Nintendo has graced fans with a full-length Nintendo Direct for the first time since September 2019, and with it, they brought a lot of information on their new titles as well as the next Super Smash Brothers Ultimate character. This time, Mythra/Pyra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be joining the massive 89-character roster come March.
In addition to the Smash Brothers news, the Direct also announced other new titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD coming in July and Splatoon 3 coming in 2022.
PMythra and Pyra are actually two halves of one playable character, similar to how Zelda and Sheik were once two characters rolled into one. Mythra and Pyra come from the popular JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and are the fourth edition of the Fighters Pass Vol. 2. The other fighters include Joker from Persona 5, the Hero from the Dragon Quest series, Banjo and Kazooie, Terry from King of Fighters, and Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
The response from fans was mostly positive. A lot of people really like the Xenoblode Chronicles series and are happy with this inclusion while others had no idea who they were and were clamoring for Sora from Kingdom Hearts.
More Ink, More Fun
Nintendo also announced the next entry into their popular squad-based, multiplayer-focused series, Splatoon 3. The game is slated to come out sometime in 2022, so, it’ll be a while before we see it. The trailer is below and in it, the Inkling is shown, being customized next to a new fish pet in some kind of desert area.
The gameplay shows new cosmetics, new weapons, and a cute little robot crab that turns into a ball. Details are scarce right now but more are sure to come.
Sky Diving in HD
Originally released on the Wii in 2011, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is getting an HD makeover set to release on July 16 along with some new Zelda-themed Joy-Cons. The Joy-Cons are modeled after Master Sword and the Hylian Shield.
Skyward Sword has been a black sheep among Zelda fans as not everyone enjoys the entry’s motion controls. Fans felt the controls were not implemented all that well. Skyward Sword HD does retain the motion controls on the Switch but also has a new button-only control scheme if someone wants to play in handheld mode.
I recommend that you check out the full Direct for the rest of the games that I couldn’t cover. But I do want to give a shout-out to some of the great-looking games that were shown off. Mario Golf: Super Rush is coming out on June 25th with a new Speed Golf mode, the Legend of Mana Remaster was also announced and it’ll be available on June 24th, and Square Enix’s new tactical RPG known as Project: Triangle Strategy which looks similar to Fire Emblem. Project: Triangle Strategy is the working title and looks like a spiritual successor to Octopath Traveler.
So, what do you guys think of the Nintendo Direct? Did anything pique your interest? That new Square Enix game peaked mine.