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Nintendo Direct Recap: Nintendo lays out summer plans for Switch and 3DS titles

Nintendo had a full lineup to get through today

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Nintendo had a ton of announcements awaiting player this afternoon, including new details on “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe,” “Splatoon 2” and “ARMS” games for the Nintendo Switch system. Nintendo also confirmed details on “Hey! PIKMIN,” “Ever Oasis” and new Kirby games that will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS.

“With the recent launch of Nintendo Switch and many fun games coming out for Nintendo 3DS, this is a great time to be a Nintendo fan,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “From action-packed multiplayer games to platformers starring classic characters, no matter your favorite video game genre, Nintendo has you covered.”

Obviously the Nintendo Switch was front and center during today’s presentation. Nintendo had a lot of details on “ARMS,” and one of the biggest features in the upcoming fighting game is the ability to equip two types of customizable ARMS per fighter. These ARMS range from standard gloved ARMS to curved weapons like boomerangs. Each ARM has a special attribute like fire, ice or electricity that activates when delivering a charge punch. As players fight through the game, they will earn in-game currency that can be used to play the ARM Getter, a fun mode in which they can get new ARMS for their fighters. Nintendo stated that the fast-paced game can be played in 1-v-1 matches or even 2-v-2. During today’s event, Nintendo also revealed a new character, Min Min. ARMS launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on June 16.

Nintendo also announced a special Neon Yellow Joy-Con controller, and Joy-Con Straps, that will be released separately on the same day alongside a Joy-Con AA Battery Pack accessory. You will also be able to pick-up another Nintendo Switch Standalone Dock. The Nintendo Switch standalone dock accessory will be available for purchase starting on May 19. Additional docks are perfect for traveling without having to unplug the main Nintendo Switch setup, as well as switching between TVs in the same house without transporting cords.

Splatoon 2: Salmon Run” will offer a new four-player co-op mode. By teaming up with friends, players can take a part-time job battling the new Salmonid species. When players fall in co-op mode, teammates can revive them by inking them on the battlefield. “Splatoon 2” launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on July 21. Nintendo also announced new individual amiibo figures for the game. Those include a new Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy and Inkling Squid. These figures will launch on the same day and grant special limited gear in game. By tapping these amiibo (as well as previously released Splatoon series amiibo), the figure’s character will appear in the game and befriend players. Befriend an amiibo character and it will remember favorite weapons, gear, outfits and option settings. As for “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe,” the game will launch on April 28. Nintendo is adding more characters, karts and tracks (all unlocked from the start) than any other game in Mario Kart history. Both traditional racing and the newly redesigned battle modes can be played in Local Wireless mode with up to eight players, and in Online or LAN mode with up to 12 players. Nintendo will also be hosting two Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online tournaments in-game. Nintendo added that additional details about these tournaments will be revealed in the future.

Another hot title coming soon to the Nintendo Switch is “Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers“. The game launches for Nintendo Switch on May 26 and includes all of the classic characters and two new fighters.. The two fighters added to the roster include Evil Ryu and Violent Ken. Additionally, a “Way of the Hado” mode lets players throw HADOKENS with first-person motion controls, and a two-player co-op mode will give a duo of players one health bar to tackle CPU matches. The “Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition” will include the Super Mario Mash-Up pack, along with new multiplayer play and control options. The Nintendo Switch Edition of the popular franchise will be available in Nintendo eShop on May 11 and in stores at a later date. Nintendo also spoke about two new Sonic games, both launching in 2017. “Sonic Forces” will be a modern 3D take on former Sonic games, and follows the blue hedgehog hero as he uses his stylish high-speed moves to bring down the nefarious Eggman. Sonic and a mysterious new ally will rise up when Sonic Forces launches for Nintendo Switch this winter. “Sonic Mania” launches this summer and features retro 2D graphics and a host of new stages, as well as some classic stages from previous games in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

Going as Project Mekuru (that name is not final) a new game will also launch exclusively in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch this summer. The game offers high-paced multiplayer action, with four players battling locally or online. The game has players flipping panels and blowing up opponents. Fans of the Disgaea series should be happy to see “Disgaea 5 Complete” coming to Nintendo Switch on May 23. Nintendo confirmed that the popular RPG will launch with both standard and limited-edition versions. A free demo for the game will launch in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch “soon” but an exact date was not given at this time. “NEOGEO Masterpieces” will launch on April 13, offering more NEOGEO classic games like “Samurai Showdown IV” to players. The games will launch on the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, and will also include “Fatal Fury” and “The King of Fighters ’99” later down the road. As for “Puyo Puyo Tetris,” the game is a four-player puzzle mashup game, and will launch on the Nintendo Switch on April 25. For people who want to try before they buy, a free demo for the game is now available.

