This is a special edition of the GameSentral Rewind, focusing on Nintendo’s Arms and Splatoon 2 Direct presentation.
Hey! Pikmin has officially been named as Nintendo’s next installment in the Pikmin franchise, with a launch date pegged for July 28.
Alongside this, a new Pikmin amiibo will hit store shelves on the same day.
Hey! Pikmin marks the franchise’s handheld debut, and is a 3D platformer that will let players explore by using the 3DS’ touchscreen to throw Pikmin.
Koichi Ishii’s action RPG Ever Oasis is launching on June 23. The game’s being developed by Grezzo, who previously worked on the 3DS remasters of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask.
Monster Hunter Stories
Capcom is bringing Monster Hunter Stories to the West this fall.
The turn-based RPG spinoff of Monster Hunter launched alongside a handful of new amiibo in Japan last year, although it’s unclear if these figures will come to the West.
Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters
Psychic Specters, a new version of Yo-Kai Watch 2, is set to launch this fall.
Nintendo called this the “definitive version” of Yo-Kai Watch 2, and announced that this version will have an expanded multiplayer mode.
The game follows previous dual versions of Yo-Kai Watch 2, Fleshy Souls and Bony Spirits, which launched last year.
Card-based strategy game Culdcept Revolt will launch on 3DS on Aug. 29 in the West, available as both a standard or collector’s editor.
The game launched on 3DS in Japan last year.
RPG Maker FES
Game creator RPG Maker FES will launch on June 27 in both standard and special editions.
As the name suggests, the game will let players create their own games using in-game tools. Levels can later be uploaded for other players to try.
Diagea will be among the properties set to receive character skins.
Bye-Bye BoxBoy is available now on the eShop, after a slight delay in the West.
This is the final game in the puzzle platformer trilogy from Kirby developer HAL Laboratory. Bye-Bye BoxBoy features amiibo compatibility with Kirby, Waddle Dee, Meta Knight, and King DeDeDe of Kirby fame, and will also offer a Game Boy-style monochromatic filter for players with save data from previous games.
A demo of all three BoxBoy games is also available on the eShop for free beginning today.
The game launched in Japan earlier this year, alongside a BoyBoy amiibo, but there’s no word yet on if the figure will be for sale in the West.
Nintendo has been teasing a Mii-based RPG since last year, and has finally confirmed that Miitopia will head to the West later this year.
The game is a turn-based RPG that uses Miis as party members. Players will be able to build their team and customize their characters to use in battle. However, party members will have their own personalities and may disobey commands.
Miitopia launched in Japan last least year.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia was announced for a May 19 release date during Nintendo’s Fire Emblem Direct in January.
We now know that a Season Pass will be available to give players the opportunity to get new maps, new dungeons, expanded character backstories, and more.
Shadows of Valentia is inspired by 1992’s Fire Emblem Gaiden and stars dual protagonists Alm and Celica, who will also have amiibo figures available at launch.
DLC included in the Season Pass will also be available for purchase separately, and some will be available from the eShop for free.
A limited edition bundle announced last month includes a soundtrack, artbook, pin set, and more.
In celebration of Kirby’s 25th anniversary, Nintendo showed off three new Kirby games.
The first, Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, is available now on the eShop and is free to start. The game is an expanded version of the Team Kirby Clash group mini game that appeared in Kirby: Planet Robobot and lets players choose from sword, beam, hammer, or healing abilities.
Kirby’s Blowout Blast is set to launch this summer as an expanded version of Planet Robobot’s Kirby 3D Rumble with bigger stages, enemies, and bosses.
Finally, Nintendo teased a new Kirby multiplayer action game coming to 3DS in time for the holiday season, but didn’t provide a name or gameplay.
Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy
Level-5’s upcoming adventure game Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy will launch in Japan on July 20.
The game was announced last year for 3DS, iOS, and Android. There’s no word on when this Professor Layton sequel will be available in the west.
Three new Link amiibo from previous Legend of Zelda games: one from Majora’s Mask, one from Twilight Princess, and one from Skyward Sword will launch in stores on June 23. Each amiibo is modeled after key art used in their respective Zelda game.
The new Zelda amiibo may give players the chance to unlock additional in-game costumes for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild modeled after the Great Deity, Twilight Princess, and Skyward Sword outfits.
Cloud, Corrin and Bayonetta will also each be getting two Smash-themed amiibo figures that will launch in stores on July 21.
Cloud sports his default Final Fantasy VII outfit and one modeled after the one he wore in FFVII: Advent Children. The Corrin amiibo will have a male and female version. Finally, Bayonetta will have two outfits modeled after her costumes in the original Bayonetta and the Wii U sequel.
The release ends a 19-month waiting period for fans after being revealed as the final Smash Wii U/3DS DLC characters in Dec. 2015.
ARMS will launch on June 16.
The 3D fighter lets characters swap arms to gain new abilities.
Nintendo showed off Min Min, a new character that uses ramen noodle arms (seriously) and kicks to fight foes, along with a new two-on-two battle mode.
