Nintendo’s newest Direct was missing information about some key franchises. Here are some main video games and sequence that have been absent from the presentation.
The first Nintendo Direct livestream in over a 12 months wanted to ship, and it did. Nintendo introduced sequels, remasters and DLC that ought to excite Switch homeowners. It wasn’t good, although. Heavily anticipated video games and lengthy dormant franchises have been nowhere to be discovered in the course of the presentation, a few of which stand out greater than others. Here are 5 main video games that have been noticeably absent from this week’s Nintendo Direct.

Metroid Prime 4

The newest sport within the influential 3D Metroid spin-off sequence was initially introduced at E3 2017. In 2019, Nintendo government Shinya Takahashi revealed that the unique model of the sport (reportedly being developed by Bandai Namco Studios, had been scrapped), and Retro Studios, which developed the primary three video games within the sequence, was being introduced in to restart growth on the title.

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Nintendo has been tight lipped concerning the sport since then. The solely supply of stories about it has been via Retro’s hires. A gentle stream of expertise (together with builders of video games like God of War, Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty) have joined the Texas based mostly developer. Fans can take coronary heart in Retro beefing up its workers as it works on the sport. However, it is nonetheless not sufficient to maintain followers from feeling like the sport has fully disappeared.

Bayonetta 3

While that sounds harsh, it appears to be extra of a matter of managing expectations. Kamiya appears to need any announcement to be nice shock for followers, saying “when one thing lastly does occur, it is going to be a pleasant shock, received’t it?” It’s doubtless that Nintendo is holding again a considerable reveal for one more Direct, or probably one other look at The Game Awards.

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The Legend of Zelda’s thirty fifth Anniversary

The Legend of Zelda wasn’t shut out of the newest Direct. An HD port of Wii sport Skyward Sword and DLC for Breath of the Wild spin-off Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity have been each introduced. But whereas these have been welcome, it is comprehensible why followers have been left wanting extra. February 21 marks the franchise’s thirty fifth anniversary, and an anniversary assortment of basic Zelda titles, just like 2020’s Super Mario 3D All-Stars, could be a no brainer.

Fans would additionally wish to know extra about Breath Of The Wild’s sequel, which was introduced throughout E3 2019. Nintendo hasn’t launched any details about the sport since its reveal. Anticipating disappointment, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma appeared within the Direct to apologize for the shortage of BOTW 2 information, saying there needs to be extra to say later within the 12 months.

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New Pokémon Snap

Gamers anticipating New Pokémon Snap have extra info at their disposal than followers of the opposite video games lacking from the Direct. The sport’s April 30 launch date has been introduced, and followers know the sport’s plot, setting and the way its mechanics will work. All of that makes Snap’s absence from the Direct conspicuous. It lined video games set to be launched within the first half of 2021, which might presumably embody Snap.

However, this does not imply the sport is delayed; it is extra doubtless that there’s a Pokémon-themed Direct coming to rejoice the franchise’s twenty fifth anniversary later this month. Pokémon has all the time most popular to make main bulletins unbiased from bigger Nintendo Directs, and it could make sense to provide it the highlight for this main milestone.

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Star Fox

While the previous video games are all in some type of growth, it has been largely quiet on the Star Fox entrance for years now. The final main launch was in 2017, when the beforehand unreleased Star Fox 2 was included as a part of the SNES Classic. Fans have not had seen a brand new console Star Fox sport since 2016’s Star Fox Zero on the Wii U. Fox McCloud and his Arwing made an look in Ubisoft’s 2018 toys-to-life sport Starlink: Battle For Atlas on the Switch, however that is not an alternative choice to a devoted Star Fox sport.

Star Fox followers would like to be thrown a bone on the Switch, whether or not it is a new title or a set. At this level, even a standalone Switch port of Zero could be welcome. For now, they’re going to need to be content material with the SNES video games being a part of Nintendo Switch Online.

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