On today’s Nintendo Direct, a few new games and remakes were announced for the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch. They kickstarted the reveal with the 3DS.
First up, we have the new WarioWare Gold. WarioWare is a compilation of numerous mini games that are short and sweet. According to Nintendo, there are a total of 300 mini-games for you to play with, the most that they have within the series. You can interact with the mini games in a few ways such as: Using the bottom touchscreen, blow on the microphone, tilting the device and using your regular buttons. But the game will not inform you which interaction it requires, so, think fast! WarioWare Gold will be available on the 3rd of August.
A new game, Dillon’s Dead Heat Breakers, was previously announced in Japan back in September 2017, but will now be available for the western market come 24th of May. In the game you play as Dillon, an armadillo ranger. He can team up with an animalised version of your Mii character to take on the enemies in this action packed tower defence game. However in the trailer, we can see that it incorporates some free-form movement as well. We are also introduced to a new Mario game on the 3DS with the Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey. This time the brothers venture into Bowser as they navigate platforms within Bowser. You can also play as Bowser and Bowser Jr. as well. The game is pegged to arrive come 2019.
Surprising many fans since their announcement, Detective Pikachu takes the stage again. If you’ve not seen the trailer, then you are in for a treat. The game features an investigative, deep voiced Pikachu. With the help of you playing as Tim, you and Detective Pikachu are on the case to discover what is causing the Pokemon in Ryme City to behave strangely. Detective Pikachu is available for pre-purchase now, and will be available on the 23rd of March, along with an extra-large Detective Pikachu (5.3-inches compared to the regular 2.7-inch amiibo). Luigi’s Mansion, a game that was released on the GameCube in 2001 is now remade for the 3DS. You play as Luigi, equipped with a vacuum searching for his brother Mario in a haunted mansion. The game will be available sometime in 2018.
With the 3DS lineup complete, we move on to releases on the Nintendo Switch. The previously announced Kirby Star Allies takes Kirby in a journey to save the world. But this time, he enlisted the help of some famous faces that were seen in past Kirby games such as: King Dedede, Meta Knight and so on. The game will be released on the 16th of March, and the free update that offers more companions from previous Kirby games will be available on the 28th of March. If you wish, you can even download the free demo of the game on your eShop now.
Okami was recently remade for the PlayStation 4, but this time, Okami HD allows you to have more control on what you draw with the help of touch control and motion control. When playing in handheld, you can draw on your Switch screen, and when docked, simply use your joycon for motion control. The game will be available in Summer of 2018 (June – September).
Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido was previously announced in E3 2017, and was exclusive for the 3DS. However, with the release of the Switch, the game will now be arriving on the switch as well! In Sushi Striker, you play as Musashi, eating your way through dozens and zones of sushi plates. The plates you gather can then be thrown at your opponents. To score more points, simply chain the same coloured plates together to deliver a fatal blow. Think of it as your regular tile matching game, but with a fishy twist. Multiplayer mode is also available, so you can duel against your friend to see who is the better sushi master. Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido will be available on both the 3DS and Switch on the 8th of June.
More details were also given for the latest Square Enix game on the Switch, Octopath Traveler. Two additional main characters were revealed in Tressa and Alfyn, a merchant and apothecary. Similar to other characters, they have different skills that can be used in the open world, with Tressa being able to purchase items/equipment from NPCs. As for Alfyn, he can gain additional information of the NPCs that other characters can’t. It was also revealed that each character can have two jobs at the same time in battle, pairing Dancer and Warrior is now possible on a single character. Now more options and combinations can be explored in battle. An official release date was also given for Project Octopath Traveler. It will be available on the 13th of July 2018.
Suda51, the creator behind No More Heroes and Killer Is Dead amongst others, revealed more about his upcoming game on the Switch, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes. There will be roughly 7 different modes such as Racing, Adventure, Puzzle and so on. No one knows what is going on in Suda51’s crazy mind, who, is known for his eccentric games. The game is pegged to officially launch in 2018.
Dark Souls Remastered was also shown, and this time, they announced that there will be a Network Test for the game prior to the launch, which allows users to demo the game. This could mean that you could invade other people’s world when they try out the demo. A new amiibo for the game is also announced. The ever popular character and gesture was announced in Solaire of Astora, allowing users to Praise The Sun whenever they want. Dark Souls Remastered along with the new Solaire of Astora amiibo will be available on the 25th of May.
Fresh hot off the press, Mario Tennis Aces was also announced for the Switch. There are up to 15 different characters that you can play as, each equipped with their very own unique super move. You can even play as Chain Chomp and Boo, aside from the usual cast such as Mario, Peach, Yoshi and so on. As its name implies, it is a Tennis game that can be played normally (without special skills) or with the skills on. You can perform normal hits such as slice shots or lob shots. But you can also use special moves such as Zone Shot that drain your special bar, but will allow you to utilise the Switch’s motion control to target an area that you want to hit for precise shots. Nintendo has announced that this game can be played locally with a friend using Joycons, or online. You can even join online competitions as well! It is also worth noting that there will be a paid online subscription for online functionalities come September 2018. Mario Tennis Aces will be available on the 22nd of June this year.
Games such as Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (13th July), Undertale (release date unknown), Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (10th July), Little Nightmares (18th May), South Park: The Fractured But Whole (24th April) and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (18th May) were announced as well. Now you don’t have to play these games on your couch or on your PC anymore. You can take them on the go!
Splatoon 2 which was released a while back on the Switch will be getting a massive update with Version 3.0, coming this April. Players will be getting new gears, new stages, a new Rank in Rank X, and a new DLC in Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion. It is a DLC that heavily focuses on a new single player story, and when you complete the story, it allows you to play as an Octoling in your multiplayer matches. Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion will arrive in Summer of 2018 (June – September).
The last massive announcement that everyone has been waiting for, it is none other than… Super Smash Bros! In the short clip, we can see a blurred out Mario and a Link that looks like his counterpart in BOTW. So we may be seeing Mario with Cappy from Mario Odyssey and Link from Breath of the Wild. We can also expect a new playable character from Splatoon as well. However, we are unable to confirm if it will be arriving for other consoles or the just the Switch.
For the full Nintendo Direct and more trailers, you can drop by to Nintendo’s YouTube channel, and the direct link for the March Nintendo Direct can be found here.