All the News from Nintendo’s March 2018 Direct

Big announcements coming from the Japanese company in their online presentation

Announced merely a day before its streaming, Nintendo held another direct on the 8th of March announcing plenty of news for fans.

The largest of the announcements in this Direct was that Super Smash Bros. will be in fact arriving on the Nintendo Switch sometime this year. All that is known currently is that the Inklings from Splatoon will be in the game, along with some other Nintendo stalwarts such as Mario and Link, and that Masahiro Sakurai is indeed involved with its development. You can see the teaser trailer for the game below.

A large portion of the direct was dedicated to an update for Splatoon 2 as well as Mario Tennis Aces, the new entry into the Mario Tennis series. The latter’s portion in the direct covered the new mechanics of the game, specifically highlighting the new special abilities and stamina-focused gameplay that this new entry is bringing to the table (however players can also play a simplified version as well). The game is going to have 15 playable characters and will launch June 22nd. For further details, you can watch the segment below.

As for Splatoon 2, the big news coming out of the Direct is that the game is receiving a sizeable update and DLC a year after its launch. Not only will this update include various new clothes and stages, but also a new ‘Rank X’ for players who are reaching results above the pre-existing ‘S+’ rank. As for the DLC, it will include a whole new single-player experience featuring an Octoling who has lost her memory as well as featuring Marina and Pearl (who are bizarrely dressed in outfits reminiscent of Tupac and Biggie). This DLC will also allow players to be Octolings within the main game as well. The update will be coming sometime in April and the DLC will drop in the Summer for $19.99. For further details, see the trailer below.

As for the rest of the Direct, here are the other announcements made in the stream:

  • The 3DS will still be supported into 2019 with the announcements of Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers, a remake of Luigi’s MansionWarioWare Gold which features many of the series’s minigames as well as a port of Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story.
  • No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again got some further details and gameplay shown in a brief segment
  • There were ports galore for the Nintendo Switch with UndertaleOkami HDCrash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy, Little Nightmares, Hyrule Warriors, Dark Souls (which hilariously is getting an Amiibo),  Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and South Park: The Fractured But Whole all being highlighted in the presentation to be releasing this or next year (Or in the case of Undertale “eventually”).
  •  Sushi Striker: TheWay of Sushido, a bizarre sushi puzzle/battle game will be coming to the Nintendo Switch and 3DS June 8th.
  • Octopath Traveller got further details about its job system and new characters, along with a release date of July 13th.

You can watch the whole 30+ minute presentation, below.

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