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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT7| March Madness
God, I'd HOPE McVicker's info is bad - the narrative seems like one of the first things they thought of this time around, actually - but at the same time nothing will suprise me. Is it possible to get a transcript of what exactly he said?
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Thread Sony is "carefully monitoring" risk of delays for first party titles and titles of partner studios
I'd say the vast majority of us are working from home - those of us in countries that shut down spent the time beforehand ensuring we had the infrastructure to continue working. Doesn't mean we're working at full capacity, but so far the industry hasn't been halted at all.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT7| March Madness
my goodness Nintendo's communication strategy has been....interesting. Disappointing Direct - this would have been a good opportunity to show off some heavy-hitting 1st parties. Looks like we're going to have to wait til summer to know what the Holiday 2020 game will be.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT7| March Madness
Jeff said it wouldn't be a mini. If I'm gonna believe him that a Direct is today, I'm gonna also believe him when he says it's not a mini. I guess the question is...when could they drop this thing? I suppose the most likely answer is for their 1st tweet slot? Assuming it's still happening, what time do y'all think it will be today?
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT6| OT7 Has Been Rated in Korea
BotW2 would be one of the most heavily protected IP's and teams there. I highly doubt many insiders' sources (even if they're Nintendo employees) would have access to anything going on with that team outside of internal rumors and ballparks. Maybe BoTW2 is on track for 2020, maybe not, but I doubt that Emily or anyone else would necessarily know at this point. BoTW2 - whether meant to be the big Holiday game or not - will be one of the biggest flagship games of the Switch's life. They're gonna want to play their cards as close to the chest as humanly possible there. If an insider wants to prove me wrong tho I'm happy to take it.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT6| OT7 Has Been Rated in Korea
I can't find Harker's post, but I have a feeling he's talking about something different than y'all think he is... Can someone link it to me? EDIT: Nvm, found it. Personally, I don't think it deconfirms anything that's been said (if VB is right). I'm still hoping for one next week/soon.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT7| March Madness
Thank you - honestly, it's exhausting. Maybe we'll get it, maybe not - I personally think that they'll do everything in their power to make it happen for holiday 2020 (though of course the current pandemic is throwing everything into question). I wish we could stop taking everything as a reason to panic.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT6| OT7 Has Been Rated in Korea
I really don't understand the take of "oh it's bad optics, gotta wait til the pandemic is over". A business - especially one that provides a service that would be especially useful when large populations are confined at home - is not going to just...stop because it might look bad. They are going to have business as usual as much as possible, perhaps with a PR spin of "let us help you ride this out the best we can!" If they continue marketing operations and production, they will.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT6| OT7 Has Been Rated in Korea
I think the games industry is one of the better equipped ones to be less affected by something like this - a lot of devs are able to remotely access our computers, and for now I know my company hasn't anticipated any major disruption in our services or production - but obviously that could change. Japan seems intent for now on pretending they'll have this under control enough to not even cancel the Olympics, so I'd honestly be surprised if Nintendo doesn't adopt the same "show must go on" attitude.
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Thread Anyone else feel very bitter about gaming industry?
Not every publisher/studio/department is created equal, and there can be general downsides to the gaming industry as a whole, but speaking for myself I love working in gaming. It's always been a dream come true, and I dont see myself in any other industry.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT6| OT7 Has Been Rated in Korea
So far the big companies are doing their best to ensure games don't get delayed/cancelled - we're going through a lot of preparations to ensure we can still continue to work from the safety of our homes, so I wouldn't worry about canceled games/directs just yet.
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Thread Those planning on buying Animal Crossing physical - what's your plan?
