Nintendo Direct: GET HYPED

By Jasmin on Mar 9, 2018

In case you’ve missed it, we were graced with a full-fledged Nintendo Direct this morning and the hype is real. Some classics were remade for the Nintendo 3DS and Switch alongside some new titles and DLCs. Here are amongst my favourite announcements from this morning:


Alongside more details on the game and announcement that it’s available for pre-purchase (I’ve already done mine…), there will also be an “extra large” Detective Pikachu Amiibo. Where a regular Pikachu Amiibo stands at 2.7 inches, Detective Pikachu’s Amiibo will be a whooping 5.3 inches. This is definitely going to be my first Amiibo purchase. Game releases real soon, March 23rd.


One of the few remakes, Luigi’s Mansion is being remade for the 3DS. Luigi is honestly my favourite of the brothers, mostly because he’s the underdog (and he’s wearing my favourite colour). I also really loved the original Gamecube game and I really can’t wait to get my hands on this again.


Originally from the Wii U, one double platform announcement is this adorable game featuring our main mushroom man, Toad as he ventures through different box-worlds finding treasure. A multiplayer mode is also available for the Switch version, where one player plays Toad and he other plays his protector, shooting turnips at enemies to clear the path.


Yes, you read that right. After almost two years since the launch of the Switch, we are finally getting what we’ve been asking for. Releasing sometime this year, the Splatoon 2 octo-gang seem to be joining the line-up of brawlers as well. How they’ll match up against the rest of the cast, well there’s only one way to find out. More details to come! (Hopefully sooner than later)


That’s right, Okami is coming to the Switch in a HD remaster. Use the joy-cons as your paintbrush at home or draw across the Switch screen when playing on-the-go. Get ready to revisit the world of Okami in the Summer. But hold on to your hats…


REJOICE! No longer is our favourite psycho bandicoot confined to a single console, Crash is free to be played on the Switch in the remastered games. Smash through boxes, collect apples and smash Dr N. Cortex in the face over and over and over again. Coming to a Switch near you, July 10th.


The biggest laugh of the Direct (though in a good way). Players of Dark Souls will be able to purchase the Solaire of Astora Amiibo and it will allow players to “perform the popular ‘praise the sun’ gesture with reckless abandon”. While the full-game launches May 25th, there will be an open network test beforehand so players can test it out. Details on that are coming soon.


Here’s everything else that was announced plus a few titles that are only available in Japan (praise the Sun that Switch isn’t region locked):


  • Mario Tennis Aces will be on the Switch this year, June 22. I predict an office tourney.
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story along with Bowser Jr’s Story will both be available on the 3DS in 2019.
  • WarioWare Gold, minigames galore for the 3DS with 300 microgames. Releasing August 3.
  • Kirby’s Star Allies has some sweet new characters joining you on your adventures. Coming to the Switch March 16! Not too long now.
  • Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers, bring along your Mii in animal form! Coming to the 3DS May 24th with a demo available on the e-store May 10th.
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole is coming to the Switch along with some sweet (but paid) DLCs. Get your hands on it April 24th.
  • Splatoon 2 is getting a 3.0 update in April, with new outfits and stages and a new rank ‘X’. There’s also a paid DLC coming up called the “Octo Expansion” featuring a single-player mode.


  • Classic pixel-style RPG Octopath Traveller finally has a release date: July 13th.


  • Undertale is eventually coming to the Switch. No really, that was what the announcement said.
  • No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again got some sweet new gameplay footage.


  • Adorable sushi battle game Sushi Striker: Way of the Sushido will be coming to the Switch.


  • The full release of Little Nightmares will be on the Switch May 18th alongside Hyrule Warriors on the same day.


  • Japan only Switch releases: SaGa Scarlett Grace (2018), a RPG by Square-Enix; Taiko no Tatsujin (Summer 2018) will feature songs from Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey;  and Phantasy Star Online 2: Cloud (April 4) will get costumes and equipment from Breath of the Wild.

While I don’t personally own a Switch, these games are definitely making me want to spend all my money to get one ASAP. Even though there was sadly no word on the Pokemon Switch game, I’m still hyped. Super Smash Bros. really takes the cake for me, and I can definitely see us here at Gamehubs holding an in-office tournament for that and Mario Tennis Aces.

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