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Everything You Need to Know About Nintendo's Surprise Announcements

Jack Gardner



Today, Nintendo unleashed a condensed series of announcements onto an unsuspecting world (except for the slip-up when Gamestop tweeted out about an unannounced Nintendo Direct). The Nintendo Direct adopted a new mini format that narrowed down the announcement window to fifteen minutes.


To start things off on an interesting note, Nintendo announced that a revamped version of The World Ends with You would be released on the Nintendo Switch sometime this year. The cult classic DS title's re-release might be a sign of a possible sequel in the works. 


Pokkén Tournament DX will be receiving two waves of additional DLC characters to bolster the ranks of the Pokémon fighting game. The first wave release will include Aegislash and two support Pokémon; Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu. Blastoise will come in the second wave accompanied by support Mew and Celebi. The DLC will also include avatar customizations. 




A new Kirby title with four-player co-op is in the works. Kirby Star Allies offers new powers, enemies, and sets players onan adventure to save Dream Land from a deadly alien foe. Star Allies will release on March 16 for the Nintendo Switch.  


Building off of that announcement, the demos for Kirby Battle Royale and Dragon Quest Builders are both available today on the Nintendo eShop.


Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition releases on the Nintendo Switch. It combines all of the content released for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS into one package for the Switch. It also includes outfits for Link and Zelda based on the designs in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.


A fresh Mario Tennis game has appeared! Mario Tennis Aces offers a crazy campaign complete with tennis-based boss battles, the first in the series since the Game Boy Advance version of Mario Tennis. Also, Waluigi looks like he came ready to play hardcore.


Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA will be coming to Nintendo Switch later this year. the action RPG has players fighting for survival after being shipwrecked on a mysterious, monster-filled island. Players will have to build a base and rescue other survivors in order to find a way off of the island and uncover its secrets. 




A new update will be coming to Super Mario Odyssey. After beating the story, a new mode called Balloon World will unlock. Players can talk with Luigi to access these balloon-based activities. Players will be able to hide or find balloons for each other. It's essentially online hide-and-go-seek with balloons and an online leaderboard. The update also includes snazzy new duds for Mario and filters for taking in-game pictures.


Perhaps the strangest announcement of the day was SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy, a spin-off fighting game featuring the women of the SNK fighting game franchise. Players will be able to pull off combos and moves with just one button. To finish off opponents, players will have to initiate their Dream Finish move. Characters can all be customized with a variety of outfits. 


Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be receiving a DLC update that adds Donkey Kong into the fray. The package releases this spring.


Pay Day 2 will be releasing on the Nintendo Switch on February 27. The Switch version adds a new character as a timed exclusive, a Japanese hacker named Joy with a digital, shifting mask.




From Zoink Games and EA, Fe will be coming to Switch on February 16. It focuses on the journey of a small, singing creature on a journey to heal the magical forest it inhabits with its song. 


If indie games are more your speed, Celeste seems to be a promising platformer with a charming pixel aesthetic that releases on January 25.


Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze re-releases on Nintendo Switch May 4. The new version comes with a new mode featuring the surfboard-wielding Funky Kong, a character who's too cool to die. It offers a fresh, more laid back approach to the charming-yet-difficult Nintendo platformer.    


finally, to close out the announcements, Nintendo unveiled Dark Souls Remastered! The From Software classic will finally make its way onto a Nintendo system while also offering a bevy of improvements over the original release (which still totally holds up). 


You can watch the full video of the Nintendo Direct Mini presentation below!



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I really have been spending a lot of time and money on Nintendo lately, much more than I would have ever expected. Very excited and happy with this generation of Nintendo gaming!

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