Nintendo Shows The World Why They’re Still Relevant

Nintendo made a huge string of announcements yesterday, pretty much flooring everyone. To count it off, Nintendo announced the following: a Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD Remake, a blue print to a new HD Zelda, a new Yoshi Story, a new Monolith Soft RPG, a Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei crossover, and the promise of the announcement of a new a 3D Mario, a Super Smash Bros, and  a Mario Kart at E3. That’s on top of a revamped Virtual Console launch that will allow games to be played on the Gamepad without the need of a television, and an expanded Miiverse. I don’t think it’s possible to understate how huge this omnibus announcement is. Up until now, Nintendo’s Wii U lineup has been somewhat lacking with only a few major gems such as Rayman Legends and Bayonetta 2. Now, Nintendo has shown that the future for its console and it looks very impressive. So today, I’m going to be taking you through some of their announcements and detailing as to why it’s so important.

Nobody would have guessed how big this announcement would be.

1. Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD

The first game announcement we’re going to be dealing with is also the one that’s coming out the soonest, with a release date of ‘Fall 2013’. After the rerelease of Ocarina of Time on the 3DS, people have been speculating as to which Zelda would be remade next, with most believing that Majora’s Mask was right around the corner. Nintendo itself has been hinting at possibly revisiting A Link to the Past, but, up until now, there has been no hint of Wind Waker that I could see. The truth of the matter is that Wind Waker is the best game to remake. Firstly, it’s beautiful and most likely to benefit from an HD remake. Second of all, Wind Waker was an incomplete game with two dungeons being cut from it during the creation process in order to get the game out on a proper schedule. I don’t know if this is going to be a simple HD upscale or a real remake. At very least, the Gamepad will be integrated into the game and the game will be playable entirely on it.

Now you can see Links uncomfortable arousal in glorious HD!

2. HD Zelda

At this point we don’t know much about the new Zelda, only the ideas behind it. We know that the developers are trying to change things up, reconsidering such series staples as sequential dungeons and the experience being entirely singleplayer. They are also considering a new art style for the game. What does this mean? It means that the next Zelda game could be a truly different experience. So many Nintendo series are accused of stagnation and repetition. If the next Zelda is able to reinvent itself, it could hugely benefit the series. Truthfully, even if the next Zelda was a straight up copy of Ocarina of Time like a large portion of Twilight Princess was, fans would still eat it up. However, Zelda along with Mario used to be known for innovation, and it could be known for that again.

You see? You can’t even tell how aroused Link is in 8 bit.

3. Monolith Soft RPG

There was a trailer released for the new Monolith Soft RPG. Some people have been saying that it will be a sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles because of the very similar combat and the fact that the letter X was shown prominently at the end. However, it seems like it will likely be a new game and you can bet that it will have the word Xeno in front of it, especially after Xenogears, Xenosaga, and Xenoblade. Truthfully, this game has me more excited than any other game on the list. Firstly, it’s an amazingly beautiful game, making up for the fact that Xenoblade Chronicle’s only weakness was the graphical power of the Wii. It looks incredibly ambitious with the huge monster battles and mecha action, and if the combat is anything like Xenoblade Chronicles (Which is likely from the trailer), this game could be the biggest RPG of the generation.

4. Fire Emblem x Shin Megami Tensei

If you asked a million Nintendo fans what game Nintendo was going to announce yesterday, not a single one of them would have even come close to this one. Both series are hardcore RPGs. Fire Emblem is one of the premier SRPGs and the SMT main series is one of the biggest cult JRPGs (Holy oxymoron, Batman) in the world right now. Despite my praise, they are both major niche series, who have only slowly been gaining appeal in the west. It is unclear if this will be an SRPG or JRPG, but my money is on SRPG for what it’s worth. What is more important is that it solidifies the relationship between Nintendo and Atlus, which could mean the release of more SMT games and offshoots for Nintendo’s system, the same way that Platinum Studios has some great exclusives coming for the system.

I don’t care in what capacity he show up in. That’s the Goddamn Demi Fiend!

5. Mario!

To say that Mario is Nintendo’s mascot is a major understatement. He’s basically the mascot for all gaming everywhere. I’m sorry Morgan Freeman, Kratos, and Master Chief, but none of you come close to the brand recognition of Mario. As it stands, a new Mario Kart, Smash Bros. and 3D Mario will be announced at E3. At this point, the possibilities are endless. Mario Kart has been accused of playing it safe recently. Will Nintendo try something radically different this time like it did with Double Dash? Smash Bros. will likely be paint by numbers as there is still a lot left to do with its initial concept. Finally, we have the new 3D Mario. While The New Super Mario Bros. series has been getting a lot of flak for a lack of creativity, the main series 3D Mario games have always been hugely praised, and largely innovative. It’s hard not to be excited to see what Nintendo pulls off this time. The biggest part of this announcement is that we’re going to be finding out about them all at once, which is going to give Nintendo a powerful E3.

I don’t really have a picture for this one, so here’s Mario in one of his furry fetish suits.

Now I’ve heard some criticism of these announcements on the message boards already and I thought I would rebut one of them here because it’s a ridiculous claim. The criticism is that this isn’t a major announcement because we knew that all of these games were coming anyway, so there’s nothing new here and people shouldn’t be excited. This is garbage. Firstly, nobody was expecting a Fire Emblem/SMT crossover; and secondly, it ignores the new information on the games, such as the planned focus on the new HD Zelda. However, the biggest problem with the argument is that it doesn’t make any sense. I can say for sure that a new Final Fantasy, Mario, Halo, Persona, Mass Effect, Metal Gear Solid, and Fallout game will be announced at some time in the future. How does that knowledge demean the actual announcement? It’s ridiculous claims like this that cause me to fear the ignorance of comments and message boards.

This is a pretty accurate representation of the bulk of the GameFAQs community.

That’s it for today, internet. Nintendo has unleashed its big guns, and they’ve done a pretty good job of shock and awe. Most notably, Nintendo has followed up on its promise to cater to its core audience. There is no mistaking Fire Emblem x SMT or anything from Monolith Soft as a casual experience. Nor should any gamer turn down Zelda, Mario or Yoshi (Which I was too lazy to cover). What Nintendo has shown us is that while Microsoft and Sony are going to be trying to sell the consumer a new generation of consoles, this generation of graphics still has a lot of fight left in it, and Nintendo isn’t the ancient relic that many people have assumed. With so much coming out, it’s looking increasingly likely that the Wii U will be a console worth owning for every gamer out there.

– Mistranslations for the Modern Gamer


3 thoughts on “Nintendo Shows The World Why They’re Still Relevant

  1. Why is hindsight so evil! Now I need to get a Wii U ARG! Anyway, great info to know. I don't know which I want more: The SMTxFE game of the next Smash bros.Oh, and you won't believe the amount of people on the Lightning Returns board at GFAQs that were going on about the next Xeno-game and saying how SE cant do anything compared to Monolith. It was great

  2. Trolls are sad people. Monolith Soft's recent success should not be used as grounds to bad mouth a game, especially one so dissimilar. Nor should Nintendo's announcemt lead to anti-Sony/Microsoft sentiment. What is it with the Internet and non-stop fighting.At least the LR boards are still probably better than the DmC boards at least until we get closer to release.

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