Nintendo Direct – January 2015: A Mixed Bag

The first Direct of 2015 has come and gone. There was quite a bit of information on upcoming Nintendo titles and hardware in the coming months, but I finished the presentation with mixed feelings about it. There were some really good things in this Direct, that are sure to get fans even more hyped about certain titles, while other information was lacking.


The Good:

  1. A new Fire Emblem game is on the way for 3DS
  2. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Codename S.T.E.A.M., Majora’s Mask 3D, and New 3DS get release dates (among some other titles)
  3. More Xenoblade Chronicles X gameplay shown, and boy, does it look amazing!
  4. A surprise free-to-play title from Bandai Namco titled Project Treasure
  5. Splatoon is releasing in May
  6. Select Wii titles will be available for download and can be launched directly from the Wii U start menu. The titles will also be able to utilize the GamePad (if they used the pro controller before)
  7. Majora’s Mask special edition New 3DS XL looks extremely cool
  8. Cross buy between new Mario vs Donkey Kong title
  9. Puzzle & Dragons dual cart with Mario version of the game

The Bad:

  1. No solid release dates for titles like Splatoon and Xenoblade Chronicles X
  2. No mention of other titles, like Yoshi’s Woolly World or Mario Maker
  3. Pokemon Shuffle
  4. amiibo functionality in Mario Party 10: you have to erase Smash Bros. data to use owned amiibo
  5. Lackluster Captain Toad amiibo integration (there is still so much potential usage there)
  6. No power supply with New 3DS? What?
  7. More “Super Mario” amiibo? Hmmm…

My biggest gripes have to do with no release dates for some titles; I understand this was focused on Spring titles, but why not a monthly date for Xenoblade Chronicles X, especially if you’re going to show more footage? Or what about Yoshi’s Woolly World and Mario Maker? Heck, what about a specific date for Splatoon? Those don’t take up too much time, so all the New 3DS info could’ve still stayed.

Overall, I did enjoy this Direct, and it did have some neat information. But much of it was semi-known already, and this was not the “big bang” that Nintendo needed to start the year. You can watch the full Direct below, in case you didn’t want to get up early enough to watch it live.

What did YOU think of the Direct?

 

~Michael

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