RGN has videos and details of every announcement for Switch and 3DS shown at today’s Nintendo Direct for March 8. Special thanks to our friends at GamersPrey for being fast and organized with high quality footage sanctioned by Nintendo.
Nintendo just made dreams into reality as they blew the doors off the hinges yet again with the most anticipated Nintendo Direct in a long while. Some moments that were considered unlikely or downright wishful thinking actually happened including the big SSB but we’ll get to that.
First, let’s talk about the ongoing support given for 3DS owners, which Nintendo should be commended for – even while Switch is doing so good they still care about their legacy fans.
WarioWare Gold (3DS, Aug. 3):
Coming August 3rd, WarioWare Gold has been revealed as the largest collection of mini-games ever released in the WW series. Classics and New games are featured in this Nintendo 3DS release which challenges players to guess at and figure out a huge variety of control methods and play-styles on the fly as they experience fun, new ways to play. WarioWare has always been one of my favorites, since it focuses on gameplay, fun, and innovative game design rather than the usual requirements of the game industry. For a quirky bonus release it’s great, but it could even be a system seller for a small crowd such as myself.
Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers (3DS, May 24):
A post-apocalyptic, fully-fleshed out title for the 3DS hitting May 24 was revealed in Dillon’s Dead-Heart Breakers where players shoot, race, partake in tower-defense style gameplay segments, and much more. An “animalized” version of their Nintendo Mii character will play alongside the main character Dillon in a cool-looking adventure with friends’ Mii characters joining in as well. The Full Game releases May 24th on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS while there will also be a Free Demo made available May 10th.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey (3DS, 2019):
Mario and Luigi must find the cure to a strange disease plaguing their world and before they can get the chance they become taken away from the action. That means Bowser must step in through an unlikely alliance with the Mario Brothers in order to help save the day. In addition to monstrous boss battles and an entirely additional untold story of the Boswer Jr. character, this Action RPG features the full Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story.
Detective Pikachu (3DS, March 23):
A whole new Pikachu was witnessed today. In rare form, Detective Pikachu revealed himself with a gruff, enjoyment of coffee, and mouth which runs like water. All was good in the city where Pokemon and humans co-existed, until it wasn’t! It’s up to Detective Pikachu to find out why. Pre-purchase is available on the eShop and Nintendo 3DS retailers for the physical version. Detective Pikachu will also be available as an Amiibo on the same day.
Luigi’s Mansion (3DS, 2018):
Fans will likely be going wild as one of the more unlikely rumors has come true and Luigi’s Mansion (from 2001 GameCube days) has actually made it to the Nintendo 3DS in full remake mode. This was once thought to be impossible due to how powerful the GameCube was and how powerful the 3DS isn’t, but here it is. Available some time this year, the mysterious mansion reappears now with a map on the bottom screen, and a fully new Boss Rush Mode as well!
Kirby Star Allies (Switch, March 16):
Kirby teams up with his “Dream Friends” in an adventure fit for the stars. A Free Demo is available on the Nintendo eShop Now and on March 16th the title comes to Nintendo Switch. Characters include King Deedee, Meta Knight, and Bandana Waddledee but will also feature additions to the “Friend Circle” including Rick, Marx, Gooey, and more through free updates beginning March 28th.
Okami HD (Switch, Summer 2018):
New controls, touchscreen, joycon motion controls, and more in this classic game fit to the portable / home console Nintendo Switch with updated graphics in High Definition – Okami HD is here.
Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (Switch & 3DS, June 8):
In a world where Sushi is forbidden, stop an evil empire by piling up matching, eaten sushi. Gain special moves, and participate in multiplayer online June 8th on either the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS.
Octopath Traveler (Switch, July 13):
A new developer update was given from the creators of upcoming game Octopath Traveler as well as two new characters being introduced. Tressa, the merchant will be able to use the path action of ‘Purchase’ giving her the ability to obtain special items from townsfolk. Aifyn is another character who will have the ‘Inquire’ ability enabling him to get special, exclusive info. Jobs in Battle were described as a way to combine jobs and abilities for customized attacks. Formal release date was finally given for the game as well in July 13th, with a Special Edition revealed to contain a Soundtrack CD, Pop Up Book showcasing the 8 characters of the game, Collector’s Coin, and Map to the game.
Travis Strikes Again – No More Heroes (Switch Exclusive, 2018):
Otaku assassin Travis enters 7 different game worlds in the Death Drive Mark 2 finding bugs, chaining attacks, and combatting bosses with a combination of co-op moves. A new story is presented as well in the game’s Adventure Mode. This is a Nintendo Switch Exclusive from Grasshopper Manufacture.
Dark Souls Remastered (Switch, May 25):
For the first time ever, gamers will be able to save anytime and anywhere on the Nintendo Switch edition of Dark Souls Remastered. A Network Test will allow players to try the title for free this year leading up to a May 25, 2018 release date. An Amiibo for Solaire will also be released enabling a special emote in-game.
*Nintendo also issued a reminder in-between game announcements that Nintendo Gold Points can be earned and redeemed at My.Nintendo.Com for anyone who may have forgotten and have points left unused.
Mario Tennis Aces (Switch, June 22):
Perhaps the most incredible looking, and most detailed title of today’s Nintendo Direct was Mario Tennis Aces. Releasing June 22nd to Nintendo Switch, this game features an all-star roster of 15 playable characters from the Nintendo lineage (including WaLuigi!) as up to 4 players compete with various control styles.
