New Switch ports and video games announced in Nintendo Direct


Since the Direct appeared this morning, your friends at Mammoth Gamers have summarized the biggest stories to come out.

Nintendo's got a bunch of new games coming to its wildly popular Switch console in 2018. It will also be the first time you can get killed by the Bell Gargoyles while taking the bus to work. Wave two (March 23) will add fighter Blastoise and support Pokémon Mew and Celebi. Finally, 505 Games will release Payday 2 for the Switch on February 27. Building on the ideas from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Kirby Star Allies focuses on combining Kirby's copy abilities together to try out new moves. You will also be able to combine powers together in creative ways. With numerous Neo Geo ports available on the Switch's eShop, we're more than ready for an official release from Nintendo to scratch that retro itch. The demo can be downloaded from the eShop and played docked or portably. The games that released for the 3DS and Wii U (Open and Ultra Smash) were both poorly received due to their lack of content, whereas the earlier games were critically acclaimed and typically featured a story mode.

Nintendo closed the Direct Mini with a major new announcements: Dark Souls: Remastered will bring the challenging 2011 action-RPG to Nintendo Switch with updated graphics.

Also coming to Switch this spring is a new Mario Tennis game.

Super Mario Odyssey will be getting a free update next month. It's a race for others to find your balloon and you to find theirs as fast as you can. So, if you don't own one, then you might have to give this purchase a pass.

Donkey Kong will be joining the cast as a playable character.

More Donkey Kong news landed a bit later in the Nintendo Direct Mini. That said, we still don't have a solid release date for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Rockstar is still tight-lipped about a GTA V port. The Switch version of the game will include a timed-exclusive character name Joy, who's described as a "Japanese computer whiz".

More news on the Dark Souls front.

It's a ladies-only affair with SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy.

The port of the co-op heist shooter is making its way in February.

Beyond that, it also shows that third-party devs are starting to see the device as a viable prospect - and that's no mean feat in the wake of the Wii U's poor showing (sorry to keep harping on about that, Ninty). The full game will be released on February 9th in the American and European territories.

Indie game Fe uses music and songs to interact with its gloomy forest world. Or you can use the JoyCons if you don't want to smudge up that pretty screen of yours.

Much like classic RPGs, you'll have to complete specific tasks in order to progress through the prison and eventually make a daring escape. This feature will include the Atorius of the Abyss DLC, as well as "improved framerate and resolution".