Nintendo Direct 8/3/2018

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Choo choo!

All aboard the Nintendo hype train! As always, Nintendo announced their online presentation a few days before it aired, promising half an hour of information on new and as yet unannounced games. These Directs have been a mixed bag in the past, sometimes delivering solid surprises, sometimes flapping around with a handful of snippets for games we either already know of or could care less about.

This one… well…

We started with a few 3DS announcements including WarioWare Gold (a best of collection), Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers (a new entry in the 3D action/tower defense hybrid) and a bit more detail on the soon to be released Detective Pikachu.

The big titles, however, were two remakes. Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, the classic DS RPG, is getting an overhaul along with a new story mode involving Bowser Jr. as is GameCube launch title Luigi’s Mansion which saw a sequel hit 3DS in 2013. This will come with some 3DS exclusive quality of life changes as well as a boss rush mode.

So far so nice, but with the Switch announcements Nintendo really turned up the heat!

Nestled comfortably among a few standard-fare titles like Sushi Striker, the remarkably underwhelming looking Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes and Undertale were some biggies!

Okami HD will be coming to Ninty’s little hybrid machine this summer! Great news for a title that people have been craving ever since it hit XBox One and PS4 last year and a wonderfully perfect fit for the console. It’ll bring a mix of standard and touchscreen controls.

Other great looking ports announced included Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy, Little Nightmares Complete Edition and South Park: The Fractured But Whole. We also got a release date of May 18th for the Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition.

And if you’re a fan of nice collectibles to go with your vidjagames, Square-Enix’s classic style RPG Octopath Traveller will be getting a tasty looking collectors edition when it launches and the Switch version of Dark Souls Remastered (#gitgud) will be getting an Amiibo modelled after Solaire of Astora. Look at it! Isn’t it gorgeous! Don’t you wish you were so grossly incandescent?

Nintendo bolstered their commitment of free DLC for their games by announcing some upcoming characters for Kirby Star Allies, due to hit the system next week, as well as a v.3 release for Splatoon 2 which will bring a ton of new gear, stages and a new rank for pro players. The latter also had a pretty huge announcement in the form of the Octo Expansion, a massive single player upgrade which will be paid DLC. This expansion adds a ton of new single player levels as well as the ability to play as the much requested Octolings in multiplayer.

Oh, and there was also a massive info dump for the remarkably solid looking Mario Tennis Aces which releases on June 22nd. As well as looking a ton of fun, Aces is also continuing the current Nintendo trend of including deep online multiplayer in their games with some great looking modes and tournaments planned.

And finally…

Super Smash Bros. is coming to Switch in 2018. We have no more information on this other than the Inklings from Splatoon will aparently feature, but rest assured this final announcement well and truly sent the hype train rocketing out of the station!

What a solid presentation! 2018 is shaping up to be a brilliant year for the house of Mario!

Writes and produces films at independent outfit Shortorme Productions. Records music under the guise of Stage of History. Gamer since the days of the ZX Spectrum. Always on the lookout for something new and fresh.

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