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Thursday, January 11, 2018

KoopaTV's Sporadic Live Reactions to Nintendo Direct Mini — January 11, 2018!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - A Nintendo Direct so mini, that we need two logs to fill the article up.

Originally, I wanted to write an article mocking all of the outlets that, for weeks, was hyping everyone up on a Nintendo Direct to be released on January 11, 2018, based solely on weird rumours. I wanted to make a lesson about how KoopaTV is the source you can count on not to peddle FAKE NEWS. Internally, I was shutting down any discussion about this would-be Direct by the FAKE NEWS cry.

Well, an hour before Nintendo tweeted this, I wrote in our KoopaTV Discord server:

[8:08 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It's the 11th.
[8:08 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: No Direct announcement.
[8:08 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: FAKE
[8:08 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: NEWS

But, yeah, Nintendo tweet:

I still think I'm not wrong in saying it's FAKE NEWS (it's a Nintendo Direct MINI, not a Nintendo Direct! BIG LEAGUE of difference.), but regardless, our staff was not prepared for a synchronised reaction log. So you get this weird thing where RawkHawk2010 reacted pretty much immediately after the Nintendo Direct Mini was up, and I took my sweet, sweet time and responded over eight hours later. (Hey, I got a day job.)

You can follow along here, but you'll have to do it twice:

[9:14 AM] RawkHawk2010:
[9:14 AM] RawkHawk2010: Well here it is.
[9:14 AM] RawkHawk2010: watches
[9:14 AM] RawkHawk2010: Rated RP-M
[9:15 AM] RawkHawk2010: Neku.
[9:15 AM] RawkHawk2010: "The World Ends With You -Final Remix-"
[9:15 AM] RawkHawk2010: Coming ten years after its original release.
[9:15 AM] RawkHawk2010: (yeah nintendo none of us care)
[9:16 AM] RawkHawk2010: Aegislash comes to Pokken Tournament DX.
[9:16 AM] RawkHawk2010: And Blastoise.
[9:17 AM] RawkHawk2010: New Kirby abilities in that new Kirby
[9:17 AM] RawkHawk2010: Artist
[9:17 AM] RawkHawk2010: Spider
[9:17 AM] RawkHawk2010: And combinable abilities.

Kirby Star Allies Friend Train helpers
Kirby can run my train!
(And I really hope "additional accessories" just means controllers.)

[9:17 AM] RawkHawk2010: Good soundtrack.
[9:17 AM] RawkHawk2010: As usual.
[9:18 AM] RawkHawk2010: Kirby Star Allies releases March 16th.
[9:18 AM] RawkHawk2010: rofl
[9:18 AM] RawkHawk2010: Hyrule Warriors Switch.
[9:19 AM] RawkHawk2010: New Mario Tennis
[9:19 AM] RawkHawk2010: Mario Tennis Aces
[9:19 AM] RawkHawk2010: WTF
[9:19 AM] RawkHawk2010: Hatless Waluigi
[9:19 AM] RawkHawk2010: STORY MODE
[9:19 AM] RawkHawk2010: AHHHHHHH
[9:19 AM] RawkHawk2010: Petey boss battle.
[9:20 AM] RawkHawk2010: Available Spring.
[9:20 AM] RawkHawk2010: Damn, looks wantable.
[9:20 AM] RawkHawk2010: Ys VIII coming to Switch.
[9:20 AM] RawkHawk2010: Dunno what this is.
[9:20 AM] RawkHawk2010: Remind me of Xenoblade tho.

YS VIII Adol crab sword beach Murky Mucus Gualanyga Xenoblade
Giant Enemy Crab. In a Nintendo Direct MINI?

[9:21 AM] RawkHawk2010: Oh yeah I've listened to Ys music before.
[9:21 AM] RawkHawk2010: Free Odyssey update.
[9:21 AM] RawkHawk2010: ..............
[9:21 AM] RawkHawk2010: "Balloon World"
[9:21 AM] RawkHawk2010: You can hide a balloon in a world and your online friends then have to try and find it.
[9:22 AM] RawkHawk2010: New outfits.
[9:22 AM] RawkHawk2010: New filters.
[9:22 AM] RawkHawk2010: February.
[9:22 AM] RawkHawk2010: (And you talk to Luigi to activate Balloon Mode.)
[9:22 AM] RawkHawk2010: SNK Heroines
[9:22 AM] RawkHawk2010: aka Waifu Battle
[9:22 AM] RawkHawk2010: I like the music.
[9:23 AM] RawkHawk2010: This summer.
[9:23 AM] RawkHawk2010: Neogeo Art of Fighting 2, today.
[9:23 AM] RawkHawk2010: New Rabbids shit.
[9:23 AM] RawkHawk2010: WTF
[9:23 AM] RawkHawk2010: IT'S DONKEY KONG
[9:23 AM] RawkHawk2010: IN THE FLESH
[9:24 AM] RawkHawk2010: Fighting a Tiki Rabbid
[9:24 AM] RawkHawk2010: DK DLC this Spring.
[9:25 AM] RawkHawk2010: (I'm sure Grant Kirkhope is already tweet-spamming lol.)
[9:25 AM] RawkHawk2010: Payday 2.
[9:25 AM] RawkHawk2010: (aka some trailer i didn't care to watch)
[9:25 AM] RawkHawk2010: Dunno what this next thing is.
[9:25 AM] RawkHawk2010: Something something dark Nordic forest something something.
[9:26 AM] RawkHawk2010: Was some indie game.
[9:26 AM] RawkHawk2010: Here's another.
[9:26 AM] RawkHawk2010: "Celeste"
[9:26 AM] RawkHawk2010: TROPICAL FREEZE
[9:26 AM] RawkHawk2010: "Back and funkier than ever"
[9:26 AM] RawkHawk2010: AHHHHHHHHH
[9:26 AM] RawkHawk2010: Playable Funky
[9:26 AM] RawkHawk2010: With his surfboard.

