OPINION: How Spending 30 Minutes in Bed with Nintendo Changed Me!

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

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Nintendo Direct

My opinions are my own and not reflective of those of Oprainfall.

Last night was a very special one for me. I was lying in bed, staring into the eyes of the Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, listening to his soft voice and thinking about our future together – and after 30 minutes I was a changed man.

You see, I am currently living in South Korea and yesterday’s Nintendo Direct was streamed at 11pm, Korean time. I was in bed, laptop on my knees and a cup of tea in my hand. I was preparing myself for what had been rumoured as being a very ‘special’ Nintendo Direct, although I can’t say I was too excited for it – given my recent woes with Nintendo – but how wrong would I be? Well, turns out, very wrong.

Nobody Likes Waffles

Previous Nintendo Directs have never really impressed me all that much. Sure, a couple of ‘interesting’ announcements may have been made in the past, but the majority of them always seem to be filled with some head-honcho at Nintendo waffling on about a game we already know about. Yes, its always nice to get more information on a title, but to spend 10-15 minutes talking about how to play a 2D Mario game seems rather unnecessary.  And it seemed this was the case with the first 15 minutes of yesterday’s Direct.

Nintendo Direct

Yes, its nice, but we expected it.


The Miiverse was the subject of ‘waffling’ this time around. President Iwata spent a good amount talking about something we already knew about. Some little updates were announced here and there, but overall it looked like Nintendo were sticking by their safety guns, as usual. With only 15 minutes left of the presentation, I was resigned to the fact that we wouldn’t be shown anything worthwhile, and it would probably be best if I switched off and tried to get an early night. But I didn’t switch off, something inside me was telling me to stick it out.

They’re Here!

Iwata promised he would be announcing NEW games, and by jove he did! Firstly, let’s start off with the games that I don’t care about – Wii Fit U and Wii U Party: you know them, you’ve seen them before, they both have extra bells and whistles, I care not for them, no need to say anymore.

Alongside the announcement that a new 3D Mario, Mario Kart and Smash Bros will all be playable at E3 2013, came the reveal of the Wii U’s worst-kept secret: Yoshi Land (name subject to change). It looked very much like Kirby’s Epic Yarn, but also looked insanely twee in HD.  Not too sure how I feel about it, but it could be fun.

Nintendo Direct



A brand new trailer for Platinum Games’ The Wonderful 101 was released, which made me more excited for the game then I could ever be, followed by a developer’s diary of the Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2, which looked to be shaping up rather nicely.

At this rate, I was thinking that as far as Nintendo Direct’s go, this one has not been so bad, but I clearly wasn’t prepared for what was to come.

The first surprise came with announcement of a crossover game between Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei. I’ve never even played an SMT title before, but anything with Fire Emblem gets my cockles rocking; whilst the trailer didn’t show any gameplay it was just a great feeling to know that the Wii U is getting a new Fire Emblem game, of sorts.  Because I do love me some Fire Emblem.

Nintendo Direct

Ooooh, baby!


The second metaphorical slap-in-the-face-of-joy came from the reveal that not only will there be a brand new Zelda title for the Wii U, which isn’t surprising at all, but that Wind Waker will be re-released in glorious high definition. Unfortunately no videos were shown, but the still images left me giggling like a schoolgirl who had just been invited to a Justin Bieber Smartie Party.

Nintendo Direct



And if all that wasn’t enough, for my beating heart, along came the final reveal. This:

*Tears of joy*

Monolith’s new game looks very much like Xenoblade Chronicles, so for the meantime I shall refer to it as Xenoblade 2. But HOLY CRAP, whilst we knew Monolith was working on a title for the Wii U, I don’t think anyone expected to be blown away by this! Simply amazing.

Final Words

I’ve been a little harsh on Nintendo these last few months. E3 2012 was beyond disappointing; it was the year for Nintendo to impress everyone, but they failed on so many accounts.  However, the last 15 minutes of this presentation was everything E3 2011 and 2012 should’ve been. I didn’t care about the WiiU in 2011, I didn’t care for the Wii U after the abysmal E3 2012. But now, I want to buy a Wii U.  I have honestly not been this excited for gaming, in general, since E3 2006, but oddly it’s been worth it.

Thank you Nintendo. I’m sorry for my momentary blip of faith in you and whilst I’m sure you will deliver at E3 2013, please look to the fan reaction of yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, before you think about showcasing Nintendo Land 2 on stage this year… just save that for the show floor. Cheers.

Nintendo Direct

Here’s to you, Ninty!


So how was the presentation for you? Were you satisfied, shocked or left deflated by it? Let me know in the comments below.

About David Rawlings

David Rawlings, or ‘Rawky’ as we like to call him, joined the Operation Rainfall Campaign at the beginning. He’s British and found solace with us as he was able to understand our pain about Nintendo and their localizing faux pas. He’s a big fan of the letter ‘U’ and refuses to remove them from words, even though we constantly ask him to. He also believes it’s about time Princess Daisy got kidnapped.

  • Oh, it definitely was a good Nintendo Direct. I think I’m going to watch the trailers again! For the fifth time…

    • Nicholas L. Clark

      Your not the only one.

  • I’m disappointed in this article because it didn’t feature the various “shdhyrfewdhdhgehgewhdff”s and words of curse coming from yours truly as I was writing that stuff up yesterday.

    But seriously, Rawky, you’re not alone. My somewhat limited faith in Nintendo has been temporarily restored. And “X” just shot up to the top of my most anticipated games list.

  • Just letting you know. It’s SMT meets Fire Emblem so I assume the game might either play like
    1) Nocturne or Persona. Maybe adding the relationship system with the Fire Emblem characters and maybe the F.E. protagonist control demons (or Personas just to make it more BS)
    2) It plays like Devil Survivor and battle scenes are like F.E. (full 3D animated) but with the SMT system not to mention you are allowed to used demon skills while on the field map for extra boost and stuff.

    or Atlus just surprises us completely and they make it like Devil Summoner where you can move, dodge, slash and what not and you get to use character from either F.E. and SMT while the other ones support you.
    So many possibilities. This E3 is gonna be the best E3 EVER

  • Yeah, the SMTxFE crossover and the new Xeno game pretty much made my day. My faith in Nintendo has almost been restored. Almost.

  • i for one never lose faith in Nintendo. sure, i will admit when they do something wrong, but if there is one company that i can always count on, its Nintendo to bring the gamers a high quality product. If you want to talk about companies that are disappointing, try Microsoft for the semi flopped Kinect and no real push for new and original IPs besides Gears and Halo. sure, the Xboxlive market place have had some good IPs, but they dont really push for a brand new multi million IP that isnt an action game or a platformer. they really need to because there Kinect has been a somewhat failure for the company. i have all three of the last gen of home consoles, but even then i only got the 360 versions of games due to certain DLC deals and not wanting my 360 game collection to look like nothing since i rather not buy Gears or Halo. i dont hate those franchises, but it wouldnt kill Microsoft to get their own action game franchise or something

  • When see these games on store shelves here in the US then I will say faith restored. I don’t take anything they say at their word, they will have to earn that trust back.


  • I already have a Wii U, but this Nintendo Direct definitely got me excited for it again!

  • dubaloseven

    “And sir, why are you buying The Wonderful 101?”

    “Slides. They have fucking slides.”