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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
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.


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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01/11/18, 16:12   Edited:  01/11/18, 17:10
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Looks like 2018 could be the year of the ports, even moreso than 2017 was.

But that's okay with me since I haven't played some of them. I won't be getting DKC Tropical Freeze since I have it on Wii U, but I never got around to Hyrule Warriors so I'll probably grab that on Switch. I'm not sure if Dark Souls is my kinda game, but I may check it out. I already have an unplayed copy of TWEWY on DS...

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 on: 01/11/18, 19:35
@nate38 There were rumors awhile back that the Dark Souls trilogy was coming to Switch, perhaps they plan to bring all 3 eventually?

Anecdotally, when a series is highly praised I tend to like to start at the beginning. I make some exceptions if the newer games are EVEN MORE HIGHLY PRAISED by a fair amount and I'm not super invested in playing the whole series, for instance I played Bayonetta 2 and not Bayonetta. But in this case I had started Dark Souls, my PS3 died, I bought a PS4 which only has Dark Souls 2 and 3, I thought hey I guess if I'm going to skip 1 might as well just go to 3 and be caught up, but... somehow I couldn't get myself to take that jump. I don't want to start on 3!

So this is good news for me, I can go back and play the first. I'll have to replay a bit I guess, I was at like the 7th or 8th area out of 20 or something on PS3?! Hmm. A bit intimidating, some of those parts were... rough.

@J.K. Riki Yeah but that's like... us. Not Retro pros. I can't imagine this port would be taking up much of their resources. They're a huge team. But the main reason I mentioned the port is that though they might be working on it (or they might not, sometimes other devs handle ports) they HAVE to be working on something else, no way did they put out Tropical Freeze years ago and just sit around working on a Switch port for years.

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 on: 01/11/18, 19:47   Edited:  01/11/18, 19:49
I'm quite into many of these games. In for Dark Souls, DKC, both DLC updates look good, Mario Tennis looks hot. Kirby looks great.

I bet 2nd half of 2018 will have at least one really big title from Nintendo first party.

Maybe more third party gems too, ports or not.

No interest in Pokken or Hyrule Warriors. Prob not gonna go for TWEWY either.

Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 19:48



Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 19:51
And this will officially be my first Kirby game, ever.

Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 19:57
Dude, you've been missing out.

Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 20:04
Zero said:
Yeah but that's like... us. Not Retro pros. I can't imagine this port would be taking up much of their resources. They're a huge team. But the main reason I mentioned the port is that though they might be working on it (or they might not, sometimes other devs handle ports) they HAVE to be working on something else, no way did they put out Tropical Freeze years ago and just sit around working on a Switch port for years.

That's fair! I just don't want to take ports for granted anymore, thanks to this newfound experience. I used to be in the "why not port everything to everything?" camp, and now I see exactly why not, lol.

I do have to also wonder if maybe whatever they were/are working on for many years didn't/isn't going well. Because let's all keep in mind, especially as devs, that some projects just don't pan out. So it's entirely possible that all they have to SHOW for those years is a Tropical Freeze port, if Nintendo went to review their project and said "No, this isn't working, try something else." And if indeed it was the first true "solo" project for Retro, that's not out of the question.

But hopefully that's not the case, and again, Retro-at-E3 knocks the socks off our collective feets.

Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 20:39
Hasn't Retro also had some staff turnover in the past few years? That would also slow down development on any game the company is working.

Posted by 
 on: 01/11/18, 20:47
The Chibi Robo image (and another I've already forgotten) were hinting that the direct wouldn't be announced. Both the direct for Chibi and the other just aired, just like this one.

I might have to give Dark Souls a try. Like others here, have heard good things.

I can finally get Tropical Freeze! I kept putting off buying it on WiiU, and I feel I need to support Retro as much as possible. I never finished DKCR, but got fairly far into it.

I played TWEWY just a bit. I might give it another shot.

Kirby. BLEHHHH. 17 freaking Kirby games in the past 3 years. (okay, maybe it's closer to 6 over 4 years, but who can keep count?)

Fe seems like a no-brainer on a Nintendo system.

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 on: 01/11/18, 22:57   Edited:  01/11/18, 23:00
Lots of ports, but pretty good! In order:

Dark Souls is a maybe, depending on port quality.

