Nintendo Direct Mini January 2018 – Recap And Thoughts

Nintendo Direct January 2018

On the 11th of January Nintendo published a Nintendo Direct Mini and revealed several upcoming games and downloadable content for their Nintendo Switch console.

The games and content revealed include:

  • The World Ends With You: Final Remix
    A remaster of the 2008 Nintendo DS game updated with HD graphics and supporting both Joy-Cons and Touchscreen input as well as a new epilogue to expand on the original game’s story.
  • Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack
    A two wave DLC pack featuring six new Pokémon for use in Pokkén Tournament DX as well as cosmetic items for the player avatar. Wave 1 releases on the 31st of January and features the new battle Pokémon Aegislash and two new Support Pokémon: Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu. Wave 2 releases on  the 23rd of March and features the new Battle Pokémon Blastoise and the Support Pokémon: Mew and Celebi.
  • Kirby Star Allies
    A new Kirby game for the Nintendo Switch. Featuring four player co-op, new abilities and the option to play with CPU controlled allies. The game releases on the 16th of March.
  • Dragon Quest Builders Demo
    A demo for Dragon Quest Builders on Nintendo Switch was announced and released during the Nintendo Direct Mini.
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
    The definitive edition of Hyrule Warriors was announced for the Nintendo Switch. This version includes all the content found in both the WiiU and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game as well as all previously released downloadable content. The game will also feature a Breath of the Wild pack that includes costumes for Link and Zelda based on the newest game in the Legend of Zelda series. The game will also feature split-screen multiplayer with Joy-Con controllers. The game will release this Spring.
  • Mario Tennis Aces
    A new game in the Mario Tennis series. Featuring a mission filled story mode and boss battles. The game is scheduled for release this Spring.
  • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA
    The latest game in the Ys series featuring base building and on the fly character switching. The game released on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita last year and releases this summer for PC and Nintendo Switch.
  • Super Mario Odyssey Balloon World Update
    A free update for Super Mario Odyssey featuring the Balloon World multiplayer mode in which players hide balloons from one another and must find them within a time limit. The update also features new costumes and filters for snapshot mode. The update is scheduled for release in February.
  • SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy
    A new fighting game from SNK featuring the leading female characters from their library of games. The game features a 4 player multiplayer mode and over 100 customization options per character. The game is scheduled for release in Summer.
  • Arcade Archives: Neo Geo Art of Fighting 2
    A rerelease of the classic fighting game Art of Fighting 2 was announced and released alongside the Nintendo Direct and is available on the Nintendo Switch eShop.
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle DLC
    A new downloadable content pack for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle featuring Donkey Kong. The pack is scheduled for release in Spring.
  • Timed Exclusive PAYDAY 2 Character
    PAYDAY 2 is releasing on Nintendo Switch on the 27th of February and will feature the timed exclusive new playable character Joy a hacking focussed character as well as Joy-Con HD rumble support and local co-op play.
  • Fe
    A 3D platformer from EA with a unique minimalist art style. The game features Joy-Con motion controls and supports HD rumble. The game releases on all current-gen platforms on the 16th of February.
  • Celeste
    An indie 2D action platformer that uses a mid-air dash mechanic to navigate dangerous puzzles. The game includes an “assist mode” that allows the player to modify the difficulty by controlling the game speed or giving themselves invincibility. The game launches on Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4 on the 25th Of Janruary.
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
    A rerelease of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for the Nintendo Switch. This version of the game features the new character Funky Kong and his funky surfboard and two player co-op using Joy-Cons. The game is scheduled for release on the 25th of May.
  • DARK SOULS: Remastered
    A remaster of the first Dark Souls game. The multiplayer will allow up to 6 players and features dedicated servers. This rerelease will be coming out for all major platforms and releases on the 25th of May.

That’s one hell of a lot of announcements and some of them were quite the surprise to see.

I have been hoping for a definitive edition of Hyrule Warriors to release on the Switch as well as a release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Seeing both of these announced at the same time is great news. This also bodes well for people hoping for more rereleases of other WiiU titles as it shows that Nintendo is capable of delivering them.

The announcement of a Dark Souls remaster was unexpected but very much welcome since it means that PC players will (hopefully) finally get the version of the game that we should have gotten. I don’t expect it to be a free upgrade for existing owners and if the work done to make this remaster is impressive enough then I am fine with that.

More content for Super Mario Odyssey is always welcome (especially since it’s free) and it will be interesting to see how this new multiplayer mode works.

All in this was a really good Nintendo Direct and a great way for Nintendo to start the year. That’s one hell of a line up of games and most of them are scheduled for release in the first half of the year. I can’t wait to see what Nintendo announces next.

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