a direct rather than a show like many of the other developers, I think I was most impressed with Nintendo this year. Granted, we’re big Nintendo fangirls anyway, so we may be a bit biased. Yet, plenty of their games we’re interested in playing and their game news flowed really well as the direct went along. And, while we missed seeing Reggie in the direct, Doug Bowser’s entrance was definitely pleasing to us. We think he’ll do just fine!

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Our Thoughts On Super Mario Maker 2

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Super Mario Maker 2 is coming out at the end of next month! We enjoyed the original Super Mario Maker on the Wii U and the direct from last week showed off some great new features for the sequel.

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We didn’t play too much of the first Super Mario Maker game. I think I enjoyed it more than Kris did, but when we watched the Direct of this upcoming sequel, we both were impressed and are excited to play the game.

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While the idea of a story mode sounds a little silly with a game that’s so focused on creativity, I think I’m rather excited for it. I think it’s only single-player, but the idea of having being taught the different tools and aspects of the game through a “story” is great. With all the other new features, I feel that the story mode will help people feel less overwhelmed at all the options in the main mode.

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The story mode definitely seems odd, but I love the idea of it. I’m eager to play a Mario game from Nintendo that’s harder than the typical Mario platformer – even though it’s the same tools and elements. They’ve also added a lot more new tools as well, which I’m excited about. Although, that just means the levels people create are going to be that much crazier! But that makes it more fun.

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Some of the new tools are the snake blocks, auto-scroll settings, on/off switches, and even Cat Mario to go along with the other Super Mario 3D World inspired content. Not only that, the direct showed Super Mario 3D World in a section of the level aesthetics that had plenty of room for other games… I wonder if they’re going to add any other games that your levels can be based upon as DLC or something?

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I would love to see Paper Mario levels. That would be awesome. I’m most excited for the co-op part of the game though. I can’t wait for the two of us to create levels together and even go through some of the levels together as well. It will most likely be way harder, but it would be so much fun.

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It will be fantastic for us to play together like that, especially with all the latest platform Mario games being up to four-player co-op. I think the multiplayer in Super Mario Maker 2 makes perfect sense. We’re going to be ridiculous trying to create levels together, probably even playing through them, but it’ll be fun! Not only that, it sounds like the online play will be great as well! I’m certainly looking forward to online multiplayer.

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Online multiplayer is definitely another plus. I’m happy the game is coming out at the end of June. I’m eager to get my hands on a copy!

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Pokemon Sword & Pokemon Shield

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The Pokemon Direct on Wednesday morning was only about 7 minutes long, but we have yet to see too many complaints about it. All things considered, I was pleased with what I saw of the Generation 8 Pokemon games. Pretty sure one of my favorite parts of it was the reveal that gyms would be returning!

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I have to admit, I was expecting generation eight reveals, but I was also thinking there would be other announcements. I’m certainly not complaining though! What they showed off of the Galar Region was amazing. The world looks beautiful and yes, I’m eager to collect badges again.

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The graphics definitely look gorgeous on the Switch, and the world itself looks so much more detailed than the Let’s Go titles. The character designs look fun — I was really amused at how large the male character’s backpack was! The starters themselves look cute. I’ll definitely be going with Grookey, since I usually go for the Grass-type starters anyway. Sobble looks adorable, though!

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All the main starters are adorable. I’m excited to have a bunny as the fire-type! I’m super curious as to what they’re final evolution and typing will be. I’m also looking forward to finding out more information about the legendary Pokemon. For the titles Sword and Shield, I don’t know what they’ll do. I have a feeling they’ll be wolf-like though, of course.

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Think the Scorbunny will end up being Fire and Fighting type? One of the things that Alola had in its favor was the secondary typing of the starters’ final evolutions. Ghost, Dark, and Fairy were great, but it would be interesting to have other, unique secondary types for the starters. The titles Sword and Shield are awesome and I’m hoping they have a fun story and plotline to go along with them. I’m totally up for canine-like legendaries!

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I don’t know, I feel like they’ve had so many Fire/Fighting Pokemon, especially for the starters. For some reason, Scorbunny looks like it could be Fire/Electric. Grookey maybe Grass/Ground and Sobble Water/Bug. I honestly would love to see opposite types together. I know it won’t happen with Sword & Shield (if at all) but I think it’d be cool to have starters that are Fire/Water, Water/Grass, Grass/Fire. But now I’m rambling – anyway, canine legendaries would be awesome. I wonder if it’ll be two versions of a similar Pokemon (kind of like Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres) or if they’ll somehow be different (like Solgaleo and Lunala). But both looked like they were wolves or something.

