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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

KoopaTV's LIVE Reactions to the February 8 2023 Nintendo Direct

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Well, this is great! I thought so, anyway.

Today, we watched a Nintendo Direct featuring information mostly focused on Nintendo Switch games launching in the first half of 2023.

Joining me for live reactions are Heavy Lobster, Witch Princess, and Kamek Koopa. Read our reactions along with watching the Direct if you haven't watched it yet! (Time stamps help you follow along.)

[4:52 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa:
[4:53 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: brb bathroom
[4:56 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: back
[4:57 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: My expected wants include Splatoon 3 update(s) and Advance Wars's new release date. My unexpected wants include anything about Ring Fit Adventure (sequel, DLC, free update) and that Nintendo will in fact be at E3 2023.
[4:58 PM] HeavyLobster: I'm here.
[4:58 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Howdy.
[4:59 PM] Witch Princess: Hey
[4:59 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Hey! It's 17:00 in about 15 seconds.
[5:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...
[5:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well I counted to fifteen
[5:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: AHH
[5:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: RP - M rating.
[5:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Pikmin 4?
[5:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Right away?
[5:00 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...yes.
[5:01 PM] HeavyLobster: Pikmin time
[5:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I'm happy I can recognise it's that just based off a few music notes and a quirky spaceship.
[5:01 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I don't believe we know who this protagonist is.
[5:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ICE PIKMIN
[5:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: IT'S JUST ROCK PIKMIN BUT ICE
[5:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...WITH ICE POWERS.
[5:02 PM] HeavyLobster: ICE PIKMIN
[5:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: wtf a dog
[5:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Shepherd" NPC?
[5:02 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Oatchi"
[5:02 PM] HeavyLobster: Huh
[5:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: THEY PUT POOCHY INTO PIKMIN.
[5:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: QUEEN BULBORB is back.
[5:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...Shepherd might not be an NPC.
[5:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Oatchi is Poochy's name here.)
[5:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: July 21, 2023.
[5:03 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And they say Nintendo has nothing to show at E3? Pikmin 4 is RIGHT THERE.
[5:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "More information in the future." LIKE AT E3?
[5:04 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "A New Jewel-Loving Hero" here I thought it'd be Tingle but it's Xenoblade Chronicles 3 DLC.
[5:04 PM] HeavyLobster: Xenoblade 3 DLC update.
[5:05 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Featuring heartless machines.
[5:05 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Volume 3 = February 15 and Volume 4 = ????
[5:06 PM] HeavyLobster: What was that? Alvis?
[5:06 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: If you're into Samba de Amigo you can waggle your Joy-Cons to music.
[5:06 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa:'re askin' me?
[5:06 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Grab those controllers and GET SHAKING." (See waggling Joy-Cons is the whole point.)
[5:07 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Style S-... I mean, "Fashion Dreamer" will be something that exists on Nintendo Switch.
[5:07 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Grow as an influencer." That influenced ME away from paying further attention. >:(
[5:08 PM] Witch Princess: meh
[5:08 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Delve into Dark Worlds" featuring Return to Castlevania DLC in Dead Cells... didn't we just react to this? Yes, at The Game Awards 2022. Well, I'm happy Nintendo is happy to pretend that never happened and wants to re-introduce it.
[5:08 PM] Kamek: I'm here!
[5:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Oh, 'ello. You got the link? It's abooove.
[5:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: AHHH
[5:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: HGGHOSYT=TRICK
[5:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Ghost Trick HD coming to Nintendo Switch.

Ghost Trick Phantom Detective Ghost World HD Nintendo Switch
I'll make YOU a ghost entering the Ghost World if you don't buy Ghost Trick.

