Earlier this week, Nintendo announced and held a Nintendo Direct, showcasing a myriad of titles slated for release in 2021. Today, we are delving into the conversations inspired by the event and sharing a few highlights. Let’s dive in!
When Nintendo announced its upcoming Nintendo Direct, audience reactions were overwhelmingly positive, with a sentiment score of 92 and an impact sentiment of 79.
Conversations prior to the event were also exceptionally healthy, with safety scores for toxicity and sexual content well below the norm and profanity similarly low. Overall, audience conversations in advance of the event enjoyed an A- safety score.
Prior to the event, anticipation for any update on Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 was high, and player optimism was reflected in its conversation sentiment score of 83.
Appreciating that Nintendo is wont to announce new characters for Super Smash Bros Ultimate during its Nintendo Directs, fans engaged in notable positive chatter speculating about which character might be announced the following day. This conversation enjoyed a positive sentiment score of 73.
Fans similarly speculated about whether Nintendo would announce a final update to Splatoon 2 or if they would announce Splatoon 3. As players argued over what would be more logical or likely, sentiment here fell in the high end of the neutral range at 58.
Speculation and desperation was also high with respect to Animal Crossing, with fans expressing a desire for a significant update to the game that goes beyond seasonal items. This conversation similarly fell within the neutral sentiment range at 53.
Once the Nintendo Direct was published, impactful engagement became even more positive, achieving an impact sentiment score of 79, compared to an overall sentiment score of 77.
Upon the release of the video on YouTube, conversation activity on the channel understandably rose, with 29% of monitored chatter from 2pm PT onward taking place on video sources.
With more people conversing and reacting in real-time to a myriad of fresh titles, conversation safety did dip a bit during the time period due to increases in profane and sexual expressions; however, toxicity remained below average, and overall community safety remained slightly better than the average, yielding an overall safety score of C+.
Reactions to the Mario Golf announcement were exceedingly positive, with an overall sentiment score of 97. Notably, discussions about the game enjoyed the largest share of audience conversations (16%). Fans expressed interest in the multiplayer aspect of the game, reminisced about previous Mario golf titles, and expressed optimism given the quality of other Nintendo sport related titles.
People were quite pleased with the announcement that Pyra & Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 would be added to Super Smash Bros Ultimate, with conversation sentiment resting at 82. While some relished in the news due to their affinity for the characters from the game, others expressed interest in the abilities, animation, and overall aesthetic of the characters, even if they were not familiar with them otherwise. Granted, some did lament that their personal favorite characters were not chosen, but negative expressions were nominal.
In addressing fan expectations for a Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 update and promising one later this year, Nintendo was able to keep disappointment at bay, resulting in an overall conversation sentiment score of 91.
While overall conversations around the Splatoon 3 reveal were quite positive (with a sentiment score of 86), examination of neutral and negative comments revealed that people were unclear what made Splatoon 3 fundamentally different from its predecessor in a way that would necessitate a new game, as opposed to a DLC for the existing Splatoon 2. Given that the title is scheduled for a release in 2022, it will be worth examining how audience sentiment shifts as more details about the game are revealed.
Overall audience reactions to Project Triangle Strategy were positive, with fans speculating about how the game will compare to Octopath Traveler and Final Fantasy Tactics.
Previous players of Legend of Mana were thrilled to see their beloved title be remastered, and conversation around the announcement was exceptionally positive at 95. Anecdotally, one Redditor commented that the announcement was “the pleasant surprise I didn’t know I needed this year.”
Audience reactions to Neon White were exceptionally positive, with little to no impactful negative commentary. Common themes in the conversation included expressions of how (bleeping) good the game looked, as well as confidence in the team behind it.
People reacted warmly to Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection, with an overall sentiment score of 81. People expressed satisfaction for the game’s graphics, nostalgia for the IP, and excitement about playing a complete, expanded trilogy — particularly for those who had missed one or two of the titles previously.
The addition of warp pipes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons interested some viewers, resulting in a rather high sentiment score of 92, although volume was admittedly low.
Princess Charm of Knockout City was particularly charming for many viewers, helping the title enjoy an overall audience sentiment score of 79.
Of course, not all conversations around the event were positive. Expressions of disappointment centered on players expecting more after going so long without a Nintendo Direct, though what they were seeking more of was relatively divided. Notably, this accounted for a rather small (8%) share of overall discussion.