E3 Week: My Highlights from the Nintendo Direct

I usually always look forward to the E3 Nintendo Direct. While Nintendo were the first company to  get away from having a live presence on stage, changing to a pre-recorded format, this has usually meant they can put out a snappier and more produced briefing. It meant they could have some fun with it and give us something memorable outside of just announcements.

After the past 12, very strong, months for Nintendo, with the release of the Nintendo Switch and games like Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, expectations were pretty high as to how they would follow up their second year for their new platform. I was expecting a lot of big things from this direct, what we got was something a bit different.

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Let’s Pokemon Go Switch

The series of exciting/disappointing announcements rolled on and on this past week as the leaky ship that is E3 got closer and closer. Aside from Fallout 76, another game piqued my interest, before dashing it completely before the announcement’s end.

Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee are the latest new Pokemon games from Game Freak and Nintendo announced for the Nintendo Switch.

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The Mini Console Bandwagon

Video game preservation is an important topic when it comes to the retro space. The industry is producing more video games now than ever before, and thanks to the digital and online nature of how we access the majority of modern games, there is a baked in solution to preserving all of the dating sims and shovelware than Steam has to offer.

It’s when you look back at the games of the earlier days of the industry, when you feel a sudden urge to play some obscure childhood favourite from the PS1 or TurboGrafx-16 that you realise you have no idea how to play those games today. If you didn’t manage to hang onto a still working original console, you’re short on luck. Or are you.

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How I fell out of love with Super Smash Bros.

Nintendo released one of their, now famous, prerecorded Nintendo Directs last week. A bundle of announcements both surprising and utterly predictable. One such announcement, if you can call it that, left many of the internet simultaneously excited and confused. I am, of course, talking about the ending teaser that shows a Super Smash Bros. game coming to the Nintendo Switch. Yay!?

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How to make a Super Mario Movie

There have been awful, terrible rumours for a while that American film studios have been very interested in making a Super Mario movie. I, like most people, have pushed these thoughts far to the back of my mind. Because, as we all know; movies based on video games are terrible. Then it happened, no amount of denial was ever going to keep this idea from coming to fruition it seems, and Universal Pictures have apparently secured a deal to make a Super Mario movie. And which Studio is making it? Illumination Entertainment. Yes, that’s right. The people behind the Minions might be making a Mario movie.

Okay, okay. Let’s not jump the gun just yet. In a recent financial Q&A session, Shigeru Miyamoto stated that this project is still in talks and if neither company can agree on a direction for the project then they have no issue canning the entire thing. “Calling it quits” were the words used. Before you think you know where this is going, I’m not exactly against the idea of there being a western made movie based on Nintendo’s mascot. It’s just that when it comes to combining these properties with kid’s movies, things don’t tend to go well for anyone.

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