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January 2018 Nintendo Direct Mini – official recap

Posted on January 11, 2018 by (@NE_Brian) in News

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 11, 2018 – Nintendo debuted a new Nintendo Direct Mini video presentation today spotlighting a selection of first- and third-party titles coming in early 2018. Following a strong holiday season, Nintendo Switch owners will see a variety of new games and content arriving in the next few months, including DARK SOULS: REMASTERED, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Mario Tennis Aces and Kirby Star Allies games, and a certain green-clad brother bringing a new mode to the Super Mario Odyssey game.

“Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling home console in history, and Nintendo is not taking our foot off the gas in 2018,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “For the millions of people who just received Nintendo systems as gifts, or consumers getting ready to join the growing community of Nintendo Switch owners, Nintendo and our third-party partners have fun new games and content in store at retail or for digital purchase.”

The full Nintendo Direct Mini presentation can be viewed at https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/01-11-2018/. A sampling of some of the announcements includes:

DARK SOULS™: REMASTERED: The first title in the genre-defining action role-playing franchise is coming to Nintendo Switch. DARK SOULS: REMASTERED includes the Artorias of the Abyss DLC, as well as improved framerate and resolution from the original DARK SOULS game for an exhilarating return to Lordran. This marks the franchise’s debut on a Nintendo platform, and now for the first time ever, this revered (and challenging) game can be played on the go. DARK SOULS: REMASTERED launches on May 25.

Mario Tennis Aces: A new Mario Tennis game is bringing a new level of skill and competition to Nintendo Switch. Mario steps onto the court in classy tennis garb for intense rallies against a variety of characters in full-blown tennis battles. New wrinkles in tennis gameplay will challenge your ability to read an opponent’s position and stroke to determine which shot will give you the advantage. And this time the game adds the first story mode since the Mario Tennis game on Game Boy Advance, offering a new flavor of tennis gameplay, with a variety of missions and boss battles. The game launches for Nintendo Switch this spring.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze: Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Dixie Kong and Cranky Kong return for the franchise’s debut on Nintendo Switch. This title includes all the fun and challenge of the original game, plus a new beginner-friendly mode that lets players enjoy this critically acclaimed adventure as groovy surfing simian Funky Kong. Funky Kong can double jump, hover, perform infinite rolls and even perform infinite underwater corkscrews. Thanks to his sturdy surfboard, even spikes can’t slow him down. The game launches for Nintendo Switch on May 4.

Kirby Star Allies: Kirby’s debut on Nintendo Switch is a grand new adventure packed with content. The new Artist ability lets Kirby unleash his creativity, while the new Spider ability lets him ensnare enemies in webs. Kirby also can hurl new friend hearts at enemies to win them over with love and add them to his party. Plus, up to four friends* can team up and combine Kirby’s unique abilities with ally abilities for powerful new Friend Abilities. The game launches for Nintendo Switch on March 16.

The World Ends with You: Final Remix: This 2008 Nintendo DS game has been updated for Nintendo Switch with HD visuals and a new epilogue that sheds new light on the game’s story. Players can join rhythmic battles using either Joy-Con controllers or the Nintendo Switch touch screen. The game is scheduled to launch this year.

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition: A new, ultimate version of the exhilarating action game set in the Zelda universe will include every map and mission, plus all 29 playable characters from both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game, along with all of the previous paid downloadable content. Play as Link, Zelda, Midna, Skull Kid and dozens more in action-packed battles at home or on the go. Additionally, the game includes new outfits for Link and Zelda based on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game. This new version launches for Nintendo Switch in spring.

SNK HEROINES ~Tag Team Frenzy~: Play as iconic heroines from SNK’s history in a new, two-on-two tag-team fighting game. Players can activate a variety of Special Moves with the press of a button, and make use of special items to turn the tide of battle. One of the competitors will be Yuri Sakazaki from ACA NEOGEO Art of Fighting 2, which launches today in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch. SNK HEROINES ~Tag Team Frenzy~ launches on Nintendo Switch this summer.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana: When the passenger liner he was aboard sank, the adventurer Adol drifted to a deserted island inhabited by vicious creatures that have evolved in many different ways. To survive, Adol must gather fellow shipwreck survivors and build a base. High-speed battles require players to change between three types of characters at a moment’s notice. The epic RPG launches for Nintendo Switch this summer.

