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Nintendo Direct 08.03.2018 Recap

Last week the Big N held a Nintendo Direct that melted the Internet. While the usual deluge of ports for underperforming Nintendo games was announced, there were lots of new announcements to get fans excited- including the big one that many have been speculating about for months.

Here’s everything we saw in last week’s direct!

WarioWare Gold Announced for 3DS

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It’s been 5 years since Game & Wario released for Wii U to middling reviews and worse sales. Now it’s 2018 and with 70 million 3DS systems out in the world, WarioWare Gold is poised to rejuvenate the series. Similar to Mario Party: The Top 100WarioWare Gold is a compilation of some of the best challenges from the previous games but it will have new challenges as well. With over 300 microgames, WarioWare Gold has the most minigames of any WarioWare games surpassing WarioWare: Twisted! for GBA. “Press buttons, tilt the system, use the touchscreen and microphone” is how Nintendo describes gameplay. The short trailer featured minigames paying homage to classic Nintendo titles like Super Mario Bros. and Balloon FightWarioWare Gold is coming to the Nintendo 3DS on August 3rd, 2018 in North America and a week earlier in Europe.

Dillon’s Dead Heat Breakers Announced for 3DS

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Red Flash teams up with custom anthropomorphized Mii characters to stop an Alien invasion. As Dorkly editor Tristan Cooper aptly pointed out:

A demo will be available May 10th this year and the full game releases two weeks later on May 24th.

Mario & Luigi’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey Announced for 3DS

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Released back in 2009 for the Nintendo DS, Mario & Luigi’s Inside Story is coming to 3DS with new story content answering everyone’s burning question: what was Bowser Jr. doing during all this? The game will feature updated visuals and revamped boss fights that make full use of the dual screens held in portrait. The game is expected to release on 3DS sometime in 2019.

New Detective Pikachu Details

Announced way back in 2016, we got some more details about the story in the upcoming Detective Pikachu. It seems Pokémon are behaving weirdly, being abnormally aggressive (Zootopia anyone?) in a town where they used to exist in harmony with humans. Detective Pikachu and local random boy Tim are on the case. It’s available for pre-purchase now on the 3DS eShop and launches March 23rd.

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There’s also a massive 5.3″ amiibo coming which will be available the same day.

Luigi’s Mansion Port Announced for 3DS

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Luigi’s Mansion is getting ported to 3DS with revamped UI and a boss rush mode. The mansion map is now viewable on the bottom screen and after completing the game players will be able to refight the game’s bosses in a mode similar to Mario Odyssey where you find paintings and jump back in. Luigi’s Mansion for 3DS launches sometime in 2018.

New Kirby Star Allies Details

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Kirby is teaming up with Meta Knight, King Dedede and Wally to fight (float?) their way through the latest Kirby adventure. The game will receive regular free updates adding more playable Kirby characters. Kirby Star Allies will launch March 16th, 2018 for Nintendo Switch. The first update will include characters Rick Kine and Coo, Marx and Gooey and be available March 28. There’s a demo available now on the Switch eShop.

Okami HD Announced for Switch

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It’s the same remake that launched on PC, PS4 and Xbox One last year, now coming to Switch. There’s nothing new or different about the Switch version. Okami HD is a classic masterpiece beautiful art blah blah blah. Look watch this video and if you still want to buy it for Switch you can pick it up when it releases this Summer.

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido Dated, Announced for Switch

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In a world where sushi is forbidden, one boy decides to fight for his right to consume Japan’s second best export (second to videogames of course). In this puzzle-action game players must eat more sushi than their opponent through matching same coloured sushi plates to through the most dishes at the enemy. Previously announced for 3DS, Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is coming to 3DS and Switch eShop in a couple months on June 8th.

Highly Anticipated JRPG Octopath Travellers Release Date Announced

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JRPG fans will finally be able to dive into Square Enix’s Switch exclusive Octopath Travellers on July 13th, 2018. There were two new characters shown as well as a Collector’s Edition announced. The free demo is still available on the Switch eShop.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Announced

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The third instalment in the No More Heroes series is coming to Switch in 2018. It will feature local co-op, multiple modes and a variety of worlds and bosses with very different themes based off of popular videogame genres.

