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Nintendo Direct 12/11/2015 – My thoughts

November 21, 2015 / 2:33 PM

By: Matthew Gibson

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Last Thursday, we recieved the first Nintendo Direct in a long while. And what was important about this one is that it was the first since Mr. Iwata’s untimely passing. So did it deliver? By all means it did. Whilst it doesn’t seems the same without the former CEO, and was a bit disappointing that Tatsumi Kimishima, the current CEO, didn’t make an appearance, the games that were shown off and the info revealed were more than pleasing. For this article, I’ll be covering my personal opinions on what was shown off. The stuff I mention will be according to the European Direct, since I am from the UK. However, I will be referencing US specific news and details as well, but there wasn’t much different between the two, so don’t worry.

Nintendo decided to start off with the long-rumoured HD-remake of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Having not played the GameCube/Wii original, I’m guessing this will be a great opportunity for newcomers. The new Wolf Link amiibo looks amazing as well, and I’m intrigued to its function within the game, in addition to the other Zelda amiibo already released. However, I’m not impressed with how it is looking. I was hoping that the title would retain it’s dark palette, and I’m glad this was the case, but to me at least, it seems like a straight port, not a remaster along the lines of Wind Waker HD. You could definitely see a difference in the GameCube classic, with brighter colours and an overall brighter atmosphere. But with this, it just seems like the spec has been improved. I’m hoping that in between the time now and the game’s soon release of March 4th, the shadows and look of the game will be improved. Nevertheless, I am very excited to explore this Zelda title I have yet to experience.

A look at the snazzy box art for the snazzy HD remaster.

A look at the snazzy box art for the snazzy HD remaster.

That wasn’t the only Zelda related news. Tri Force Heroes will be receiving an update next month, and it’s no ordinary one. The Den of Trials will become a new area of the Drablands able for you and two friends to explore! The catch is that this area is over 30 levels! The new costumes are awesome as well, especially the Linebeck costume that will make farming for materials much easier! We also got an update on Hyrule Warriors Legends. They revealed Linkle, who was originally a concept character for the original on Wii U. I have to say that I’m already loving this character! She seems so much more than a gender-swap for Link, and her crossbows seem like a lot of fun to use! The Limited Edition also comes with Linkle’s watch pendant, which is tempting me… The two DS Zelda entries, Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, are released on the Virtual Console in a neat touch, and the brief glimpse of the latest Zelda was just fantastic!

We also got a quick glance at Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam Bros., which showed of the new battle cards that seem to add more to the battle system. Xenoblade Chronicles X was shown off as well, and both of these titles seem great to play over the Christmas, at least more so than the recent releases of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash and Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival. It was also nice to get updates on other game’s releases. F-Zero ‘spiritual successor’ FAST Racing Neo will be coming by the end of the year, in addition to SteamWorld Heist, although the latter isn’t as tempting as the first title.

We did get a good amount of Pokémon news. Super Mystery Dungeon was mentioned and seems perfect for dungeon-crawler fans, and the idea of being able to partner up with legendaries is slightly intriguing. The new free-to-play Pokémon game is coming early Decemeber, and finally it seems to be one that will get me addicted to it. It is a variation on Picross, and promises to present difficult and puzzling challenges, and for free! Pokkén’s release has also gotten an update. It turns out that the game is amiibo compatible with a Shadow Mewtwo card, that enables you to unlock the character straight away. Whilst I find this to be quite cheap, it will be a nice bonus to those that buy the game within its first print. This has been completely overshadowed by the announcement that the originals, Pokémon Red, Blue, and the subsequent Yellow versions will be coming to the 3DS Virtual Console! As someone that has yet to explore the Kanto region, I’m hoping this will be the perfect opportunity for me!

Super Mario Maker also got a little section, and there will be a micro-site that will make it easier for you to find one of over THREE MILLION courses! This is quite frankly a bit pointless in my opinion, but it should prove useful to those on holiday, as mentioned. Splatoon has received a big update as well. One map, Museum D’Alfonsino has arrived for inklings to play in, and is as fresh as the 40 new pieces of gear added as well. And according to Mr. Bill Trinen, thanks to the update, over 8 maps are to be added over time, in addition to new modes. Finally! You can check the trailer for yourself, which comes with an amazing remix of the game’s music!


There was a TON of localization news. Two Dragon Quest games, being Fragments of the Lost Past and Journey of the Cursed King will be arriving to our shores next year, about three years after Japan. Final Fantasy Explorers will be arriving next year, and it seems quite interesting, especially if was a Monster Hunter fan, given their striking similarities. It will be coming with a limited edition, not unlike ANOTHER Square Enix title, which is Bravely Second: End Layer. It is sure looking like 2016 is one to watch for RPG fans. Of course, the latest in Nintendo’s acclaimed strategy franchise, Fire Emblem Fates, also received an update, with a release date of February 19th in the US (although no sign of a release date in Europe, sadly). Not only that, dedicated fans will be able to get the Limited Edition, that comes with all three paths (Birthright, Conquest, and Revelations (the DLC path)) and an artbook. I am quite infuriated that the game won’t be in one whole package, but it isn’t going to stop me from picking this up!

There doesn’t seem to be much else. Apart from one MEGATON announcement…


Cloud, the protagonist from Final Fantasy VII, one of the most praised RPG games of all-time, is coming to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS! What on Earth is going on here?!?! He looks awesome and fun as heck to play as, but not only is the the fifth third-party coming to the fighter, but Final Fantasy VII was the first title shifting away from Nintendo platforms, almost signifying the franchise’s relationship with Nintendo! But look! Cloud is in Smash Bros.! Wheter or not this was due to popularity in the Smash Ballot has yet to be confirmed, but I’m still hyped for it nevertheless! But wait, there’s more! A special broadcast for the all-star brawler will be coming in December, and knowing Sakurai, we’re bound to get a bunch of cool new stuff announced!

So that wraps up my round-up of Nintendo’s latest Direct. It was a great return to glory, and I hope they will be more frequent in these Directs. Make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below, telling us your impressions of the Direct! Happy gaming!

About the author /

Like many other game writers, Matthew was brought into the gaming world from a young age. He aspires to be a games journalist in the future. Oh, and he's from the UK, so there's that. He also does Nintendo Podcast System, just in case there isn't enough Nintendo on this site.

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  1. Nathaniel Beltran

    You are in for a treat if you haven’t played Twilight Princess. I would put it on one of the best Zelda games ever made. It obviously has its problems but there is a good chance it will be fixed in this version.

    • Matthew Gibson

      I think it is the only 3D Zelda I have yet to play! Looking forward to it, especially considering that if anyone at my school had played a Zelda, it is Twilight Princess!

    • Matthew Williams

      I just bought Twilight Princess myself, and am looking forward to playing it for the first time. It just made the short list of games I need to play, lol.

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