Following an amazing run of 3DS announcements, Nintendo is ready to do the same for the Nintendo Switch! Today's Nintendo Direct offered a number of release dates for already-announced Switch title, plus a whole bunch of new games and surprises!
We already knew Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was coming on April 28, but to support the launch Nintendo will be running two tournaments for the game. Ultra Street Fighter II is another previously-announced game, adding Evil Ryu and Violent Ken to the roster on May 26. The Switch version of Sonic Forces is still coming Holiday 2017 and we're no closer to having a final release date. Puyo Puyo Tetris already had a release date and Nintendo reaffirmed its April 25 launch. Disgaea 5 Complete, which was a launch title for Switch in Japan, is coming on May 23 to North America.
Then there were the new game announcements! First up was the reveal of Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, coming May 11! The game will feature multiplayer with up to 8 players online, or 4 in local tabletop or portable player. Minecraft will also support local splitscreen for 4 players. Alongside the release of Minecraft, Mojang will offer the Super Mario Mash-Up pack, with skins and items from the Super Mario franchise.
Fate/Extella is coming to Nintendo Switch on July 25, featuring a ton of DLC outfits because folks love costumes. Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition brings the platformer to Nintendo Switch sometime later this year. Dieselpunk shooter Sine Mora EX is coming this summer, as is the RPG action of BattleChasers: Nightwar. PayDay 2 is another surprise announcement, with the team-based heist shooter coming to Switch later this year. Bandai Namco also steps up to the plate with Namco Museum, bringing Pac-Man, Dig-Dug, Galaga, Splatterhouse, and more to Switch this summer.
All in all, it was a chance for Nintendo to fill out its Switch release schedule and the company delivered. Summer is looking good and E3 is still on the horizon!