Nintendo Direct Mini recap

Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct Mini did exactly what it said on the tin – it featured a few new game announcements and release dates for confirmed titles.

There was no major confirmation of Nintendo‘s grand plan for 2018 to ensure the Switch momentum continues, but enough morsels to keep things ticking over nicely. We’ve got it covered here:

Dark Souls Remastered

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Considered one of the best video games of all-time, Dark Souls will be coming to the Switch (as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) in a newly remastered package that will apparently improve the framerate and resolution of the original. How much of that will be true on the Switch is yet to be seen, but it’s definitely a coup for Nintendo that the Switch edition is arriving alongside its Sony and Microsoft counterparts on May 25th 2018.

Mario Tennis Aces

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The Mario Tennis series has been a staple of Nintendo consoles for almost 20 years, but it’s never managed to become anywhere near as essential as Mario Kart. That could be about to change though because Mario Tennis Aces is taking inspiration from the Game Boy games by reintroducing the story mode that has been sorely lacking in the home console versions. Mario Tennis Aces will release in Spring 2018.

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

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The latest Wii U port, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is bringing Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong and Cranky Kong‘s punishing platformer to the Switch. New this time is Funky Kong who is essentially the game’s “easy mode” as he can perform continuous rolls and underwater attacks, whilst using his surfboard to evade spike traps and float. If you didn’t play this on the Wii U then it’s well worth reinvestigating when it arrives on May 4th 2018.

The World Ends With You – Final Remix

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One of the most underrated Nintendo DS games is making a comeback on the Switch a decade after its original release. The World Ends With You features distinctive graphics and a killer soundtrack as the dead fight to earn the chance to be brought back to life. The Final Remix adds additional story content as well as multiple control schemes. Interestingly, the original game was pretty much purpose built for dual-screens and probably would have been a better fit for the 3DS – make of that what you will. The World Ends With You – Final Remix will be available at some point in 2018.

Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack

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Pokkén Tournament DX is getting two waves of DLC in the next few months, featuring new fighters and support sets. First up on January 31st is Aegislash, with a new support set of Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu. For those more traditionally inclined, on March 23rd Blastoise is joining the fray along with a support set featuring legendaries Mew and Celebi. There are also some new avatar outfits included across the two waves. There’s no official price yet, but a digital bundle featuring the game and all the additional content is available to pre-order for £63.48 on the Nintendo eShop – which prices each wave of content at roughly £6.75.

Kirby Star Allies

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There was a closer look at some of the gameplay mechanics of the already-confirmed Kirby Star Allies. One of the abilities shown was the Artist, which allows the titular character to bring paintings to life in order to defeat enemies. You can also mix and match abilities in co-op mode to create new combinations. Whether it can buck the trend of recent games and be a worthy adventure for Kirby is yet to be seen, but we’ll find out soon as the game releases March 16th 2018.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

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Hyrule Warriors is being released for the 3rd time in four years as the Definitive Edition arrives on the Switch. The game will feature all of the deluxe content and a total of 29 characters that have been released on the Wii U and 3DS, plus Breath Of The Wild outfits for Link and Zelda. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is due to release Spring 2018.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

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If you’re a fan of the Ys series than presumably the title of this game makes perfect sense. If you’re not then this all probably looks a bit baffling – however Ys VIII debuted at #1 in Japan when it launched on the PlayStation 4 last year, so it’s a good addition to the Switch‘s RPG portfolio. And presumably it will fix all of the localisation problems that the CEO of Nippon Ichi Software was forced to apologise for when the game launched in America with a plethora of grammatical errors and typos. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is due to release Summer 2018.

Super Mario Odyssey update

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There’s a free update coming for Super Mario Odyssey, featuring the long-awaited arrival of Luigi in Balloon World. In this new online multiplayer mode, you’ll have either 30 seconds to hide a balloon or 30 seconds to find balloons hidden by other players. The only catch is you need to have completed the main game to access Balloon World. There are some new outfits for Mario included in this update, due February 2018.

SNK Heroines Tag Team Battle

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Move over boys! The women of SNK are getting their own two-on-two fighting game. Featuring some of the leading ladies from the King Of Fighters and Art Of Fighting games, the game is stuffed full of accessories, sparkle and predictably a plethora of revealing outfits. SNK Heroines Tag Team Battle is due Summer 2018.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle DLC

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Donkey Kong is coming to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and there’s a suitably humorous trailer for his arrival. There’s always been DLC planned for Mario + Rabbids but there’s little indication of whether the arrival of DK will be accompanied by new stages. We’ll find out in Spring 2018.

Payday 2

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Payday 2 is coming to the Switch with a timed exclusive character. The game was originally released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and looks closer to those versions than enhanced Xbox One and PlayStation 4 editions, so whether there’s going to be any significant demand for people wanting to play a game that’s half a decade old is debatable. Nonetheless, Payday 2 arrives on February 27th 2018.

Fe

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Developed by Zoink Games in collaboration with EA Originals, this action-adventure game has a lot of potential. Influenced by games like Journey and Shadow Of The Colossus, Fe is a shadowy tailed creature who must obtain and use the powers of other creatures to progress through a dark forest. The environments are giving off some Twilight Princess vibes and this could be a big eShop highlight when it launches February 16th 2018.

The whole presentation is available here:

With nothing beyond the summer included, there’s still a lot of scope for more games to be announced – traditionally a more substantial Nintendo Direct follows a few weeks after the smaller ones. And just as a reminder of how much things have changed in the last 12 months, it wasn’t so long ago that this would have been considered a major Nintendo Direct in the barren days of the Wii U.

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