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Nintendo Direct roundup for 17th February 2021

In the latest Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo showcased more than 30 games coming to the Nintendo Switch family of systems – with many launching by this summer! Headlining the 50-minute presentation was the reveal of Splatoon 3, a new game in the splat-tacular series, coming to Nintendo Switch in 2022.

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Other major news in the Nintendo Direct video included the reveal of Pyra/Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2as the latest playable DLC fighters to join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – the fourth of six new fighters in Fighters Pass Vol. 2. Additional Nintendo Switch game announcements include The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, which will feature new control options; Mario Golf: Super Rush, the newest instalment in the Mario Golfseries with new modes and motion controls; and Miitopia, a game starring customisable Mii characters that lets you personalise your own adventure.

The jam-packed Nintendo Direct presentation featured many exciting game reveals, including Project TRIANGLE STRATEGY (working title), a new tactical role-playing game from SQUARE ENIX; Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, which challenges players to claim the crown; Star Wars: Hunters, a free-to-play online multiplayer game set between the events of Star Wars™: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars™: The Force Awakens; World’s End Clubfrom the creators of the Danganronpa series; DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power, an action game based on the animated TV show; and the physical edition of hit game Hades.

Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

  • Splatoon 3: In this new game in the Splatoon series, you’ll leave Inkopolis behind and head to a new region: the Splatlands. At its heart is a new city where battle-savvy Inklings and Octolings gather:Splatsville, also known as the “City of Chaos”. Splatoon 3 introduces various new features to the action-shooter series, including weapons such as the bow weapon, customisation options and new movement abilities to bring to the returning 4-v-4 Turf War matches. More information about the full-fledged sequel coming to Nintendo Switch in 2022 will be revealed in the future.
  • Pyra/Mythra Join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Originally featured in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 as main character Rex’s two-in-one ally, Pyra/Mythra reawaken in March as the newest DLC fighters joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*. Pyra/Mythra are part of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2, which also includes DLC fighters Min Min from ARMS, Steve & Alex from Minecraft and Sephiroth from the FINAL FANTASY VII series, along with two yet-to-be-announced fighters. More information about Pyra/Mythra’s move set, as well as their exact release date, will be revealed in the future.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD: Originally released in 2011 for Wii, and depicting the earliest story in the series’ timeline – as well as the creation of the Master Sword itself – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword now arrives on Nintendo Switch with smoother and more intuitive controls, in addition to improved framerate and graphics. In this enhanced version of the game, running at a smooth 60 frames per second, you can choose to play using motion control with the two Joy-Con controllers in a similar way to the original, or use new button-only controls to play the game with the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, in handheld mode, or on Nintendo Switch Lite. A set of themed Joy-Con controllers will also be released alongside the game: the right Joy-Con controller is themed after the Master Sword, while the left features the Hylian Shield motif. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and the themed Joy-Con, launch for Nintendo Switch on 16th July. The game will be available for pre-order on Nintendo eShop shortly after the presentation.
  • Mario Golf: Super Rush: Tee off in the latest instalment of the Mario Golf series, coming to Nintendo Switch this year. In Mario Golf: Super Rush, enjoy golfing with familiar Mushroom Kingdom characters through a variety of lush, scenic courses. Mario Golf: Super Rush features several local** and online multiplayer modes***, including Speed Golf, which finds players teeing off at the same time and racing to the green. The game also features a Story Mode, starring your Mii character as they interact with Mushroom Kingdom characters, compete in golf challenges and earn experience points to power-up stats. You can even use motion controls by holding the Joy-Con controller as a golf club. The fairway opens for players on 25th June. Pre-orders are available on Nintendo eShop now.
  • Project TRIANGLE STRATEGY (working title): In this game that continues SQUARE-ENIX’s celebrated legacy of tactical RPGs, battles take place on terrain with different elevations. A character’s attack range is determined by their location and their equipped weapon, so it is imperative to survey the battlefield before acting. Additionally, the decisions made will affect how the story unfolds and which characters will join your cause. Project TRIANGLE STRATEGY (working title) launches exclusively on Nintendo Switch in 2022. A free demo for the game will be available to download in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch later today.
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout: Be the last Fall Guy standing! The hit party game finds up to 60*** players running, jumping and shoving their way to victory. Dive into a series of ridiculous challenges and wild obstacle courses with masses of other competitors online, all with the hopes of making the cut and advancing to the next round of mayhem. Shift between competitive free-for-alls and cooperative challenges where everyone on the losing team gets eliminated! Do you have what it takes to claim the crown? Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout launches for Nintendo Switch this summer.