PAYDAY 2: As players join with friends* locally or online to execute elaborate heists, full touch-screen support makes menu navigation easier than ever, while the HD Rumble feature lets them feel everything from explosions to weapon recoil right in their hands. Debuting in the Nintendo Switch version of the game, a new playable character named Joy will be introduced. Joy is a Japanese computer whiz who wears a custom LED light mask that changes her appearance as she sees fit. PAYDAY 2 launches for Nintendo Switch on Feb. 27.

Fe: In this new type of platforming adventure, players run, climb and glide their way through a dark Nordic forest to explore its living, breathing world. Use the motion controls of the Joy-Con controllers to sing in tune with creatures and plants to unlock new abilities. Each song has a distinct sound and feel thanks to HD Rumble. The game launches digitally for Nintendo Switch on Feb. 16.

Celeste: This modern take on the pure action platformer lets Madeline climb any surface on Celeste Mountain if she has the stamina. Playing in Assist Mode lets players tweak the difficulty, from a slower pace to full-on invincibility. Unlockable B-side chapters offer even more challenging adventures. The game launches digitally for Nintendo Switch on Jan. 25.

Game Updates & DLC

Super Mario Odyssey: A new mini-game called Balloon World is coming to one of the highest-rated games of all time. Once players download the free update and complete the main story, Balloon World will become available. In “Hide It” mode, players have a certain amount of time to hide a balloon. In “Find It” mode, players have the same amount of time to locate balloons hidden by other players from around the world. Players can move up the rankings** by finding hidden balloons and becoming expert hiders. The free update will be released in February with new Snapshot Mode filters and new outfits.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: A new hero swings into action! Donkey Kong is headed to the game as a playable character, complete with an exclusive new storyline and world to explore. The DLC pack will release in spring and will be available for purchase individually, or as part of the Season Pass or Gold Edition of the game.

Pokkén Tournament DX Battle Pack: The Battle Pack is now available for purchase in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch and includes two Waves of Battle Pokémon and Avatar items. Wave 1 of the Battle Pack contains Battle Pokémon Aegislash and a new Support Pokémon Set featuring Mega Rayquaza and Mimikyu. Aegislash can change between two formes, and players can wield them both. Wave 2 includes the new Battle Pokémon Blastoise and a new Support Pokémon Set featuring Mew and Celebi. Wave 1 will be available Jan. 31, and Wave 2 is scheduled for Mar. 23.


Kirby: Battle Royale: The free demo is available in Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Dragon Quest Builders: The free demo is available today in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.

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  • chancetime

    All that hype for barely anything interesting. I guess Dark Souls is cool… but 2 ports and a ton of DLC for games like Pokken Tournmant isn’t hype. I guess I hope the Tennis game is good?

    • Princess_Eevee9

      There there, really tell us what’s bothering you and your who gives a frick opinions. The rest of us will be enjoying some kickass gaming. *Pat Pats*

      • Kyoshilonehearted

        Yes, because people with opinions that don’t line up with yours are just wrong, totally.

    • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

      It was a Direct MINI, the hype was made by people that are crazy, Nintendo did not even announce the direct. Expect more in a bigger direct

      • Kyoshilonehearted

        Thing is, Nintendo did sorta hype everyone up by being all cryptic and sneaky prior to this event. If they would have said “We have an upcoming Mini Direct!” then it would have been fine, but instead they acted like they don’t have to give any info ever so people got curious. So we get a disappointed ‘mini’ direct and now we have no idea on when a full direct could happen. Nintendo will continue to act all cryptic and troll everyone on Twitter, then they will blame everyone else for hyping themselves up, when that is literally all we have to go on is what we can think of because Nintendo doesn’t give us any information.

        • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

          Nintendo always has been all this cryptic, I was not disappointed because I was not hyped , I always get disappointed when I expect more so I have learned to not expect anything and just let them surprise me. Nintendo have never announced mini direct before just thrown them in the wild, also all the twitter and supposed puzzles was for fun and never stated that something big was coming ,those were fan expectation and hype, the chibi robot and the tomodachi tweets meant that a mini direct was coming because tomodachi and chibi robot was announced through a mini direct with no announce at all

        • TimG57867

          LOL. They weren’t hyping jack. We were getting TROLLED. They lit Chibi Robo on fire and taunted us with a parrot for goodness sake. How did no one realize this?

    • Dumdum

      While I’m as underwhelmed as you, getting hyped is a personal decision, to be honest. Surprise Directs of the mini variety will never be the place for Nintendo to announce big reveals.

  • StrawhatEevee

    Welp, if you didn’t own a Wii U, you should be very excited to play catch up. I’m not sure how much new is actually coming to the system. The Mario Tennis actually looks decent. I hope that isn’t the end of Odyssey DLC too. And…am I missing something or is that just the original Dark Souls? Wouldn’t 3 or a collection make more sense?

    • Princess_Eevee9

      A Collection would’ve made more sense but they just don’t want money.

      • Game_God

        On the contrary, they want $$€€££¥¥, that’s why they will milk each game, one after another for full price & when the 3 games are released, they will make the collection!

        • Princess_Eevee9

          Hmmm, well I’m happy. I’ve been pining for this game for a decade.

          • Game_God

            Note that I was not complaining, happy that it is coming to Switch & hopefully the other 2 will also!!!

          • DemonKingBowser

            The other two will most likely come, and I guess you would be happy to know this remaster is $40, unless you knew that already.

          • Game_God

            Did not know the price, $40 seems fair for a remaster of a great game that never was on Nintendo systems, thx for the info DemonKingBowser

    • Jimmy Boy

      Yeah, because a whopping 7 games were ever made for the thing!

  • Lance Devon

    But people claimed it wasn’t supposed to happen and everything is trolls…

    • Princess_Eevee9

      Not the way we were expecting. But I don’t care I love exactly what we got.

      • Lance Devon

        Only thing I felt was left out was a Mario & Sonic Olympics or a Mario Party. Either one of the “well duh” games.

        • Princess_Eevee9

          I’m glad they didn’t though, I feel like we’re getting another fully featured Nintendo Direct next month so it’ll be then.

          • Lance Devon

            I honestly would flag either one for a prime Direct. A mini is often good enough for either. They aren’t major hitters in hype but damn do they have legs and passively cater to a more casual crowd with familiar overlap.

            But real talk, Sochi one was boss.

          • Jimmy Boy

            Likely later, looking at their past they like to do them closer to the beginning of spring in March/April (also the beginnings of their next fiscal year).

        • Supporter

          I wouldn’t expect a new Mario & Sonic this year. The real Olympics are next month and we’ve heard nothing plus apparently Ubisoft has the Olympic rights this year with Steep.

          • Lance Devon

            Steep is snowboarding, not Olympics.

            That’s like saying we’renot getting COD cause we’re getting Hunting Master.

          • Supporter

            The game got a Road to the Olympics expansion pass so I believe it’s the Winter Olympics tie-in game.

          • Lance Devon

            Depends. Wouldn’t be shocked, though. The games never got formal announcements. And technically there is still time.

            Since SEGA publishes it, the ball is really in their court.

          • Supporter

            We’ll see. I don’t think SEGA has even announced and released an Olympics video game so close to the event itself. The closest was probably Rio 2016 for Wii U releasing in June when the event was in August.

          • Jimmy Boy

            Sega may have lost their licensing with the Olympic Committee, because you’ll notice 2016’s has been removed from both eshops, and it’s no longer in stores.

