Everyone’s talking about it, but what’s going to happen in today’s Nintendo Direct? Is it Zelda time? Is it Metroid time? Do we even dare to speculate on Pikmin 4? Today we are going to find out.
The 40-minute Nintendo Direct broadcast starts at 3pm UK time. Note that Nintendo UK will not be broadcasting the stream due to the national period of mourning which is underway here. But you can watch it via the Nintendo US stream built into this room.
So let’s speculate. On your marks, ready? Leave.
Two words: Tetra Trackers. I never played the original, which was kind of a separate Wind-Waker where you hooked up Game Boy Advances to GameCubes and hunted for treasure. It was the kind of weirdness Nintendo was in at the time – a la Pac-Man Versus, which was great. At the time, weird stuff like this was seen as a sign that Nintendo was losing its way a bit, and in fact that’s why I think they should bring it back now, when the Switch is such a hit and that they can afford to go back to bizarre experiences. Four switches can be like four GBAs, and there’s no need for cables! Tetra’s Trackers please, and after maybe Pac-Man Versus?
Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters
It’s been over a year since Pixel Remasters started rolling out to mobile and PC, so it’s time for the Switch releases, right? That said, Square Enix’s decision-making is often an enigma – see its NFT strategy for example – but I have a good feeling about this one. Final Fantasy 1-6 deserves to be on Nintendo, after all. And if he doesn’t appear today, well, I’ll have to settle for listening to Pixel Remaster’s gorgeous take the theme from the FF4 map repeatedly until it does.
Wind Waker and Twilight Princess remakes
It’s like there’s still at least six months to go before we get our hands on Breath of the Wild 2, or whatever Nintendo decides it will finally be called. So, in the age-old tradition of having at least something Zelda-related every year, it looks like we could see the long-running Wind Waker and Twilight Princess remakes to fill the gap. With at least a year of BOTW2 expansion content likely planned, it’s the last time in a while that Nintendo can monetize these fan-favorite games – and there’s certainly an appetite as we all wait for the next chapter of Breath of the Wild.
Breath of the What’s his name?
We need to get the real name of the Breath of the Wild sequel. Surely now is the time. I know Nintendo said the name would say too much about the game, but I’m tired of writing “the fan-dubbed Breath of the Wild 2”. Some new footage would also be nice, Nintendo, please. Oh and also, as Tom says, the remakes of Twilight Princess and Wind Waker. Let’s make this Direct a Zelda-palooza!
We need more Samus on Switch
Last year’s Metroid Dread reignited the Nintendo community’s passion for Samus and her jellyfish friends, but was that just a taste of what’s to come? Between the remake of the long-rumored Metroid Prime (trilogy) and the long-awaited Metroid Prime 4, we need more Samus on Switch. Surely this remake is primed and ready to launch? Preferably today. And surely it’s been long enough since its return to Retro Studios that we’ve been waiting for news of Prime 4? If the supposed Zelda re-releases are raising excitement for BOTW2, surely Metroid fans can have the same? Please Nintendo, I’m on my knees, pleading, ready to turn the ball around.
Pikmin 4 should be ready now
Dear Nintendo, in 2017 you promised a Mr. Tom Philips that Pikmin 4 was “very close to completion”. Miyamoto-san himself gave his word. Five years later and my crops are not watered, my pikmins are withering. Pikmin Bloom has brought some attention back to the series, but it lacks the depth and charm of a full game. Pikmin 4 should be ready now; it’s been years since you sowed the seeds and laid the roots of development on the ground. It’s 2022 – let me throw my pikmin!
Given that the little fox could be coming to PlayStation consoles at the end of September, it seems almost inevitable that Tunic will get a Switch port – so why not make my autumn dreams come true and let me solve some of the best puzzles in games on the go? Being so inspired by the early Zelda games, it’s a natural fit for the best indie machine Nintendo has made, and if the rumors are true, a natural fit for that direct “Zelda blowout”.
Treasure has been teasing a return for a short while, and it doesn’t take too much internet research to find out exactly what form it’ll take – a new release for Radiant Silvergun, the studio’s deliciously slick shooter that debuted on the ST -V from Sega and Saturn Hardware, and arguably one of its best games. Its successor Ikaruga has a higher profile, although part of me still preferred the original – partly because of Hitoshi Sakimoto’s soulful score, but also because of its ridiculously deep weapon upgrade system. which contrasts sharply with the reduced firepower at your disposal. in Ikaruga. How fun would it be to have this on the Switch – and dare we also dream of some RS3 project news to boot?