Colorwind Reacts: Nintendo Direct 1-14-15

nintendo-direct-jan-14-20151It’s a new year and Nintendo had its first Nintendo Direct presentation of the year! There were a lot of news announced but I’m not going to waste time with the Hyrule Warriors DLC or the next wave of Amiibos or the other stuff I just don’t care about. For me, there were three pieces of news that stood out: The new Fire Emblem game, the release of Wii games on the eShop, and the New Nintendo 3DS XL.

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A New Fire Emblem Emerges

I’m still green when it comes to the Fire Emblem series. I’ve only briefly played Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Awakening. However, I do like the series in concept. I really liked Final Fantasy Tactics and I’m a big fan of the Shining Force series. I really liked Skulls of the Shogun as well and these are all games in the vein of Fire Emblem. So I’m happy to see a new game being developed. If anything, they need to justify all the Fire Emblem characters in the latest Smash Bros. I literally only knew who Marth was. Fire Emblem is the kind of series I think Nintendo needs right now. With all the bright and happy games they release like Super Mario 3D World and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, it’s good to show that they can still develop and release a diverse range of titles. I do own Awakening so I should get on that soon.

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Wii Games Go Digital

Nintendo announced that they will now start re-releasing Wii titles on the Wii U eShop. The first three titles announced are Super Mario Galaxy 2, Punch Out!!, and the Metroid Prime Trilogy. Mario Galaxy 2 is out now, Punch Out!! is coming next week, and Metroid will be released at the end of the year. I think this is cool, it’s another way to purchase these games and the Metroid Prime Trilogy is particularly cool since that’s a bit difficult to get. However, I’ve been waiting for Nintendo to release all the other consoles they had on the Wii Virtual Console. At least release their own stuff on the VC, like N64, Game Boy, and Game Boy Color titles. All of these are already available so I don’t understand what the problem is. Finally, I was expecting Nintendo to start releasing GameCube games onto the VC. The Wii games announcement is cool but it just reminds me how much catching up Nintendo has to do.

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New Nintendo 3DS XL

After already being released in Japan, Australia and New Zealand last year, we got a release date for the latest version of the Nintendo 3DS for Europe and North America. The latest model, called the New Nintendo 3DS XL, will be released on February 13, 2015 for both territories. It has a bunch of new features, including extra shoulder buttons, a second analog stick nub thing, a stronger CPU, Amiibo support, and improved 3D functionality. This is all well and good, but goddamn it, can’t Nintendo come up with a better name? Now we have Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS, and New Nintendo 3DS XL. Technically, there’s another model of the latest 3DS version that’s not coming to America that would just make things more complicated. Can’t they just be 3DS, 3DS XL, 3DS Jr., and 3DS XL+? Some kind of obvious label so people won’t get confused? Part of me wants to get this new one for Xenoblade Chronicles but I barely use my current 3DS XL because it’s uncomfortable and my hand cramps up if I play for too long.

Those are my thoughts on the latest Nintendo Direct and now I want to hear yours! What announcements were you excited to hear about? Which announcements annoyed you? Leave a comment and let me know. Peace and love, gamers and players! Colorwind out.

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One thought on “Colorwind Reacts: Nintendo Direct 1-14-15

  1. Not going to lie, I don’t like how Nintendo has handled the 3DS over the years. From the ridiculous second stick attachment to this new 3DS that is somewhere oddly between a revision and a full-fledged successor, I just haven’t been a fan of how they’ve done things.

    Not a whole lot caught my eye at this direct. I did enjoy the new trailer for Splatoon. The customization options for the characters look fun especially since the designs are generally really cool.

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