It’s been over a year since we’ve had a fully-fledged Nintendo Direct presentation, so there was understandably high expectations for the latest surprise showcase. With massive franchises like Pokémon and The Legend of Zelda celebrating anniversaries this year, fans expected to see major new projects revealed including remakes, ports and other exciting goodies. While Pokémon didn’t make an appearance, there was a bunch of exciting announcements for Zelda, Super Smash Bros. and more.
Here’s everything announced during today’s Nintendo Direct presentation.
Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles are joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The first trailer of the Nintendo Direct kicked off with exciting footage of an whale-powered airship, a royal throne and the story of Pyra’s disappearance. That’s right, it’s more Xenoblade Chronicles! Wait — it was a fakeout!
Pyra is joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as its latest fighter. She’s rocking two alternate forms (Pyra and Mythra), and has a bunch of high-powered light-based attacks.
Fall Guys is coming to Nintendo Switch
YES! The bean boys are back in action! Finally you’ll be able to fall off stages, get bonked on the head and “stumble towards greatness” on Switch in Winter 2021.
Outer Wilds is coming to Nintendo Switch
The incredible Outer Wilds is also coming to Nintendo Switch! If you’ve never played it, it’s a fantastic survival sim where you die every 22 minutes and try to gather enough information to survive the end of the world during that time.
Throughout the game, you discover hidden secrets and how to prevent the sun from exploding.
It launches in winter 2021.
Famicon Detective Club is coming to Nintendo Switch
The Missing Heir and The Girl Who Stands Behind are coming to Nintendo Switch, localised for the first time. These are classic Famicon titles from the 80s, and look to be remastered for Switch.
They’re coming on May 14.
Samurai Warriors 5 is coming to Nintendo Switch in Winter 2021
This hack’n’slasher is remastered and coming to Switch. It’s time to dive into the musou genre.
Legend of Mana is arriving on Nintendo Switch
The Mana series is continuing its journey on the Switch with fearsome monster battles, cutesy adventures and some new tweaks. You’ll be able to turn off enemy encounters and switch up the music in this edition.
It’s coming June 24.
We get a new look at Monster Hunter Rise
The latest look at Monster Hunter Rise shows off an incredible fantasy world and a new array of monsters.
There’ll be plenty of dungeons, forests and towns to explore when the game hits on March 26, 2021.
Mario Golf returns on Switch
Mario Golf: Super Rush marks the return of the excellent, peaceful Mario Golf series. It’s basically what it says on the packet: Mario, but playing golf. Who would’ve thought!
The best part of the announcement is the revelation you’ll be able to use the Joy-Cons to physically tee-off.
There’s also a story mode! In it, you’ll play as a Mii and interact with the denizens of the Mushroom Kingdom.
It arrives on June 25.
Tales from the Borderlands is being ported to Switch
Another big win! Tales from the Borderlands is being ported to Switch, and if you’ve never played it now’s the time to jump in.
It’s coming on March 24.
Capcom Arcade Stadium is launching today
This collection includes classic Capcom games like Street Fighter and it’s out later today. We love a good same-day Nintendo Direct release.
Stubbs the Zombie is back
Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse is coming to Switch on March 16.
No More Heroes is dated for August 27
Travis Touchdown is back! And his latest adventure finally has a release date.
Neon White is a new demon killer game
The latest game from Annapurna Interactive is a first person demon slayer set in Hell. It looks like a jazzy Paradise Killer with neat combat mechanics and great character design.
It’s coming summer 2021.
DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power
DC Super Hero Girls is getting the cute video game it deserves. It looks like an RPG adventure and it’s set in Metropolis High School. There’s fashion mechanics, great-looking combat and a hearty story mode. It actually looks a bit like Bully, which is wild.
It’s available on June 4.
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville – Complete Edition is here
The classic multiplayer fighter is coming to Switch in complete form on March 19.
