Yesterday at 11 pm, Nintendo released its first Nintendo Direct of the year. It was entirely dedicated to the Switch, which should surprise no one in view of the success of the console and the end of career of the 3DS is fast approaching. As usual, the entire presentation is visible on YouTube, and here is the bulk of the ads to remember.
Super Mario Maker will be entitled to a suite in June 2019 on Switch. Among the novelties, we will notice a new interface, as well as the addition of elements from Super Mario 3D World. Nintendo is also preparing the update of Smash Bros Ultimate 3.0 which will bring new characters including Joker of Persona 5and other surprises we do not know yet.
Puzzle lovers will find their way with the Switch port of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, which for the occasion is adorned with a free coop mode. The game is available now on the Nintendo eShop. Another portage, that of Dead by Daylight, scheduled for this fall. Nintendo also offers itself an exclusive royal battle: Tetris 99, where 99 players compete on Tetris hoping to be the last alive.
Square Enix was also at the forefront to announce that Dragon Quest XI S should finally land on Switch in the fall after being announced … in 2015, on what was still called the NX. Ultimate refinement, this version will switch between Super NES type graphics and the Unreal Engine 4. Final Fantasy IX is now on the console, while it will be necessary to wait until March 26 for Final Fantasy VII.
Always on the side of Japanese productions, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is still rejected. Promised for January 2017, then running in 2018, then at the end of the year, it is now expected for July 26, 2019.
Last but not least: Nintendo announced the launch this year of a remake of Link's Awakening, released in 1993 on Gameboy. The style will obviously be more refined and colorful than 26 years ago, but some basics will remain, like the top view, but with a bit of 3D, please.