  • Star Wars: Hunters: Star Wars: Hunters™ offers a thrilling take on the galaxy in this squad-based, online multiplayer game. Build a team from a cast of unique and all-new Star Wars™ characters, from daring Bounty Hunters to heroes of the Rebellion and Imperial stormtroopers. Face off against other squads in arenas based on iconic Star Wars™ settings. Set between Star Wars™: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars™: The Force Awakens, the free-to-play Star Wars: Hunters launches in 2021.
  • MONSTER HUNTER RISE: In the new Rampage story event featured in MONSTER HUNTER RISE, hunters team up to defeat an onslaught of monsters attacking Kamura Village. As previously announced, players who want to be fully immersed in the MONSTER HUNTER RISE experience can pick up the Nintendo Switch MONSTER HUNTER RISE Edition hardware, which comes bundled with a digital download code for MONSTER HUNTER RISE plus the Deluxe Kit DLC and bonus content. This bundle launches alongside the game on 26th March. Also launching the same day is the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller MONSTER HUNTER RISE Edition, which is adorned with striking art inspired by Magnamalo, the game’s flagship monster.
  • Miitopia: Embark on a hilarious adventure with friends, family or anyone you choose, to bring down the face-stealing Dark Lord. In Miitopia, a customisable adventure for Nintendo Switch, create and customise Mii characters of anyone you’d like, and cast them in the fantasy adventure of a lifetime. With expanded customisation features in Miitopia, including wigs and make-up, you can make your Mii characters look more fabulous than ever. Also, you can have a horse as an ally. When you become closer, it’ll lend a hand – er, hoof – in battle. Which Mii characters will you assign as allies… and who will become the evil Dark Lord? The light-hearted romp Miitopia launches for Nintendo Switch on 21st May. Pre-orders on Nintendo eShop will be available shortly after the presentation.
  • Knockout City: Team up and duke it out with rival Crews in Knockout City™, where epic dodgeball battles settle the score in team-based multiplayer matches. Throw, catch, pass, dodge and tackle your way to dodgeball dominance. Knockout City launches for Nintendo Switch on 21st May.
  • DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power: Based on the hit Cartoon Network show, play as one of many classic DC superheroines like Batgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Woman as teenagers who must overcome high school, all while saving the city. Each of these superheroes has her own set of special abilities, like flight or gadgets, that can be used in battle. As your teenaged alter ego, explore Metropolis, show off your selfies from around the city on your in-game Superstapost account or rebuild a run-down part of the city. DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power soars onto Nintendo Switch on 4th June. Pre-orders on Nintendo eShop start after the presentation.
  • Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir / Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind: Two Nintendo deep cuts from Japan are coming to Europe for the first time, localised with English text and fully modernised for Nintendo Switch****. Twists, turns, and drama await at every corner in both of these suspense-filled games. Uncover the deadly truth in Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind, coming to Nintendo eShop as a bundle on 14thMay. Pre-orders for the games begin now in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition: Ready the Juice Cannons and prepare for battle in Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition – the wackiest shooter yet! Party with up to three friends and goof around in Giddy Park, or dive into some 8-v-8 multiplayer in Turf Takeover. Prepare to battle solo or in online multiplayer*** in a plant-on-zombie conflict that will take you to the outer edges of Neighborville and back again. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition launches for Nintendo Switch on 19th March. Pre-orders start nowin Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.
  • Apex Legends: This free-to-play***** battle royale features a growing roster of powerful contenders named Legends, strategic combat, cross-platform play and more. To celebrate the game’s legendary launch, all players on Nintendo Switch will receive a new Legendary Pathfinder skin and 30 free levels for the Season 8: Mayhem Battle Pass. Plus, for the first two weeks after launch, earn Double XP when you play on Nintendo Switch. Fight for fortune, fame and glory when Apex Legends launches for Nintendo Switch on 9th March.
  • Legend of Mana: The beloved JRPG classic from SQUARE ENIX, Legend of Mana, is coming to Europe with fully remastered HD graphics, rearranged music and additional features. Experience the timeless story of Legend of Mana when it launches for Nintendo Switch on 24th June.
  • Outer Wilds: In the acclaimed and award-winning Outer Wilds, you are the newest member of Outer Wilds Ventures, a fledgling space programme searching for answers in a strange, constantly changing solar system. Pilot a spaceship to visit planets packed with remnants of an extinct advanced civilisation across locations that change with the passage of time. Explore and piece together the mystery before the end of the time loop when Outer Wilds launches for Nintendo Switch this summer.
  • SAMURAI WARRIORS 5: With revamped character designs and a vibrant, illustrated art style, SAMURAI WARRIORS 5 dives into the Sengoku period and shines its spotlight on Nobunaga Oda and Mitsuhide Akechi. The game slashes its way onto Nintendo Switch this summer.
  • World’s End Club: From the creators of the cult classic Danganronpa and Zero Escape series comes a fight for your life … literally! You and 11 others, known as the Go-Getters Club, set off on a captivating journey across Japan, and experience an adventure that blends side-scrolling action with a suspenseful narrative. As you make your way back home to Tokyo, you’ll alternate between working solo and teaming up with the group to overcome challenges and monsters that stand in your way. World’s End Clublaunches for Nintendo Switch on 28th May.