[5:10 PM] Kamek: What's that?
[5:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: That's where :lynne_happy:  comes from brought to you by the writer of Ace Attorney.
[5:10 PM] Kamek: Ooo
[5:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Massive recommend.
[5:11 PM] Witch Princess: Maybe I'll buy that.
[5:11 PM] Witch Princess: I lost my DS cartridge of least I think I did.
[5:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: AHHH
[5:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: HGGHOSYT=TRICK
[5:09 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Ghost Trick HD coming to Nintendo Switch.
[5:10 PM] Kamek: What's that?
[5:10 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: That's where :lynne_happy:  comes from brought to you by the writer of Ace Attorney.
[5:10 PM] Kamek: Ooo
[5:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Massive recommend.
[5:11 PM] Witch Princess: Maybe I'll buy that.
[5:11 PM] Witch Princess: I lost my DS cartridge of least I think I did.
[5:11 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Level 5 is doing something called "Deca Police" but who cares. (Actually maybe since that means Level 5 still...exists.)
[5:12 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Learn about a young witch-in-training Cereza (not you Witch Princess) in a Bayonetta prequel.
[5:12 PM] Kamek: I'm going to be a witch to save money!
[5:12 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (Better than being a pirate?)
[5:13 PM] HeavyLobster: The Xenoblade 3 DLC appears to show an older Rex and Shulk and Alvis is indeed there.
[5:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon comes out on March 17.
[5:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: SPLATOON 3.
[5:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: As expected.
[5:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ALRIGHT SHOW ME WOT WE GET IN MARCH(?).
[5:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: RIDE RAIL.
[5:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, that's new already.
[5:13 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But where does it go to?!
[5:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Callie and Marie?
[5:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Splatoon 3 Expansion Pass" featuring "Wave 1: Inkopolis"
[5:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...are we gonna get this free with Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack?
[5:14 PM] Kamek: I'm watching the YouTube chat. They're quite excited
[5:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: We can go to Inkopolis from first Splatoon.
[5:14 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But everything is the same from Splatsville.
[5:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: So it's... a big palette swap?
[5:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But you get to see Callie and Marie instead of Deep Cut.
[5:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...hmmm...
[5:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Available Spring 2023"
[5:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Okay but is there any actual exclusive content?
[5:15 PM] Kamek: There it is
[5:15 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...perhaps that'll be this.
[5:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Side Order"
[5:16 PM] Kamek: Clever
[5:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...uh, that's not informative.

Splatoon 3 Side Order Expansion Pass Octoling girl Agent 8 sitting down flashback memory
Is this Agent 8? Or some other Octoling girl? I dunno, but Side Order is the actual purpose of the DLC on offer.
...Do you think the Order part is a pun referencing Chaos vs. Order?

[5:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Wave 2: Side Order will launch in the future."
[5:16 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I GUESS THAT'S A STORY DLC.
[5:17 PM] HeavyLobster: That's way less interesting than I thought it'd be.
[5:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Wave 1 is a palette swap and Wave 2 is a purposefully mysterious story(?) DLC.
[5:17 PM] Kamek: Reminder that Mickey mouse is scheduled to be out of copyright soon and available to the public
[5:17 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Meanwhile, "Illusion Island" Disney game featuring everyone's favourite Kingdom Hearts main cast minus original characters.
[5:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: IS PETER ONG WORKING ON THIS?
[5:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Share a hug for extra health." (Comes from Kirby!)
[5:18 PM] Kamek: We'll see what happens and if it actually happens
[5:18 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: By "D LA LA Studios" rip Peter Ong
[5:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Fire Emblem Engage Expansion Pass featuring Hector.
[5:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: From Fire Emblem 7.
[5:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Soren, from Tellius.
[5:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Emblem of Acumen"
[5:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Camilla, from Fire Emblem Fates. (ew)
[5:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Chrom and Robin, from Fire Emblem Awakening. (Also very ew.)
[5:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Veronica from....Fire Emblem Heroes, AKA gacha mobile garbage.
[5:19 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Xeno reference
[5:19 PM] Kamek: Lol
[5:20 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Did they just say "Wave 2 of the Fire Emblem Engage Expansion Pass for the Fire Emblem Engage game"?
[5:20 PM] Kamek: This is kinda interesting
[5:21 PM] Kamek: Harmony fall of reverie
[5:21 PM] Kamek: YouTube chat didn't like it
[5:21 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Harmony the Fall of Reverie" is a narrative adventure but I'm not into wot was showed.
[5:21 PM] HeavyLobster: I don't either.
[5:22 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Meanwhile, Octopath Traveler II is getting a DEMO of the opening chapters right now, and MAYBE I'LL ACTUALLY PLAY IT unlike me downloading Octopath Traveler 1's demo and never touching it.
[5:22 PM] Kamek: Damashy
[5:22 PM] Kamek: Is that the right way to pronounce it?
[5:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I... never had to pronounce it in a conversation.
[5:23 PM] Kamek: I'm digging the art style of this Sea of Stars
[5:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: uh oh "free to play Omega Strikers" competitor to Plumber Strikers Switch.
[5:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: omg I forgot its actual sub-title
[5:23 PM] Kamek: Air hockey style
[5:23 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Okay but it's really soccer and we all know it.
[5:24 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Etrian Odyssey is getting a Switch collection of its first....three games? In HD. And I've felt slightly guilty I never got into the series.
[5:24 PM] Kamek: This is a pretty simple looking RPG
[5:25 PM] Kamek: Oooo
[5:25 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well, the point is the labyrinth traversal.
[5:25 PM] Kamek: I just saw that
[5:25 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It's a collection but you can also get the three games individually.
[5:25 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: AHH
[5:25 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ADVANCE WARS 1+2: RE-BOOT CAMP
[5:25 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Only a couple of months away."
[5:25 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: FOR REAL THIS TIME???
[5:25 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: April 21.
[5:25 PM] Kamek: I honestly want an anime

