Nintendo Direct Mini 2018 Recap: Kirby, Donkey Kong, and Mario Tennis All Coming To Switch

Nintendo Direct Mini 2018 Recap: Kirby, Donkey Kong, and Mario Tennis All Coming To Switch

Oh, and Dark Souls: Remastered if you missed that.

Earlier this morning after a ton of teasing, Nintendo released the long-rumored Nintendo Direct. The short video highlighted nearly a dozen titles that are coming to the platform from now until this Summer. There were a few ports in the lineup, but also a few surprises on hand.

The World Ends with You: Final Remix

The Direct kicked off one of the surprises. It's not a sequel, but The World Ends With You is coming to Nintendo Switch sometime in 2018. The Final Remix version of the game will have improved HD visuals and a brand-new epilogue.

Dark Souls: Remastered

The Direct Mini ended with this rumored port. Dark Souls is coming to Nintendo Switch on May 25, 2018. Dark Souls: Remastered updates the original with technology from Dark Souls 3, and it includes the Artorias of the Abyss DLC. There's also multiplayer with up to 6 players on dedicated servers. It's finally time to praise the sun on-the-go.

Kirby Star Allies

Kirby's Nintendo Switch debut has a final name and release date. Kirby Star Allies is all about playing with friends: yours and Kirby's. Kirby can use some brand-new friends abilities, and the entire game has four-player cooperative play. Kirby Star Allies is coming to Nintendo Switch on March 16.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

Hyrule Warriors is getting one last release. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition brings together all the characters from both Wii U and 3DS releases, alongside the downloadable content (DLC) characters for a total roster of 29. Players can also enjoy two-player cooperative play with separate Joy-Cons. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is coming to Switch this Spring.

Mario Tennis Aces

Mario Tennis returns with an all-new entry on Nintendo Switch. It's all the great Mario Tennis action you've come to expect, with the first Story Mode for the franchise since Mario Tennis: Power Tour on Game Boy Advance. Yeah, that's right, a full Story Mode with boss battles and unique missions. Mario Tennis Aces is coming to Switch this Spring.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Following the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC releases, NIS America is bringing Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana to Nintendo Switch. There's no additional content here, but it's Ys VIII on a portable platform a bit better than the Vita, so that's good news! Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana will be available on Switch this Summer.

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

Another day, another Wii U port. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is making its way to Nintendo Switch, with a new member of the Kong family in tow. Funky Kong can double jump and hover his way to victory, with a surfboard to protect him from spikes, or infinite rolls and corkscrews. Funky Kong is meant for more casual players. You can also enjoy two-player coop with separate Joy-Cons. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is coming on May 4, 2018.

SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy

This is a very odd game. This woman-only SNK fighter looks to use the models and animation from The King of Fighters XIV, but the game looks to be a much lighter, easier experience. You can also customize the fighters with new outfits and accessories. Athena, Mai, Kula, and Leona are confirmed for the roster already. SNK Heroines is coming to Switch this Summer.

PayDay 2

PayDay 2 is finally getting a release date following its original pre-launch announcement. Japanese hacker Joy will be debuting on this version as a timed exclusive. PayDay 2 will launch on Switch on February 27, 2018.


Matt Makes Games' indie action platformer finally has a release date! Celeste can climb anything on this dangerous mountain, and she'll have to to find her way to the top. Jump, climb, and dash your way across interesting environments. And if you're having trouble, the assist mode lets you turn down the game speed or make yourself invincible. Celeste comes to Switch on January 25.


This mystical adventure published by EA is coming to Switch real soon. Explore a forest and use your song to interact with the creatures within. The indie title from developer Zoink is releasing on the Nintendo eShop on February 16.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: New Character and World

Donkey Kong is joining the fun in Mario + Rabbids. There was a Donkey Kong-themed Rabbids in the original release, but this time, DK himself takes center stage. This is a new paid DLC pack coming to the game this Spring.

Super Mario Odyssey: Free Update

Once you've beaten the game and picked up this free update, you'll be able to play a new mode called Luigi's Balloon World. It's a competitive mode for the game. In Hide It, you get 30 seconds to hide a balloon somewhere in a level. In Find It, you get to try and find the balloons other players have hid within the time limit. By hiding and finding balloons, you'll gain ranks on a leaderboard. The update will also include new outfits for Mario, like a Knight costume. The free update will release for Super Mario Odyssey this February.

Pokken Tournament DX: New Fighters

AegisSlash and Mimikyu from Pokemon Sun and Moon, and Mega Rayquaza from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be coming to Pokken Tournament DX as part of the Battle Pack. The first character will be a Battle Pokemon, while the other two are support. The Battle Pack is two waves of paid downloadable content for the game. The three characters listed will be in Wave 1 on January 31, while Blastoise (Battle), Celebi (Support), and Mew (Support) will be in Wave 2 on March 23.

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