Nintendo Details Many Upcoming First- and Third-Party Games for
Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS
REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This afternoon, Nintendo unveiled new details about the Mario
Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon
2 and ARMS
games for the Nintendo
Switch system, as well as Hey!
Oasis and several new Kirby games for the Nintendo
3DS family of systems in a new streamlined format for its
long-running series of Nintendo Direct presentations. The video also
covered numerous third-party games, including Minecraft:
Nintendo Switch Edition and Disgaea
5 Complete for Nintendo Switch, and Culdcept
Revolt for Nintendo 3DS.
“With the recent launch of Nintendo Switch and many fun games coming out
for Nintendo 3DS, this is a great time to be a Nintendo fan,” said Doug
Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and
Marketing. “From action-packed multiplayer games to platformers starring
classic characters, no matter your favorite video game genre, Nintendo
has you covered.”
To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct.
Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:
ARMS: One of the biggest features in the upcoming
fighting game is the ability to equip two types of customizable ARMS
per fighter. These ARMS range from standard gloved ARMS to curved
weapons like boomerangs. Each ARM has a special attribute like fire,
ice or electricity that activates when delivering a charge punch. As
players fight through the game, they will earn in-game currency that
can be used to play the ARM Getter, a fun mode in which they can get
new ARMS for their fighters. The fast-paced game can be played in
1-v-1 matches or even 2-v-2* for more entertainingly chaotic battles.
During the Nintendo Direct presentation, a new character was also
revealed: the super-fast, ramen-armed Min Min. ARMS launches
exclusively for Nintendo Switch on June 16. In addition,
special Neon Yellow Joy-Con controllers and Joy-Con Straps will be
released separately on the same day alongside a Joy-Con AA Battery
Splatoon 2: Salmon Run, a new four-player co-op mode*,
is coming to the Splatoon 2 game. By teaming up with friends,
players can take a part-time job battling the new Salmonid species,
which the Squid Research Lab reports might even be more lethal than
the Octarians! When players fall in co-op mode, teammates can revive
them by inking them on the battlefield. Splatoon 2 launches
exclusively for Nintendo Switch on July 21. In addition, three
freshly designed individual amiibo
figures for the game – a new Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy and Inkling
Squid – will launch on the same day and grant special limited gear in
game. By tapping these amiibo (as well as previously released Splatoon
series amiibo), the figure’s character will appear in the game and
befriend players. Befriend an amiibo character and it will remember
favorite weapons, gear, outfits and option settings. This comes in
handy when waging Turf War at a friend’s house.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: When the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
game launches on April 28, it will do so with more characters,
karts and tracks unlocked from the start than any other game in Mario
Kart history. Both traditional racing and the newly redesigned
battle modes can be played in Local Wireless mode with up to eight
players, and in Online** or LAN mode with up to 12 players***. For
fans who want to show off their driving skills, Nintendo will be
hosting two Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online tournaments in game.
More details about these tournaments will be revealed in the future.
Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers: Fans waiting to
play this enhanced version of one of the most celebrated fighting
games of all time won’t have to wait much longer! The Ultra Street
Fighter II: The Final Challengers game launches for Nintendo
Switch on May 26 and includes all of the classic characters and
two new fighters: Evil Ryu and Violent Ken. Additionally, a “Way of
the Hado” mode lets players throw HADOKENS with first-person motion
controls, while an exciting two-player co-op mode* gives players and a
friend one health bar for intense two player vs. CPU matches.
Nintendo Switch Edition: One of the most popular creation
games of all time is coming to the Nintendo Switch console. The
fan-favorite Super Mario Mash-Up pack along with new multiplayer play
and control options will be included in Minecraft: Nintendo Switch
Edition when it launches in Nintendo eShop on May 11 and in
stores at a later date.
Two Sonics, Two Styles: Nintendo Switch is getting two new
Sonic games in 2017. Sonic Forces is a modern 3D take on Sonic
games and follows the blue hedgehog hero as he uses his stylish
high-speed moves to bring down the nefarious Eggman. Sonic and a
mysterious new ally will rise up when Sonic Forces launches for
Nintendo Switch this winter. Sonic
Mania launches this summer and features retro 2D
graphics and a host of new stages, as well as some classic stages from
previous games in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
Project Mekuru (name not final): Players that
like multiplayer action games are in for a treat when Project Mekuru
launches exclusively in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch this summer.