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Oh, I know, I’m joking. I’m convinced that Incineroar, with its design, was originally going to be Fire/Fighting, but so many people were sick of that typing that they changed it to Fire/Dark. Ground is starting to be a bit overused with the Grass starters, but there’s not many Water/Bug types. Going back to Sword and Shield, I wonder if the legendary Pokemon and the story itself will have some sort of medieval angle. I think the logos of the games remind me of crests from royal families or knights. Generation 5’s story played with a royal family angle, didn’t it?

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Ground is starting to get overused with Grass, I agree. But Grookey’s coloring reminds me of Grass/Ground. Grass/Rock would be cool too. A medieval angle would be cool. I mean, the story will more or less be the same as all the other Pokemon games, I think. I was surprised to see the Galar map. It’s long and seems like the journey will be fairly linear. Which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s definitely different than before.

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Grass/Rock would be interesting. I miss the Grass/Poison typing that Venusaur has, admittedly. Yes, I’m sure the story will involve some team or other trying to take over or change the world while using Pokemon, and the fate of the world will rest on the shoulders of our pre-teen protagonist. Still, I hope the lore of the region is well done. If the lore is well done enough, I would absolutely love it if the region got a third game. I wasn’t thrilled with the “sequels” of Black 2/White 2 and Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon — we should have gotten a Gray and Eclipse for those regions, respectively. We also totally missed out on another game for the Kalos region. There should have been a Pokemon Z for Zygarde. I suppose those are a bit of a ways off, though. For now, I’m definitely looking forward to Sword and Shield.

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I totally agree. We should have had third installments for Unova, Kalos, and Alola. I understand they want to make more money, but I think they have plenty and the third volumes are what people seem to really enjoy. Here’s hoping to Pokemon Armor when the time comes! In the meantime, I can’t wait for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield… late 2019 most likely means November. It’ll be here before we know it.

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Nintendo Direct: February 2019

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When it was announced that there would be a Nintendo Direct today, with a focus on Fire Emblem Three Houses, I was excited! Considering the Direct overall, I thought it was well done! We got excited at seeing the opening sequence showing off Super Mario Maker 2, which I’m sure will do fantastic on the Switch with its portability, touch screen, and the online mode.

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When it comes to any Nintendo Direct, sometimes I’m sure impressed and other times not so much. That’s mostly because of my taste in games though. One thing that I will say though is that, no matter what, the Directs always start off strong and end strong. The moment Mario died to the Spiny, I immediately knew we were finally getting Super Mario Maker 2. I was super excited! I enjoyed Super Mario Maker on the Wii U and I’m sure the sequel will be even more popular with the new items and just being on the Switch.

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We then rolled into an announcement for the new update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, mostly for Joker and reminding us that we should probably get the Fighter’s Pass for the DLC characters… Still haven’t done that yet, whoops. I was also interested in seeing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. I’ve never played a Marvel Ultimate Alliance game before, but this one looks pretty good and there’s both local and online multiplayer modes.

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Yeah, totally forgot about the Fighter’s Pass. Definitely something to add to the to do list. Anyway, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order definitely looks nice! I’m willing to give that one a try. Another headline was announcing BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL! which is a game Kris and I have never played. However, now that we can play co-op, I’ll consider giving it a try. I was personally excited for Treasure Tracker. I never got the same for the Switch because I have it on the Wii U. Since more courses will be added as well as co-op, I’m thinking of getting it for the Switch now. Though, I’ll admit, I really just want a sequel.

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I found it interesting that Assassin’s Creed III will be coming to the Switch. It’s a franchise I was always interested in playing, and we even had a few titles for our Xbox 360 but didn’t get a chance to play them before we got the red ring of death for the console. I may be picking this up to finally play the franchise. It was also fun to see that Deltarune will be making its way to Switch as well as a promise for more chapters for the game! Considering that I’ve enjoyed both Undertale and Deltarune, this was great to see!

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Another game I’m fairly excited for is Tetris 99. I’m getting tired of battle royales, but this is putting a fun twist on it. I love a good game of Tetris so this is one I’ll definitely be picking up. We’re getting so many brand new titles as well as games we all know and love… I absolutely can’t believe they’re bringing Link’s Awakening to the Switch in a remastered version. Link and his surroundings look like toys, but it looks great. I’m looking forward to that one!