A Neon Yellow Joy-Con set and a corresponding strap will be sold separately at retailers on June 16 as well.
This is the third color option for the controllers so far, along with the Neon Red/Blue and black configurations that have been available since launch. Presumably, the set will set you back $79.99 (in line with the other Joy-Con sets) in stores. The Neon Yellow strap accessory will be $7.99.
Nintendo also announced the Joy-Con AA Battery Pack Accessory, which attaches to the rail of each Joy-Con and extends the battery life. It’s powered by a pair of AA batteries, and adds a sizeable grip to the back.
We have no word on pricing for the AA Battery Pack.
A standalone Switch dock will also begin shipping to stores next month for $59.99.
It does not come with an AC adaptor, but that can be purchased separately for $29.99.
Previously, the dock was only available as a replacement part on Nintendo’s online store.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Nintendo revealed new details on the multiplayer aspects of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
The kart racer will support up to 12 players online in race or battle modes with a random blend of tracks and rules within them. You can also play in friend groups for a more controlled experience.
Tournaments can also be created or joined, including two official Nintendo-held events: one for racing and one for battle to “celebrate the [game’s] launch.” There’s no word on when these events will be held.
Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers
Capcom is bringing along Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers to the Switch as the first iteration of the classic fighter in 10 years.
You can throw down as the original fighters with either HD or retro graphics, along with newcomers Evil Ryu and Violent Ken.
Interesting here is the ability to launch a Hadouken with a first-person perspective using the Joy-Con’s motion controls.
In handheld mode, you can launch Super Mode simply by tapping on the touchscreen.
The game arrives May 26.
Minecraft will come to the Switch digitally on May 11, and will be available physically at a later date.
The Switch version will support multiplayer for eight players online or four players locally on Switch with split-screen and Pro Controller support.
It will also come with the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack from the Wii U version, with Mario-themed skins, textures, music, and more from previous Mario games.
Project Mekuru is coming to Switch this summer, and is a four-person battle mode game that includes taking over territory on a board by ground-pounding to match titles to the color of your character.
Mii support will also be included.
The Over Fence-developed game was shown off briefly in a sizzle reel during the January Switch presentation.
Disgaea 5 Complete
Disgaea 5 Complete will launch on May 23.
The game was announced in January, and offers eight bonus scenarios, four fan-favorite characters, and three character classes” in addition to the main Disgaea 5 campaign.
Payday 2 is set to come to Switch later this year.
The game first launched in 2013 and has received constant support, with DLC from John Wick to Hotline Miami and Goat Simulator.
While there aren’t specific details about this version and the additional content it will include, it’s a safe bet that we’ll see some of the improvements that have come to the other versions over the years make their way to the Switch.
One of the first games ever announced for the Switch, Sonic Forces is set to launch on the Switch this holiday season.
The game features two versions of Sonic – classic and modern – teaming up to take down an evil threat, with gameplay changes centered around each version of the character.
Action game Fate/Extella is coming to the Switch on July 25.
The game sees players fight against large waves of enemies with a similar combat mechanic to the Dynasty Warriors-style Musou games. A version of Fate/Extella called The Umbral Star launched on PS4 and Vita earlier this year.
Puyo Puyo Tetris
A demo is available now in the eShop for Puyo Puyo Tetris ahead of its launch later this month.
The game is a crossover between SEGA puzzle series Puyo Puyo and the Tetris classic we all know and love, incorporating elements of both franchises through multiple gameplay modes.
Ubisoft is bringing along a port of Monopoly to the Switch this fall.
A quick demo showed off the Joy-Con’s HD rumble feature being used for rolling the dice, along with a few other standard features for the board game.
If the 3D Sonic Forces style isn’t for you, Sonic Mania offers a more traditional 2D approach with remixed levels from classic Sonic games along with brand new ones.
THQ Nordic has announced that Grasshopper Manufacture’s bullet hell shooter Sine Mora is coming to Switch this summer.
The game launched in 2012 for Xbox 360, PS3, Windows, and Vita. This new version was originally announced last month at PAX East with new modes, challenge levels, and more.
THQ Nordic’s Battlechasers: Nightwar will launch first on Switch this summer.
The game is a RPG based on Darksiders artist Joe Madureira’s classic comic and was originally announced in a 2015 Kickstarter campaign.
Nintendo has confirmed that classic arcade collection Namco Museum is coming to the eShop on Switch this summer.
The collection includes classic versions of arcade games, with the following titles confirmed so far:
- Rolling Thunder
- Splatter House
- Tank Force
- Dig Dug
- Sky Kid
- The Tower of Druaga
Splatoon 2 will launch on the Switch on July 21.
Alongside the release, Nintendo will release a new set of Splatoon amiibo, with a three-pack offering new versions of an Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, and a Squid. Splatoon 2 will also be compatible with the previously-released Splatoon amiibo.
Nintendo also revealed Salmon Run, a new wave-based PvE mode where players fight off waves of enemies in teams of four.