Nintendo Direct Recap - Nintendo Pulls Out All the Stops
Author: Sam Tree
| Posted: 9 March 2018, 16:47
Last night’s Nintendo Direct took a fair bit to digest. The big N didn’t disappoint and their release schedule is looking promising. We’ve gathered together a list of the games you can expect to see over the coming months.
Starting off with the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo has confirmed a number of new titles coming to the handheld system during the year. Below is all of the information from the PR release sent out by Nintendo this morning.
The frenetic WarioWare series is back, and for the first time it’s on Nintendo 3DS! With 300 fast-paced microgames – both classics and new additions – that can be controlled by pressing buttons, tilting the system, tapping the touch screen or using the microphone, WarioWare Gold is the biggest entry in the series and includes fully voiced characters for the first time. WarioWare Gold launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on 27th July.
The original Luigi’s Mansion, which was a launch game for the Nintendo GameCube console in 2002, is coming to Nintendo 3DS. This remake has an updated look and new features, like a map that displays on the bottom screen and a boss rush mode. Luigi’s Mansion launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems this year.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey
Similar to last year’s Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, this new Nintendo 3DS game is a remake of a classic Mario & Luigi action RPG adventure. This time, fans can replay (or play for the first time) Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, one of the most critically acclaimed games in the Mario & Luigi series, with new graphics and a new mode that tells the behind-the-scenes story of Bowser Jr. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in 2019.
Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers
Action meets tower defence in Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers. In this brand new game, players take the role of armadillo ranger Dillon, who teams up with an animalised version of the player’s and their friends’ Mii characters to help stop enemy invasions and save the post-apocalyptic frontier. Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers launches at retail and in Nintendo eShop in Europe on Nintendo 3DS on 25th May.
Starting today, this new detective adventure game starring self-proclaimed “great detective” Pikachu is available for pre-purchase on Nintendo eShop. The game, as well as an extra-large Detective Pikachu amiibo figure, launches on 23rd March. (Game playable in 2D only.)
After such a fantastic lineup, You’d be forgiven for thinking that was it. But, no, Nintendo still had a few aces up their sleeve for the Nintendo Switch this year. Check out all of the upcoming releases for their Hybrid console below.
Super Smash Bros.
The Super Smash Bros. series is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2018. The teaser trailer featured recognisable faces like Mario, Link and Inklings from the Splatoon series.
The first paid DLC is coming to Splatoon 2 this summer. Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion adds a hefty new single-player mode that lets players play as new character Agent 8, an Octoling without memories. The new single-player campaign features 80 missions, as well as new stories that shed new light on beloved characters. Players that complete the Octo Expansion campaign will unlock the ability to play as Octolings in multiplayer battles. Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion launches this summer, and players can purchase the Octo Expansion pass starting today in Nintendo eShop for GBP 17,99 to immediately receive Octo-themed in-game gear to use in battle right away. (Full version of game required to use DLC.)
Major Splatoon 2 Update v3.00
Iin April Splatoon 2 is getting a major free update (Version 3.0) that contains 100+ new pieces of gear, more stages rolling out throughout spring (Piranha Pit, Camp Triggerfish and Wahoo World) and a new rank (Rank X). Rank X is an extreme rank, even higher than S+.
Mario Tennis Aces
Unleash an arsenal of shots and strategies in all-out tennis battles with friends, family and fan-favourite Mushroom Kingdom characters. With up to four-player local (additional accessories required; sold separately) and online* multiplayer, and a story mode that even includes creative boss battles, Mario Tennis Aces is one of the most robust Mario sports games yet. The intuitive and deep gameplay allows for exciting competitions in the living room or, really, anywhere using the power of Nintendo Switch. In Swing Mode, players can use their Joy-Con controllers like a tennis racket, swinging them to replicate the tennis swings in the game. Mario Tennis Aces launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on 22nd June.
Mario Tennis Aces Pre-Launch Online Tournament: More details will be revealed in the future, but a free Mario Tennis Aces demo is coming soon. For a limited time, players will be able to try out online* tournament matches in the game before it launches. To participate, players just have to download the demo in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch when it is released in the future.
