The biggest takeaway from Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct conference was that there is a direction for the Nintendo Switch and more games will be coming very soon.
Splatoon 2, which was announced way back in January, now has a release date. July 21st will mark the release date for now, but seeing as it is so far out, this might change as we get closer. Splatoon is Nintendo’s competitive shooter game, which has some success in the past and is probably the most anticipated game coming out for the Switch in the near future. Splatoon has users shooting ink on walls as a weird humanoid squid thing, trying to defeat your enemies by covering the most area with the ink, covering each other and much more. I have played and can say that this game is super fun.
Nintendo also highlighted it’s most famous character Mario in that April 28th marks the release date for Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, a rerelease of 2014’s Wii U title Mario Kart 8. Noted yesterday as a rumor, we might be seeing a Mario Kart 8: Deluxe Switch bundle in the near future, even though it was not announced at Wednesday’s conference. Kind of disappointing, seeing as consumers are looking for the Switch everywhere and this would be a great starter bundle.
Arms was next on the list of new games coming out that Nintendo thinks will be a huge success. Arms is a fighting game that lets you do the following:
“Choose a fighting champion from around the world, equip your own combination of extendable arms, and then use a mix of button presses and quick hand motions to really take the fight to your opponent. Throw punches and guide them mid flight to hit agile fighters, avoid incoming attacks with dashes, or trampoline high into the air to rain down fists from above. Power-up your punches to deal extra damage or curve your fists around obstacles to hit skittish opponents. Fill up your special gauge to dish out devastating combinations and finish them off.”
Arms will come out on June 16 alongside a Neon Yellow Joy Con controller and a Joy Con battery pack adapter. Arms looks cool and seems to be a way for Nintendo to show off some of the Switch’s unique features. The Nintendo website shows that there will be some motion control and button control at the same time,
“Fight via simple motion and button controls – Grab onto your Joy-Con with a unique “thumbs-up” grip and use simple motions and button presses to outthink your opponent. Toss and curve punches when you find an opening, and dodge a flurry of incoming attacks.”
Also announced yesterday was that Minecraft is coming to the Switch on May 11th, which marks a huge release for the Switch. One of the best selling games of all time, this becomes a huge selling point for users looking to take Minecraft mobile without using a phone or tablet.
Nintendo also shared details on the 3DS’ upcoming releases. Popular series, Fire Emblem has a new game coming out in Fire Emblem Echoes on May 19th, which Nintendo also announced will have both paid and free DLC. Some other games announced include Hey, Pikmin! which drops July 28th, Kirby’s Blowout Blast, which will come out sometime this summer and Monster Hunter Stories, which will be released in the Fall.
A lot of cool Nintendo news here and even more to come in June with E3 right around the corner. What could be next? A new Pokemon game? Solo Mario adventures? Who knows but right now the Switch seems picking up steam and with the console sold out everywhere you look, I would chalk the Switch up to an initial success. E3 will be crucial in the evolution of the Switch and might show exactly what this little machine can do.