Saturday, April 21, 2012

Nintendo Direct April 2012

Today Nintendo hold another of their Nintendo Direct news events. While there's no Zelda related stuff here, there are some things I'd like to point out.

First of all it's nice to get a face for Nintendo of Europe, Satoru Shibata, the president of NoE. Nintendo of Japan always had Iwata und Nintendo of America had Reggie Fils-Aimie. I think this is the first time that Shibata took the spotlight and I like this development.

Then guess who's celebrating his 20th Anniversary?

Yes, Kirby is getting a anniversary compilation later this year. It seems a little bit random that they've now started to celebrate a 20th Anniversary, while they've ignored the 25th Anniversay of Metroid. But the truth is that they'll probably celebrate the anniversaries, whereever it fits best and makes the most profit. The 25th Anniversary of Zelda came with a good timing because of the releases of Ocarina of Time 3D and Skyward Sword. The anniversary goodies and the games perfectly boosted each other resulting in more profit.

Metroid right now is pretty much dead, which is why Nintendo ignored it mostly save for the Virtual Console releases. In case of Kirby they already tried to promote the franchise last year with the Kirby TV channel. But the new Kirby game, Kirby's Return to Dreamland, got lost in the shuffle of many other good releases such as Skyward Sword, Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7. The 20th Anniversary of Kirby might be an attempt to bring the new Kirby game back in the spotlight. People, who've overlooked the game before, might buy it now.

One last thing of notice is the new Nintendo 3DS update which lets you organize your stuff in folders. I like that, however, these news reached me one day too late. Yesterday I cleaned my 3DS from all the downloadable demos and videos, while I just could have put them in folders... :D

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