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Thursday, September 23, 2021

KoopaTV's LIVE Reactions to the September 23 2021 Nintendo Direct

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Winter 2021 was an obvious con...

Welcome to KoopaTV's reaction log series, this time starring a much-anticipated (aren't they all?) general Nintendo Direct of September. This Direct will supposedly be roughly forty minutes long, with information on Nintendo Switch games releasing this winter. ...I'm fairly certain, before this starts, that there will be games releasing in 2022 featured in this presentation.

Joining me in providing live, unfiltered reaction to the Direct is Heavy Lobster. Kamek makes an appearance... but not as a live reactor.

[5:51 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa:
[5:56 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, I got my glass of milk ready.
[5:56 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Though it won't last the whole forty minutes... unfortunately.
[5:57 PM] HeavyLobster: I'm here.
[5:59 PM] HeavyLobster: One minute.
[5:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...How
[5:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...Huh, my computer clock is ahead of Discord's?
[5:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But they should be the same.
[6:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Maybe I need to resyn-... RATING PENDING TO MATURE LET'S GO
[6:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: No intro, just an ominous trailer.
[6:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: With a dragon.
[6:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: CAPCOM Presents
[6:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, cool that CAPCOM's up first.
[6:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. It's DLC coming Summer 2022, obviously disproving the idea that this Direct is actually focused on 2021.
[6:01 PM] HeavyLobster: Massive Expansion
[6:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Now there's introduction from Yoshiaki Koizumi, bowing at us.
[6:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (The only other CAPCOM trailer I wanna see here is one with Phoenix Wright. ...Well, that might be wrong.)
[6:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And I completely forgot Mari0 Party Superstars exists.
[6:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: WOODY WOODS IS BACK. Yoshi's Tropical Island too, which stinks. AND HORROR LAND. Horror Land is the best board in Party 2.
[6:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (This strikes me as content-light.)
[6:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "A New RPG Is in the Cards"
[6:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (This art style seems familiar, but it's a Square Enix RPG, so...)
[6:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Fresh take on tabletop RPGs." Oh, THAT kind of RPG.

Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars Square Enix Yoko Taro Yosuke Saito Keiichi Okabe Kimihiko Fujisaka
You can download the demo of Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars.
...You can also see there is a ton of DLC already lined up...

[6:06 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Disco Elysium: The Final Cut is a thing; Voice of Cards Square Enix RPG is doing the Square thing where there's a demo the same day of the announcement.
[6:06 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I also forgot Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity existed, and that people actually bought its Expansion Pass and are waiting for that to provide new content.
[6:07 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: This trailer probably spoils the main game. :x
[6:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Wave 2: Guardian of Remembrance" well at least someone's trying to remember it.
[6:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Uh.... Square Enix took Mari0 Kart and called it Chocobo GP.
[6:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Featuring spells as items.
[6:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Up to 64 players can compete in a bracket-style tournament" exclusive to Switch in 2022. Well, Kart can't do that.
[6:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: MR SAKURAI
[6:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: GAME'S DIRECTOR
[6:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: OCTOBER 5
[6:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ..At 10 AM.
[6:09 PM] HeavyLobster: Byleth 2
[6:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I gotta clear my calendar for 10 AM I guess.
[6:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Anyway there's a trailer for something water-y and Kirby-y.
[6:10 PM] HeavyLobster: Kirby is fren
[6:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Kirby is face-first into a beach.
[6:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It's three-dimensional.
[6:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Kirby and the Forgotten Land"
[6:11 PM] HeavyLobster: 3D Kirby?!
[6:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (It's fairly... linear-looking for three dimensions)

Sword Kirby and the Forgotten Land Nintendo Switch 3D platformer
If you really want to know how I feel, I think that a 3D Kirby platformer is a bad idea due to sluggish movement speed.

[6:12 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Spring 2022" they're not even trying to hide that they made up "winter 2021 Switch games".
[6:12 PM] HeavyLobster: I will be interested.
[6:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And here's Animal Crossing, which I won't be interested in.
[6:13 PM] HeavyLobster: Actual New Horizons content?
[6:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...Oh, they're plugging an Animal Crossing Direct in October. I have to watch it? <_<
[6:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: New free content available in November, and it seems like The Roost is an important part of it.
[6:14 PM] HeavyLobster: They knew they had to address AC and Smash, so they announced the separate events.
[6:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Golf Super Rush is getting Ninji as a character, while BANDAI NAMCO is making a new Disney game.
[6:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...And by "new" I mean "a 3DS game".
[6:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is also being ported to the Switch, and has really bad looking performance.
[6:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: There's also a "cloud version" of Dying Light 2.
[6:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And "Dying Light: Platinum Edition" is also available next month. Unclear if you stream it through platinum.
[6:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...........
[6:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ........That's... not really a dramatic name change.
[6:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Talking about how they made a lot of changes based on the survey that I took.
[6:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Visit for more details" but I gotta keep watching this. Full game comes out March 4, 2022.
[6:18 PM] HeavyLobster: It's true to its Project Octopath Traveler roots.
[6:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: They really don't know what "winter 2021" means apparently.
[6:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I haven't been watching the latest Metroid Dread trailers, whoops.
[6:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: So I got no idea of this is brand new footage/info.
[6:20 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Apparently the Chozo used to live in this planet.
[6:21 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I haven't been keeping up with the Metroid Dread Reports, either! But the game comes out in two weeks.
[6:21 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "We have news about Nintendo Switch Online"
[6:21 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I got news too: KoopaTV is currently giving away a one-year membership to our Family Group.
[6:21 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Anyway, THEIR news is that you'll be able to play Nintendo 64 games.
[6:21 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...But I think only if you'll pay extra money.
[6:22 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Play online with up to 4 players"

