While Nintendo might not have been the first to popularize the phrase, the “one more thing” moment has been synonymous with Nintendo in the gaming sphere. It’s an idea that almost always works because we naturally want to see more by the time any given Nintendo presentation is over. On top of that, Nintendo has set a precedent for these “one more thing” reveals to be huge announcements like the first trailer for a new The Legend of Zelda game. These are moments that we as fans will always look forward to in a Nintendo Direct, and with that in mind, here are my five most memorable “one more thing” moments from Nintendo.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel
It was E3 2019 and Nintendo had already shocked fans by announcing two brand new characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. What could have made that presentation even better? The surprise announcement of a sequel to one of Nintendo’s most beloved games. As the exclamation point on Nintendo’s E3 2019 showcase, the untitled The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel was perhaps the best thing Nintendo could have shown. The trailer starts with a slow build-up, filled with hints that fans would instantly recognize to be tied to the series.
This was followed by scenes involving the same Link and Zelda we had come to know from Breath of the Wild. As a reveal trailer, it was a double whammy of blowing away expectations. Fans were already happy enough to see a new Legend of Zelda game, let alone one that confirmed it was a direct continuation of Breath of the Wild. New Legend of Zelda game reveals are almost always iconic moments for Nintendo gamers, but it’s rare to have one that was the perfect storm of familiar, fresh, and beyond our expectations.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Nintendo Switch had gained tremendous steam after its first year of great first-party titles. This is typically the point in a Nintendo console’s lifecycle where fans start to ask when the new installments of their favorites franchises are coming. In early 2018, Nintendo didn’t disappoint on this front. Not only was a new entry in the storied Super Smash Bros. series announced to end this Nintendo Direct, but it was also given the bombshell release date of that very same year. The Super Smash Bros. series is now also synonymous with having clever misdirects and reveals in its trailers and this was no exception.
Splatoon 2′s DLC was heavily featured at the tail end of this Nintendo Direct, so when the teaser for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate started with a CGI cutscene of Splatoon‘s inklings fighting, fans naturally assumed that it was only more Splatoon content. When the inkling girl turned to have the Super Smash Bros. logo reflected in her eye, followed by the silhouettes of the cast (including Breath of the Wild Link), the collective fanbase was overjoyed and Nintendo had surprised us all yet again.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Not only was the reveal of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess one of the biggest “one more thing” moments from Nintendo, but it may be one of Nintendo’s greatest E3 moments overall. The reveal of Twilight Princess in 2004 was a special moment for the company and its fans. Many gamers at that time were disappointed with the cel-shaded graphics of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and wanted a return to the somewhat more realistic aesthetics of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Then in came Reggie Fils-Aimé to announce one more thing and end Nintendo’s E3 presentation with a blowout of a brand new darker-looking 3D Zelda title.
The slow pans of pleasant-looking open landscapes, followed by the reveal of an adult Link on horseback was all it took to get the fans in attendance to lose their minds. If that wasn’t enough, the trailer ended with Shigeru Miyamoto coming on stage himself, complete with a Master Sword and Hylian Shield to boot. In a rare instance, this was Nintendo giving the fans exactly what they wanted, and that makes it easily one of the company’s best “one more thing” moments.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
All things considered, Xenoblade Chronicles was a game that was way ahead of its time on the Wii. Its wide-open world to explore and large-scale battles were features that were rare for Nintendo and challenging to pull off on the Wii hardware. Many fans thought that the JRPG deserved better, and the 3DS port didn’t do enough to satisfy them. Fast-forward to 2019 and the “one more thing” reveal of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition was the second chance that series veterans always wanted the game to receive.
Fans immediately recognized some of the more iconic sights from the JRPG in this trailer, and combining that with a shot of the graphically improved Shulk was enough fan service to please anyone with a connection to the series. While the Xenoblade Chronicles series may not be as popular as something like Animal Crossing, this “one more thing” reveal catered to that specific group of Nintendo players, and for that reason, it was a special moment for Monolith Soft and its fans.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Nintendo typically doesn’t remake its legacy games, let alone games that received almost universal critical acclaim. This is part of the reason why this reveal was as big as it was. Seeing the animated opening of a stormy sea and Link himself was enough to get many of us excited for the next Legend of Zelda title to release after Breath of the Wild. But fans of the original The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening that recognized this opening cutscene of the 1993 classic were even more excited at the prospect of what was being shown.
To make things better, the gameplay shown in this reveal trailer was enough to surprise both new and old fans thanks to the game’s immediately striking claymation-flavored art style. At a time when The Legend of Zelda fans were yearning for another entry in the series, this was the perfect answer.
What is your favorite “one more thing” moment from Nintendo?