Posted March 9, 2018 by Joseph Rositano in Feature
 
 

Nintendo Direct Round-Up – 9 March, 2018


This morning Nintendo released a new Nintendo Direct, announcing several new games for Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch systems, as well as release dates for previously announced titles. Rather than create dozens of articles, we have decided to do a round-up of the highlights from the presentation. We highly recommend watching the full presentation, which we have embedded at the bottom of the article.

Please note that we have listed dates featured in the European Nintendo Direct. While these dates usually align accurately with Australian releases, there may be some minor differences. We recommend following up with your prefered retailer.

 

Nintendo 3DS Announcements:

WarioWare Gold

A collection of 300 new and old micro mini-games from the WarioWare franchise. Coming July 27th, 2018.

Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers

A third entry to the Dillon’s Rolling Western franchise which will see the titular Dillon team up with the player’s animalised Mii characters. Coming May 25th, 2018.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey

Similar to last year’s remake of Mario & Luigi, it is a remake to the original Bowser’s Inside Story that was released on the Nintendo DS in 2009. The game will feature updated graphics, sounds and will feature a side story about what Bowser Jr. gets up to while his father is off on an adventure. Coming in 2019.

Detective Pikachu

As previously announced this will be coming to Australia on 24th March, along with a giant-sized Detective Pikachu amiibo. The game is now available to pre-download from the Nintendo eShop.

Luigi’s Mansion

A remake of the GameCube original, allowing players to experience both games on the one system. There will be a new Boss Rush mode. Coming in 2018.

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido

The game is set in a world where sushi is forbidden and features protagonist Musashi, a youngster who sets out to fight sushi battles against the evil Empire and topple its sushi monopoly (yeah, we’re not making that up). The aim of the game is to eat piles of sushi and attack opponents with the leftover plates. There will be an online multiplayer mode. Releasing on June 8 2018, Sushi Striker will also be coming to the Nintendo Switch on the same day.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

An enhanced port of the Wii U original, now featuring levels based on Super Mario Odyssey. There is also a Nintendo Switch version in development, with both versions launching July 13 2018. There will be a co-op mode on the Switch version where the second player can fire turnips at enemies. The 3DS version will feature 3D visuals and touch screen controls.

 

Nintendo Switch Announcements:

Kirby Star Allies

As previously announced this will be coming to Australia on 16 March 2018. Nintendo showed footage of King Dedede, Metaknight and Bandana Waddle Dee joining Kirby’s team. Referred to as Dream Friends, more characters from the series will be added as free DLC in the future. The first DLC pack will be released on March 28 and feature Rick & Kine & Coo, Marx and Gooey.

Okami HD

Amaterasu returns to Nintendo systems for the first time in HD. The Switch version will feature touch screen controls in handheld mode and motion controls in TV and tabletop mode. Okami HD will be released during Australia’s Winter season.

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido

The game is set in a world where sushi is forbidden and features protagonist Musashi, a youngster who sets out to fight sushi battles against the evil Empire and topple its sushi monopoly (yeah, we’re not making that up). The aim of the game is to eat piles of sushi and attack opponents with the leftover plates. There will be an online multiplayer mode. Releasing on June 8 2018, Sushi Striker will also be coming to the Nintendo 3DS on the same day.

Octopath Traveler

Some new gameplay footage was shown, including two new characters and the reveal you can combine jobs and abilities to enhance your strategic options. The game will be released on July 13 2018. A special edition will be available on the same day which includes a pop-up book introducing the eight main characters and their places of origin, a map and a replica coin based on in-game currency.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

In the game Travis Touchdown will enter the world of a videogame console, with there are 7 different “game titles” (we assume levels). Players will need to hunt down bugs and then take on brutal bosses at the end of each “game”. There will be co-op multiplayer. Coming some time in 2018.

Dark Souls: Remastered

Before the title’s launch on May 25 2018,  there will be a network test allowing players everywhere to try out the game as well as help the developers prepare their servers. Releasing separately will be a Solaire of Astora Amiibo. Nintendo Australia have confirmed the Amiibo will be available via their official EBay store in the near future.

Mario Tennis Aces

The game will feature more than 15 playable characters with each having their own abilities and play styles. Four-player local multiplayer will be supported as well as online multiplayer. There will be a new energy gauge which allows you to unleash special abilities, including Zone Shot and Zone Speed. Zone Shot pauses the game and allows you to aim a powerful shot which can break your opponent’s racquet, forcing them to forfeit. Zone Speed lets your character speed up to chase fast balls. You can opt to play the game using simple rules where only normal serves and shots can be made. There is also a Swing mode where players play the game using motion controls. Mario Tennis Aces will be released on June 22 2018, but there also be a pre-launch online tournament for Switch owners to try out the game beforehand.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

An enhanced port of the Wii U original, now featuring levels based on Super Mario Odyssey. There is also a Nintendo 3DS version in development, with both versions launching July 13 2018. There will be a Co-op mode on the Switch version where the second player can fire turnips at enemies. The 3DS version will feature 3D visuals and touch screen controls.

Undertale

Not much to say about this one except that it’s coming to Nintendo Switch… Eventually!

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Finally the collection makes the jump from PS4 to Nintendo Switch (as well as Xbox One and PC as it was revealed later). Coming July 10, 2018.

Little Nightmares Complete Collection

This will include Little Nightmares and all DLC packs. Coming May 18, 2018.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Not much to say about this one except it will be a port of other versions of the game and will be coming April 24, 2018. The three DLC packs will available separately and as part of the season pass. As Cartman would say; “kick-ass!”.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

Confirmed to be coming out on May 18, 2018.

ARMS

On March 31 there will be a 3-Day Test Punch event allowing players to try out the title if they haven’t already.

Splatoon 2

The game will be updated to version 3.0 in late April. The update will include 100 pieces of new gear, three new levels (Piranha Pit, Camp Triggerfish and Wahoo World) and Rank X. Splatoon 2’s first paid DLC, Octo Expansion was also revealed. It is a hefty single-player expansion where you’ll play as Agent 8, a new character who looks like an Octoling. The campaign will see Agent 8 explore 80 test facilities in a subterranean world, where new stories will be told shedding light on beloved characters. For the multiplayer side of the game, you will also be able to join matches as an Octoling. Octo Expansion will be released during Australia’s Winter season this year.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch

After many online rumours and speculation from fans, Super Smash Bros has FINALLY been confirmed for the Nintendo Switch. A short trailer was shown indicating the Inklings will be playable characters, as well as a hint that Link will be remodeled to reflect his look in Breath of the Wild. The game is coming out in 2018.

 


Joseph Rositano

 
While Joseph's main hobby has always centered around video games, he's also taken an interest in movies, musicals and traveling around the world. No one quite knows what Joseph's true motivations are, but rest assured he is always planning his next grand adventure!