Funky Kong Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze DKC:TF surfboard playable Tuck Snowmad Snowmads
Look at that Tuck's face. And you wonder why Candy is cheating on DK?

[9:27 AM] RawkHawk2010: Funky plays like how I imagined he would.
[9:27 AM] RawkHawk2010: With surfboard double jumps and shit.
[9:27 AM] RawkHawk2010: Final trailer:
[9:27 AM] RawkHawk2010: Something hyped up.
[9:28 AM] RawkHawk2010: The hell is this.
[9:28 AM] RawkHawk2010: "Dark Souls: Remastered"
[9:28 AM] RawkHawk2010: 5.25.2018
[9:29 AM] RawkHawk2010: * Direct does a little summary reel and ends on Funky *
[9:29 AM] RawkHawk2010: Well uhhhh...
[9:30 AM] RawkHawk2010: someone who doesn't give a damn about Rabbids and is kinda meh about "same game just with a new dude" and already did 90 hours of Odyssey hide-and-go-seek, I'd say Mario Tennis Aces is the most interesting thing here.
[9:31 AM] RawkHawk2010: That and our new look at Kirby.
[9:33 AM] RawkHawk2010: Top comment on Mario Tennis Aces trailer:
[9:34 AM] RawkHawk2010: "Hopefully they don't "drop the ball" on this one. :sunglasses: "
[9:36 AM] RawkHawk2010: I definitely want Star Allies.
[9:36 AM] RawkHawk2010: Looks legit.

[5:57 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa:
[5:57 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ALRIGHT
[5:57 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: LET'S GO
[5:57 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: LUDWIG TIME
[5:57 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: 14 MINUTE DIRECT
[5:58 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: caps lock off
[5:58 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: A Nintendo DS classic restyled for Nintendo Switch.
[5:58 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: AHH
[5:58 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU
[5:58 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: -Final Remix-
[5:58 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Sounds like Kingdom Hearts titling.
[5:58 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Yo, if I remember correctly, Rawk hates everything about TWEWY, including character design.
[5:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But the girl looks kinda cute, so...
[5:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Available This Year" ...well that's not specific.
[5:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Pokkén Tournament DX, featuring Aegislash DLC.
[5:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Paid DLC"
[5:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: A "Battle Pack" with two Waves.
[5:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: wtf these pronounciations
[5:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Meemeekyou"
[6:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I thought it was pronounced, you know, "Mimic You"
[6:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Kirby Star Allies! (aka Kirby Switch)
[6:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Featuring Artist and Spider abilities.
[6:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Web bondage, yay)
[6:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: With ability combos.
[6:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And a "Friend Train" for 4-player co-op. (Featuring CPUs)
[6:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I should probably take screenshots.
[6:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: MARCH 16!
[6:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Kirby Battle Royale" advert.
[6:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: The demo sucks.
[6:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Can't believe we were interested in that.
[6:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Dragon Quest Builders (aka Minecraft)
[6:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Now Hyrule Warriors is coming to Switch, called the "Definitive Edition"
[6:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I thought the 3DS version was that.
[6:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Everything so far has been a port except Kirby.
[6:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: 10 minutes to go!
[6:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Mari0 Tennis Aces?
[6:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...wasn't the last one from 3DS awful?
[6:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: WHOA
[6:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: STORY MODE
[6:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: wtf Petey Piranha

Mario Tennis Aces Petey Piranha mouth screaming roar close-up
(...Not that Petey could articulate that.)

[6:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: A new Ys game, which looks like Xenoblade.
[6:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: The protagonist is named Adol(f).
[6:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Ys 8.
[6:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Or Ys VIII.
[6:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Free update for ODYSSEY.
[6:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Luig1's Balloon World?!
[6:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...IS HE PRETENDING TO BE TINGLE??

