Nintendo announced today that they will be playing upcoming releases Pikmin 3 Deluxe and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity in Nintendo Treehouse: Live on Wednesday afternoon. Both games, as well as the Pokemon DLC known as The Crown Tundra are expected to anchor the gaming giant’s holiday sales. I blogged the other day about how excited I am about The Crown Tundra. I wish I could match that enthusiasm for the two full titles.
The original Pikmin 3 was released seven years ago and this version will have extra content, but really it’s just another Wii U relic that Nintendo is reintroducing because not many people bought a Wii U. Age of Calamity is a brand new game that promises to build on the story from Breath of the Wild, but it’s also not a true Zelda game with lots of hack-and-slash button mashing instead of exploration and puzzle solving.
We already got a peak at Age of Calamity two weekends ago at the Tokyo Game Show. The footage was pretty much what I expected: It was Hyrule Warriors with Breath of the Wild graphics.
The game is meant to look just like BOTW with an identical art style and enemy models, but beating up legions of mindless enemies doesn’t intrigue me very much. There are multiple characters who each have their own style, which provides gameplay variety, but I still fear that this game will get repetitive quickly. Link gets a Sheikah Slate (iPad) just like in BOTW, but all of its powers are just different ways to defeat enemies. Some of them are more effective against certain bosses, and the game makes this very obvious by showing the icon of the power you need to use right on screen for you.
Maybe there’s more depth to this game than I’m realizing, but for now it’s a wait-and-see for me. I think the cut scenes and the story look awesome, but I don’t like that Nintendo is putting non-Zelda games under the Zelda label, even if it’s technically not a “Zelda” label. Also, Link in armor is pretty badass.
I’ll certainly tune in for the Treehouse. I’ll probably learn more about Age of Calamity from watching a presentation in English, and it’s been a long time since I’ve gone near a Pikmin game. Still, I doubt the event will do anything to get me super excited about every game. The Crown Tundra is still the best thing that Nintendo is putting out between now and the end of the year with its new Dynamax Adventures and multiple legendary Pokemon to discover.