Advance Wars 1+2 Re-boot Camp Max animated cutscene punching bag on tree
“Flex your strategic muscles across a multitude of modes.”

[5:25 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: THEY DIDN'T SAY THE YEAR >:(
[5:26 PM] Kamek: JUST A FEW MONTHS
[5:26 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: THAT'S WOT THEY SAID IN 2021
[5:26 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Magolor Epilogue" coming in Kirby Return to Dream Land Deluxe.
[5:27 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: You get to skill tree Magolor's powers because he somehow lost them but you can get them back.
[5:27 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: So it's basically Kirby Star Allies's Guest Star Allies but dedicated to Magolor.
[5:27 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Specially arranged demo"
[5:27 PM] HeavyLobster: I'm down for more Kirby.
[5:27 PM] Kamek: YouTube chat is excited for Kirby
[5:28 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Note that when they keep saying "four players" it's same-console only.
[5:28 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But Kamek, are YOU excited for Kirby?
[5:28 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Speaking of same-console-only, here's Nintendo Switch Online news.
[5:28 PM] Kamek: I probably won't buy it
[5:28 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Game Boy games are coming to Nintendo Switch Online"
[5:28 PM] Kamek: I'm more excited for this
[5:28 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Featuring Tetris.
[5:28 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Super Mari0 Land 2 - 6 Golden Coins
[5:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
[5:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Gargoyle's Quest
[5:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Game & Watch Gallery 3???
[5:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare
[5:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Metroid II
[5:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Metroid II is nooooot good.
[5:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Wario Land 3.
[5:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Kirby's Dream Land.
[5:29 PM] Kamek: Used to have Wario land 3
[5:29 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: omg I don't remember Kirby's Dream Land being so gr-...
[5:30 PM] Kamek: THAT'S SMART
[5:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ahhh
[5:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: The Legend of Zelda: ORACLE games are coming later.
[5:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Featuring Minish Cap and Super Mari0 Advance 4.
[5:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Including the eReader levels.
[5:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: WarioWare, Inc.
[5:30 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Kuru Kuru Kururin, that weirdass Assist Trophy.
[5:31 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: SUPERSTAR SAGA
[5:31 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Fire Emblem 7 is coming too, as well as Kirby and the Amazing Mirror.
[5:31 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "After this presentation"
[5:31 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: TODAY?
[5:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: YOO
[5:32 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "The original Metroid Prime Game, Remastered" wait wot
[5:33 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Okay but can you play it with motion controls?
[5:33 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I've only played Metroid Prime on the Wii.
[5:33 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And I can't imagine how awful it'd be without motion controls.
[5:33 PM] HeavyLobster: Will Metroid Prime 4 ever be shown?
[5:33 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (...also don't they need their team working on Prime 4?)
[5:34 PM] Kamek: It was fine on the GameCube
[5:34 PM] Kamek: When I first played it....
[5:34 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "New dualstick controls"
[5:34 PM] Kamek: Ew
[5:34 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "You can also pick a control style that recreates the feel of the original games."
[5:34 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: WOT ABOUT MOTION CONTROL.
[5:34 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Later today"
[5:34 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Physical version February 22.
[5:34 PM] Kamek: I wouldn't pay more than $19.99 for it
[5:35 PM] Kamek: Especially when you have motion controls on the other Metroid collection
[5:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: wtf did Amaterasu do
[5:35 PM] Kamek: Start a corporation
[5:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE is something I'll probably buy...eventually.
[5:35 PM] Kamek: I gotta jump out. See ya!
[5:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: boing
[5:35 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: We only have 5 minutes left.
[5:36 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Baten Kaitos 1 and 2 coming to the Switch.
[5:36 PM] HeavyLobster: Baten Kaitos!
[5:37 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It was talked a lot about on NSider but reading about it it always seemed confusing with cards + real-time battles.
[5:37 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Live the life you want in a new Fantasy Life game." Featuring a mysterious girl that sends you back a few thousand years for...some reason.
[5:38 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Direct is close to over and we got PROFESSOR LAYTON.
[5:38 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: So Level 5's death was over-exaggerated.
[5:38 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "New World of Steam"
[5:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...well that was REALLY QUICK.
[5:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Ooooh YOSHI'S ISLAND new course in Mari0 Kart 8 Deluxe for Booster.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Yoshi's Island new course
The Yoshi's Island references do make me happy, yes.
I like how they have to call it a “New Course” AND put a “New” sticker, too.