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Oh my goodness, it was so exciting to see a Legend of Zelda title! Link’s Awakening is, admittedly, a Zelda title that I have never gotten a chance to finish, so it’s awesome to see it remastered on the Switch! Seeing the first few seconds of the remastered opening was great! Of course, I was personally looking forward to seeing the Fire Emblem information, and I wasn’t disappointed. I was a little confused, admittedly, because seeing that your character is a professor in a school with three houses kind of reminded me of Hogwarts, but I’m optimistic. The characters and art look great, and I’m looking forward to hearing just a little more about the story.

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Fire Emblem looks great, I agree. I was confused as well, but I also don’t know the game as well as you do. Overall, the Drirect was great. There was no more information on Luigi’s Mansion 3 or Animal Crossing, but at least I know they’re coming. We were surprised with the release dates as well – it’s going to be a busy summer for gamers!

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A Handheld Only Nintendo Switch [Rumor]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Nintendo has always been known for being predictable – and yet – totally unpredictable. They’re always trying to surprise us, always taking risks, and doing something out of the ordinary. One thing is normal though and that’s Nintendo Directs.

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Nintendo usually puts on a Direct in January and a lot of people (just check Twitter) are expecting one. There’s even a rumor going around that it’ll be on the 10th, which is a week from today. I obviously don’t know if this will actually happen or not – hence “rumor” – but people have been making predictions of what Nintendo may show.

I have to be honest – I don’t have any true predictions other than hopefully they’ll show more of Luigi’s Mansion 3, Animal Crossing for the Switch, and Pokemon for the Switch. They may announce a new DLC character for Smash Ultimate too. Maybe they’ll announce a release date for Piranha Plant for Smash. Who knows?

Okay, I guess I did have a couple of predictions.

That’s not the point of this post. Some other people have been making predictions of what Nintendo might plan to do for 2019 – not necessarily what they may announce in this supposed Direct in a week.

Wow, that was an interesting sentence.

Anyway, some Analysts got together to predict Nintendo’s plans for 2019. One guy, Michael Pachter, said:

“Nintendo will launch a fully handheld version of the Switch at $199.”

Would that be a good idea? I’ve gone back and forth about buying my own Switch so Kris and I can trade Pokemon in the Let’s Go games and play other games together. But all our games are on the Switch we have so I’d have to start from scratch. Not to mention I already have my own account on the Switch and I don’t know how I feel about making yet another Nintendo account.

I do, however, use the Switch in handheld mode a lot. I loved the 3DS and I think I prefer handhelds over home consoles, even though I enjoy seeing my games on the big screen.

Honestly, I could use the Switch we have now as a handheld only and just use the dock as a charging station. However, the battery life in handheld mode isn’t great.

Getting a Switch without the dock for $100 less wouldn’t be a bad deal. I assume a charger would come with it. The only thing is, again, they would have make it so the battery life of the Switch lasts longer. Whether that’s possible or not, I don’t know.

Also, would they change the Switch in any way to make sure it didn’t fit in a dock so people didn’t cheat out on buying the $300 Switch? I assume they would keep the game cartridges the same… but who knows with Nintendo. They can be fickle sometimes.

I know they once said their aim was to have a Switch per person in every household. For my house and each one of us having our own Switch, that would cost us $1,200 – not including multiple $60 games or $80 extra Joy-Con and other accessories.

Granted, this is just a prediction, but I wouldn’t put it past Nintendo to do this. It’d be cheaper (though not by much). There would certainly be pros and cons to buying the handheld version over the docked version and vice versa.

The Switch is still doing extremely well, but it’ll be two-years-old two months from today. I expect they’re thinking of a new console or handheld or something to add to the Switch.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

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WTF Friday: Nintendo November 2018 Direct

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Is this a new post category? I dunno. Definitely have a lot of thoughts on the latest Nintendo Direct, many of which I’m not sure how to feel either way. Hence the general, “Wtf” feeling.

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So, there was a Nintendo Direct yesterday focused on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the last one before the game is finally released. I had to wait until I got home after work to see the direct, but Rachel did tell me the gist of it during my lunch break.

