ARMS and Splatoon 2 Headline New Nintendo Direct Presentation

Nintendo Details Many Upcoming First- and Third-Party Games for
Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This afternoon, Nintendo unveiled new details about the Mario
Kart 8 Deluxe
, Splatoon
and ARMS
games for the Nintendo
system, as well as Hey!
, Ever
and several new Kirby games for the Nintendo
family of systems in a new streamlined format for its
long-running series of Nintendo Direct presentations. The video also
covered numerous third-party games, including Minecraft:
Nintendo Switch Edition
and Disgaea
5 Complete
for Nintendo Switch, and Culdcept
for Nintendo 3DS.

“With the recent launch of Nintendo Switch and many fun games coming out
for Nintendo 3DS, this is a great time to be a Nintendo fan,” said Doug
Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and
Marketing. “From action-packed multiplayer games to platformers starring
classic characters, no matter your favorite video game genre, Nintendo
has you covered.”

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit
Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

Nintendo Switch

  • ARMS: One of the biggest features in the upcoming
    fighting game is the ability to equip two types of customizable ARMS
    per fighter. These ARMS range from standard gloved ARMS to curved
    weapons like boomerangs. Each ARM has a special attribute like fire,
    ice or electricity that activates when delivering a charge punch. As
    players fight through the game, they will earn in-game currency that
    can be used to play the ARM Getter, a fun mode in which they can get
    new ARMS for their fighters. The fast-paced game can be played in
    1-v-1 matches or even 2-v-2* for more entertainingly chaotic battles.
    During the Nintendo Direct presentation, a new character was also
    revealed: the super-fast, ramen-armed Min Min. ARMS launches
    exclusively for Nintendo Switch on June 16. In addition,
    special Neon Yellow Joy-Con controllers and Joy-Con Straps will be
    released separately on the same day alongside a Joy-Con AA Battery
    Pack accessory.
  • Splatoon 2: Salmon Run, a new four-player co-op mode*,
    is coming to the Splatoon 2 game. By teaming up with friends,
    players can take a part-time job battling the new Salmonid species,
    which the Squid Research Lab reports might even be more lethal than
    the Octarians! When players fall in co-op mode, teammates can revive
    them by inking them on the battlefield. Splatoon 2 launches
    exclusively for Nintendo Switch on July 21. In addition, three
    freshly designed individual amiibo
    figures for the game – a new Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy and Inkling
    Squid – will launch on the same day and grant special limited gear in
    game. By tapping these amiibo (as well as previously released Splatoon
    series amiibo), the figure’s character will appear in the game and
    befriend players. Befriend an amiibo character and it will remember
    favorite weapons, gear, outfits and option settings. This comes in
    handy when waging Turf War at a friend’s house.
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: When the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
    game launches on April 28, it will do so with more characters,
    karts and tracks unlocked from the start than any other game in Mario
    history. Both traditional racing and the newly redesigned
    battle modes can be played in Local Wireless mode with up to eight
    players, and in Online** or LAN mode with up to 12 players***. For
    fans who want to show off their driving skills, Nintendo will be
    hosting two Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online tournaments in game.
    More details about these tournaments will be revealed in the future.
  • Ultra
    Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
    : Fans waiting to
    play this enhanced version of one of the most celebrated fighting
    games of all time won’t have to wait much longer! The Ultra Street
    Fighter II: The Final Challengers
    game launches for Nintendo
    Switch on May 26 and includes all of the classic characters and
    two new fighters: Evil Ryu and Violent Ken. Additionally, a “Way of
    the Hado” mode lets players throw HADOKENS with first-person motion
    controls, while an exciting two-player co-op mode* gives players and a
    friend one health bar for intense two player vs. CPU matches.
  • Minecraft:
    Nintendo Switch Edition
    : One of the most popular creation
    games of all time is coming to the Nintendo Switch console. The