The frantic and fun game finds up to four players battling locally* or
online** to flip panels and blow up opponents.
5 Complete: This tactical RPG franchise is beloved by
many, and the definitive version of the fifth game, Disgaea 5
Complete, is coming to Nintendo Switch on May 23. Perfect
for portable play, this epic RPG will launch with both standard and
limited-edition versions. A free demo for the game will launch in
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch soon.
NEOGEO Masterpieces: Starting April 13, more NEOGEO classic
games like Samurai
Showdown IV will be available to purchase in Nintendo eShop on
Nintendo Switch. Some future NEOGEO games coming to the system include Fatal
Fury and The King of Fighters ’99.
Puyo Tetris: Two classic puzzle games face off in Puyo
Puyo Tetris. The four-player* puzzle mashup game is only a little
more than a week away, launching on Nintendo Switch on April 25.
For people who want to try before they buy, a free demo for the game
is now available.
for Nintendo Switch: One of the most famous board games
ever is coming to Nintendo Switch. Up to six players can experience
the classic game with HD Rumble features and optional shorter sessions
when Monopoly for Nintendo Switch launches this fall.
Legends: Definitive Edition: The gorgeous, award-winning
platformer is coming to Nintendo Switch later this year. On
Nintendo Switch, an exclusive Kung Foot experience offers a Solo Mode
and tournaments for up to eight players*.
THQ Nordic Games: The diesel-punk shoot-’em-up game Sine
Mora EX, co-developed by acclaimed studio Grasshopper
Manufacture, launches on Nintendo Switch this summer with local
co-op and versus* modes. Also coming to Nintendo Switch from THQ
Nordic Games is Battle
Chasers: Nightwar, an RPG inspired by console classics and
based on the Battle Chasers comic book series. Battle
Chasers: Nightwar launches with timed exclusivity on Nintendo
Switch in late summer.
2: In this four-player co-op game*, players band together
to rise to the top of the criminal world for bigger jobs and better
paydays. PAYDAY 2 launches for Nintendo Switch this winter.
MUSEUM: Some of the most popular games of all time are
coming to Nintendo Switch as part of the NAMCO MUSEUM package.
Classic games, including PAC-MAN, GALAGA and SPLATTERHOUSE,
as well as multiplayer gems like ROLLING THUNDER, SKYKID
and TANK FORCE, can now be played at home or on the go. Players
can stop and resume gameplay at any time, and Special Challenge Modes
offer ways to test players’ skills. NAMCO MUSEUM launches for
Nintendo Switch this summer.
Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star: Featuring playable
characters from multiple Fate productions across three distinct
narrative perspectives, Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star delivers
the series’ most legendary showdown yet. The Nintendo Switch version
will come loaded with 35 previously released paid DLC costumes, along
with an exclusive new Unshackled Bride outfit. The high-octane action
game will launch for Nintendo Switch in North America on July 25.
Nintendo Switch Standalone Dock: The Nintendo Switch standalone
dock accessory will be available for purchase starting on May 19.
Additional docks are perfect for traveling without having to unplug
the main Nintendo Switch setup, as well as switching between TVs in
the same house without transporting cords.
Hey! PIKMIN: The first Pikmin game for Nintendo 3DS
finds Captain Olimar embarking on an adventure through lush worlds
with his trusted Pikmin by his side. In a new type of Pikmin game,
players are tasked with throwing all types of different Pikmin using
the touch screen to solve puzzles, overcome challenges and defeat
enemies through side-scrolling levels. The Hey! PIKMIN game
launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on July
28. A new Pikmin amiibo figure will also launch separately on the
Kirby’s 25th Anniversary: To celebrate
the 25th anniversary of the adorable Kirby franchise, three
new Kirby games are coming to Nintendo 3DS.
Exclusive to Nintendo eShop, Team
Kirby Clash Deluxe features four Kirby characters with
different powers (Sword Hero, Hammer Lord, Beam Mage or Doctor
Healmore) who battle giant enemies together. The free-to-start
game launches … today!
Blowout Blast, players move freely through more than
25 action-packed 3D stages, inhaling enemies and powering up along
the way. The game launches exclusively in Nintendo eShop on
Nintendo 3DS this summer.
