We knew that a Nintendo Direct was likely on the horizon and then, this morning, a brief broadcast dropped out of nowhere full of new game announcements. Based on what we're seeing, the first half of 2018 is looking pretty solid for the Switch.
Based on this morning's broadcast, what Nintendo is referring to as a "mini-Direct," 2018 is shaping up to look a heck of a lot like 2017. While nothing on the scale of Breath of the Wild or Mario Odyssey has been revealed yet, the recent update included several new first party games, several new third party games, a couple of indies and even some ports. In other words, the exact same formula that helped the Switch become an instant success last year.
All told, and including Dark Souls, Nintendo announced about a dozen new and remastered games during the Direct. Mario Tennis Aces is sure win over fans of the beloved series, especially since this Switch offering will boast a single player campaign.
For folks who like playing games with friends, Kirby Star Allies looks like a great way to put the Switch through its paces in early 2018. The same goes for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on the Switch, complete with a new speedrunner-friendly game mode.
If you missed out on The World Ends with You on the DS, you'll be happy to learn that the game's Final Remix is set to hit the Switch later this year, complete with new story content. And if you missed out on Hyrule Warriors from the Wii U, now you can look forward to the Definitive Edition on Nintendo's new hardware.
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy is a new fighting game heading for the Switch, alongside ports of both PAYDAY 2 and Ys VIII: The Lacrimosa of Dana. Those are complimented by a pair of noteworthy indie titles on the horizon, Fe and Celeste.
As for additional DLC, Super Mario Odyssey will introduce a free update soon that lets players hide and seek balloons (Thanks to Luigi finally being introduced to the game), while Pokken Tournament DX is getting a couple of new fighters and assist characters in the coming weeks.
The best part is that today's announcement primarily focused on games launching in the first half of the year. We wouldn't be surprised if a few other surprises pop up along the way, and we figure another Direct or E3 will be the perfect time to reveal the games we'll all be playing on the back half of 2018. For the next several months, though, today's mini-Direct makes it clear that the Switch is staying busy rather than cruising on year-old hype.
If Nintendo wanted to convince gamers they've learned an important lesson from the past couple of generations, we think this counts as pretty solid proof of exactly that.