The game store in my city has a crazy deal where you can trade in certain Switch games and get AC for 20 euros, so I selfishly really hope it's open??? We're not allowed to have gatherings of more than 100 people though, so perhaps they'll just limit how many people can come into the mall instead of closing it completely.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT6| OT7 Has Been Rated in Korea
studios are starting to enforce work from home. Might be a little tricky for some due to a lot of devs not having laptops and simply not having the hardware at home necessary to work. curious how this will play out. I predict (hope) we'll be asked to stay home in the next week... I imagine Nintendo will scramble to make the preps necessary to hit that summer comm pulse point now
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT6| OT7 Has Been Rated in Korea
i read it somewhere here, but I also support the idea that I think they're lowkey waiting on Zelda. Business wise they'd wanna do everything in their power to get ensure it for that holiday/BF sales slot, but I wouldn't be suprised if they wanna make sure their flagship title for 2020 can actually realistically be promised for 2020. otherwise idk! honestly Directs like this are more for community rather than the larger audience - they've got enough going on to satisfy the general consumers. Perhaps they also just don't feel like there's any need to rush to get the word out.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT6| OT7 Has Been Rated in Korea
I'm pretty sure Nintendo localizes in house? also I'd be VERY surprised if "nothing changes" in terms of villages. one of their main challenges with this sequel will be differentiation. but thanks for changing things up in here lol
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT6| OT7 Has Been Rated in Korea
Could be in 20 minutes, could be in several hours, could be tomorrow...i think it's sort of useless to try and predict anymore after the last Animal Crossing Direct announcement! Either way exciting stuff is on the horizon - Nintendo will have to pull out the big guns this year to not drown in the Sony and Microsoft buzz.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT6| OT7 Has Been Rated in Korea
As thirsty as I am for certain things, I actually don't like the principle of leaks.or allusions to potential things to look forward to can be a fun generator of discussion and actually help pad out the time during communication blackouts. Something akin to an Emily or Nate assuring us 2020 will be a good year - these sorts of statements don't spoil surprises, or ruin a carefully planned editorial calendar. It's a huge blow to everyone - marketing, devs, executives - when a project they're excited to show off is leaked. You don't have control of the message anymore, and one of the coolest payoffs of working in this industry, seeing the reaction of fans, is dampened. I would honestly be incredibly disappointed if the contents of a Direct were leaked, for example. Would I still read tf out of it because i don't have that self control? yes, but the regret would be there.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT5| Hello darkness my old friend...
Re: AC Marketing - It's possible that they find it more strategic to allow influencers and journalists to inform the audience about its details after the embargo, rather than doing their typical top-down messaging style (i.e. specific Direct). It's a sound strategy and might even work better for the game's format. Personally, I really feel like a General Direct will come in early March. At this point it makes the most sense, and is a nice half-way point between Jan and E3.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT5| Hello darkness my old friend...
DANGEROUS LINE OF THINKING my dude. that mindset tends to be a self fulfilling prophecy. it's an indication of deeper self esteem issues going on that I 1000% promise you a relationship will not only NOT fix, it will make things worse. try (to continue?) working on your happiness and confidence as you are, and the rest will follow. I promise. ...what would really help us all tho is DIRECT NINTENDO PLS
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT5| Hello darkness my old friend...
It's more character driven than 999, and a bit sillier. At this point in my life, AI affected me more? I guess because love and relationships between different characters was such a central theme. Also there aren't really the same puzzles the way 999 had. So basically if you like strong character writing and an intriguing but more grounded than usual Uchikoshi plot, then you'll find AI just as good, yeah.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT5| Hello darkness my old friend...
y'all, i think they plottin They're planning something that disrupts current expectations - perhaps breakthing themselves out of the "Direct, Direct, E3, Direct" cycle? What if they do something crazy like a NintendoCon? lmao i dunno, I'm very confused but also intrigued. Watch it be super mundane though.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT5| But why? OT4 was still selling...
I mean I suppose it's better in the end that BoTW2 was not shown at TGA, since I have not been felled by alcohol poisoning. My next bet will involve the mimosa flowers, which hopefully should not endanger my health
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT5| But why? OT4 was still selling...
morning, folks. Against my better judgement, here i am, ready to ride out these last few moments before either we are blessed with a Direct announcement, or we are condemned to continue our struggle in ignorance.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT5| But why? OT4 was still selling...
