Today’s (somewhat) surprising Nintendo Direct has just concluded, with a mix of wild announcements for both the 3DS and the Switch.
On the 3DS end, Nintendo started out with the announcement for WarioWare Gold, which promises that most microgames of any of its iterations. WarioWare Gold comes out for the 3DS on August 3rd.
Following up was Dillon’s Dead Heat Breakers for the 3DS, which will be releasing on May 24th. This tower defense game features mii integration, and turns players into anthropomorphic animals, and also allows them to play both with and as friends.
Nintendo is also releasing its Mario and Luigi RPG, Bowser’s Inside Story for the 3DS, and including a special mode, “Bowser Jr.’s Journey,” showing what the mini Koopa has been up to while his dad was ailing. The pack will release in 2019.
Next, the strangely anticipated Detective Pikachu will be coming to 3DS on March 23, though it is officially available for prepurchase today. Its large-sized amiibo can also be preordered today.
Lastly for 3DS, Luigi’s Mansion will be getting a remastered version, featuring a new boss rush mode, and functionality that shows the mansion’s map on the bottom screen. This will be releasing in 2018.
On the Switch side, Nintendo made several huge announcements.
First is additional information about Kirby Star Allies, which launches next week. The game will allow players to recruit famous legacy characters from Kirby, like Meta Knight and King Dedede. DLC will also introduce more recruitable characters, including friends from Kirby’s Dream Land 2, Kirby Super Star, and Kirby’s Dream Land 3. Kirby Star Allies launches on March 16.
Okami HD will also be making its way to the Switch this summer.
Sushi Striker: The Way of the Sushido is a game in which you are raised in a world where sushi is forbidden, and are charged with waging sushi battles against a tyrannical government. This wacky game launches on June 8, with a simultaneous release on the 3DS.
New info about Octopath Traveller was also announced today, including its new characters, a special edition, and its release date, July 13.
Fans of the No More Heroes franchise will be happy to hear that Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes will be launching this year with co-op multiplayer and an adventure mode with a new story.
The Dark Souls: Remastered launch will be coming after a network test, which will allow Switch owners to try the game for free without buying. Information will come out about the beta in the coming weeks. Dark Souls is also getting a Solaire of Astora amiibo.
For fans of Mario, Mario Tennis Aces will be introducing new mechanics like trick shots and special shots. Nintendo will also be holding events and online tournaments that will reward players with special outfits and additional characters. The game will also allow for motion control playing with the Joy-Con. Nintendo is holding a pre-launch online tournament for players to test out the game, and details about this will come at a later date.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is getting a rerelease for both the 3DS and the Switch. This new version will include levels inspired by Super Mario Odyssey and will also include a co-op mode. The 3DS version will implement touch controls for the game’s puzzles. The rerelease will be out on July 13.
Undertale is also coming out on the Switch, though no information has come out yet about its release date – but it is definitely coming out “eventually.”
The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is no longer a PS4 exclusive! The game will be launching on July 10.
Indie game Little Nightmares: Complete Addition will be coming out on the Switch as well. The complete edition includes all DLC, and functionality for a special mask if you scan a Pac-Man amiibo. Little Nightmares: Complete Edition comes out on May 18.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole will also release on the Switch, with all of its DLC available separately, or as a season pass. A 3rd DLC pack will also release later this year. The Fractured But Whole launches for the Switch on April 24th.
For Arms fans, Nintendo will be holding a special event, the US and Canada Online Open. The tournament will be held from March 8-18 online, and finals will be held on the 31st. Finalists will all receive special game portraits from Nintendo artists.
In a new move for Splatoon 2, the game will be getting the first paid DLC in its series, introducing a new character, Agent 8, and an exclusive single player story mode. Players will traverse underground tunnels as Agent 8, who will also be available to join multiplayer matches. The DLC will come out this summer, but it is available for advanced purchase now. Advanced purchasers will get bonus new gear in-game immediately.
Finally, the biggest news of the day: A new Super Smash Bros is confirmed for 2018! This will be one of the shortest turnarounds for the Smash series between announcement and launch, coming up right behind Super Smash Bros. Melee.
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