          • Supporter

            Yeah, that makes sure. I’m not sure if the Mario & Sonic games were doing well enough in the International Olympic Committee’s eyes or they just wanted to change direction.

  • Princess_Eevee9

    KIRBY STAR ALLIES! Also I can’t wait for all the Trolls to come out and try an diss what is clearl MINI(HUGE) Explosions of Hype. Welcome Dark Souls and Ys VIII and J;DSVJFSVJF HYRULE WARRIORS NINTENDO SWITCH WITH CO-OP PLUS LEGENDS EVERYTHING I WILL GLADLY BUY A 4TH TIME! Plus I was intrigued on FE!

  • Mitchel

    DKC, that’s awesome!!!
    Now I just need TWW+TP HD and Wii virtual console so I can sell my Wii U.

    • Princess_Eevee9

      I would upvote, but I genuinely love my Nintendo Wii U.

      • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

        I love the games but hate the controller, I need them to port all my fav games to my switch haha

        • Jimmy Boy

          yeah, good luck with that, early on you see ports, because of the time it takes to develop new games, but once this thing gets into the 2nd and 3rd years you’ll see fewer and fewer ports.

          • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

            I know, but well most of my favorites are coming

    • Jimmy Boy

      A port of a port? Why? The HD remakes were so the Wii U would have something to keep people buying it, otherwise it’d have totally lost money (yeah, it was actually profitable despite what public opinion says about it: http://www.dailygadgetry.com/wii-u-finally-profitable-nintendo/4637 )

      • Mitchel

        Like I said: ”so I can sell my Wii U”.
        The fact that we get to play them on the go is awesome as well!

  • Kyoshilonehearted

    I was expecting to be disappointed and that’s exactly what I got, so I guess Nintendo delivered entirely with this. Unless there is some planned full Direct this month or something, then this doesn’t get me too excited for 2018 with the Switch.

    • Jimmy Boy

      this is more of a spring release schedule. There will be more later this year, they clearly need some big hitters if they want to sell more Switch systems, because this lineup alone won’t!

  • Douglas Siano

    Making us pay for Pokken content after making us rebuy it….

    • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

      did they aim a gun to your head?

    • Princess_Eevee9

      Bandai Namco in a nutshell… and yet we’re still gonna do it.

  • Tlink7

    Meh, just Bayo for me in the first half of 2018 it seems.

    • Fredy Rodriguez Ortega

      the same for me nothing too interesting for me only bayoneta that I have not played, maybe I double dip with dark soul and Tropical Freeze, but I have a big backlog so I am ok haha
      Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – current playing
      Skyrim – 90%
      Ittle Dew 2 – 50%
      Dishonred 2 [Steam]- 50%
      Mario and Rabbid – 50%
      The End is Night – 0%
      A Hat in Time[Steam] – 0%
      Oxenfree – 0% -> Bought very cheap and it was recommended by you

      • Tlink7

        Yeah, I’ve already played Tropical Freeze and I have a slight backlog as well xD Oxenfree is indeed very good, but it is more of a story than it is a game. I look forward to Bayonetta, however 😀

  • nekoknight

    You know Nintendo, you really should let us know at least a few days before when your going to have a Direct. Just sayin’.

    • GoldenTriforce

      It’s #1 on YouTube trending so…

      • Jimmy Boy

        now it’s dropped to #2, so it’ll go down as the day goes on and people realize no Pokemon news.

        • GoldenTriforce

          Well yeah, it’s the internet, it wasn’t going to trend 1st forever. The fact that it’s still up to 3 a day later is impressive, and having over 2 million views (which is really high for a Direct after one day) and has over 96% likes is also very good.

          And with no prior announcement.

  • Zeebor

    …I still want that Virtual WarioWare remake.

  • jbmindtrick

    Let’s play the $50/$100/$200 game. Based on these Mini-Direct announcements and someone just gave you those amounts, which games do you buy?
    Me-Kirby/+Dark Souls/+Mario Tennis & Pokken (finally).

