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Nintendo Direct 2/17/21 featuring Pyra from Xenoblade in Smash!
2021-02-23 15:19:23

Nintendo recently showcased their first Nintendo Direct in over a year. Featuring 50 minutes of footage, they unveiled several new games as well as the latest character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Pyra and Mythra.

 

With that being said, Nintendo featured 50 minutes of game trailers. You can check out the link to the Nintendo Direct below.

We will also cover a few of the choice announcements featured in the presentation as well!

Pyra and Mythra in Smash

First, the big announcement and quite possibly the most relevant in this Direct. Pyra and Mythra from the Nintendo Switch JRPG, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, will come to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!

While people have been fervently asking for the protagonists, Rex and Pyra, to get into Smash, the dream seemed to end since Rex became a Mii Costume in Smash. Furthermore, it seemed unlikely Pyra would get in alone as she’s tethered to Rex in battle.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (2017)

However, Smash broke the script once again adding not only Pyra to the mix but Mythra as well. Revealed as Pyra’s other self at the end of Chapter 3, Mythra can use light magic in battle. Also, while Smash 4 ended the Zelda/Sheik transformation ability, it seems character switching has returned with these characters.

Smash creator Mr. Sakurai will surely reveal a character showcase video in the coming month. Keep up with us as we update you with the Pyra/Mythra showcase in the near future. Look out for Pyra as part of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighter Pass 2 DLC next month in March 2021!

Project Triangle Strategy

From the team behind Square-Enix’s Octopath Traveler comes a new Strategy/RPG called Project Triangle Strategy. As with the former title, this one’s starting with “Project” in the title but will likely drop it from the final title.

Just so we’re clear, Octopath is designed largely by the team behind the Bravely Default series. The team was inspired by Final Fantasy V to create Bravely Default and Final Fantasy VI for Octopath Traveler. For longtime Square-Enix fans, it’s a no-brainer to see that Triangle Strategy looks and feels like a successor to Final Fantasy Tactics.

Final Fantasy Tactics (1998)

I’m curious about the name, though. Octopath Traveler not only featured eight protagonists but the word “OCTOPATH” represented their names. O for Olberic and Ophelia, T for Tressa and Therion, and so forth. Triangle Strategy may or may not carry on that tradition.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to this one. I love Fire Emblem but I have scarcely played another JRPG not named Final Fantasy Tactics or Shining Force. As usual for Bravely and Octopath titles, I’m also digging the character artwork as well.

On a related note, the team also developed an Octopath mobile title which has yet to release in the west.

Look for Triangle Strategy in 2022. In the meantime, you can download a free demo as well as submit feedback in a survey. Trust me when I say the development team listens. They’ve released feedback videos and changes for Octopath Traveler and Bravely Default II. So don’t be afraid to speak your mind when you’re done playing the demo!

Famicom Detective Club

Nintendo is remaking two murder mystery visual novel titles for Nintendo Switch. The Missing Heir and The Girl Who Stands Behind are full remakes of two mystery titles developed in the 80s for Nintendo Famicom, hence the name. As such, these titles never came to the U.S. despite receiving several ports in Japan.

It’s worth noting that Ayumi Tachibana, one of the characters, made two brief appearances in America. One of which was as a Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee. The other was as a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Nintendo Switch is past overdue for a visual novel title. Titles like Ace Attorney, Hotel Dusk, and Zero Escape found success on the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS handheld systems. However, perhaps this will best scratch the itch for visual novel fans looking for their fix on Nintendo Switch. If you enjoy the sense of mystery and dialogue from games like Konami’s Snatcher, then this will definitely be a treat.

Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind will release on May 14, 2021.

Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection

Normally, I wouldn’t cover a compilation title as part of the major announcements of the Nintendo Direct. But when it includes one of the greatest action games in history, included in Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection, I must oblige.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma, the re-release of Ninja Gaiden Black and Ninja Gaiden for Xbox, features some of the cleanest, fastest, and heaviest hitting action in any game in existence. Easily comparable to the likes of Devil May Cry, God of War, and Bayonetta, Team Ninja’s key title features badass ninja, Ryu Hayabusa, out for blood and vengeance against the dark forces of Vigoor who attacked his clan.

Much like the aforementioned titles, you will get to equip a multitude of weapons that will suit various enemies and bosses. Furthermore, you can play this already challenging title on harder difficulties each time you clear the game. If challenging action is your thing, Ninja Gaiden Sigma is for you.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 also offered a quality 3D action experience. Unfortunately, I’ve only heard bad things about Ninja Gaiden III. While I find it doubtful that Team Ninja will restore or “fix” anything wrong with Razor’s Edge, I feel good knowing that a new generation of players will get to try out one of the best action games ever released. The real hope of this news is that we someday might finally get a Ninja Gaiden IV.

With that being said, expect the release of Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection on June 10, 2021.

Splatoon 3

Nintendo’s finale to the Nintendo Direct was Splatoon 3. Despite some novelty Splatfests happening in Splatoon 2, we had a “final Splatfest” over a year ago and, as such, Nintendo would no longer update the game. This was a surefire sign that Splatoon 3 was in development.

This one looks like it takes place in a western scene. Unlike the metropolitan utopia of the first two games, you’ll see a lot of dust and desert everywhere you go.

While I haven’t touched Splatoon online in a while, something about the campaigns always manages to pull me in. I cleared both the Splatoon 2 campaign and the Octo-Expansion, which while challenging, ended with the most devastating and difficult boss I have ever had the displeasure of fighting. Let’s hope that Nintendo never pulls a stunt like that ever again.

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Look for Splatoon 3 in 2022. We’ll keep you up to date with the latest game in the series as news turns up.

Final Thoughts

I’m feeling lukewarm about it honestly. Not because it’s by any means bad but I’m not sure I would have saved Splatoon 3 for the final part of the presentation.

Don’t get me wrong. I was hoping for something big like Metroid Prime 4 even though I counted on it still being too early in development to showcase just yet. But I’m still surprised Nintendo didn’t pick another IP to showcase at the end of their presentation. Let alone that Mercury Steam could work on another 2D Metroid game like Samus Returns, we could have had a new F-Zero, Star Fox, or even Kirby title like a sequel to Kirby Air Ride. This definitely ended on a weaker note than past Nintendo Directs.

Furthermore, Zelda series director Eiji Aonuma also shot down the possibility of seeing Breath of the Wild 2. However, he opened the possibility up that we might get to see the game later this year. If E3 happens, we might see it during June. Otherwise, it sounds like Nintendo is at least dedicated to having another big showing later in the year. As it’s Zelda’s 35th anniversary, it’s all but likely that we’ll get much more than Breath of the Wild 2 in a Zelda-themed Direct.

Meanwhile, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is getting a remaster and will retail for $60.

With that being said, I also want to mention Square-Enix’s unbelievable effort for both developing new games, like Triangle Strategy, as well as remastering titles like the visually-ageless Legend of Mana. Speaking of which, enjoy this final trailer of Bravely Default II before the game releases on February 26, 2021.

We will keep you covered on the upcoming releases for Nintendo Switch. Be sure to follow our social media links below!

Till next time!

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