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Nintendo Direct March 8th Was A Bust, Minus One Awesome Announcement!

Nintendo just finished their latest Nintendo Direct and it had plenty of games and updates to talk about, but it was mostly a bust on new games. However, the ending has us stoked to have a Switch in our midst.

Everyone knows that Nintendo Direct is the best way to get new information on everything upcoming from Nintendo. They are regular, pre-recorded videos that give us a glimpse at all things Nintendo coming in the near future. If you missed the last one in January, check it out here.

With the latest Nintendo Direct having just come and gone, it was sort of a bust. There wasn’t much to be excited about as far as new announcements go. Other than updates on games we know about already, new game ports, release dates, it was sort of disappointing. However, the announcement at the end has this writer stoked to have the system on hand. So let’s have a look shall we?

New Games

WarioWare Gold

WarioWare has been a series for quite some time, and this new game is just the latest in the series. WarioWare Gold will apparently be the biggest game in the series to date. With 300 micro games for you to enjoy, both old and new additions.

WarioWare Gold will release on 3DS August 3rd.

Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers

This is a new Action Tower Defense game that will see you defending your animal friends. You, and even your friends animalized Mii’s can take part in the game. If your not sure about this game, neither are we. Take a look at the video about to get a better idea of what it is. Or, just download the demo with releases on the 10th.

Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers releases on Nintendo eShop May 24th.

Mario & Luigi: Bower’s Inside Story + Bower Jr.’s Journey

Boy what a title. For those who don’t know, this game originally released for the Nintendo DS back in 2009. This is an upgraded port for the 3DS that comes with an all new story that focuses on Bowser Jr.

Mario & Luigi: Bower’s Inside Story + Bower Jr.’s Journey doesn’t have an official release date just yet, but don’t expect to play it this year. As it releases on the 3DS sometime in 2019.

Luigi’s Mansion Remake

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (in other words Luigi’s Mansion 2) released on the 3DS way back in 2013. And finally, those who never played the original on the Gamecube will get a chance to try it out in this fully rebuilt game on the 3DS. It doesn’t look like much will be added or changed, but the game is still coming.

Luigi’s Mansion Remake will be coming to the 3DS sometime later this year.

Okami HD

Okami HD released on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC in December, and now, Nintendo Switch owners will be able to get their hands on this classic adventure. This game has released on the PS2, Wii, PS3, PC, PS4, and Xbox One over the years, and finally on the Nintendo Switch.

The game supports Touch controls for the paintbrush, and motion controls for the Joy Cons should you be plugged into the dock.

Okami HD released on the Nintendo Switch this Summer.

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido

Yep, another weird Japanese game is coming to a Nintendo console. This one will see you matching up sushi in a puzzle-esque style game against opponents in order to win “battles.” There are special moves, multiplayer, and plenty of weird Japanese goodness on order.

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido releases on the Nintendo Switch June 8th.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Another day, another port. Although, this time they will be adding new features to the game to get those who may have played it before to repurchase the game. The game will even feature new levels from Super Mario Odyssey, and will even support 2 player co-op on the same console.

They will even be mil… I mean releasing a version for the 3DS to boot for those who don’t have a Switch just yet.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker releases on the Nintendo Switch July 13th.


Not much is known, or even really needs to BE known about this. Undertale is coming to the Nintendo Switch… eventually.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

That’s right, the once PS4 exclusive is making the console jump. This is big news for Nintendo, as this is the first time the orange Bandicoot is seeing a release on a Nintendo console.

All 3 fully remastered games will be making their way in full HD glory to the Nintendo Switch July 10th.

Little Nightmares: Complete Edition

This puzzle platformer originally released on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC in April of last year, and it’s finally coming to the Nintendo Switch. Coming with the base game, and all previously released DLC.

Little Nightmares: Complete Edition releases on the Nintendo Switch May 18th.

South Park: The Fractured But Hole

This has been a rumor for quite some time, but now it’s officially confirmed. Originally released on the PS4 and Xbox One last year, you can take on this ridiculous adventure on the go with the Nintendo Switch version. Sadly, the game does not come with any of the DLC, but you can purchase it separately, or get all of them with the Season Pass.

South Park: The Fractured But Hole releases on the Nintendo Switch April 24th.

Game Updates

Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu is a new game on the 3DS that released in Japan just over 2 years ago, and it seemed like we would never get it. However, the game was finally confirmed back in January. Not only will the game get a new, extra large Amiibo, but it tells an all-new story with a gruff, Detective prone Pikachu.

Detective Pikachu releases on the 3DS March 23rd.

Kirby Star Allies

Kirby Star Allies releases next week, and still we’re learning new things about it. This time, we find out that even Kirby’s enemies can become allies at certain “Dream Palaces.” King Dedede, Metaknight, and Bandana Waddle Dee can become your “Dream Friends” during your adventures. That’s not all though, more Dream Friends will be added down the line via free updates.

