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Dark Souls Remastered, Mario Tennis Aces, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, and more coming to Switch!
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January 11, 2018, 16:12:07
 
Hey, another chance to take a stab at Dark Souls! I got about 7 worlds in and my PS3 died.

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo debuted a new Nintendo Direct Mini video presentation today spotlighting a selection of first- and third-party titles coming in early 2018. Following a strong holiday season, Nintendo Switch owners will see a variety of new games and content arriving in the next few months, including DARK SOULS: REMASTERED, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario Tennis Aces and Kirby Star Allies games, and a certain green-clad brother bringing a new mode to the Super Mario Odyssey game.
The first title in the genre-defining action role-playing franchise is coming to Nintendo Switch. DARK SOULS: REMASTERED includes the Artorias of the Abyss DLC, as well as improved framerate and resolution from the original DARK SOULS game for an exhilarating return to Lordran. (Graphic: Business Wire)

“Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling home console in history, and Nintendo is not taking our foot off the gas in 2018,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “For the millions of people who just received Nintendo systems as gifts, or consumers getting ready to join the growing community of Nintendo Switch owners, Nintendo and our third-party partners have fun new games and content in store at retail or for digital purchase.”

The full Nintendo Direct Mini presentation can be viewed at https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/01-11-2018/. A sampling of some of the announcements includes:

DARK SOULS™: REMASTERED: The first title in the genre-defining action role-playing franchise is coming to Nintendo Switch. DARK SOULS: REMASTERED includes the Artorias of the Abyss DLC, as well as improved framerate and resolution from the original DARK SOULS game for an exhilarating return to Lordran. This marks the franchise’s debut on a Nintendo platform, and now for the first time ever, this revered (and challenging) game can be played on the go. DARK SOULS: REMASTERED launches on May 25.

Mario Tennis Aces: A new Mario Tennis game is bringing a new level of skill and competition to Nintendo Switch. Mario steps onto the court in classy tennis garb for intense rallies against a variety of characters in full-blown tennis battles. New wrinkles in tennis gameplay will challenge your ability to read an opponent’s position and stroke to determine which shot will give you the advantage. And this time the game adds the first story mode since the Mario Tennis game on Game Boy Advance, offering a new flavor of tennis gameplay, with a variety of missions and boss battles. The game launches for Nintendo Switch this spring.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong and Cranky Kong return for the franchise’s debut on Nintendo Switch. This title includes all the fun and challenge of the original game, plus a new beginner-friendly mode that lets players enjoy this critically acclaimed adventure as groovy surfing simian Funky Kong. Funky Kong can double jump, hover, perform infinite rolls and even perform infinite underwater corkscrews. Thanks to his sturdy surfboard, even spikes can’t slow him down. The game launches for Nintendo Switch on May 4.

Kirby Star Allies: Kirby’s debut on Nintendo Switch is a grand new adventure packed with content. The new Artist ability lets Kirby unleash his creativity, while the new Spider ability lets him ensnare enemies in webs. Kirby also can hurl new friend hearts at enemies to win them over with love and add them to his party. Plus, up to four friends* can team up and combine Kirby’s unique abilities with ally abilities for powerful new Friend Abilities. The game launches for Nintendo Switch on March 16.

The World Ends with You: Final Remix: This 2008 Nintendo DS game has been updated for Nintendo Switch with HD visuals and a new epilogue that sheds new light on the game’s story. Players can join rhythmic battles using either Joy-Con controllers or the Nintendo Switch touch screen. The game is scheduled to launch this year.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition: A new, ultimate version of the exhilarating action game set in the Zelda universe will include every map and mission, plus all 29 playable characters from both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game, along with all of the previous paid downloadable content. Play as Link, Zelda, Midna, Skull Kid and dozens more in action-packed battles at home or on the go. Additionally, the game includes new outfits for Link and Zelda based on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game. This new version launches for Nintendo Switch in spring.

SNK HEROINES ~Tag Team Frenzy~: Play as iconic heroines from SNK’s history in a new, two-on-two tag-team fighting game. Players can activate a variety of Special Moves with the press of a button, and make use of special items to turn the tide of battle. One of the competitors will be Yuri Sakazaki from ACA NEOGEO Art of Fighting 2, which launches today in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch. SNK HEROINES ~Tag Team Frenzy~ launches on Nintendo Switch this summer.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana: When the passenger liner he was aboard sank, the adventurer Adol drifted to a deserted island inhabited by vicious creatures that have evolved in many different ways. To survive, Adol must gather fellow shipwreck survivors and build a base. High-speed battles require players to change between three types of characters at a moment’s notice. The epic RPG launches for Nintendo Switch this summer.