Honestly, while I wish I could watch the directs live with my sister instead of being at my day job, I am always highly entertained at Rachel’s animated reenactments (voices and acting included).

Rachel posted her thoughts on it right after the direct was over, but I have a few of my own. I didn’t think the direct was too bad… not the best, but it wasn’t too bad.

I believe the direct had many new, unexpected aspects to the game, aspects that made me raise an eyebrow and go, “Wtf?” Don’t get me wrong, I’m still optimistic about Ultimate, but I’m definitely interested in seeing how these new features will pan out.

Some new fighters were revealed — Ken, Incineroar, and… Piranha Plant (free for a limited time!).

Okay. They’re not bad. If we needed another brawler, I would have rather had Chun-Li from Street Fighter rather than Ken as another female fighter, but I won’t complain. Incineroar isn’t too bad, and I know Rachel is excited to see that Pokemon as a fighter. Piranha Plant was completely random but I think it’s a cute character… for a limited time.

Speaking of the characters, definitely not sure how I feel about the DLC. In today’s day and age of video games, DLC is normal, despite how much I am not a fan of it. I’d rather pay for the whole game at once rather than shelling out an extra thirty bucks or so for more content. On the other hand, Geno may be a DLC character, so of course we’re going to buy the fighters pass.

I totally went “Wtf?” at the adventure mode with the big bad force just Thanos-snapping all the fighters out of existence EXCEPT FOR KIRBY. I laughed at seeing the pink puffball avoid getting disintegrated (along with Rachel telling me, “Yeah, the whole chat was going, ‘RUN KIRBY RUN!’ and then cheering when he was shown to be alive.”). Kirby is to Smash Bros. Ultimate as Tony Stark is to Avengers 4, apparently.

Definitely went, “Wtf?” at seeing the evil clones (?) of the characters that we have to go save and hearing the theme song (it has lyrics!).

All in all, though, World of Light doesn’t look bad at all. It seems like a fun adventure mode, and I’m actually really excited to see all the different kind of video game characters that make cameos as spirits in the game! There were plenty of times that I was cooing over seeing characters that I completely forgot existed in the videos. I definitely found it amusing to see all the Pokemon — do you think they have every Pokemon in existence as spirits?

The online mode seems to have gotten a nice revamp from previous installments as well, and I like the measures Nintendo has taken to ensure that matches remain fair, both in rules and player strength. It’ll be great to actually test it out with some friends!

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Nintendo Direct – November 1, 2018

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday & first day of November!

We’re kicking off the month in a fine way with a brand new Nintendo Direct and more information on Super Smash Brothers Ultimate.

After a night of trick or treating, we’re in for a real treat! (Sorry, but not really.)

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is coming out for the Nintendo Switch on December 7th, 2018. There’s so much hype about it and we’re all super excited. I want the months to take their time, but I can’t wait for the game to come out.

Honestly, when Nintendo had a Smash direct not too long ago, I thought that would be it until the game game out. Sure, we’d have a few leaks here and there, but they showed so much of the game and its features that I honestly didn’t think Nintendo would have anything new to add.

Well, I was wrong. They added a lot. But honestly, I feel kind of indifferent about the whole thing. I was really hyped in the past Directs and now? I just feel like, “Okay. That’s a thing.”

Don’t get me wrong – I’m still really looking forward to the game and I know it’ll be a ton of fun. Nintendo just, as usual, threw in some curve balls.

Needless to say, but – if you have not watched the Direct, this post will contain spoilers. Read on at your own risk.

Three new fighters were added giving us a total of 75. Two of those fighters opened up the Direct – Ken from Street Fighter and Incineroar from Pokemon Sun & Moon. Ken looks great, but I have to admit I didn’t know how much I needed Incineroar as a playable character until now.

First two minutes of the Direct and I was super excited. Then my excitement waned for the rest of the show.

The roster will start small like the original Nintendo 64 game, which I like. It will allow me to play as different characters, ones I wouldn’t normally start with. Plus, it’ll be a fun journey to unlock everyone else.

Each character is getting their own Amiibo as well, so I’m looking forward to adding to my collection.

However, instead of collecting trophies in the game (let’s be real – the Amiibo are the trophies to collect except it’s real money), there’s something else to collect from pretty much every single game known to man.

This is the mode that was blurred out in the previous Smash Direct that Nintendo said they weren’t revealing yet. It’s called Spirits. There are Spirit characters which you can collect by fighting certain characters. They can latch onto your fighters and give them special power-ups.

