Yesterday's Nintendo Direct Was A Massive Disappointment

Nintendo fans have had a serious drought for the last year and a half as the company has had no official Nintendo Direct in what seems like forever. The company has run several Nintendo Direct Minis, a much shorter version of the event usually centered around a single game or franchise, in that time, but fans have waited (I'm)patiently for something more substantial. And we finally got it. Sort of?

Nintendo announced the Direct just a day ago, stating that the video would be fifty minutes long and that we would hear about the future of Smash Bros and “games coming to Nintendo Switch in the first half of 2021”.

Overall, the event was a pretty big letdown, and that second line is part of the reason why. Many of the games announced were not even coming this year, let alone in the first half of this year.

Additionally, the event was dominated by frankly lackluster-looking games from industry titans like EA, Square Enix, and Capcom. Nintendo Directs in the past have showcased these games, sure, but they’ve also pretty regularly given promising independent games a spot in the limelight as well. This time, though, the indies were very rare.