I mean, I won't pretend to know how Nintendo runs things, but a lot of companies actually do. Plus, when you have offices different places in the world, you don't necessarily schedule posts like that around the holiday of one of them. Not saying that it be a factor, just saying that it doesn't erase the possibility of an announcement (if a Direct is indeed coming Wednesday)
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT5| But why? OT4 was still selling...
Microtransactions aren't inherently bad depending on how it's done, and I think AC could potentially have interesting monetization potential. Nintendo can be pretty...pricey though with their DLC. Idk I'm not outraged by this at all.
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Thread AI: The Somnium Files was review bombed on Metacritic (From 8.2 to 1.9 in 1 day)
The lead game designer was SO SAD about this - I explained to him the phenomenon of "review bombing", and I hope he feels better. This was honestly my GOTY for 2019, and I hope that the counterpoint of the reviewbombing is that more people will become aware of it and play it. So uh, yeah - please play AI: The Somnium Files.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT5| But why? OT4 was still selling...
Can I just say I think it's so sweet how this thread is 20% Direct speculation, 50% insanity, and a nice 30% bonding over the love of a brand. I'm the "geeky" one in my marriage, but I'm also unironically that stereotype of I like talking about games more than playing them.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT5| But why? OT4 was still selling...
LMAO CS departments are very separate from dev and editorial teams - they're often barely given enough info to even do their jobs. But I appreciate your efforts, soldier. Soon...we shall all feast.
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Thread Which Zelda game had the best Link?
(Adult) Hero of Time was my original Husbando, and I still appreciate how...thicc he is. like bruh - Also idk why but my headcanon is that he is basically a big dumb himbo who tries to have a happy life married to Malon but is tormented by personal demons for the rest of his life. BUT IF WE'RE NOT GOING BY THIRST then BotW Link. He's so SASSY and RUDE, he's like a little chaos goblin and I LOVE him. He's also the first Link where we actually hear his own thoughts - the JP version had the adventure log in 1st person, and even in the English version there are still some 1st person perspective text for examining things. Also! According to the Creating a Champion book, he's the only truly adult Link, as they say he's "between 18 - 20 years old" I hope they develop on his personality for the sequel.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT4| The Sequel to OT3 is Now in Development.
ahahah what is this "ubis" company you speak of?? But seriously - I'd say we actually have one of the better company cultures for the industry. We're very French in our approach to work-life balance, and employees are generally highly valued. Not saying it's all roses for everyone, but that's my experience!Plot twist: all insiders are cousins and share the same Nintendo Uncle since 1995...or DID I...? (lowkey that was upsetting when it happened)
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT4| The Sequel to OT3 is Now in Development.
You know, something I'm super interested in is how insiders get their sources. Like, I work at a company INFAMOUS for leaks (lmao), but a lot of the leaks come from journalists or contractors - or someone being dumb and working on a presentation in an airplane... Somehow I have a hard time believing that someone working in-house would willingly risk their career (and put themselves in legal jeopardy, since we all sign NDAs) to feed insiders sensitive info? Like what do they get out of it?
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT4| The Sequel to OT3 is Now in Development.
Wait, is your "Not BotW2" take actual info or your own personal deduction? I really don't wanna give up hope on a 2020 BoTW2. I love that team's work (except SS) but it'd be lowkey rediculous if they can't make that timeslot :/
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT4| The Sequel to OT3 is Now in Development.
If they do an AC direct on the 20th, then they probably won't do the general direct earlier than 1 week before - why would they have a random one week gap in communication? I don't understand why this thread is consistently suspended on the edge of hysteria. Just because we probably won't get a direct this week doesn't mean we must prepare ourselves for a media blackout til E3... LORDTTTT
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Thread So assuming a direct sequel to Three Houses came out, which path do you think it would spin out of? Open spoilers obviously.