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons + Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary: Items inspired by the 35thanniversary of Super Mario Bros. are coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons******. Familiar items like the Super Mushroom and the “?” Block can be ordered in the game as furniture items, so you can place them wherever you want. You can even place multiple Warp Pipes on your island and easily travel between them. The new Super Mario Bros.-themed items will be available starting on 1st March, following the free update to Animal Crossing: New Horizons on 25th February.
  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity: Expand your quest to save Hyrule with upcoming downloadable content, as two waves of DLC are coming to the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass. Newly added characters, stages and more are all on their way, with the first wave coming in June and the second hitting in November. Players who purchase this Expansion Pass on Nintendo eShop for £17.99 / €19.99 will get both waves of DLC as they are released. They’ll also get an additional in-game weapon and costume for Link as a purchase bonus starting on 28th May. The Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass will be available for purchase shortly after the presentation. 
  • Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection: As the brave knight Arthur, you’ll unleash weapons, magic spells and skills to battle monsters across challenging stages within the Demon Realm. Local co-op play is available for the first time in the series. Help Arthur in his quest with one of three supporting characters: Barry for defence, Kerry for transportation or Archie for bridges. Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection launches for Nintendo Switch on 25th February. Pre-orders for the game are now available.
  • Capcom Arcade Stadium: Dozens of Capcom’s most beloved arcade classics are coming to Nintendo Switch as part of Capcom Arcade Stadium. Rewind gameplay, adjust game speed or difficulty, and select from a variety of display options to relive that sweet arcade goodness. Get 1943 – The Battle of Midway for free, then purchase game packs or the standalone Ghosts ‘n Goblins add-on to build your collection. Prior to the 25th February release of Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection, the original Ghosts ‘n Goblins add-on will be available for free in Capcom Arcade Stadium. After that release, the Ghosts ‘n Goblins add-on will be available for individual purchase or as part of the Capcom Arcade Stadium all-in pack. Scratch that nostalgic itch with Capcom Arcade Stadium, out now for Nintendo Switch.
  • No More Heroes 3: As the crass, Beam Katana-wielding assassin Travis Touchdown, you’ll fight your way to the top of the Superhero Ranking tournament to save the world. But wait… you’ll also battle aliens?! With a new and improved Death Glove, you’ll have access to a variety of deadly skills that can be customised and upgraded before each match. No More Heroes 3 lands on Nintendo Switch on 27thAugust. 
  • Neon White: Neon White is a lightning-fast first-person action game about exterminating demons in Heaven. You are White, an assassin hand-picked from Hell to compete with other demon slayers for a chance to live permanently in Heaven. The other assassins seem familiar, though … did you know them in a past life? Neon White, which was developed by the creator of Donut County, launches for Nintendo Switch in winter 2021.
  • BRAVELY DEFAULT II: Save the Crystals and the continent of Excillant with the help of four new Heroes of Light! Ahead of the game’s launch for Nintendo Switch on 26th February, check out a new BRAVELY DEFAULT II – Final Trailer You can also try out a new free demo for BRAVELY DEFAULT II, available now in Nintendo eShop.
  • Tales from the Borderlands: Return to the unforgiving world of Pandora in Tales from the Borderlands. The Nintendo Switch version of the game includes all five episodes, filled with classic Borderlands characters and humour. Gangsters, bandit lords and Vault Hunters are just a handful of the obstacles you’ll encounter in this choice-driven, narrative adventure out on 24th March.
  • Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse: In this return of the action game from Aspyr, you’ll build your zombie horde and take revenge on the city by turning humans into your undead allies. Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse eats its way onto Nintendo Switch on 16th March. Pre-orders are available on Nintendo eShop.
  • Hades: The winner of numerous Game of the Year awards, Hades is getting a physical release on Nintendo Switch. This physical version comes with some fun extras, including a PC download code for the Hades Original Soundtrack and a 32-page, full-colour character compendium, featuring portraits of the game’s vibrant cast of gods, ghosts and monsters. And let’s not forget the game itself, offering dozens of hours of exhilarating action paired with a compelling story. The physical version of Hades launches on 19th March.
  • NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection: Three action-packed entries in the acclaimed NINJA GAIDEN series are coming to Nintendo Switch in NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection. Wield an arsenal of killer weapons as legendary ninja Ryu Hayabusa, each weapon offering a playstyle with a different set of lethal skills, along with ruthless ninjutsu to swiftly take down enemies. The NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection comes to Nintendo Switch on 10th June.
  • SaGa Frontier Remastered: Eight protagonists, eight captivating journeys. In this remastered version of the classic RPG SaGa Frontier, travel through a stunning sci-fi world with any of the protagonists, each with their own goals and ambitions. With a new playable character, scintillating battles and new events, SaGa Frontier Remastered is an adventure not to be missed. The game launches for Nintendo Switch on 15th April.

