Fall Nintendo Direct gives fans major game announcements – The Oswegonian
One thing that fans of video game company Nintendo always look forward to are its announcements of upcoming game releases. The best-known example is the Nintendo Direct, an online event hosted by the company at different times of the year. The last Direct took place on September 13 and was filled with many announcements ranging from new releases to upcoming updates and downloadable content (DLC).
The Direct began with a major reveal, which was the next installment in the “Fire Emblem” franchise. The game, known as “Fire Emblem Engage”, features a protagonist with a colliding color scheme of blue and red. He also seems to be reminiscent of characters such as Marth. The announcement also revealed that in addition to the standard version of the game, there will also be a collector’s edition called “Divine Edition”, which will include the game, an art book, a steel book, game cards and a poster.
The next big announcement was for the recently released “Splatoon 3”, which included the upcoming Splatfest theme. Players were asked what they would bring to a deserted island, and the three teams would be based on what they would most likely bring: “Gear, Grub, or Fun.”
After this announcement, Nintendo revealed the release date for “Octopath Traveler II”, a pixel-style RPG that will be released on February 24 next year. A few more minor announcements followed with a farming game featuring dungeon-crawler elements featuring “Fae Farm”, another trailer for “Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope”, and more N64 games for the Nintendo Switch Online library. + Expansion Pack. These new N64 games include “Pilot Wings”, the two “Pokemon Stadiums”, the first three “Mario Party” games and a surprise with “Goldeneye 007”.
The next big announcement was an upcoming teaser for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s Booster Course Pass with its third wave releasing this holiday season. The teasers included two tracks that will feature in its third wave with Merry Mountain from “Mario Kart Tour” and Peach Gardens from
“Mario Kart DS.”
“Nintendo Switch Sports” also received an update on the development of the golf sport for the game also being pushed back to this holiday. The following announcement was quite shocking with the release of Shigeru Miyamoto (“Super Mario Maker”) and the announcement of the much requested “Pikmin 4” which will be released next year.
Rounding out the live was a surprise reveal of “Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe.” A remake of the popular Wii game, “Dreamland Deluxe” features updated visuals, such as a new design for King Dedede, a new copy ability with Mecha, and new subgames like Magolor’s Tomb Trackers and the return of Quick Draw.
The final announcement was for the long-awaited sequel to ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’, ‘The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’. Showcasing lore and new gameplay for the highly anticipated game, the Nintendo Direct ended on a high, at least for most fans. “The Legend of Zelda,” “Kirby,” “Pikmin,” and fans of farming games and visual novels were each treated to some big reveals. But even then, it felt a little understaffed given the sheer amount of farming games, to the point that viewers coined it “Nintendo’s Farm Direct.” Other than that, there’s a lot to look forward to when it comes to gaming this holiday season and next year.
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