I was not going to write one of these...then Nintendo did their presentation
The E3 weekend came and went with Xbox, Bethesda, and Devolver Digital doing their thing as usual. Absent was Sony who generally put on a good show had done their rather lackluster State of Play a few weeks ago. But as Monday passed with Ubisoft and Square Enix making their showcases, I wondered to myself if I even had enough content to write a recap of stuff I was excited to see during this conference. I think there was just enough good things to be excited about, and then I watched Nintendo present their Direct and my mind just exploded.
I will be the first to admit that I likely will not play this game. I will certainly watch someone play this game, but it looks like a game that I just won’t have the time to commit to finishing. It does look incredible though and I bet it will look amazing with an up-to-date PC. I suppose we could also talk about Keanu appearing on stage to promote Cyberpunk 2077, that was pretty fun and quite the surprise.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
I am a sucker for Dragon Ball having grown up with it in my childhood. After playing a lot of Dragon Ball FighterZ, when I heard they were also making an RPG game with very similar graphics I was incredibly excited. Based on the trailer they showed, it looks to be shaping up a lot like playing a game directly based on the TV show.
This seems like a really interesting Groundhog Day about reliving the same 12 minutes. Not much was shown in terms of actual gameplay, but the premise is definitely interesting.
Way to the Woods
I love games with a strong aesthetic like this one. Apparently its made by a single developer, which is super impressive. The deer and fawn are absolutely adorable and it looks like you control the deer and get help from the fawn.
Tales of Arise
I have played most of the other Tales games and will likely play this one too. It has very modern and high definition graphics but I’m not expecting anything particularly mindblowing beyond that.
Despite not having played Sekiro, I still appreciate everything that From Software does. This new entry entitled Elden Ring is a partnership between Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R. R. Martin of A Song and Ice and Fire fame. Not much was revealed in this cinematic trailer, but definitely one to keep an eye on and expect it to have pretty deep lore.
This was the only thing during Bethesda’s conference that looked enticing to me since I am not a huge fan of Fallout or Elder Scrolls which are basically Bethesda’s bread-and-butter. But just LOOK at the gorgeous aesthetic and premise. This was only a cinematic trailer unfortunately, so we will have to wait and see what happens with this game.
Final Fantasy VII Remake (I guess)
I’m adding this in here because the visuals are absolutely stunning and certainly worthy of doing, but by god do I just hate the action combat that this game is adopting. I would much rather they return back to the old turn based combat.
A buncha other remasters and re-releases
Square Enix seems to be going ham on remasters and re-releases on newer consoles, particularly the Switch. I’m totally fine with more stuff on my Switch since I love the console, but I do wish for more original IP from them.
Nintendo (My E3 Savior)
Luigi’s Mansion 3
As a kid, I remember desperately wanting a Gamecube for one reason: Luigi’s Mansion. I finally got a Gamecube and the game as an adult, but this game and its whimsy stuck with me through several generations of gaming. Nintendo did release a Luigi’s Manion 2 on the 3DS, but its feel was just not quite right from what I remember of playing the Gamecube version. Now it looks like Nintendo has returned to what made Luigi’s Mansion so fun and whimsical (For example in the original game Luigi was equipped with a Gameboy-like device. In this one he is equipped with something that looks suspiciously like a VirtualBoy).
Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
The more they show this game, the more I want it so badly. I absolutely adore the aesthetic and visuals of this game. The tilt-shift toy-like graphics provide a unique spin on an old game from the gameboy era. There are a ton of small and adorable details in this trailer and I cannot wait to play this.
I also have fond memories of playing Secret of Mana and other Mana games co-op with my siblings. So I was very happy to see the Mana series getting some love in re-releases on the Switch as well as a brand new game.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Fire Emblem has been a huge favourite of mine, particularly after I played Fire Emblem: Awakening on NDS. Over the years, Fire Emblem has gone pretty anime flavoured but the gameplay has always been pretty solid. I’m excited to see Fire Emblem getting some pretty sweet graphical treatment and I hope the gameplay is akin to previous games on the Gamecube.
No More Heroes 3
No More Heroes is one of those games you either had on the Wii or you didn’t have it. I was one of the fortunate who did have it and I remember it being so quirky and fun. Grasshopper released a No More Heroes game on the Switch last year, but it was a shell of the original No More Heroes games. But it looks like they want to release a proper sequel and I am all for it.
Panzer Dragoon Remake
Talk about surprises. This GDC I went to a postmortem talking about the old Panzer Dragoon games and here we are! A remake is being made for Switch and that is awesome since the originals were on Dreamcast and nobody bought that console.
Cadence of Hyrule
We already knew this was coming out, but come on. Zelda and Crypt of the Necrodancer? Enough said.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Ever since they teased this at their last Direct, I haven’t stopped thinking about it. Now we get a bit more of a look and it looks like everything Animal Crossing should be. With every installment, the development team tries to innovate on the Animal Crossing gameplay, so I hope we get to see more of this game and how it could be different from previous Animal Crossing games.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel
This was pretty inevitable, and honestly kinda shocking we’re seeing a bit of it already. It would be a waste not to make another game in the same engine. I personally loved Breath of the Wild and got quite good at the game, regularly beating up the toughest roaming enemies in the game. This new sequel has a pretty cool - and somewhat horrific - look to it that I dig.