Here Are Some Highlights From Today’s Nintendo Direct

Earlier today, Nintendo came out with a new Nintendo Direct and made a ton of interesting announcements. I’m surprised at the massive amounts of games that were mentioned this time around, which goes to show how much third party support they are getting. Lots of these games have already existed on other platforms before, but that doesn’t stop it from being valuable for the Switch’s backlog. The following is a recap of the most interesting things seen in the Direct, but you watch watch the entire thing through the video above.

Shinobi Refle: Senran Kagura Announced for the Switch! (Japan)

In the Japanese Nintendo Direct, Kenichiro Takaki made an appearance to announce a brand new title in the Senran Kagura series. There isn’t a lot of information on it yet, but we know for sure that it will heavily feature the Joy Con’s HD Rumble support. Watch the humorous announcement below.

Splatoon 2 Coming July 21

The release date for Splatoon 2 has been made public. July 21 is the same release for North America, Europe and Japan alike. The launch of the title will also be accompanied by 3 new Amiibo figurines. The video below also shows off a new mode called “Salmon Run.” It is a 4-player co-op mode where you need to shoot down Salmonid enemies by working together. Watch the video below for more details.

Nights of Azure 2 Announced For Nintendo Switch (Japan)

Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon has been confirmed to show up on the Switch in addition to PS4 and PS Vita in Japan. The game is still slated to come out in 2017 in Japan, but still no confirmed release window for the eventual Western release. Watch the short trailer below.

Dragon Quest X is Coming to the Switch! (Japan)

Dragon Quest X, the MMO that is now currently available on Wii U, 3DS and PC (and for PS4 this summer) is now seeing a release on the Switch this fall in Japan. Watch the trailer below.

Namco Museum Announced For Switch!

A video game console isn’t really a video game console without at least one compilation of old Namco games. They do this all the time, so it shouldn’t be so surprising that Namco is coming with another Museum title for the Switch. It features the typical selections of Pac-Man, Tower of Druaga and Galaga among others. However, there are some more distinct games featured here such as Splatterhouse and Rolling Thunder 2. As always, they integrate some online elements and challenge modes, but nothing really out of the ordinary when it comes to old Namco re-releases. Check out the trailer below.

Puyo Puyo Tetris Demo Now Available on Switch!

Now can go to the Nintendo eShop right now and download the demo to Puyo Puyo Tetris on Switch. You can play Versus and Swap modes in both solo and multiplayer. You can also play a tutorial to learn the mechanics of both Puyo Puyo and Tetris. The game has already been out for a while on PS3, PS4, PS Vita, XBox One, Wii U and 3DS in Japan, but in America we are barely starting to get it on PS4 and Switch on April 25. Watch the trailer below, featuring one tutorial out of a series of many others available online. Simple follow the youtube link to easily find the others.

Fate/Extella Coming to Switch!

We have already reviewed Fate/Extella on the site before on PS4, and we liked it quite alright! Now, you’ll be able to get the game on Nintendo Switch, which I found to be pretty unexpected. It’ll be out on July 25 in North America, July 21 in Europe and the 20th in Japan. The game will come with a ton of new things, which are the following:


  • “Unshackled Bride” costume for Nero Claudius.
  • 35 pieces of downloadable content from the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita versions. That includes the 33 costumes released via the PlayStation Store and the two early purchase costumes.
  • Multiple language support, including Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. (Japanese voice-overs only.)

Payday 2 Coming to Switch!

Out of all of the Switch games that got announced, this is probably the one that I was expecting the least. However, I think it’s a pretty cool game to play on a platform like this. Starbreeze Studios announced that the game will be out in late 2017. The game has a massive fanbase, so I’m sure some people might want to give it a shot, aside from it just being a pretty good game on its own.

Minecraft Switch Edition Coming on May 11

Minecraft is awesome, and it’s come out on pretty much any platform you can think of. Now, you’ll be able to get it yet another platform on May 11. The Nintendo Switch version of the game will have split screen multiplayer, 8-player online multiplayer and Pro controller support. In addition, it will also come with some Nintendo-themed content, which is the following:

  • 40 Super Mario‐themed skins including Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach, as well as troublemakers like Bowser, Wario and all seven Koopalings
  • Super Mario World itself! Professional Minecraft builders have remade the likeness of the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond, with Mario‐themed versions of the Overworld, The Nether and The End for you to explore.
  • So many Mario‐inspired surprises to discover, from islands shaped like Warp Pipes to towering sculptures of Nintendo’s iconic characters. We’ve recreated villainous hideouts, too: like Bowser’s Castle, Bowser’s ship, and Boo’s House.
  • Super Mario‐style textures, numerous Mario‐themed puzzles, dozens of character skins and music from Super Mario 64 to enjoy.

Arms will launch on June 16

The release date for Arms in North America, Europe and Japan will all be June 16. Go ahead and watch the video below to see how the game will play, including a brand new character. There’s is also nota of a brand new yellow pair of Joy Cons, straps and AA battery packs.

RPG Maker Fes Coming Out on June 23 in Europe, June 27 in North America

NIS America announced that RPG Maker Fes will launch for 3DS on the two dates titled above. The game will have some DLC featuring character skins from Disgaea, Disgaea 5 and Phantom Brave. Go ahead and watch the trailer below, which can demonstrate what the game is about better than me just describing it.

Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Spectors Coming to North America This Fall

Originally named Yo-kai Watch 2: Shinuchi in Japan, the North American release will be named Psychic Spectors. It will be released this Fall and be the “definitive version” of Yo-kai Watch 2. This release sort of reminds of Pokemon Emerald on GBA, which acted as a definitive version between the Ruby and Sapphire versions. Nintendo has an overview of the game below:

Whether players missed it the first time or want to fall in love again, the definitive version of Yo-kai Watch 2 is here! The Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters game delivers the same full Yo-kai Watch 2 experience, but adds new Yo-kai to befriend, exclusive quests and the ability to hop on the Hexpress to a new resort area. Players can even befriend Wicked and Boss Yo-kai from previous games, learn about the origin of the mysterious feline Yo-kai, Darknyan, and experience a revamped Blasters co-op mode to beat powerful new bosses.

Source: Nintendo (Youtube)


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