Nintendo Direct Roundup: Tetris, Fire Emblem, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
Nintendo surprised us with their announcement of this new February 13, 2019 Nintendo Direct. They announced that they would be giving us a lot of info about Fire Emblem: Three Houses but what else were we going to see? Smash? Mario Maker? The answer is yes! And then some! Let’s take a look at all the new announcements.
Super Mario Maker 2
It looks like Mario Maker is finally coming to the Switch, and it’s bringing with it a ton of new enhancements. Notably, slopes! Glorious slops! You’ll also get snake blocks, switch blocks, upward scrolling platforms, new power-ups like the cat suit, 3D elements like flipping fences, and more! Super Mario Maker 2 is coming out this June for the Switch.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
A few new details about this action RPG have come to light. It will be a four player co-op game and can be played locally on the same Switch, online, or across several different Switches. Heroes will be able to perform unique team-up attacks and even four hero ultimate attacks. The roster will include the Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, Defenders, X-Men, and several other notable Marvel heroes like Carol Danvers – Captain Marvel. It will be available exclusively on Switch this summer.
Box Boy + Box Girl
A new game starring everyone’s favorite box, Box Boy, is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Now he is joined with his friend, Box Girl, for co-op puzzles, and a tall rectangular friend, Qudy for a new spin on his traditional puzzle platforming. There will be more than 270 puzzle stages to solve in this new game that releases April 26, 2019.
Smash Ultimate 3.0
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is going to get a brand new 3.0 update sometime before the end of March. What will be added to the game? Well Nintendo didn’t want to say but it appears as if this is going to be the update that brings us Joker from Persona 5 who we finally got to see a model for. Be on the lookout for new info about this update soon.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
This puzzle game is getting a brand new update available today allowing every single map to be played in co-op mode. Not only that, but new paid DLC will introduce 18 new challenges and five new courses themed after many of Mario’s other challenges, such as Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Odyssey. This new DLC is available to purchase today which gives you early access to one of the new DLC courses. The rest of the content will launch on March 14. You can also buy a new Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker bundle which includes the additional DLC.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
We got one of the biggest looks of Koji Igarashi’s new Symphony of the Night-alike in this week’s Nintendo Direct. We got to see lot of new 3D elements to the game’s platforming levels, character customization options for the main character, Miriam, and a couple of amazingly massive bosses. Bloodstained is planned for release on the Nintendo Switch this summer.
Dragon Quest Builders 2
This cute little Dragon Quest spin-off is coming to the Switch on July 12. It’s essentially Dragon Quest meets Minecraft, allowing four players to build the world together and do everything from swim, warp, fly, or farm. If you own the previous Dragon Quest Builders you can craft a unique builders outfit and throne.
Dragon Quest XI S – Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition
Dragon Quest 11, one of last year’s most revered RPGs, is coming to the Switch in surprisingly high definition. Though, I will say this, it appears as if the Switch version is using heavy outlines to hide some of its more jagged lines. It will also include the sixteen bit graphics mode that was previously only available in the Japanese 3DS release. It’s also the first version of the game with a fully orchestrated soundtrack, though both soundtracks will be available, as well as full English and Japanese voice tracks. Finally, new story content will be included, each focusing on a different party member. Dragon Quest XI S will be available this fall.
Disney Tsum Tsum Festival
In the wake of Kingdom Hearts 3’s success, Disney is releasing a new party game called Disney Tsum Tsum Festival featuring their surprisingly popular line of stuffed toys. It has a number of different game modes including a Pac-Man clone, a Bust-a-move clone, and much more. All of these mini-games will be available to play single-player, in local co-op, or with linked Switches. It will release sometime this year, but no official date has been given.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas
Brand new Star Fox DLC is coming with an upcoming Spring update to Starlink: Battle for Atlas. Now, Falco, Peppy, and Slippy will all be playable and each will have their own unique pilot abilities and skills. They will be able to take on any of Fox’s missions from the original game as well as several brand new missions involving the Star Wolf team. The new spring update will be available this April.
Rune Factory 4 Special
Looking to sink five hundred hours of your life into farming, livestock raising, cooking, dating, and just a tiny bit of dungeon roaming? Then Rune Factory 4 Special is the game for you. Kill those slimes, harvest those crops, and get married when this fully remastered game comes out later this year.
Rune Factory 5
No info on this title yet, other than Nintendo has officially confirmed its development. Look forward to new info in the future.
A new RPG is coming to the Switch from the makers of I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear, so you can be sure that it’s going to be filled with retro goodness. In a world where lost souls become monsters, people are unable to mourn their lost loved ones. You, a Watcher, must travel between the worlds of the living and the dead in order to save these lost souls from a terrible fate. It’s a real time RPG that grants you brand new weapons and abilities based on the souls you save. It will be available this summer.
Yoshi’s Crafted World
We got a much deeper look at this upcoming Yoshi title. Not only will Yoshi be able to go rafting, race solar cars, throw his eggs into the background of stages, and interact with his crafted world, it’s the very first time that a Yoshi can ride another Yoshi! Yoshi will have to fight iconic enemies from past Yoshi games like Yoshi’s Island. He will also collect coins which will allow him to unlock special crafted costumes. A demo version will be released later today and the full version will release on March 29.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
We are finally getting some details about the latest in the Fire Emblem series. The game takes place in the land of Foldlan, controlled by three ruling powers: the southern Aldrestian Empire, the northern Kingdom of Faerghus, and the eastern Leicester Alliance.
You take the role of a character created mercenary traveling in a band lead by your father Geralt (no not from The Witcher.) After discovering that you have some sort of mysterious protagonist powers, you are given an offer to teach at a local monastery. You also start getting visions of a strange green haired anime girl called Sothis who wants to guide you.
