Being the HUGE Nintendo junkie I am, how can I NOT write about the amazing new announcements made in yesterday’s Nintendo Direct? …Or as Josh Ball said as we fought over who would write this: “Me me me, I’m Tyler and I like Nintendo stuff! WE GET IT.”
There are tons of new games coming to the Nintendo Switch this year, and we’re totally on board the 2019 hype train! If you haven’t seen the Nintendo Direct yet, you can view it here:
Super Mario Maker 2
They didn’t waste any time, did they? Getting right into the exciting stuff, Nintendo revealed that Super Mario Maker 2 will be coming to the Nintendo Switch this June! That’s right, it’s not a port from the WiiU! It looks like this installment of Super Mario Maker has a ton of new features to create some totally amazing(ly difficult) levels in the 2D platforming style. Mario Maker had a pretty awesome presence on Twitch, and with the ever-growing success of the Nintendo Switch, we can only imagine how for Super Mario Maker 2 will go.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Okay, I’m sure y’all have heard me ramble on a ton about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but we finally got a slight look at Joker from Persona 5! Nintendo didn’t go into much detail about what to expect in Update 3.0 (coming before the end of April), but we did get a look at the next awesome line of Smash Bros. amiibo coming this year!
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Dragon Quest XI was originally released in 2017 and received tons of praise from critics. Now it’s re-releasing on the Nintendo Switch with exclusive bonus content sporting the incredibly long name Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age -Definitive Edition-. Now with additional stories, the ability to switch between the gorgeous 3D renderings or the classic 2D 16-bit look, new, fully orchestrated music tracks, and the ability to have the voice acting in either English or Japanese. I’m definitely getting my hands on this one.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Okay, so this is the one game I was looking forward to the entire Direct (sorry, Animal Crossing fans). I am STOKED for the fully-animated anime-style cutscenes. The player can choose a male or female avatar, and play the role of a teacher in the Officer’s Academy. Here you teach your students the way of battle (much like a tactician in the other games), and help them learn and grow in different weapon classes. Within the school are three separate houses: the Red Eagles, the Blue Lions, and the Golden Deer. It feels super Hogwarts-y and I love it. Also, if you’re not in the Golden Deer group, then you should seriously rethink your life choices.
This brand new IP comes from Platinum Games, the team behind Bayonetta 3! Outside of the trailer, not much info about the game or the story and characters was given, so we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds. No doubt we’ll be seeing this game at E3, considering its August 30th release.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Last, but not least, this 1993 Gameboy classic is being remade for the Nintendo Switch, and we have to say it looks absolutely stunning! We definitely didn’t see this one coming, but it’s totally a welcome addition to the Nintendo Switch library. The music and art have a totally different feel from anything we’ve ever seen in the Legend of Zelda series, and we’re okay with other Zelda titles getting the same treatment (Oracle of Ages? Oracle of Seasons? MINISH CAP?). We’re willing to bet money on this being a holiday release, but here’s to hoping we get it sooner!