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Latest Nintendo Direct Outlines a Great Year for the Nintendo Switch

A Valentine's Day surprise for Nintendo Switch owners

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The latest Nintendo Direct presentation announced that “Super Mario Maker 2,” and a re-imagining of “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening” are both coming to the Nintendo Switch this year. The video also detailed “Astral Chain,” a new title from PlatinumGames that is coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch. Those aren’t the only titles and remakes on the way to the popular platform, Square Enix is also bringing several Final Fantasy installments to the platform.

Several of the titles below are already available to pre-order. You can find them from online retailers, or right here on Amazon.

The award-winning “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice” and “Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night” are also coming to the Nintendo Switch. Fans can also count on “Fire Emblem: Three Houses,” “Yoshi’s Crafted World,” “Daemon X Machina” and “Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.”

Starting today, Nintendo Switch owners have access to surprise launches like the online 99-player puzzle-fest “Tetris 99” and “Final Fantasy IX,” as well as new co-op DLC for “Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.”

“Every game covered in this Nintendo Direct is slated for launch for Nintendo Switch this year,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Whether you’re looking for new games in classic franchises, new content for existing hits or completely new experiences, Nintendo Switch has something for everyone over the next several months alone.”

If you’re new to “Super Mario Maker 2,” players can create the Super Mario courses of their dreams, with access to even more tools, items and features than before. “Super Mario Maker 2” launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch this June. If you are excited for “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening,” which was originally released for the Game Boy over 25 years ago, the re-imagining will have players travel to the mysterious island of Koholint to guide Link on a perilous adventure. “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening” arrives exclusively on Nintendo Switch in 2019.

Outside of the remakes, “Astral Chain” is a new action game directed by Takahisa Taura. Players might know him best from his work as the game designer on the hit “NieR:Automata,” and supervised by Hideki Kamiya, creator of the Bayonetta series. As part of a police special forces unit in a multicultural futuristic city, players work together with a special living weapon, the Legion, in a synergetic action system of battle and exploration. The title launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Aug. 30.

Fire Emblem fans will get “Fire Emblem: Three Houses” this year. In the game players will find three noble houses that are part of the Officer’s Academy, an elite facility that trains students in the ways of weapons, magic and special skills. As a professor, the player must choose one of these houses to lead its students in grid-based battles with life-or-death stakes. Each house is comprised of many different students to meet and train, each with her or his own personality and skills. These students can interact with each other at the academy, strengthening their bonds and supporting each other on the battlefield. “The Fire Emblem: Three Houses” standalone game and the “Fire Emblem: Three Houses – Seasons of Warfare Edition” both launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on July 26.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night” is a side-scrolling action of yore that is set to rise once again. Players will take on the role of Miriam, host of the Alchemist’s Curse, as she steals the abilities of enemies, bends gravity to her will and darts around the game’s elaborate castle at lightning speed. Here, the laws of reality – and 2D side-scrollers – don’t apply. “Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night” is set to release on the Nintendo Switch this summer.

As we previously announced, “Mortal Kombat 11” is launching for Nintendo Switch on April 23. Players should also look for “Yoshi’s Crafted World” on March 29th. Before the game hits stores, Nintendo Switch owners can head to Nintendo eShop to download a free demo for the artfully handcrafted game starting today. In the Yoshi’s Crafted World game, players can explore the Front and Flip-Side of stages while rafting, racing solar cars, tearing through the sky on a plane and experiencing many other wild and surprising gameplay sequences. Using coins collected through the varied and secret-filled levels, players can unlock 180 different crafted costumes that Yoshi can wear.

The “Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Update” and Special Episode DLC was also detailed today. After downloading a free Nintendo Switch version update for the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker game that is available starting today, all courses in the game will support a new two-player co-op mode featuring a second Toad to explore simultaneously with a friend. On March 14th, new paid DLC arrives that adds 18 new challenges to the game, including five new courses and new Shiny Crowns, which can be obtained in each course.

New players can get the “Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker” game together with the updates and all the new Special Episode content in a digital bundle available for purchase on Nintendo eShop beginning Feb. 13. Players who purchase the bundle or the Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Special Episode DLC will receive early access to one of the courses in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker – Special Episode, with the remainder of the courses launching on March 14.

There’s also an update to “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” the fastest-selling console-exclusive game in Nintendo history. A free Ver. 3.0 update coming to the game this spring. Before the end of April, Joker from Persona 5 will be available as a playable fighter. Announced in December, Joker is the first Fighters Pass DLC fighter to join the game’s expansive cast. Also, be on the lookout for new amiibo in 2019 like Snake, Simon, Squirtle, Pokémon Trainer and Ivysaur.

One of the surprise announcements was “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.” Created in collaboration with neuroscientists and those with lived experience of psychosis, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice pulls players deep into the mind of a Celtic warrior on a haunting vision quest to fight for the soul of her dead lover. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice launches for Nintendo Switch this spring.

Starting today, mech pilots in the making can get a free demo for DAEMON X MACHINA called “Prototype Missions,” available for a limited time to download from Nintendo eShop or Nintendo.com. In the demo, players can battle through four different missions while testing out the game’s controls and mech customization. After playing, select players will receive an email containing a link to an online survey where they can provide feedback about the game to Director Kenichiro Tsukuda and the development team. Currently in development, DAEMON X MACHINA is scheduled to launch for Nintendo Switch this summer.

The Marvel universe is also coming to the Nintendo Switch. “Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order” will offer four-player action and an original story. Players can save the world together with up to four players in TV mode, with four separate systems locally or online. A dynamic zoomed-in Heroic Camera will give players the option to get closer to the action. As characters level up, they’ll learn new skills they can use on the fly, and also perform powerful Alliance Extreme attacks. The new titles is coming to the Nintendo Switch this summer.

Another title to look for is “Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition.” The enhanced version of the game features the same content of the original, but with newly added character-specific stories, the option for increased battle speed, fully orchestrated field and battle music, and the ability to switch between HD and retro-inspired 16-bit visuals. “Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition” launches for Nintendo Switch this fall.

If you are a fan of the franchise, you can also look for “Dragon Quest Builders 2,” where players gather materials to create things like weapons, buildings and even entire towns. With the help of the mysterious Malroth and other villagers, players will explore large islands, find quests and battle monsters and bosses scattered around the world. Those who own the original on their Nintendo Switch system can craft the Legendary Builder’s outfit and the Dragonlord’s Throne. That game launches for Nintendo Switch on July 12.

As we mentioned earlier, several Final Fantasy titles are also coming to the Nintendo Switch. Players can return to Midgar in one of the most iconic RPGs of all time, when “Final Fantasy VII” releases on March 26. “Final Fantasy IX” hits the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch later today. “Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon” will launch on March 20th.

Other big releases include “Dead by Daylight,” which will release this fall, and “Assassin’s Creed III Remastered” on May 21. Nintendo Switch owners can also grab “Unravel Two,” which lets you play as both characters in single-player or local co-op on March 22, and “GRID Autosport” this summer.

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