(Updated) Why Nintendo's 2021 Is A Sequel to 2019 (Part 2)
Hey, I'm back. This article look longer than expected, but I did for two reasons, I was waiting to hear back from some sources about something I'll get into shortly, and I also wanted to let things simmer for a bit.
With that out of the way, what did I think about Nintendo's E3?
It was fantastic. Lots of variety, a couple of awesome surprises and Samus finally made her return to a Nintendo console in 2D, for the first time since 1994. Were there a ton of Megatons? No. But I don't think they needed many. Nintendo went back to many of the fan favorites this year, and I support that move 100%. It's going down as one of my absolute favorite directs. Nintendo saved what would've been an otherwise awful E3 once again.
Let's get into the lineup.
Kazuya in Smash:
This was a cool surprise. I'm not much of a Tekken fan, but I absolutely felt like Namco Bandai deserved a second rep in Smash, and Tekken made the most sense. Kazuya is Tekken's Ryu, so seeing him join Ryu, Ken and Terry is pretty awesome. As expected, he's super faithful to his series, and he looks like a lot of fun to play.
(He's probably already out by the time this article goes up.)
We have one more character to go, and while I have no idea who it is, I have a feeling they've saved the biggest character for last. Here's hoping Smash ends with a bang.
Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania:
Not a Nintendo announcement necessarily, but I have to gush about this one.
I could not be more excited. They fucking nailed it. The art style? Check. The level design being exactly the same? Check. Having all twelve mini games? Check. The three games they decided to remake? Check. Having the original designs as unlockable costumes? Check. Sonic and Tails as unlockables? Check. This is everything I wanted and more. 40 bucks for this is a STEAL. I'm buying five or six copies to show my support for this. Super Monkey Ball is getting a better anniversary than Sonic, and I will die on that hill.
WarioWare Get It Together!:
This was an E3 of Nintendo revivals, and this is one of the clear examples why. WarioWare has always been one of Nintendo's most inventive and quirky series, and this game looks to be no exception. It's good to see Wario having a starring role in anything, really. Here's hoping we don't have another decade long drought.
Advance Wars 1+2 RE: Boot Camp:
Holy shit. I could not believe my eyes when I saw Andy and company pop up on the screen. It's been so long since Advance Wars was in the spotlight that I just gave up hope about the series returning. I was absolutely blown away and I'm extremely excited about Nintendo giving this franchise a chance again. WayForward has so far, done a great job of modernizing these characters for a new generation. If you want more Advance Wars, BUY THIS. We have to show Nintendo where the money is, if we want more dormant franchises to return. Absolutely stoked.
Mario Party Superstars:
Oh man, oh wow. Nintendo went and said "Hey, let's give Zippo exactly what he wants." And did they ever. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE'VE WANTED. 100 of the best minigames, 5 of the best boards, and online play in every mode. This is a dream come true, and I'm once again stoked. Mario Party Mania is a more fitting title, because that's exactly what this is.
Breath of the Wild 2/Other Zelda Stuff:
Firstly, Breath of the Wild 2's trailer. To be honest, I wasn't jumping out of my seat for this. It was pretty neat, but nothing there was super groundbreaking, Link's new arm looks cool, and I'm sure there will be some fun new gameplay mechanics added to it, but there wasn't exactly a whole lot to the trailer, it seems more like a message of "Hey, it exists, don't worry!" rather than a full gameplay showcase, which is fine, but eh, I'm just looking forward to hearing more, whenever that'll be. While I'm happy the information I was given about a 2022 release was accurate, there's still doubts in my mind that even that might happen, like many other games, Covid ate Zelda alive, and the effects it's had are pretty damn obvious. Speaking of which:
Zelda's getting a pretty lame anniversary. A neat Zelda themed Game and Watch, Skyward Sword HD, and... that's it, really. Obviously, Mario is Nintendo's golden boy, and Zelda was never going to receive the same amount of treatment, but I will say I expected more than this. With the other rumored HD Zelda ports being moved to next year, nothing else in sight, not even merchandise, it really makes you wonder if they really had much else planned, pre covid.
I could go on a fanboy splooge fest about Metroid for hours, but I won't. Everyone else has said everything that's needed to be said about it. Metroid Dread looks fucking incredible. The tone, the music, the visuals, everything just hits right. This is the first console 2D Metroid in 27 years, and the first 2D Metroid in nearly two decades, and it looks to have been well worth the wait. The story of Metroid Dread has spanned nearly half of my life, and it's an incredible sight to finally see it come to fruition. I'm seeing exactly why Sakamoto was so happy with Mercurysteam now. October is looking like one of the best months for video games in a long time. It's a month of revivals. Get here already. Buy this game, show your support. Let's get more 2D Metroid happening.
(Oh, by the way, if you're one of those goldfish brained morons who are upset with people who are willing to buy a new Metroid game for 60 bucks, then you desperately need to find a new hobby, because you're an embarrassment. I'm talking Era admin level.)
What Was Missing:
A lot of people thought there would be more. Like, for example, DK, Splatoon 3, a new 3D Mario, Mario Kart, Monolitsoft's new game, Prime 4, etc. Why they weren't there is a pretty easy thing to answer, and it might surprise you...
Nintendo decided to not show them off because they didn't want/have to. What they showed off was more than enough for many people, myself included. I'll go over a few and give a few updates on what I know:
Fire Emblem Remake:
Yes, this is very much happening. What I do not know currently is which Fire Emblem game is being remade. Fans seem to be split between either Genealogy of the Holy War, or The Burning Blade. Either would make sense, considering both titles have never seen an English language release. Again, I've been told once again that this is a game that is nearly complete, so I see Nintendo sitting on it until they're good and ready to make an When I know more, I will make an update. Have some patience FE fans, you're gonna be eating good before too long.
This is an interesting case. This game has apparently been in development for over 3 years now, and if I were a betting man, I would've absolutely had thought it would've been at E3, but it wasn't. I've heard a bit more about this so maybe this might help put some people at ease.
I've been told by multiple people that Donkey Kong is the next franchise in line to follow Mario in Nintendo's push for their game franchises to become multimedia juggernauts.
Donkey and co. aren't just getting a new game, they're getting animation (Before this catches fire, my sources did not specify whether or not this was a movie or a show, just that an animation featuring DK characters was early in the works.) a big theme park expansion, merchandise, etc. This new game is not just a one off, DK is being taken seriously at the big N again, and that should be good news for fans everywhere.
Just be patient. You'll be hearing more sooner rather than later.
And there it is. Phase 1 of the "Donkey Kong Renaissance" has begun. Just a few days before the 40th anniversary of DK's debut in America, no less!
With that said, that's all I have for today. I'll be back with something on the fun side very soon. Until then, take care!