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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Looking back at: Pokémon Trading Card Game (Gameboy)

The Pokémon Trading Card Game is huge. It might be the biggest physical card game around right now, selling around 2 billion cards a year on average. Not to mention the major tournaments held on an annual basis that the Pokémon Company stream on their Youtube channel.

It’s also nigh unrecognisable from how it looked back when it first popped up in the early 2000s. Back then, most kids I knew just collected the cards, but very few of them actually played the game. I was one of the losers with an actual interest in playing the game properly, an opportunity that never really presented itself to me outside of a game on the Gameboy Color.

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Pokemon Sun & Moon just changed everything

In a time where the rest of the world is very excited about Pokemon Go, Nintendo went ahead and dropped a new trailer for their upcoming seventh Pokemon Generation with Sun and Moon. And it just blew my mind. I have written on more than one occasion about my hopes and expectations for upcoming Pokemon games. I have always been pretty reasonable in these articles when it came to what I reasonably thought Game Freak would actually do with the franchise. I never reached too far from Pokemon’s established formula and kept things within reason, because after Six games that shared a lot of the same beats they weren’t going to go crazy now. I thought that Game Freak were very much in the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it camp”, Once again I have been proven utterly wrong by this series and how they can keep surprising me.

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