Given that, I wasn't at all sure what to expect from this morning's trio of Wii U-focused Nintendo Directs (one for Europe, one for Japan and one for North America). I had a feeling at least a few bombs would be dropped thanks to the rather ho-hum launch of company's latest console, but would they be "we're working on a sequel to Wii Party" bombs or would they be "Bayonetta 2 will hit store shelves in May" bombs?
Interestingly enough, Nintendo is working on a sequel (of sorts) to Wii Party. That was about the least interesting of all of the announcements that were part of this Nintendo Direct, though, so I think it's safe to say that this particular broadcast was far more "hit" than "miss."
Specifically, here are what I considered to be the high points of this morning's address:
* The look inside Platinum Games' office, where the company's staffers seem to be hard at work on Bayonetta 2, was all sorts of awesome. Sure, we didn't get to see any actual gameplay footage, but we were given enough glimpses of in-the-works enemies and environments to know the final product probably is going to rock our respective worlds.
* OK, so it wasn't all that surprising to hear that new 3D Mario and Mario Kart games are being prepped for Wii U. To hear that both games will be shown in playable form at E3 2013, though, was pretty shocking--as was Satoru Iwata's utterance that we'll finally get to see some screens of the next Smash Bros. title at the same event.
* Considering it's been rumored for a while now, I doubt many people fainted or felt heart palpitations after Iwata revealed that the Wii U will receive a Yoshi-focused platformer in the near future. My own heart certainly starting racing, though, when I heard that it's being developed by the geniuses at Good-Feel and saw that it's going to look more than a bit like that group's Kirby's Epic Yarn.
* So, let me make sure I'm understanding this correctly: Atlus is working with Nintendo to produce a Wii U game that brings together the characters and settings of the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem series? If so, uh, I'm not sure what to think, to tell you the truth. I mean, it certainly sounds interesting, and I'm sure the resulting game will be stellar, but I can't quite picture it yet, you know?
* What I can picture: making my way through Monolith Soft's next game--which looks a lot like their last one (that being Xenoblade Chronicles), actually, but about a million times better--with a humungous grin on my face. You know, because of the gorgeous visuals. And the huge environments. Oh, and the transforming mechas.
As for the low points of this morning's Nintendo Direct:
* Although it was nice to hear that Nintendo will soon bring the Virtual Console to the Wii U, I can't help but feel a little ... bored by the whole thing. Don't get me wrong, it's great that the Wii U versions will feature save states and offer off-TV play, and it's even greater that people who purchased certain NES and SNES games via the Wii Virtual Console will be able to re-buy their Wii U equivalents for just $1 or $1.50, but my excitement is being tempered by the fact that it seems Nintendo will once again release them in a dribble rather than a deluge.
* A good part of me doesn't want to mention the Wii Party-like game that's being made for the Wii U. Not because it looks bad, mind you; it's just not a game that lights up my radar, if you know what I mean. That said, I thought the mini-games that require two players to use the Wii U GamePad at the same time (while holding it between them) looked kind of fun.
* I'm well aware that most Nintendo fans likely gasped with excitement when it was announced that a high-definition version of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker would make its way onto the Wii U later this year. I wasn't one of them. Don't get me wrong: I love (what I've played of) Wind Waker. I'm not feeling the same kind of love, though, for the graphics (of the Wii U version) that were shown this morning. Why does it seem like they're no longer cel-shaded? I'll definitely have to see more of this before I decide to pick it up or not, but at the moment I'm leaning toward the latter.
* The worst news of this broadcast by far, in my opinion: Iwata admitted that no first-party Wii U titles will be released in January or February. So, no Game & Wario, Pikmin 3, Wii Fit U or The Wonderful 101 (above) for you--until at least March, that is.
Now that I've had my say, what did all of you think of this Nintendo Direct? Did it wow you? Did it put you to sleep? Did it cause some other sort of reaction? Let me know in the comments section below.