By: Imran Chaudhry
Nintendo Direct gave us a wave of new and upcoming Nintendo games, and whilst focusing mainly on the Switch, there were some 3DS highlights too.
A lot of people are questioning the longevity of the 3DS system (along with its many other variations) now that the Switch, a portable and play-at-home TV console has propelled Nintendo back into the spotlight. The Wii was a well received console but had its flaws, and the Wii U is a horror story Nintendo did not want to repeat. The Switch however, is doing incredibly well in its first few months, and whether this is down to the titles attached to the console (e.g. The Legend of Zelda) and their success or if the console truly is taking off globally, only time will tell. Back to the main question though; will this kill off the 3DS? In my opinion, not, especially not with the amazing line up of games announced at Nintendo Direct. If these games were to come to the Switch, it would be to the 3DS’s demise, however i’m confident Nintendo are playing the game right and plan to keep both consoles in the spotlight.
Moving on, here are some of the highlights from Nintendo Direct for the 3DS including my most anticipated 3DS game; a new style of Monster Hunter game which brings in more RPG elements:
Hey! Pikmin – July 28th (+ new amibo)
Ever Oasis – June 23rd
Monster Hunter Stories- Fall
Yo-kai Watch 2 Pyscic Readers – Fall
RPG Maker FES – June 27th
Miitopia – 2017
Fire Emblm Echoes: Shadow of Valentia – 2017
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe – April 12th
Kirby’s Blow Out Blast – Summer
Bye-Bye Boxy – April 12th
Following these, announcements, Nintendo continued to surprise us with not only 2 new Link amiibos but 2 new Beyonetta amiibos. Now with the recent and unexpected release of Beyonetta on PC for only £14.99, and with Nintendo owning the rights to Beyonetta 2, we can only hope this is a sign for a remaster of Beyonetta 2, probably for the Switch.
Nintendo Direct was mainly for the Switch, and the announcements did not disappoint, from more ARMS news, to a Minecraft announcement and more.
ARMS is coming to Nintendo Switch June 16th, and yellow Joy-Con’s are going to be released to celebrate its release! we all knew this was coming, after the neon red and blue preorder, Nintendo was bound to take advantage of custom editions and colours like all gaming companies do. I myself am quite excited for new Joy-Con colours and styles, be it a marketing ploy, i’m a sucker for special edition controllers and consoles. Also announced along with ARMS was the Joy-Con battery packs, very handy for those wanting to do long sessions of ARMS in punching mode. More news about the game includes the ability to mix and match arm types for each match, and the special attributes each type has when charged (like an ultimate in Overwatch for example).
We have had the chance to play ARMS at Insomnia Gaming Festival this Easter holidays, and I obliterated Ryan. More importantly, the game was very easy to play, and once you got used to the motion controls and mechanics, it becomes an exceptionally fun and fresh take on PvP fighting games. I have gone from wondering whether i’ll buy this game to knowing i’m going to get it.
Minecraft is coming to switch! An unexpected but welcomed announcement of the globally beloved sandbox game coming to the Nintendo Switch will most likely please fans of all ages, especially with the Nintendo themed packs coming along with it.
Other notable announcements included Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, out April 28th, with an all new battle mode and the highest number of unlocked characters from the start of any Mario Kart Game. Sonic Forces will be coming Holiday season this year, as well as a classic style Sonic Mania coming this summer. Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition will land on the Switch this year with a solo mode, along with Monopoly this fall featuring HD rumble for the dice and most surprisingly PayDay 2. PayDay 2 coming to the Switch is the first time we’ll see a well loved triple A game come to the Switch as was promised by Nintendo many months ago (still no Skyrim announcement), and it will be interesting to see how well it plays, how the battery copes and if it will be successful on this platform.
In addition to all this news, NAMCO Museum, wave attacks in Splatoon 2 and a standalone dock (coming May 19th) was was announced. To get the full Nintendo Direct experience watch the full video at the top of this article, and tweet us what you are excited to see @JenChauMedia.