Last but certainly not least, a new multiplayer* action game in
the Kirby series is coming to Nintendo 3DS this holiday season.
More information will be revealed about this game in the future.
- Exclusive to Nintendo eShop, Team
Fans have never played an RPG quite like Miitopia. By casting
Mii characters in roles across the world of Miitopia, players set off
on an adventure to battle enemies, hunt for treasure and open up new
areas of the map. The turn-based battles are straight out of an RPG,
but allies have a mind of their own. The relationships they build
affect their performance in battle. This Nintendo 3DS RPG launches later
Ever Oasis: Grow and expand the world’s last oasis in Ever
Oasis, a new action-adventure RPG from Koichi Ishii, the creator
of the Mana series. The Ever Oasis game launches
exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on June 23.
More information about the game will be revealed in the future.
Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia DLC: The new Fire
Emblem game might take the series back to its roots, but one
modern enhancement will help expand the adventure. The downloadable
content launching for Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
will be a combination of free and paid, and provides players with new
maps, dungeons and challenges. More information about this DLC,
including launch timing and the optional season pass, will be revealed
in the future.
BOXBOY!: The epic trilogy that has taken the world of
geometry by storm comes to its dramatic conclusion with the BYE-BYE
BOXBOY! game, the third entry in the highly acclaimed BOXBOY!
series. By rescuing new Qbabies, main character Qbby will receive one
of four powers – Boxrocket, Bombox, Warpbox and Remotebox – that can
help the boxy hero overcome obstacles in a new way. Tapping any of the
Kirby series amiibo figures like Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight or
Waddle Dee will permanently unlock a new colorful costume for Qbby
based on that character. BYE-BYE BOXBOY! is now available
exclusively in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and at http://boxboy.nintendo.com/.
A free demo for all three games in this series from HAL Laboratory,
Inc. is also available in Nintendo eShop.
Monster Hunter Stories: Prepare to embark on an RPG
adventure unlike anything the Monster Hunter series has ever
known. In Monster Hunter Stories, become a rider and bond with
monsters to raise their potential and unleash powerful combos. Players
can fly, swim and crash into new areas of the map; discover eggs to
collect and hatch; and participate in turn-based battles with a party
of up to five monsters. Monster Hunter Stories launches for
Nintendo 3DS this fall.
The Yo-kai are Back … Again!: Whether players missed it the
first time or want to fall in love again, the definitive version of YO-KAI
WATCH 2 is here! The YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters
game delivers the same full YO-KAI WATCH 2 experience, but adds
new Yo-kai to befriend, exclusive quests and the ability to hop on the
Hexpress to a new resort area. Players can even befriend Wicked and
Boss Yo-kai from previous games, learn about the origin of the
mysterious feline Yo-kai, Darknyan, and experience a revamped Blasters
co-op mode to beat powerful new bosses. YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic
Specters launches for Nintendo 3DS this fall.
NIS America Games: NIS America is bringing two great games to
Nintendo 3DS this summer. The Culdcept series is celebrating
its 20th anniversary, so it’s the perfect time to launch Culdcept
Revolt! The card-meets-board game launches in a standard and
limited edition on Aug. 29. With RPG Maker Fes, players
of all skill levels can create their own RPGs. A free download called
RPG Maker Player will be available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
RPG Maker Player will let anyone play fan-created RPGs even if they
don’t own RPG Maker Fes. RPG Maker Fes launches for
Nintendo 3DS on June 27.
New amiibo Approaching!: The final Super
Smash Bros. amiibo figures are on the way! Two versions of
Cloud, Corrin and Bayonetta amiibo figures will hit store shelves on July
The Legend of Zelda amiibo: Three new
amiibo figures based on Link from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask,
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and The Legend of
Zelda: Skyward Sword will be released on June 23.
Remember that Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS feature parental
controls that let adults manage the content their children can
access. For more information about other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/switch/
*Additional accessories are required for multiplayer mode and are sold
**Online services require a Nintendo Account. Starting in fall 2017,
some online services will also require a paid subscription. Online
service availability is limited based on location.
***Eight-player Local Wireless play in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
requires at least four Switch Consoles and four Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Games; 12-player LAN or Online play in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
requires at least six Nintendo Switch consoles and six Mario Kart 8
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