That’s the basic gist of it. There’s a whole lot more to it, but I won’t go into it just now. To be honest, the whole thing was kind of confusing to me. I’m looking forward to trying it out. I do think it’s a cool idea and I love having the ability to find more characters. I mean, Polterpup was one of the spirits. Characters you forgot existed are spirits. You can’t go wrong with that. Each has their own class based on their powers – novice, advanced, ace, and legend. They also have certain strengths that have an advantage over others strengths.

(I love how I said I wouldn’t go into too much detail and then I did.)

Nintendo paid a lot of attention to the online mode. You can battle wireless locally or online. There are a ton of online modes such as elite battles, smash tags, a short messaging system, spectator mode, co-op online, battle arena, and more. The online battles are matched depending on your rank, location, and preferred rules so matches are fair and even.

This is, of course, a way to get people to buy their new online service as well as the app. They’ll be coming out with a special Smash Ultimate app in 2019 called Smash World. There will be more details on that at a later time.

Next, they announced more assist trophies. Isaac from Golden Sun, Black Knight from Fire Emblem, Thwomp from Super Mario Bros, Spring Man from ARMS, Wily Capsule from Mega Man, Flies and Hand from Mario Paint, Tiki from Fire Emblem, Vince from Art Academy, Guile from Street Fighter, and Akira from Virtua Fighter. This gives us a total of 59 assist trophies.

Nintendo then went onto to explain others modes and features such as the help section and options. Century Smash and All-Star mode are back, which is exciting. Those are good ones. You can also replay your battle data and create videos out of them. There will also be challenges to gain rewards as well as a record of your stats.

As mentioned before, you can gain gamer tags by online battles. You can then trade those tags for gold because there is now a shop mode in Smash where you can use your gold to buy music tracks and the like. Yeah. So that’s a thing.

Next, they added new outfits for the Mii fighters. I never play as the Mii fighters and don’t really care too much for them. However, I did enjoy the new costumes. There’s Yiga Clan, Splatoon 2, Ribbon Girl, Chibi Robo, Ray MKlll, and Toy-Con.

Here’s where the Direct got really interesting… they announced DLC. There will be five packs of DLC, each one containing a brand new character never in Smash before (obviously because they’re all already there), a brand new stage, and a brand new music track. Each pack will be about $5.99, which means you’re paying $2 for each giving you a grand total of $30. Or you could buy all five packs for $25 and save $5. They’re not announcing what’s inside the packs though. You just have to take a chance at the mysterious characters.

I have to admit, I’m disappointed by this. $25-$30 for five extra characters, five extra stages, and five music tracks doesn’t seem that bad. But the game is already $60 which means we’ll be paying about $90 for this game alone.

Am I still going to buy it? Probably. But that’s how Nintendo sucks you in. I’ll buy it because I know it’ll be good, but I really wish this could just be a gift from Nintendo.

They are giving us some sort of gift, however, but only if you pre-order the game. This is where the third character comes in. Piranha Plant is joining the fight. Random, right? I think it’s cool and I’m looking forward to playing as him. Although, he won’t be fully developed for another few months until after the game is released, which I find kind of odd.

Finally, Nintendo ended the Direct with a bang. They announced a new adventure mode. They asked, “where did the spirit characters come from?” They showed the intro to the adventure mode (Nintendo has certainly been going on a killing spree with their characters lately…) and it looks great. I’m certainly looking forward to that and checking out what caused the adventure mode. There were Master Hands everywhere and it was completely creepy and awesome. The adventure mode is called World of Light. So, we’ll see how that is.

That was the basics of the Direct. It wasn’t as hyped as I thought it would be and I wasn’t as excited for the new announcements as I had hoped. Still, I’m looking forward to getting the game and trying it all out. I’m sure it’ll be great and a lot of fun regardless.

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Friday Favorites: Smash Direct

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

The Super Smash Bros Direct this past Wednesday was filled to the brim with exciting information on the development of Smash Bros. Ultimate. While my greatest wish for the game hasn’t been granted yet, I’m still pretty damn pleased with what we have seen!

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Chrom

He’s finally in the lineup! Sure, he’s an echo character, but he still finally made it in the lineup! Awakening is one of my favorite Fire Emblem titles so, while I don’t believe we need another swordsman or Fire Emblem lord, it is a nice treat to see Chrom make an appearance other than be in Robin’s Final Smash (which actually begs the question… will Chrom still be part of Robin’s Final Smash? Or will Robin appear as Grima?).

