As stated this is the first Nintendo Direct since the passing of Satoru Iwata President and CEO of Nintendo. This Nintendo Direct marks off the end of this year and the first half of next year with a strong and health lineup of new games, sequels, remakes, amiibos and surprises. Love them or hate them, there’s something here for everyone.
Nintendo in its need to innovate has been promoting their Amiibo figurines for the past couple of months. Amiibo are miniature statues that can unlock content and interact with games on the Wii U and the New Nintendo 3DS (currently out only in Japan and Australia). It’s similar to the Skylanders and Disney Infinity figures but instead of unlocking characters it unlocks additional features on multiple games.
There have been a few Zelda spin-offs in the past but none have been this appealing. Hyrule Warriors is the most recent franchise that is adopting the mayhem driven gameplay of the Dynasty Warriors franchise. Bringing in several characters from the history of Zelda, they are looking better than ever. Is this team-up something Legendary or does it suffer the same criticisms as Dynasty Warriors always does.
I was hanging out at the EB section at FanExpo to say hi to a friend and a brand new demo caught my eye. Hyrule Warriors, the Dynasty Warriors themed Zelda game was playable at their Wii stations. This wasn’t available yesterday and it still isn’t available on the Nintendo eShop either so I was ecstatic.
One Piece is one of the long running manga/anime whose games often get overlooked. It’s easy to see why. Like movie tie-in games they get a bad wrap often seen as cash grabs. Returning to the Unlimited series of games, will this port from the 3DS be as strong as the Dynasty Warriors inspired Pirate Warriors 2?
One Piece hasn’t been getting enough love in video game form, especially compared to fellow Shonen Jump series Naruto and even Bleach to a certain extent. Most One Piece games have been less than stellar. This is the second game in the series to use the Dynasty Warriors’ formula. Will this second outing make up for what the first game lacked?