After seeing the Nintendo Direct of 14 September 2018, it was impossible not to return to the studio. Nintendo had to postpone this streaming video event for a week, but the wait is over and we had the opportunity to learn about the Japanese company’s plans for next year and the certainties of this end of 2018. In the studio, everyone has been waiting. trembling and hopeful that this event in streaming will take place waiting for the real hits of Nintendo that are struggling to arrive.

We have been seeing for a period certainly not flourishing of releases for the platforms of the Kyoto company and with many announcements made in the past on which then silence fell, filled only by the infinite information regarding Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Screen on and medical records in hand, your Dr. Nintendo gets to work to discuss the problems and treatments that this Direct applies to our desire for novelty with a large N.

At the end of the article you can find the list of announcements of this Direct in chronological order of publication so as to sadly think about how many economic resources will be needed in 2019 to play Nintendo Switch. Meanwhile, let’s go step by step.

Where is the “contemporary” cut?

Let’s start with a general consideration. The Direct setting is back again in a very schematic and clean format, but with little emphasis, little verve, little “wow” factor. Announcements made with a lot of professionalism but without that sensationalism that serves (unfortunately we users who request it) to create turmoil in the wishes of the players. When you think of the bombastic Nintendo Switch launch trailers with their young and modern edge, it seems a bit anachronistic to see these colorful video presentations in such a family-friendly setting.

Fortunately, in terms of content, many of the Nintendo fans have had something to rejoice and we can hope for a truly incredible 2019. The end of 2018 was well or badly outlined and many were looking forward to yet another Direct Smash-centric. But it wasn’t like that. A few minutes for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a new character (Fuffi da Animal Crossing) and the Nintendo Switch screen-printed bundle that in a very clever way comes out on the same day as Pokémon Let’s Go (November 16) giving everyone the opportunity to choose their favorite screen-printed version, since the one with Pikachu and Eevee on the dock and Joy-Con in the same color will also be marketed. And here my many customers sincerely thank for this gesture of mercy that has avoided us other videos and info on Smash, which will arrive soon, rest assured.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 ok, but how many remasters!

The pyrotechnic fires come at the beginning with Luigi’s Mansion 3. Vociferated in recent months, it will be a reality to the delight of many, including myself. 2019 is the generic date that heralds a dense new year, given the rest of Switch’s next year construction line-up. They could all have been roses and flowers given this beginning, but it didn’t. After this announcement space for Nintendo 3DS. We thought it was the last year of this long-lived laptop and instead 2019 will still see it called into question. After 8 years, Nintendo’s elderly entertainment system that feels the weight of years on its 240p screens would have deserved a bit of well-deserved rest. For more propose a roundup of remasters not really the best way to say hello to 3DS. At this point, one last pyrotechnic title is needed to dismiss him, something striking that we have not yet seen.

Fortunately, the Switch and the updates for Splatoon 2 and Mario Tennis Aces, which promise considerable news for players. For the ink shooter, new weapons, new maps and a mode. For the rackets of the Mushroom Kingdom, on the other hand, new characters and new co-op modes are foreseen that show how much Nintendo still points strong even on this sports title. In this ups and downs of appreciation and perplexity, a somewhat controversial point is yet another revival of old glories of the recent past. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a clear example. The game itself is of an incredible quality and it will be a real pleasure to play it again next January, but how much is it still worth to bring a title from the Wii U catalog?

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    When it’s time for the Nintendo Switch online services, there was little hope of having any news on the matter. Everything was already known. I had hoped for some rethinking. There is no trace of even the news we were waiting for regarding the benefits for members. Ah, right, there are the Joy-Con NES shown: not very functional except for the Nintendo classics. From my point of view it would have been much more interesting to have the Japanese version in the red-gold Famicom style available in Europe as well. What a wasted opportunity. My unfulfilled hopes can be found in the previous episode of Dr. Nintendo. Neglecting Pokémon Let’s Go which is now reality coming and that we are all ready to welcome, let me speak to the names of many of my patients by saying that a surge of anger rises when you see the screen-printed versions of Pokémon and Super Smash Bros. of Switch, while the poor players who bought the Splatoon 2 Bundle version didn’t even get the Joy-Con to match the game.