Source: Nintendo UK

29 thoughts on “Nintendo Direct roundup for 17th February 2021”

  1. I was so excited to see a new 2D-HD game from SE. I did get disappointed when I saw it wasn’t a classic rpg battle system but… they convinced me by the end of the video. It’s cool that there will be a demo again (and player feedback being used).

    I can’t believe Miitopia is on switch. I found it dirt cheap a few months ago and put way too many hours in it. It’s so… bittersweet to see it ported to Switch.

    1. Player feedback for Bravely Default II was sweeped under the rug. Fans of the previous entries are dreading the release of BD2 because of how different it looks and plays.

    1. How? Most important games that we’re announced are coming out July onwards.

      The only newly announced big title that is coming out in the first half is Mario Golf.

  2. As always:

    -Pyra/Mythra in Smash (Instead of Rex!?). March Release.
    -Fall Guys -Ultimate Knockout- for Switch
    -Outer Wilds. Summer Release.
    -Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir & The Girl Who Stands Behind – Localized Releases. May 14th Release
    -Samurai Warriors 5. Summer Release.
    -Legend of Mana. June 24th Release.
    -Monster Hunter Rise. March 26th Release.
    -Mario Golf: Super Rush. June 25th Release
    -Tales from the Borderlands. March 24th Release.
    -Capcom Arcade Stadium
    -Stubs the Zombie in Rebel Without A Pulse. March 16th.
    -No More Heroes 3. August 27th Release
    -Neon White. Holiday 2021 Release
    -DC Super Hero Girls. June 4th Release
    -Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. March 19th Release
    -Miitopia. May 21st Release.
    -Super Mario content in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. February 25th Release.
    -project Triangle Strategy (working title). 2022.
    -Star Wars Hunters. 2021 Release.
    -Knockout City. May 21st Release.
    -World’s End Club. May 28th Release.
    -Hades – Physical Release
    -NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection. June 10th Release.
    -Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass
    -Bravely Default II
    -Ghosts n’ Goblins Ressurection. February 25th Release.
    -SaGa Frontier Remastered. April 15th Release.
    -Apex Legends. March 9th Release.
    -Eiji Aonuma has nothing to share aout BotW 2, but….
    -The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD , with new joycon controllers. July 16th Release.
    -Splatoon 3. 2022.

    I feel sorry for Rex… Up there in the same ranks as Spring Man and Waluigi. More things to mod….