Nintendo 64 games Nintendo Switch Online October 2021
I dunno, I got my fill out of all of these already.
But Nintendo really needs to let us know the pricing scheme for this because this has big implications
for the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program Round 40.

[6:22 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: You can also play Sega GENESIS games with this new membership plan.
[6:22 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...Will KoopaTV's Nintendo Switch Online Family Group include this new plan? <_<
[6:22 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack" new membership plan launching late October.
[6:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: More details to come... later, including release and pricing.
[6:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: They promise Majora's Mask, F-Zero X, and Paper Mari0 64 to come.
[6:23 PM] HeavyLobster: More cost. Not sure I'm interested.
[6:24 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And they want you to buy a Nintendo 64 controller for $50.
[6:24 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I don't know why anyone would willingly pay money for that awful controller.
[6:25 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Castlevania Advance Collection with the ability to hack and rewind launching later today.
[6:25 PM] HeavyLobster: Even if they've got Smash 64 online the experience won't be as good as redacted.
[6:26 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...I kinda find the N64 overrated. <.<
[6:26 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Also I have most of the games there on the Wii...
[6:26 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: oh no no no no no
[6:26 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It's some freaky Deltarune bit.
[6:27 PM] HeavyLobster: Majora's Mask is insanely good and I want to play it again, but there are other options.
[6:27 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Will Majora's Mask be laggy and freeze-y on Nintendo Switch Online?
[6:27 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: 'cause that traumatised me from wanting to play it.
[6:27 PM] HeavyLobster: Good question.
[6:27 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Back in The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition on GameCube.
[6:28 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: As for the Direct, they're doing a game montage, and the games are variously releasing today, soon, or 2022 (not winter 2021).
[6:28 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: EW IT'S SHIGERU MIYAMOTO
[6:28 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: PLEASE RETIRE
[6:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: He's talking about the movie they're working on.
[6:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "IN THEATERS: HOLIDAY 2022"
[6:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: That's not Winter 2021.
[6:29 PM] HeavyLobster: I don't really care.
[6:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Releasing December 21, 2022 in North America.
[6:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: He's announcing voice actors.
[6:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Played by whomever Chris Pratt is.
[6:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Shigeru Miyamoto thinks "Chris-san" is really cool.
[6:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Whomever Anya Taylor-Joy is is voicing Princess Peach, while Luig1 is played by Charlie Day.
[6:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Bowser is played by Jack Black, or Jack-san.
[6:30 PM] HeavyLobster: Jack Black as Bowser is cool.
[6:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Seth Rogen is playing Donkey Kong, who is in the movie for some reason.
[6:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Charles Martinet is... "also involved."
[6:31 PM] HeavyLobster: Do not want Seth Rogen.
[6:31 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: KAMEK
[6:31 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: KAMEK
[6:31 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: YOU'RE BLACK

Mario Illumination movie voice actors Kamek Cranky Kong Spike Kevin Michael Richardson Fred Armisen Sebastian Maniscalco
This Kevin Michael Richardson guy has many acting credits to his name.
...But I dunno if he'll work for Kamek. Who cares? Not like I want to go anywhere near that movie.