[5:39 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And multi-coloured Birdos.
[5:40 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Now we're on montage of games not discussed yet.
[5:40 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Including Minecraft Legends, Blanc, Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection (which I didn't play for the same reason as Baten Kaitos).
[5:41 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And Tales of Symphonia to join Baten Kaitos. (Or rather Baten Kaitos to join Tales of Symphonia.)
[5:41 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "This will be our last segment."
[5:41 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: THUNDERSTORMS must be Zelda.
[5:42 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Whoa, voice-acting.
[5:42 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Rise, RISE MY SERVANTS. LEAVE NO SURVIVORS."
[5:42 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Must be Ganon.
[5:42 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (dorf?)
[5:42 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Blood Moon putting in some work.
[5:43 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "But Link, I'm not sure you'll be able to stop him." - presumably underconfident Zelda
[5:43 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...well that didn't show  much?
[5:43 PM] Kamek: The Legend of Zelda Nuts and Bolts
[5:43 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...well, that, yeah.
[5:44 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Link also gets a new amiibo figure.
[5:44 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Thank you for watching."

The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom Link reaching out hand cliff rocks stones falling
I'll make you fall down this (or another) cliff too if you don't buy Ghost Trick.

[5:44 PM] Kamek: Ganon didn't sound cool
[5:45 PM] HeavyLobster: There were a couple of good things. Nothing that overwhelming.
[5:45 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Buy Ghost Trick.
[5:45 PM] Kamek: Definitely some important things
[5:45 PM] HeavyLobster: Xenoblade 3 DLC teaser was neat but too ambiguous to really get me excited.
[5:46 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: They definitely loved their ambiguous trailers.
[5:46 PM] Kamek: Lack of farm simulators
[5:46 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Is that why Witch Princess has been quiet? >.>
[5:47 PM] Witch Princess: Yes
[5:48 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...sheesh, get some variety in your diet.
[5:48 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (And the rest of you should buy Ghost Trick.)
[5:48 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...
[5:49 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Well it comes out in the summer at an undisclosed time.
[5:49 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I guess you can't buy it yet.
[5:49 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Ghost Trick will also be coming out on non-Switch platforms too but Switch is the best place to buy it, I'm sure.
[5:50 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And shout-out to Kirby for continually having more stuff.
[5:51 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Great Direct; looking forward to learning more. (Nintendo has TONS to show off at E3 2023, how can people claim they don't?!)
[5:52 PM] HeavyLobster: It was okay.
[5:53 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Most anticipated thing to learn more about is SIDE ORDER but I guess that'll be a while!
[5:54 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I just need to figure out which of those Game Boy (Advance) games are worth playing in online multiplayer...!!
[5:54 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: We can do that as a staff. ^_^
[5:55 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And I need to look into if Game & Watch Gallery 3 has any musical bangers like Octopus in Game & Watch Gallery 4.
[5:55 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: THERE'S A LOT OF DEMOS TO PLAY and not much time to play them OUT NOW SO WOOHOO.
[5:55 PM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Y'all should be MORE ENTHUSIASTIC.