Set to never leave pop-culture, “Monopoly” is also coming to the Nintendo Switch. Up to six players can experience the classic game with HD Rumble features and optional shorter sessions. The game will launch this fall. “Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition” is coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year. The port will offer an exclusive Kung Foot experience, which offers a Solo Mode and tournaments for up to eight players. “Sine Mora EX,” which was co-developed by Grasshopper Manufacture, will land on the Nintendo Switch this summer. The game will offer local co-op and a versus mode. Also coming to Nintendo Switch from THQ Nordic Games is “Battle Chasers: Nightwar”. That game is an RPG inspired by console classics and based on the Battle Chasers comic book series. Battle Chasers: Nightwar launches with timed exclusivity on Nintendo Switch in late summer. “PAYDAY 2” will also offer four-player co-op, as players band together to rise to the top of the criminal world for bigger jobs and better paydays. PAYDAY 2 launches for Nintendo Switch this winter. The NAMCO MUSEUM will give players a chance to play classic games like PAC-MAN, GALAGA and SPLATTERHOUSE, as well as multiplayer gems like ROLLING THUNDER, SKYKID and TANK FORCE. The games can now be played at home or on the go, thanks to the Nintendo Switch. Players can stop and resume gameplay at any time, and Special Challenge Modes offer ways to test players’ skills. NAMCO MUSEUM launches for Nintendo Switch this summer. “Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star” will feature playable characters from multiple Fate productions across three distinct narrative perspectives. The Nintendo Switch version will come loaded with 35 previously released paid DLC costumes, along with an exclusive new Unshackled Bride outfit. The game will launch for Nintendo Switch in North America on July 25.

Jumping now to the Nintendo 3DS, “Hey! PIKMIN” will be the first Pikmin game for the system. The title finds Captain Olimar embarking on an adventure through lush worlds with his trusted Pikmin by his side. In a new type of Pikmin game, players are tasked with throwing all types of different Pikmin using the touch screen to solve puzzles, overcome challenges and defeat enemies through side-scrolling levels. The Hey! PIKMIN game launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on July 28. A new Pikmin amiibo figure will also launch separately on the same day.

A we mentioned earlier, Kirby is coming to the Nintendo 3DS. The heavy-eater will launch “Kirby’s 25th Anniversary” in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the adorable Kirby franchise. In total, there will be three new Kirby coming to Nintendo 3DS. This includes “Team Kirby Clash Deluxe,” which offers four Kirby characters with different powers (Sword Hero, Hammer Lord, Beam Mage or Doctor Healmore) who battle giant enemies together. The free-to-start game launches today for players. You can also pick up “Kirby’s Blowout Blast” where players move freely through more than 25 action-packed 3D stages, inhaling enemies and powering up along the way. That game launches exclusively in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS this summer. The new multiplayer action game in the Kirby series is coming to Nintendo 3DS this holiday season. Nintendo stated that more information will be revealed about this game in the future.

Miitopia” will allow players to cast Mii characters in roles across the world of Miitopia. These players set off on an adventure to battle enemies, hunt for treasure and open up new areas of the map. The turn-based battles are straight out of an RPG, but allies have a mind of their own. The relationships they build affect their performance in battle. This Nintendo 3DS RPG launches later this year. “Ever Oasis” is a new action-adventure RPG from Koichi Ishii, the creator of the Mana series. The Ever Oasis game launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on June 23. More information about the game will be revealed in the future. One of the bigger announcements was “Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia DLC”. The new Fire Emblem game might take the series back to its roots, but one modern enhancement will help expand the adventure. The downloadable content launching for Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will be a combination of free and paid, and provides players with new maps, dungeons and challenges. More information about this DLC, including launch timing and the optional season pass, will be revealed in the future.

BYE-BYE BOXBOY!” is the third entry in the highly acclaimed BOXBOY! series. By rescuing new Qbabies, main character Qbby will receive one of four powers – Boxrocket, Bombox, Warpbox and Remotebox – that can help the boxy hero overcome obstacles in a new way. Tapping any of the Kirby series amiibo figures like Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight or Waddle Dee will permanently unlock a new colorful costume for Qbby based on that character. BYE-BYE BOXBOY! is now available exclusively in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. A free demo for all three games in this series from HAL Laboratory, Inc. is also available in Nintendo eShop. “Monster Hunter Stories” is yet another RPG coming to the Nintendo 3DS. In Monster Hunter Stories, players will become a rider and bond with monsters to raise their potential and unleash powerful combos. Players can fly, swim and crash into new areas of the map; discover eggs to collect and hatch; and participate in turn-based battles with a party of up to five monsters. Monster Hunter Stories launches for Nintendo 3DS this fall. “YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters” game adds new Yo-kai to befriend, exclusive quests and the ability to hop on the Hexpress to a new resort area. Players can even befriend Wicked and Boss Yo-kai from previous games, learn about the origin of the mysterious feline Yo-kai, Darknyan, and experience a revamped Blasters co-op mode to beat powerful new bosses. YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters launches for Nintendo 3DS this fall. NIS America Games: NIS America is bringing two great games to Nintendo 3DS this summer. The Culdcept series is celebrating its 20th anniversary, so it’s the perfect time to launch “Culdcept Revolt!” The card-meets-board game launches in a standard and limited edition on Aug. 29. With RPG Maker Fes, players of all skill levels can create their own RPGs. A free download called “RPG Maker Player” will be available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. RPG Maker Player will let anyone play fan-created RPGs even if they don’t own RPG Maker Fes. RPG Maker Fes launches for Nintendo 3DS on June 27.

Nintendo also stated that the final Super Smash Bros. amiibo figures are on the way. Two versions of Cloud, Corrin and Bayonetta amiibo figures will hit store shelves on July 21. The Legend of Zelda amiibo figures are based on Link from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and will be released on June 23.