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3 minutes ago, DanJ86 said:

I feel like l have changed too. But for the worse. I just don't get excited about anything anymore. I do have very brief moments of looking forward to playing a game I've show interest with but that is usually a brief feeling.

When you put it like that, it makes perfect sense. I didn't even consider the length of the Direct. It's always nice to see some new IPs too, as rare as they can be sometimes. I'm not gonna criticise anyone for being excited, I'd just come across as jealous...which is kinda true.

I honestly wish I could be hyped so I could play a more comfortable role in the discussion. I'm still interested in the Direct but when I don't feel anything from the build up, it makes me think something is wrong with me. I'd call myself a Nintendo fanboy which makes my lukewarm reaction feel even stranger.

Although to be clear, I'm not the type of fan that would blindly defend Nintendo when they do scummy or dumb stuff.

Sounds like you've grown out of getting hyped on command and that you're more interested in seeing the proof before you react. That's pretty reasonable. There's a difference between being excited for or interested in something, and what the internet calls "hype". Just take whatever you're feeling for what it is.

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If memory serves, Directs were usually somewhere between a couple of mildly interesting hits and downright unappealing all over for me. So this Direct being being 40 minutes of trash capped off with Skyward Sword HD and Splatoon 3 means that it was one of the better ones. 

I mean... Honestly, I don't game much these days. I'm very selective about what I will and won't devote any time to. So it's not that the Direct was bad, rather it just really didn't tickle my fancy very much.

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Wasn’t terrible - but not enough content that held my personal interest beyond a Smash fighter, Hyrule Warriors getting a Season Pass, and Skyward Sword getting the remastered treatment. 

No More Heroes 3 looked pretty terrible (unless the feature to make it look and run like a Wii title is intentional), and I have no love for stuff like Mario Golf (which looked jarringly realistic like a PGA Golf game with Mario Characters slapped into it) nor a third Splatoon entry. 

The biggest disappointment probably came from Project Triangle Strategy. I have been hotly anticipating a followup to Octopath Traveller... and they went down the Strategy RPG route *groans*

I also have to question why something like Miitopia is being remastered for Switch from the 3DS when we have a perfectly fine library of more deserved games... I mean Metroid Samus Returns for Christ sake Nintendo? No?

But yeah, other than Aonuma appearing only to slap us in the face with a “not ready to show us anything from BOTW2”... It was simply fine. I can appreciate Zelda being held back for its own direct (and potentially meaning it’s not coming this year), but considering it’s been over a year and a half now since the first trailer - even another 30 second show off of SOMETHING would have sufficed. I guess they are keeping their cards close to their chest for a reason. But it sucks having to wait.

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Pretty sick for me: i can count on one hand the thing i didn't cared for (like the DC Super Hero Girls game or EA's Knockout City), but the real surprises were the ports of stuff like Legend of Mana, Miitopia, Ninja Gaiden and Stubbs the Zombie out of nowhere, though even the new games like Triangle Strategy are very welcome in my book, especially since it's been so long since Square had a tactical RPG on consoles, about time we got one. The Famicon Detective Club remakes being localized are also a very cool as well as the new Mario Golf or Skyward Sword getting the HD treatment.
I was expecting 20 minutes dedicated to the "Sakurai Presents" bit dedicated to Smash but no, they actually bothered to fill in the lenght with announcements of all kind.
Shame for the usual absents like Metroid Prime 4, i wish they had someone telling us they're still working on it like Aonuma did with the Breath of the Wild sequel.
 

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I'd say that Direct worked out pretty well for me!  Of course, there were inevitably a few disappointments; I would have liked to see the 2D Metroid which is almost certainly in development, and of course a new Mario Golf means the Golden Sun dream is dead(er than ever), but otherwise there was a lot to interest me.  The Famicom Detective Club remakes are games I really should take an interest in; well, there are quite a few other mystery visual novels on Switch which I could have bought but haven't, but these ones are some of the classics and I really want to experience what they do.

Project Triangle Strategy (please don't let the working title become the final title this time) I'm very excited by; I had a great time with Octopath Traveler but felt its structure was ultimately lacking, and I've been getting curious about the old Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre series, so the Octopath team not doing a straight sequel but instead a new take on that interpretation of the strategy genre is something right up my street, and I'm looking forward to trying the demo... which saves me from having to try out the Bravely Default II final demo, frankly, as I think this tips me over the edge into not caring about that game at all.  A shame, as the original and Bravely Second were fantastic (if flawed in various ways), but there it is, they changed too much.  Similarly intrigued by the Legend Of Mana remaster, though moreso by the Saga Frontier remaster, as I've been looking to take a deeper interest in Saga for quite a while (just haven't yet gotten around to it).  RPGs!  Every time I want to get out, they just keep sucking me back in.

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I feel like the Direct could be summed up as if you really like RPGs, you’ll love it, and if you don’t, you probably won’t.