[6:31 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Oh hey it's Splatoon 3.
[6:31 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: HERE'S WOT I'M REALLY HERE FOR
[6:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ....??????
[6:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: There's some kinda crab mecha they're riding?
[6:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And... super-stretching limbs?
[6:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And a trippy Octarian story?
[6:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...well that one isn't really a question but a given.
[6:33 PM] HeavyLobster: More DJ Octavio pls.
[6:33 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Return of the Mammalians" excuse me
[6:34 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: A Squid Researcher wants to inform us.
[6:34 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Splatsville" the city of Chaos.
[6:34 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, I can remember that it's named Splatsville, hopefully.
[6:34 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Turf War is still popular and has unchanged rules.
[6:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But new main and special weapons... but no names of them so far.
[6:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Return of the Mammalians" is the name of the story mode.
[6:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "All mammals except for two cats have vanished" I dunno ain't that normal?
[6:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...and that's all they have to say.
[6:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "See you next time."
[6:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well Smash and Animal Crossing get their own presentations with dates, how about Splatoon 3? >_>
[6:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "This is the last trailer."
[6:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Not actual gameplay footage."
[6:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Some kind of monster thing in front of a Shibuya drug store with the military involved.
[6:37 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Anti-tank rockets" shot at a monster that is not a tank, so the weapon has no effect.
[6:37 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: uh
[6:37 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...Isn't that the Astral Chain dog?
[6:37 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Is this why Nintendo promot-...
[6:37 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Bayonetta?

Bayonetta 3 new outfit Shibuya style Japan 5G
Bayonetta is very late. Apparently had to wait for 5G to be installed into the billboards.

[6:38 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Bayonetta is effortlessly SMASHING the freaky monsters the generic military men had so much trouble with. And she has a new... outfit.
[6:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And she's doing her Final Smash to summon a thing to kill the other thing.
[6:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: can tell I don't play this series. >.>
[6:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Bayonetta 3... 2022.
[6:40 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And some brooding generic anime swordsman (?) slashed the 2022 with their back turned to us. "We announced this game in 2017... and we thank you for your patence."
[6:40 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "That's all."
[6:40 PM] HeavyLobster: It was OK I guess.
[6:41 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Now there's a big sale on the eShop.
[6:41 PM] HeavyLobster: I'm too hyped for Xenoblade 3 to really go crazy for a Direct that doesn't have it at this point, but there were some solid announcements.
[6:43 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Nintendo promised Triangle Strategy details but they aren't there.
[6:43 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: On the site.
[6:43 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Perhaps later.
[6:44 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ........ Hm.

It's possible that Ludwig put more effort into remarking how games weren't going to be confined to winter 2021 than actually reacting to what was presented. He also needs to resync his clock because apparently it's one minute ahead of everything else. The Splatoon 3 trailer had too many flashing images that he couldn't take a stable screenshot.

Contrast this Direct with the last non-E3 Nintendo Direct from February 2021.
The dedicated Sakurai Presents is over there.
The next Direct is in February 2022, and it seems well-rated.
The movie is getting delayed to Spring 2023.
Bayonetta 3 will release on October 28, 2022.
You may also wish to compare this to the September 13, 2022 Direct a year later.
Wondering how Chriss Pratt and Jack Black performed? Watch the first movie trailer here.


  1. I’ve got a loooooooooooooooot to say! But if your too lazy to read it, know that I give this direct a 8/10 overall, but a 10/10 personally. Like the last direct, this one had something for everyone, but this time they had a lot more to share. I really enjoyed this direct and I only found out about its existence yesterday. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like waiting in anticipation. Waiting for games to release us own thing, but waiting for the unexpected just kills me!

    First up, square Enix. Now usually I wouldn’t care about that card game they made as I don’t care about card game, but the overworld and play style looks

    1. " I only found out about its existence yesterday"
      It was only announced yesterday.

    2. True. Also I can’t seem to comment. Is there a word count limit?

    3. sorry my dishwasher broke, water flew everywhere, including on my phone. I guess the dishwasher really wanted me to comment on koopatv!

      Continuing my previous thoughts
      Square Enid’s card game isn’t something I’d usually get, but the trailer looks interesting so I think I’ll try the demo. Project triangle strategy kept its name, suprise suprise. I guess this means that every time we see a square enix gamer hats says it has a working title, we should just assume they’re lying. Octopath traver sounds cool, but triangle strategy just sounds lazy.

      ACTRAISER REMAKE! Never in a million years did I think this would happen. I played the original and enjoyed it, but I wasn’t a number 1 fan. That’s said, I physically got out of my seat and jumped with joy at it’s announcement. It’s such a unique game, I really hope it sells. If only to revive a long dormant series. actraiser was developed by quintet which I think Square Enix bought, but they also made soulbalzer and that game very much deserves a remake. Maybe I’ll write an actraiser Snes review to try and cash in on this new publicity opportunity.

      Mario movie. Mmmmmmmm. I’m glad they got Charles involved in some capacity, but the (super Mario) all star(s) cast has me worried. Usually movies where every cast member is famous turn out bad. Aside from around the world Racing movies like it’s a mad mad mad mad world. I’m disappointed Charles isn’t playing Mario, but I understand it. The Mario bros have great voices for games, but not for hour long movies. They can be a bit hard to understand. I’m expecting an accent from Chris Pratt but not to Charles degree. Also, did miyamoto get a new haircut? And why did the English translated call the illumination president and cast members Chris-San. If your translating to English, aren’t you supposed to drop stuff like that?

