Nintendo Direct 13th September: Liveblog

Well, it’s that time again. Nintendo’s holding a major Direct, and we’ve decided to liveblog about it from the site. This time it’ll be focused on 2017’s Nintendo games, with Super Mario Odyssey being the centre of attention.

And well, with 45 minutes of content… it’s gonna be great. New title reveals, Mario Odyssey gameplay reveals, stuff from Zelda and Pokémon…

It’s shaping up to be a dream Nintendo Direct for fans.

But before we head to the livestream, we’re gonna point out a few things about the liveblog format for anyone confused about it.

First of all, this is our immediate thoughts on the games. Not detailed articles (those come later). Immediate thoughts formed exactly a second or two after the reveal.

So, don’t expect full article length essays about each announcement. Instead, expect basic sentences about the reveals as they happen. So, you might have stuff like:

‘Toy Kingdom revealed for Super Mario Odyssey’

As well as:

‘Vaati is the main villain for the Champion’s Ballad DLC’

Instead of more fleshed out announcements. But that’s just a time constraints thing. When the Direct is over and everything’s done, that’s when we’ll actually post the full announcements.

So, don’t expect any fully formed thoughts here.

Nor should you expect coverage of every little detail here. We do try and be thorough sure, but we can’t focus on every background and character animation in a matter of seconds. So again, that’ll come in the full articles posted after the liveblog.

Finally, note that any terrible announcements will be treated as you’d expect. We don’t sugar coat stuff here, we’re only positive about reveals that give us a reason to be.

Because of that, don’t feel surprised if we decide a new Sticker Star like Paper Mario game looks terrible from the reveal trailer. Or if we tear Nintendo to pieces for reviving Wii Music for a new generation.

And that should be everything important here. So, choose a Nintendo Direct livestream to watch from the list below:

Nintendo of America’s version

Nintendo UK’s version:

Nintendo Co Ltd.’s version:

And join us as we take a look at the biggest Nintendo Direct of the year. This is going to be great!

Nintendo’s Bringing Back the NES Classic Mini!

Late last year, the NES Classic Mini was all the rage. A redone version of the original NES with thirty built in games, the system offered better quality gameplay than the Virtual Console ever could, and ended up becoming a huge phenomenon the minute it hit the market.

Unfortunately, it was also rather difficult to buy one. That’s because not only was stock limited on Nintendo’s end, but the whole thing was discontinued before even 10% of the userbase could get their hands on it. It was a mess, and led to scalpers selling the systems for hundreds of dollars on sites like eBay.

But now it seems things are about to get better.

That’s because as the title suggests, Nintendo are actually bringing back the NES Classic Mini! Yep as mentioned by their UK branch on Twitter, the system will be re-entering production for a release next summer, meaning those who missed out on it the first time have another chance of getting their hands on it.

Here’s the tweet where it’s mentioned by the company:

It’s good news for Nintendo fans across Europe. The NES Classic Mini isn’t dead, and you’ll be able to buy it next year.

As for American and Japanese fans… well let’s just hope they follow suit. It seems likely they will (since a reprint for Europe alone would be kind of strange on their part), but unfortunately, it’s not confirmed just yet.

Still, what do you think? Are you buying it? Do you think this batch will be easier to get hold of than the last ones?

Post your thoughts on the matter here or on the Gaming Latest forums today!

Is Super Smash Bros Being Featured in Tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct?

As I mentioned yesterday, a new Nintendo Direct is being aired tomorrow at 11pm. This Nintendo Direct will cover various Nintendo 3DS and Switch titles from the next few months, with a large focus on Super Mario Odyssey and its new features.

But it seems Super Mario Odyssey might not be the only interesting game featured there.

Oh no, Super Smash Bros may be featured in the Direct too! That’s because Nintendo’s stream for the Direct on YouTube is tagged with ‘Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U’. And this doesn’t make sense nowadays.

Super Smash Bros Tag

Why? Well, think about it. When was the last time Super Smash Bros for 3DS/Wii U got an update?

It was back in February 2016. Since then, no word has been given about a Smash Bros game for Switch, or any more content changes ever since.

So, there’s no immediate reason said game would be tagged in the Direct. Unless…
Nintendo has a major announcement related to it right now. Like say, one about how Smash Bros could be coming to the Nintendo Switch in the near future. Maybe like that rumoured ‘Super Smash Bros DX’ game going around?

That would make sense given the importance of Smash on a new system, and it’d give Nintendo an important enough announcement to warrant a 45-minute Nintendo Direct.

But what about other possibilities? Could there be another explanation for the tag?

Well, no. Firstly, it can’t be an error with the video or an auto generated suggestion. That’s because the folks at Source Gaming actually tested how the system works. Here’s their findings about it:

In summary, the game is only displayed there when manually set by the video poster. This means someone at Nintendo had to have explicitly decided to tag the video as being about Super Smash Bros.

And given the game’s lack of relevant now, it probably couldn’t be an announcement about the existing versions of the game either. I mean, why would Nintendo update those? The Wii U is as dead as a doornail and the 3DS version has mostly been forgotten due to the Wii U one.

There’s no business sense in discussing them any further. So that possibility can be ruled out too.

