September 13th Nintendo Direct: The Gaming Reinvented Liveblog

Well, it seems our last article was right. Just as we predicted, Nintendo has indeed announced that the postponed Nintendo Direct will air tonight, with said presentation maintaining the same schedule as before.

[Nintendo Direct Times Table]

RegionTime ZoneTime
USA (Nintendo of America)PT
ET
3pm
6pm
UK (Nintendo UK)BST11pm
Europe (Nintendo of Europe)CEST12am
Japan (Nintendo Co Ltd)JST7am

Which is why (just like with every other Direct), we’ll be covering the whole thing as it airs in a liveblog here at Gaming Reinvented. Yeah it won’t be the most detailed coverage, and yes it’s unlikely we’ll be posting trailers as they come in (thanks to Nintendo’s boneheaded decision to air the thing at 11pm UK time), but we’ll be covering it none the less.

Either way, you can find players for the various regional Direct streams below:

US:

Japan:

UK:

As well as links to various media platforms Nintendo is hosting it on. Pick whatever one you feel like watching..

Then join us at 11pm to see what we think of all the new Nintendo games and announcements. It’s gonna be great!

Nintendo Postpones Nintendo Direct Due to Hokkaido Earthquake

Yesterday, we mentioned that a new Nintendo Direct was coming at 11pm today. This Direct was apparently focused on upcoming Nintendo 3DS and Switch games, and would clock in about 35 minutes worth of content.

Unfortunately however, it seems that’s not the case. Due to a deadly earthquake hitting the island of Hokkaido in Japan, Nintendo has decided to postpone the Direct to focus on the tragedy at hand and honour those who were affected by the disaster.

As a result of this, the Direct will now be aired sometime later in the year, with rumours stating it may happen next year instead.

It’s unfortunate, but life happens, and these Directs are not the end of the world. For now, though, we’re sending out regards to those affected by the disaster, and we’ll await the Direct when it airs next week or what not.

Nintendo Announces New Nintendo Direct for September 6th 2018!

Yes, it’s finally happened. After weeks of rumours and crazy predictions, Nintendo has announced a new Nintendo Direct. This Direct will be posted tomorrow at 3pm PT (11PM UK time), and will focus on new games for the 3DS and Nintendo Switch.

Here are the announcements about it on Twitter, courtesy of Nintendo of America:

As well as Nintendo UK:

As you can tell, it’s a pretty big Nintendo Direct too, with 35 minutes of 3DS and Nintendo Switch announcements being included in the presentation.

But what exactly could they show there? What games will Nintendo announce at the event anyway?

Well, it’s obvious that Super Smash Bros Ultimate and the Pokemon Let’s Go games will be here. Every Direct has something Smash related in it now, and Nintendo’s been marketing the hell out of those Pokemon games recently. So that stuff seems a given.

Pokemon Marketing
Case in point…

Caption: Case in point…

And the likes of Luigi’s Mansion 3D may well make an appearance as well. After all, we haven’t heard much about that game recently, and we don’t have any idea what kind of new features it has either. Same with Mario & Luigi Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey. We know the games exist, but we don’t know much about their features or what exists to incentivise fans of the original to shell out for the remakes.

Hence we’d bet at least one of those will appear in the Nintendo Direct too.

But it won’t just be about games we’ve seen footage of already, there’ll almost certainly be other Nintendo news and announcements as well. So what could those be?

Well in our (not too informed) opinion, we believe at least one or two of the following might be shown off in the Direct:

1. A new Wario Land game. Yeah it’s a bit of a cliche for us here at Gaming Reinvented now, and we do bring up the possibility for every new Nintendo event. But come on, the trademarks exist, the rumours have existed for years now… surely one of these has to come along sometime, right?

Hell, WarioWare Gold did, so Nintendo hasn’t completely forgotten about the franchise. So that’s one prediction we’ve got.

2. There’s also the possibility that we’ll see Metroid Prime 4 at one of these events too. This one was announced at E3 a while back, but we only ever really got a logo for it. That’s got to change soon, so it’s possible this Direct could be this game’s chance to shine.

