This month we got a slew of news from Nintendo via the intermittent showcase known as Nintendo Direct. These presentations cover whatever Nintendo wants them to cover, and give a sneak peek at the behind the scenes action from the iconic video game company.
This month, the Direct was announced at about 45 minutes, which had many people excited given all the buzz of the Switch and the unknowns of a whole bunch of anticipated titles. Here is a recap of some of the news that most caught my fancy.
Another Look at Super Mario Odyssey
I don’t know about you, but the biggest Switch game on my radar right now is the newest 3D Mario, Super Mario Odyssey. The game has generated a ton of a buzz online, and it seems the hype will continue right up until November.
Odyssey appears to go back to the more sandbox style of classic Mario titles like 64 and Sunshine. The Direct showed off the various Kingdoms that Mario and Cappy will be traveling to, each with a distinct style not unlike the paintings we all jumped into back in the 90s.
We also got to see more use of Mr. Cappy, the hat-styled character that seems to have possessed Mario’s iconic hat. Cappy allows Mario to possess and become the various enemies in the game, as well as add attacking and movement abilities.
I am personally super hyped for this title, and I have not recently been all that riled by the newest Mario titles. Maybe its just the Switch momentum, but Odyssey looks like its hitting all the right notes and could be yet another system seller right at the holidays.
I’ve mentioned this game in my previous blog posts, but we finally got a little closer look at what the game looks like. In fact, the demo should now be available on the Switch.
Perhaps I am easily pleased, but if you put a new SquareEnix handheld RPG with nostalgic graphics in front of me, I’m instantly interested. This game hits the right gameplay notes from the limited portions I’ve seen, but more notably has an amazing art style that emulates a kind of Final Fantasy VI meets Paper Mario aesthetic.
Doom and Wolfenstein Coming to Switch
While not as exciting as brand new Nintendo IP, this announcement is more exciting for the implications. DOOM is getting a release on Switch. That’s right, an M-rated shooter is going to be released on the Switch later this year.
I reviewed Doom a couple months ago, and I really enjoyed the game. I think it did a lot to reboot the franchise back into relevance. I also reviewed its gory counterpart Wolfenstein: The New Order, which is getting a sequel — and its coming to Switch.
Both of these releases signal that Nintendo is bringing in some third-party support and further that they are including titles that haven’t traditionally been in the Nintendo system catalog. Lastly, the Switch’s power gets a star for running these games in a handheld form. All good signs.
Release Date Set for Skyrim
Much as the Doom announcement, Skyrim on the Switch is more of a testament to Nintendo’s effort to branch out where it has traditionally been criticized.
Skyrim had been previously announced for the Switch, so its not new, but now we know we can play handheld Skyrim on November 17. HAND HELD SKYRIM.
Also of note, the game comes with all of the expansions. While that should not be all that surprising since the game is about 6 years old, its nice that we avoided that slip-up. HANDHELD SKYRIM.
Sports Releases on Switch
Finally, I harp on the third party point once again and mention that NBA 2K, WWE, and FIFA are all making their way to the Switch.
While I have not dabbled in many sports games for some time, getting these cross-platform titles adds to the Switch appeal. I can recall having Madden for Wii, which was quite strange with the Wiimote. Switch has more traditional controls, but the real story is the fact that the games are on the system at all.
Many people have Xbox or PS4 simply for the annual sports releases and the occasional shooter. Nintendo can now begin to appeal to that crowd, at least a little more than trying to bring converts onto Call of Duty for WiiU.
The full direct can be seen below (the YouTube page has timestamps for each announcement):