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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

For the past week or so, fans have been speculating hard as to what when we’d be seeing a Nintendo Direct presentation from the Big N, and what we would actually see in it. Speculation ranged from Pokémon Switch and Metroid Prime 4 details all the way to a Grand Theft Auto V announcement.

Sadly, this new Direct came in the form of a Nintendo Direct Mini, with most of the titles not being all that impressive, and a good number of them being ports. While it wasn’t a bad list of games, it wasn’t the big bulldozer fans were hoping for. Regardless, there are still a number of good titles on this list.

On the plus side, this Direct only covered the first half of the year, so there’s still plenty of room for surprises in 2018. Now let’s get into the announcements.

The World Ends With You – Release Date: 2018

While we half expect pretty much every Wii U game worth owning to make its way to the Switch, seeing a port of a Nintendo DS game was a bit out of left field. As someone who missed this game a decade ago, we wonder if this will hold up.

Pokken Tournament DX DLC – Release Date: January 31 & March 23

Those who are still enjoying Pokken Tournament DX for the Switch will have a few new paid DLC characters to look forward to. On January 31, “Wave 1” of this release will bring new character Aegislash, and with it, supporting characters Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu. “Wave 2” is set to hit on March 23, and will bring the fan-favorite Blastoise, along with supporting characters, Mew and Celebi. In addition, this Battle Pack, as they call it, will include avatar items.

Kirby Star Allies – Release Date: March 16

This isn’t a new announcement, but the video did show off some new footage.

Dragon Quest Builders Demo – Release Date: Available Now!

Yeah, that’s it for this one.

Hyrule Warriors Ultimate Edition – Release Date: Spring 2018

In a move that surprises no one, we will be getting a special “ultimate edition” of Hyrule Warriors for the Switch. If you didn’t pick up the copies on Wii U or 3DS, well, consider yourself lucky, as this release will include all DLC and content from both versions. In this version, you can also play split-screen multiplayer.

Mario Tennis Aces – Release Date: Spring 2018

Camelot is bringing anew Mario Tennis game to the Switch in the form of Mario Tennis Aces. This game also features a story mode.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana – Release Date: Summer 2018

The RPJ that premiered on PlayStation Vita and PS4 last year, and PC later this month is getting a port to the Switch.

Super Mario Odyssey Update – Release Date: February 2018

If you’ve long since finished Super Mario Odyssey, and are itching to go back, you’ll be able to do so with a new, “Balloon World” mode. In this mode, you can either hide balloons or find balloons in an interesting minigame that takes advantage of the intricacies of the Super Mario Odyssey world. This update also includes new outfits and filters for snapshots.

SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy – Release Date: Summer 2018

This super anime fighting game certainly will have its fans, and it includes options for all sorts of customization.

Mario + Rabids DLC – Release Date: Spring 2018

The surprisingly strong game is getting a new story that features Donkey Kong.

Payday 2 – Release Date: February 27, 2018

The Payday 2 port finally has a release date. This version will also have a timed exclusive character.

Fe and Celeste – Release Dates: February & January

EA has an indie-like games in the form of 3D platformer Fe. Then, coming from developer Matt Makes Games, we get the 2D sidescroller Celeste.

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze – Release Date: May 4

The critically-acclaimed Wii U game is making its way to the Switch, further proving that every game worth having will eventually head to the new platform. This game also has Funky Kong as a new playable character.

Dark Souls Remastered – Release Date: May 25

Finally, Nintendo announced that Dark Souls Remastered will be making its way onto the Switch on May 25. According to a press release, this version “includes the Artorias of the Abyss DLC, as well as improved framerate and resolution from the original.” Joining games like Skyrim and Doom, Dark Souls Remastered is further proof of third-party supporters bringing over console experiences in a more handheld form. Now where’s GTA V, already?

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SOURCE: Nintendo

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.