Dark Souls Amiibo Announced

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You’ll be able to die again and again now on the go! Coming May 25th to Switch as well as PS4, Xbox One and PC. There will also be an amiibo of the Praise the Sun meme which will let the character in game perform the animation. There’s also a network test coming soon which will give players a chance to try the game.

Mario Tennis Aces Detailed and Dated

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There will be 15 playable unique characters, 4 player multiplayer and a fully fledged story mode for the first time in over a decade in Mario Tennis Aces. The game will feature “refined” tennis gameplay with various shot types and modes. There will be a pre-launch tournament available for free for Switch owners to participate in coming soon. Mario Tennis Aces will launch July 22nd, 2018.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Announced for 3DS and Switch

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Inspired by Japanese block gardens, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker originally launched in 2014 for the Wii U. This version will feature levels from Super Mario Odyssey and have local co-op with one player controller toad and the other shooting things at enemies like in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

There will also be a 3DS version launching the same day as the Switch version on July 13th, 2018.

Undertale Announced for Switch

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In what was the funniest announcement of the Direct, Sans and Papyrus let us know that cult indie hit Undertale will be making it’s way to Switch… eventually.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Announced for Switch

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In a total surprise to pretty much everyone, the longtime PlayStation exclusive is coming to the Switch on July 10th, 2018. It’s the same port of the PSOne trilogy that released on PS4 last summer. Fingers crossed for an amiibo!

Little Nightmares: Complete Edition Announced for Switch

As I said in my review, “Inaccurate controls hardly took away from my enjoyment of Little Nightmares’ world and characters, but it’s absolutely worth noting if you are someone who plays games for precision platforming. Little Nightmares is far from precise.”

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The Switch version includes the two previously released DLC packs as well as amiibo support for another Bandai Namco game: Pac-Man. Using the Pac-Man amiibo will score you a Pac-Man skin for Six’s yellow hoodie. The game launches May 18th, 2018.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Announced for Switch

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The “outrageously offensive” turn-based RPG based on the hit cartoon is coming to Switch. With a “battle system as surprisingly deep as the show that spawned it” (*eyes roll into head*), TFBW won’t include the season pass but it will be available for purchase at an extra $39.99 CDN on top of the base game price of $79.99 CDN. It will release April 24th, 2018.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition Finally Dated

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This game has been talked to death, but you can finally pick it up May 18th, 2018.

ARMS Open Invitational and Second Global Testpunch Announced

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ARMS is getting another global testpunch where players will get a chance to try the game for free on March 31th (according to the announcement lol) that will last for 3 days.

There’s also a second Open Invitational coming to the US and Canada. “Play Ranked Matches between March 8th and March 18th. The eight top players from this period will have the opportunity to move on to the online finals on March 31st (10AM PT). The finals will be streamed online for all to see at https://arms.nintendo.com/videos/” (Source).

Loads of Splatoon 2 Announcements

  • Splatoon 2 Update 3.0 Announced
    • coming this Spring
    • 100+ new pieces of gear
    • new stages
    • new rank for competitive above S-Rank called X-Rank
  • Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion Announced
    • coming this Summer
    • available for pre-order now for $25.79 CDN
    • 80 single-player levels following the story of new Octoling named Agent 8
    • Holy shit Nintendo found a way to sexualize octopus kids
    • adding Octolings as playable characters in multiplayer

Super Smash Bros. Announced

Nintendo ended with the most hype announcement they’ve pulled off since Mario hopped out of the New Donk City sewers in the Switch reveal Direct. Splatoon kids are coming to the next Super Smash Bros. game which has a new(?) logo and a release window of 2018.

That’s that! The internet lost it’s goddamn mind over Smash and the future looks pretty fun for Switch and 3DS owners. Even Toby Fox cared more about Smash than his own announcement:

What did you think of the direct? What has you hyped or what did you wish got announced but didn’t? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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