      Kirby and the forgotten land. I don’t know how to feel about this, but I know many of us here like the Kirby series so I’ll elaborate more on a future article. For now I’ll say I noticed in the trailer that some things looked a bit choppy. Specifically when Kirby attacked the big snake enemy, it seemed to kinda fly back quickly instead of bouncing back (and then dying) like in previous games. The city textures also seemed kinda dull, regardless of the abandoned esthetic. I hope the game won’t keep its title because the forgotten land sounds kinda lame, compared to previous titles. I know we had city trial but I really feel awkward about the idea of Kirby being in a earth like civilization. Kirby on an escalator is just weird. Nevertheless as an avid Kirby fan I am excited for the game. I can’t wait until the next trailer, even though we just got one yesterday, and am waiting in the much dreaded anticipation. I am optimistic about 3D Kirby and I like that this new land seems totally disconnected from dreamland. Obviously we saw no waddle dees. Has that ever happened other than amazing mirror? I guess this means no more dedede or meta Knight music remix’s. Just kidding I’m sure they’ll be bosses again somehow. Fortunately unlike Mario, Kirby usually finds ways to keep its repeat bosses fresh. On the music subject, don’t think I missed that rearranged version of green greens. I can already tell I’ll be spending a lot of time in the jukebox section. So yeah I’m excited, and I’ll say more later.

    4. Splatoon 3 trailer looked cool, I probably won’t get the game as I haven’t played the first two. But many years into the future, I know I’ll end up getting all three games. Multiplayer isn’t my thing, I know there’s a story mode but don’t kid yourself, a big part of the fun is in multiplayer.

      Metroid Dread Trailer looking good. I’m so excited and I really want the game. The old lady narrator was an interesting choice, but I think she did well. Good job grandma!

      Ohhhhh boy a new online plan. Nintendo’s starting to get a taste for some of that X-boxSonyEActivision greed. Let’s hope they keep a hold on things. I really wish they would let us buy specific games, but I guess you’d really only play them once every 5 years anyway so 20-40 bucks for a year of multiple games ain’t so bad. Still bad just ain’t so bad. It would be dope if Koopatv got this new plan for the loyalty program, seeing’s s how Kody B doesn’t seem to be lurking anywhere, the winner could be me! How delightful heh heh.

      The new controllers are cool. Yes they aren’t the best for actual gameplay, but still a collectors item and something I think would be fun to try out. Winter 2021 was a scam! And a good thing too, as I don’t think I have enough money or relatives to get all the good games coming out this year.

      Smash and animal crossing fans were sedated at the beginning. Nintendo knows how much they clamor for things and so they get special treatment. Smash I understand but a whole Animal crossing direct? Mmmmm. As for the last smash fighter I’m thinking either waluigi or Geno. I mean Nintendo’s worked with square Enix and rare for many things, I can’t remember who owns the rights but surely they can sort things out for the final fighter.

      No breath of the wind info I don’t think, I’m surprised. I’m not into Zelda but I know those fans are probably complaining. Oooh they are so spoiled. At any rate I’m sure we’ll see some big news next year or even towards the end of this year if we’re lucky.

      Bayonetta 3, finally! Never played the games but I’d like too. I think I’d really enjoy bayonettas (sarcastic?) personality, and her middle aged appearance. Guess I just like old people. Hopefully no more development trouble occurs and the game sells well. Bayonetta as far as looks go, appears to be most everything the PC crowd hates.

      In Conclusion I liked this direct, it was a very enjoyable surprise. Now just remake the original chibi robo and my entire wallets contents will belong to Nintendo.

    5. "True. Also I can’t seem to comment. Is there a word count limit? "

      There's a character count. I can't remember wot it is. But you encountered it at an earlier time when discussing Kirby Star Allies.

    6. "Obviously we saw no waddle dees."
      Wot's 1:39, then?

  2. There are 2 take aways from last night directed I want to share: 1) I will be getting that card based RPG, because if there's one type of game I'm an absolute sucker for it's card based RPGs. 2) I don't even think the Chris Pratt thing is real. I think Charles Martinet is going to be the real voice of Mario, and saying it's going to be Chris Pratt is them just trolling us.

    1. 1. Have you tried the demo yet? ...'cause I haven't.
      2. If you say so.

  3. alright first up, you need to say other things for marbdo's name. my idea: wahoo man and yahaa boy
    2nd: crash bandicoot needs to be in smash
    3rd: hot wheels will be game of the year callin it now
    4nd: spoon 3 fans might've been saddened by the lack of idol reveals, but honestly it's still too soon for any sort of news. expect spoon 3 to get it's own direct in 2022 giving info close to when it releases.
    5. Crash bandicoot needs to be in smash.

    1. Guess we'll be back October 5 to address #2 and #5.

      I'm not upset about #4. It'll happen in due time.


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