Thoughts on the 01.14.15 Nintendo Direct

With the new Nintendo Direct airing today, I have my opinions and thoughts.  I am only going to comment on the games that I more or less care about, thus a few may be left out.  Let’s start, shall we?

The first announcement made was for a new Fire Emblem game for the Nintendo 3DS.  MUCH HYPE!  I am so excited for this.  Fire Emblem: Awakening was so enjoyable and was my first entry into the FE series.  I was blown away, so a new Fire Emblem game is definitely a first day buy for me.  Nintendo, take my money.

I think it’s excellent that Wii Games will be available on the Wii U eShop because there were so many fantastic titles on the Wii that I am hoping more people will be able to enjoy now.  Definitely a great addition.

Kirby & the Rainbow Curse looks like a good game, but since I have never been a Kirby fan, I am 50/50 on this.  This is not a first day buy for me.  It’s the kind of game I will wait on and see how people are liking it, and then MAYBE purchase.  Something about Kirby has never been my thing.  I love really fast paced platformers like Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong Country…something about Kirby is just too slow.

The new set of Amiibo figures looks awesome; however, I sort of don’t care because I don’t play Super Smash Bros. and most Amiibo compatibility right now is for that game.  The good news is a new Ness Amiibo will be made available in the spring and that is DEFINITELY going on my Mother shelf!!!  Any Mother figurine would interest me, so that is very exciting.  I would actually really like a Pokey Minch figurine someday…that is one creepy dude.  The new Toad Amiibo figure looks excellent as well, plus it works with Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and I love that game.  I will probably buy that one as well in addition to Ness.

Mario Party 10 was announced in the Direct and I can’t wait!  I love the Mario Party series.  It may be the same sort of thing all the time, but I don’t mind.  They are fun games!  I think it’s going to look fabulous on the Wii U!  My boyfriend and I really enjoy Mario Party, and to be honest, it’s one of those games you can get your ‘non-gamer’ friends to play, and that’s fine with me!  Mini games?  Hell yeah!

Xenoblade Chronicles X looks fantastic.  I hope they keep most of the great features and battle system that was used for Xenoblade Chronicles because that game had amazing gameplay.  My only worry (and this is more just a personal thing because I think most people didn’t have this issue) is that it will be really grindy and I HATE GRINDING!!!  It’s one of the worst things in gaming for me personally.  I found Xenoblade Chronicles very lengthy not because it had a long story, more so because it just took forever to level up.  I think many people didn’t have this issue because they were doing all the side quests which allowed you to gain experience points.  I, on the other hand, did not do the side quests because I don’t really enjoy side quests, especially when you are playing a very long game to begin with.  Fingers crossed that the level progression is natural and there is no constant going back and grinding for hours on end all the time.  Here’s hoping!

The New 3DS was announced and it looks excellent with a lot of improvements that I think will make life a lot easier; however, I am really upset that certain games will only be for the “New 3DS”.  I think that is stupid.  Console improvements happen all the time, we have seen it when they make slimmer versions of consoles, etc, but games that are only compatible for the ‘upgraded console’ is big pain in my ass.  I just got a 3DS XL…now I have to get a new one?  Nintendo says I do because if I want to play a lot of new titles that will be released for the 3DS in the coming years I will.  I understand when they make a new console entirely, ie. Wii to Wii U, that you have to buy the new console, but an upgrade?  Dammit Nintendo, I am slightly disappoint.  I shell out enough money on video games, but having to buy a fancy new upgraded console is lame.  My bulky 1st Generation PS3 might be huge, but it still works and plays games fine, I never bought the slim that they made years later, and whatever, I’m happy.  ARGH.  First world problems I suppose.  I see the meme now with that girl crying, “Had to buy a the New 3DS to play the port of Xenoblade Chronicles”.  Wow.

Code Name S.T.E.A.M. does not interest me at all.  Something about it just looks annoying.  Not for me.  This goes for IronFall and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.  Meh.

Splatoon looks like a really fun game to play with friends online, but my only concern with it is that it may get really old really fast.  I can see it being fun for a week and then never touching it again.  This is a game I think I will wait on.

I am also not really sold on The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask for the 3DS either.  I dunno, it’s not that it’s a bad game or anything, I’m just not in any rush to play it.  I never played it for the N64 back in the day, and for some reason, I’m not hyped at all.  I’ll buy it some day down the road used or something when I actually feel like playing it.  No rush at the moment.

I think it was a good direct and definitely a bunch of stuff I want to get, just disappointed that I didn’t see more titles coming out for the Wii U.  There are going to be so many games for the PS4 and the Xbox One this year…so why not Wii U?  Oh well.  I can’t have everything, also, who am I kidding?  I am the slowest gamer in the world, lol, so it wouldn’t matter if a ton of games were released this year; I wouldn’t get to half of them!  XD

What are your thoughts on the first Nintendo Direct of 2015?  Yay?  Nay?  I thought it was pretty good!  🙂

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