  • Ariana Grande

    Ah had my hopes up… expected Bayonetta 3 trailer or even a releas date ( cause a rumor has it that it will be released at fall and also cause its my favorite franchise, next to DMC)
    Didnt even think it would be a Direct Mini, o well guess Dark Souls is cool, but thats about it for me. Waiting for E3

  • Supporter

    I just got Tropical Freeze for Wii U last year as a Nintendo Selects title and it’s been more difficult than enjoyable. If I didn’t pick it up, I probably would’ve been more interested in the Switch version with an easier option via Funky Kong. I also have Hyrule Warriors Legends on 3DS so the definitive edition sadly isn’t new enough for me. It’s perfect if you’ve never played Hyrule Warriors before on 3DS or Wii U.

    I’ve heard people praise The World Ends With You plenty of times so I’m interested in checking out the Final Remix. Kirby Star Allies seems great as well as Mario Tennis Aces, but otherwise, I don’t think this Nintendo Direct Mini was for me. At least Nintendo is filling out their year with games, even if there are more enhanced ports in the first half of the year via Bayonetta 1+2, Donkey Kong, Hyrule Warriors, Dark Souls, etc.

    I still think there were some cool announcements but I’m still curious about Yoshi, Project Octopath Traveler, and Fire Emblem. I guess we’ll just have to wait some more.

  • Blake Good

    Of course, still no VC! Just buy a damn GPD XD and you can load it up with hundreds of NES, SNES, N64, GB, GBC, GBA, and DS ROMs.

    • ChuckyGuy98

      and why not go and buy physical copies of games instead of relying for a system to have the VC when you already have one on a different system you ungrateful d!ck.

  • Locky Mavo

    That was pretty awesome for a stealth mini direct. With DK:TF, TMS and XB:X are the last 2 WiiU ports I really want. So stoked for Dark Souls, Ys and TWEWY!

  • キロ

    I’m happy to get a chance to play The World Ends With You once again ten years later. : ) Let’s see how round two goes.

  • JasonBall

    Hyrule Warriors I spent 55 dollars on on 3DS. I thought they were putting it on 3DS, along with Mario Maker and Woolly World, because of the 3DS-Switch duality and they’d both get ports of Wii U games for years because certain games require touch, and others require HD, but now it seems Switch is actually replacing 3DS as a system as well by doing this.

    Its ****ing stupid that in splitscreen on Switch, they display the same map on both halves of the screen. Such a dumb waste of limited space. I do appreciate how its top-bottom split instead of left-right though, as I always hated left-right splits.

    I’m also wary of the 3D rendered My Fairy system. They had such charm and expression as 2D art on 3DS.

    Its so good on 3DS, with touch controls / dual screen use, that I will NOT be picking this new version up unless there’s a good amount more new stuff than 2 costumes. I actually never got Wii U version either, which is LESS content than the 3DS and WORSE gameplay for almost DOUBLE the price. (90 vs 55)

    As for Switch, 1080p, Boss Pack contents and local-only 2P (I have no local friends anyways) is not worth 60 at this time to me. Give me more story and CG cutscenes. Characters. Maps. The gameplay still is boring to me and I’d never finish a fourth of the Adventure content, but if there was more story (which rocked) I’d buy it since the 1080p upgrade would be handy anyways.

    Lots of questions from me about Hyrule Warriors, and only two months for them to be answered. If they leave out any of the 3DS gameplay enhancements, its also a no-buy. The fundamentally bad gameplay is only bearable with warping, character switching, commands and fairy attacks combined.

    Did not care about anything else except that they finally did away with the godawful spoiler headlines. Please don’t come back. Oh, and I’m pissed the leakers got it right.

  • Locky Mavo

    Pretty happy Pokken is being supported and the additions are cool, but they aren’t the ones I was hoping for. Really hope there’s more.

  • Locky Mavo

    I like how some people on reddit have taken note that after a mini direct, about 20 days or less, Nintendo does a major direct.