Once again, Nintendo has made me giddy with excitement.
Most of the news has already been announced, but there are a few new items to mention, the first of which made me more giddy than any of the others.
The bombshell of this particular Nintendo Direct is The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D. I have been anticipating this game since the release of Ocarina of Time 3D. Ocarina and Majora’s Mask go hand in hand, and it was only a matter of time before Majora’s Mask 3D blipped onto our radar. It has finally been announced. As if we needed another reason to be a Nintendo fan! With the new and improved 3DS controls and portability, Majora’s Mask 3D is bound to be a must-have for the 3DS library. Honestly, it never seems to get the recognition that it deserves – that said, Ocarina of Time is arguably the best game of all time, and is thus a hard act to follow. When Majora’s Mask was released, it wasn’t received very well. It’s an unconventional Zelda title, but it’s definitely worth your time. I’ll get into more Majora’s Mask stuff soon. The tentative release date is Spring of 2015, but keep in mind it’s exactly that: tentative. If that release date winds up being a little too early, I hope that they push it back a bit instead of halfassing it. Let’s go for quality, for polish, here. There will certainly be a Majora’s Mask article in full later, so you’ll know what you’re getting into.
The season of Nintendo is officially upon us. The month of November is here, and you know what that means: November 21st is edging ever closer. Soon, Super Smash, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be upon us. The MarioKart8 DLC is coming soon. We will be able to race as characters like Link and Dry Bowser. New courses will be available! And thanks to the most recent Nintendo Direct, we have the honor of being teased with more Nintendo news.
One unusual announcement I noticed involved Pikmin. We haven’t heard much from this series since the release of Pikmin 3, but I’m really excited about what’s going on. Nintendo Direct showed us new “Short Movies” which showcase Pikmin. There isn’t a whole lot of info about these short movies yet, but I assume that we will know more in due time.
There is some news concerning the new Nintendo phenomenon: the amiibo figures. There are new connective capabilities. Potentially, there will be more games that will have amiibo connection functions. Most of this is speculation for now, but the amiibo figures have unlimited possibilities. Once I know more, you’ll know more. But for now, chew on this: Let’s say that November 21st has already come and gone. You picked up your copy of Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U, buuuuuuuuuuut you have only six friends. And you really want to try out the new 8-player mode. But with your six friends, plus you, you have only seven players. Your amiibo character can be a player. And it’s not like some lame, predictable CPU. This amiibo can grow and train and battle as you see fit. If you want your amiibo to focus on quick dodging and countering, you can do that. If you want your amiibo to be a smashing fiend, you can do that. The amiibo characters learn and grow based on you. You train them. So what if you have only six friends? Choose your robot, figurine, plastic thingy. That can be your new friend. And that way, you can fully experience the Wii U Super Smash Bros. Thanks Nintendo!
All in all, Nintendo has a lot to offer but for now, they are focusing on surface level announcements. That way, they can keep the masses interested without being spoiled. They’ll let us drool. And in all honesty, it’s working. I want to know what else these amiibo things are capable of. I want to know more about Majora’s Mask 3D. Nintendo Direct gave us dome details, but they gave us just enough to wet our appetite. Nintendo knows exactly what they’re doing. And they have us right where they want us. Buckle up for the best season Nintendo has ever seen!