There will be a Nintendo Direct this month. I mean, they haven’t actually said that they’re going to, but they are. It just makes sense. We’re coming up on the one year anniversary of their Nintendo Switch event, which basically spelled out their plans for 2017. Plus there’s been a ton of leaks, one of which is an internal timeline for marketing the game Fe that straight up says that it’ll be shown during the January Direct. So, it’s happening. But what will be shown, and more importantly, what do I want to be shown?
Man, if it doesn’t happen, this is the dumbest start to an article.
Before I go into my predictions and wishes, let’s address those leaks. There was a huge one on 4chan not too long ago that claims that a new Fire Emblem, Pikmin 4, and something called Donkey Kong Planet will all be shown. Two out of those three I would have guessed without the help of any leaks. Both Fire Emblem and Pikmin 4 make a ton of sense. I don’t know about that Donkey Kong thing though.
There’s been official mentions of a new Fire Emblem and Pikmin 4, so even though they haven’t been shown, they’re absolutely working on them. In the case of Fire Emblem, it was announced during a Fire Emblem specific Nintendo Direct last January, and hasn’t been heard from since. That’s not too weird though, as that Direct also announced Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Fire Emblem Heroes, and gave us a better look at Fire Emblem Warriors. With that many projects, all of which were due out in 2017, that new Switch mainline game should just chill until 2018. Well, it’s been about a year, those games are out, and it’s finally time to see what that game is.
Pikmin 4 is a bit more a wild card. Miyamoto mentioned years ago that it was nearing completion. So, where is it? Honestly, I’m surprised we haven’t seen it yet. In my E3 2017 Predictions article, I listed it as a “sure thing” for Nintendo’s event. I was that convinced that this was the year. But, maybe it just wasn’t a big enough announcement for E3? A January Nintendo Direct though? Yeah, it’ll be there. For real this time.
There might not have been a leak associated with it, but I think it’s time for a new Animal Crossing. When Nintendo first got into the mobile business, they mentioned that they saw their mobile games as ways to get people interested in their main console games. With that in mind, Nintendo’s newest mobile game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, is a little weird. What, are they using it get people to check out a several years old 3DS game? No. They’re raising awareness for the next game in the series, and we’ll see it at this Direct. That’s a fact. Or, if not, it’ll be at E3.
Ports of Wii U games make a ton of sense, and it seems like Nintendo agrees. There’s a ton of very well regarded Wii U games that sold like crap because they’re on the Wii U. Well, the Switch is a platform that people are actually excited about. Put out Mario Kart 8 on Wii U and people love it, but it doesn’t exactly sell. Slap a battle mode on it and port it to the Switch and suddenly it’s the fastest selling game in the series. With how well that game did, I don’t think Wii U ports are going anywhere. There’s two games that I think would make a ton of sense to come next.
One of those is Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, or For Switch, or whatever they’d end up calling it after the port. Last year was a surprisingly heavy multiplayer year for Nintendo, with Splatoon 2, Arms, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Pokken Tournament DX. It only makes sense that they’d want to keep up that trend, and well as the Wii U port trend, and Smash fills both of those. The fact that Arms didn’t really take off means there’s still a fighting game sized hole for Nintendo to fill. So yeah, Smash’ll be there.
The other pretty obvious choice is Super Mario Maker, a game that completely took over the internet for a huge part of 2016, despite being a Wii U exclusive. With how popular that game was, can you even imagine the sales it would get on the Switch? Personally, I’d rather have a full sequel, but I think a port makes more sense. It’s just easy money.
Moving on from predictions and into wishes, I have another potential Wii U port, and if you follow my blog I’m sure you know what it is. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is a criminally under-played video game. Not only is it a ton of fun, with a really goofy plot and fun characters and great mechanics, but it’s a crossover with two very popular franchises, Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei. Put out an uncensored version, with an English dub, and really stress what that game is, and maybe people will actually play it this time. And put out a line of Amiibo, because I really want an Ellie on my shelf.
This is kind of a weird wish, because it’s super not specific, but I want another new IP. I really like both Splatoon and Arms, the two most recent major IPs from Nintendo. There’s this new attitude coming out of that company that feels more “cool” than most of the traditional games that they make, and I really want to see where they go if they continue in that direction.
Let’s finish off with one wish that’s totally never going to happen. Nintendo, bring back StarTropics. I mean, you clearly care about it a little bit, since you put out both games on the Virtual Console as well as including the first one on the NES classic. But other than that, there hasn’t been anything from it since the NES. Not even a Smash Bros. reference! It might not get the biggest reaction, but I can promise you that at least one person will lose their mind if you announce StarTropics 3.
And if you don’t, there’s always E3, right?