Although the majority of the latest Nintendo Direct focused on upcoming Nintendo Switch ARMS and Splatoon 2 titles, it didn’t stop the company from revealing a couple of impressive surprises.
In terms of ARMS, the company has revealed a new character called Minmin. This feisty new contender can defend herself whilst in the air by kicking enemy attacks. Her left arm can also transform into a dragon to unleash powerful attacks.
A release date of 16th June 2017 on the Nintendo Switch was also announced for ARMS.
Those that are fond of the colour yellow might want to purchase the Neon Yellow Joy-Con controllers and straps that are releasing on the 16th June 2017. Nintendo is also releasing an external battery that extends the battery life of the Joy-Con Controllers on the same day.
Splatoon fans were treated to the reveal of a new mode called Salmon Run in Splatoon 2. The survival like mode sees characters take on Salmonid enemies and gather eggs after defeating them. The mode focuses on co-operative play since players have to work together to resuscitate downed characters. It certainly seems like a new interesting take on the franchise. Nintendo has also revealed that Splatoon amiibos can be used to store favourite outfits and other personal data.
Splatoon 2 is scheduled to be released on the 21st July 2017.
Minecraft is coming to the Nintendo Switch much faster than it did on the Nintendo Wii U. Not only that but the title will launch with a Super Mario pack that will make it possible to create iconic moments from the Mario franchise.
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition is scheduled to be released on the 12th May 2017 on the Nintendo Switch Shop. A physical edition will be released at a later date.
Nintendo is making good on its promise of better support for the Nintendo Switch from indie developers with the upcoming temporarily titled Project Mekuru. The idea is to stomp panels to flip them and turn them into the colour of the player’s character. The title can be played with up to four player in local play or online.
Project Mekuru is scheduled to be released at some point in Summer 2017.
Ubisoft is back to supporting Nintendo with two key titles that should appeal to a wider audience. The first is the release of a definitive edition of Rayman Legends, a title that was once an exclusive for the Nintendo Wii U. This edition includes some exclusive changes, such as the ability to play some of the mini-games in solo mode. Ubisoft is also releasing a Nintendo Switch version of Monopoly, which should prove handy when played in tabletop mode.
Monopoly for Nintendo Switch is scheduled to be released at some point in Autumn 2017 and Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition is scheduled to be released at some point in late 2017.
Meanwhile, Team Nordic THQ is reviving the cult side scrolling shooter Sine Mora EX. Players can expect a local co-operative mode and plenty of thrills when the title launches this Summer 2017. The company is also releasing role-playing Battle Chasers: Nightwar title first on the Nintendo Switch in late Summer 2017.
Starbreeze is releasing popular title Payday 2 on the Nintendo Switch later in 2017 with the developer promising plenty of content to keep players amused.
Bandai Namco is going back to its roots with the release of Namco Museum, which includes many of its popular retro titles, such as Splatterhouse and Rolling Thunder. It should come in handy to be able to play any of these classic arcade titles anywhere.
Namco Museum is scheduled to be released at some point in Summer 2017.