Nintendo Direct Roundup - March 8th 2018

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Nintendo just hosted a 30 minute Nintendo Direct on new games for the Nintendo Switch and 3DS.

Nintendo Switch

Here are some upcoming games you can expect to release for the Nintendo Switch in the future.

First Party Games


Super Smash Bros 5 will be launching on the Nintendo Switch this year with new characters, including the Inklings and BOTW Link.

Coming to the Switch on June 22, Mario Tennis Aces features over 15 playable characters. It supports up to 4 players, co-op and versus, including local and online multiplayer, with multiple different types of shots. Motion controls will also be usable to aim the ball. There’ll be a pre-launch online tournament to allow players to test the game.

Kirby Star Allies launches on March 16 with 4 playable characters, Kirby, King Dedede, Metaknight and Bandana Waddle Dee. On March 28, a free update will be released including 5 more playable characters, including Rick, Kine, Coo, Marx, and Gooey. A free demo is available now on the Nintendo eShop.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker port for Nintendo Switch and 3DS will be released on July 13. It launches with Odyssey-themed levels with local co-op too.

The definitive edition of Hyrule Warriors will be launching again for the Nintendo Switch on May 18, after releasing for the Wii U and 3DS previously.

ARMS will be getting a tournament in North America during March 8-18, and on March 31, a 3 day Global Testpunch will be hosted, giving players who haven’t explored the game a chance to experience ARMS.

Splatoon 2 will receive update 3.0 in late April, boasting 100 new pieces of gear and three new stages. A new rank, Rank X, is to be added. The Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion DLC will be available for purchase in Summer 2018 at $19.99. Once completing it, you will be able to play as an Octoling in online matches.

Third Party Games


South Park: The Fractured But Whole is coming to the Switch on April 24th. Dark Souls: Remastered, too, will be launching on the Switch, with a release date of May 25. Alongside, a Solaire of Astora Amiibo will also be available for purchase at the same date.

Popular indie title Undertale will also be launching on the Nintendo Switch, 2.5 years after its initial release on PC. The remastered Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will be coming to the console too.

Some more info about the jobs in Project Octopath is shown, adding to the strategy of the game. Project Octopath launches July 13 with an optional Special Edition. Capcom’s Okami HD will be coming to the Switch, including new touchscreen controls or motion with the JoyCons. Sushi Striker will be released on June 8 for Nintendo Switch and 3DS. Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes will be an exclusive to the Switch. The Direct showcases some gameplay footage, and shows us unique bosses and a co-op mode. Also releasing is Little Nightmares, an indie title, on May 18.

Nintendo 3DS

First Party Games


Releasing on the Nintendo 3DS, is WarioWare Gold, featuring 300 microgames, making the game the biggest entry on the series, with a wide variety of play styles and control schemes. WarioWare Gold launches on the Nintendo 3DS on August 3.

A remastered edition of the Nintendo DS classic Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, including a new mode, in the untold story of Bowser Jr.’s Journey. The game launches for the Nintendo 3DS in 2019.

The Gamecube classic Luigi’s Mansion has been remastered to appear on the 3DS, with a minimap on the bottom screen. Save Mario in the Mysterious Mansion by fighting your way through ghosts and unique bosses. Luigi’s mansion will be available this year.

Solve mysteries with Detective Pikachu in Ryme City, launching with an all new extra-large Detective Pikachu Amiibo, nearly twice the size of the regular Pikachu Amiibo. Pokemon have been behaving oddly and it’s up to Detective Pikachu and a boy named Tim to figure out what’s happening. The game launches on March 23 for Nintendo 3DS.

Third Party Games


Action meets Tower Defence in Dillon’s Dead=Heat Breakers, coming to the Nintendo 3DS. Team up with Dillon and your personalised Mii characters to fight off monsters and stop the invasion on May 24. A demo version of the game will also be available on May 10.

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