Just two months into 2019 and Nintendo fans have seen one hell of a Nintendo Direct. Even beforehand we found out that Metroid Prime 4 was basically being written off and started again from scratch. Unhappiness followed, but the positive was that Retro Studios would once again be helming the project.
The second announcement was that Fire Emblem: Three Houses would be the overall focus, but that didn't stop Nintendo from going hard on surprises and new content.
A Battle Royale Tetris? SOLD! Super Mario Maker 2. Yes, please. Final Fantasy IX, now? Sure! Wait, is that Link's Awakening? OH MY, YES IT IS! Take all my money and so forth.
Yet, despite all this, there are many questions still to be answered by The Big N for its 2019 schedule.
There are no confirmed release dates for Luigi's Mansion 3, nor is there one for Pokemon Switch. We only have placeholders, and that always comes with the risk that release dates will get pushed back as we move towards E3.
Nobody knows if the 3DS is officially dead, Reggie Fils-Aime has retired - most of these Direct announcements were fine in the moment, but leave many fans saying, "Great, but what about...?"
Here's hoping there's a grand plan we're only just starting to watch unfold.
Bryan Langley’s first self-bought console was the sublime Super Nintendo and he hasn’t ever stopped using his opposable thumbs since. He is based in Bristol, UK and is still searchin' for them glory days he never had.