  3. Didn’t have any of the huge games people were hoping for but so much good stuff for me. Splatoon 3 was a big surprise and mario golf looks fantastic. I’ll be a busy gamer as usual this year

  4. Pros:

    -Splatoon 3. I *am* surprised it will be on Switch; I thought Splatoon would take the same release philosophy as Mario Kart and be limited to one game per console, but this is a case where I’m glad to be wrong.

    -Pyra and Mythra as Smash DLC. Not at all who I was anticipating, but they still seem pretty cool, even if they are ANOTHER sword fighter.

    -Miitopia coming to Switch. I already got it for 3DS on launch day so I don’t know that I’ll double dip, especially if this ends up being $60, but for those who haven’t played yet, it’s a charming little game. I do wonder why they chose Miitopia over Tomodachi Life, though.

    -Fall Guys: Too bad I already got it on PS4 last October. Maybe I shoulda waited.


    -Mario Golf. I guess we knew it was coming, but I’m just… Why are golf and tennis the only two sports that Mario does over and over again? Speed Golf DOES look fun and has the potential to be fun and hilarious, but that alone ain’t selling me on it.

    -Triangle Strategy. Like Octopath, I doubt the title will change. It seems interesting, but maybe a little niche. All Square is really known for are their countless RPGs and Kingdom Hearts, so to see another new RPG just makes me go “…oh.”

    -Age of Calamity Expansion Pass: Much like the Calamity, more content was prophecized, we just didn’t know when.

    -No More Heroes 3, Skyward Sword HD, Plants Vs. Zombies, Apex Legends, Ghosts n’ Goblins, Bravely Default II, and Hades: Good for those of you who are interested.


    -Monster Hunter Rise: I have so little interest in this series and I still resent my buddy from badgering me into getting 4 Ultimate and wasting 10 hours of my life on it- the games aren’t fun.

    -DC Super Girls Whatever: What. The. Actual. F***.

    -And, as always, NO F-ZERO.

    6.2 / 10

  5. Sorry for posting twice but I forgot something I noticed. For a moment, I was actually expecting a Switch “Pro” announcement because they showed off that Monster Hunter Rise Switch as a “Deluxe Edition system”. Anyone get trolled by that too?

  6. That capcom collection out today looks pretty dope. Mario Golf was the big ticket for me. Talk about a hole in one.

    2 Splatoon games in one generation?! They’re building a good community with all the splatfests. So many team battle games out there, they got a good one and I’m glad they won’t lose momentum by waiting too long for next installment. Was hoping for gameplay, but just looking at the city setting like ‘there’s so much stuff to paint!.’

  7. I guess I owe Nintendo an apology for thinking that Skyward Sword could not be ported to the Switch.
    Welp, they proved me wrong.

    1. Well i can’t blame you, a few years ago Aonuma said it would be next to impossible to have the game without motion controls but here we are.

      I just hope it can be played on the Pro Controller and not just in handheld mode like in Pokemon Lets Go

      1. Sounds like someone hasn’t read the post in its entirety lol. The paragraph on the topic of Skyward Sword mentions that you can also “use new button-only controls to play the game with the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, in handheld mode, or on Nintendo Switch Lite.”

        My apologies if I sounded rude; I mean no offense.

  8. Bummer they didn’t announce metroid prime trilogy, or zelda trilogy. Not going to pay $60 for hd skyward sword. I’ll probably pick up mario golf, I didn’t expect much so overall it wasn’t too bad

    1. It would be nice if they did announced another installment of the Mario Kart series for Nintendo Switch. the president says the life cycle for the system could be extended possibly. I mean, they are trying to create something new and fresh for there consumers to give them the greatest Nintendo experiences in the future that they ever created.

      I still have a few doubts on Nintendo Switch and I still believe that Nintendo will finally meet there fans expectations for there next system development.

  9. The choice of choosing Pyra and Mythra is just the strangest to me; like, they could’ve chosen any other game that has yet to get a fighter representation in smash, like Crash Bandicoot, Kingdom Hearts, Halo, Chrono Trigger, ARMS, etc., which would’ve been a win-win situation for smash and the represented game, and yet they choose to add yet another character whose franchise already has a character in smash.

    I just seriously don’t get it anymore. Steve made sense at least, and Sephiroth was a character who was highly requested, but I’m willing to bet that little to no one saw these Pyra and Mythra coming, let alone even hoped for their inclusion in smash. Even Rex made more sense and seemed more plausible.

    Oh well. These are just my two cents, though.

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