Kirby Star Allies: Kirby is coming to Nintendo Switch for the first time next week! As players make their way through the robust adventure, they will reach dream palaces where fan-favourite legacy characters can become Kirby’s Dream Friends. Eventually, more Dream Friends will be added to the game through free updates. The first such update hits 28th March, and adds classic characters Marx and Gooey and character set “Rick & Kine & Coo” to the game. Kirby Star Allies launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on 16th March. A free demo for the game is currently available in Nintendo eShop.
Producer Masashi Takahashi from SQUAREENIX revealed new details about the upcoming RPG, including the final game name, Octopath Traveler, two more main characters (Tressa the Merchant and Alfyn the Apothecary) and the ability to equip multiple jobs per character for use in battle. Octopath Traveler launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on 13th July. Octopath Traveler: Traveler’s Compendium Edition, a special edition of the game that includes a stylised pop-up book, a helpful map for your adventure and a replica coin based on the in-game currency, launches on the same day.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, which originally launched for Wii U, is coming to Nintendo Switch. The new version includes new miniature courses based on various Kingdoms in Super Mario Odyssey. Also, players can play with a friend or family member by sharing a pair of Joy-Con controllers: while one player controls Captain Toad, the other can assist with supporting actions such as turnip cover fire. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker launches for Nintendo Switch on 13th July. A Nintendo 3DS version of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, which includes stereoscopic 3D visuals and touch-screen controls, also launches on 13th July.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, which includes remastered versions of the first three Crash Bandicoot games, launches for Nintendo Switch on 10th July.
The gorgeous and ethereal remake of classic action-adventure game Okami is coming to Nintendo Switch. In the Nintendo Switch version of the game, players can use the touch screen in Handheld Mode or the Joy-Con motion controls in TV or Tabletop Mode to control the Celestial Brush to defeat enemies and solve puzzles. Okami HD launches for Nintendo Switch in Nintendo eShop this summer.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
The South Park gang is back in an outrageously-offensive superhero RPG adventure, and with Nintendo Switch you can now drop into South Park anytime, anywhere. In addition to the main game, all of the game’s add-on content will be available for purchase. South Park: The Fractured But Whole launches for Nintendo Switch on 24th April.
Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido
Originally announced for Nintendo 3DS at last year’s E3, Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is also coming to Nintendo Switch! The action puzzle game finds players devouring conveyor-belt sushi, matching plates and then throwing them to defeat enemies. The basics are simple, but the gameplay is deep … and tasty! In the game’s multiplayer mode, players can even compete locally or online* against other players in intense matches. Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido launches for both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS on 8th June.
The remake of the genre-defining and beloved original DARKSOULS game launches for Nintendo Switch on 25th May. On the same day, an amiibo figure based on Solaire of Astora will also be released. By tapping this amiibo, the popular “Praise the Sun” gesture can be used with reckless abandon from the start of the game. (The gesture can also be obtained through regular gameplay.) Players who want to take the game for a spin can participate in a “network test.” The free network test launches in Nintendo eShop, and will allow players to download and play a part of DARKSOULS: REMASTERED before it launches to try out the gameplay and unique online features. More details about the network test will be revealed soon.
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
When Travis Touchdown wanders into the game world, he goes on a rampage of epic proportions. The latest title in the cult classic No More Heroes series contains a total of seven game titles, including an action game, racing game, and puzzle game. By using a Joy-Con controller each, two players can team up for co-op multiplayer action. Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch this year.
Little Nightmares: Complete Edition
From award-winning developer Tarsier Studios comes Little Nightmares, a charmingly horrific puzzle-platforming adventure. The Complete Edition contains the two haunting tales of Six and The Runaway Kid in one package. You can even tap the PAC-MAN amiibo figure (sold separately) to unlock the Pakku Mask when playing. Little Nightmares: Complete Edition launches on 18th May.
The million-selling role-playing game where nobody has to die is headed to Nintendo Switch! Launch details will arrive at a later date.
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
The definitive edition of Hyrule Warriors brings together dozens of characters from The Legend of Zelda series in an over-the-top action game. The game launches for Nintendo Switch on 18th May.
A new global Testpunch for ARMS, which lets Nintendo Switch owners try out select modes for free, will be running for three days starting on 31st March. To participate, players just have to download the Testpunch in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.
What a huge lineup! Nintendo has a great year ahead of them, and they’ve yet to release information on their upcoming Pokemon game! Let us know what you think in the comments below. If you missed the full direct, you can catch it below.