After the Nintendo Direct-mini earlier this year, fans have been awaiting more news. This month’s 30-minute presentation might have the answers you were looking for, at least, if the answers are not Metroid Prime or Pokemon. Save those for E3.
Yoshiaki Koizumi (producer for Super Mario Odyssey) led the way for this Direct with a few 3DS announcements.
New 3DS Games
WarioWare Gold is a brand new entry for the 3DS. It will feature over 300 microgames, a mix of old and new. It is coming August 3rd, so you won’t have long to wait.
Another new title is the Dillon’s Dead Heat Breakers, a tower defence game. Some gameplay was shown off and you can even use Miis in this title. There will be a demo on May 10th and a full release on May 24th.
The last new title for the 3DS is Detective Pikachu. The game has been out in Japan for a while, but the rest of the world will get it March 23rd. There will also be a new Detective Pikachu amiibo to accompany the game.
The 3DS is far from dead, as these remakes seem to indicate. First, we’re getting Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story. This is a sequel to Mario and Luigi: Super Star Saga and another turn-based RPG. The main feature is being able to play as both Bowser and the plumbers. Mario and Luigi will launch in 2019 with a new untold story about Bowser Junior.
Luigi’s Mansion, which originally appeared on the Nintendo GameCube is also getting a 3DS remake. It has new features such as a boss rush mode and a touchscreen map. It will launch this year with no other details for now.
Nintendo Switch Exclusives
Mario Tennis: Aces was the ace of this Nintendo Direct. This new entry will feature over 15 characters and four-player multiplayer. Fans of the series will be happy to know that Mario Tennis: Aces will have a story mode. The trailer also reveals different court types, such as a grassy court.
There is also a new Zone mechanic. The Zone Shot is powerful hit that can damage rackets. A broken racket will result in a K.O. You also have Zone speed, which will slow down time for a short while. You can disable these new features by turning on simple rules.
Mario Tennis: Aces is coming June 22nd. There will be a pre-launch tournament to test the game, but no details were shown. You can catch the full breakdown of mechanics below.
Kirby Star Allies also has new information. You can summon legacy characters like Meta Knight and King Dedede to join you in-game. More characters will be available with free updates. Kirby Star Allies comes out on March 16th. There is currently a demo available on the Nintendo e-Shop.
Octopath Traveller got a small segment between the excitement. Two new characters were shown off: Tressa the merchant and Alfyn the apothecary. They both have a path action. Tressa can purchase special items and Alfyn is able to inquire for information.
The new job system will allow characters to equip a second job for combat. This can unlock new abilities and battle actions allowing for interesting combinations. Octopath Traveller will launch on July 13. Also, this seems to be the final name as they aren’t calling it a “project” anymore.
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is another Nintendo Switch exclusive with a new gameplay trailer. There will be seven games (worlds) to explore with co-op multiplayer using two joy-con. This game will launch in 2018.
Arms is getting an online tournament for the US and Canada. There will be a preliminary round between March 8th and March 18th. The finals will take place on March 31st. Also, on March 31st, there will be a global “test punch”, a demo event which will last for three days.
Finally, we have a single player expansion for Splatoon 2. This will be the first paid DLC for the game and will feature a new story campaign. You will pay as an octoling, Agent 8, in an underground test facility. The expansion has a recommended retail price of $19.99 and will launch this summer.
More Nintendo Switch Ports
A whole batch of ports are coming to the Nintendo Switch. Most of them also have a release date which is great news.
Dark Souls for Nintendo Switch is coming May 25th. There will be a network test soon, with no details at this time. The Solaire of Astoria will also get an Amiibo that will unlock a “praise the sun” gesture.
The Crash Bandicoot N.Sane trilogy is also coming to the Nintendo Switch. It will be the first time these games will be on a Nintendo system. The release date is July 10th.
The following is a list of the remaining ports and their release date:
- Okami HD coming this summer
- Sushi Striker: The Way of the Sushido launching June 8th on both 3DS and Nintendo Switch
- Wii U puzzle-game, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, coming to Switch on July 13th with new Super Mario Odyssey levels
- Undertale will be on Nintendo Switch…”eventually”
- Little Nightmares: Complete Edition has been given a release date of May 18th
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole will launch on April 24th
- Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition coming May 18th
Super Smash Bros.
The direct left on a high note with a teaser for Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo Switch. The Splatoon squid kids will be in the new game. The teaser also had silhouettes of Mario and what looks to be Breath of the Wild Link. Currently, we don’t know if it is a port of the Wii U game or a new entry.
That’s everything that was shown off during this Nintendo Direct. There were plenty of announcements for both the 3DS and Nintendo Switch. What did you think of the Direct? Are you excited to play Crash Bandicoot and South Park on your Switch? Let us know below! And for everything else Nintendo, keep it locked to Mammoth Gamers.