Not a great Direct to start the year. bold for things I’m interested in.
- Xenoblade? No, it’s just Smash. My interest in Smash is zero.
- Famicom Detective Club: Very interesting, I’ll be picking these up if they’re not unreasonably priced. Pre-order is nonsense in a digital store.
- Monster Hunter is offensive, trophy hunting innocent animals not for meat, but because you’ve encroached on their land.
- Mario Golf: No interest, even tho I enjoy some golf games, largely because it’s Joycon based and I have a Switch Lite.
- No More Heroes III: “Save the world!” It’s yet another NMH game, you do stupid chores in an “open world” with nothing in it, then fight in an arena, and literally jerk off with your blade to charge it back up. Plot means nothing here. Another Joycon game. Hard pass.
- DC Super Hero Girls: FFS STOP MAKING THAT NOISE! The shrieking pitch of the characters aside, this is not for me.
- Miitopia: Miitopia should be Nintendo’s social network, shared world thing, if they had any ability to operate anything social. Instead it’s now a bad JRPG. Pass, and despair.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Super Mario Items: OH YES GIMME! Especially the warp pipes, my house is up on a high cliff, separated from “town” by the river, so no villagers can reach it. But it also takes me forever to get home. So now I’ll put one warp at my house, one on the far side of city center.
- Project Triangle Strategy: The game is named for its genre, a rock-paper-scissors triangle, strategy game. With some of the most cliché dialogue I’ve ever heard in a game. Where it does show gameplay, it’s kind of similar to Jeanne d’Arc without the cute character design, clever story, or deep tactical combat. If it turns out good despite first impressions, I’ll reconsider.
- Star Wars Hunters: Zero gameplay trailer. Buy it because you’re such a Star Wars nerd despite the last 40 years of mostly bad Star Wars, or don’t. Pass.
- Hyrule Warriors: Ha ha no. Really dumb “action fighting” game with inappropriate Zelda skins. Almost any other game is better than this trash.
- Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD: Interesting enough, and they seem to have adapted the Wiimote/Joycon controls to the Lite OK. I played on Wii and it was passable but not great; if you didn’t, it’s worth trying.
- Splatoon 3: Zero gameplay trailer. A little bit of character customization in a shoot-em-up where that won’t matter a bit.
- Capcom Arcade Stadium: Free-to-start in-app-purchase arcade. I’m downloading it now. [later] So, some of the games at least are free, but you have to “buy” each one separately in the Nintendo eShop™. Ghouls & Ghosts has maybe the worst controls I’ve ever seen, I get tangled on diagonal jumps and die. It is sadness.
- Bravely Default II: Looks fine, probably worth playing if you like this kind of thing. Pre-order, so can’t tell now.
- Knockout City: It’s like Smash, but team-based. But it’s not even Smash. Total pass.
- Outer Wilds: You have 22 minutes… Stop. No. I hated Majora’s Mask, will not put up with this bullshit in sppaaaaace. I want to lazily coast around looking at and doing things at my own pace, and the Sun exploding puts a crimp in my game style.
- Plants vs Zombies: Adequate early iPhone tower defense game, long outlived its sell-by date, more of a touch interface game. Do not pay anything for this.
- Samurai Warriors 5: I love samurai sword-fighting, and sort of like fighting games, but there’s not much there, and the ridiculous superpowers ruin the historical fighting concept.
Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection: You are the legendary ninja Ryu Hayabusa… You fight giant crabs, because that’s what ninja do, right? These are all fun games, “ninja” in name only, very stupid, but fun.
Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse: Slightly funny joke is carried on way too long.
- World’s End Club: Very cartoony/Flash-animation endless runner with cutscenes. Not much game to the game.
- Neon White: Very weird “flying cards shoot angels” game, with at least 3 art styles mashed together incoherently. Pass.
- Legend of Mana Remastered: It’s a great game, one of the prettiest action RPGs of the old times. I have it on iPhone, old graphics upscaled. I don’t think I like the new graphics, the original pixel art was perfect.
- SaGa Frontier Remastered: Great game, art update. Unlike Mana, I think the art could use an update; I’m not sure I like this, but it may be better.