Nintendo’s got a bunch of new games coming to its wildly popular Switch console in 2018.
Better yet: The Japanese gaming giant just revealed several entirely new games in a “Nintendo Direct” video presentation on Thursday.
More than just a new “Mario Tennis” game, Nintendo debuted a gaggle of new games headed to the Switch this year. Here’s everything we know!
1. “Kirby Star Allies” is coming out on March 16
The latest entry in the long-running, beloved side-scrolling franchise starring Kirby is arriving on the Nintendo Switch in short order: “Kirby Star Allies” launches on March 16.
The new game, like its predecessors, stars Kirby — a pink puff who can absorb powers from his enemies — as he progresses through a breezy, lightly challenging fantasy world. In “Star Allies,” you can team up with up to three other players to take on levels. You can also play it alone, of course.
Check out the latest trailer for “Kirby Star Allies” right here:
2. A new “Mario Tennis” game, called “Mario Tennis Aces,” is coming this spring.
Nintendo’s continuing to produce a steady beat of games starring Mario for the Switch, with “Mario Tennis Aces” being the latest. The game also stars a large cast of other Mushroom Kingdom favorites, like Luigi and Wario, and this new entry even has a story mode of sorts.
Since the game was only just debuted on Thursday morning, we only have a limited amount of information about it thus far. Check out the bit about it from Thursday’s Nintendo Direct video right here:
3. “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze” on May 4
Remember “Donkey Kong Country” on the Super Nintendo? Perhaps you played it on the Nintendo 64?
Even if you’ve never played the delightful “Donkey Kong Country” series, it’s easy to jump right in to “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.” Like previous games in the franchise, “Tropical Freeze” puts Donkey Kong and the rest of his family through a perilous adventure across dozens of gorgeous, brilliantly crafted 2D levels.
This game, like several other Switch games, was originally a Wii U title. It’s being re-released on the Switch. But this time around, you can also choose to play as Funky Kong, whose surfboard protects him from most enemies and dangers in the game, thus making him a sort of “easy mode” for players who might find the game too challenging.
4. “Dark Souls: Remastered” on May 25
“Dark Souls” is a game known for being brutally difficult and sharply designed. It’s a third-person action game that forces players to carefully choose every action, lest they die over and over (and over and over) at the hands of even the most mundane enemies.
Switch owners will get to experience the gut-wrenching frustration and — perhaps, if they’re persistent — the glory of overcoming the odds in “Dark Souls” when it launches on the Switch this May for $40. (It’s also coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on the same day.)
BONUS: “Dark Souls” is getting a visual overhaul in “improved framerate and resolution,” according to Nintendo. And yes, it also comes with the “Artorias of the Abyss” downloadable content.
5. “Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition”
“Hyrule Warriors” — a third-person action game set in the world of “The Legend of Zelda,” but more focused on action than narrative — is another example of Nintendo resurfacing games from its Wii U library on the Switch.
In “Hyrule Warriors,” you can play as a whopping 29 different characters from the “Zelda” universe, including Link and Zelda. Instead of traversing dungeons and meeting interesting characters, you’re hacking and slashing and shooting and magicking your way through hundreds of enemies at once on battlefields. If you’ve ever played a “Dynasty Warriors” game, you’ll be right at home.
“Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition” is scheduled to launch in spring, and comes with all the paid downloadable content from the original release, plus a couple of new characters from Nintendo’s most recent Zelda game for the Switch, “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.”
6. “The World Ends With You: Final Remix”
In a total surprise, Nintendo revealed that a cult-classic JRPG named “The World Ends With You” is getting a makeover for the Switch.
The game, which debuted on the Nintendo DS way back in 2007, has a loyal following due to its fresh style. It mixes the fashion and culture of Tokyo’s Shibuya district with a unique timing-based action/RPG game system. If I’m being honest, it’s a bit hard to explain — take a look at the game right here:
7. New stuff for “Super Mario Odyssey,” “Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle,” and “Pokken Tournament DX.”
Starting in February, a bunch of already-great Nintendo Switch games are getting new stuff.
“Super Mario Odyssey,” for instance, is getting a new minigame called “Balloon World.” It’s a hide-and-seek situation, where you can spend your time either hiding or finding balloons across the many ridiculous worlds of “Super Mario Odyssey.” As you can see above, the game is presented by none other than Luigi — Mario’s famous brother who didn’t appear in “Odyssey.” Perhaps he’ll be playable as well? Who knows! The content costs nothing, and is scheduled to arrive in February.
There are also updates coming to “Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle” and “Pokken Tournament DX” — for more details, check out the video below.