It could also potentially relate to the World Champions. Because these Smash Bros for Wii U as part of the finals. This opens up the possibility that Nintendo is merely talking about the finals or showing footage of them in the Nintendo Direct.

However, that also doesn’t really make much sense when you think about it either. Why waste time in a Direct showing off eSports style footage? Directs are meant to be for trailers and announcements, not just random clips of whatever things Nintendo is sponsoring at the moment. It’d be a disappointment, and take away time for game trailers and announcements.

So, I think that can be ruled out as well.

Which in turn just leaves one last possibility. That this announcement is something to do with amiibo.

Problem is, there’s not really much logic behind that either. Again, what’s left in Smash on the amiibo front?
Not Bayonetta or Corrin. Those were released a while back.

And there are no other characters yet to get an amiibo in game. This means the only possible amiibo left are ones released for games after Super Smash Bros. Like say, the Mario or Zelda series ones.

Mario Odyssey Amiibo

But these wouldn’t be made compatible with Smash in any form. After all, the game’s basically finished at this point. No one’s updating it, nor expecting new content for it. People wouldn’t think to use say, Zelda champion amiibos with the game, nor would any buyers of them go and get a Wii U to use them with Smash.

So, as a result of all this, a Smash port seems like the only logical conclusion here. Everything else either wouldn’t be important enough for an announcement or would be propping a long dead console for no apparent reason.

Still, what do you think? Do you feel like a Smash Bros announcement could come tomorrow? Could Super Smash Bros for 3DS/Wii U be heading to the Switch in some form in future?

Or is there another explanation for the featured game tag?

Post your thoughts in the comments or on social media today!

A Nintendo Direct IS Coming September 13th 2017!

Well, isn’t this convenient! Just one day after I posted a rumour about an upcoming Nintendo Direct, Nintendo goes out and actually confirms it for that exact date!

Yes, the September 13th Nintendo Direct is indeed real. Here’s the Twitter post confirming it by Nintendo of America:

As well as a similar one about the event courtesy of Nintendo UK:

And one from Nintendo of Japan:

That already confirms it’s important there and then, since only important Directs get posted as news by all Nintendo branches at once.

But it’s the game the Direct is focused on that’s really intriguing here.

It’s about Super Mario Odyssey.

Yep, as Nintendo has confirmed in the tweets above, the Direct will contain all new information about Mario’s upcoming 3D Switch adventure. And that makes us wonder.

What exactly could be confirmed at this point?

It’s obviously not just a few clips of existing kingdoms or new outfits, since those wouldn’t count as major. Nor would some random details about Power Moons or bosses.

What would count however are:

New kingdom announcements, like one dedicated to the Snow and Lake Kingdoms. This would suit Nintendo very well, since they’re known to formally announce details about games after having them leaked online.

Another possibility would be some news about Peach’s crown or Bowser’s top hat. At least one of these hats is already known to be a Cappy like ghost, with the other basically been confirmed as a very similar one.

So that would give Nintendo something interesting to announce too. Especially if Bowser’s hat needs to be countered by Mario’s possession mechanic, or if Bowser can take over Mario’s body in the boss battle.

It could also be something about amiibo too. That’s because while these things were revealed back at E3, nothing has ever been said about what they do in game. Do they unlock new costumes? Open all new modes? Let Mario play as other characters?

It’s never been said so far, and provides quite a few possible topics for a Nintendo Direct as well.

And then it could always be a brand-new feature, kind of like Cappy was in the E3 presentation. After all, we didn’t know possession even existed in the Switch showcase presentation. We were just given shots of Mario running around New Donk City and Tostarena.

So perhaps Nintendo has something equally major up their sleeve here as well. It would certainly explain why ‘so much’ information has seemingly been given out about the game. Or perhaps stop people complaining about a lack of content.

Either way, something big will be revealed for Super Mario Odyssey.

But it won’t be all the Direct has going for it. Oh no, while Super Mario Odyssey is a big focus, it’s certainly not the only one.

Nope, as Nintendo says, the presentation is focused on what’s heading to the Switch and 3DS in the coming months.

Which is quite a lot when you think about it. Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga remake, Metroid Samus Returns, Pokémon Ultra Sun/Moon… those are just three of a few dozen games heading our way before the end of the year.

All of which are likely getting trailers or reveals in the Direct. After all, it’s certainly long enough (with a 45-minute runtime for the video). It’s very exciting stuff all round.

So yeah, if you’re a Nintendo fan, check it out. It’ll be airing this Wednesday at 11pm BST, with a liveblog from us likely to follow.

See you there!

Super Mario 64 Online Has Been Released!

A while back, we posted about a mod called Super Mario 64 Online. This mod (developed by Last Impact creator Kaze Emanuar) promised online co-op for Super Mario 64, complete with 24 players at once and characters with unique abilities. It was an amazing idea, and it looked incredible when it was first shown on YouTube.

And now you can play it for yourself! Here’s the release trailer for the game:

Plus some download links for the software needed:

That should be enough for most people. Super Mario 64 Online is not a hard system to get working.

But for those who are still stuck, help is at hand. Like this handy tutorial video for the game:

So check it out. It’s a great mod with some fantastic features, and one we definitely recommend. Get it now before Nintendo shuts it down.