    fan-favorite Super Mario Mash-Up pack along with new multiplayer play
    and control options will be included in Minecraft: Nintendo Switch
    when it launches in Nintendo eShop on May 11 and in
    stores at a later date.
  • Two Sonics, Two Styles: Nintendo Switch is getting two new
    Sonic games in 2017. Sonic Forces is a modern 3D take on Sonic
    games and follows the blue hedgehog hero as he uses his stylish
    high-speed moves to bring down the nefarious Eggman. Sonic and a
    mysterious new ally will rise up when Sonic Forces launches for
    Nintendo Switch this winter. Sonic
    launches this summer and features retro 2D
    graphics and a host of new stages, as well as some classic stages from
    previous games in the Sonic the Hedgehog series.
  • Project Mekuru (name not final): Players that
    like multiplayer action games are in for a treat when Project Mekuru
    launches exclusively in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch this summer.
    The frantic and fun game finds up to four players battling locally* or
    online** to flip panels and blow up opponents.
  • Disgaea
    5 Complete
    : This tactical RPG franchise is beloved by
    many, and the definitive version of the fifth game, Disgaea 5
    , is coming to Nintendo Switch on May 23. Perfect
    for portable play, this epic RPG will launch with both standard and
    limited-edition versions. A free demo for the game will launch in
    Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch soon.
  • NEOGEO Masterpieces: Starting April 13, more NEOGEO classic
    games like Samurai
    Showdown IV
    will be available to purchase in Nintendo eShop on
    Nintendo Switch. Some future NEOGEO games coming to the system include Fatal
    and The King of Fighters ’99.
  • Puyo
    Puyo Tetris
    : Two classic puzzle games face off in Puyo
    Puyo Tetris
    . The four-player* puzzle mashup game is only a little
    more than a week away, launching on Nintendo Switch on April 25.
    For people who want to try before they buy, a free demo for the game
    is now available.
  • Monopoly
    for Nintendo Switch
    : One of the most famous board games
    ever is coming to Nintendo Switch. Up to six players can experience
    the classic game with HD Rumble features and optional shorter sessions
    when Monopoly for Nintendo Switch launches this fall.
  • Rayman
    Legends: Definitive Edition
    : The gorgeous, award-winning
    platformer is coming to Nintendo Switch later this year. On
    Nintendo Switch, an exclusive Kung Foot experience offers a Solo Mode
    and tournaments for up to eight players*.
  • THQ Nordic Games: The diesel-punk shoot-’em-up game Sine
    Mora EX
    , co-developed by acclaimed studio Grasshopper
    Manufacture, launches on Nintendo Switch this summer with local
    co-op and versus* modes. Also coming to Nintendo Switch from THQ
    Nordic Games is Battle
    Chasers: Nightwar
    , an RPG inspired by console classics and
    based on the Battle Chasers comic book series. Battle
    Chasers: Nightwar
    launches with timed exclusivity on Nintendo
    Switch in late summer.
    : In this four-player co-op game*, players band together
    to rise to the top of the criminal world for bigger jobs and better
    paydays. PAYDAY 2 launches for Nintendo Switch this winter.
    : Some of the most popular games of all time are
    coming to Nintendo Switch as part of the NAMCO MUSEUM package.
    Classic games, including PAC-MAN, GALAGA and SPLATTERHOUSE,
    as well as multiplayer gems like ROLLING THUNDER, SKYKID
    and TANK FORCE, can now be played at home or on the go. Players
    can stop and resume gameplay at any time, and Special Challenge Modes
    offer ways to test players’ skills. NAMCO MUSEUM launches for
    Nintendo Switch this summer.
  • Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star: Featuring playable
    characters from multiple Fate productions across three distinct
    narrative perspectives, Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star delivers
    the series’ most legendary showdown yet. The Nintendo Switch version
    will come loaded with 35 previously released paid DLC costumes, along
    with an exclusive new Unshackled Bride outfit. The high-octane action
    game will launch for Nintendo Switch in North America on July 25.
  • Nintendo Switch Standalone Dock: The Nintendo Switch standalone
    dock accessory will be available for purchase starting on May 19.
    Additional docks are perfect for traveling without having to unplug
    the main Nintendo Switch setup, as well as switching between TVs in
    the same house without transporting cords.