Honestly i just want my greasy angsty rat boi Dimitri to be happy, so I'd love a "golden path" full of redemption and growth for everyone
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT4| The Sequel to OT3 is Now in Development.
I'm confused, why are we all now certain that BOTW2 wont make it till 2021? Also the financial briefings said a new revision wouldn't make it till 2022, and with the increasing trajectory of their sell-through rate this year over last, 2021 would seem a bit early for such am iteration... so like...where is this info coming from and why are we taking it seriously?
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Thread I don't want new characters for Smash Ultimate anymore
From a fan/consumer perspective, I agree with you, OP - I personally would to have more and diverse modes - a beefy single player mode, better online, etc. However, from a business perspective, new characters make the most sense:New modes can increase engagement sure, and keep the daily active user count consistent, but if you had to prioritize and wanted a business model that maximized monetization AND engagement, well...there you go.
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Thread Fire Emblem: Three Houses Wave 4 - Cindered Shadows Trailer
1st of all - woah out of NOWHERE! Also - have y'all noticed they kinda recycled some faces from other characters? Pink-haird girl has Sylvain's face Yuri/Purple hair has male Byleth's face (+ makeup) Blonde girl has Dimitri's face i think And i think Buff Daddy has a unique face
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT4| The Sequel to OT3 is Now in Development.
I'm not saying it doesn't make sense, I'm saying that I feel like the Nintendo we're used to would have put it in a Direct. But I agree with 's write-up - I see it as proof that they have some beefy things for the near future, and as such can afford to be more discerning with what gets into a Direct. Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if next week is an AC-only direct, or something similarly pattern-breaking.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT4| The Sequel to OT3 is Now in Development.
Does Nintendo's marketing feel...different to any of you recently? The FE3H DLC 4 trailer shadow drop kinda cements it for me. Like they have a new team or something in charge, or perhaps changed their organization in how they coordinate with the other branches/subsidiaries? I feel like more than before, it'll be impossible to use previous patterns to guess how they will reveal things and when. We could have a direct next week, they could drop a BoTW2 randomly on Twitter...who knows.
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Thread Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (launches on January 28th for $5.99) [SEE STAFF POST]
Would have been cooler for Byleth to work like the Pokemon trainer and swap out between the three lords. Byleth feels so generic and unsuprising a choice that it ends up being a huge surprise. To be fair it does look like a pretty strategic character moveset-wise, but I suck at Smash, so
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Thread AI Somnium Files needs more love, the plot is great
I wasn't super bothered with the pervy jokes, and actually found it refreshing how Date, despite everything, largely has too much boomer energy to be attracted/creepy to anyone (except maybe the receptionist, but that's mutual). And usually I have a pretty low tolerance for "anime bullshit". I also didn't hate the Somniums - some were a bit obtuse , but nothing game-ruining. The final somnium was chillingly masterful. Yeah, the stupid action scenes were cringy and...a choice, but I won't lie, I laughed at his delivery of "SPECIALLLLL EDITIOOOOOOOOON!"
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Thread The Lack of Third-Person options in recent and upcoming Action-Adventure/Open World/RPGs
I'm one of those people that can't play 1st person games - or even watch people play them. Without fail I get really nauseous/motion sick, and it's just not a pleasant experience. I also generally would rather experience a world/story through a defined character who I can see react to their environment, as somehow I've always felt less impacted by stories with a blank slate avatar. There's nothing to connect to for me. But yes, sadly 1st person games provide an accessibility barrier that makes them completely off-limits for me, so games like Cyberpunk hold 0 interest for me, even if I loved TW3.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT3| Nintendo Direct Speculation Trilogy HD
If there is an Xmas direct, what do y'all think will be in it? Alternatively, if we get a Jan direct instead, what will they show off? AC:H is a lock, as is the new Smash fighter probably, but what else?
