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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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 the Switch Became my Indie Machine

I felt burned by Nintendo. Almost like they’d let me down. While I still played my 3DS, the Wii U was a device I was becoming increasingly resentful of. Support for the console dried up almost immediately after a strong 3rd party developer presence upon release. After only a short few years, It was a device I was buying one, maybe two, games for a year. And even then the games I were buying, I’d only end up playing them for a few hours before they just started gathering dust on my shelf, forgotten.

I became increasingly frustrated with the device and Nintendo, and as a result was very reluctant to pick up the Nintendo Switch when it was released last year. But like the predictable, weak willed consumer that I am, the promise of a new Zelda and Mario titles eventually wore me down enough to pick one of these up when stock eventually became available again. And guess what happened…

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Wooderon Games of the year 2017: #1

2017 has been a hell of a year for really fantastic video games. Not much else mind you, but video games; top notch. I remember in years gone by when compiling these types of lists, I struggled to put together a collection of ten truly great games. It was because the bottom end of the list sometimes felt like they were just filling the gaps. This year, there have been more games I actually wanted to talk about than I could fit onto this list. I could have easily made this a top 15 or maybe top 20 list. But I’m not an insane person.

Sure, I’ve talked a lot about the problems of Battlefront II and my personal conflicting feelings about Destiny 2. But they’re both games I am still playing and getting enjoyment out of. It’s because I like them so much that I complain, hoping they’ll get better. They instil a passion for the medium in me that makes me want to talk about them critically in the inane hope that someone might read them and actually act on my “expert” opinion. I still have a lot from this year I really want to catch up on. Resident Evil 7, Dishonored 2 and Nier: Automata to name just a few. There are already some really exciting looking games coming out early next year too. So no matter how crappy everything else seems to be going in the world. At least video games are great.

So, lets go through my entire top ten before putting a cap on this puppy:

#10: Prey

#9: Star Wars Battlefront II

#8: Cuphead

#7: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

#6: Destiny 2

#5: Horizon Zero Dawn

#4: Super Mario Odyssey

#3: Assassin’s Creed Origins

#2: Sonic Mania

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