Nintendo 3DS

  • Hey! PIKMIN: The first Pikmin game for Nintendo 3DS
    finds Captain Olimar embarking on an adventure through lush worlds
    with his trusted Pikmin by his side. In a new type of Pikmin game,
    players are tasked with throwing all types of different Pikmin using
    the touch screen to solve puzzles, overcome challenges and defeat
    enemies through side-scrolling levels. The Hey! PIKMIN game
    launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on July
    . A new Pikmin amiibo figure will also launch separately on the
    same day.
  • Kirby’s 25th Anniversary: To celebrate
    the 25th anniversary of the adorable Kirby franchise, three
    new Kirby games are coming to Nintendo 3DS.

    • Exclusive to Nintendo eShop, Team
      Kirby Clash Deluxe
      features four Kirby characters with
      different powers (Sword Hero, Hammer Lord, Beam Mage or Doctor
      Healmore) who battle giant enemies together. The free-to-start
      game launches … today!
    • In Kirby’s
      Blowout Blast
      , players move freely through more than
      25 action-packed 3D stages, inhaling enemies and powering up along
      the way. The game launches exclusively in Nintendo eShop on
      Nintendo 3DS this summer.
    • Last but certainly not least, a new multiplayer* action game in
      the Kirby series is coming to Nintendo 3DS this holiday season.
      More information will be revealed about this game in the future.
  • Miitopia:
    Fans have never played an RPG quite like Miitopia. By casting
    Mii characters in roles across the world of Miitopia, players set off
    on an adventure to battle enemies, hunt for treasure and open up new
    areas of the map. The turn-based battles are straight out of an RPG,
    but allies have a mind of their own. The relationships they build
    affect their performance in battle. This Nintendo 3DS RPG launches later
    this year
  • Ever Oasis: Grow and expand the world’s last oasis in Ever
    , a new action-adventure RPG from Koichi Ishii, the creator
    of the Mana series. The Ever Oasis game launches
    exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on June 23.
    More information about the game will be revealed in the future.
  • Fire
    Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
    DLC: The new Fire
    game might take the series back to its roots, but one
    modern enhancement will help expand the adventure. The downloadable
    content launching for Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
    will be a combination of free and paid, and provides players with new
    maps, dungeons and challenges. More information about this DLC,
    including launch timing and the optional season pass, will be revealed
    in the future.
    : The epic trilogy that has taken the world of
    geometry by storm comes to its dramatic conclusion with the BYE-BYE
    game, the third entry in the highly acclaimed BOXBOY!
    series. By rescuing new Qbabies, main character Qbby will receive one
    of four powers – Boxrocket, Bombox, Warpbox and Remotebox – that can
    help the boxy hero overcome obstacles in a new way. Tapping any of the
    Kirby series amiibo figures like Kirby, King Dedede, Meta Knight or
    Waddle Dee will permanently unlock a new colorful costume for Qbby
    based on that character. BYE-BYE BOXBOY! is now available
    exclusively in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and at
    A free demo for all three games in this series from HAL Laboratory,
    Inc. is also available in Nintendo eShop.
  • Monster Hunter Stories: Prepare to embark on an RPG
    adventure unlike anything the Monster Hunter series has ever
    known. In Monster Hunter Stories, become a rider and bond with
    monsters to raise their potential and unleash powerful combos. Players
    can fly, swim and crash into new areas of the map; discover eggs to
    collect and hatch; and participate in turn-based battles with a party
    of up to five monsters. Monster Hunter Stories launches for
    Nintendo 3DS this fall.
  • The Yo-kai are Back … Again!: Whether players missed it the
    first time or want to fall in love again, the definitive version of YO-KAI
    WATCH 2
    is here! The YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic Specters
    game delivers the same full YO-KAI WATCH 2 experience, but adds
    new Yo-kai to befriend, exclusive quests and the ability to hop on the
    Hexpress to a new resort area. Players can even befriend Wicked and
    Boss Yo-kai from previous games, learn about the origin of the
    mysterious feline Yo-kai, Darknyan, and experience a revamped Blasters
    co-op mode to beat powerful new bosses. YO-KAI WATCH 2: Psychic
    launches for Nintendo 3DS this fall.
  • NIS America Games: NIS America is bringing two great games to
    Nintendo 3DS this summer. The Culdcept series is celebrating
    its 20th anniversary, so it’s the perfect time to launch Culdcept
    ! The card-meets-board game launches in a standard and
    limited edition on Aug. 29. With RPG Maker Fes, players
    of all skill levels can create their own RPGs. A free download called
    RPG Maker Player will be available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
    RPG Maker Player will let anyone play fan-created RPGs even if they
    don’t own RPG Maker Fes. RPG Maker Fes launches for
    Nintendo 3DS on June 27.


  • New amiibo Approaching!: The final Super
    Smash Bros.
    amiibo figures
    are on the way! Two versions of
    Cloud, Corrin and Bayonetta amiibo figures will hit store shelves on July
  • The Legend of Zelda amiibo: Three new
    amiibo figures based on Link from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask,
    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and The Legend of
    Zelda: Skyward Sword
    will be released on June 23.

Remember that Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS feature parental
that let adults manage the content their children can
access. For more information about other features, visit

*Additional accessories are required for multiplayer mode and are sold

**Online services require a Nintendo Account. Starting in fall 2017,
some online services will also require a paid subscription. Online
service availability is limited based on location.

***Eight-player Local Wireless play in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
requires at least four Switch Consoles and four Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
; 12-player LAN or Online play in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
requires at least six Nintendo Switch consoles and six Mario Kart 8

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