Earlier this week, Nintendo held a Nintendo Direct Mini for July 2020. The event’s purpose was to showcase just some of the third-party games coming to the Switch over the course of the year. While the video, because it unfortunately couldn’t be a livestream, does contain some interesting gameplay, it all feels a little flat for a Nintendo Direct.
Cadence of Hyrule DLC
The Cadence of Hyrule DLC does look exceptionally good. I’ve never played the base game, but I can appreciate how popular it is given the success of similar music-based RPGs. The DLC on show included three packs, each of which adds some meaningful new content to the game. It’s nice to see Nintendo allowing developers to invest in their games with new content on the Switch, because it gives them a lot more longevity. There’s even a pack containing the game and all the DLC due out later this year, which I’d be really interested in picking up.
Rogue Company Released
The second game on show was Rogue Company. This is a team based shooter on Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The trailer in the showcase didn’t actually tell us anything new. However, it was more of a stunt by the developer’s marketing team to make sure everyone remembered it. That’s because the game then surprise launched later in the day. I’m a little conflicted on this one, because there are three founder packs that you can buy which will get you into the game right now, while it’s in early access. Eventually the game will be free-to-play, but the developer is expecting people to drop up to $60 just for early access right now, with no date defined for when it will be free. There’s also monetisation built into the game, so I feel like this is a bit of a sneaky move. Overall, I feel less enthusiastic about Rogue Company right now, but maybe that will change once some reports on the gameplay come out.
WWE 2K Battlegrounds
This year’s WWE 2K effort is a fun-looking mini-game of sorts. I have almost no interest in wrestling games, but this one actually caught my eye. We’ll have to see what it’s like when it launches later this year.
Shin Megami Tensei III Remaster
This was the big news for the Nintendo Direct. Once again, I didn’t play the original, so the emphasis on this being a classic is lost on me. I do however know the name, and I’m aware that this series is a beloved one. It seems like Nintendo put this Direct Mini on just to announce this game, and cobbled together some smaller games to pad out the video. I’ll be interested to see just how well this game sells when it launches.
While any Nintendo Direct is good for announcements, this one felt like it could have waited. Clearly Nintendo is trying to keep the Switch in people’s minds, and they thought a new set of trailers and announcements would do the trick. I’d say that they should wait for a larger Nintendo Direct next time.