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Thread MonolithSoft tweet promoting recruitment drive to hire production staff for the Legend of Zelda series development (BotW2)
2020 dream is still alive until Nintendo says it's dead. These are all positions that can easily come once a game is far into development. I'm veering into speculation now but actually I wouldn't be surprised if the artistic direction changes quite a bit from what we saw in the E3 teaser, since the character designs felt more like placeholders
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Thread MonolithSoft tweet promoting recruitment drive to hire production staff for the Legend of Zelda series development (BotW2)
I can't see what all was under the positions they promoted in March, but it seems kind of...expanded? Like the general types of staff are the same (planners, gpp, tech artists) but what missions they're specifically needed for seems to have grown. I have no idea what the recruitment looked like for BotW but based on my experience working for a AAA studio this looks...big.
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Thread MonolithSoft tweet promoting recruitment drive to hire production staff for the Legend of Zelda series development (BotW2)
My shitty crack at translating the images. I don't know all the correct technical names in English tho: (i didn't mean for those two bullet points to be bold, i just can't un-bold them lol)
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Thread MonolithSoft tweet promoting recruitment drive to hire production staff for the Legend of Zelda series development (BotW2)
Yep it does lol I guess the question is - have these remained unfilled since March, or are they just continuously staffing for them?
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Thread PewDiePie taking a break from Youtube
He's going to miss the attention. People like that, who have thrived on parasocial relationships and social adolation for so long, often have a very hard time dealing with how quickly obscurity settles in - even if they claim they're tired of the fame. Once he starts seeing the world move on without him, he'll try and come back into the public eye in one way or another.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT3| Nintendo Direct Speculation Trilogy HD
I won't lie i kinda got blue balls (or whatever the female equivalent of that is) from no BotW2 at TGA so my thirst for this game is turned up to 11. Also I know 99% of Zelda fans are dead-set against Link talking but if there will be any sort of co-op at all, or a better story he to. So my bets for the sequel are: 1) New overworld 2) Voiced Link 3) Playable Zelda (at least in specific sections) and I really, really hope they throw us a bone before E3. a <6 month marketing calendar sounds insane to me.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT3| Nintendo Direct Speculation Trilogy HD
RE: BotW2 - I don't see them going full underground, that'd be lame. I also think they will indeed have a drastic tonal shift between the first one and the sequel. I'm wondering though if when they said "return to that world" they don't mean literally recycling the map/overworld, and more returning to it in a spiritual sense? i.e. same characters, same era, same overall context and backstory, but in a different or expanded setting. In the end we saw the castle raising - perhaps we will be seeing another kingdom completely alien to us? Either way I have no doubt they'll surprise us in more ways than one. The current Zelda team - and arguably the current Nintendo - seem a lot more willing to take creative risks in favor of surprising fans and disrupting the industry.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT3| Nintendo Direct Speculation Trilogy HD
The team is split between Milan and Paris. Creative direction is in Milan, a lot of production/level design + marketing is in Paris. Teams are typically brand-exclusive unless you choose to switch to a different project (or there's a mandate making you).
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT3| Nintendo Direct Speculation Trilogy HD
I can totally see that happening! Not even counting an AC centric one. I'm curious when they'll do a full reveal of BoTW2...if I were doing the marketing plan for it (assuming the holiday 2020 release date) I'd do a trailer revealing the name and release tease pre-E3, then a gameplay treehouse demo for E3, and then another big comm push closer to launch with smaller breadcrumbs in between (dev interviews, screenshots, art, etc). But also based on how they've marketed AC I can't guess their strategy. it feels like they've barely talked about it?
