A new month, a new Nintendo Direct. Don’t let the timing fool you, however, since there was a lot of information on both new and existing titles that is totally real. Now, let’s take a look at some of the news that piqued my interest.
Quite a few games previously revealed got their official release windows. Yoshi’s Wooly World will be coming this fall, Splatoon will be releasing on May 29th, Mario Maker will be coming in September, and the next Fatal Frame for Wii U will be coming later this year.
We also got some indie game announcements of titles coming to the Nintendo eShop. Adventures of Pip will be coming in May, Octodad: Dadliest Catch (one of my favorite games from last year) will be coming this summer, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition comes in May with local co-op support, and Mutant Mudds Super Challenge will be coming in June with cross-buy support and a loyalty discount for buyers of the previous game. Some other games were shown in a highlight reel that I noticed and am a fan of, like Never Alone, Race the Sun, and Swords & Soliders II.
There were a couple of game announcements that caught me off guard. For example, we finally got some more info on Shin Megami Tensei X FireEmblem. Originally revealed two years ago, we didn’t get much more than an announcement for this crossover between Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei series and Intelligent System’s Fire Emblem. Granted, not much information was shown this time, but we did get a look at some characters, battles, and world navigation. Still no release date as of yet, but it’s nice to know that it at least exists.
Speaking of Fire Emblem, we got a bit more information on the upcoming 3DS title. In Fire Emblem: Awakening, you created your own character, Robin, but you were secondary to characters like Chrom and Lucina. This time around, your character is the main protagonist.
Another story detail mentioned in the trailer was that your character is torn between two kingdoms, the peace-loving Hoshido and the glory-seeking Nohr. By blood, you are part of the Hoshido royal family, but you were raised by Nohr. The question becomes are you tied to your bloodline or to your loyalty. The game will present both choices and the player gets to choose who they will side with. Unlike the Shin Megami Tensei crossover, which has no release window, this Fire Emblem is planning to be released in 2016.
All in all, this Direct had a pretty good showing as far as new game info goes. There was quite a bit more info shared, however, including some new DLC reveals and Virtual Console content, as well as a lot of Amiibo news, so stay tuned for my impressions. If you want to see more, you can check out the entire Direct below.