Well, it’s finally here. After weeks of people asking about another Nintendo Direct (and crazy predictions to the same), Nintendo has announced that the next one will air on March 8th at 5pm ET. This Direct will be 30 minutes in length, with announcements for both 3DS and Switch games (including Mario Tennis Aces for the latter).
Here’s the announcement about it on Nintendo’s Twitter page:
As well as the related ones by Nintendo UK and Nintendo JP:
It’s pretty big news all round and offers the potential for quite a few interesting announcements. Indeed, as one look at social media will prove, it seems Nintendo fans have taken the announcement and ran with it to mean anything and everything is coming to the console. Super Mario Odyssey DLC? Yup, some people are even saying a Luigi’s Mansion themed kingdom could be included. Pokemon Switch? Again, people are predicting it could happen here.
And from Smash Bros to Fire Emblem to god knows what else, the predictions are flying thick and fast. Hell, there are so many at this point that the ‘leakers’ behind them are calling each other out on sites like Twitter!
As for us? Well we’ll just keep quiet and see what tomorrow brings. It’s Nintendo, it’s 2018 and it’s a console that needs new announcements, so we’re sure whatever does get shown is going to be amazing all the same. Besides, why hype yourself up over Smash and Pokemon when you can just wait and be pleasantly surprised if it happens? It doesn’t seem worth it to us.
But still, what do you think about the announcement? Are you looking forward to the Nintendo Direct tomorrow? What crazy games and reveals do you think Nintendo will make there?
Post your answers to these questions (and more besides) here in the comments or on the Gaming Latest forums today!
As you may have noticed, updates have been pretty slow here on Gaming Reinvented.
But don’t panic, there is a reason for this.
Namely, I’m redesigning the entire website. Why? Well to be honest, there are two reasons.
Firstly, the existing site doesn’t really work for its purpose at the moment. It’s meant to be a service, yet currently feels more like a traditional blog. And that’s fine if you’re running a blog.
But I’m not running one. I’m running a service where people are meant to post their own content. It’s basically a social media type site for writers, in the guise of a news site.
And the current design means people don’t understand this. They don’t realise they can post their own articles or content, they keep asking me to post them as if guest blogs were still relevant and gaming sites require professional staff.
So that’s one reason I’m redesigning the site. To encourage people to use it in the way it’s meant to be used, not as yet another blog they have to send messages to about guest posts and staff writer positions.
Reason number 2 on the other hand… well that’s a bit philosophical. Basically, as I realised a few months or so ago, traditional content sites don’t really work anymore. Why is this? Because society has moved on. Instead of using traditional desktop computers, people use smartphones to access the internet through most of their day.
However, most existing sites don’t get this, and as a result, they’re stuck in the desktop era.
And that’s a huge issue. Put simply, the workflow required for old school news sites and platforms doesn’t work in this new world.
Think about it. How convenient is it to post an article on mobile?
On like, any CMS you can think of?
Not very. This means sites like Medium (and traditional CMS systems like WordPress and Drupal) lose out whenever audiences on their phones.
Yet it’s not just limited to them either. No, the same goes for news reporting too. Want to cover a Nintendo Direct? Yeah, good luck doing that on an iPad, since taking and uploading screenshots is hell and videos are even worse. Add glacial upload speeds, fiddly buttons in website interfaces and awkward plugins telling you how hard to read your work is, and things just become a complete nightmare.
But we want to fix this. We want a world where reporting the news is super simple, lightning fast and convenient for everyone. One where authors can write a beautiful story on the bus back from work without worrying that their 3G connection will fail while they’re doing so. Where users can read articles even while offline. Where modern, futuristic looking articles can be written and posted without the backing of a high-tech development team and thousands of dollars in media production skills.
Hence that’s why we’re redesigning Gaming Reinvented right now. Because in today’s smartphone era, the competition just isn’t good enough.
A while back, Nintendo announced they had plans to adapt their series to other mediums. Obviously Super Nintendo World was one result of this (being part of Universal Studios’ theme park based on their titles), but adaptations to TV, movies and animation were said to be in the works as well, with Nintendo planning to work with partnered companies to produce such works.
