January 2018 Nintendo Direct Mini Covers Upcoming Switch Games

Posted by | January 11, 2018 | News, Switch, Video | No Comments

Earlier today Nintendo hosted a Nintendo Direct Mini. It’s less than 15 minutes but packed with information about upcoming Switch games and DLC, as well as one major new game announcement.

Here is the full rundown of news:

Nintendo DS action-rhythm-RPG The World Ends with You: Final Remix is coming to Nintendo Switch later this year. It will offer touch screen controls as well as the Joy Con.

Pokken Tournament DX is getting a new DLC Battle Pack, which will be released in two waves. Wave one (January 31) will include new contender Aegislash and supports Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu. Wave two (March 23) will add fighter Blastoise and support Pokémon Mew and Celebi. The Battle Pack is available for purchase now on the Nintendo eShop for $14.99.

New copy abilities and gameplay footage were shown for Kirby Star Allies, including Artist and Spider. Co-op friends can also combine their abilities to produce new effects. Nintendo also provided an official release date: March 16.

There are free demos available on the Nintendo eShop for Kirby Battle Royale and Dragon Quest Builders.

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Nintendo Switch is getting Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. It includes all the content and DLC from the Wii U and 3DS versions, as well as new outfits from Breath of the Wild. It’s coming Spring 2018.

Mario Tennis Aces will feature a new Story Mode and boss battles. It’s coming Spring 2018.

Action-RPG Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana features rhythmic battles, large monsters, anime cutscenes, and base-building. It came out last year on PlayStation 4 and PS Vita, and it’s headed to Nintendo Switch this summer.

Super Mario Odyssey is getting a free update that adds a new post-game online mode. It’s competitive search and find with balloons, complete with online leaderboards. The update also brings new outfits for Mario and filters for Snapshot mode. The update is coming in February.

It’s a ladies-only affair with SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. This spin-off fighting game includes only the women of the King of Fighters series and features up to two-on-two battles. It’s coming this summer.

New DLC for Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle will add Donkey Kong as a playable character. The DLC pack will be available this spring.

Cooperative heist shooter Payday 2 is coming to Nintendo Switch, adding HD rumble and touchscreen controls. It arrives February 27.

Indie game Fe uses music and songs to interact with its gloomy forest world. Fe comes to Nintendo Switch February 16.

Indie platformer Celeste features pixelated graphics and an assist mode that lets you tweak the difficultly level. It’s coming January 25.

One of the Wii U’s more divisive games, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is headed to Nintendo Switch. The Switch port features the same two player co-op side-scrolling action, and also adds Funky Kong as a playable character. Funky can use his surfboard to hover in mid-air and stomp on spikes. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze arrives on Switch on May 4.

Nintendo closed the Direct Mini with a major new announcements: Dark Souls: Remastered will bring the challenging 2011 action-RPG to Nintendo Switch with updated graphics. It’s also coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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