Last week was the first Nintendo Switch focused Nintendo Direct since the official full reveal of the console back in January. This time, Nintendo focused almost entirely on the games coming to Nintendo Switch in Spring and Summer 2017.
Some highlights of the Direct were launch dates for ARMS, a new boxing IP from Nintendo, and the much anticipated Splatoon 2. ARMS will be released for Nintendo Switch on June 16, 2017 while Splatoon 2 will be released for Nintendo Switch on July 21, 2017. For Splatoon 2, Nintendo also announced Salmon Run, a new wave-based PvE mode in which players will fight waves of enemies with teams of four.
During the direct the release dates for the final three DLC character Amiibo figures for Super Smash Bros. were announced along with three new Link Amiibo from various The Legend of Zelda entries. Majora’s Mask Link, Twilight Princess Link, and Skyward Sword Link are the new amiibo for The Legend of Zelda 30th anniversary series. Nintendo said the toys-to-life figures will be released on June 23. The Corrin, Bayonetta, and Cloud, amiibo will be based off of the art used for each Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS DLC character. The final Smash Bros. amiibo will be available on July 21 and Nintendo said it would offer two costume choices for each amiibo. Collectors will definitely want to nab these while they are available as quantities are sure to be scarce.
While Switch was the focus of this new Direct presentation, 3DS still got some love with the announcement of three new Kirby titles for the pink puffball’s 25th Anniversary. Hey Pikmin! was also announced for 3DS and will continue the series as a 2D sidescroller. A new Pikmin amiibo figure will also be available when the game launches on July 28th. Ever Oasis, a new RPG/city building sim, launches on 3DS on June 23rd.
What did you think of Nintendo’s latest Direct? Do you think they held some announcements back in the lead up to E3? Let us know in the comments.
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