In the early hours of this morning Nintendo hosted another of their now-famous Directs, and man was it jam-packed! Going in, the only thing we knew for sure was that for thirty minutes or so, we would be getting more information on titles for the 3DS and the Switch due to launch this year, including some new details about Mario Tennis Aces. What we actually got was about 20 game announcements in less than 35 minutes! So let’s get started because there is a lot to get through:
Despite predictions that the release of the Switch would immediately mean the death of the handheld line, the 3DS lineup more than a year after the Switch’s launch is still going strong. Here is a breakdown of what was announced for the 3DS, along with release dates:
- WarioWare Gold (3 August): with some 300 mini games, including some old favourites and a few new ones, not mentions a wide range of control schemes including tilt the whole system and using the built-in microphone many will be excited to have Wario back
- Dillon’s Dead Heat Breakers (Demo 10 May, Release 24 May): Action platformer meets Tower defense in this popular post-apocalyptic frontier challenge, where now you can even have an anthropomorphic version of your Mii in the game
- Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Story (2019): Dive back into this satisfying RPG, and literally dive inside Bowser as you try to save the Mushroom Kingdom from the terrible Blorbs disease. Plus, now have the opportunity to experience Bowser Jr.’s version of events
- Detective Pikachu (Pre-purchase now, Release 23 March): In a world where Pikachu sounds a lot like Danny DeVito, it will be up to him and his new friend Tim to solve the mysteries of this new place. Also, a bigger 5.3 inch (13.4 cm) Pikachu amiibo will be available.
- Luigi’s Mansion (Sometime this year): This Gamecube classic is getting a remake and you get to experience it all again on your 3DS. Plus, with the map on the bottom screen and new Boss Rush mode, you’ll get to experience something new as well.
Some were hoping for some new Fire Emblem news, some more details about the upcoming Yoshi games, maybe a date for the new Pokémon game and I even read a few hopeful Zelda Maker predictions. So what did we get? Well none of those predictions came true, but there were definitely some surprises and with just a ridiculous number of titles – we’re pretty sure there is something for everyone. Here is a breakdown of what was announced for the Switch, along with release dates:
- Kirby Star Allies (March 16, with a content update March 28): We already knew quite a bit about this game, however, today we learned that well-known favourites like King Dedede and Meta Knight can become ‘dream friends’ and part of your party. Yes, with a series of post launch content updates multiple characters will be added to Kirby Star Allies, the first of which due less than two weeks after the game launches.
- Okami HD (This Summer (US)): A beautiful remastered version of this artistically unique game is making its way on to the Switch. Using the touch screen while in undocked mode, the game promises to use the Switch’s multiple input methods to the full.
- Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (June 8): A puzzle-adventure game which takes place in a world where sushi is forbidden… enough said. Launching on both the Switch and 3DS.
- Octopath Traveller (July 13): We finally have a launch date for this highly-anticipated game. We also were introduced to two new characters: Tressa the merchant, and Alfyn the apothecary. All characters, will also be able to make use of a second ‘battle job’ mode during battles. Finally, a special edition version will be available (at least in the US) which looks beautiful and includes a pop-up book, map, cd and even a replica coin from the game.
- Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes (Sometime this year): A wild collection of some 7 different games, including an action game where creating a chain of attacks is essential, a racing game, and even new adventure mode. Look out for Co-op and multiplayer options.
- Dark Souls: Remastered (25 May): A game that has almost become the standard for what a tough game should be is coming to the Switch this year. A network test will happen sometime before the official launch of the game and a Solaire of Astora amiibo will be available.
- Mario Tennis Aces (22 June): Much of the Direct was spent on talking about this new sports game – and we have the highlights for you right here:
- 15 + characters to choose from
- Up to 4-player multiplayer games
- Standard game will consist of four main shots (basic, top spin, slice and lob)
- Power Ups including offensive Zone Shots, defensive Zone Speed and character unique Specials Shots can be used
- The latter will be based on a risk-reward strategy, with players using timing to build up energy so as to unleash the ability to actually destroy your opponents racket and effectively KO him from the match. However, use your abilities at the wrong time and you could be hearing Game, Set match in no time.
- Play online tournaments and win new outfits and even new characters
- Pre-launch tournament will be happening so you can try out your skills against players around the world.
- Captain Toad; Treasure Tracker (15 July): New Super Mario Odyssey levels including New Donk City, the port of this under-played but really good WiiU game will fit perfectly on the Switch especially with a co-op mode being included. Will also be available on the 3DS.
- Undertale (Coming Soon): That’s literally all we know…
- Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy (10 July): So the rumours were true! Yep, Crash is making his way onto the Switch.
- Little Nightmares: Complete Edition (18 May): Scary-looking puzzle platformer includes two main stories with 8 chapters… and apparently a creepy looking Pac-Man hat if you scan the Pac-Man amiibo… because…?
- South Park: The Fractured but Whole (24 April): One of the worst kept secrets prior to the Direct, yes this irreverent yet oddly popular title is making its way on to the Switch. DLC packs 1 and 2 will be available at launch with a third DLC pack available later this year.
- Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (18 May): It will include all maps, every mission, as well as all the Wii U and 3DS characters.
- ARMS (already out): This update was mostly for our American friends, with a US and Canada Online championship being announced for 8-18 March and a live stream of the final on the 31st of March. Oh, and there will be a Global Test Punch – free 3-day long demo – coming soon too.
- Splatoon 2 (Major Updates starting late April): Kind of an unexpected surprise was the amount of time devoted to Splatoon 2. This game is hugely popular in Japan and has a pretty big following around the world. Some pretty big announcements were made. First, in late April Version 3.0 will be released. This update will include 100+ items of new gear plus at least three new stages. Then – Rank X was announced. This is a ranking above S+ and pretty X-treme. If that wasn’t enough, Splatoon 2’s first paid DLC will be released in Summer (US) 2018. Called the Octo Expansion it will be comprised of a new, pretty detailed looking single player mode. Play as Agent 8 and get through a series of Test Facilities linked by an old subway system. Apparently new stories and lore will also be explained in the DLC. Pricing is at $19.99 – and pre-purchase options are available with Octo-themed ‘stuff’ available immediately.
Oh and one more thing…
- Super Smash Bros (2018): The secret announcement of the day, was almost not an announcement but rather, some Splatoon characters trying to ink each other followed by the Smash Bros Logo. So what does it mean? A new Smash Bros.? The Wii U version with a few added characters etc a la Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? We just don’t know. At this point, I know that more than a few people will be excited by that last announcement anyway.
Ok that’s it… As you can tell by the sheer number amount of games talked about, if you have the time it’s well worth watching the show, so before you go, be sure to hit the play button below: