Breakdown Of The March 8 Nintendo Direct

Nintendo’s latest Direct presentation provided updates on previously announced 3DS and Switch titles. New projects came to light as well, including a Super Smash Bros. game for Switch and a Luigi’s Mansion remake for 3DS. We’ve compiled every piece of news from the Direct in one convenient place. In addition to brief summaries of each announcement, we’ve provided links to available video clips from the presentation.  

WarioWare Gold Is Jam-Packed With Silliness

Wario’s largest party game to date boasts 300 absurd microgames both new and old. In addition to utilizing the 3DS’s touchscreen and microphone, it features fully voiced characters for the first time ever. WarioWare Gold hits the 3DS on August 3. (Trailer)

Dillon The Armadillo Makes A Comeback

Dillion rolls back into the limelight with Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers. The cooperative action/tower-defense game sees Dillion teaming up with the player’s anthropomorphic Mii animal to save the frontier. Dead-Heat Breakers arrives May 24. A free demo arrives May 10 for the 3DS eShop. (Trailer

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story Heading To 3DS With Bonus Bowser Jr. Mode

Like Superstar Saga before it, the acclaimed third entry in the Mario & Luigi series gets a 3DS facelift. Alongside the remastered base game is a new, separate story called Bowser Jr.’s Journey. Players witness the diminutive villain’s activities during events of Inside Story. The only downside of this news: the game won’t arrive until 2019. (Trailer)

Detective Pikachu Is Still On The Case

Nintendo gave us another look at the charming and bizarre Pokemon-themed detective game via a new trailer. Eager fans won’t have to wait much longer as the game launches March 23. It can be pre-purchased beginning today. 

Luigi’s Mansion Remake Hits 3DS This Year

The GameCube classic gets a new lease on life thanks to this 3DS remake. New features include a second screen map as well as a boss rush mode. Prepare to vacuum up ghosts all over again sometime this year. (Trailer)

Kirby Star Allies Gets More Buddies For Kirby To Team With

Kirby’s first foray onto the Switch won’t limit him to recruiting only standard enemies to his cause. The Direct revealed he’ll also be siding with heavy hitters like King Dedede, Metaknight, and Bandana Waddle Dee. Furthermore, free post-release updates will add more friends for Kirby to team with: Rick, Kine, and Coo (Kirby’s Dream Land 2), Marx (Kirby Super Star), and Gooey (Kirby’s Dream Land 3). Kirby Star Allies launches March 16 with the first downloadable update arriving March 28. A free demo is available now. (Trailer)

Okami Paints A Path To The Switch

Okami HD heads to Switch this summer. The celestial paintbrush can be utilized by either drawing on the touchscreen using fingers or with the Joy-Con’s motion controls. (Trailer)

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido Comes to Switch and 3DS in June

Enter a terrible world were sushi has been outlawed in this quirky puzzle/action game. Stack matching sushi plates traveling along conveyor belts, then toss them at opponents to rack up high scores. Players battle the A.I. as well as other humans via online multiplayer. The frantic action and absurd humor make Sushi Striker a game to keep an eye on when it launches June 8. (Trailer)

Octopath Traveler Arrives July 13, Two New Characters Revealed

Octopath Traveler’s launch date came alongside the debuts of new faces. Tressa, a merchant, buys special items from citizens. Apothecary Alfeyn is a healer whose Inquire ability gleans important info from NPC’s that other characters can’t. The Direct unveiled a special edition of the game that includes goodies like a pop-up book, soundtrack, and more. (Trailer)

New Details For Travis Strike Again: No More Heroes

New footage showed off the wacky video game world Travis Touchdown will slice his way through. Levels are themed after various genres such as action, racing, and puzzle. Additionally, two players can team up in co-op and an adventure mode features its own unique narrative. Travis Strike Again releases as a Switch exclusive sometime this year. (Trailer)

Dark Souls: Remastered Gets Its Own Amiibo

Dark Souls comes to Switch on May 25 but newcomers can sample the game in a pre-launch network test. No further details on the network test are currently available. In a surprising development, an amiibo of Solaire of Astora launches alongside the game. Scanning the figure lets players strike the popular “praise the sun” gesture. (Trailer)

