Nintendo Direct March 2018 Recap

Nintendo direct to focus on 3DS

A new Nintendo Direct is upon us. The presentation will start today at 2 p.m. PT/ 5 p.m. ET.

Yesterday we found out that the Direct will focus on both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS games along with new details on Mario Tennis Aces. We also predicted that the rumored Diablo 3 port to Switch, Fire Emblem 2018, and a possible port of Dragon Quest XI would be announced. We could also see announcements for new Super Smash Bros. or Animal Crossing games (hey, a guy can dream).

We’ll just have to watch the Direct for ourselves. You can view the presentation below. We’ll be here updating you all with any news that comes out.

Warioware is getting a microgame compilation in the form of Warioware Gold on the 3DS. You’ll be using the buttons as well as the stylus and microphone. It’s coming August 3rd.

Dillon’s Dead Heat Breakers is a action game. Your Mii characters will help you out. May 10 will see the release of a demo and the full game is coming out May 24 on 3DS.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story is being remade for 3DS just like Superstar Saga. It will also get a side game similar to the one for the Superstar Saga remake.

Detective Pikachu is available for pre purchase and is launching March 23 along with the extra large amiibo figure.

Luigi’s Mansion for the GameCube is being remade for 3DS. The sequel, Dark Moon, was released on the 3DS. The game launches this year.

Kirby Star Allies will let you play as King DeDeDe, Meta Knight, and Bandana Waddle Dee in multiplayer. Free updates will come to the game adding Rick, Kine, Gooey, Marx, and more.

Okami HD is coming to Switch after being released for PC late last year. It’s coming this summer.

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido is coming to Switch. You match up plates of sushi to create combos. There’s online multiplayer. It’s coming June 8.

Octopath Traveler introduces the merchant Tressa who can obtain items from people by buying them. Alfyn can inquire about different dialogue info from people. We also got some new details for combat including the combination of heroes. The game will launch July 13 with a special edition.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is a top down action game featuring different gameplay mechanics depending on the game genre on the console. The game is available sometime this year.

Amiibo is coming for the Dark Souls remake. You can get the Praise the Sun gesture by using the Solaire Amiibo. The game will have a network test allowing people to play the game.

Mario Tennis Aces has the same variety of shots from previous entries but adds a Zone Shot which lets you aim and shoot balls with motion controls. Messing up will deteriorate your racket. You can block Zone Shots with perfect timing. Zone Speed is essentially bullet time slowing down the world around you. You can only use Zone Shots and Zone Speed if you have enough energy. Fill up energy with trick shots. Special Shot is an enhanced Zone Shot and used when the energy gauge is full and can fully deteriorate the opponent’s racket causing them to automatically lose. There are also additional game modes like one with basic moves only and online multiplayer letting you get new outfits. Motion controls are in the game a la Wii Sports Tennis. The game launches June 22. There will be a pre-launch tournament.

Captian Toad’s Treasure Tracker from the Wii U is being ported to Switch. It gets new Mario Odyssey based levels like one based on New Donk City. There will be an assist mode using a second player. The game will also be ported to 3DS. Launches July 13.

Undertale is being ported to the Nintendo Switch soon.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is being ported as well on July 10.

Little Nightmares: Complete Edition is coming to Switch with new content. You can also have a Pac Man outfit by tapping the Pac Man Amiibo.

South Park” The Fractured But Whole is coming to the Nintendo Switch on April 24. All past DLC is coming as part of the Season Pass sold separately.

Hyrule Warriors on Switch launches May 18.

ARMS is getting a new US & Canada Online Open tournament. The Global Testpunch will happen for three days on March 31.

Splatoon 2 is getting 100+ pieces of new gear, old stages from the original game, a new stage, and Rank X with version 3.0. You get to Rank X by talking to Callie in the single player area. The game will get a new single player expansion pack with new levels letting you play as an octoling known as Agent 8. After playing the expansion, you can play as octolings. The expansion will come in summer 2018 and can be pre purchased today for $19.99 for new gear.

Super Smash Bros. for Switch announced. Inklings will be fighters. The game is coming 2018.

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