Louis Hughes’ Direct Opinion: Nintendo Direct Mini – March 2020
While it’s been awhile since Nintendo held an event, rumors were stating that today would be the day. What made this different is that it’s a “Direct Mini” and was stealth dropped with no announcement from Nintendo until it was uploaded. The Direct Mini did start off with a disclaimer explaining that due to the outbreak most games will not have a release date. While most games shown did have a release date, it’s obvious that first party games are being affected or they are waiting for the E3 Direct for the big announcements.
What made this Direct stand out is the amount of shadow drops for titles and updates. The biggest surprise, for me, is that the Panzer Dragoon: Remake is available today. I was debating about buying it now until I saw that Limited Run Games will be releasing a physical copy in a Sega Saturn case that made me hold off.
The games that got the most focus were Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition with an extra story mode releasing on May 26. Bravely Default II with the announcement of a demo with a feedback survey, and ended with more details on the upcoming Pokémon Sword/Shield Expansion Pass.
There was Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news about the first fighter in the Fighters Pass Vol. 2, but I believe this is where the outbreak affected development, as the fighter is announced for June and the fighter is not named. The only a hint is that the character is from ARMS. I like this approach, as it doesn’t get people’s hopes up and lets them wonder what that fighter is until (I believe) the next Direct will be in June when E3 is supposed to happen.
Overall, my thought on the Nintendo Direct Mini – March 2020 is positive, as we have a good idea of titles coming out in the next couple of months. There is a lot of third-party support with title favorites, new games, and more information on upcoming titles. While some feel this maybe the Switch’s slump with the next big game coming out in May, I’m not jumping to conclusions until we see what they have in store for us in the yet to be announced E3 Direct.