It was just eh to me. For the first big direct in ages, it felt like they were really catering to one genre, with a few smaller things shoved between. I’m not a massive RPG, not old school RPGs at least, so the first 40 minutes was immensely weak, with the only huge surprise being Stubbs of all things.

The last ten minutes picked it back up a bit with SSHD and Splatoon 3, but even then, it’s a bit lame that Splat 3 is likely at least a year off if not longer, and a ton of games we’ve been waiting utter ages to get any news is still making no shows. I get 2020 was rough and all, but lack of any news of MP4, Bayo 3, or BOTW2 was lame IMO, especially when two of those franchises have major anniversaries this year. It feels like this direct was just either if you like RPGs, or if you wanted some random EA games on Switch, you’re sorted, but otherwise you’re out of luck.

DC Super Hero Girls was pathetic though, that looked like a shovelware tie in title from 2004. The hunt for an Arkham port still goes on.

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Pretty good summation by Dunkey.

I don't understand this obsession Nintendo's got with JRPGs, to the exclusion of everything else. I guess their core audience might be into it, maybe, but there's just nothing there for me. Again.

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Reminding viewers how JRPG and Anime are ruining "his" Nintendo, I see. 

I hardly care for that stuff either and agree it's not the best thing to come back to after over 500 days, but there were more mature ways he could've handled that than venting his bias again. I got the hint he despises that stuff first few times, and to post trailer reactions focused around rubbing that in for daring to dash his expectations feels petty to me. Vinny was let down too but he didn't let it get to him like Dunkey did. While he admits anime ain't his favorite thing either, at least any potshots he makes are clearly tongue-in-cheek and holds no ill will or anything (this isn't getting into his real enjoyment in several JRPGS). Where as Dunkey lets his genuine distain towards them drive his disapproval, with little regard for those who'd like Pyra and the other stuff, including Sakurai himself, who loved Xenoblade Chronicles 2. 

 

There's nothing about a new direct in a long time that tells you to fully expect the majority of new announcements to be appealing to you.

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5 hours ago, Patticus said:

I don't understand this obsession Nintendo's got with JRPGs, to the exclusion of everything else. I guess their core audience might be into it, maybe, but there's just nothing there for me. Again.

After being almost anti-RPG in the N64 era, and almost permanently losing foothold in the video game market entirely in the years of aftermath, they went and did a complete reverse on that.

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On 2/20/2021 at 5:08 PM, Supah Berry said:

Reminding viewers how JRPG and Anime are ruining "his" Nintendo, I see.

When they're just about the only thing of substance being offered after a year of no Directs, what other reaction could you possibly expect from people for whom anime and JRPGs aren't appealing? You know, people who don't ordinarily mind their inclusion, but would like something that resembles genre variety, even if not all of the genres appeal.

Personally, I never go into Directs expecting everything to be aimed at me, I'm always just looking for something, just one thing, to grab me. I don't remember the last time that happened.

On 2/20/2021 at 5:08 PM, Supah Berry said:

There's nothing about a new direct in a long time that tells you to fully expect the majority of new announcements to be appealing to you.

The very fact that it is the first Direct in a year or more means expectations are naturally high for a slew of announcements from across the genre spectrum.

If it had been all Untitled Goose 'Em Ups, I would expect a backlash from those in the gaming community who don't want to play goose games.

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I fully agree with @Patticus on this. The Direct disappointed me until the final two reveals, and everything else felt so homogenous. It was niche and all directed at the same audience. Even if I did play Smash and was looking forward to the reveals for that game, I'd have been miffed to see characters from Anime Clothes Chronicles revealed as the next fighters amongst a dozen other Anime RPGs.

I also go into these Directs with low expectations. The Splatoon 3 and SSHD reveals were all that I needed personally, but the rest of the time was a total waste. I'm not asking for a everything to be too my tastes, not at all. All I want is some variety. That's not asking much.

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As expected, Nintendo super fans got mad at Jim’s take here. (Nintendo portion starts at 10:30) 

 

I mean end of the day, yeah? They make a point? It’s ultimately getting disappointed about commercials, which is in the long a bit silly. Like I get it, the industry trained it’s consumer base to expect these kind of things due to years of hype culture and empty promises commonly being broken, and being disappointed when nothing you’re interested in shows up is natural, but still, it gets a bit much sometimes when some of these people get extremely mad that they weren’t being advertised to. Like when, as Jim brought up, Nintendo tells fans about a mini direct with nothing super big being revealed, and fans still loosing it at them when nothing amazing like Bayonetta 3 or the Master Chief Collection or Kingdom Hearts switch ports shows up.
 

It really does put into perspective the state of things and how hype culture driven the marketing and consumer world is, and yeah, it gets exhausting seeing this song and dance.

 

I guess I’m just super jaded. Nintendo (or any game company or event) could just do emails at this point or press releases, I honestly think I’d find that more refreshing than Directs now due to all the expectations and hype built up around them by the masses, only for them to be let down and see the resulting salt for the next two weeks about it. Only to start it up again when the next big gaming event happens 

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