January Nintendo Direct Charts Course for Switch Games, Updates


The first Nintendo Direct of 2018 hopes to show how Nintendo and other third-party companies plan to support the Nintendo Switch in the upcoming year with new or remastered titles and game updates to existing popular titles.

“Dark Souls: Remastered” will bring the brutally tough game to the Switch on May 25. This is the first game of the franchise to hit a Nintendo console, and it will include the Artorias of the Abyss DLC.

The 2011 game from FromSoftware has a mixed history in the gaming community. While being praised for its challenging combat, others have complained that it is too tough and unfair. However, victory in the game over boss fights was often a great source of accomplishment.


For those looking for a less stressful event, “Mario Tennis Aces” brings Mario and friends onto the court for tennis battles. With a story mode, missions, and boss battles, the game is likely to be more than just a friendly volley. It launches this spring.

“Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition” will jump from the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS to the Switch this spring and bring along all the maps, missions, and playable characters. The game is being touted as “A new, ultimate version of the exhilarating action game set in the Zelda universe” and will include outfits from “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.”

For game updates, “Super Mario Odyssey” will have a new world open after beating the main mission. “Luigi’s Balloon World” is a competitive hide-and-seek challenge that will test players knowledge of the different worlds.

The free update will be available in February and also include new outfits and photo filters.

A new hero has entered the battle as Donkey Kong joins the wacky fun of “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.” DK will have his own story and world to explore, and a new trailer hints at banana powers and improved jumping abilities.

The DLC pack will be released this spring.

There are many other new titles and game updates that will be hitting the Nintendo Switch in the first part of 2018. Check out all the information with the Nintendo Switch Mini announcement.