Earlier tonight Nintendo held its latest Direct to show off the latest in gaming, and we’re off to an amazing start this year.
Some BIG names got their release dates and others have been teased to come later this year. We start off with Mario Tennis Aces. What a gameplay trailer! We get to see some of the newest moves and abilities that have been added to keep this game fresh and competitive. Also for the first time since Mario Tennis Power Tour, we are getting a story mode!
Mario Tennis Aces is one of the most robust Mario sports games yet. The intuitive and deep gameplay allows for exciting competitions in the living room or, really, anywhere using the power of Nintendo Switch. In Swing Mode, players can use their Joy-Con controllers like a tennis racket, swinging them to initiate the tennis swings in the game. Mario Tennis Aces launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on June 22.
Now for the news you’ve been scrolling for. SUPER SMASH BROS!!! Yes, it has been confirmed that Super Smash Bros will be coming to the Switch, sometime this year. No release date has been announced so stay tuned for updates. One thing that is confirmed is the introduction of the Inklings from Splatoon 2 being involved in this Smash Battle. At the moment, though, it’s unclear if this is a port of what we saw on the Wii U, or an entirely new game.
Nintendo had a lot more to say during the event, including new updates for Splatoon 2 including the first paid DLC single-player expansion.
The first paid DLC is coming to Splatoon 2 this summer. Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion adds a hefty new single-player mode that lets players play as new character Agent 8, an Octoling (!) with lost memories. The new single-player campaign features 80 missions, as well as new stories that shed new light on beloved characters. Players that complete the Octo Expansion campaign will unlock the ability to play as Octolings in multiplayer battles.
Other new games announced include Octopath: Traveler, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Okami HD, Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido, DARK SOULS: REMASTERED, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, Little Nightmares: Complete Edition, and UNDERTALE.
There were also some unexpected games revealed at this Direct as well. Most notably being the Crash Bandicoot: N’Sane Trilogy which arrives July 10th, 2018. For fans of the South Park TV show, you also got a nice surprise. South Park: The Fractured But Whole will also be coming to the Switch April 24th of this year.
“Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS are being propelled through 2018 with an energized lineup of games of all kinds,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.