Many gameplay tweaks and new abilities have been added to the game, and each were given a detailed look today. There’s still a Basic Shot, TopSpin, Slice, and Lob. Players now have an energy gauge that can go up or down based on certain factors enabling risky but rewarding special moves that can K.O. an opponent or break their racket. There’s also an advanced blocking system requiring perfect timing for shots and blocks. The game has been completely overhauled, but features a Basic Rules mode too for purist matches.
Zone Speed slows down the entire world. For a perfect aim before shooting players can use Zone Shot. These Zone abilities can only be used when the energy gauge is filled up by keeping a perfect volley (rally) going. A Trick Shot is also possible which risks energy gauge in order to win more if completed correctly. Once enough energy is gathered up, the Special Shot is possible. Special Shots eat up a ton of energy (perhaps all of it) but can break a racket, or blowback the opponent and K.O. them.
Blocking is always possible, but not easy. Mario Tennis Aces is crazy competitive, and looks intensely fun. Again, there is also a Basic Rules mode for more chill sessions or pure skill competition for those who don’t enjoy the new mechanics. Online play with friends is something the game thrives on, enabling rewards and unlocking content for players who pursue this.
A Pre-Launch Tournament enables players to try the game early for free this year, while the full release will happen on June 22, 2018. There’s a ton of control modes and one that was marketed as a way to play casually when with friends or not very competitive, was to use the JoyCon controllers as motion controlled rackets. This Swing Mode allows for Forehand, Backhand, Slicing, and Rocking. The game even has a feature-rich Story Mode with unique and fun looking challenges. Mario Tennis Aces is this month’s crown jewel as far as game announcements from Nintendo goes, but the Direct continued to impress fans…
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Switch July 13, 3DS “Soon”):
A remastered edition of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is heading to Nintendo Switch! This often slept-on title had a great response from underground fanbases, and now comes with extra levels straight out of Mario Odyssey. There’s also new control features such as touchscreen capabilities and a camera that can be rotated. Players can also play with a friend, one player controls Toad while the other activates abilities commencing in a teamwork experience. There’s a 3DS version said to be coming “Soon”, but this particular Switch version which was shown will be released July 13, 2018.
Undertale (Switch, “Eventually”):
Not much was said about Undertale other than the fact that it’s eventually going to be ready for release on the Nintendo Switch.
Crash Bandicoot: NSane Trilogy (Switch, July 10):
The NSane Trilogy Remasters which recently hit on consoles is now coming to Nintendo Switch in full. There is a release date of July 10, 2018 also being promised by Activision Blizzard who currently own the rights to the old school PlayStation classics Crash and Spyro originally published by the now defunct Universal game studios publishing label.
Little Nightmares: Complete Edition (Switch, May 18):
A creepy mystery awaits… Little Nightmares: Complete Edition takes place in a vessel haunted by lost souls. With 2 adventures, ALL DLC, and 8 chapters in total for players to experience, this title hits the Switch on May 18, 2018. There will also be a Nintendo Switch exclusive mask for those who own the Pac-Man Amiibo.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Switch, April 24):
Some said it wouldn’t be done, it couldn’t be done, but it’s happening!!! With Nintendo’s family-friendly past, it may surprise many, but South Park: The Fractured But Whole will release on April 24th for the system with all past DLC available for purchase separately or as part of a Season Pass. Both of the first two DLCs will be available to buy when the game releases and the third will become available later in the year for sale or as a download for Season Pass owners. For those who didn’t already know, this game has a rich story, deep RPG battle system, and hilarious content which feels like the player is literally playing a long episode of South Park.
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (Switch, May 18):
There will be a Definitive Edition of Hyrule Warriors released on May 18, 2018 which will only come to the Switch.
*Nintendo also announced in-between their larger headlines that ARMS League will extend an invitation to the US & Canada Open. For players who wish to participate, March 8th – 18th Ranked Matches will be used as qualifiers and March 31st is when Finals will take place. More information will follow on this. There is also going to be a Global TestPunch Event in which those who don’t own the game will be allowed to play for free in a 3 day server stress-test designed to see how many people the game can handle playing at once.
Splatoon 2: OctoExpansion (Switch, Summer 2018):
Late April there will be a 3.0 Version Update to Splatoon 2 introducing 100+ new gear pieces, more stages including Pirana Pit, Camp Trigger Fish, and more. A New Rank X is also being added to the game. Callie will appear in the OctoCanyon with more instructions once players have been deemed worthy for Rank X.
The insanely cool-looking OctoExpansion took players by surprise as it showed off various forms of gameplay, missions, and stories taking place in an all-new Paid DLC for Splatoon 2. Agent 8 is the main character of an adventure starting off via waking up with amnesia in a strange laboratory.
New Lore will be revealed turning the entire game’s cast of characters upside down as players learn disturbing truths behind the game’s universe. 80 shady test facilities will be explored in Summer 2018 when the OctoExpansion releases for $19.99 and those who pre-order today are able to receive new gear for Splatoon 2 today. Those who complete the game’s story-mode DLC and escape the underground tunnel society will be able to join online as an OctoLing, whatever that means!
Super Smash Bros. (Switch, 2018):
When it seemed like everything was over, the most fan-requested Switch title revealed its existence in a very fashionable way. Flames lit up the good old Super Smash Bros. logo and a year of 2018 was given for a Nintendo Switch version of Super Smash Bros. with some speculating that this could be an entirely new game due to the fact that it took so long to be revealed by Nintendo.
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