There were rumors of a Nintendo Direct coming but Nintendo surprised everyone with a small presentation that was heavy on Nintendo Switch switch ports and DLC. Nintendo has using these Directs for a few years. The purpose of the online video presentations is to surprise gamers and focus purely on surprising game releases and announcements. The latest Direct was no different.
The Mini-Direct didn’t introduce many brand-new games for the Nintendo Switch. 2018 is still slated to have a few huge releases for Nintendo’s platform, including new Yoshi, Kirby, and Fire Emblem games. The Direct did add a few new games to that yearly slate. However, the real focus of the newest Direct was on ports of old games coming to the Nintendo Switch. This might sound disappointing to some. However, the announced games are beloved, acclaimed and should enhance the Switch’s already impressive library.
The biggest title of the Direct was, of course, the game that closed the presentation. In a shocking move, Nintendo announced that the original Dark Souls is being remastered and will be available on Switch. Nintendo hasn’t been entirely averse to more adult-oriented and violent games, especially on the Nintendo Switch. However, Dark Souls is about as far away from the company’s family-friendly and pick-up-and-play image as a game can get. That being said, the infamous and brutally difficult game does seem like the perfect fit for Nintendo Switch’s portable nature. The remastered Dark Souls is set for release on May 25.
Dark Souls isn’t the only port coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2018. It was also announced that some first party Nintendo titles will be given new life. Two of titles from the abandoned Wii U will be resurrected for Switch. In 2018, Nintendo is planning to release new versions of the games Hyrule Warriors and Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze. As is typical for these Nintendo Switch re-releases, both games will come with additional content, including new playable characters. Since hardly anyone bought or played a Wii U, the two games might as well count as new releases. Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze will release on May 4. Meanwhile Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is slated for a more nebulous Spring 2018 release window.
Nintendo is reaching even further into to back catalog for re-releases. The company will release a remastered version of the cult hit Nintendo DS RPG, The World Ends with You on Nintendo Switch. The World Ends With You: Final Remix will release later this year and will include the whole original game and a “new scenario.”
There was new DLC announced for Nintendo Switch’s established library. Super Mario Odyssey will be getting a free update that adds a new online multiplayer mode (as well as new outfits). Pokken Tournament DX is adding new Pokemon fighters through paid DLC. So far, Blastoise and Aegislash are the only ones who have been announced. The excellent Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will get a new campaign through its paid DLC that adds Donkey Kong to the game.
Nintendo also snuck in the announcement of a new Mario Tennis game, Mario Tennis: Power Aces, the release date of Kirby Star Allies (April 16) and another port in the form of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana. The Direct might’ve been a “Mini” one but Nintendo made sure to cram as much announcements and news as possible into it.
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