Nintendo Direct March 2018: Uncovered
So many shiny new games!
I hope you're sitting comfortably folks, because a lot of games were revealed in just 30 minutes last night in Nintendo's latest Direct stream.
Various Nintendo Switch and 3DS titles were announced, and some were given release dates - all very exciting stuff.
Let's start off with the Switch's announcements.
First of all, let's start with the game everyone's been wanting to exist. Yes, Super Smash Bros is indeed coming to Switch. It was a quick tease at the end of the Direct presentation. It showed the Splatoon Inklings shooting at each other before it all went dark, and Mario and Link were shown. In the press release, Nintendo said that Smash Bros is a "working title" so things may change when we get closer to release. Though a release date wasn't given, Smash Bros will come to Switch this year. Below is the teaser for you to marvel at:
Kirby Star Allies was given a release date of 16th March, and it was announced that fan favourite legacy characters can become Kirby's Dream Friends. Eventually more Dream Friends will be added via free updates, with the first one arriving on 28th March; it'll feature Marx, Gooey, and character set "Rick & Kine & Coo".
Undertale will be making its way onto the system too "eventually". The game was released on PC in 2015, before scooting over to PS4 & PS Vista in 2017.
Octopath Traveler has had some more details spilled about it; Square Enix's Masashi Takahashi introduced 2 more main characters - Tressa the Merchant and Alfyn the Apothecary. The ability to equip multiple jobs per character for use in battle was also announced. The game will release exclusively on Switch on 13th July. The Wayfarer's Edition is a special edition bundle which includes a Sounds Selections CD, a pop up book cloth map, and a replica coin based on the in game currency.
Little Nightmares: Complete Edition will be released on 18th May on the Switch, and supports the Pac Man amiibo, and scanning it unlocks the Pakku Mask. This edition contains the contents from the Secres Of The Maw expansion pass: The Depths, The Hideaway, and The Residence.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, originally released on the Wii U, will also be joining the Switch's library. This new version includes miniature courses based on various Super Mario Odyssey kingdoms. It can be played with others by sharing a pair of Joy Cons, similar to how Odyssey's multiplayer works. The game will be released on 13th July.
Sushi Striker: The Way Of Sushido, which was originally announced for 3DS at last year's E3, was announced for Switch last night. This action puzzle game tasks you with devouring conveyor belt sushi, matching plates and throwing them at enemies. It also has a multiplayer mode, and players can compete either locally or online. Sushi Striker is out on 8th June for both Switch & 3DS.
New gameplay for Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes was shown around the 11:49 mark. A release date wasn't given though. Travis and Badman have been transported inside a phantom game console called Death Drive MK-II. Doctor Juvenile developed the console and it has 7 games installed; whoever collects and beats them all will have their wishes granted. Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes will launch for Nintendo Switch exclusively this year.
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition was given a release date: 18th May. This edition includes every map and mission as well as all 29 playable characters from both the Wii U and 3DS versions. It will also include all of the previously paid DLC as well, which is a nice bonus.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole will hop onto the Switch on 24th April. Nintendo announced that all of the game's add on content will be available to purchase. The first 2 pieces of DLC, Danger Deck and From Dusk TIll Casa Bonita will be available to buy either separately or as part of the Season Pass. The latter releases for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on 20th March. The 3rd piece of DLC, Bring The Crunch will also some to Switch when it releases this summer.
ARMS fans listen up! A new global Testpunch will be running for 3 days starting of 31st March. To participate, players just need to hop over to the eShop and download the Testpunch. ARMS US & Canada Open Tournament will take place in the Switch game's Ranked Match mode now until 18th March. The top 8 players in the preliminary rounds will have the opportunity to move on up to the online finals on 31st March.
Moving onto 3DS news!
The original Luigi's Mansion is coming to 3DS this year. The game was a launch title for GameCube in 2001, do you remember playing it? Nintendo said during the direct stream that the game features an updated look and new features like a map that displays at the bottom of the screen. A boss rush mode will also be implemented.
The WarioWare series is making a return, and this latest addition is on 3DS. WarioWare Gold will feature 300 microgames that can be controlled by pressing buttons, tilting the 3DS, tapping the touch screen, or using the microphone. Plenty to keep you busy! The game will feature fully voiced characters when it releases on 3rd August.
Mario & Luigi Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey is a 3DS remake of the DS game, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story; this was the 3rd entry in the RPG franchise where Mario & Luigi get shrunk and inhaled by Bowser. They then explore Bower's insides (lovely I know) like his stomach, arms, and legs as they try to escape. This remake will feature new graphics and a new mode that tells the behind the scenes story of Bowser Jr. You'll have to wait a while for this one as it's not out until next year.
Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers, a sequel to Dillon's Rolling Western, was announced for 3DS. This entry focuses on the original game's story and finds armadillo ranger Dillon teaming up with an "animalised version's of the player's Mii character". Sounds interesting. The duo will help stop enemy invasions and save the post apocalyptic frontier will release through the eShop on 24th May.
Do any of the above tickle your fancy? Let us know below! Personally, I'm looking forward to Smash Bros, Hyrule Warriors, and possibly Sushi Striker.
Tags: Nintendo-Switch, Nintendo3DS
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