I would like to apologize to those whom I hyped up on Wednesday for the Nintendo Direct. Fans around the world let out a collective sigh at the lack of…well, pretty much anything that was expected from Nintendo during the show. We got no news about BOTW2, an HD remake of the one 3D Zelda people aren’t enthralled with (this coming from a Skyward Sword fan), and nothing about any of the other rumored huge franchises that should be making their returns soon. What we did get was a new Mario Golf and a Splatoon 3 announcement (for 2022, what happened to the first half of this year Nintendo?). Elise Favis at The Washington Post wrote up a great summary of the show if you didn’t get the chance to watch, or you can find the full VOD here. Signed, disappointed fan.
BlizzConline begins today. You can expect “keynote addresses” from every major Blizzard IP throughout the event today. Some of the biggest rumors for this year’s event include new information on Overwatch 2, a Diablo II remake, new Diablo IV info, and a leak shows that we will be getting additional WoW Classic expansions. You can look out for all of that and more over at the event website.
It’s weird to think that Nintendo is already working on the successor to the Switch. Especially given that the Switch has broken all kinds of sales records this year. The reality is that the Switch is already on year four of its product life cycle, or roughly half of the life cycle of most consoles. Nintendo’s President Shuntaro Furukawa said that any successor to the Nintendo Switch must be able to offer consumers “new forms of entertainment. The hardware and software development teams are in the same building, communicating closely and thinking about how we can propose new forms of entertainment.” Tom Ivan at VideoGamesChronicle has the full story.