Nintendo Direct Mini Brings Insight on the Switch’s Future


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Preston Jones, Staff Writer

After the release of the Nintendo Switch back in March, Nintendo saw much success during the year of 2017. The Switch’s ability to be played on the go and on the TV has opened up many new opportunities for developers. The release of games such as the highly anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and many other well received games such as the ink-based shooter Splatoon, and the boxing-influenced brawler Arms brought the attention to many gamers within the gaming community.

With each new success, more third-party developers have joined in to port their games onto the Switch. Bethesda’s beloved Skyrim has seen massive success, along with Psyonix’s Rocket League and Team Meat’s Super Meat Boy. Even though these may be ports of games released in the past on other consoles, they have sold surprising well and have had a lot of positive feedback from gaming audiences.

This past Thursday, Nintendo announced multiple games throughout their Nintendo Direct mini video presentation. The lineup includes many strong titles such as the Nintendo DS classic The World Ends With You; a definitive version of the Wii U’s Hyrule Warriors; a new version of the Wii U’s Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze featuring the new playable character Funky Kong; and, a DX version of the popular Wii U fighting game Pokken Tournament. The games that were not ports include Mario Tennis Aces, and Kirby Star Allies.

Among the games announced, FromSoftware’s Dark Souls: Remastered took the leading spot on the list of upcoming games during the Direct. The critically acclaimed action role-playing game is set to release on May 25, 2018.

Based on the presentation, the Nintendo Switch is becoming a home for both ports of older games and new games alike. It may be that ports of older games and the ability to take their favorite console game with them everywhere will be what draws new people into the Nintendo Switch scene.

For a complete list of announcements, please visit Nintendo’s main website at for more information.