Nintendo finally did another Direct full of announcements of what’s coming to the Nintendo Switch in this first half of 2021.
And while everyone was hyped for what would be revealed, it ended up not being very exciting.
I think everyone, myself included, expected Nintendo to have at least a few minor details about the sequel to Breath of the Wild. Then to soften the blow of the fact that the game won’t be coming out this year, they’d release a remaster/remake of one of the fan favorite Zeldas like A Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, or Wind Waker – especially after they released a lovely little remaster of Link’s Awakening in 2019.
But none of that happened.
Instead, they announced that they had nothing to say yet about the sequel to Breath of the Wild. They announced DLC for Hyrule Warriors. And instead of a beloved classic Zelda, they announced The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD (an uprezzed port of the 2011 Wii game)
Project Triangle Strategy – Terrible name (not final, but also maybe final). It’s a Final Fantasy Tactics-style successor to Octopath Traveler. Great art style. Don’t know if this is my kind of game.
Mario Golf – This was the kind of game I would have loved to play with my siblings as a child, but I honestly don’t think I’m in the mood for this type of game anymore. There is a story mode that may be fun. I loved Golf Story when it came out in 2017, but I think I was so underwhelmed by Mario Tennis Aces when it came out that it’s put me off more sports games.
Neon White – A very interesting anime, first-person, card-based, platformer from the maker of Donut County. I can’t make heads or tails of that description, but I also can’t help but think it’s going to be a popular pick on year-end top 10 lists later this year. It seems so strange and interesting that it’s going to leave a mark on people. It’s listed as a winter 2021 release.
Another trailer for Monster Hunter Rise – I played a ton of Monster Hunter World when it came out in 2018. I even played a ton of Dauntless in 2019 (a free-to-play, and much more accessible, version of the Monster Hunter formula), and I loved that too. And yet, for whatever reason, none of the trailers for Monster Hunter Rise have me excited to jump back into that style of a game. It’s tough, it’s complicated and I don’t know if I can get myself in that headspace again. I may end up sitting this one out, but I haven’t decided yet.
An enhanced version of Legend of Mana – It looks great, and seems to have some cool added features. This is one of those beloved classic series I’m ashamed to say I’ve never played, and this would be a good opportunity to get rid of that blind spot. But the question remains – will I have time?
Splatoon 3 – Seems to be some surprise that it wasn’t a big DLC for Splatoon 2. People love this series. It seems fun, but I’ve never played these games (except for a demo or multiplayer beta for Splatoon 2 that I enjoyed). Depending on when this comes out in 2022 and what else is coming out around it, I might give this one a shot.
The stuff I didn’t care about:
Star Wars Hunters, World’s End Club, Knock Out City, Fall Guys, Apex Legends, The Outer Wilds, Samurai Warriors 5, Famicom Detective Club, Capcom Arcade Stadium, Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse, Tales from the Borderlands, DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power, No More Heroes III, Miitopia, Ninja Gaiden Trilogy.