Finally a bit of time to play some video games.
A Nintendo Direct Mini aired this morning with a bunch of big announcements for the Nintendo Switch. Here’s what was announced in the 15 minute presentation.
The World Ends With You makes a surprise comeback to Nintendo platforms. Previously only available on the DS and iOS, The World Ends With You -Final Remix- will be available for the first time on a Nintendo console since its release a decade ago. This new incarnation of TWEWY will also include a brand new scenario only available in -Final Remix-. While no specific release date was announced, it is set to release sometime this year.
The original Dark Souls returns in Dark Souls Remastered, and has been announced to release for the Nintendo Switch on May 25th of this year. Dark Souls Remastered will also be coming out day and date on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. This new version will include improved resolution as well as other visual enhancements. You can find the technical specifications for each on over here.
Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze is making a Switch debut, including a brand new character in Funky Kong. It’s Funky Kong. Funky Kong rules. He can corkscrew underwater infinitely, because he doesn’t care about getting cold. He’s already ice cool. Funky Kong uses his surfboard to stand on spikes. This Kong doesn’t give a funk, he can do whatever he wants. Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze is coming to Switch May 4th.
A new Mario Tennis was announced as well, including boss battles and two-joycon gameplay for gamers on the go.
A new version of Hyrule Warriors is coming to the Switch in Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. This version will include every map, character and mission, DLC included, from the 3DS and Wii U versions of Hyrule Warriors. Some new outfits for Link and Zelda based off of their costumes from Breath of the Wild will also be added. It’s currently set to release this Spring.
Ys VIII: Lacrimose of DANA was announced for the Nintendo Switch. It doesn’t seem like there will be anything new for this Switch release, but it is set to release this summer.
Payday 2 is also coming to the Switch, including touch screen control menu navigation and use of HD rumble to add to the experience of the game. Payday 2 will be out on the Switch February 27th.
More details were doled out for the upcoming Kirby Star Allies. The trailer showed off several new abilities that make this look like a pretty straightforward Kirby game; however, one that includes up to 4 player co-op with unique characters that all have their own special powers. Players can also combine Kirby’s powers with friend’s powers to make combo powers. One of the powers is that you can throw your friend at people, which I’m very on board with. Kirby Star Allies is coming out March 16th.
The Switch is getting a new SNK Heroines release in SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. The spiritual successor to SNK Gals’ Fighters is a brand new SNK fighter featuring the girls of the series, and John is pretty excited for a Gals Fighters sequel. It’s scheduled to release this summer.
Two indie titles in Fe and Celeste are coming to the Switch. Fe is a stylish platformer that allows you to sing with other animals you encounter. Celeste is a 2D pixelated action platformer based on climbing and air dashing. Fe is coming February 16th, while Celeste launches January 25th.
A couple of already available titles are getting some new content. Pokken Tournament DX is getting some new characters, with Aegislash and Blastoise being added as new playable characters. Some new support Pokemon, as well some extra cosmetic items for your player character, will also be available in this DLC. Wave 1 including Aegislash will be available January 31st, while Wave 2 including Blastoise will be available March 23rd.
Super Mario Odyssey is receiving a free update featuring a new activity called Luigi’s Balloon World. Luigi will appear in the world after the game has been completed, and you can talk to him to activate a few online competitive activities that involving finding balloons placed by other players in the world, as well as the ability to place balloons for other people to find. The update will also include new outfits including shades and a Jimmy Buffett-esque Hawaiian shirt, an outfit styled after the musicians in New Donk City, and a suit of armor. On top of some new outfits are also some new filters for Snapshot Mode, including one that turns the world into a neon hellscape.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is also receiving new story content focused around Donkey Kong, but not Funky Kong like it rightfully should be. This new DLC is set to release in this spring.
There’s a lot of content packed into this surprise Direct, which means 2018 will be another busy year for Nintendo. What are you most excited for?