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT3| Nintendo Direct Speculation Trilogy HD
lol welp! I guess post-Reggie Nintendo prefers to keep their big announcements on their turf (which it seems the other studios didn't share anything noteworthy either?) However if Zelda is still a 2020 release (which based on latest info it is I guess), then I expect we'll see it before E3
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT3| Nintendo Direct Speculation Trilogy HD
honestly it looks like outside of this little oasis in NintendEra and die hard Zelda fans, no one is even really predicting BoTW2 to be there? That's the feeling that i get from Twitter, anyway. Either way - what's the countdown look like? 4 hours? too bad imma be asleep
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT3| Nintendo Direct Speculation Trilogy HD
This year he's in a very different position - previous years were about building clout, and he needed all the hype he could get. Now the show has a lot more legitimacy within the industry, so he has nothing more to gain by overhyping or catering to potential disappointment.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT3| Nintendo Direct Speculation Trilogy HD
He's got a LOT of heavy expectations for the announcements - Elden Ring, Crash, Batman, Smash fighter #5, etc etc It's normal he warns people of this, but it's a fart in the wind at this point that said
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT3| Nintendo Direct Speculation Trilogy HD
Honestly I'm still kinda sad he's retired (even if he's living his best life now) - being a black man in a position of influence and power in a Japanese company within a notoriously exclusive industry was a huge inspiration.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT3| Nintendo Direct Speculation Trilogy HD
Idk, I wouldn't necessarily take Geoff's "warning" as relating to Nintendo announcements (unless it's Metroid related, but I don't see a lot of people expecting that anyway). He has nothing to gain by overhyping the show - it can only blow back on him. Nintendo is well-represented there, so logic dictates that they're not going to waste an opportunity to have ~25mil eyes on something not appealing/exciting to the market as a whole.
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT3| Nintendo Direct Speculation Trilogy HD
lmao I saw that tweet from Nintendo and just KNEW y'all would be poppin off in here. Also games come alive... Ganondorf is dead in the BoTW2 trailer and comes alive at the end of it... BOTW2 AT TGA CONFIRMED
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Thread The Legend of Playable Zelda: Setting Ourselves Up for Disappointment... Together! (Speculation, Discussion, and Wishful Thinking) [Media Heavy!]
You know - I feel like if (when?) Zelda is finally playable, it'd be kind of...cheap? to simply have her be another "fighter" the way Link is. I don't think it makes sense for what we know of her character, and I feel like all too often making a female character physically strong/adept at combat is a stand-in for giving her actual agency in the story. I'd much rather Zelda's moveset to be more suited to who she has been established to be, which is someone who is curious, intelligent, and very sneaky if she can get around so easily without people noticing. Imagine her being some sort of engineer, where she could use technology to her advantage, or have a toolset that allows her to solve puzzles Link can't (or can only brute-strength his way through). I'm honestly not super interested in playing as "Link but it's actually Zelda", which is what would happen if she's given a sword and a shield and we call it a day. Highlight the differences in their competencies, and why they work so well together (or against each other, if it comes to that!)
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Thread The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel Development Thread- News, Updates, and Speculation
I agree x10000000000000000 Yes, Zelda definitely needs more VA (and better quality VA/scene direction for English, as has been previously stated), but if that's the case then Link can not stay silent. For presentation alone it was awkward enough having him silently react (and barely) to events and characters in the cutscenes, but they were able to somewhat mitigate this by having the flashbacks "cut out" as soon as he'd have to say something. For co-op, ideally Link and Zelda would be able to react to each other throughout the gameplay through voice lines that don't interrupt gameplay. I will never understand the take that Link should never talk if we're trusting Nintendo to do something qualitative. I fully have faith that they took our feedback from their first go at it and will up the presentation quality for this sequel.
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Thread Nintendo at The Game Awards: The Bet Thread
Look y'all generic & cringy or not I will ride this one person army into the abyss. If I'm right I will cackle and demand mod status I mean I'm cackling anyway
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT2| Reset the Thread
UHHHHHHH ok so I'm comfortable betting on a BotW2 trailer at the Game Awards happening now like i'll still eat all the crow if it doesn't but
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Thread Nintendo Direct Speculation |OT2| Reset the Thread
Somehow I don't think they'll keep the "of the Wild" nomenclature but I'll be interested in knowing how they handle the title. Perhaps they figure the branding alone will allow people to make the connection, like OoT --> MM? I'm just thirsty for this game. I'll be SO disappointed at this point if we don't get some sort of Game Awards reveal for it, hahaha.
