Nintendo Direct Announcements: Switch News & Games Revealed

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Now Playing: Super Mario Maker 2, Link's Awakening, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, And All The Big Nintendo Direct News - GS News Update

Nintendo's February 2019 Direct presentation on Wednesday has wrapped up, and as promised it delivered us some solid new information on the upcoming Fire Emblem game for Nintendo Switch, Three Houses. That unfortunately isn't releasing as soon as expected--it's been delayed until this summer--but the Direct also delivered reveals of some brand-new Switch games. In addition, we got welcome updates on existing Switch games, with new free and paid DLC coming to a bunch of our favorite titles, including Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Along with some exciting news for Mario and Zelda --sorry, Animal Crossing fans and those holding out hope for Mother 3--we learned about a slate of games and demos releasing today. Some of these are already available on the Nintendo Switch Eshop--and several are free--and the biggest surprise among those is a new, free-to-play Tetris game that is essentially a battle royale experience where you compete against 98 other players. It's an unusual concept, but one that's actually very fun. Now, let's get in to all the biggest news from the Direct.

Super Mario Maker 2

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Super Mario Maker 2 has been announced, with a release window of June this year. Read more: Super Mario Maker 2 Announced For Nintendo Switch.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's 3.0 update has been detailed, and we also got a confirmed release date for the upcoming DLC character Joker. Additionally, several more Smash-themed Amiibo figures are on the way, including Pokemon Trainer, Metal Gear Solid's Snake, and Castlevania's Simon Belmont. Read more: Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0 Update And Joker Release Detailed; New Amiibo Revealed.

BoxBoy + BoxGirl

BoxBoy + BoxGirl is a brand-new game with 270 stages, including two-player co-op. It's the first Switch game in the BoxBoy series, which began and 2015 on 3DS and was most recently seen in 2017 with Bye-Bye BoxBoy. Read more: BoxBoy + BoxGirl Announced For Nintendo Switch.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

The Switch version of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is getting new DLC, some of which is paid (new challenges and courses) and some of which is free (a new co-op mode, which will be live in a few hours). Read more: Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Switch Is Getting Free And Paid DLC.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

New details and characters were revealed for this upcoming brawler, and we now know the Defenders squad will be included. Read more: New Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Characters Revealed.

The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening

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Nintendo has revealed a remake of the Game Boy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for the Nintendo Switch. Read more: The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening Remake Announced For Switch.

Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night

We got an update on the progress of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, whose release date will fall in summer 2019. Read more: Castlevania-Like Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night Release Date Narrowed, Slightly

Tetris 99

Tetris 99 is a new, free-to-play twist on classic Tetris that pits--you guessed it--99 players against one another. Read more: Nintendo Switch Gets A New Battle Royale Game Today, And It's Tetris

Assassin's Creed 3 Remaster

Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed III Remaster will be available on Nintendo Switch on May 21. It will include a remaster of PlayStation Vita title Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, and the Tyranny of King Washington DLC. Read more: Assassin's Creed 3 Remaster's Nintendo Switch Release Date Confirmed

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses got an extended trailer showing off a bunch of narrative details about the game. On top of that, we got to see combat learned more about how characters will form bonds. Nintendo also confirmed a release date for the game, as well as a special edition. Read more: Nintendo Switch's Fire Emblem: Three Houses Details Revealed, Nintendo Switch's Fire Emblem: Three Houses Release Date And Special Edition Revealed

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

Ninja Theory's acclaimed action game, which explores mental illness through the lens of a Norse mythology setting, is coming to Nintendo Switch and has a release window of Spring 2019. Read more: Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Announced For Nintendo Switch

Deltarune

Toby Fox's Deltarune is coming to Switch on February 28, with Chapter 1 of the Undertale follow-up being downloadable for free. Additional chapters, which are "currently in development", will not be free, however. Read more: Deltarune: Chapter 1 Announced For Switch, Will Be Free

Yoshi's Crafted World

A demo for Yoshi's Crafted World is coming to Switch today, giving Nintendo Switch owner a free taste of the little dinosaur's next big adventure. Read more: Yoshi's Crafted World Demo Available Later Today On Nintendo Switch

Final Fantasy 9 and Final Fantasy 7

Final Fantasy VII is launching for Switch next month, on March 26, but Final Fantasy IX will be available in the Switch Eshop later today. Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy, meanwhile, is set to arrive next month, on March 2. Read more: Final Fantasy 9 Out Today On Switch, Final Fantasy 7 Coming Next Month

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Mario Maker 2!!! Im Sold!! The original sold like wildfire. People love being able to create their own Mario worlds& play others crazy worlds online. Next: Daemon X Machina, played Demo, looked pretty good. Im sold. Astral Chain, Im Sold, and Coming soon Yoshi CW, always love a good Yoshi game.

