Nintendo Direct brings ‘Super Smash Bros.’ to the Nintendo Switch
Super Smash Bros. tops one of the best Nintendo Directs to date
The latest Nintendo Direct presentation was filled with upcoming titles and announcements. The presentation showcased more than a dozen upcoming games, which are set to release for the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS over the next year. New games are the horizon for Nintendo fans from SQUARE ENIX, Capcom, Grasshopper Manufacture, From Software and Ubisoft, and they include remade classics and brand-new titles.
“Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS are being propelled through 2018 with an energized lineup of games of all kinds,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “These games contain a solid mix of first-party franchises starring some of Nintendo’s most recognizable characters, acclaimed third-party titles and promising indies.”
The Nintendo “Super Smash Bros.” (working title) game was one of the biggest surprises, and Nintendo confirmed that the series will be available on the Nintendo Switch sometime in 2018. The teaser trailer featured recognizable faces like Mario, Link and the Inklings from the Splatoon series.
Splatoon 2 will release the game’s first paid DLC, scheduled to release sometime this summer. Called “Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion,” the new DLC adds a single-player mode that lets players play as new character called Agent 8. The new character is an Octoling with lost memories. The new single-player campaign features 80 missions, as well as new stories that shed light on beloved characters. Players that complete the Octo Expansion campaign will unlock the ability to play as Octolings in multiplayer battles. While Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion launches this summer, players can pre-purchase the DLC starting today in Nintendo eShop to immediately receive Octo-themed in-game gear to use in battle right away.
Splatoon fans will want to keep an eye out for a major free update (Version 3.0) in April, it will contain 100+ new pieces of gear. Nintendo confirmed that more stages are rolling out throughout spring (Piranha Pit, Camp Triggerfish and Wahoo World) as well as a new rank (Rank X). Rank X is an extreme rank, even higher than S+.
A new tennis game called “Mario Tennis Aces” will bring your favorite Mushroom Kingdom characters to the court. With up to four-player local and online multiplayer, the game will also include a story mode that even includes creative boss battles. In Swing Mode, players can use their Joy-Con controllers like a tennis racket, swinging them to initiate the tennis swings in the game. Mario Tennis Aces launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on June 22. Nintendo will also reveal new details about a Mario Tennis Aces Pre-launch Online Tournament in the future, and the company will offer a free demo before launch. For a limited time, players can try out online tournament matches in the game before it launches. To participate, players just have to download the Pre-launch Online Tournament in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.
Kirby is coming back in “Kirby Star Allies,” the popular pink icon will is coming to the Nintendo Switch for the first time next week. As players make their way through the adventure, they will reach dream palaces where legacy characters can become Kirby’s Dream Friends. Nintendo added that eventually more Dream Friends will be added to the game through free updates. The first such update hits March 28 and adds classic characters Marx, Gooey and character set “Rick & Kine & Coo” to the game. Kirby Star Allies launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on March 16. A free demo for the game is currently available in Nintendo eShop.
Famed Producer Masashi Takahashi from SQUARE ENIX revealed new details about the upcoming RPG “Octopath Traveler,” and introduced two more main characters (Tressa the Merchant and Alfyn the Apothecary). The producer also detailed the ability to equip multiple jobs per character for use in battle. Octopath Traveler launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on July 13. Interested gamers can look for the Octopath Traveler: Wayfarer’s Edition, which is a special edition bundle that includes a stylized pop-up book, a helpful cloth map, the Octopath Traveler: Sound Selections CD and a replica coin based on the in-game currency.
Speaking of Mushroom Kingdom heroes, “Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker” is jumping from the Wii U to the Nintendo Switch, The new version includes new miniature courses based on various Kingdoms in the Super Mario Odyssey game. Also, anyone can play with a friend or family member by sharing a pair of Joy-Con controllers. While one player controls Captain Toad, the other can assist with things like turnip cover fire. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker launches for Nintendo Switch on July 13. A Nintendo 3DS version of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, which includes stereoscopic 3D visuals and touch-screen controls, also launches on July 13.
Also joining the crossover craze is Crash Bandicoot, the game “Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy,” which includes remastered versions of the first three Crash Bandicoot games, launches for Nintendo Switch on July 10. If you’re still hungry for more remakes, “Okami HD” is also coming to Nintendo Switch. In the Nintendo Switch version of the game, players can use the touch screen in Handheld Mode or the Joy-Con motion controls in TV or Tabletop Mode to control the Celestial Brush to defeat enemies and solve puzzles. Okami HD launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch this summer.
The South Park gang will make their Switch debut with “South Park: The Fractured But Whole“. With Nintendo Switch, players can now drop into South Park anytime, anywhere. In addition to the main game, all of the game’s add-on content will be available for purchase. South Park: The Fractured But Whole launches for Nintendo Switch on April 24.
The Nintendo 3DS title “Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido” is also coming to Nintendo Switch. The action puzzle game finds players devouring conveyor-belt sushi, matching plates and then throwing them to defeat enemies. In the game’s multiplayer mode, players can even compete locally or online against other players in intense matches. Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido launches for both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS on June 8.
We aren’t done with the remasters yet, because “Dark Souls” launches for Nintendo Switch on May 25. On the same day, an amiibo figure based on Solaire of Astora will also be released. By tapping this amiibo, the popular “Praise the Sun” gesture can be used with reckless abandon from the start of the game. (The gesture can also be obtained through regular gameplay.) Players who want to take the game for a spin can participate in a “network test.” The free network test launches in Nintendo eShop, and will allow players to download and play a part of DARK SOULS: REMASTERED before it launches to try out the gameplay and unique online features. More details about the network test will be revealed soon.
“Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes” is coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year as well. When Travis Touchdown wanders into the game world, he goes on a rampage of epic proportions. The latest title in the cult classic No More Heroes series contains a total of seven game titles, including an action game, racing game and puzzle game. By using another Joy-Con controller, two players can team up for co-op multiplayer action. Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch this year.
Tarsier Studios will bring the award-winning hit “Little Nightmares,” the title is a charmingly horrific puzzle-platforming adventure. The Complete Edition contains the two haunting tales of Six and The Runaway Kid in one package. You can even tap the PAC-MAN amiibo figure (sold separately) to unlock the Pakku Mask when playing. Little Nightmares: Complete Edition launches on May 18.
The million-selling role-playing game “Undertale” in which nobody has to die is headed to Nintendo Switch in May, but exact launch details will arrive at a later date. In more exact news, the “Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition” brings together dozens of characters from the Legend of Zelda series in an over-the-top action game. The game launches for Nintendo Switch on May 18
“WarioWare Gold” is back, and for the first time it’s on Nintendo 3DS. With 300 fast-paced microgames that can be controlled by pressing buttons, tilting the system, tapping the touch screen or using the microphone, WarioWare Gold is the biggest entry in the series. And for the first time, the game includes fully voiced characters. WarioWare Gold launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Aug. 3. Also returning is “Luigi’s Mansion,” the original Luigi’s Mansion is coming to Nintendo 3DS. This remake has an updated look and new features, like a map that displays on the bottom screen and a boss rush mode. Luigi’s Mansion launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems this year.
Luigi is also starring in “Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey“. In this Nintendo 3DS remake of a classic Mario & Luigi action RPG adventure, fans can replay (or play for the first time) Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, one of the most critically acclaimed games in the Mario & Luigi series. It features new graphics and a new mode that tells the behind-the-scenes story of Bowser Jr. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in 2019.