The Year of the Nintendo Switch Begins: Nintendo Direct 1/11/18 Announcements

Earlier this morning, Nintendo released its newest Nintendo Direct “Mini” with a bevy of new revealed titles and some re-releases planned for the Switch as well as a few 3DS announcements as well. Here’s the rundown of the announcements.

 

The World Ends With You -Final Remix-

TWEEY

Release Date: 2018

This Action-RPG from Square Enix and producer Tetsuya Nomura of the Kingdom Hearts series, originally released for the Nintendo DS in 2007 and later to iOS devices in 2015, is seeing a remastered version on Nintendo’s newest handheld. Boasting a visual upgrade, new Joycon control options, and a new “Epilogue” scenario this port is looking to bring the original DS title back to its finest form yet.

 

Kirby Star Allies

Star Allies

Release Date: March 2018

Not to be left alone by its 3DS release , Kirby Battle Royale (demo available now), Kirby Star Allies is the Switch’s first newest Kirby game coming to the console. The game looks to go back to the tried and true formula of Kirby’s side-scrolling roots last seen back in Kirby’s Return to DreamLand back on the original Wii back in 2011. Not only will the game be supporting local and online multiplayer to upwards of four players, Kirby will also be seeing some new combination abilities between new and old powers alike.

 

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

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Release Date: Spring 2018

After a “less than stellar” ported version of its original Wii U counterpart for the 3DS back in March of 2016, Koei Techmo is looking to bring its Dynasty Warriors meets Legend of Zelda game to Nintendo’s newest handheld for one last go around. Now with its “Definitive” edition boasting all previously released DLC’s in the game as well as adding new skins from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

 

Mario Tennis Aces

tennis

Release Date: Spring 2018

Along with the announcement of new content for Super Mario Odyssey coming in February of this year, Nintendo announced a new Mario Tennis title for the Switch. Mario Tennis Aces looks to bring its satisfying spin of tennis gameplay to the handheld along with a single-player story mode which hasn’t been seen in the games since Mario Tennis: Power Tour on the GBA back in 2005.

 

Y’s 8: Lacrimosa of Dana

Ys

Release Date: Summer 2018

Following along after its port to PC coming at the end of January, NIS America is looking to bring its Falcom-developed continuation of the Y’s series over to the switch as well. Originally released back for the PS4 and PS Vita back in September of 2017 with generally positive reception, Falcom’s well beloved Y’s series is looking to bring its brand of beautiful storytelling and action RPG gameplay to Nintendo’s hybrid console later this year.

 

SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy

SNK

Release Date: Summer 2018

The Nintendo Switch has proven to be one of the strongest consoles to house a number of SNK’s original NEOGEO arcade titles. Along with an now released port of their sequel to the Art of Fighting games, Art of Fighting 2, SNK announced its newest fighting title SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy. Hosting a bevy of female fighters from SNK’s lineup such as Mai Shiranui from the “King of Fighters” series and Yuri from the “Art of Fighting” series, Tag Team Frenzy looks to be an interesting shakeup of a fighting game coming to the console.

 

Payday 2

payday2

Release Date: February 27th, 2018

Nintendo and developer Starbreeze Studios announced that a port of its well-regarded Payday sequel, Payday 2, is coming to the hybrid console in February of this year. Along with the game’s synonymous multiplayer coming to the game, a new timed exclusive heister by the name of Joy is coming with the port too. Joy looks to be a new heister that specializes in hacking perks as well as bring a bevy of her own special weapons to the table.

Fe

Fe.jpg

Release Date: February 16th, 2018

Originally confirmed by EA back in 2017, Fe is another title coming to the console along with the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions in February. Another game a part of EA’s “Originals” program, Fe sees the player controlling the titular character as they along with other creatures, attempt to protect their homes from enemies called the “Silent Ones”.

 

Celeste

celeste

Release Date: January 25th, 2018

A new platforming title by the minds behind indie games Towerfall and Skytorn alike, was also announced for the Switch along with its PS4 port as well. Originally demoed back in 2016 at PAX, Celeste looks to be an amazing yet very accuracy related platformer almost in the same vein as Super Meat Boy.

 

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

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Release Date: May 4th, 2018

Donkey Kong’s first outing on Nintendo’s hybrid console looks to be a port of its well-regarded Wii U title, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze. This updated Switch version looks to bring its original Wii U version over to the system along with its local multiplayer and a new beginner-friendly mode which sees players playing as Funky Kong.

 

Dark Souls Remastered

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Release Date: May 25th, 2018

Saving the biggest announcement for last, Nintendo announced that From Software’s critically acclaimed game “Dark Souls” will be seeing a remaster on the hybrid console. While only presented with a teaser and a release date for the game so far, Dark Souls Remastered looks to be not only the first Souls game in the series to get a remaster, but to be a mainline From Software game to release on a Nintendo console in years.

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