While I didn’t get to watch the Nintendo Direct when it aired due to being at work, I did get caught up on all the news afterwards. Most of it I had predicted long ago, Smash included. It was just inevitable. That being said, it was still a very good Direct, and I have to admit, I’m far more excited for Mario Tennis Aces now then I was before. But there are just, two things I want to ask Nintendo following this Direct(And no, it has nothing to do with Fire Emblem. I suspected that had become a Fall 2018 heavy hitter, so its absence from the Spring/early Summer roster doesn’t surprise me.).
1) Will Smash Switch have a Story Mode?
The original Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64 didn’t have a story mode. The GameCube sequel, Melee, also did not. They had the traditional arcade modes where you go from one fight to another until you reach the end boss. Beat that, and you get a cool credits sequence. But then, Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Nintendo Wii, switched it up a lot. While the traditional arcade mode was still there, it was featured alongside a fully-realized story mode called “The Subspace Emissary.” And needless to say, everyone LOVED this story mode, even the creators. In fact, they loved it so much... that it didn’t return for the Wii U installment of the Smash series. Their reasoning was simple: Players simply recorded all the cutscenes from the story, pulled them together into a compilation, and posted them online for all to see without playing the game. This upset the development team(Or, maybe just Sakurai.), and as a result, they opted to not do another story mode.
I don’t need to tell you how awesome something like this is. To see all of Nintendo’s beloved characters(and esteemed guests.) come together in a grand adventure, is just mindblowing. The absence of a Subspace Emissary 2 from Smash Wii U/3DS was saddening for I and many others. But now is Nintendo’s chance to bring that back. It doesn’t matter if Smash Switch is a port of Smash U/3DS or Smash 5, it’s been nearly 4 years since Smash 4 launched. That’s plenty of time to develop a new Smash game and/or build an adventure mode. I want it so badly Nintendo. Can I please have it?
2) Luigi’s Mansion is being Remade!.... for 3DS.... Dammit Nintendo, Why?!
Look, I’ve got nothing against the 3DS. It’s a great handheld system. And despite my comments in the past, I don’t really want it to die... I just want it to stop exclusively getting games that would be great on my Switch. This is the second time I’ve felt that Nintendo has made the extremely baffling decision to limit a games release to just one of their two systems, when it makes sense to be on both, if not more so on the Switch.
This happened previously with Mario Party: The Top 100. That game’s minigame collection was like a nostalgia bomb for people like me who grew up with the original, superior friendship destroying Mario Party’s. It would have been so great to have that on Switch, where I could take it to a friends house and play 4-player multiplayer on one Switch, or hook it in to the TV for a big screen party experience. But no, I couldn’t have that. And now if I want to play Luigi’s Mansion on the big screen, I gotta dig out my ancient GameCube because Nintendo decided that, for some reason, the remake should be exclusive to 3DS. Now, that’s not to say they didn’t give a reason during the reveal. The sequel, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, is exclusive to the 3DS(Something I also don’t understand since the original was a console game.). So now with this remake, 3DS owners will have both games in one place. Well, ok, fair enough, but that still doesn’t explain why the remake was not brought to Switch. If they were worried about Switch owners not having Dark Moon... then they could just port Dark Moon to Switch, maybe even bundle it. It probably just as much work, if not actually less work, to do that, then to remake the entire first game to work properly on the 3DS. Or better yet, do both so that everyone is happy. I see just as many calls for Nintendo to bring this to Switch as I did when Mario Party: The Top 100's exclusivity was announced.
And lets be clear here, I’m very well aware that the reason they might not be bringing it to Switch, is because virtual console might be on the horizon which would give Switch owners access to the original Luigi’s Mansion(and all the Mario Party games.), just, probably not in HD.