You should anticipate large, efforted amounts of KoopaTV propaganda around Ghost Trick in the coming months, though it seems like Ludwig first needs to convince his fellow staffers. Which KoopaTV staffer is most closely aligned with YOUR thoughts on this Nintendo Direct? Let KoopaTV know in the comments section.

Check out the live reaction log of last year's 2022 February Direct here.
The previous Nintendo Direct was in September 2022, and it had less staffers in its reaction log due to its early morning time.
By Ludwig's count, the February 2023 Direct had 19 new games, 37 old games, and 6 DLC/update announcements.
Yes, Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp released on April 21, 2023.
The next Nintendo Direct was on June 21.
Here is the Ghost Trick release article.


  1. The sea creature game series did not avoid the "Shelly" name pun.

    Will we see Jess and Eagle arguing in full animation?

    Does Side Order mean a possible Team Order aesthetic can be toggled for Splatsville?

    Directs are so much more enjoyable when there is no more Smash news to be had for a good long while.

    1. A Team Order aesthetic sounds like a disaster for canon.

      But, yes, Super Smash Bros. stuff did very annoyingly overshadow everything else.

  2. A LOT of good stuff in this one. In particular, with all the GBA games slated to release, between that and the Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection, all I need is for them to re-release Super Mario RPG Legend of the Seven Stars and I can officially ditch my Wii U for good, lol.

    Oh wait, I'd still need it to play Super Paper Mario with. Oh well!

    1. I feel silly I bought Golden Sun on my Wii U and never played it and now it's coming to the Switch.

    2. I bought Golden Sun on my Wii U and BARELY played it, lol. Like, I beat the like, water lighthouse and never got further. Also, holycrap Baten Kaitos! I didn't notice on the first pass through this article. But it's like, my favorite Gamecube game of all time! Which is a SLIGHTLY narrow superlative I know, but still.

    3. I'm seeing lots of people bein' happy for Baten Kaitos, so is it a situation where it's a genuinely good series or is it just the "Well every JRPG fan with a GameCube got it because there's the JRPG pickings are rather slim" situation like with Tales of Symphonia where if you play it now it doesn't hold up?

    4. What is this slander against my favorite game?

    5. ...Tales of Symphonia?

      Listen, there's... probably a reason people you don't see lots of people excited for Tales of Symphonia coming back. >.>

    6. The reason people aren't excited for Tales of Symphonia coming back is because they'd already remastered it once for the PS3 and then brought it to the PC as well, and it looks practically identical to those versions.

      Maybe YOU don't like it, but many people still consider it to be a fantastic game.

    7. It IS a fantastic game. And the only reason you beat me to saying it was because I wanted to wait for the date to change for more daily loyalty rewards contest points. As for Baten Kaitos, I'd put it at cult classic level. It's pointedly a "not for everyone" game, but I LOVE it.

    8. Hey, hey, hey, I don't have a grudge against it or anything. Y'all could get me to buy into it.

  3. Ghost Trick! Baten Kaitos! A new Fantasy Life game! And a new Professor Layton game, which I definitely didn't see coming! Aaaaaah!

    1. Did I miss the story where Level-5 returned to existing in North America?

    2. If you did, I did too. Everyone assumed their North American business was pretty much gone forever, but apparently not.

    3. Sounds like a Professor Layton mystery plotline where Level-5 is said to have gone forever but is somehow still around.

    4. A lot of people think the new Professor Layton game might be set in America, so you might be onto something here! XD

    5. Based on what information? There was practically nothing in that clip!

    6. After the events of Unwound Future, Luke moves to America. That, together with the title of the game being "New World of Steam" and how "the New World" is sometimes used to mean America, led to the speculation that it will be set as a sequel to Unwound Future and feature Layton joining Luke in America.

    7. Wait, I realized I forgot something when you asked your original question - there WERE signs that Level-5 might have returned to doing business in North America. People found a job listing where Level-5 was looking to hire someone to work with global/overseas markets, and were speculating that it could mean they would release games in the west again.

