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The Biggest Announcements From Today’s Nintendo Direct

The Biggest Announcements From Today’s Nintendo Direct
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After the longest drought we’ve experienced between Nintendo Directs, Nintendo finally shed some light on what to expect for Nintendo Switch in 2019. In a tweet yesterday, they announced they would be delivering roughly 35 minutes of Nintendo Switch updates, including more information on Fire Emblem: Three Houses, a game we haven’t heard anything about since E3 of last year. So, after enduring the longest Nintendo Direct drought since 2015, let’s take a look at some of the biggest announcements from today’s showcase.

Nintendo opened up in a big way, showing gameplay from what appeared to be Super Mario World for SNES. It was for a brief moment that it seemed like the rumor of SNES games coming to Nintendo Switch Online was actually true, until the game paused and showed a level editor overlay instead. Alas! Super Mario Maker 2 appeared on the screen, and with it a montage of footage showcasing new tools for creation, enemies to place and power-ups to use as you create the ultimate Super Mario level. We may have to wait a bit longer to actually play those Super Nintendo games on Nintendo Switch, but until then, you’ll be able to create an endless stream of content to share with others.

New tools and power-ups featured in Super Mario Maker 2 for Nintendo Switch

We also got a look at the Spring update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. They did not reveal what we could expect in the version 3.0.0 update, but they did confirm that Joker, the first DLC character revealed from the Fighter Pass, would be included within the update. There was also an announcement that more new Amiibo are on their way, including Simon Belmont from the Castlevania series, Solid Snake from the Metal Gear Solid series, Pokémon trainer, and more! Nintendo urged us to stay tuned for more news regarding what is to come in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but did assure us that we would see Joker, and the 3.0.0 update, before the end of April. We’re still hoping we get Banjo-Kazooie at some point, though.

The featured segment, as revealed during yesterday’s tweet, was regarding Fire Emblem: Three Houses. We got an in-depth look at the main storyline, as well as the three factions in the game, known as the Three Houses. These consist of the Blue Lions whose House Leader is Dimitri, The Black Eagles led by Edelgard, and the Golden Deer who are headed by Claude. You will choose a House to join as a student and train vigorously on and off the battlefield. We also got a look at combat, which include gorgeously-animated fighting cutscenes. Overall, the game is shaping up to be the most ambitious entry in the series thus far, and will be releasing exclusively on Nintendo Switch on July 26. Unfortunately, they said that “more development time would be necessary,” which pushes the game back a bit from their original target release date of Spring 2019.

Edelgard, the House Leader of the Black Eagles in Fire Emblem: Three Houses

If you thought the Battle Royale genre was starting to get crowded, especially with the recent release of Apex Legends, then make room for one more. Nintendo shocked the internet by announcing Tetris 99, an online free-to-play puzzle game that pits you against 98 other players as you aim to be the last one stacking Tetrominos. As you clear lines, you’ll send garbage to other players in an attempt to knock them out. They also announced that there will be upcoming online events for the game.

Battle against 98 other players online and be the last one standing in Tetris 99

The final announcement was another unexpected one, opening with a beautiful anime-style trailer featuring Link navigating a sailboat in a massive storm before getting washed ashore an island. The familiar melody of the Zelda series kicked in and showed a montage of footage from an upcoming remake of the 1993 Game Boy classic, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. The art style stays true to the original with a top-down approach, but the graphics have been modernized and feature an adorable-looking version of Link, slashing his way through a playful rendition of Koholint Island. The game trailer ended with a 2019 release date, and definitely left us wanting more!

What were your favorite announcements from today’s long-awaited Nintendo Direct? Let us know in the comments below, and for all your Nintendo news, and more, keep it locked to Mammoth Gamers!

My name is Matthew Adler. I am a Freelance Video Game Journalist and also the Host and Creator of In Your Element: A Gaming Podcast. In Your Element is a general gaming podcast with an emphasis on indie games. I feature a variety of different guests each week for discussion around specific topics. Check it out on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other major podcast services!