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Nintendo World Report's 2019 Game Awards

Best Moment

by Brett Posner-Ferdman, Neal Ronaghan, and Matthew Zawodniak - January 5, 2020, 7:58 am EST

The Nintendo event that had the most impact on us!

Winner: Banjo & Kazooie in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

As a Banjo fan for life, there was nothing better than seeing Banjo & Kazooie announced for Smash Ultimate. When they were announced at the end of Nintendo's E3 presentation, we saw firsthand the explosion of joy from the attendees of E3 throughout the Los Angeles Convention Center, and the internet at large had just as strong a reaction. For nearly two decades, Banjo & Kazooie were the white whale of the Smash roster, having been a perfect fit with the late '90s/early 2000s icons of Super Smash Bros. Melee, but hopes for the duo to appear in Smash sequels were sadly dashed for once Rare Ltd. was sold to Microsoft, locking the bear and bird into a competitor's console seemingly forevermore.

Of course, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is all about making the impossible possible. Everything was created perfectly. The stage was perfect, the music was perfect, and they looked perfect. That day, Banjo & Kazooie finally came home to Nintendo, and you couldn't have asked for anything more.

~ Brett Posner-Ferdman, Matt Zawodniak

Runner Up: Ring Fit Adventure Announcement

We all were softened up by a Nintendo Direct earlier in the week when all of a sudden a random YouTube video showed up in Nintendo's feed. It showed people playing around with a Pilates ring that had a Joy-Con thrown into it. Huh? Bizarre. Is Wii Fit coming back? A week later, we got our answer in a reveal trailer for Ring Fit Adventure, that was more ambitious than what we saw Nintendo do with Wii Fit.

Ring Fit Adventure had a story to go along with its exercising. On top of that, it was a full-on fitness RPG, letting you engage in turn-based battle by doing squats and planks. Your hero leveled up. You fought bosses. What the heck was all of this? Regardless of how you feel about Ring Fit Adventure now, the reveal was nuts.

~ Neal Ronaghan

Runner Up: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Announcement

E3 is always preceded by weeks of chatter, reaching a fever pitch by the weekend before Nintendo's news blast. In that time, we might not know exact specifics, but we have a good idea of what to expect. Animal Crossing was sure to show up. Pokémon was going to get a focus. At this time, everyone seemed to have a feeling Smash Bros. DLC characters were going to get unveiled. By the time Nintendo's E3 2019 video wrapped up, it felt like we saw it all. We were wrong.

The final trailer of the day was for the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, showing Link and Zelda traversing through a mysterious area as a creature that is probably Ganon-adjacent rose from the dead. It was short; it was focused. It laid down the pipe of hype. It's been half a year and we've heard nothing more about the next big Zelda game. It might be a while before we hear or see anything of consequence for this game. The initial reveal trailer might be enough to fuel us throughout that entire time, though.

~ Neal Ronaghan



OedoJanuary 05, 2020

I started playing through Genealogy of the Holy War last year (after finally catching up with most of the Fire Emblem games released in North America; the only ones I haven't finished now are Shadow Dragon and two routes of Three Houses, the latter of which I'm planning to start soon). The game really is super intriguing from a story and character standpoint, but yeah, it needs a full on remake from a gameplay perspective. There are a lot of interesting ideas with the large maps and mission structure, and how the romance and timeskip is implemented, but the game is hard to play in a lot of respects. I would love to see it remade, and with Koei Tecmo apparently taking a larger role on Three Houses than we initially thought, it makes a certain amount of sense that a remake is something other people at Intelligent Systems would have been working in the meanwhile.

I wouldn't hold my breathe for Thracia 776 as DLC though. I know people have speculated on that, or even both games being remade into a single package, but I don't think either scenario is feasible when you consider Intelligent Systems turned Gaiden into such a fleshed out, robust game with Shadows of Valentia due to the care and attention they approached the remake with. I think Thracia 776 would have to be its own remake.

Overall, it was interesting to read through this feature as always!

NemoJanuary 06, 2020

Dragon Quest XI is #1 in my heart.

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