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Shiken said:

We will see more shadow drop announcements like Paper Mario for the rest of the year at least. This may actually create more hype and Nintendo buzz, because instead of people saying, "why no direct, does Nintendo have nothing to show?"...

People will now be saying, "Nintendo could drop an announcement on us any day now, so hyped for what they show next!"

Everyday will be open to an announcement, and that is kind of exciting TBH.

As opposed to people engaging in rampant speculation to guess when the next Direct will be, as it is almost all year long every year.

"When will we get to see the next Direct?"
- "It could be any week!"

The difference between the two is that people have come to expect directs at certain times of the year.  When that direct never comes, we get people claiming, "Nintendo has abandoned the Switch" or "Nintendo has nothing to show, they already released their big games".

The concept may be the same, you are correct.  But due to these expectations (that mean nothing in the grand scheme as shown by the Paper Mario drop), people panic when a direct does not show up at the usual time.

So the real difference is the perception of these announcements.  Games can be announced within months of release more often, which will please a lot of people.  Things can be shown when they are ready to be shown at anytime, rather than saving it for a direct or revealing it early.  The information is the same, but the timing and perception changes.

Another benefit is that by shadow dropping individual announcements, there is potential for information to be delivered at a more steady pace as things will no longer be saved for a bulk announcement of sorts.

So it is not the information that will make a difference, but the perception of that information as a whole.  A game could be announced at anytime it is ready, but a direct cannot.  For example, if we get a FULL direct in June, we know not to expect another one till at least September.  But if we get a game announcement or update in June, we could get another one for something different weeks or even days later.  There is much more excitment in its own way.

Not to say Directs are bad and should be done away with, just stating that there is indeed a difference in perception that can be viewed as a positive when it comes to shadow drop announcements like Paper Mario.



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Good. People wont get overhype then gets mad when the direct doesn't meet their expectations.



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Shiken said:

We will see more shadow drop announcements like Paper Mario for the rest of the year at least. This may actually create more hype and Nintendo buzz, because instead of people saying, "why no direct, does Nintendo have nothing to show?"...

People will now be saying, "Nintendo could drop an announcement on us any day now, so hyped for what they show next!"

Everyday will be open to an announcement, and that is kind of exciting TBH.

This is way too optimistic.  It ignores the feeling that Nintendo is always doomed.  Be on the lookout for posts that say that Paper Mario is the last game they have for the year.  After all, since Nintendo is always doomed, no game announcements means no games in the minds of some people.



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If they still keep dropping announcements like Paper Mario, then it's not the worst thing in the world.



             

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It'll be fine for Nintendo. I see the third party companies and indies being the most affected by this since having their games featured in a Direct was great exposure for them.

I wonder if Nintendo might agree to post their announcements/trailers on Nintendo's YouTube channel.

Last edited by TruckOSaurus - on 19 May 2020

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I was feeling it

I don't care as long they keep releasing teasers for their newer games but so far the second half seems so empty and I'm sure by the end of year I will finish all my backlog due to the lockdown which is a bit underwhelming. But I guess it could be fine time to experience some other hobbies besides games



Hmm I thought nintendo could still do Nintendo directs pity. I just miss the reactions, it is fun to watch it with the easy allies oh well.






Wonder what the rest of their shadow drop announcements for the rest of the year will be? What will be their big Holiday game, or will they have one? I feel like the 3 big games they already announced; BOTW 2, Bayo 3, and Metroid Prime 4, probably aren't releasing until 2021 or later. Retro is still hiring for lead development roles on Metroid Prime 4 which suggests it is still early development after development was restarted and moved from Bandai Namco to Retro last year. Platinum is spread pretty thin right now, they are working on Babylon's Fall and Project G.G. right now in addition to Bayo 3, all of which are big projects. BOTW 1 only released 3 years ago, I'll be a bit surprised if they can get it out by Holiday 2020. So if none of the announced games will make Holiday 2020, what will be announced for the Holiday?

Could we get a Pokemon 3rd version, gen 4 remakes on Sword/Shield engine, or Let's Go Gen 2 this Holiday? Will there be a big Mario platformer this year?

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 19 May 2020

Yeah, makes sense. Nothing stopping them from Twitter Directs though.