And when it comes to a Mario movie, well it seems like Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima is even keener on the idea than you’d ever imagine. Why? Because as he said in a recent interview with the Kyoto Shimbun, he hopes to make an agreement with a partner about a Mario movie soon, complete with a following announcement and a full release by 2020. Here’s the article about said comment courtesy of our friends at Japanese Nintendo.
It’s a surprising statement from the Nintendo CEO, and provides good evidence that the rumours of Illumination Entertainment working on such a movie could be accurate.
However, you then have to wonder:
Would a new Mario movie really be a good idea in the first place?
I mean, not only did the first attempt go horribly wrong, but most of the other ones went pretty badly wrong as well. It’s a series that’s been plagued by ‘adaptation decay’ to the point it used to take up half the TV Tropes page.
And that’s only logical given that Mario doesn’t really have much of a story so to speak of. The RPGs do yes, but the actual main platformers Nintendo likely wants adapted? It’s rarely more complex than ‘Peach is kidnapped by Bowser’, with even the likes of Odyssey only adding a few small tweaks to the formula.
As a result, it’s kind of hard to imagine what Illumination Entertainment (or whoever else gets the rights now) could do with the series. Are they going to give the movie an excuse plot padded with random set pieces? Try and come up with a logical story that doesn’t tie into any of the games? Set up an alternate universe in the same way as the cartoon series, movie, comic books and anime film?
It’s difficult to know, and even more difficult to get right.
Which is not gonna be helped much by the push for a relatively early release date. After all, 2020 isn’t that far away, and it’s no time at all for a movie or game release. The fact Nintendo suggests that’s even possible implies the company just wants the film out as quickly as possible, and isn’t willing to give it much time for careful thought or even much of a post-production process.
But hey, it’s interesting to hear none the less. So, what do you think about it all? Are you happy that Nintendo seems so keen on a Mario movie? Worried about it given the lack of story to adapt in the franchise?
Give your thoughts on the matter (and more) in the comments below or on social media today!
Super Mario Bros. movie should be ready for 2020! (Japanese Nintendo)
Back in the olden days, Nintendo made a couple of sports games with more realistic settings and gameplay. Named 1080 Snowboarding and Wave Race respectively, these games become pretty big on the N64, before being followed up by better sequels on the GameCube and vanishing in history therefore after.
Fortunately for fans though, it seems hope may be at hand here. Why? Because as Pixelpar shows us on Twitter, Nintendo have just filed a new trademark for 1080° Snowboarding. This implies the company hasn’t given up on the whole deal, and actually does see potential for the franchise in future.
And it makes us wonder what exactly could be in store here. Okay, it’s quite possible it could be something uninteresting. Like say, a Virtual Console released on the inevitable Switch Virtual Console post Nintendo Direct.
But at the same time, it brings a bit of hope that an all new game could be coming for the system instead. That’s good news for sports game fans, as well as for Nintendo fans in general. After all, Nintendo’s always struggled to get those types of games on their system, and games in the snowboarding genre have gotten even rarer in the last few years as well.
So, to see this trademark brings a bit of hope back to the whole deal. Perhaps even illustrates that even seemingly forgotten N64 era franchises like this one won’t be completely forgotten by the company or the industry as a whole.
However, what do you think? Are you happy Nintendo seemingly remembers 1080 Snowboarding? What could this trademark registration actually mean?
Post your thoughts on the matter here or at the Gaming Latest forums today!
It’s Christmas time! The turkey’s in the oven, the presents are under the tree (if you’re not in the UK at the moment) and everything’s looking good for the holiday season. New games, new consoles, all that stuff is probably here and present for many of you about now.
But we won’t be posting about any of it. Why? Because like everyone else on the planet, we enjoy our Christmas break and have decided to take the next few days off. So today and tomorrow, there will be no news posts from Gaming Reinvented, nor any updates on social media or over on Wario Forums.
It’s just in the spirit of the season you know? Christmas is a time you spend with your friends and family, not posting on social media or arguing about video game ‘controversies’ with people on internet forums.
So check out the Gaming Latest forums or various subreddits if you desperately need news, and try and spend your time with friends and family. Or heck, actually playing the games you likely got for Christmas rather than talking about them.
Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!