Nintendo Direct Mini 1.11.18 Round-Up

Nintendo’s rumored Nintendo Direct dropped out of nowhere as Nintendo Direct Mini on January 11, 2018. The announcements all revolved around the Nintendo Switch and are scheduled to launch “early” in 2018. Check out what was revealed below.

All the Announcements


Nintendo Direct Mini

  • The World Ends With You – Final Remix – TWEWY comes to Nintendo Switch sometime in 2018, with an added epilogue and the option to use traditional controls in addition to touchscreen input.
  • Kirby Star Allies – Kirby’s first adventure on the Nintendo Switch drops on March 16 and includes 4-player co-op.
  • Mario Tennis Aces – The newest entry in the Mario Tennis series will include a story mode and improvements to the classic gameplay. It’s scheduled to launch in Sprint 2018.
  • Pokken Tournament DX Paid Fighter DLC – The Battle Pack will cost you $14.99 and include 2 new playable Pokemon (Aegislash and Blastoise) and 4 new support Pokemon (Mega Rayquaza, Mimikyu, Mew, and Celebi). Wave 1 of the pack will land on January 31 while Wave 2 will drop on March 23.
  • Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze – A port of the Wii U game that launches on May 4th. Funky Kong joins as a playable character in this version.
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition – This port includes the base game and all the DLC that released on Wii U, for one price. There are a couple added bonuses not found in the original version (Link and Zelda Breath of the Wild skins). Expect this sometime in Spring 2018.
  • Super Mario Odyssey Free Update – Break Out the Balloons is a free update that adds an online competitive component to the stellar platformer where players hide balloons for players on maps of their choice. Some added features also arrive for Snapshot Mode.
  • Dark Souls: Remastered – A remaster of the original Dark Souls, this title launches on May 25. Remastered will also launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
  • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA Ys VIII is being ported to the Nintendo Switch and will be here sometime in the summer of 2018.
  • SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy 
  • PAYDAY 2 – Arriving on February 27, PAYDAY 2 will include what seems to be a timed exclusive character named Joy and will support the touchscreen.
  • Fe – An artistic EA Original that will arrive on Nintendo Switch on February 16.
  • Celeste – A pixel platformer with interesting speed manipulation features drops January 25.

Overall Impressions


Nintendo Direct Mini

Although there were numerous announcements, a great many of them are ports of previously released games. There are a couple Wii U remasters and several other games that released at least a year ago, such as PAYDAY 2 and Ys VIII. The World Ends With You Final Remix is my personal highlight despite being a remaster of the original 2008 Nintendo DS game. It’s one of my all-time favorite games and includes a bit of extra content as well as traditional controller support (although I’ll most likely end up playing with touch controls). It’s a shame so few people played this masterpiece. Hopefully Final Remix will introduce thousands of new players to the classic and maybe Square-Enix will finally get around to releasing that rumored sequel.

Dark Souls: Remastered is going to make a lot of people happy and it’s great to see it on Nintendo’s console despite my dislike for the series (I just suck). Although I was generally disappointed with the presentation, I really can’t justify that feeling because of the word “mini.” Who am I kidding? You’d hope Nintendo was releasing a few more high profile games sooner in 2018. They still have time to announce more games and maybe a full Nintendo Direct, but for now, at least we have a few games to look forward to soon.

You can watch the full Nintendo Direct Mini below.

No comments

Leave a Reply


Links Awakening Cover Art

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Review

The original Link’s Awakening has a special place in the hearts of those who played it. Its surreal, Twin Peaks-inspired atmosphere and its character-driven story combined to create a unique…

September 22, 2019, 94

The Sojourn Review – Le Pneuma, Portal Deux

Well, I’m sure we’ve done this rodeo… many, many times.   From Portal to Pneuma, Qube to Quantum Conundrum, Braid to The Bridge, blah blah blah, we have another one after so long. The ol’ narrative puzzle-platformer dance that’s…

September 20, 2019, 75

September PlayStation State of Play Announced

It’s been a while since we’ve gotten one of these. After five months of near radio silence with the last month airing in early May, Sony announced that the third…

September 19, 2019, 56
Isometric gameplay still of Disco Elysium, portraying gunplay

Disco Elysium Announced for October 15th Release

The long-anticipated open-world detective RPG Disco Elysium has a release date and it’s sooner than you may expect! Developer ZA/UM’s intricate translation of pen-and-paper character development to a stylish isometric…

September 18, 2019, 64
Cinematic still of skateboarding simulator Session, showing player's character olleying off a ledge

Early Access Launch Trailer for Session Has Released

It’s been a vacant few years for skateboarding games in the aftermath of the implosion of the Tony Hawk franchise, and EA’s radio silence on the trajectory for Skate, but…

September 17, 2019, 190
Cover art for the first 3 dragon quest games that are now coming to Nintendo Switch

The First Three Dragon Quest Games Are Coming Soon to Switch

Publisher Square Enix has announced via twitter that the original three Dragon Quest games are coming to the Nintendo Switch. All three games are coming to the eShop on September…

September 16, 2019, 77
PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 Surpasses 30 Million Units In United States Market

PlayStation 4 is nothing short of a resounding success for console manufacturer Sony. The console reached the impressive 100 million units shipped milestone faster than any other console, making it…

September 16, 2019, 59
The Game Awards Logo

Geoff Keighley Announces the Date for The Game Awards 2019

Geoff Keighley is not only famous for making a cameo appearance in Death Stranding, he also created The Game Awards – the annual celebration of the best of the best…

September 13, 2019, 100
Girls doing yoga using Ring Con controller

Do Yoga, Kill Monsters in Ring Fit Adventure on Switch

Last week Nintendo shared a pretty bizarre teaser trailer showing happy families getting physical with a mysterious ring-shaped peripheral. Today they drew back the curtain and officially announced Ring Fit…

September 12, 2019, 127
Left Alive gameplay image, features main character Mikhail behind cover

Left Alive Postmortem Review– Metal Gear Slop

Dead in the Water Amidst the legendary blowouts of its contemporaries Anthem and Fallout 76, it is the relatively under-the-radar Left Alive that has been given the bomb beneath the…

September 9, 2019, 193