Nintendo Direct recap – Mario, Zelda and a few surprises in between

The last Nintendo Direct was back in November 2018. And that one was all Smash Bros Ultimate focussed. So really, it’s been almost five months to the day since our last Direct. Thankfully, it was well worth the wait. We got several surprises including some Mario and some Zelda, more info on Fire Emblem: Three Houses and a few updates. We’re sure many of you will be happy to wake up to some great news so buckle up because there’s a lot to get through. There’s also a link to the full video led by Yoshiaki Koizumi below.

Super Mario Maker 2

  • Genre: Builder/Platformer
  • Available: June 2019

What a way to start – a brand new game. New palette, new tools, new features (including slopes) and a new way to play on a single screen. Really looking forward to this one.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

  • Genre: Action role-playing
  • Available: Summer 2019

Not only was a Summer 2019 date confirmed, we also learned that Captain Marvel will be included. A big focus on local and online multiplayer with the ability to combine special attacks..

Box Boy + Box Girl

  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Available: April 26, 2019

Box Boy is back with some new puzzles and features including a great-looking two-player mode. Plus, play as Qudy – the tall one. 270 stages to look forward to.

Smash Ver 3.0 Update

  • Genre: Fighting
  • Available: Before April 2019

No big new details, but Version 3.0 is on its way. Joker to be included in Challenger Pack One. Plus, new Amiibo to look forward to.

Captain Toad Treasure Tracker: Special Episode

  • Genre: Puzzle/Platformer
  • Available: Today and March 14 2019

An unexpected announcement. Now Toad’s treasure adventure will include a 2-player mode in a free update available today (plus one new course). Then in March, there will be paid DLC which includes 18 new challenges, 5 new courses, plus new objectives in current courses.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

  • Genre: Action Adventure
  • Available: Summer 2019

A spiritual successor to Castlevania. 2D side-scroller with character customisation, twisting gravity and an intense-looking fight against dark beings.

Dragon Quest Builders 2

  • Genre: Action/RPG/Sandbox
  • Available: July 12 2019

Rebuild and defend your island, in the sequel to this builder hit. Enjoy local and online co-op, crafting any structure as well as the ability to dash, glide, swim underwater and warp across the map. Oh, and now you can do it from a first-person perspective.

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age 
Definitive Edition

  • Genre: RPG
  • Available: Fall 2019

An enhanced version of the game with the longest title. Now includes the ability to swap between a modern HD or 16-bit look, and between a fully orchestrated or original style music. New stories included too.

Disney Tsum Tsum Festival

Yes, it’s the weird stuffed Disney toys game you never knew you wanted. Competitive and co-op multiplayer. Lots of Puzzles and two player Vs. games. Due this year 2019.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Spring update

New missions. New dedicated Star Fox content. Due April 2019

Rune Factory 4: Special

The wonderfully odd farm sim where you rear monsters is on the Switch in a brand new version. Plus, Rune Factory 5 in development too.


‘A new action-RPG from Square-Enix and the developer of I Am Setsuna and LOST SPHEAR’ focusing on reincarnation and a ban on mourning.

Yoshi’s Crafted World

Just a few updates here. Yoshi will be able to get into rafting, racing solar cars, fly planes and even control a giant robot. In-game coins can be used to purchase 180 crafted costumes including one somehow related to LABO. Demo available today. Release date: 29 March 2019.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Lots of information for the new game was included. The story takes place on a magical continent made up of three main territories: The Adrestian Empire, the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus and the Leicester Alliance. You are the hero the world needs. A mercenary turned teacher, you move into a special Monastery/Officer’s Academy and it’s up to you to mould the leaders of three houses: the Black Eagles, the Blue Lions and the Golden Deers.

You’ll have to travel to faraway lands to train. While gaining real battle experience fighting everyone from bandits to full-on rebellions. You lead, you strategise. At the Academy you will have weapons training and learn magic and skills such as horsemanship. You are entrusted with the youths’ future. You need to guide them. Relationship building is also important – as clsoer ties mean stronger bonds in battle.

Three territories. Three houses. Your jouney.

Due July 26 (Slight delay) and special Seasons of Warfare Edition also detailed.

Tetris 99

I know what you’ve always wanted… a Tetris Battle Royale! Well here you go. Available for Switch Online members and free to play. Available today.

Dead By Daylight

Scary. Horror. Killer. Maps. Characters. Progression. Fall 2019.

Toby Fox (of Undertale fame)’s new game: Deltarune.

Chapter one free to play from the 2/28. Less dogs than you would expect.

Daemon X Machina

Producer Kenichiro Tsukuda announced that a Prototype Missions Demo includes mech customisation and a boss fight is now available. Despite not being finshed, this demo will give players the opportunity to give feedback on the game either via an online survey (by invitation) or through social media. Due Summer 2019.

GRID Autosport

Realistic racing is on its way to the Switch. All DLC included: 100 cars, 100 circuits, plus motion controls! Due summer 2019.

Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice

Yip – a big surprise. The multi-award winning game dealing with a broken psyche’s travels through a viking hell vision quest will be heading to the Switch in Spring 2019.

Mortal Kombat 11

Confirmed with new characters and variations for the 23 April on the Switch. No fatalities in the Nintendo video presentation though.

Unravel Two

Out just next month (March 22) this is probably one of my most anticipated games on the Switch announced. The beautiful puzzle platofromer is playable in SP and with a friend.

Assassin’s Creed III Remastered

One of the rumours that came true. Due May 21, it includes all DLC and special Switch-specific motion aiming and touch input.

Final Fantasy VII

Confirmed for March 22 on the Switch.

Final Fantasy IX available today.

Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!

Confirmed for March 20 on the Switch.

Final Fantasy IX

Available today!

You’d think that’s all they could cram into 35 minutes. But there were still two more big announcements.

Astral Chain

From Bayonetta’s Platinum Games comes this police-driven 2-player combat heavy “brand-new synergetic action game where you need to protect humanity from an extradimensional invasion” Due 08.30.2019.

Oh, and the team is still working hard on Bayonetta 3.

And then finally, the BIG SURPRISE Announcement:

Last title:

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

A new 2019 look for this 26-year-old 1993 classic. It looks great and like a brand new game, with everything from the ground up being remade especially for the Switch.

Phew! And that’s about it! There were a ton of games, some major surprises and enough updates to make 2019 feel like it’s going to be another big year for the Switch.

Be sure to check out the video below if you want more details on any of the games.

Nintendo Nerd, sharing my love of Mario with the world one pixel at a time.

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