The first of which will include Rick, Kine, and Coo from Kirby’s Dream Land 2, Marx from Kirby Super Star, and Gooey from Kirby’s Dream Land 3.

As we said, the game releases next week for the Nintendo Switch (on the 16th), and the first update will launch shortly after on the 28th.

Octopath Traveler

Officially loosing the “project” tag in the “working title”, Octopath Traveler got some additional info at the Direct. New characters, more game info, and finally, a release date.

Two new characters, Tressa, and Alfyn were shown. Tressa is a a merchant traveler that has a Path Action that allows you to “Purchase” unique items from NPC’s you otherwise wouldn’t be able to get. While Alfyn is an Apothecary looking to heal all those who cross his path. His Path Action is to “Inquire”, and thus learn things others wouldn’t be able to discern.

A new Job System was also discussed. Each character has a base job, but can equip a second class down the line that allows you to combine and experiment with new abilities to on your travels.

The game will also get a special edition for collectors with extra goodies.

And finally, Octopath Traveler releases exclusively on the Nintendo Switch July 13th.

Travis Stikes Again: No More Heroes

This is a game we can’t wait for. Having loved the first 2, this one has us excited… although, the game looks quite different to what we’re used to.

This game sees Travis Touchdown get sucked into a ‘Legendary Game Console’, the Death Drive Mark 2, and go through various different games. 7 different ones to be precise, from Puzzles to Racing even. The games look to be almost a Diablo Birds Eye view style of combat, with simplistic, yet deep combat.

As an awesome bonus, the game supports couch co-op on the same console.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes releases exclusively on the Nintendo Switch sometime this year.

Dark Souls: Remastered

What’s there to be said about a franchise just about everyone knows about? Other than the fact that even Bandai Namco wrongly calls this the “start of a genre” (that was Demon’s Souls), this is the first time the series will see a release on a Nintendo console.

The game will be receiving a Network Test soon, but no details were given, nor were any dates. So stay tuned for more info as it comes out.

The game will also see a custom Amiibo, the Solaire of Astora. So you can “Praise the Sun” at will.

Dark Souls: Remastered releases on Nintendo Switch May 25th.

Mario Tennis: Aces

Plenty was shown off about this coming Mario Tennis game, but it was mostly about the “refined” gameplay. Basically, there are new moves, specials, and strategies you need to keep in mind while playing. As we reported before, the game will support a full story, boss battles, and of course, multiplayer with up to 4 players.

For those interested in the game, there will be a “Pre-Launch Tournament” obviously, before the game releases. So get your Joy Cons ready when it goes live later this year.

Mario Tennis: Aces releases on the Nintendo Switch June 22nd.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition

Nothing new was announced, but it was given an official release date. You can look forward to playing the updated game on May 18th.


If you’ve ever wanted to join an official tournament for the game, now’s your chance. The US and Canada Pre-lims that starts today, and goes to the 18th. With the finals being on the 31st, and if you make it there, you will get an exclusive, custom art piece from the development team.

Additional Content

Splatoon 2

First things first, the game is going into its official 3.0 version in late April. Here’s what you can look forward to:

100+ new pieces of gear to customize your characters, additional stages, and “Rank X”. This is an extreme ranking mode that… wasn’t given any explanation other than to say that more details are coming soon.

The game is also getting its first big DLC that adds new single-player content called the “Octo Expansion.” This will be a paid DLC, so be ready to shell out the extra cash to get in on the extra fun.

The DLC launch this summer for $19.99

Game Demos

Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers

As it states above, this is a new Nintendo 3Shop game that is an Action Tower Defense game that looks… unique. Take a look at the demo that goes live on the eShop on the 10th.

Kirby Star Allies

Not much needs to be said here that isn’t said above. The demo is available now, so what are you waiting for!?


While this isn’t really a demo per-say. It is a 3 day event where you can try out the game for free to see if you’re interested. It goes live on the 31st, the same day as the finals mentioned above.


So there we have it,  plenty of “New” games, and even updates on known games to talk about. However, as we said, nothing was mind-

blowing. It is cool to see Crash make his Nintendo debut, but it’s nothing spectacular. What did you think?

Oh wait… didn’t we say that there was one AWESOME announcement? Yes… we sure did.

Check this out!



They didn’t show anything off other than what you see above, and some character silloettes. It doesn’t look like it will be a port though, because Link and Mario were their updated characters rathewr than their Brawl models. Which is totally awesome. Another awesome thing about this is that it will see a release in 2018!

Sadly, nothing else is know, but know that you will be playing a new Smash this year on your Nintendo Switch.

So there you have it. Let us know what you thought in the comments below.

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Tim has been a gamer since he could hold a controller. Starting out on an Atari and still gaming strong today. Gaming is his biggest passion, but pretty much anything nerdy fits the bill. Serving in the US Air Force, and with a wife and two kids to look after, gaming has become his only escape. Having over 25 years in the industry in one way or another, and a collection of over 2100 games. It's clear he's probably obsessed... wait... scratch that and just forget the last part.