Metroid Prime 4

3. Same goes for Pikmin 4. Like with Wario Land, it’s been in the ‘likely to exist’ category for a while now, and Miyamoto himself has even commented on the possibility a few times before. Hence that’s another possible reveal here, especially if Prime 4 is something Nintendo wants to save until E3 2019.

4. Super Mario Odyssey DLC could be a reveal too. Again, it’s been rumoured for a while now, but with the costumes found in the game’s datamine running dry, it seems all too possible the next update will be along some time soon.

5. Finally, there’s always that Yoshi game Nintendo revealed as well. You know, the mystery one they revealed in the early Switch days, the one that seemed vanished off the face of the Earth shortly afterwards. That’s got to appear again someday, and it’s quite possible that day’ll be tomorrow.

Yoshi Nintendo Switch Game
What happened to this thing?

Either way, those are our predictions for the event. They’re probably not all gonna be shown off tomorrow, but we believe one or two may very well be, along with a few smaller ‘surprise’ games that are a bit harder to predict.

Still, what do you think? Could Metroid Prime 4 or Pikmin 4 be in the Direct? What titles do you feel are likely to make an appearance in tomorrow’s event?

Tell us your thoughts on this (and more) over on the Gaming Latest forums today!

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Has Been Delayed to 2019

Over the course of its development, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has seen its release date change quite a bit. Originally planned for a 2017 release, the game ended up being pushed back to 2018 for various reasons back in 2016, with quality control issues being cited as the reason for the delay.

And now it seems history’s repeating itself. Why? Because just earlier today, the team behind the game announced that Bloodstained was pushed back a second time, with the game’s release date now being sometime in 2019 rather than later this year.

Here’s the quote about it from their update post on Kickstarter:

Our first announcement is that the game will now launch in 2019. The most important reason for this is to raise the quality level, especially after all the very valuable feedback from the Beta Backer Demo.

Again, it’s for quality control reasons, with the developers saying the delay is needed to ‘raise the quality level’ in response to backer feedback.

It’s a disappointing thing to hear (especially after the same thing happened before), but it’s a completely understandable decision none the less.

Remember, even despite patches and updates, the Miyamoto quote about a ‘bad game staying bad forever’ still holds true for the most part.

And that’s because even when a game gets better, it doesn’t get another shot at a first impression. Remember Pokémon GO?

Yeah, it did well at first, but it’s poor quality in its early days and the constant bugs and issues with the game basically destroyed much of its reputation, and led to a large percentage of the userbase giving up on the game.

Same goes for Yooka-Laylee and No Man’s Sky. Sure they got better as updates got pushed out and bugs got fixed, but the damage has already been done. Their reputation is in tatters and the fanbase has mostly moved on.

Hence for the team behind Bloodstained, it makes sense to try and get things right the first time around. First impressions matter, and as a Kickstarter success story, they don’t want a repeat of Mighty No 9 or Yooka-Laylee’s situation here either.

Additionally, they’ve also announced the PlayStation Vita version of the game is cancelled.

Again, as per their Kickstarter update:

The game will no longer launch on PlayStation Vita. This decision is largely due to Sony’s plans to discontinue the Vita console, ending production of physical copies and stopping certain online store support features.

Again, it’s a perfectly reasonable decision from the game’s team. The PS Vita was running on fumes for a while now, and support for the console had basically died out altogether outside of Japan by the time they promised a release there. And so (like with the various Wii U and Ouya ports for other Kickstarter projects of recent years), the game’s been cancelled for a platform where its commercial viability was basically nil.

So yeah, there you have it. Bloodstained has been pushed back to 2019, and the Vita release won’t be happening.

But what are your thoughts on all this? Are you disappointed in the delay, or hopeful it’ll make for a better game overall? And were you one of the few people who wanted to play the game on the Vita?

Tell us your thoughts on the matter here at Gaming Reinvented or over on social media today!