The first full-length Nintendo Direct presentation of 2018 wasn’t the most surprising stream ... until the very end, that is. But there were still several announcements and reveals to get excited for, including a very special one that most of us will be talking about for the rest of 2018.
Here’s our round-up of the most memorable pieces of news from today’s Nintendo Direct.
Super Smash Bros. for Switch is out this year
It feels unfair to even follow this one up, but: You guys. Super Smash Bros. In 2018. My heart is still beating fast. If you say you didn’t look like the freaked-out Inkling Girl from the beginning of the teaser, you’re a damn liar.
Speaking of Splatoon: Story DLC!
We’re getting another reason to return to Splatoon 2 this summer, with the release of the game’s first single-player expansion (which will cost $19.99, by the way). Called Octo, it features a special agent Octoling who’s unraveling the mysteries of Inkopolis. Nintendo premiered it with an extremely weird music video that made no sense out of context ... and honestly, it doesn’t make that much more sense in context, either. But I guess it looks pretty fancy, anyway?
Great Switch ports are a-comin’
Crash Bandicoot is returning to a Nintendo console for the first time in years with his recent N’Sane Trilogy. Okami HD is coming to Nintendo Switch, just as we hoped when it launched earlier this year. And Undertale, one of the most clearly Nintendo-inspired RPGs in recent memory, will finally make its Nintendo debut. We get why people don’t always love ports, but Nintendo Switch ports aren’t your average re-releases: They’re the best.
Dark Souls amiibo!
Praise the sun for this Dark Souls amiibo, which will launch alongside Dark Souls Remastered. It’s very cute, which is maybe a weird thing to say about Dark Souls. But just look at lil’ Solaire of Astora!
WarioWare is back!
We missed WarioWare, the beloved minigame collection that boasts one of the best art styles in the Nintendo library. It’s been a long time since we had a new WarioWare game, but even longer still since one came to handhelds. WarioWare Gold will be out in August, and Nintendo is promising that it will be more packed than any other previous game in the series. It’s nice to have more quirky titles on Nintendo 3DS; the handheld is a great place for it.