Yesterday, March 8th, Nintendo had a Direct and it was epic. My mind is still blown. I’ll post the recap below, but it’s worth watching:
- WarioWare Gold with 300 minigames will be released on August 3rd.
- Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers is an “action meets tower defense” game. Demo available May 10th with a full game release set for May 24th.
- Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey. This RPG has you playing INSIDE BOWSER. The game will be released in 2019.
- Detective Pikachu has already been announced but they showed off some game play. Detective Pikachu and the new XL Detective Pikachu amiibo will be released on March 23rd.
- Luigi’s Mansion is a remake of the GameCube classic and will be released “this year”. It features a map on the lower screen and a new Boss Rush mode.
And here I thought 3DS was dead in the water. WarioWare Gold is probably worth picking up. I’m also getting Detective Pikachu to see what that’s like.
- Kirby Star Allies launches next week on March 16th. Nintendo plans on supporting this title beyond launch by providing free updates which will include new characters. A demo of the game is available now.
- Okami HD features motion controls with the joy-cons in docked and tabletop mode or touch screen controls in handheld mode. Okami HD will be released this summer on Nintendo eShop.
- Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is a quirky game that looks more apt to be a mobile game than a full-on console game. That being said this game looks fun. If I remember correctly, this game was bound for 3DS and was announced at last year’s E3. I didn’t hear much about it after that so I’m assuming the developers decided to go for a simultaneous 3DS and Switch release. The game will be released on June 8th.
- Octopath Traveler will see a special edition release which features a pop-up book, a map, soundtrack cd, and a replica coin. Both regular and special editions will be released on July 13th.
- Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is a Switch-exclusie and launches later this year.
- There will be a Network Test for Dark Souls Remastered. Nintendo will also release, separately, a Solaire of Astora amiibo figure that will let you perform the Praise the Sun emote with reckless abandon. The game and amiibo figure will be released on May 25th.
- Mario Tennis Aces looks awesome. They showed a lot of play features including a racket mode that will let you use a joy-con like a racket. Prepare yourself for an onslaught of third-party racket accessories. I suppose they can’t be any worse than the steering wheel add-on. There’s going to be an online component where you can find players to play against and online tournaments. The game will be released on June 22nd. There will be a pre-launch online tournament with details forthcoming.
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is headed to Switch and 3DS systems on July 13th.
- Undertale was officially announced.
- Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy will be released on July 10th.
- Little Nightmares for Switch is the “complete edition” with all DLC. The game comes out on May 18th. Scan in a Pac-man amiibo for an in-game item.
- The South Park: The Fractured But Whole port along with the first two DLC packs (sold separately) hits the Switch on April 24th.
- Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition will be released on May 18.
- ARMS will be hosting a tournament with details forthcoming. A global test punch will offer a chance to try the game for free if you don’t already own it and want to see what it’s about.
- Splatoon 2 is getting a major update with version 3.0. New (old) maps, more fresh gear, new rank “X” rating, and the re-appearance of Callie. The game will also see its first paid DLC pack, “Octo Expansion”, which will feature a whole new single-player experience. Purchasing the DLC pack will also give you the ability to play as a octoling in online matches. You can pre-purchase it now, and doing so will get you access to two new piececs of gear. The DLC expansion will be available this summer.
- Super Smash Bros. is officially announced for Switch. with the squid kids from Splatoon 2 as playable characters. You can also see Breath of the Wild Link in there too. The little 1-on-1 action sequence leading up to the reveal of the the Smash logo is worth watching alone. The release date for SSB is sometime in 2018.
Like I said, this Direct was pretty epic. I had thought that they would have announced SSB for Switch at E3, but now that the cat is officially out of the bag, I’m hoping a playable demo will be there now.
My hit list from this Direct is Mario Tennis Aces, SSB, and that sweet, sweet special edition of Octopath Traveler.
SSB, man….. holy crap.
NOTHING is worse than the steering wheel accessories…
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