Time to sit down for another YvoCaro Plays. Today my weekly gaming chat is about last nights Nintendo Direct. What did you think? I went to sleep being a happy little gamer!
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No complaining about the lack of Animal Crossing
I’m pretty sure there are readers among you who were thinking after last nights’ Nintendo Direct: “oh no, no news on Animal Crossing. I bet Yvonne will moan about that again”. Rest assured. I won’t.
I hadn’t expected any news, the time isn’t right yet. If you ask me, there will be a special Nintendo Direct for this gaming coming to Switch. And if they are smart, they will make this a Summer of Winter holiday release. What better way to entice Animal Crossing fans to shell out for a special themed Switch console? People will have free time on their hands, and what better gift then Animal Crossing in your Christmas stocking. Not being cynical here, that’s how I would do it when I was in marketing.
Actually, I was pretty chuffed about last night’s announcements. Of course, there had to be some Mario in there. I’m no fan of the guy, but what is Nintendo without a Mario title of any kind, right?
There was a plethora of games shown and my interest wasn’t really peaked until Dragon Quest Builders 2 was shown. I loved the first game on my Vita, and this new one looks even better. There’s going to be co-op for up to four players! I was surprised it can be played in first person too. That feature never sits well with me. I’m not prone to motion sickness, but playing first person in Minecraft really made me feel sick. I’ll stick to third person then. Underwater exploration is added, how cool will that be? July 12 for the release date…I can wait that long, I think!
Dragon Quest XI S was next. The game has been out before of course on the PS4 and the 3DS, although that last version wasn’t released in the West. This version will be the definitive edition, nice! I don’t have a lot of experience in the series, but I did play Dragon Quest IX on my 3DS. And finished it too, which, if you know my gaming style, is a big achievement. They are heading for a fall release.
Surprise: Rune Factory. Wonderful
The next segment of the Direct was a big surprise for me. A lovely surprise too. Rune Factory on the Switch! I played RF4 on the 3DS, and I had given up hope after the developing studio went bankrupt. But, surprise surprise: Rune Factory 5 is in development! That is such good news.
You know how I love a good farming game, loved the original Harvest Moon: a New Beginning which had an awesome building aspect. I love Story of Seasons too, but Rune Factory adds something extra: the RPG part. I think it makes it my favourite series of the kind and I played all of them. Remember Rune Factory: Frontier on Wii? I’m guessing we will get something similar and possibly even bigger. Such good gameplay, so much to explore.
If you’ve never had a chance to check out Rune Factory, you might want to take a look at an article I made years ago. It might get you enthusiastic to try out one of the 3DS games. Read about it here
Fire Emblem and Zelda
We finally got to see more footage for Fire Emblem Three Houses. Fire Emblem is a good game I have to be in the mood for: the strategic battles take a lot of thinking and can span more than one hour which I don’t always have. I like the gameplay, and what I particularly like about Fire Emblem is the storyline. It will be interesting to see what life in the monastery as a teacher will be like. The release date of July 26 will be a bit of a problem for me, as I suspect I’ll be totally engrossed in Dragon Quest Builders 2 by then.
The last announcement for Zelda: Link’s Awakening is being ported to the Switch! I loved the art style, it looks amazing. However, I don’t know if I’m ready for a more conventional Zelda adventure. I’m spoiled with Breath of the Wild, where exploration was key for me. So I’m still on the fence for that one, it depends on the releasedate I guess.
So you see? No complaining about the lack of Animal Crossing content. I went to sleep as a happy gamer, and I was very happy Paige made such an excellent article recapping it all. If you want all the details about the games that didn’t take my fancy, click here to read her article.
What games are you really looking forward to? And was this Direct your cuppa tea?