While you would expect the main flux of game announcements to come around E3 time and other gaming conventions to show off their shiny new games, Nintendo always like to be different, and a few days ago hosted its first Nintendo Direct. Which gave a plethora of information about new games and DLC/ updates. So, let’s dive in and see what all the fuss is all about.
Starting of with the big boys and a contender for slightly pointless sequel of 2019 goes to Super Mario Maker 2 which unless you’ve been in a coma is where you can create your very own Mario levels which I originally thought that the first game would have been enough ported to the switch, and with DLC would have been plenty but hey, it’s a burden to have common sense, anyhow it’s coming out in June of this year for the Switch.
Now, we come to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with details for Update 3.0 which was non-existent with details funnily enough. As we’ve already known beforehand is that Joker from Persona 5 will be available as part of “Challenge Pack 1” DLC, which will be sold individually and will contain a character and a stage with accompanying the music, and a Season Pass which will include them all as they gradually release.
Also, aside from the new games, Nintendo has also been remaking its back catalogue with yesterday’s tribute to be The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening which was originally made for the gameboy way back in 1993. And will retain its top-down perspective of the original but with 2 ½ D graphics which is to be expected to be released this year for the Switch.
If you thought the Battle Royale genre could not get any more ridiculous – then think again as Tetris of all games go in with Tetris 99 where you take on 99 other players in Jenga, sorry I mean Tetris. Which is an odd and rather intense take on a game series that had its origins in the days of the Soviet Union, and it’s available and free right now so if you’re bored of Fortnite: Grand Designs then why not give this a bash.
Then we come to the main attraction with Fire Emblem: Three Houses with an extended trailer showing tons of narrative details and stuff and saw the combat in action. Which looks like a cross between a JRPG and an RTS game that binged watched all of Game of Thrones and every single Japanese anime in the world. Aside from this it still sticks to its to its guns from the past but with neat additions that it’s the first in the series to explore a fully 3D world. Instead of commanding a single person it’s now has back up with a battalion, originally scheduled to be released in the spring but has been pushed back to the 26th July.
There were plenty more to cover with BoxBoy + BoxGirl (if this isn’t based on Darren I’ll be sad)* Editor’s note: Thanks Matt, I’d be pretty sad too.
This comes with 270 stages and 2 player co-op which is out on the 26th of April. Paid and free DLC for Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker with a free co-op mode already out. New details and characters on Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order and BloodStained: Ritual Of the Night which looks very Castlevania like is going to be released in the summer.
The upcoming remaster of Assassin’s Creed 3 will be coming on the 21st of May with all of the DLC from the Tyranny of King Washington and the PS Vita title Assassins Creed 3: Liberation. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is also getting ported onto the Switch in the Spring. The follow up to the renowned Undertale, Deltarune is coming to the Switch this month on the 28th which the first chapter will be free, which should tide us over as the rest of the episodes are being worked on. The latest game in the adventures of Yoshi, Yoshi’s Crafted world has a demo available today ready to play and will be fully released come Match 29th.
Final Fantasy 7 is coming to the Switch on March 26th but Final Fantasy 9 is out right now to play if you so desire, and if like me you have the need for speed then the latest Title in the Grid series Grid Autosport will be roaring onto the switch in the summer. Lastly to mention if you like hanging people up on meat hooks, then good news as Dead by Daylight comes to the Switch at the end of the year.