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The Other Games Announced At Nintendo’s Direct Last Night

Niche titles galore.

It’s hard not to get excited by a slick announcement like that. Yes, a Super Smash Bros. game is making its way to the Switch, surprisingly this year, and we think it’s a new title too. Masahiro Sakurai is even onboard – presumably chained to the desk at this point and gasping for air:

With that said, it’s worth remembering that Nintendo announced a lot of other interesting games (quite a bit smaller) would be making their way to the Switch (and even the 3DS as well).

So reader, here are some of the other games that won’t get a spotlight compared to something as big as Super Smash Bros:

Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breakers – May 24th

Dillon is back again… Who? Yep. That’s why we’re covering it. The armadillo Dillon was the star of a few indie gems on 3DS, so it’s great to see a new instalment. It’s action meets tower defence with added racing.

Luigi’s Mansion Remake – 2018

We didn’t see this coming. If there was ever going to be a chance to play the classic game starring the forgotten brother, we thought it would be on a theoretical Switch Virtual Console.

Nintendo has decided otherwise and is remaking the game for 3DS. There’s a boss rush mode, and you can use the second screen as a map for the mansion. “Mario?!!”

Okami HD – Summer

Okami HD was released late last year (December) with the Switch initially missing out. We now have confirmation it’s on the way along with touchscreen controls in handheld mode, and Joy-Con motion support in console mode.

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido – June 8th 

Anime and lots of sushi battles? That’s The Way of Sushido. An original, quirky title where you shockingly eat sushi and match the colours to win – one that could be a surprise hit.

There are even super-powerful eating moves. Why not? It’s out this year for both 3DS and Switch.

Undertale – TBA

Critically acclaimed indie title Undertale is coming to Switch at some point this year. It’s one of the bigger indie titles out there, but we’re betting there’s a huge amount of people that still haven’t played it. Here’s another chance to do just that.

WarioWare Gold – August 3rd

The next entry in the WarioWare series, it promises to be the biggest collection yet. It’s significant because the series hasn’t had a new game in over 5 years. Not to mention that it’s exclusive to the 3DS, a console which, you would think, is on the way out.

Little Nightmares Complete Edition – May 18th

A Complete Edition of Little Nightmares is heading to the Switch. Essentially? All of the DLC content will be included. Using the Pac-Man amiibo with the game will also unlock the ‘Pakku’ Mask. Tanya from our site quite liked Little Nightmares…

Notable Mentions:

  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole is coming to Switch April 24th
  • Dark Souls is getting an amiibo: Solaire of Astora
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is multiple games in one. There’s a new story mode and local co-op play
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey was announced, a remake of the DS classic – but where’s Partners in Time?
  • The bizarre Detective Pikachu is out on 3DS March 23rd – no Ryan Reynolds
  • RPG throwback Octopath Traveler is out on Switch July 13th + there’s a special edition

Overall it was a strong showing from Nintendo on some of the more niche titles out there. The continued support of the 3DS is rather curious though. It might mean they have no plans to replace the handheld and are giving it one last hurrah. Or, they are quietly working on a new handheld altogether, but are keeping the 3DS going until then.

Considering the Switch is a handheld as well, it may well be better to go with the former…


What do you think?