The Nintendo Direct on February 17th was, in my opinion, decent. Were there announcements that I wished to see? Of course. Unless Nintendo calls to ask me what they should talk about, I do my best not to be so expectant of certain announcements that I leave a Nintendo Direct disappointed enough to be upset.
As such, there are usually a couple of announcements that I’m pleased by. Below are the top five announcements that I was delighted by during this recent Nintendo Direct.
5. The Physical Release of Hades
We had tried the beta version of Hades way back when on the Epic Games Store. When our desktop wasn’t powerful enough to handle it, we promptly forgot about it. Fast-forward a couple of years and the game is the recipient of multiple game awards and available for the Nintendo Switch. Downloading the game has always been in the back of our mind, but with the announcement of the physical version — including a beautiful art book — that task on our to-do list has jumped up a few spots.
I’m usually neutral to roguelike games, but I cannot get over the graphics and music of Hades. The art is also why I’m seriously considering taking advantage of this physical edition. I’ve heard nothing but praise for the game itself, but I’m a sucker for gorgeous artwork.
4. Famicom Detective Club Titles
As avid fans of the Ace Attorney and Professor Layton franchises, Rachel and I perked up when the clip advertising the two Famicom Detective Club showed. At first, we were hoping for an additional installment in either of the previously mentioned franchises. Yet, new murder mystery games sound like tons of fun!
I really don’t know anything about The Girl Who Stands Behind and The Missing Heir, which makes sense considering they’ve only been released in Japan before now. Regardless, we’re looking forward to them!
I’ve played this when it was first released on the 3DS and it’s adorable! A simple RPG with a kind of ridiculous plotline, it was too fun having the characters be Miis based on me, Rachel, and whatever other characters we could think of. The rest of our parties consisted of characters from our novels, giving some of them classes that matched their personalities and switching them up just for fun.
Having Miitopia come onto the Switch with a bit of an update — we can get a horse! — is the perfect excuse to experience the game once again.
2. Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
Alright, so everyone was expecting some sort of Breath of the Wild 2 news. Instead, we got word that Skyward Sword was making its way to the Switch. The Internet seemed divided on this announcement, much like they were when Skyward Sword was released in the first place.
Personally, I’m excited to see Skyward Sword again. It’s a great Zelda story and the characters are delightful. The motion controls — the main reason why this game is so divisive — were not the best during the game’s original run. We had a decent time with them only because Rachel was entertained with me flailing the Wiimotes around while pretending to swordplay during Link’s battles!
Yet, Nintendo is conscious of the motion controls and, while also thinking about handheld mode and the Switch Lite, added button controls for the gameplay. I’m excited to return to the Legend of Zelda game that tells the series’ original story!
1. Project Triangle Strategy
We actually got wicked excited when this game was first showed off. The graphics are virtually the same as Octopath Traveler, an RPG from Square Enix that was released in July 2018, and we were expecting a sequel. Upon seeing that it was a brand new game, we were intrigued.
Aside from being an RPG with gorgeous graphics and presumably awesome music, Project Triangle Strategy appears to have a heavy interactive story. Octopath Traveler was amazing, but I do believe the stories for the eight main characters — and their development, especially with each other — was a bit lacking. Project Triangle Strategy appears to rectify that with the voting system. Multiple paths, multiple characters to join the main party, all dependant on the scales. Asking the player to decide whether utility, morality, or liberty is more important to shape the world and story sounds fantastic.
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