On April 12, Nintendo is hosting another Nintendo Direct presentation. This one's primarily about beating people up: The showcase games are Splatoon 2 and Arms for the Nintendo Switch.
Here's what we can tell you about the featured games, and where and when you can watch the upcoming presentation.
What do we know about Splatoon 2 and Arms so far?
Arms is a fighting game for the Nintendo Switch, but it has a Nintendo twist. Fighters bash at each other from a distance with spring-loaded arms, each tipped with a unique weapon. I had a go with Arms at the Switch event Nintendo held in New York City in at the start of the year, and I quite enjoyed myself. I still have some concerns about the game's longevity, but the overall concept is solid.
Splatoon 2 is more Splatoon – and that's not a bad thing. The Wii U's tiny install base means a lot of people missed out on this highly unique squid-kid team-based shooter when it first came out, so Splatoon 2 is a good chance for Switch adopters to discover what the fuss is about. There's already been one global test-fire, and it went well – even if we still don't know why pigeons are a thriving life-form in this waterlogged world.
There are still some new features in Splatoon 2, by the way. Don't worry your l'il tentacle-head about Splatoon 2 being a mere rehash of the first game.
What can we expect out of the Nintendo Direct presentation on April 12?
We can almost certainly expect solid release dates for Arms and Splatoon 2 by the end of this Nintendo Direct presentation. All we know for now is that Arms is due out in "Spring" (Yes, Nintendo totally did that on purpose), and Splatoon 2 will follow sometime later this year.
There's a good chance we'll hear more about what each game offers, especially Arms. There's been a lot of concern expressed about Arms' seemingly tiny character roster, though Nintendo promises there are more fighters than the five we've seen in the game's initial line-up. Seems like the Direct presentation is a good opportunity for us to get to know some of these other spring-loaded boxers.
Even if you're a Nintendo fan who's not interested in Arms and Splatoon 2, you should still tune in. According to a press release Nintendo distributed earlier today, the presentation is "focused mainly on ARMS and Splatoon 2 for Nintendo Switch" (emphasis mine). We may get a few additional surprises.
Where and when can I watch the presentation?
The Nintendo Direct for Arms and Splatoon 2 starts at 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET on Wednesday, April 12 2017. You can catch the presentation on Nintendo's official Nintendo Direct site / channel.
If you have to work / walk your dog / feed your children, don't worry about missing the presentation. We'll summarize all the cool bits after the show's over.
See you then!