Miitopia is being ported to Switch
Miitopia originally appeared on Nintendo 3DS, but now it’ll be available on Switch. Basically, it’s a Mii dungeon crawler where you can create your own characters and set off on a wild adventure.
It’s coming on May 21.
Super Mario is coming to Animal Crossing
We’ve know about this for a while, but now we get to see what’s in store. Useable warp pipes are coming to Animal Crossing, as are Luigi, Peach and Mario costumes, power stars, bricks, mushrooms and more.
They’ll all be available on February 25 after an update, with items being available from March 1st via the in-game Nook Shopping app.
Project Triangle Strategy is a new game from Square Enix
The next game is a mystery and features a dramatic scene in a dungeon with questions about ideals and morals.
Ah, it’s Project Triangle Strategy from Square Enix! The game looks absolutely gorgeous and shows off a neat 2D-3D style as in Octopath Traveler.
It’s all high fantasy, dungeons and combat strategy from here.
It’s set to launch in 2022, but there’ll be a demo on the Nintendo eshop after the Nintendo Direct.
Star Wars: Hunters is a new online multiplayer game
Star Wars! More Star Wars is always a good thing. Star Wars: Hunters is a new tactical arena-based multiplayer third-person shooter, but we don’t know much else about it.
It’s coming sometime in 2021.
Knockout City is a new dodgeball-themed brawler
Knockout City from Velan Studios and EA is a slick new online multiplayer game where you play dodgeball in a massive open world. You’ll also be able to become to ball, which is a neat Splatoon-style twist. It looks stylish, fun and very over-the-top.
It’s coming on May 21.
World’s End Club is getting a Switch port
From the Danganronpa developers comes World’s End Club, a wild Pokémon-looking adventure starring a massive cast of ten cutesy characters. It originally appeared on iOS.
It’s a side-scrolling action RPG with wild monsters and beautiful landscapes and is coming May 28.
Hades is getting a physical release
Neato. Hades deserves it. Its physical release comes with a digital download of the soundtrack and a full-colour character compendium featuring the game’s great art.
It’s out March 19.
Ninja Gaiden is getting a three-game collection
Ninja Gaiden: Sigma, 2 and 3 are getting a great three-game release on Nintendo Switch. If you’ve never played them before, they’re great hack-and-slash adventures reliant on fast combos, quick thinking and exploration.
The Master Collection is coming on June 10.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is getting DLC
It’s not Breath of the Wild 2 just yet, but we’ll take it. There’s new battles coming to the game in three seperate waves via a Season Pass.
Bravely Default II is coming on February 26
That’s soon! There’s also a new trailer coming after the Nintendo Direct.
Ghosts n’ Goblins Resurrections is out February 25
Arthur is back!
SaGa Frontier is being Remastered for Switch
Saga Frontier Remastered is launch on April 15.
Apex Legends is coming March 9
The multiplayer shooter is finally arrival on Switch, with double XP offered on Switch.
There’s nothing on Breath of the Wild 2 yet
Ah well. We can expect news on Breath of the Wild 2 later in 2021. But there is good news.
Skyward Sword is coming to Switch!
Skyward Sword HD, one of the better Legend of Zelda titles, is coming to Switch! It’s great news for Zelda fans and the perfect gift for the series’ 35th anniversary.
The controls have been updated, and you’ll now have the ability to use the Joy-Cons to shoot arrows. It’ll be easy on Switch Lite too with new button-only controllers to make the adventure a bit simpler.
Ooh, and there’s new specially designed Zelda Joy-Cons. They’re neat!
The game is available on July 16.
Splatoon 3 is coming!
The last game trailer kicks off in a desert. There’s scraps on trains around — and it’s a Mad Max-looking Splatoon game? You’ll be able to customise your Inkling and set off on a brand adventure.
The rest of the trailer shows off classic Splatoon gameplay, but it does look like there may be more elements of story this go around.
It’s coming in 2022.
And that’s it, folks! Thanks for joining us on the latest Nintendo Direct adventure.