Nintendo Direct Mini Round up

Nintendo has been keeping Switch gamers on tenterhooks since the beginning of January, refusing to announce when or even if their annual January Direct was going to happen. Well, fret no more as the Direct Mini has just dropped and boy does it have some bombshells.

Though many of us knew it was coming, a Dark Souls remaster is probably the biggest announcement to come out of todays Direct. Releasing May 25th this year, we can prepare to die once more but this time we can die anywhere!

(Dark Souls Remastered is also set to release on PS4 and Xbox One on the same day)

Another more unexpected addition to the Switch library is a remixed port of Tetsuya Nomura’s modern day stylish JRPG The World Ends With You. Originally released in 2007, it’s unique touch controlled battle system will make the game a perfect fit for the Switch. We’re also promised a sizeable chunk of new content in the form of an extra campaign that will add another level of depth to the already slightly barmy story. Expect to see TWEWY: Remix on Switch at some point this year.

Last years excellent PS4 and Vita Action RPG Ys VII: The Lacrimosa of Dansa is also getting a release this Summer on the Switch. The latest entry in Falcoms long running Ys series and Adol’s most epic adventure yet. We’ll have out Otaku Review of Ys Chronicles on the site for you to read later this week if you’d like to know more about the origins of the series.

On top of these upcoming releases, Nintendo also announced the following:

  • New Pokkén Tournament DLC, featuring Blastoise and Aegislash
  • The latest in the Kirby series; Kirby Star Allies
  • A switch port of Hyrule Warriors, containing all the content of both the Wii U and 3DS versions
  • Mario Tennis Aces featuring the first story mode in the Mario Tennis series since Mario Tennis: Power Tour released on Game Boy Advance
  • An upcoming free update for Super Mario Odyssey, featuring new post-story content as well as a minigame featuring Mario’s hapless brother Luigi!
  • A new female focused tag fighting brawler; SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy
  • New DLC content for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle featuring new character Donkey Kong!
  • Bank robbing simulator Payday 2 comes to Switch with a brand new character debut.
  • Both beautiful platformer Fe and retro 2d adventure Celeste come to Switch within the next month as part of the Nindie’s initiative.
  • DK and crew are back with a Switch port of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze with the addition of new character Funky Kong.

All in all it looks like Nintendo isn’t resting on their laurels after an absolutely incredible first year for the Switch. The momentum is clearly carrying over to the beginning of 2018 and as this Nintendo Direct was only a mini-direct, I can’t wait to see what they have lined up for us with a full fledged Direct.

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Matthew Wall