On September 23rd, at about 3 PM (Pacific Time), Nintendo held a special Nintendo Direct livestream to reveal new and upcoming games. Most of said games definitely caught my eye. However, there are three specific games that quite literally made me cheer for joy (I again apologize to my friends for having to endure that): Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, and Bayonetta 3.
Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak
Starting off the live stream, Monster Hunter fans were finally revealed the BIG update and teased a new elder dragon. While we don’t know the name of this new monster, what we do know is that it has a gothic, vampire-like theme to it. Other than that, this is the announcement where “G Rank” (the more difficult quests that only the most skilled hunters can handle) is finally on its way. With this mega update, there will be new locales, monsters, and hunter techniques. What any of these will be, we’ll just have to wait until the release date in the summer of 2022.
Kirby and the Forgotten Land
This new Kirby game was definitely a surprise that I didn’t expect to see. At the same time, given how successful Mario Odyssey was and has been, it makes sense that Nintendo would continue using a similar formula. Also, as far I know, this is the first time we’ll see Kirby in a more 3D open-world style of gameplay as opposed to the usual side-scroller platformer game style. However, it’s still a bright and colorful game that contains the joy and wonder of the previous Kirby titles. While the game’s overall story hasn’t been explained, what we DO know is that Kirby wakes up on a beach and finds himself in a rundown city that has been reclaimed by nature. While you’re exploring the island or wherever the story takes place, you come across various enemies (both old and new) and occasionally find Waddle Dees (henchmen of Kirby’s arch-nemesis King Dedede) to rescue. Given that I haven’t followed up on any of the previous games, I’m super stoked to see what The Forgotten Land has in store for us in the spring of 2022.
Four years ago, at the 2017 game awards, Bayonetta 3 was announced to the world. At the time, I was hyped and all the more curious as to where this sequel would go after the second game. Then some time went by and nothing was brought up at any of the gaming awards and big conferences. While I knew that I simply needed to be patient, there was a part of me that was worried and doubted that we would ever see anything about it. However!! At the end of today’s Nintendo Direct Livestream, there she was, the witch that gamers know and love has returned to dance on her stage. The second I saw the word “Platinum,” I knew what was happening and it was all the more confirmed when the magical effect from Bayonetta’s “Witch Time” spell was cast and the ticking of the clock. Just like in every game, she wears a different outfit and a new hairstyle, and this game is no different. However, the tone of everything feels different. In the previous titles, she wears a skin-tight suit and approaches everything with a confident, flirtatious attitude (because she KNOWS that she can take her enemies on). In this trailer, she wears more of a frilly skirt and is taking things with a more mature and serious attitude, but still throws in a flirty wink. She also has the same hairstyle worn when she was the child that went by the the name Cereza (Bayonetta’s real name). The dances she also performs to summon her contracted demons are also less provocative and more childish, which ends with some form of a tattoo on her back.
At first, I thought that the change was simply due to something more serious happening that led to this dramatic change, but after looking through Twitter, that might not be the case. With full credit given to Suzi Hunter (also known as The Sphere Hunter, @TheSphereHunter on Twitter), maybe the Bayonetta we’re seeing really is Cereza after she was returned to her timeline in the first game. There are also speculations that we’re dealing with alternate timelines that have, whatever the case is, we’ll just have to wait until we hear more news about the game’s story. Also, there is a new figure joining the fight. While we have no idea who they are, what we do know is that they wield a katana, wear a leather jacket with spikes on the shoulders, and have a cat plush attached to the handle of said katana. While many are joking that Vergil (from Capcom’s Devil May Cry series) might be in the game, there’s also the possibility that (if alternate timelines is a possibility) this could be a male Bayonetta. The possibilities are honestly endless and we’ll find out the truth when Bayonetta 3 comes out sometime in 2022.
And those are the three games from the September 23rd Nintendo Direct that I’m looking the most forward to. While the vast majority of games we were shown piqued my interest, I chose these three games given how strong of a reaction I expressed upon their reveal (again I apologize to my friends for receiving the full brunt of my reactions). So despite the other games not being listed here, I’m still excited for their release dates as well. As for the rest of you, what are the games that you’re looking the most forward to? Please feel free to leave a comment on what your favorites are. Until then, this is Tracy Preston/CuriousCat-13: signing off.