‘Sunday Thoughts’ was originally intended to be this weekly feature where I published a blog post every Sunday morning. But toward the end of last year, I got married and was also offered the position of being an administrator of ResetERA. As such, it became increasingly difficult to find time to write. I’m also involved with the development of an unannounced indie game. So I want to apologize for not publishing a “Sunday Thoughts” blog post in such a long time.
Chicken Wiggle Kickstarter
If you haven’t already heard, Atooi’s Jools Watsham has a Kickstarter for “Chicken Wiggle Workshop”. It’s a Switch HD remake of the original “Chicken Wiggle” that was previously released on 3DS. It’s a cute platforming game with some level creating features. As of today, it has reached $18,097 of its $30,000 goal, and there’s about 24 days to go.
If you’re a Switch owner who loves 2D platformers, then check out the Kickstarter here.
Third Party Support
Have you noticed something about the past three-or-four Nintendo Directs? They all had very big third party announcements.
- The Nindies Direct had Travis Strikes Back: No More Heroes.
- The late 2017 Direct had Doom, Wolfenstein II, and Dragon Quest Builders.
- The January Direct had Dark Souls, The World Ends With You, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA, and SNK Heroines.
- Last week’s Direct had Crash Bandicoot N’Sane Trilogy, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Undertale, Little Nightmares and Okami.
Nintendo is doing an impressive job with securing third party support so far. This is the best third party support that a Nintendo system has received since, maybe, GameCube. Big applause to Damon Baker (Nintendo of America), Kirk Scott (Nintendo of America), and Tim Symons (Nintendo of Europe).
One of the biggest highlights from the Nintendo Direct was GameMaker support. I consider this to be a huge deal because now games like Undertale, Hyper Light Drifter, Downwell, and Hotline Miami 1 + 2 are actually possible for the Switch. GameMaker support is something that the Wii U, unfortunately, never had.
There are three reasons why ‘South Park: The Fractured But Whole’ is a significant Switch announcement.
South Park marks the first time when Ubisoft will be releasing an M-rated game on the Switch. For the past year, Ubisoft has been mostly focusing on family stuff like Rayman Legends, Just Dance, Monopoly, Uno, and Mario & Rabbids. It’s important that South Park does well on Switch if we want to see more M-rated games from Ubisoft on the system.
Secondly, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is not a “one-year-old” port. South Park will only be seven-months-old when it releases on Switch in April. So, technically, it’s really not that old of a game like other Switch ports.
But most importantly, it’s another role-playing game (RPG) for the Switch. The Switch has been steadily building up its library of RPGs like Skyrim, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Disgaea 5, and Octopath Traveler. I believe the more role-playing games, the merrier! Wouldn’t you agree?
Switch vs the SNES?
Switch is quickly building a software library that could rival the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Now before you call me crazy, take a brief moment to consider what has either been released or announced for the Switch thus far.
Look at the picture below. Inch by inch, the Switch is slowly becoming Nintendo’s best software library since SNES.
“But Emily – The Switch can’t become the next SNES because it doesn’t have a large RPG library”
I beg to differ! Five years from now, the Switch will have a very impressive library of both Japanese RPGs and Western RPGs.
Are most companies just bad at keeping secrets?
The truth is, most game announcements don’t get leaked from famous insiders, celebrity rumor mongers, and attention seekers. They usually get leaked because of pure incompetence and clumsiness by a company’s own employees.
Here are some great examples:
- An Electronic Arts email gets leaked confirming a January Nintendo Direct that includes “Fe” as one of the titles. How did that email get leaked? Because an EA employee accidentally sent the email to someone who didn’t work at EA.
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole was leaked by an Australia online retailer. Then Fractured But Whole was leaked again by Amazon Mexico. Then Amazon Mexico leaked “The Stick of Truth” for Switch a few days/weeks later.
- Crash Bandicoot: N’Sane Trilogy was leaked for Switch by a licensing manager in a Spring 2018 catalog.
- Eurogamer wouldn’t have confirmed Diablo 3 for Switch if Blizzard’s social media person hadn’t teased a Diablo switch port in the first place.
- Why did Little Nightmares (for Switch) get leaked from some person’s Linkedin?
- Why is Ridge Racer (for Switch) and Metroid Prime 4 getting leaked from some person’s Linkedin?
- Why did Sumo Digital’s slide presentation get leaked on 4chan? It claims that Sumo has a kart racing gaming soon.
- Why did Toy maker Zappies leak out that a new Sonic Racing game is coming?
- Why did Mario + Rabbids get a rating listing in Brazil — three weeks before it’s official reveal at E3?
- Why did Walmart list “Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle” before it’s official E3 reveal?
- How did a person working the setup for Nintendo’s January 2017 event leak the entire show on 4chan?