Thats a lot of quality games without mentioning Links Awakening which obviously was huge news.

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Eh, ports/remakes/ports and ports. Lame

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@lordroberts774:

Super Mario Maker 2, Oninaki, Fire Emblem Three Houses, Yoshis Crafted World, Daemon Ex Machina, Tetris 99, Bloodstained, Dragon Quest Builders 2, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, and Astral Chain are ports and remakes how?

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ok I guess.

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those game release seem interesting. i wish link's awakening remake for "switch" have a stereoscopic 3d mode like "a link between world" on the 3ds.

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@nintendians: When Nintendo itself doesn't really support 3D on a platform designed for 3D, it's pretty much dead. 3D TVs aren't being sold anymore (at least in the west), so it would be putting in a feature that has an ever-shrinking hard cap on the number of households who could experience it.

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@zmanbarzel: well it's a optional thing anyway and their game do look great in stereoscopic 3d if done right, too bad any 3ds system isn't as strong as the wii u and "switch" is.

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looking forward to Zelda, Mario Maker, and Bloodstained. Yoshi might be good as well.

Surprised they didn't announce the HK sequel as well, which seems to be the best offering of everything.

Pretty good Direct, and a good day for Nintendo.

I thought they may have announced a remastered trilogy of Metroid Prime.

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might actually get this new fire emblem, I skipped the last one as you had to buy 2 games and dlc to get the full story.

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Not that excited really i already played zelda i have no intrest to play it again. Even if it does look pretty. Kinda thought i might get something worth buying oh well i guess ill have to wait

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Mario Maker 2, Link's Awakening being remade, Fire Emblem Three Houses details, Bloodstained getting a release window, DQ 11 with its awesome "2D DQ Mode", Astral Chain, and maybe that Oninaki game were the big highlights for me. FF games being ported over is nice and all, but I have so much else to get right now.

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YAY! Runefactory 5

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What a great day for the Switch. I'm all over the DQ port and the Zelda

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@xantufrog: played DQ XI on the PS4 and it’s a long grind.

Playing Tetris 99 now and it’s amazingly addictive.

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Rune Factory was a huge surprise. I was shocked when it had the most play-time logged on my 3DS (200 hours).

Glad the series is still alive...who knew farming and loot went so well together

The Switch really packed a lot into this Direct.

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Hopefully SMM2 will have more than just 2 screens in height this time.

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Gotta admit its a good show for nintendo fans.. Of all in the list I only wants fire emblem but its cool it has other games people been wanting

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I'm salty af about DQXI. PS4 version's soundtrack was terrible.

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@kami_amaya: What makes you think that the switch will have better music? It has the same music for all platforms, except PC you can mod it with better music.

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@alucardswrath: The Definitive Edition includes the orchestrated soundtrack, and it's a Switch exclusive ofc :(

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@kami_amaya: Sorry to hear that Kami. Yeah, I heard they kinda barebones'd the PS4 release of DQ11 right?

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Nintendo just made my year. I went from "nothing on the radar" to "GIMMIE! GIMMIE! GIMMIE!".

Loving the Mario Maker 2 news, I'd have been happy with a port but this looks awesome!

Zelda: Link's Awakening, too good to be true! One the best Zelda games long overdue to be made available in a new format.

Dragon Quest Builders 2, the only game I was certain to buy before this Direct. It looks just as fun and time consuming as it's predecessor.

Finally, Dragon Quest XI! Months of whining like an anime fan on prom night finally laid to rest with this announcement and a solid 2019 release estimation.

Also, there's apparently an AVGN: I & II Deluxe bundle coming for the Switch. NICE!

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@professor_megaman: I've been waiting for DQXI on Switch, and was hoping for an earlier release like everyone else. But I am so happy I waited, the orchestrated soundtrack and Japanese VO make it totally worth the wait.

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@arupakku: I'm happy they included the "16-bit" visual mode from the 3DS version. That was one of the things I was certain Western gamers were going to miss out on. I've a mind to play through the whole game twice using each graphic setting.

And why not? I played through DQV (3DS) three times just to finish it with each of the three brides. What can I say? DQ is the perfect way to kill massive amounts of free time.

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dissapointed luigi's mansion 3 release date wasn't mentioned in direct and metroid prime trilogy.

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@andrew134: Yeah it would have been nice to hear some mention of Luigi's Mansion, and Metroid Prime Trilogy, and Animal Crossing, and Pikmin.

Well at least we know Luigi's Mansion 3 is on the way.

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The Link's awakening announcement is exciting. Makes me hopeful that that brand of Zelda isn't dead, especially since LbtW is one of the best in the series. Mario Maker 2 is good news as well.

Glad to see a bit more to look forward to.