Nintendo gave us a well-presented and all-around enjoyable Nintendo Direct yesterday. There isn’t much I could complain about and there is a growing consensus that Nintendo’s holding a lot back in their recent streaming conferences, (or so we can hope) to save for their E3 stream. However, I thought the presentation was missing five important announcements that would have brought the conference to a whole new level.
1. GameCube Virtual Console
Many people, including myself, were hoping Nintendo would have already announce that they’re bringing classic GameCube titles to the Switches’ eShop. The Nintendo GameCube has a smorgasbord of games — Luigi’s Mansion, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, etc. — that I know young gamers today would appreciate. I expect and hope Nintendo will be revealing their plans to roll out a GCN Virtual Console in the coming months, or during E3 2017.
2. The Legend of Zelda Collection for Switch
In recent years, many game developers have gotten frowned upon due to the amount of HD remakes hitting the market, and to a degree, HD remakes are still a little out of hand. However, The Legend of Zelda is an exceptional franchise that consists of some of the best titles in the history of gaming. Thanks to the Switches’ enhanced power when in comparison to 3DS, it’s more feasible that we’ll see GameCube and Wii games (and anything older) running on the console/handheld-hybrid, with no technical difficulties. Heck, after seeing the gorgeous Breath of the Wild on the platform, I believe any previous Nintendo game could run on Switch. The main reason why I want a Legend of Zelda collection is because Nintendo has released so many remakes/remasters over the years, it’d be awesome to have all of those versions on one platform.
3. Metroid for Switch
I think I speak for everyone when saying, it’s time for a new Metroid! The last time we saw Samus Aran was in the 2010 Wii game, Metroid: Other M. Unfortunately, it left a bad taste in the mouths of Metroid fans. And Metroid Prime: Federation Force didn’t help much neither. It’s time for a palette cleanser! Whether it’s a 2D side-scroller or a full-blown FPS, I don’t care! Just give us something, Nintendo! We need Samus Aran back in our lives.
4. More Classic Games Coming to Switch eShop
Since the launch of the Switch, its Virtual Console is still non-existent. Where’s some classic Sonic the Hedgehog? Where is Metal Gear? Where is any N64 games, for that matter? We can assume they’re coming (in some capacity), but the question is, “How soon?”. I’ve seen many people say that the virtual console doesn’t matter, but I disagree. Having titles like Soul Calibur II and Super Mario Sunshine on the go, and on my TV would be insanely awesome. Leave a comment letting us know if Virtual Console is important to you.
5. Switch & 3DS Cross-Buy Functionality
In order for me to play Shovel Knight on my 3DS and Switch, I’m obligated to buy the game twice. This has been a real annoyance in many gamers’ lives, especially those who have had a taste of the PlayStation digital ecosystem. Believe me, I am happy to support such a legendary company like Nintendo. However, if Nintendo were to allow cross-buy functionality, my wallet would be a lot happier and I would have some extra change for new eShop releases. Now that both consoles share the player’s wallet, I hope that cross-buy will come next.
What did you think about Nintendo’s Direct yesterday? Was it everything you could have hoped for? Or was there something missing? Tell me what you think in the comments section below!
Brett Medlock is one of our leads on video production here at Enthusiast Gaming. He’s obsessed with action-adventure games, platinum trophies, and K-pop. To hear more about how lame he is, follow him on Twitter @brettnll