Movies and Video Games 2018-09-14T15:05:08-04:00

September 13th Nintendo Direct – My Thoughts on the Switch Side

Nintendo held a public conference, known as a ‘Nintendo Direct’ on September 13th. They detailed paid online multiplayer, discussed new releases and games, and even previewed future releases. It streamed online, and can still be found on various video streaming platforms if you’d like to watch it in full.

Let’s start with the bad.

Everyone already knew that there would be content related to the Nintendo Switch’s new online service, which removes free multiplayer and replaces it with a paid version with additional benefits. I’m sad to see free multiplayer go. Even though the subscription is relatively cheap, adding with it select NES titles with new multiplayer modes, it’s difficult to argue against ‘free’ – and it gave the console a slight advantage over paid online multiplayer services.

Having to use the app for voice chat can’t even be called outdated, because services like Xbox Live and PSN have been using built-in chat for ages. There are also rumours that your cloud-based save files are deleted upon subscription expiry, so beware. No matter what your stance is, it’ll be available on September 18th.

Thankfully, there’s a ton of good news that came from the Direct.

Nintendo’s own Luigi’s Mansion 3 raised my hopes up over the course of its 35-second reveal trailer. I’ve never played the first on the Gamecube, or the sequel on the 3DS – I’ve only owned a Gameboy Advance and a Switch from Nintendo – but I can’t wait to give this one a try. It looks whimsical and fun, and I always love to see Nintendo’s different takes on their tried and true characters.

It’s nice to see a lot of older games are taking advantage of the Switch’s hardware and portability, but it’s nothing new, either. The Nintendo Switch has always released updated or complete older games (like Okami HD) or ‘Deluxe’ versions of their past games (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe).

We’re getting a good number of ports of several classic Final Fantasy games, including 7, 9, 10 and 12. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe will be released on the Switch, which I think above all will become a staple for families. Even Civilization VI is coming to the Switch, with four-player local cooperative play. I’m curious to see how four players in a strategy game on one Switch will work, but also a little skeptical. All of these titles are coming later this year or in early 2019.

There’s also new Switch bundle with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate coming out when the game releases in September, with unique detailing (some of the game’s characters on the dock and the Smash Bros. circular logo ‘lines’ detailed on the Joycon controllers). I often fall victim to these special editions – like the Super Mario Odyssey Bundle – but this one doesn’t appeal to me as much.

All in all, this was a solid Nintendo Direct. Lots of new games, old games-

-I almost forgot about Isabelle, who was announced as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! And then the Direct was over.

Except, it wasn’t. What a switcheroo with a brand new Animal Crossing, which comes out in 2019. The series is a huge favourite with tons of fans, and to see it come to the Nintendo Switch means even more people will be able to play it. I can’t wait to be one of those people playing their first Animal Crossing game, too.

Despite my gripes about the impending paid multiplayer service, I’m particularly excited for Animal Crossing and Luigi’s Mansion 3. Some of the ports are especially promising, like the previously announced Diablo 3: Eternal Collection. With the support of different indie and AAA developers, the Nintendo Switch can only continue to do well from here. Bravo, Nintendo.

-Sean Daniel   sendtopervin@gmail.com