Nintendo Direct

Feb 13 Nintendo Direct Recap

Earlier yesterday afternoon, Nintendo broadcasted their latest Direct livestream. Fans of the entire Nintendo series tuned in, waiting to hear the details of their favorite video games. Among the announcements, there was ports, remakes, and dates confirmed for many titles. This Nintendo Direct even showcased titles that were launched as the Direct streamed.

Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Maker 2 Confirmed for Nintendo Switch
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The Nintendo Direct opened up with the announcement of Super Mario Maker 2, the sequel to the Wii U’s level creating game. The Mario title allows players to create their own levels in any style they choose. Returning fans will remain delighted to hear that this sequel will include even more tools, items, and features. Super Mario Maker 2 will launch in June 2019, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch console.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Coming to Switch
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Marvel’s sequel followed up Mario with Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. The game is the third addition to the series, the last one released back in 2009. Unlike its predecessors, MUA3 will be a Switch exclusive. This four-person action game will focus on players working together to stop Thanos and the Black Order. Not much else remains known about this game, except that it will launch in the summer of 2019. Following up on Marvel’s game — Boxboy and Boxgirl — a smaller title coming out this April. A puzzle platformer developed by HAL Laboratory, the same developers of Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Ver. 3 Update

Version 3 of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been confirmed for this spring. Before the end of April, Joker from the Persona series will join the roster as the 71st character and first paid DLC fighter. Nintendo made sure not to reveal too much this time around, only allowing for a 43-second slot. However, we got a quick glance at Joker’s character model, and five new Amiibos remains announced for later this year. SSBU then passed the Nintendo Direct unto a number of smaller titles.

Nintendo Confirms SSBU Ver. 3 Update
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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was the first of these titles. It is the latest puzzle video game featuring Toad from the Mario series. This two-player spinoff is available now and will be getting both free and paid DLC. Dubbed as the “Special Episode,” the paid DLC is now available for purchase and will grant instant access to a new course.

Various Updates For Smaller Games

Dragon Quest Builders 2, a North American RPG, is getting a port to the Switch from its 1987 counterpart. Dragon Quest XI S, the latest in the series, also announced for development. Recently, Dragon Quest was largely requested to be represented in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but there is currently no concrete evidence that it will.

  • Disney Tsum Tsum Festival is a children’s puzzle game that was announced for later this year. Tsum tsums are small toys that sport the look of various Disney characters.
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas DLCs were announced, and will add villains and heroes from the Starfox series. Starlink was developed by Ubisoft Toronto and also offers an optional toys-to-life element.
  • Rune Factory 4 Special and Rune Factory 5 are role-playing simulation video games that were also given their own sport for the Nintendo Direct. RF4 Special will be getting a port to the Switch, and the company also used their time to announce their development for a fifth series entry.

Oninaki is a unique action role-playing game coming to the Switch this summer. Each class, known as a “Daemon,” has its own unique weapons and skills. However, players can shift between them in real time to gain the upper hand in battle.

Nintendo Direct
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Yoshi’s Crafted World is an upcoming side-scrolling platform video game, revealed at E3 2017. The demo was launched today, while the full game is expected on March 29th. Developers also made a point that they would be asking players for their feedback via a survey.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Headlining this Direct was the new Fire Emblem: Three Houses information. First announced at E3 2018, Three Houses will center around three noble houses that are part of an elite facility that trains students in the ways of weapons, magic, and special skills. As a professor, the player must choose one of these houses to lead its students in a grid-based battle system.

New Fire Emblem Details Revealed on Direct
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Tetris 99 then followed Fire Emblem, a free game for Nintendo Online members. The game sports a new “battle royalegamestyle. Players will try and outlast 98 other players in an effort to be the last one standing.

Deltarune

Deltarune Chapter 1 Free on Switch
Credit: Toby Fox

From Toby Fox, the creator of the award-winning game Undertale, comes Deltarune. The game was originally released on Halloween 2018 but will be getting a free port to the Nintendo Switch. However, the following episodes will be paid for. The reveal trailer censored many spoilers for the game’s story with dogs, a joke that would not fall on deaf ears for many fans of the game.

Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight Coming to Switch
Credit: Behavior Interactive

Behavior Interactive’s horror movie-esque video game is coming to the Switch this fall. The 4v1 co-op survival video game centers on players trying to escape the area from a murderous killer. The trailer showcased some of the many options players will get to customize both their victim and killer.

Daemon x Machina

Daemon x Machina is an upcoming mech action game for the Switch, first revealed during Nintendo’s presentation at E3 2018. Although, the game’s demo was released on the Nintendo E-Shop on the same day as Direct, with its release date still on an unannounced 2019 date.

Daemon x Machina Demo for Switch
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GRID Autosport is a racing video game originally released in 2014. The game’s Nintendo Direct reminded viewers of its Switch port aimed for release sometime in 2019.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

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The award-winning indie game, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrafice, is getting a port to the Switch. Hellblade focuses on a woman named Senua who is fighting through viking hell to rescue the soul of her dead lover. Originally released on August 8, 2017, this AAA game won over many players with its stellar performances, audio design, and action.

Nintendo Direct Reminders

Nintendo Direct also did a segment that was a rapid-fire of video game reminders and announcements that were either coming to the Switch or would be available soon.

Nonetheless, among them were:

  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Mortal Kombat 11 (April 23)
  • Electronic Arts’ Unravel two (March 22)
  • Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III Remastered (May 21)
  • Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII (March 26)
  • Square Enix’s Chocoboco’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! (March 20)
  • Square Enix’s Final Fantasy IX (Available now)

Astral Chain

Credit: PlatinumGames

From the studio of Bayonetta, comes Astral Chain. The game’s story centers around a police special forces unit in a futuristic society. Astral Chain includes a brand new battle system, with elements of exploration. Astral Chain launches exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on Aug. 30th.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Remake For Switch
Credit: Nintendo

The last reveal of Nintendo Direct, Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake was announced for the Switch. Originally released for the Game Boy more than 25 years ago, players can return to the island of Koholint to guide Link on his adventure. The remake will come out at an unspecified date later this year.

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