Nintendo Direct Recap: Smash Bros, Splatoon Expansion, and Ports, Oh My!

Nintendo Direct Recap: Smash Bros, Splatoon Expansion, and Ports, Oh My!

There was a lot shown during Nintendo's 30 minute presentation.

The Nintendo Direct, only announced yesterday, has officially concluded. And what a Direct it was. Mario Tennis release date! Smash! Splatoon 2 expansion! More ports! Below you can find a quick recap of all the news the 30 minute showcase uncovered.

WarioWare Gold

It's been five years since the last WarioWare game released on the Wii U. The next on the horizon is said to be the biggest entry in the series yet with 300 minigames at its disposal. The new WarioWare title also features familiar characters like Ashley and utilizes the 3DS' microphone, just as expected. The game launches exclusively on Nintendo 3DS on August 3.

Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers

The third installment of the Dillon's Rolling Western series will be released on May 24 on Nintendo 3DS. The action-tower defense game will have a free demo available a few weeks earlier on May 10.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr's Journey

Mario & Luigi are back at the action-RPG genre with a remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Much like Mario & Luigi's most recent bout on the genre, Bowser's Inside Story will include a special bonus in the remake: Bowser Jr.'s Journey, which sees the story from the smaller Bowser's perspective. The game launches on Nintendo 3DS in 2019.

Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu is releasing soon on Nintendo 3DS. Starting today, you can pre-purchase the game ahead of its March 23 release.

Luigi's Mansion

If you've been dying to explore a spooky house, then Luigi's Mansion has your back again. Luigi's Mansion is the original Gamecube classic remade for Nintendo 3DS, and it's launching later this year. Real-life ghost-sucking vacuum not included.

Kirby Star Allies

Kirby Star Allies launches next week on March 16, but you probably already knew that. It will be the first Kirby game on the Nintendo Switch.

Okami HD

The best Zelda game that isn't actually a Zelda game is finally coming to Nintendo Switch this summer. Okami HD, in all its cel-shaded glory, will be the third time an Okami game has been on a Nintendo platform. Okami, before it was in HD, was ported to the Wii in the past, and even got an exclusive sequel on the Nintendo DS.

Sushi Strike: The Way of Sushido

Previously only confirmed for Nintendo 3DS, today during the Nintendo Direct it was announced that Sushi Strike: The Way of Sushido will also be releasing on the Switch simultaneously. The puzzle-combat oriented game of matching plates of sushi and flinging it at opponents still looks adorable. The game launches on Switch and 3DS on June 8.

Octopath Traveler

Project Octopath Traveler has officially dropped the "Project" part of its name. The lavishly designed 3D-2D hybrid JRPG is arriving closer than expected, with a release date revealed for July 13 of this year.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes

Travis Touchdown has wandered into the world of video games by mistake, and to get out, must defeat a slew of "brutal" bosses across seven different video games, obliterating game-breaking "bugs" at every turn. The game will also host co-op multiplayer and an adventure mode. Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes launches later this year exclusively on Switch.

Dark Souls: Remastered

Dark Souls: Remastered is indeed coming to Switch still, as previously teased. The game won't release alone though, a Dark Souls Amiibo of Solaire of Astora joins it, allowing players to do the "Praise the Sun" emote whenever they wish. Dark Souls: Remastered releases on Switch on May 25, and will have a network test coming soon.

Mario Tennis Aces

Mario Tennis Aces, the first Mario Tennis game in a long while to feature a story mode, got a lot more details in today's Nintendo Direct. The game will host more than 15 playable characters, including a hilarious-looking Chain Chomp, and tilt the focus on different sorts of shots players make. New among these shots include the zone shot, which allows players to aim a precise location to hit the ball using motion controls. The game will also feature a "Swing Mode," for those who want to use the JoyCons to swing their racket more casually. The more players play its online tournament mode, the more additional characters and outfits you unlock. The game launches on June 22 on Switch, and will have a pre-launch online tournament too.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Captain Toad wasn't left to travel the world in Super Mario Odyssey. Now, Captain Toad's Wii U adventure game is coming to the Switch too! The port will include new levels inspired by Captain Toad's own adventures in Super Mario Odyssey, including a level based on New Donk City. The port will include co-op support, where the other player can shoot turnips to provide cover fire. Eventually, a 3DS version of Captain Toad is coming too. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker launches July 13.


We knew this before we even saw that familiar font, just from the music in the air. Undertale is officially coming to Switch... "eventually."

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Crash hasn't only lived on Sony platforms, contrary to popular beliefs. But it's true that the original Crash games have never graced a Nintendo system before. On July 10, that changes with the release of the N. Sane Trilogy, the remakes of the first three Crash Bandicoot games that released last summer.

Little Nightmares: Complete Edition

Little Nightmares was a terrifying little gem last year. The indie game will be releasing with its full suite of DLC episodes to add to the terror. The game even has Amiibo support, surprisingly, allowing players to tap their Pac-Man amiibos to change the signature yellow raincoat into, well, a Pac-Man coat. Little Nightmares launches on Switch on May 18.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

In a trailer that was probably deeply, deeply edited by the kid-friendly folks at Nintendo, South Park: The Fractured But Whole was unveiled for the Switch platform. The RPG will be everything you remember about its non-port counterparts, only you can take it on-the-go now. South Park: The Fractured But Whole launches on April 24, along with a season pass for DLC content.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition officially launches on Switch on May 18. And yes, Linkle's still in it.

Arms League

Arms is hosting the US & Canada Online Open Tournament until March 18, where the eight top players from Ranked Matches in those regions will go onto the Online Finals on March 31, which will be livestreamed.

Splatoon 2 Version 3.0 + Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion

Splatoon 2 is getting another huge update, after its most recent massive update in November. The game will once again be getting 100+ pieces of new gear recycled in, in addition to phasing in three new maps, like the Splatoon 1 fan favorite Camp Triggerfish. The game will also be getting a new ultra-high rank above S+ called Rank X. Version 3.0 is releasing in late April.

But that's not all for Splatoon 2. Splatoon 2 will be getting its first paid DLC expansion in Octo Expansion. Octo Expansion adds a new single-player campaign starring the octoling Agent 8. With the expansion, players will also be able to play as an Octoling in regular matches too, bringing some diversity to the Inklings we're currently used to. The Octo Expansion will be $19.99, and is releasing this summer. For those who pre-order the DLC, they receive special Octo-themed gear.

Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros., in some iteration, is coming to the Switch with Splatoon's Inklings in tow. It's unknown whether this will be a brand new Smash game, or a souped up port of its predecessor on the Wii U, but all we know is that Smash is on the way, and it's coming to Switch in 2018, baby.

Edit: Slightly edited to reflect the fact that later Crash Bandicoot games have been on Nintendo systems before, as the original wording did not reflect this.

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Caty McCarthy

Senior Editor

Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's Senior Editor.

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