Splatoon 2 Nintendo Direct

We're now more than a month removed from the Nintendo Switch's launch. The system has managed to really strike a chord with the global community thanks to its hybrid capabilities as a home console and as a portable device. Well, for the next Nintendo Direct the company takes aim at the Switch's software.

According to a recent PR notice from Nintendo, the company will air their Nintendo Direct on April 12th at 3pm PST, 6pm EST. The presentation will be available for live-streaming over on their official website.

The site states that the presentation will focus mainly on the upcoming release of ARMS, the motion-controlled sci-fi boxing game and Splatoon 2, the upcoming third-person multiplayer shooter.

ARMS has only been showcased in small spurts since the stage presentation of the Nintendo Switch back in January. Nintendo has kept the game under wraps as they moved toward the release of the title. It reminded me of a more fleshed out version of the physics-based robot tech demo that Shigeru Miyamoto had demonstrated briefly during E3 a couple of years ago for the Nintendo Wii U.

The game will see players using a variety of attachments on their characters in order to defeat their opponents. The game is a motion-controlled boxing title, where players can use the Joy-Con controllers to mimic fighting, throwing different kinds of punches and attempting to block and counter their opponent's moves.

There's really no telling exactly what the quality of ARMS is going to be like, but we'll likely get a good enough look come Wednesday. Also expect final pricing and release date details, since the game is expected to launch for the Nintendo Switch sometime during this spring.

Splatoon 2 is a surprising entry on the docket because the recent multiplayer test-fire was underway for the Nintendo Switch owners, prepping for the game's summer release later this year. I didn't expect to see much more of Splatoon 2 until E3. However, Nintendo could be aiming to push out more info on the game ahead of E3 in order to make room for some of their other unannounced titles or games that barely got a showing during the January presentation.

For the most part, I imagine they'll focus on what was already mentioned during the console reveal, but also cover some of the game's new maps, characters, weapons, accessories, and modes.

We still don't know much about Splatoon 2's single-player modes, so I imagine they'll want to put some time and effort into detailing those features, as well as outlining what the campaign mode would be like.

Another surprising thing about the upcoming Nintendo Direct is that they mentioned that they'll be discussing the future of the Nintendo 3DS as well. I'm curious what this will entail because Nintendo has been mum about the handheld since the Switch has come into the picture. They have repeatedly said that the Switch was neither a replacement for the Wii U nor 3DS, but it really does appear to be a replacement for both.

It'll be fascinating to see how they continue to make the 3DS relevant while the Switch exists on the marketplace alongside it. They don't mention what they'll be discussing regarding the 3DS, but if it's some new games that show the handheld's continued support then I'm sure fans will be happy about that.

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