PAYDAY 2: As players join with friends* locally or online to execute elaborate heists, full touch-screen support makes menu navigation easier than ever, while the HD Rumble feature lets them feel everything from explosions to weapon recoil right in their hands. Debuting in the Nintendo Switch version of the game, a new playable character named Joy will be introduced. Joy is a Japanese computer whiz who wears a custom LED light mask that changes her appearance as she sees fit. PAYDAY 2 launches for Nintendo Switch on Feb. 27.

Fe: In this new type of platforming adventure, players run, climb and glide their way through a dark Nordic forest to explore its living, breathing world. Use the motion controls of the Joy-Con controllers to sing in tune with creatures and plants to unlock new abilities. Each song has a distinct sound and feel thanks to HD Rumble. The game launches digitally for Nintendo Switch on Feb. 16.

Celeste: This modern take on the pure action platformer lets Madeline climb any surface on Celeste Mountain if she has the stamina. Playing in Assist Mode lets players tweak the difficulty, from a slower pace to full-on invincibility. Unlockable B-side chapters offer even more challenging adventures. The game launches digitally for Nintendo Switch on Jan. 25.

Game Updates & DLC

Super Mario Odyssey: A new mini-game called Balloon World is coming to one of the highest-rated games of all time. Once players download the free update and complete the main story, Balloon World will become available. In “Hide It” mode, players have a certain amount of time to hide a balloon. In “Find It” mode, players have the same amount of time to locate balloons hidden by other players from around the world. Players can move up the rankings** by finding hidden balloons and becoming expert hiders. The free update will be released in February with new Snapshot Mode filters and new outfits.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: A new hero swings into action! Donkey Kong is headed to the game as a playable character, complete with an exclusive new storyline and world to explore. The DLC pack will release in spring and will be available for purchase individually, or as part of the Season Pass or Gold Edition of the game.

Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack: The Battle Pack is now available for purchase in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch and includes two Waves of Battle Pokémon and Avatar items. Wave 1 of the Battle Pack contains Battle Pokémon Aegislash and a new Support Pokémon Set featuring Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu. Aegislash can change between two formes, and players can wield them both. Wave 2 includes the new Battle Pokémon Blastoise and a new Support Pokémon Set featuring Mew and Celebi. Wave 1 will be available Jan. 31, and Wave 2 is scheduled for Mar. 23.

Demos

Kirby: Battle Royale: The free demo is available in Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Dragon Quest Builders: The free demo is available today in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.

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/ and http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.


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Posted: 01/11/18, 16:12:07  - Edited by 
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The Direct: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_u7g5BlfiY



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Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 16:23:17  - Edited by 
 on: 01/12/18, 04:39:49
What is this I don't even...

Dark Souls and Ys VIII make me happy


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 16:42:41
After all the anticipation, this feels a bit like a letdown. And where's Chibi-Robo En Fuego?


TWEWY port -- I'm all for revisiting TWEWY in the hopes we'll eventually get a sequel, but this is one case where the pointer controls look like a big step down from the touch controls.

Pokken port DLC -- Yay Blastoise! But I am unlikely to ever play this game.

Hyrule Warriors port -- Finally a version that has all the content, I guess?

DKC Tropical Freeze port -- Funky Kong? Sure, why not.

Dark Souls port(?) -- This game just seems weird to me. Dark Souls isn't that old, and the series has had a pretty steady stream of sequels and DLC since then. I've only played Dark Souls 1, but I was under the impression that the latter two games were as good or better, and then Bloodborne was supposedly a nice spinoff of that. Why revisit the original game now?

Kirby Star Allies -- Coming a lot sooner than I thought. Still kind of feeling Kirby fatigue lately, but I suppose that didn't stop me from really enjoying Planet Robobot, so maybe this one could surprise me too.

Mario Tennis Aces -- It's cool that it has a Story Mode this time around, but I don't have high expectations. I like the Mario crew's cute new tennis outfits, though.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana -- Yay! But I'll play it on PC. Eventually.

Super Mario Odyssey DLC -- Hey, it's free, can't complain. Looks fun, too.


As someone who doesn't own a Switch yet, none of this pushes me any closer to a purchase, but it's nice that there are a few small surprises in the near future, plus some DLC for older games.


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 16:55:36
@nate38 Good point I somehow forgot about the Chibi Robo tease WTF was that about.

On the one hand, I'm not too interested in ports in general. On the other hand I wanted a chance to try Dark Souls again and now I will get it, so that is cool. And for everyone who hasn't... now is your chance!


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 17:12:20
@Zero@nate38
People seem to think the Chibi Robo thing was meant to look like Solaire because of the pose and the fire. Seems strange but eh, Nintendo has done stranger.


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 17:26:26
BTW does this make it likely that Retro is NOT working on a new Donkey Kong Country? Either that or it would be a ways off, because I doubt Nintendo would release two Donkey Kong Country games that close to each other. On the other hand maybe Tropical Freeze is to prep people for a new one, but I dunno.

And we know they're not working on Metroid.

WHAT ARE RETRO STUDIOS DOING?! They may be working on this port, but that can't take but a fraction of their effort.


