Nintendo finally dropped their much anticipated Direct upon us a few hours ago and it’s packed with some great announcements.
So let’s start off with Nintendo 3DS releases (with their respective launch windows):
- WarioWare Gold – The latest entry in the obscure WarioWare series with new, fun microgames to play. (August 3, 2018)
- Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers – Being one of Nintendo’s relatively new IPs, Dillon is quite overlooked; but the titular armadilllo is coming back to the 3DS in an action/tower-defense hybrid title, set in a post-apocalyptic setting. A demo will be available on the eShop on May 10. (May 24, 2018)
- Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey – akin to last year’s Superstar Saga remake, this popular DS RPG spinoff featuring the iconic Mario and Luigi are being remade for the 3DS alongside a new story expansion featuring Bowser’s son, Bowser Jr. (2019)
- Detective Pikachu – 2016’s weird Pokemon spin-off featuring a talking Pikachu adventures with a human to solve a confusing mystery is finally releasing worldwide. Oh and there’s a large size Detective Pikachu amiibo available on the day of release. (March 23, 2018)
- Luigi’s Mansion (Remake) – One of the more surprising announcements from the Direct, this spooky GameCube launch title where everyone’s favorite Luigi explores a haunted mansion for his popular bro Mario is making it’s way to the 3DS and will also include a brand new Boss Rush mode. Are you ready to vacuum some ghosts again? (2018)
Moving on to Switch announcements:
- Kirby Star Allies – The latest Kirby game is just around the corner and we have our first look at Dream Partners – iconic Kirby characters you can team up with, like Meta Knight and King Dedede. Not just this, but more characters will be added in via free updates (March 16, 2018, free update: March 28, 2018).
- Okami HD – This PS2 masterpiece makes a comeback to Nintendo in a high-definition remaster, and the Switch version features some neat bonuses over other console versions like touchscreen and motion controls. (Summer, 2018)
- Project Octopath Traveler – In addition to the cast shown off in the previously launched free demo, the final release much anticipated “2D-HD” JRPG from Square Enix will feature two more characters: Merchant Tessa and Apothecary Alfyn. Characters can change jobs (taking a page from the developers’ own Bravely Default series) that provide new abilities and skills to the characters. There will also be a collector’s edition featuring: the game, a map, a soundtrack CD, a replica coin based on the currency from the game and a “pop-up” book (like a diorama) mimicking one of the locations in the game, giving an insight into it’s eight characters. (July 13, 2018)
- Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes – We have our first look at Grasshopper Manufacturer and Suda51’s latest entry in the cult-popular No More Heroes series, and it looks quite similar to indie dev Game Bakers’ Furi with it’s overhead camera angle and fast paced hack n’ slash chaos. (2018)
- Dark Souls Remastered – Another debut, and it’s Dark Souls alright, but with improved visuals and praising the sun on the go. Speaking of that, there will also be an amiibo for the Solaire Of Astora… that was honestly unexpected. In addition, a “network test” is coming soon so Switch owners can try out the game. (May 25, 2018)
- Mario Tennis Aces – This one was definitely the highlight of the Direct as it got the most screentime during the video. The newest entry in the Mario Tennis series introduces new mechanics like Zone Shots, Zone Speed, Trick Shots, and so on, as well as the a story mode, standard online multiplayer and motion controls. A pre-launch online tournament will also be coming in the near future, so stay tuned. (June 22, 2018)
- Undertale – Another pleasant surprise, this popular indie RPG is coming to the Switch… eventually; yeah that’s what it said in the trailer, which was quite punny really. (TBA)
- Crash Bandicoot: N Sane Trilogy – We’ve had rumors about this one floating around for quite a while, and contrary to popular belief, the PS1 trilogy remake (released last year for the PS4) is actually coming for the first time to a Nintendo system. (July 10, 2018)
- Little Nightmares: Complete Edition – Tarsier Studios’ stealth horror puzzle game is spooking it’s way on to Switch, complete with all DLC and Pacman amiibo support. (May 18, 2018)
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole – Another rumored title, this RPG from Ubisoft based on the TV series will come with two DLC packs at launch while the entire package is purchasable as a season pass. (April 24, 2018)
- Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition – Bundling all existing DLC from the 3DS and Wii U versions, in addition to new content, this is the complete Hyrule Warriors experience. (May 18, 2018)
- Super Smash Bros – The most hyped announcement from today’s Direct, it not just showed off brand new playable characters – the Inklings from Splatoon – but also hinted at the Breath Of The Wild version of Link. Now is this a complete Wii U port or a new game? We think a bit of both, in the sense that it’s a full package with it’s own content and tweaks. (2018)
3DS & Switch simultaneous releases:
- Sushi Striker: The Way Of Sushido – The quirky sushi-themed puzzler comes soon to Switch alongside the 3DS version. (June 8, 2018)
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – This Wii U puzzler revolving around the adorable Captain Toad is coming to 3DS and Switch. It will also include brand new levels based on Super Mario Odyssey, a 2-player Switch exclusive mode (akin to Odyssey) and 3D support for the 3DS. (July 13, 2018)
- ARMS: US & Canada Online Open – This tourney for Nintendo’s springy fighter will feature preliminary Ranked Matches from March 8-18 and Finals on March 31. March 31 will also air a Global Testpunch (live for 3 days) for those who don’t have the game yet to try out a demo.
- GDC Developer Insights – On March 21, Nintendo producers will take to the Game Developer’s Conference to talk about development on ARMS, Splatoon and Splatoon 2.
- Splatoon 2 – Update version 3.0 adds new gear, maps and a new X rank (above S+). Nintendo will also be introducing a new DLC story expansion for the game, titled Octo Expansion that features the first playable Octoling named Agent 8 who finds herself stranded in an underground research facility and has to make her way out of twisted levels with new mechanics. It set to launch this year and will cost $20. The DLC is available for prepurchase and grants Octoling themed gear as rewards.
Watch the full Direct below:
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