What did last week's Nintendo Direct mean for gamers?
On Wednesday during Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced a series of games that gamers never thought possible, at least as of now. Taking them by shock, gamers were confounded as to why Nintendo would make, not one, not two, but multiple announcements that they could’ve used at E3. A new Zelda game getting detailed a bit, a Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei cross over, a Zelda HD remake, and more?! Even I’m still recovering from the shock! However, despite what gamers might say, Nintendo knows what it’s doing most of the time and this move should come as no surprise. So what did this event mean for Nintendo? The following is my take.
What’s important is the games, don’t you agree? In order to understand why Nintendo made these announcements we have to understand what game announcements they made and why so. Let’s take a look at Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem and Monolith Soft’s X. While it’s uncertain as to what type of game SMTxFE is going to be it’s most likely going to be some sort of RPG. The same can be said for X considering what was shown in the trailer. Nintendo is trying to obviously appeal to the RPG fans. Before the next-gen consoles for Sony and Microsoft are revealed, Nintendo wants to firmly grasp on to, specifically, JRPG fans in both the West and East. “The Wii U is going to have awesome JRPG games!” Simple message, right?
There’s more that could be said about SMTxFE. SMT and Fire Emblem are established franchises in Japan with a large fanbase. By claiming these titles for the next generation, fans will jump at the opportunity to play their favorite series on the Wii U. What’s more, the new game is a cross over featuring the two series. Crossing over franchises has been a trend as of late and it’s no surprise that Fire Emblem and SMT ended up being on the same game. To those who enjoy both series, this is a blessing. Nintendo is obviously capitalizing on the fans’ dedication and loyalty to the series.
X looks amazing and despite what people might say about the Wii U not being next-gen, the game is an absolute visual wonder. The trailer captures the current graphical prowess that Monolift Soft can utilize from the Wii U and flaunts it to its gamers. The trailer wants to entice players not just because of what games the studio has previously created but because this new title for the next-gen looks amazing. Nintendo wants players to jump aboard the next-gen ship and they want you to choose the Wii U. After that trailer, even I’m hooked.
Of course, that’s not all that Nintendo revealed. Two Zelda games were revealed, one new and one old. The Wind Waker, originally released for the Nintendo Gamecube, was getting a HD update for the Wii U. The unique cel-shading style looked fantastic on the original system but now players can enjoy it on the Wii U. This is the first major HD remastering that Nintendo has announced and they chose to lead with Zelda. Why? First of all, The Wind Waker was one of the most beautiful looking games at the time and was extremely well-received by critics as well as fans. It was honestly the first choice. With The Wind Waker HD, Nintendo is proving to its fanbase that they are capable of creating HD remasters of some of their old titles and is open to doing more in the future. I mean... if this means a possible Metroid Prime HD, I’m all for it.