After what felt like a lack of game variety for Nintendo’s newest console in it’s first year, Nintendo Direct solved that problem on Thursday!
Earlier last week, Nintendo presented their second Nintendo Direct of 2018 with some big announcements about the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch. This will be the first-full year that the Switch will be out, so more games will be available, unlike last year.
The following are all of the games that were announced for the Nintendo 3DS:
- Detective Pikachu (March 23rd, available for pre-purchase now),
- Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers (May 24th)
- Nintendo 3DS: WarioWare Gold (August 3rd)
- Luigi’s Mansion (2018)
- Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story+Bowser Jr.’s Story (2019)
Although there weren’t too many games presented for the 3DS, Detective Pikachu and Luigi’s Mansion were the biggest announcements for the hand-held system. Detective Pikachu features Danny DeVito as the electric mouse detective who works with a boy named Tim. Their case involves Pokémon in Ryme City who have “been behaving oddly and are running a muck.” Not only that, Tim’s dad has mysteriously disappeared, so Pikachu and Tim also have to solve where he went as well. Luigi’s Mansion is a remake of when it was originally released for the Gamecube. Set to save Mario from ghosts that roam the mansion, Luigi has to use his vacuum to protect himself. The feature that will make this different from the Gamecube is your map will be displayed on the bottom screen of your 3DS.
Although the announcement video lacked 3DS games, it had plenty of games for the Nintendo Switch:
- Kirby Star Allies (March 16th)
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole (April 24th + 3 DLC packs to be released later in the year)
- Little Nightmares: Complete Edition (May 18th)
- Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (May 18th)
- Mario Tennis Aces (May 22nd)
- Dark Souls Remastered (May 25th)
- Okami HD (this summer)
- Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido (June 8th)
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (July 10th)
- Octopath Traveler (July 13th)
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (July 13th+3DS release)
- Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes (2018)
- Undertale (Coming Soon)
There are a lot of game releases on this list, but the big game that Nintendo hyped about in Nintendo Direct was Mario Tennis Aces. With 15 characters to choose from and a variety of shots to take, Mario Tennis Aces makes the matches more challenging than ever! While in a match, you have plenty of options for what kind of shot you can hit at your opponent. Along with a regular hit, you can slice your ball, lob it over your opponent and put topspin on the ball. The Zone Shot allows you to aim where you want the ball to land and the Special Shot allows your character to perform their special that, in most cases, is unstoppable!
You can also have four players in a game together playing on their own Switch. Details will be announced later, but an online tournament will be hosted by Nintendo for those interested in playing this game before it is released.
You can now exchange gold coins for games on Nintendo Eshop or my.Nintendo.com. For those who have played ARMS within the last year that it has been out, there is a US and Canada Online Tournament and ranked matches are going on now through March 18th. March 31st will be the finals for the tournament where all finalists will get a custom art piece made by the development team.