Nintendo Direct 13/2/2014.


Yesterday saw Nintendo broadcast the first Nintendo Direct of 2014 and the first since the company acknowledged the many issues facing the Wii U but yet again the event failed to really impress anyone who wasn’t already a committed follower of Mario and co.
The Direct itself kicked off well enough with a new trailer and character reveal for Smash Bros. Little Mac of Punch-Out fame has proudly joined the fray and it’s about time. After Mac came an encouraging wave of 3DS titles including Mario Golf World Tour, Kirby Triple Deluxe, Yoshi’s New Island, Pokemon Link Battle (a new puzzle game), Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Inazuma Eleven 3, Weapon Shop de Omasse, Shovel Knight, Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball and Steel Diver Sub Wars, the final two signalling Nintendo first real big motion towards DLC.
With that huge chunk of 3DS goodness out of the way all watching eyes widened in anticipation for for a comparable showing for the Wii U and this is where yet another Nintendo Direct fell down,
not of course because Nintendo failed to match the 3DS’ output but simply because Nintendo failed to show us anything worthwhile at all. That’s not to say it isn’t nice to see the likes of  Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze or Mario Kart 8 it’s just that we’ve all seen it before, and while the same isn’t strictly true in regards to Monolith’s X or Bayonetta 2 which were also shown, but all the same neither of trailers did much to get the blood pumping. A new batch of NES Remixs (dubbed NES Remix 2 would you believe it) and the fact that Game Boy Advance games are on their way to the Virtual Console were also announced but again to little fanfare, in fact by the end of the Direct most gamers weren’t spiting rage of crying tears of disappointment but instead had switched off in indifference and that is something which would worry me if I were Nintendo.

Nintendo Direct.



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