The latest Nintendo Direct has just been and gone, dropping some exciting news in its wake, with none more exciting than the imminent arrival of brawler Super Smash Bros. on the Switch.
Not only is the collision of game franchises bringing the biffo, it’s bringing it this year. There’s no release date yet, but hey, thinking positively the wait will be at most eight months. Details were light on, but it appears that Mario, Link and Splatoon‘s Inklings will all feature.
We also got more details of Mario Tennis Aces for the Switch, which will feature up to four-player local and online multiplayer, plus a story mode with boss battles. You’ll even be able to use your Joy-Con like a real tennis racquet in “Swing Mode” (replacement TV sold separately). Mario Tennis Aces, packed with Mushroom Kingdom favourites, will hit for Switch on June 22.
One of our favourite Wii U games, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, is also coming to Switch. This new version includes miniature courses based on various kingdoms from Super Mario Odyssey, plus couch co-op. It launches for Switch on July 13 – the same day that a version for 3DS also hits.
There was Project Octopath Traveler news too – the “Project” has been dropped, and Octopath Traveler – the new RPG from Square Enix – will hit on July 13.
In other news…
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole will hit the Switch on April 24.
- Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition launches for Switch on May 18.
- Little Nightmares: Complete Edition launches on May 18.
- Dark Souls Remastered will drop for Switch on May 25.
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, which includes remastered versions of the first three Crash Bandicoot games, launches on the Switch on July 10.
- Undertale is coming to Switch later in 2018.
- Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, the latest in the wild Travis Touchdown series, will also hit as a Switch exclusive later in 2018, with a total of seven game titles crammed into it.
Watch the entire Nintendo Direct here – or skip to 32:43 for the Super Smash Bros. news drop.