Mario Tennis Aces Gets Extensive Gameplay Breakdown

A lengthy video served up a ton of details on Mario’s latest tennis outing. Features demonstrated include the new Zone and Trick shots, destructible rackets, the story mode, and optional Joy-Con motion controls. Mario Tennis Aces arrives June 22. A pre-launch online tournament will take place at an undisclosed date. (Trailer)

Captain Toad Lands On Other Systems

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was a hidden gem on Wii U. On July 13 the good captain gets to show off in front of the larger audiences on Switch and 3DS. Bonus content includes Super Mario Odyssey themed levels including New Donk City. (Trailer)

Undertale Makes Its Way To Switch

Toby Fox’s beloved RPG is heading to Switch ”eventually”. Yes, that’s literally all that was said about the upcoming port. (Trailer)

Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy Spinning To Switch

On July 10, Crash fans can enjoy the remastered PS1 classics on a portable Nintendo device. (Trailer)

Little Nightmares: Complete Edition Sneaks Its Way Onto Switch

The Switch port of 2017’s unnerving adventure platformer includes the base game, the Kid story add-on, and all released downloadable content. By tapping the Pac-Man amiibo players unlock the Pacu mask for protagonist Six. Look for Little Nightmares on May 18. (Trailer)

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Arriving On Switch

On April 24 South Park fans can enjoy the raunchy RPG anywhere they go. The two DLC packs, Danger Deck and From Dusk to Casa Bonita, will be available for purchase at launch individually or in the season pass. (Trailer)

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition Gets A Release Date

May 18 is when Switch owners can get their hands on the Zelda/Dynasty Warriors mash-up.

ARMS Gets New Tournament And Global Test Punch

Nintendo announced the ARMS US & Canada Online Open. Preliminary rounds take place in ranked match-ups from March 8-18. The top eight players will then compete in the online finals on March 31. The event will be live-streamed from Nintendo of America headquarters with finalists receiving pieces of custom artwork from the development team. A three-day global test punch will also take place beginning March 31, allowing new players to try ARMS for free

Version 3.0 And Paid Single-Player DLC Coming To Splatoon 2

In late April, Splatoon 2 gets the Version 3.0 update. Over 100 new pieces of gear will arrive along with new stages: Piranha Pit, Camp Triggerfish, and Wahoo World. The update also introduces Rank X, a mysterious new rank surpassing S+.

The Splatoon 2 Octo Expansion is a beefy new single-player campaign. The story centers on Agent 8, an amnesiac octoling who awakens in a subway station. She explores over 80 mysterious test facilities connected to the subway system which boasts a variety of challenges. The narrative also promises to shed further light on the world’s lore and characters. Completing the Octo Expansion unlocks octolings to use in multiplayer. The expansion launches this summer for $19.99. Those who pre-purchase the content now immediately receive octo-themed gear for their inklings. (Trailer)

Super Smash Bros. for Switch Arrives This Year

Closing the Direct with a bang was the first teaser for Super Smash Bros. for Switch. The brief video showed a firefight between Splatoon’s Inkling Girl and Boy before the white surroundings fade to black and the Boy vanishes. The Girl then turns to see the giant, glowing Smash Bros. logo flanked by a group silhouette. Only the figures of Mario and Link receive close-ups; Link, in particular, appears to be sporting his Breath of the Wild appearance. The trailer concludes with a 2018 release window. Whether or not this will be an enhanced port of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U or a brand new title remains to be seen. (Trailer)

And that wraps up all of the Nintendo Direct news. What announcements excited you the most? Was there anything you wanted to see that didn’t make an appearance? Sound off in the comments!

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Marcus Stewart

Marcus Stewart is a writer and podcast host who possesses a passion for video games that's matched only by his love of professional wrestling (i.e he adores it). Though platformers are his main squeeze, he wraps his hands around as many different types of experiences as inhumanely possible.

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