Nintendo held its first full Nintendo Direct presentation since September 2019, and revealed a host of new content coming this year and beyond. Here’s everything they showed.
The presentation began with the long-awaited reveal of the new DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros Ultimate: Pyray Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The twin Aegis personalities will work in tandem when they arrive in the game next month, with the help of Rex in his Smash. Final. Smash director Masahiro Sakurai will provide more details on their mechanics closer to launch as they join Fighters Pass 2 alongside Min-Min, Steve, and Sephiroth.
Nintendo has announced a new installment in the Mario sports franchise, Mario Golf Super Rush, which will arrive on June 25. It will feature motion controls, a Mii-centric story mode, and a Speed Golf multiplayer mode that seems to add a lot of frenetic fun to the traditional game.
The Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma seemed to share that Breath of the Wild 2 is progressing well, with more information coming later this year. Instead, he announced The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, a Switch adaptation of the 2011 Wii title due out July 16. The Wii’s motion controls have been adapted to the Joycons, while Handheld and Switch Lite users will be able to use the control sticks to swing Link’s sword. There will be a couple of special edition Joycons: the Sons Shield blue for the left and the Master Sword purple for the right.
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In other Zelda news, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will receive an Expansion Pass, available for purchase in May. The first wave, in June, will expand the roster and add new types of weapons and challenges. The second wave, which will arrive in November, will include even more characters, new character panels, new settings, and new abilities for existing characters. The pass will cost $ 19.99.
The other bombshell announcement was for Splatoon 3, the featured endgame, slated for release in 2022. A featured trailer showed what looks like an apocalyptic wasteland, suggesting that the events of the 2019 Final Festival will be the cornerstone of the plot of the game, similar to how Splatoon’s final Splatfest laid the foundation for the Splatoon 2 story. The trailer also showcased the updated engine, new skin options, weapons, and Salmon Run companion.
In other news, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is bringing its battle royale game show to the Switch this summer. Mediatonic was hugely successful last August, and its multiplayer mayhem could see a renaissance on Nintendo’s hybrid console. In other brilliant multiplayer gaming news, Fortnite will have some competition on Switch when dodgeball brawler Knockout City arrives on May 21, and Apex Legends on March 9.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons will receive its Mario-themed update on February 25, although the new items will not be for sale in-game until March 1. Players can dress up as Mario, Luigi, Peach and Wario, or decorate with blocks, mushrooms and other recognizable objects. There will also be fully functional warp pipes that will allow you to teleport around the island. There will be more information on the game’s first anniversary celebrations.
Square Enix showed four titles: Bravely Default 2, which will be released next week; SaGa Frontier Remastered, out April 15; the Legend of Mana remaster, due out June 24; and a new project currently known as Project Triangle Strategy, a tactical RPG. A demo is available to test this 2022 title, with a post-survey that will help inform the future of the title.
If you’ve been sleeping with Hades Game of the Year, it will get its physical release on March 19, packed with extras like a downloadable soundtrack and a compendium of character art. For the veteran audience, the Ninja Gaiden Master Collection, which includes Ninja Gaiden Sigma 1-3, will arrive on June 10 for Switch owners craving a challenge; while No More Heroes 3 will be released on August 27. Monster Hunter Rise will receive a special limited edition of the Switch console, complete with an exclusive dock and a pair of Joycons, when it launches on May 26. An expanded version of Miitopia has also been announced for May 21, as well as Star Wars Hunters, a multiplayer shooter from Zynga set between Episodes VI and VII.
These are the other titles featured in today’s Nintendo Direct:
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