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 17:29:54
Mario Tennis looks hella rad. Have enjoyed previous entries and this looks like its got a fair amount of stuff to it. Now can we get Mario Strikers back please?

And the Mario Odyssey stuff looks fun. Will probs only jump on to get the other outfits though and have a quick peek at the mode. Wonder if it makes for a good coin farming mode though.

Oh yeah and Dark Souls remastered is great even if I haven't played through all of it yet, its a great game.


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 17:32:59
@Pokefreak911 *squints* Sure, I guess...? But why Chibi Robo? Because he looks vaguely like a shiny knight?

@Zero Yeah seems unlikely that Nintendo would port Tropical Freeze and then turn around and release a new DKC game soon after. I'm all for Retro being on something totally new, so fingers crossed.


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 17:44:22
Good shit as far as I'm concerned. Between this and the rest of the stuff that we know are hitting this spring Switch's got a pretty decent 2018 leading up to E3.


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 17:45:21
SNK HEROINES TAG TEAM FRENZY

YYYYYAAAAAASSSSSS!!!


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 17:51:55  - Edited by 
 on: 01/11/18, 17:53:14
@GameDadGrant
Despite the shameless fan service, the game caught my eye. Looked fast and fun!


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 17:56:39
Personally I don't care about the ports since I've either already played the games before or I wasn't interested in them in the first place. But this is good news for people who didn't own a Wii U! Plus the free update to Mario looks kind of fun!


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 18:03:49
@r_hjort

Heck yeah! Do you think SNK saw the Mugen community's interest in "The Queen of Fighters" and decided to make their own game? Pretty cool either way, and I'm definitely looking forward to it.

....Did they confirm this as a Switch exclusive? I don't recall it being announced for any other platform.


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 18:05:44
@GameDadGrant
It's apparently coming to the PS4 as well, according to Polygon. SNK and NIS have supposedly included that info in their official press release for the game.


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 18:10:40
@r_hjort

Ah, that would make sense. I mean, it would be a HUGE win for Switch if it were exclusive. Buuuuuttt...PS4 sells pretty well and the Playstation fanbase will buy just about anything. So it makes sense to drop it there, too.

Pretty happy to see this come out. It will make the lack of Dragon Ball Fighter Z on Switch sting just a *little* bit less...!

EDIT: Now to go back to wishing for a Soulcalibur VI port to Switch! With playable Link! and Ganon! ....hey, let me dream.


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 18:15:18  - Edited by 
 on: 01/11/18, 18:16:27
I have no idea how the controls will work on the TWEWY remaster, but I’m totally going to find out. That came on the direct and I was instantly the Frye meme trying to throw my money at the computer screen. I’m kind of glad no one was around to see it. It was a little embarrassing.

I got a Switch for Christmas, by the way.


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 18:24:19
nate38 said:

Dark Souls port(?) -- This game just seems weird to me. Dark Souls isn't that old, and the series has had a pretty steady stream of sequels and DLC since then. I've only played Dark Souls 1, but I was under the impression that the latter two games were as good or better, and then Bloodborne was supposedly a nice spinoff of that. Why revisit the original game now?

I can't speak for anyone else, but I will say that lately I've been hearing heaps upon heaps of praise for that series, and it has made me curious. So maybe this release is specifically for folks like me? Otherwise it's at the very least a great test, that, if we pass, will see the release of Dark Souls Chronicles for the Switch, a spin-off RPG that uses mobile devices for four player action.

@chrisguy

Woo. You should add me on the friends list. JKRiki.

@Zero

Now that I've dived into actual, real game development full time, I have readjusted my opinion of the effort ports take from "Minimal" to "Just kill me now." So if they are doing this port, I can't say it would only take a fraction of their effort...

Still, hoping this is NOT Retro, and they are almost finished with an all new self-created IP game that will knock our socks off at E3.


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 19:01:25
@chrisguy

Congrats on the Switch!

I wonder if the The World Ends With You remaster will play like the iOS version? I hope it takes advantage of the fact that the Switch has actual controllers, but who knows. It feels strange to have that game on a single-screen device, though. That game was like, custom-made for the original DS.


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 19:07:24
With the Artist Kirby power-up reveal, I assume Triforcebun has died and ascended to heaven.


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 19:08:45
@nate38

Dark Souls makes the most sense for a few reasons.

First it’s also coming out on PS4 and Xbox One and is the only Dark Souls game not on those platforms.

Second since it’s the first From software game on Nintendo hardware it makes sense to start with the first game in the series that blew up. Blood borne is Sony exclusive so that’s out and Demon’s Souls is more antiquated and doesn’t have direct sequels for growth and it’s spirtitual successor is this game so why bother?

Finally Dark Souls was originally a 360/PS3 game which probably makes for an easier port job to Switch than something designed for PS4 or Xbox one.


Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 19:20:52
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