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For the millions of Nintendo fans around the world, watching a Nintendo Direct is comparable to waking up on Christmas morning. You never know what you’re going to get, but you end up being pleasantly surprised anyway. That was certainly the case for the first full-length Nintendo Direct of the year. So if you happened to miss out on Nintendo’s live stream, we’ve got you covered. Find out all the exciting news featured in March’s Nintendo Direct below.
Super Smash Bros. Switch
With what was undoubtedly the biggest announcement made during the Nintendo Direct, Super Smash Bros. is coming to the Switch! Ever since the days of the N64, the Super Smash Bros. games have been a favorite of both hardcore and casual gamers alike. And with the Nintendo Switch being one of the most popular consoles ever made, it was only a matter of time before Smash was added to its ever-growing list of games. At this time we don’t know whether this Super Smash Bros. game is an entirely new entrant into the series or a port of Smash for Wii U. But as more exciting details emerge in the coming months, we’ll be sure to answer that question for you.
Splatoon 2: Octo
Another surprising announcement from the presentation was the first DLC for Splatoon 2. The all new story mode features over 80 new levels, new enemies, and most importantly, playable Octolings! Expect to play the Octo Expansion alongside Splatoon 2’s 3.0 update this April.
Mario Tennis Aces
Though we’ve known about Mario Tennis Aces since the mini Nintendo Direct back in January, we didn’t get to see any live gameplay. That all changed yesterday, as a significant portion of the presentation was dedicated to the sports game. We now know more about the playable characters, how they’ll play, and the different shots you can perform in-game. Look for Mario Tennis Aces to hit shelves on June 22nd.
In a surprise announcement, the classic Nintendo game Luigi’s Mansion is coming to the 3DS. The game originally game launched with the Nintendo GameCube console and quickly became a fan favorite. While no release date has been announced for the remake, you can expect to be vacuuming up all kinds of ghosts sometime later this year.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Another announcement that came out of nowhere, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will be coming to the Switch on July 10th. Play as everyone’s favorite bandicoot as you fight against Doctor Neo Cortex across all three of the classic Crash Bandicoot games.
Dark Souls Amiibo
Praise the sun! The fan-favorite “Sunbro” pose from the original Dark Souls game is being added to the Amiibo lineup. While we don’t know exactly what this particular Amiibo will do in-game (but does that really matter?) you can expect it to be available alongside the Switch version of Dark Souls Remastered on May 25th.
But That’s Not All!
- The popular mini-game series Warioware is getting a complete collection titled WarioWare Gold, featuring over 300 minigames from previous entries. Warioware Gold comes out on August 3rd on the Nintendo 3DS.
- The Nintendo Switch port of South Park: The Fractured But Whole arrives on April 24th.
- Okami, the critically-acclaimed action-adventure game first released in 2006, will be getting a remastered edition for the Switch. Titled Okami HD, the game will be available for digital download this summer.
- Undertale, the popular indie RPG, will be getting a Switch release sometime this year.
- Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story and Bowser Jr’s Journey will both be getting a remake for the handheld 3DS. Both games are expected to release in 2019.
- Octopath Traveler, the uniquely stylized RPG from Square Enix, comes to the Switch on July 13th
- The first gameplay trailer for No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again was revealed during the presentation.
- 3D puzzler Sushi Strike: The Way Of Sushido slices its way onto the Switch June 8th.
- Indie horror game Little Nightmares The game comes complete with all three DLC campaigns and will be available May 18th.
- The Wii U’s puzzle/platforming game Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is being remastered for both the Switch and 3DS systems. It’s complete with Super Mario Odyssey-themed levels and multiplayer support.
- Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition gets an official release date (May 18th).
- The next game in the Dillon’s Rolling Western series is Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers, which will be coming to the 3DS on May 24th.
Now that you know a little more about Nintendo’s plans for the year, which new game release are you most excited for? Let us know in the comment section below.
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