    8. But did they fill the job position?!

    9. It looks like it's still listed on their site.

    10. Perhaps that's why the "trailer" was so short and devoid of content, along with the lack of release timing. Personally, I'm bothered by the lack of capitalisation of "steam" in the game name.

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    12. Level-5 announced three games in the Direct, two of which had full trailers, and it's not like Japan got a longer Professor Layton trailer, so I doubt the open job listing for someone to work with global markets has anything to do with the trailer length.

      The lack of capitalization bothers me, too. I wonder what the reason for it is.

    13. Clearly they didn't have enough manpower to make that third trailer anything decent.

    14. That sort of teaser is pretty common for a game early in development.

    15. Maybe it'd be further along in development with more staff!
      (And an overseas staffer would've capitalised the s in steam!)

  4. I just bought Ghost trick and now it's on switch? Something similar happened to me with TWEWY NEO, LiveALive and Actraiser. Although I was able to actually beat those games for the first time before they made their grand reintroductions, still need to put some time towards Ghost trick. I am thrilled that it has gotten another chance and there's a chance this could really make a difference for the future of Ghost Trick. It could make a future for ghost trick, I'm sure that Sissels story probably wraps up nicely, but there's no need for this game or IP to stay dormant for another decade.

    Pikmin 4 has me a little worried due to the new characters, dog, and almost toylike nature with some of it's graphics and movements. Ice Pikmin are cool, I'm not as into them as some other people but it's always nice to get new pikmin types. I will be buying the game, just not as hyped as I thought i would be. Which i guess should be a good thing since all these great new games are gonna be expensive.

    Metroid prime remaster is a big deal! I probably won't get the game for a while as I've got to finish quite a bit of my backlog before getting into a new series, but hopefully this is a good sign for all those people waiting for Metroid prime 4. I wonder if remasters of the other two prime games are coming down the line?

    Although I don't have the game, Splatoon 3 Side Order also looked pretty cool.

    Got Kirby return to Dreamland on preorder! The Magalor Epilogue feels like the most blatant example of reusing assets to date, but new content is new content so I'm still grateful for it. I don't know why it bugs me as much as it does, i really like the upgrade system they showed off and I'm not someone who ever gets upset at simpler asset reuse like Palette swaps. In any case, they certainly did not have to give us any new content, but Hal seems to always make their remasters worthwhile.

    Cool that GBA and GB games are finally coming to switch. You should really play Kuru Kuru Kururin, it is a very fun and very addicting game. Short too, and the music is Absolutly phenomenal. Seriously, play just a bit or listen to the soundtrack you will not regret it. Everyone loves the Cave music, but I'm partial to the Cake Land music myself.

    Not super into Zelda or Advance Wars, but glad that both were finally properly shown off. Hopefully there aren't any more delays for either.

    I am thrilled beyond Belief for the new Professor Layton game. As soon as i saw him my heart started racing and i crossed my fingers that the new game would be about him and not his annoying daughter Katrille. Looks like I got my way and I am so excited for this. Biggest surprise of the direct and my most anticipated game. Hopefully, the puzzles will be adequate or at least better than the previous game.

    1. Now you can BUY Ghost Trick AGAIN!
      Kuru Kuru Kururin definitely stands out on the GBA game list, so, alright, I'll play it sometime.

  5. The short Professor Layton teaser was all it took to place this direct in one of my favorites in a long time. The Layton series has been my favorite ever since I played Diabolical Box on my DS back in 2009, so I'm excited to see the series continue after the disappointing Layton's Mystery Journey. The only thing that could made this direct any better is if Ace Attorney 7 was also announced. At least I can look forward to playing Ghost Trick for the first time in the summer.

    Kirby's extra mode was already leaked from box art images, but it appears to be more substantial than what I thought it would be. Pikmin 4, Metroid Prime Remastered, and Tears of the Kingdom all look phenomenal. Lastly, it is great to have GameBoy games on the Switch. I ended up buying the Oracles games just a few weeks ago on the 3DS because of the shop closing down and thinking I wouldn't have any other option to play them. Oh well.

    1. Kody B., where the heck have ya been?

      Ghost Trick is probably crowding out development of Ace Attorney 7.


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