I do wonder how much a person's age affects how they see these Directs. For example, a lot of people seem to only look at the first party content and ignore most of the other games. I can see if a person grew up with the N64 or Gamecube, then this would be an easy mentality to develop. Those platforms were mostly about Nintendo first party games.
I grew up with the NES and SNES. What I want in a Nintendo system is to have both Nintendo first party and a lot of third party games on the same system. That feels normal to me. That is also what Nintendo handhelds are like. While I do believe there is still a lot of first party games coming to the Switch, it really wouldn't bother me much if they didn't have many first party games left. To me games are games. There are still lots of third party games coming and I can find stuff to play from that.
So, from my perspective, I just saw a Direct with a couple of dozen games and most of those are Summer 2021 or earlier, so it was a really good Direct. For a person that only looks for the first party stuff, they probably just saw a few games in the Direct and nothing big is coming soon. It's all a matter of perspective.
I don't disagree with you on the content. Where I disagree is on the presentation of that content. While a poll on this site says people tend to like the big Directs better, that isn't reflected in opinion threads at all. Smaller Directs are more frequently received well. They also tend to generate a lot more chatter around the content, while these big Directs are mostly about how little people cared about them, or how underwhelmed/disappointed they were. This tends to be the case with bigger Directs, even when the content is quite strong. While not a Direct, the first Switch presentation was the strongest reveal of content in the history of any Nintendo presentation, and yet many people thought it was lackluster. They showed some of those games in focused Directs, and the reception was significantly more positive.
I think some Nintendo fans are literally brainwashed into thinking that only big Directs matter even when they often pay attention to even fewer games than they do in the smaller Directs.
In short, I found this last Direct vastly undersold most of those games in favour of spotlighting an unremarkable first-party game that isn't even coming out in 2021.Last edited by Jumpin - on 25 February 2021
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