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Thread RUMOR: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Internally Scheduled For 2020 Release
We been knew! I want a juicy rumor I can watch 10000 speculative youtube videos on in a vain attempt to satisfy my thirst for this game drop by drop
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Thread Mute Link Needs to Go
Honestly I've felt this way for a while, but with Breath of the Wild it's especially apparent - Mute Link is a relic of the past that has long outstayed its welcome. It always baffles me how people will get annoyed at silent protags in voiced games like Astral Chain, but as soon as we talk about Zelda, it's "no VA/Link stays mute!" I don't need to self-project onto a blank slate (which I would argue that Link hasn't been since at least Wind Waker). I'm a woman of color - I'm never going to "see" myself as Link. I'd much rather follow the story of a fully-realized character and empathize with his struggles and growth. So thank you OP, I'm in your corner.
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Thread Kojima: Gaming will move on to streaming
yeah, the costs are massive. From what I understand, rather than every publisher housing their own server, it'd be a few giants taking care of that (i.e. Google, Amazon, etc). I'd say right now we're still in the earlyish stages of R&D, so it'll be interesting to see where we're at after this next gen ends. I guess it depends on if Stadia seems...clearer to us.
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Thread Kojima: Gaming will move on to streaming
It's kind of common knowledge in the industry right now - having a lot of the power generated by a machine that is doomed to obsoletion is phasing out. Where we're moving towards is having low upfront costs to the consumer where you can use devices that you already have around (smartphone, PC, etc) to "stream" content using resources other than your device. There's still lots of challenges that we're facing getting there, though - one of which is cost. Someone (not the consumer) has to foot the bill, so the startup costs to the provider are HUGE. It'll be interesting to see what happens after this next (potentially last) generation of physical consoles.
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Thread If you google Princess Zelda, Link is listed as her significant other.
I have a head-canon for OoT that Link gets with Malon and is Princess Zelda's half-brother. I have no idea why or where I got this, though.
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Thread The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel Development Thread- News, Updates, and Speculation
I dunno fam, I would happily eat all the crow if I lose this bet JUST on the off-chance that he speaks. Not necessarily - I don't think it'd ruin the lore to throw some moral murkiness in there. I'm just saying that it'd be cool to see them challenge themselves story-wise and elevate the narrative from their "evil brown man is evil, pretty white kids save the day" which I'm lowkey tired of. And again, I am willing to make a bet on the the whole "Will Link Be Voiced" thing.
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Thread The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel Development Thread- News, Updates, and Speculation
I want them to give Link full characterization this time - there's no way they can get away with having him continue to be unvoiced in this one. I would KILL for some moral ambiguity thrown in there - the spirit hand thing wedged into the vampire mummy's chest didn't look particularly "nice". If we're dealing with a role reversal (perhaps we find out Ganondorf's side isn't That Bad After All, and the Real Evil is our side) I will never thirst again.
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Thread AI: The Somnium Files now has a demo on PS4/Switch!
This is my #GOTY (check my avatar for the BEST character <3). After I finished it several weeks ago and I still think constantly about it. I really hope it finds success - it deserves it, and I'd love to see a follow up title exploring these characters more.
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Thread The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel Development Thread- News, Updates, and Speculation
Maybe (probably) it's wishful thinking, but the fact that the current president of Nintendo just gave an interview where he talks about wanting to makes me think that we might have something really...surprising in store for us. There's no denying that the reveal trailer employed some horror-like vibes, and it seems like Link and Zelda's relationship - or at least dynamic - could be at the forefront of the journey. Perhaps they're going to go for a slightly more "mature" experience this time around? I'm not saying M-rated territory, but a more character-focused story with actual depth. Either way, I fully expect Link to have voiced dialogue this time around.