Nintendo Direct doesn’t disappoint with new Super Smash Brothers
In the Direct yesterday Nintendo announced several new games, including Super Smash Brothers for the Switch and a port of the beloved cult classic Luigi’s Mansion for the 3DS. All we know so far about Super Smash Brothers is that it will come out this year.
To better search the article for what you are looking for specifically, I will break up the Switch news from the 3DS news. I missed the initial stream, but I was glued to my phone waiting to find out what was being announced. In the section below this, I will list the Switch news to start us off.
Nintendo Switch Upcoming Releases
By far the biggest news to come out of the Nintendo Direct was that the Super Smash Brothers series is getting a new entry on the Switch. No dates were announced, but we know it is releasing this year. So all fans can do is sit and speculate on what the roster will look like (from the trailer it appears BOTW Link will be included) for the time being.
Up next we have more details about Kirby Star Allies. The co-op characters you can play as at launch are King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Bandana Waddle Dee. More characters will be added as free updates with the first batch being Rick, Kine, and Coo from Kirby’s Dream Land 2. As well as Marx from Kirby Super Star and Gooey from Kirby’s Dream Land 2. Kirby Star Allies releases March 16th, 2018 and there is now a free demo for it on the Switch’s eshop.
This is the one I personally am most looking forward to, Octopath Traveler, has two main characters introduced. Tressa, the Merchant whose path action is buying items from townspeople you normally couldn’t with others. Alfyn the Apothecary whose path action is an inquiry, he can fish out info that other characters can’t. We also found out that all characters start out with a base job, but you can equip an additional job in battle. The release date is set for July 13th, 2018.
Dark Souls: Remastered will be having a Network test coming soon that will be available to everyone. Also announced was a Solaire of Astora Amiibo. The release date is set for May 25th, 2018.
If you missed Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on the Wii U but have a Switch, then you’re in luck! A Switch version was announced that comes with added levels from Super Mario Odyssey. The release date is set for July 13th, 2018.
If you were bummed about not being able to play Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy on the go, turn that frown upside down because a switch version is set to release on July 10th, 2018.
Little Nightmares Complete Edition is coming to the Switch with an exclusive mask when you use the Pac-Man Amiibo in the game. That may seem random, but Little Nightmares was published by Bandai Namco, so it kind of makes sense. The release date is set for May 18th, 2018.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole is coming to the Switch but will not include the DLC with the initial purchase, they must be purchased individually or with the season pass. The release date is set for April 24th, 2018.
Mario Tennis Aces is going to have a pre-launch online tourney with further details in the future. The release date is set for June 22nd, 2018.
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition will be making its way to the Switch with a release date set for May 18th, 2018.
If the ARMS players out there are feeling left out, don’t worry because an online tourney was announced for U.S. and Canada with ranked matches starting March 8th and ending March 18th with the finale being March 31st. If you want to get into ARMS, there will be a "Global test punch" on the same day as the finale.
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes will be releasing this year, but there was no official word on the date.
Undertale will be coming to the Switch, but the date is unknown at this time, simply listed as "Eventually." I would say that is right in tune with the game’s humor.
Okami HD will be coming to the Switch at some point this summer. You can use touchscreen controls in handheld mode and the joy cons motion controls in tabletop and TV mode.
Last but not least is Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido releasing for both the Switch and 3DS on June 8th, 2018.
Nintendo 3DS Upcoming Releases
Starting off the 3DS list is the return of a favorite handheld series, WarioWare Gold: The Biggest Collection, with a release date set for August 3rd, 2018.
Get your cowboy boots ready for Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers which is getting a demo on May 10th with the release set for May 24th, 2018.
This next series is one of my favorites when it comes to handhelds, Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story!, now on the 3DS with a never before released story called Bowser Jr.’s Journey. We’ll have to wait a while to see this one I’m afraid, no official date was announced, but it is set to release in 2019.
This one is going to take some getting used to; Detective Pikachu is hitting the streets for clues on March 23rd, 2018. Releasing the same day is a big Detective Pikachu Amiibo to coincide with the game.
Last but definitely not least we end this article off on a high note; Luigi’s Mansion is coming to the 3DS! New features include using the bottom screen as a map during gameplay and a boss rush mode. No official release date is set, but it is coming out this year.
Thank you so much to the brave few who made it all the way to the end, I commend you on your diligence. If I forgot any announcements or you just want to talk about any of the ones listed, feel free to share your ideas below in the comment section.