    Final Fantasy and Dr. Nintendo’s advice

    Among the titles to keep an eye on, here are some suggestions from your Dr. Nintendo. With Starlink: Battle for Atlas I think Ubisoft will show that they know how to deal with Fox and the space shooter genre. Don’t underestimate it. Same goes for Daemon X Machina which could represent an important “mature” alternative to the colorful and carefree Nintendo worlds. It may not be a masterpiece, but it seems to be deeper than you might expect. And I bet two rupees on it too Town (working title) by Game Freak. I point them because after years of Pokémon success it takes courage to propose another product, because the setting recalls the Level-5 titles (a mix between Ni No Kuni and Layton) and also because the experience on the Pokèmon brand will have been useful to develop something of value. On Yoshi’s Crafted World little to say except that we all look forward to him both in the ward and in the studio.

    Then it came Square Enix. We had practically not seen it on Nintendo Switch, excluding Octopath Traveler, the only noteworthy sighting. And suddenly the festival of remaster versions also lands on Switch. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered is a big piece of the 2019 program, a pearl unknown to most and that many have not been able to fully appreciate due to the complex system with which the local multiplayer was managed (GBA and connection cable were needed for each partner). With today’s technologies everything will be different, simpler and on Switch it will be perfect. But for a remaster that really deserves this second chance there are ports of Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age which are good as a filler, a Final Fantasy VII that seems to be the original one and not the remake that is in development (very questionable choice) and two titles directly from the smartphone that we will have gladly done without. Square Enix in light and shadow in my opinion.

    A bit like it started, this Nintendo Direct ended with a bolt from the blue: Animal Crossing on Switch. At this announcement, my secretary jumped out of her chair as if in some form of hysteria. Last and isolated gasp of this Direct.

    The great absent

    Despite the large number of titles presented, the emptiness that this Direct leaves is felt in the minds of many. Bayonetta 3, Metroid Prime 4, Fire Emblem Tree Houses, Shin Megami Tensei V are still unknown pages of a 2019 that will sparkle on paper, but of which we still know too few details. If we also consider the version of this event that aired in Japan, we note that the big difference lies in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey available in cloud version starting from 5 October. With us this offer finds some obstacles for the quality of the connections and the sidereal distance from the servers. For now, everything will be confined to Japan, unfortunately.

    The summary of this Nintendo Direct is many remasters or ports, some juicy news and some unknowns not yet resolved. I close my analysis and also the door of my studio by leaving below the list of games shown and announced and the complete video of the Direct, in case you missed it.

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      Nintendo Direct Titles announced or shown

      September

      • Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition HD (Switch) – September 14, 2018
      • Cities Skylines: Nintendo Switch edition – September 14, 2018
      • Splatoon 2 – ver. 4.0 (Switch) – September 14, 2018
      • Capcom Beat’em up Bundle (Switch) – September 18, 2018
      • Nintendo Switch Online Service – September 19, 2018
      • Mario Tennis Aces – ver. 2.0 (Switch) – September 19, 2018
      • Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country (Switch) – September 21, 218
      • Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Army of Rabbits on the Moon (DLC; 3DS) – September 27, 2018

      October

      • Mega Man 11 (Switch) – October 2, 2018
      • Super Mario Party (Switch) – October 5, 2018
      • The World Ends with You –Final Remix- (Switch) – 12 October 2018
      • Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Switch) – October 16, 2018
      • Luigi’s Mansion (3DS) – October 19, 2018
      • Just Dance 2019 (Switch) – October 25, 2018
      • FIFA 19 (Switch) – October 28, 2018

      November

      • Diablo III: Eternal Collection (Switch) – November 2, 2018
      • World of Final Fantasy Maxima (Switch) – November 6, 2018
      • Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu / Eevee + screen printed console bundle (Switch) – November 16, 2018
      • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Screen Printed Console Bundle (Switch) – November 16, 2018
      • Civilization VI (Switch) – November 16, 2018
      • Warframe (Switch) – November 20, 2018

      December

      • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch) – December 7, 2018
      • Autumn winter
      • NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 (Switch) – Fall 2018
      • Katamari Damacy Reroll (Switch) – Winter 2018
      • Team Sonic Racing (Switch) – Winter 2018

      2019

      • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Switch) – January 11, 2019
      • Mario & Luigi: Journey to Bowser’s Center + The Adventures of Bowser Junior (3DS) – January 25, 2019
      • Yoshi’s Crafted World (Switch) – Spring 201
      • Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Switch) – 2019
      • Kirby and the Cloth of Hero (3DS) – 2019
      • Daemon X Machina (Switch) – 2019
      • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition (Switch) – 2019
      • Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age (Switch) – 2019
      • Final Fantasy VII (Switch) – 2019
      • Final Fantasy IX (Switch) – 2019
      • Final Fantsy X | X-2 HD Remaster (Switch) 2019
      • Animal Crossing (Switch) – 2019
      • Town (working title) – 2019
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