I'm totally over the Mario Tennis formula, but the text indicates that they might finally be moving away from the stupid chance shot thing towards something actually resembling tennis. It's perfectly suited for on the go multiplayer. And, damn, if it doesn't look beautiful! (Motion Control?)

I never boughta physical copy of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, so that's a fairly likely pick-up. Fuck, YEAH, Funky Kong!!

Kirby Star Allies looks amazing. It surpassed my enormous expectations. Can't wait to jam through it with my nephews, who grew up with Return to Dreamland.

The World Ends with You: Final Remix... maybe? Curious about the Joy Con combat.

I have, and have barely played, Hyrule Warriors Legends. But I might pick up Definitive, because I'm stupid.

SNK HEROINES ~Tag Team Frenzy~ looks pretty sweet (and kind of stupid).

I think that I played the demo of Ys VIII on PS4 and hated it. Everyone else seems to love it, though!

Fe could be cool. Celeste looks really good. I still would've preferred a Towerfall port first, though...

The Super Mario Odyssey competitive mode looks amazing. Deonkey Kong seems like a great addition to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. I'm happy about the Pokkén DLC, but it's way too pricey.

And I guess that's it! Pretty neat, overall.

What the hell was up with the flaming Chibi Robo, though?

Posted by 
 on: 01/12/18, 00:47
World Ends With You has two control modes, it seems: touch-screen and Joy Con.

You're a fighting game guy, right? Pokkén is pretty good!!

Yeah, Strikers and Baseball are due. Enough freakin' Tennis!

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 on: 01/12/18, 00:49   Edited:  01/12/18, 00:54
Stephen said:
Second since it’s the first From software game on Nintendo hardware...

Just some random trivia: This will be the first time Dark Souls will be on Nintendo hardware. But not the first time From Software has been on Nintendo hardware. Don’t you remember the highly acclaimed and mega-popular GameCube-exclusive RPG series, Lost Kingdoms?

No...? Well, neither does anyone else. But those were from From Software...!

Also, I’m pretty sure Demon’s Souls is a PlayStation exclusive. IIRC, Sony owns the name “Demon’s Souls” which is why when the franchise went multi-plat, From had to change the name.

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 on: 01/12/18, 01:31   Edited:  01/12/18, 01:32
How about some Mario Golf on the Switch already? The last console Mario Golf we got was on the GameCube. I wouldn't say no to a new Strikers either, but that's Next Level Games, not Camelot.

Posted by 
 on: 01/12/18, 01:39
Hopefully they see how loved Golf Story is and do something about it. Speaking of I need to play that...

Posted by 
 on: 01/12/18, 01:48
@GameDadGrant I have both of the Lost Kingdoms games for GameCube.

But I have not played either one. Now I will walk away in shame.

Posted by 
 on: 01/12/18, 02:02
@Mop it up

Nice! Me too.

Don’t walk away in shame, though. Those games are no joke. I never completed either of ‘em.

Posted by 
 on: 01/12/18, 02:42
And Baseball is Namco. We could get all three simultaneously!

I guess it really HAS been a while since the last console Mario Golf. We did have Wii Sports, though. Did you try the 3DS Mario Golf? It's pretty good! I'm surprised that they didn't gussy that one up with a story mode plus all of the DLC for the Switch. World Tour Deluxe!

Tennis generally works better on a home console, and golf works better on a handheld, i think. Luckily, the Switch is both, so it features both single console play and wireless LAN. Plus online, or whatnot. It really is crazy versatile.

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 on: 01/12/18, 03:44   Edited:  01/12/18, 03:48
The old Mario Tennis (and Golf) story modes for the handhelds had RPG progression... we are lacking details but first look makes me believe we are not getting that.

Kind of wish we would be getting something along those lines.

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 on: 01/12/18, 05:17

Is this one Camelot? Because the previous few Mario Tennis games haven't been, yeah?

@CPA Wei

I don't think we'll ever get that level of RPG sports from these games again, to be honest. I agree, I wish it was that. But the world has moved on, as they say...

Posted by 
 on: 01/12/18, 06:56
Lots of ports, but that's great for anyone who hasn't played those games yet. Kirby is probably the only new game that I'll end up getting, but Fe does sound better and better the more I hear about it.

Also...where is Hollow Knight?

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 on: 01/12/18, 14:35
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