Episode 501: The Recent Nintendo Direct Reminded Me Why I Have a Switch


It’s been a while since I picked up my Nintendo Switch. For a good while now, it’s been tucked away in its protective little pouch to the side of my PlayStation 4. It’s not like I’m not aware it’s there but I just haven’t found a good reason to turn it on because I haven’t checked out any games for it. All of my focus has been on getting a PlayStation 5 because all the hyped games which were appearing on the Nintendo Switch never really appealed to me. I was never a big Pokemon fan nor have I gotten excited for the next Fire Emblem. I did try Animal Crossing a long while ago and I got bored with it so I didn’t care for the last one.

That’s never really stopped me from checking out what’s over the horizon, though. So when Nintendo put out their latest Nintendo Direct a week ago, I sat down to see if there was anything to give me a reason to once again open up the aforementioned pouch and pull out my Nintendo Switch. I will say the Nintendo Direct did give me several reasons to do just that.

Not everything was stellar, however. There were some announcements which I found more amusing than enthralling. Games like Harmony: Fall of Reverie is so not up my alley. Fantasy Life: The Girl Who Steals Time feels like the developers wanted to make an Animal Crossing game but without the animals so that’s a pass as well. Maybe I would’ve wanted to play Fashion Dreamer a decade ago when I was super obsessed with being all girly and stuff. That’s not who I am now, so pass. However, there were more than just a few announcements which piqued my interest and I’m definitely going to pick up when they pick up.

Let’s start with The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, which they saved for last. This is still easily my most anticipated game for the Nintendo Switch. I played Breath of the Wild for much longer than I care to admit. I spent a ton of time going all over the map, finding ingredients for meals, searching for those nut things, finding and solving all of the dungeons and, of course, climbing to the highest peak I could find just to jump off and glide down as far as I possibly could.

I will say I was kind of disappointed the Nintendo Direct really didn’t show the gameplay as much as I would’ve liked. They did show off some things, like some wacky new vehicles Link can board and his new gimmick arm. I just felt like it wasn’t enough. Tears of the Kingdom also looks almost exactly like Breath of the Wild, down to reusing enemies. While I do wish Tears of the Kingdom did get a graphical upgrade from the previous entry, if the gameplay is going to be just as good, then it’s an easy buy for me.

The next thing I’m excited about would be Metroid Prime Remastered. I have never played a Metroid game before but I’ve always heard good things about them. This goes double for the Metroid Prime games. So maybe it’s about time for me to get into the series and I think Metroid Prime Remastered would be a great way to start. Strangely enough, this might also be my real first first-person shooter game I’ll play from start to finish as I’ve never gotten into that genre as well.

You may be wondering why I would even consider playing Metroid Prime Remastered when I don’t have any love for the original game or the series. Well, I honestly can’t answer that myself. I’m familiar with the series but none of the games actually grabbed my attention like the one they showed off. Maybe the idea of having to switch to different visors to see hidden paths and objects appealed to me in a strange way. I was so impressed by what I saw I considered getting the digital version. Unfortunately, it turns out my Joy-Con sticks are drifting like crazy now. I’ll have to postpone playing any Nintendo Switch games until I get new ones. That sucks.

I’m always in the mood for a good rhythm game, which is something I feel is lacking in today’s gaming landscape. I mean, I was a big fan of the Rock Band games but never really found another music or rhythm game that’s connected with me like that did. This is why I’m really curious about Samba de Amigo: Party Central. It does seem pretty simple as you do just hold the Joy-Cons like maracas and shake them at the appropriate time and height. Even so, there is a beauty in the simplicity.

The only thing I’m concerned about Samba de Amigo: Party Central are the songs you can pick. It won’t matter if the controls are fun and the gameplay is spot on. If the music sucks, then the game is going to suck. They didn’t really reveal any tunes they’ve lined up for Samba de Amigo: Party Central yet so, for right now, I’m keeping a tentative look at it.

Funny enough, the thing I’m most excited about from the Nintendo Direct is something I don’t have any real nostalgia for but it’s something I still want to get. That would be basically Nintendo porting over a lot of their Game Boy games over to the Switch. I didn’t grow up during the Game Boy’s heyday but there was simply something about the presentation of playing more simple games like Super Mario Land and Link’s Awakening on the Nintendo Switch which makes a whole lot of sense to me.

I didn’t actually grow up with a Game Boy but I do have vague memories of playing on the Game Boy Advance. Okay, I never played the really good games on the portable system as the only one I really can recall is playing something like a Britney Spears rhythm game or something like that. I was simply too young or too stupid to play the actual good games on the Game Boy Advance. I really hope they’re dirt cheap as they are old games as this would expand my Nintendo Swich game library tremendously if I could buy a whole bunch of them.

If you’re thinking I’ll stop being a Sony simp because of how I’m gushing over what the future has in store for the Nintendo Switch, I don’t think it’ll replace my PlayStation 4 as my current main console. Nor will it deter me from trying to get a PlayStation 5. However, these games will give me more than just a fun diversion from Sony’s system. Hey, everyone needs a side piece, right?


What games are you excited for that are incoming for the Nintendo Switch? Let me know in the comments section below!


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