Garreg Mach Monastery lies in the central mountains between the three main powers of Foldlan. It is the home based of the Church of Seiros, the main religion of the region shared between all three countries. The church serves to maintain order amongst the three big powers, and also houses the Officer’s Academy, a school that teaches up and coming students from all three world powers.
As such, the academy has three houses in it, the Black Eagles from Aldrestian Empire, the Blyue Lions of Faerghus, and the Golden Deer of the Leicester Alliance. As a professor at this school, you will have to choose a house and teach its students. This will allow you to see a completely different story from all the other houses. You will also be able to recruit new students from the general school populace.
Yes, it’s Fire Emblem, meets Harry Potter in a high school AU fanfic, and it’s everything we ever wanted.
Your students will be tasked with traveling out to the various lands of Foldlan to obtain real battle experience (Don’t worry, your students can still perma-die while doing their homework). Every day you will set lesson plans that will determine what your student studies. This will essentially create their classes, determining what weapons and skills they can use in battle, as well as what type of unit they are. Teach a unit to ride a horse, for example, and they will become a mounted unit. Then, earning XP in battle levels up both your students and you as the professor.
Don’t worry, there will also be plenty of room for classic Fire Emblem inter-character romance at this school as well.
And your mysterious protagonist powers? Well it appears to be the ability to rewind time. So it looks like you have at least a little bit of a perma-death buffer.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses will release on July 26, for the Nintendo Switch.
Guess what… even Tetris is going battle royale! Tetris 99 is putting 99 players up against each other in head to head Tetris action. Each player is linked with each other in a chain. One will send lines to you, and you will send lines to a completely different person. Your goa? Be the last Tetris player surviving. This brand new puzzle experience is available for free for Nintendo Online subscribers later today.
Dead by Daylight
Really guys! Nintendo isn’t just a family company! We have hardcore experiences too! Look, we have Dead by Daylight on the Switch now! Isn’t that scary and hardcore!
Joking aside, this multiplayer survival horror is coming to the Switch, and it looks pretty good, even in handheld mode. The Switch version of Dead by Daylight will release this Fall. It’s unclear whether or not much of its beloved horror movie themed skins and DLC will be available as well.
Welp. Undertale is on the Switch so of course its spiritual successor Deltarune was going to be on the Switch. Chapter 1 will be available on the Nintendo eShop on February 28. We were given a “completely censored spoiler free trailer” which was basically just a joke. But come on. You already know if you are going to get this. The first chapter, the one we have already played, will be free, however Toby has revealed that further chapters will not be free.
Daemon X Machina
Interested in this new high flying mecha game? Well later today a new demo will be coming out called Daemon X Machina: Prototype Mission. The demo will allow you to try out four missions, a boss battle, and basic mech customization. The developers will then send out a survey to some players who played the demo in order to get feedback. The full game should be launching this summer.
Are you the type of gear head that loves the feeling of rubber on the road? Then you might be interested in Grid Autosport when it makes its way to the Switch this summer. All DLC for this five years old game is included along with some interesting new features like motion controls and custom controls. The game will feature both split screen local and online play with over 100 cars and 100 tracks to choose from.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
This award winning action game/psychological study is coming to the Switch this spring. It’s unclear whether or not the Switch version will have any extra content, but it’s the perfect time to check it out if you missed it the first time around.
Mortal Kombat 11
Yep, the latest entry in this ultra-brutal fighting game series is coming to the Switch on April 23. This is just more evidence for my tin-foil hat theory that Sub-Zero is going to be one of the new DLC characters in Smash Bros. Ultimate.
EA’s emotional puzzle platformer is coming to the Switch on March 22. It doesn’t look like there will be any extra content in this one, but it seems like a perfect title to play in couch co-op with a friend.
Assassin’s Creed III Remastered
Nintendo’s big policy with the Switch has been rebranding older games, notably Wii U games, as new Switch releases. Now they are doing the same with titles from other consoles. You will be able to play this new HD remake of Assassin’s Creed III on May 31. You’ll even be able to use new motion and touch controls, along with all released DLC and even a full version of the Vita exclusive title, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation.
The classic Final Fantasy series
A number of classic Final Fantasy titles are coming to the Switch. Final Fantasy VII will release on the platform on March 26. Final Fantasy XI will be available on the Switch later today! Also, Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! will be releasing on the Switch on March 20. It’s not quite classic Final Fantasy but its close.
Now this is one heck of an announcement. Coming from the same people who brought you Bayonetta and Nier: Automata, Platinum games is developing Astral Chain, an action game with strangely Xenosaga style sensibilities.
You play as police partners who battle alongside special living weapons called Legion. You control this legion through a sort of energy chain, though you can also use this chain to cast magic and just as a plain tether. We see some scenes of the player using this energy chain to track down criminals and lasso them before bringing them to justice.
Don’t worry. The plot is full of anime nonsense as well. Taken from the game’s official description:
In the Ark, a multi-cultural city in the near future, disaster strikes when gates to another dimension suddenly appear! Dangerous creatures begin to emerge, attacking the people and polluting the land, and normal police forces are unable to compete with them. To stand up against these threats, a brand new, special police unit known as Neuron is formed.
Look forward to this one on August 30.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening HD
While we may not have gotten a new Smash Bros. character announcement this time around, we got something arguably even cooler, a complete HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening. Everything is here, from jumping, to the strange dungeon with the Goombas in it, and I bet you can even steal from the shopkeeper. It will release sometime in 2019.
What upcoming Nintendo titles are you most excited for. Let us know in the comments.