Nintendo Switch with Red and Blue JoyCons

Today Nintendo surprised everyone (though, not really), with a Nintendo Direct Mini broadcast announcing a selection of first- and third-party titles coming to Nintendo Switch in the early part of 2018.

Of the more notable announcements, there is of course Dark Souls Remastered which would be coming to Nintendo platforms for the first time (as well as other platforms too) on May 25. There’s also the Switch version of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (May 4), Mario Tennis Aces (Spring 2018), and Kirby Star Allies (March 16).

There’s also a port of The World Ends With You (2018), Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (Spring 2018), and Zoink’s Fe (February 16).

In addition to all of the announcements, Nintendo also unveiled an update coming to Super Mario Odyssey that’ll introduce Luigi and a new mini-game called Balloon World to the game. Available once the main game has been completed, players then have to find Luigi and enter the new world. There’ll be two modes, a Hide It mode where players have to hide the balloon, and a Find It mode where players have to… well… find it. Players move up the ranks by finding hidden balloons.

The free update will be released in February with new Snapshot Mode filters and new outfits.

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As for another Mario-themed game, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be getting an update too, this time one that brings Donkey Kong into the game.

“Donkey Kong will be featured in an original story, taking place in a new world. Donkey Kong will be exclusive to this brand new adventure, planned for release in spring 2018,” reads the announcement from Ubisoft.

Finally there’s a bunch of new characters coming to Pokken Tournament DX with the Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack. Timings and what’s included can be found below:

Wave 1 – 31st January 2018

  • New Battle Pokémon Aegislash
  • New Support Pokémon Set
  • Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu

Wave 2 – 23rd March 2018

  • New Battle Pokémon
  • Blastoise
  • New Support Pokémon Set
  • Mew and Celebi

The full list of games announced and release dates/windows can be found below:

  • DARK SOULS: REMASTERED – 25th May 2018
  • Super Mario Odyssey update – February 2018
  • Mario Tennis Aces – Spring 2018
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – 4th May 2018
  • Kirby Star Allies – 16th March 2018
  • Dragon Quest Builders demo – Available now
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition – Spring 2018
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle DLC pack 3 – Spring 2018
  • The World Ends with You -Final Remix- – 2018
  • SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy – Summer 2018
  • ACA NEOGEO ART OF FIGHTING 2 – Available today
  • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA – Summer 2018
  • PAYDAY 2 – 23rd February 2018
  • Fe – 16th February 2018
  • Celeste – 25th January 2018
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