Nintendo Direct - Smash Bros, Crash Bandicoot, and Splatoon 2 DLC

Today, Nintendo Direct featured new and old titles coming to the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch including Mario Tennis Aces, Splatoon 2 DLC, Dark Souls: Remastered, Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy, and the highly anticipated reveal of Super Smash Bros.

Mario Tennis Aces dove into a lot of gameplay mechanics that are meant to keep players constantly entertained.

With different shots and special moves, the game continues the pace going with 'split-second decisions' to keep the player alert and continuously having fun. Nintendo devised the game in a way that each of the moves that would somehow be able to backlash at the player if their skill was not involved.

The video showed examples of players that mistimed their blocks of a ‘zone shot,’ which resulted in breaking their racket and forcing them to withdraw. Mario Tennis Aces also allows people to use motion controls in a specific manner for the four different types of shots. These include forehand, backhand, lob, and slice.  

Splatoon 2 will be receiving a substantial update at the end of April. Titled "Version 3.0," the update will be offering over one hundred new pieces of gear, three new stages and Rank X, which is higher than Rank S+.

Along with this announcement, Nintendo revealed the new Octo Expansion, which will follow Agent 8 as she finds her way out an underground area. Upon leaving the area, players will be able to equip Octo Gear to their characters. The expansion is set to release Summer 2018.

Dark Souls: Remastered is coming to Switch along with an Amiibo of the Solaire of Astora. While having the Amiibo linked, players can perform the famous ‘Praise the Sun’ gesture.

The Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy will be leaving the world of exclusiveness as it comes to the Switch. The original game, which came out in 1996 and has since then only been on the PlayStation, takes it first stand as a multi-platform game.

Super Smash Bros. was the last game to be announced. The teaser showed two Splatoon characters battling it out as Mario steps in with the blazing symbol of the Smash Bros. over his head. Nintendo currently has no official name or release date for the new Super Smash Bros., but it is expected to be released in 2018.

Other mentions and release dates are as follows:


  • WarioWare Gold - August 3
  • Dillons Dead-Heat Breakers - May 24
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's & Bowser Jr. Inside Story - 2019
  • Detective Pikachu - March 23
  • Luigi’s Mansion - 2018

Nintendo Switch

  • Kirby Star Allies - March 16
  • Okami HD - Summer 2018
  • Sushi Striker: Way of the Sushido - June 8
  • Octopath Traveler - July 13
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes - 2018
  • Dark Souls: Remastered - May 25
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - July 13
  • Undertale - "Eventually"
  • Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy - July 10
  • Little Nightmares - May 18
  • South Park: Fractured But Whole - April 24
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition - May 18