Nintendo Direct 2021 Recap

Super Nintendo Letdown?

February 17, 2021, Nintendo ended their silence and announced upcoming games during their Nintendo Direct event. Although some games were well received, gamers and Nintendo fans were ultimately left disappointed. Here are the happy’s and crappy’s of Nintendo Direct 2021.

The Happy’s

The revival of Mario Golf in Mario Golf: Super Rush was a welcomed surprise to fans of Mario and the Mario Golf line. The new game will include a story mode where your Mii will compete against characters in the Mushroom Kingdom. “Speed Golf” mode is a high-paced game where you and your opponent(s) race through the golf course at the same time. Mario Golf: Super Rush is set to release June 25, 2021.

Next, the hit Playstation 4 game Fall Guys will be joining the Nintendo Switch in the summer of 2021.

Tales From The Borderlands, an original story taking place between Borderlands 2 and 3, will be joining the Switch. The choice-driven game will be released on March 24, 2021.

Originally released in 2011 on the Wii, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is being remastered for the Switch. The controllers for the Switch can now be used the same way as the Wii remote. Fans will feel the action on every swing. The game will release July 26, 2021.

The Crappy’s

Sadly, there was no news for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2. Many fans thought that enough time had passed for a sequel and that the game would be ready for the 35th anniversary. That proved to be wrong as the game is still in development.

The lack of original Nintendo titles was also a huge letdown for fans. Besides adding Pyra/Mythra from Xeno Blade Chronicles into Super Smash Bros., adding Mario gear in Animal Crossing, and remastering Skyward Sword, that concluded Nintendo originals. Compared to Capcom and other titles, Nintendo didn’t put out much.

The rollout of games coming to the Switch were cluttered with sword-slashing games like Samurai Warrior 5, Monster Hunter: Rise, and Ninja Gaiden Collection. Although these titles have fanbases and are good in their own way, they were not what fans wanted. Many RPG and choice-driven games like Outer Wilds and Famicom Detective Club were also pushed to the side.

In the end, Nintendo Direct didn’t live up to expectations and are being questioned if there’s anything left in the tank.