Super Mario Odyssey Luigi's Balloon World arms open wide bow-tie
Luigi's Balloon World...?!!?

[6:05 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "New form of OBJECTIVE-based speed-running."
[6:05 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I thought he'd say OBJECTION.
[6:06 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Rawk has been talking about weird ways the Ace Attorney franchise should progress (he wants mainline Ace Attorney to be an open world platformer)
[6:06 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: so OBJECTION!-based speed-running would play into that.
[6:06 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I just talked through "SNK Heroines" wotever that is.
[6:06 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ewww Mari0 +Rabbids Kingdom Battle
[6:06 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "A new story"
[6:06 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Featuring a "frenemy"
[6:07 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: DONKEY KONG?
[6:07 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...did Donkey Kong lose weight?
[6:07 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I guess having Rabbid Kong wasn't enough.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Donkey Kong DLC toothy grin Nintendo Switch
Finally, Donkey Kong's toothy-grin of terror is put to good use after he smashed the Princess Peach Rabbid.

[6:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: 4 minutes left.
[6:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Fe" published by "EA Originals"
[6:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Electronic Arts supporting the Switch? ...Besides FIFA without Alex Hunter.)
[6:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: AHHHH
[6:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: SPEAKING OF DONKEY KONG
[6:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: WITH FIVE FINGERS
[6:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Chill new mode"
[6:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: IT'S FUNKY KONG
[6:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: wtf Funky Kong is invincible
[6:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: His surfboard allows him to hover, ride on spikes
[6:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: and do infinite rolls and swim-rolls.
[6:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I guess being the best character in Mari0 Kart Wii wasn't enough for him?
[6:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: New trailer with ?-mark
[6:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: but they said "wicked"
[6:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: so it's obviously Bayonetta 3.
[6:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "DARK SOULS REMASTERED"
[6:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: woops
[6:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: May 25, 2018.
[6:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Thank you for watching."
[6:12 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: So... wot happened to Yoshi Switch?
[6:12 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I mean, Kirby showed up but Yoshi still needs some work, I guess.
[6:12 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Hm... Well, I guess Kirby is looking nice.
[6:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Maybe this'll be the Kirby game that breaks my not-buying-Kirby-games-but-saying-great-things-about-his-franchise spell!

Should Ludwig believe in rumours more often instead of calling everything FAKE NEWS? Which reactions did you enjoy more: Rawk's (he wrote the captions to his pictures) or Ludwig's? Or did you find them eerily similar? Regardless, did this Nintendo Direct Mini please you, or are you scared by all the ports?

They previously had a “Nintendo Direct Micro” two and a half years ago, and that was three minutes longer than this Nintendo Direct Mini.
The next reaction log after this is also sporadic since it was announced on the same day it happened — the Nintendo Labo announcement!


  1. Replies
    1. Well, it's...two different ones. That's unprecedented!

  2. Kirby: Star Allies is releasing soon than I expected. I'm glad that some of the best abilities such as yo-yo and suplex are returning, although the two new ones may just grow on me. Second, it's a little strange that Yoshi was not shown off, but since the Direct only focused on games coming out in Q1 and Q2, I'm assuming that Yohsi is still further in development. Yohsi's Wooly World was not released until two years after it's launch trailer was released after all. Lastly, if I did not already own and just replayed DKC: Tropical Freeze, then I would pick up the game for the Switch. It it by far one of my favorite 2d platformers. The game is filled to the brim with delightful music, gorgeous visuals, and challenging gameplay.

  3. Now we got even more worthwhile news. Detective Pikachu is getting localized.

    1. Wot's the appeal of Detective Pikachu? ...Pikachu's personality?

  4. "Sounds like Kingdom Hearts titling"

    Same people, more or less.

    "Dragon Quest Builders (aka Minecraft)"

    Quest-driven Minecraft, though, more focused on specific tasks and goals (and story, sort of).

    "The protagonist is named Adol"

    He's the protagonist of every Ys game.

    1. Same people can do diverse things!

      So... Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp?

      Yeah that's how we later confirmed that Adol is how you actually spell the guy's name. Still the first time he's showed up in a Nintendo Direct!

    2. I did not have the impression Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp was really focused on building things... aside from a little customization of your camp.

    3. The whole game revolves around the production of random furniture from raw materials you get.

      SOUNDS LIKE BUILDING THINGS built around QUESTS (because they're requested by animals).

    4. Huh. I guess there are more similarities than I knew. XD

    5. It's a reQUEST.

      Anyway the whole thing with Pocket Camp is that all your interactions with the animals are transactional (quest-based) rather than conversational. In other words, the game isn't for you if you enjoyed the series' idle chatter.

    6. I've never played a single Animal Crossing game.

    7. Well, Pocket Camp ain't anything like the other games in the series.


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