Stages

The stage mechanics seemed to have gotten a nice overhaul, and all the effort looks as if it’ll pay off. All the stages having omega forms? Throwback stages to the original N64 installment? Stages morphing into others? Having the option to turn the hazards on and off? Yes, please!

Music

I don’t listen to the radio much these days. My coworkers and cousins talk about concerts and random country singers and I have no idea what they’re saying other than a vague recollection of, “Yes, I think I’ve heard of that guy before.” My Spotify playlists are made up of video game soundtracks and covers, so when I saw the music collection that is going to be in Smash Ultimate, I loved it! Not sure if I’ll ever have the courage to take the Switch with me for a portable player, but being able to have my own playlist filled with Nintendo tunes on in the background while I’m working will be great.

New Assists and Pokemon

It’s great to see Knuckles and Krystal there for assist trophy cameos! I would have loved to see them as echo characters, if not fighters in their own right, but I’ll take them as assist trophies. Abra looks like a deliciously fun Pokemon to unleash on the stage, and it wasn’t a surprise to see the Alolan legendaries. Seeing Mimikyu made us go, “Awww!” to “OH GOD!” very quickly, haha!

What were your favorite parts of the Smash direct? Anything you were hoping to see?

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Our Thoughts During The Super Smash Bros Ultimate Nintendo Direct

For once, we were able to watch a Nintendo Direct live! We’ve been looking forward to know more about Super Smash Brothers Ultimate since it was first announced.

This is just a bulleted list of what our thoughts were as we were watching the Nintendo Direct. Keep in mind, this obviously contains spoilers. So, if you didn’t watch the Direct, do not read on.

Introduction

First, that intro was dope. They definitely couldn’t have done that better if they tried. Throwing Luigi into the new Dracula’s Castle stage was perfect. The introduction of Simon and his echo character, Richter, from Castlevania was well done.

We’ve never played Castlevania before, but do have a few games with the Nintendo NES and SNES mini, so we’ll have to try those games out soon.

New Characters

Simon and Ritcher look like amazing characters. Both seem so smooth and powerful and we’re eager to give them a try.

Chrom from Fire Emblem and Dark Samus were also announced as echo characters. We’re excited for Chrom and having another Samus thrown into the mix is great as well.

Lastly, they announced King K. Rool at the very end of the direct. This is a character we’ve hoped for – or at least thought would be cool to have – so we’re surprised he’s actually part of the roster now. We’re excited!

Stages

We have a feeling this game is going to take up a lot of space on the Switch, but that’s fine. We’re going to be able to revisit old stages from as far back as the original Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo 64. Not to mention brand new stages such as Dracula’s Castle announced in the beginning of the direct, which looks like an amazing stage.

Stage Perks

All the stages are available from the very beginning of the game and they’re all available for 8-player matches, which is amazing. We no longer have to limit ourselves to certain stages if we have more than 3 friends (rare, but it does happen).

The stages can also morph, which means you can play on two stages at once. You can pick which two stages you want and throughout the match, the stages with morph from one to the next adding a little more variety and challenge to the match.

Music

We’ve always wanted to have soundtracks to every video game we play. Though when games have the tracks listed in the settings that we can listen to, we never do. We can’t bring it with us. Well, now we can. We can bring over 800 gaming tracks with us as long as we have our Switch with us. And we’re excited about that.

Items & Assist Trophies

They’ve added quite a few new things in this department. They’ve added new Pokemon for the Pokeball item, two new swords, a bomb, and Rachel’s personally favorite – a banana. Why that hasn’t been a thing before, who knows?

The assist trophies all look great as well. Though, we’ll admit, we would have loved to have Knuckles as an echo character to Sonic, if not his own character. The moon from Majora’s Mask though is so clever and definitely should have been added long ago.

Modes & Such

They talked about the Classic mode as well as the Tournament mode. They’ve added a new Smashdown mode which eliminates characters after you’ve played as them. This allows you to try out different characters and, if you’re playing with others, allows you to rush over to certain characters before your friend does.

Overall

We were pleased with the direct overall. We’re looking forward to Super Smash Brothers Ultimate to come out now more than ever. We’re eager to test out the new characters, check out the awesome new modes, and play on the various stages.

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