In loving memory of Satoru Iwata.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a real Nintendo Direct presentation, the most recent one coming all the way back in June. Who can blame them though? They’ve had all kinds of setbacks, including the passing of CEO Satoru Iwata, who headed all Nintendo Directs in the past.
Fortunately, the gaming company is determined to still please us fans, and they don’t intend on stopping the directs anytime soon. Now here we are in the month of November, and another direct is going to sweep the internet tomorrow at 2 pm PST/5 pm EST. This presentation will be focused on upcoming Wii U and 3DS titles, and hopefully be full of that Nintendo enthusiasm we’ve come to enjoy.
With that said, here is what we think they’ll announce come tomorrow.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
There has been so much hinting to this title that the evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of it. If Nintendo wanted to keep this one a secret, they didn’t do a very good job of it. Data miners found some coding that hinted towards the title, as well as a new Link model being unveiled during Nintendo’s little bit on Miitomo. All in all, this is a title that the Wii U could really benefit from. Wind Waker HD was incredibly successful, and if they play their cards right, this game could be as well.
Twilight Princess is one of the less-beloved 3D Zelda titles in the series, but if Nintendo decided to revamp some mechanics instead of a mere fresh coat of paint, it could easily become a Wii U owner must-buy in a season where the only in-house competition is coming from Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash.
Super Smash Bros. DLC
I was significantly shocked that we haven’t head anything about this sooner. The Smash ballot (fan suggestions for what new characters should be added as DLC) ended over a month ago, and we’ve heard nothing other than rumors about how it turned out. Many people speculate that Shovel Knight or King K. Rool got in, but it’s all still speculative. A new Direct would be a great opportunity to announce a new character or two, and give some information about the ballot results. We could even get a new stage or two coming our way, because who doesn’t love those?
Note – my vote goes to Shovel Knight (but I’d really like to see Magolor from Kirby’s Return to Dreamland show up).
Amiibo has proved to be one of the smartest and most profitable decisions that Nintendo has ever made. Kids and collectors alike have been champing at the bit for more of these little figures. On that note, we have a lot of reason to believe Nintendo would announce more. If any, they’d most likely announce the remaining characters in the Super Smash Bros. lineup, being Roy, Ryu, and Lucas. Maybe we’ll even get another unveiling of a new “primary” series of Amiibo. Perhaps we’ll be seeing a Zelda series?
Star Fox Zero
Ever since Nintendo pushed the date back for this title, we’ve heard very little about it. That’s a shame too, because it’s shaping up to be one of the better titles to hit the Wii U. My bet goes to us getting an official release date as well as some more news about gameplay. A local multiplayer mode would be fantastic, because that worked very well in Star Fox 64 3D. And ideally, Nintendo would take more time in promoting the games that people are actually really excited about, as opposed to Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival.
News on existing titles
I know, I know. I just said Nintendo should spend the Direct giving us more info on the games that we’re more excited about. But that’s probably not going to happen. They’ll probably spend some time on Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, Amiibo Festival, and Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam. The only reason this is upsetting is because for Nintendo games, these titles as seem really barebones. Ultra Smash has the least amount of content we’ve ever seen in a Mario Tennis game, and Amiibo Festival looks like Mario Party without the minigames. Maybe they’ll announce some more content coming to these games, at least in the form of DLC?
Fire Emblem fans have it pretty good. Not only was Fire Emblem: Awakening a huge success, but we also have two more titles in the series on the way: sequel Fire Emblem: Fates and the crossover Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem. Both of these games are shaping up to be solid entries in the franchise, and there’s no doubt Nintendo will reveal more about them to give us a better idea of how they’re going to work. Perhaps we could even get an actual English trailer for the latter.
Like I already said, this will be the first Nintendo Direct without Satoru Iwata. Naturally, they will most likely honor him during the presentation, either at the beginning or the end. Even if it’s just as simple as a slide that reads “R.I.P. Satoru Iwata,” there is no doubt there will be something that will honor his life and dedication to the company. He was a legend in the gaming community after all.
What do you guys think about the new Nintendo Direct? Will you be watching it? What do you think they’ll unveil? Let us know in the comments below!