Nintendo Direct 2021

They got us in the first half. 

Nintendo had players eagerly awaiting the Nintendo Direct announcement today on February 17, all to hear what Nintendo has in stock for us in the first half of 2021. With recent announcements like Sephiroth added to the Super Smash Bros. roster, the upcoming 35th anniversary for Legend of Zelda, and a few choice older games being mentioned for a reboot, we can look forward to an interesting Direct.  

Nintendo Direct starts out with the new adventure where Pyra had gone missing… Rex searched all over for her only to find her on a lone floating rock. Pyra brings the power of the Aegis to Smash! We can look forward to some of her best and beautiful moves used in-game, but don’t let Pyra get caught in a pinch, as Mythra will awaken and take over the battle for Pyra! Not one, but two! We can look forward to seeing moves like Chroma Sight on unsuspecting Smash players. Not only is this a two-for-one character, but you can change freely between them both! As well as the two characters, you get the whole team for support as well as a new map on the back of the dragon.  

Super Smash Bros. brings Xenoblade Chronicles 2 into the game, with a SMASH! 

Fall Guys appears next in the Nintendo Direct, now coming to Nintendo Switch! Get all that glorious fun silliness on a whole new system this Summer 2021! 

You have 22 minutes before the solar system is destroyed. In this new game, it will reset every time your 22 minutes is up. You can try to stop the sun from exploding, or cruise and enjoy the solar system of Outer Wilds this summer! 

Famicom Detective Club is next to make an appearance on the Nintendo Switch. A Classic JRPG game is brought to North Americas and the rest of the world. Both games will be brought to the Nintendo Switch. In the first game, you’ll look for your memories and try to figure out who did this to you before it’s too late. In the next game, you’ll be looking for a girl whose story is tragic, but can you save her from it?  

A new age of battles begins on our next slide in Nintendo Direct. In this beautifully drawn game, Samurai Warriors 5, you’ll continue the history of your Samurai character, all new designs, and visuals this summer.  

Legend of Mana is coming to the Nintendo Switch! For those of you who remember this piece of work from back in the day, you’ll see the upgraded visuals and sounds. You can join forces with additional characters, where each has their own adventures. You can choose between new music or the original soundtrack. They also brought a new mini-game to the game to help keep you busy when you’re deciding what to do! 

Monster Hunter makes its debut today in the Nintendo Direct. Monster Hunter: Rise brings us back to the original storyline of Monster Hunter, where 50 years later they start to take their home back.  Enjoy updated graphics and familiar faces from Monster Hunter

Mario Golf makes its way back to the Nintendo Switch with new features to enable your golf game. Beautifully redone courses and new music lends to a whole new way of playing Mario Golf. You can now play Mario Golf with buttons or using the motion controls to get a real feel for the club. Plenty of new ways to play Mario Golf, including SPEED GOLF where you and your friends will tee-off at the same time and race to the end of the course. Nintendo Miis are available to customize for your Mario Golf adventure where you will have the main campaign to go from Rookie to Pro in no time! 

Nintendo went on to announce some old games that will be coming to Nintendo Switch in a download called Nintendo Arcade available later today for download.  

Play as Travis Touchdown as you fight all kinds of different enemies, but that’s not the weirdest part. You’ll have to go around town and do some chores and odd jobs, in order to unlock to next boss. The fate of the world is at stake, so get ready to kick some alien booty. No More Heroes 3, available August.  

Exterminate demons in heaven. Play as an assassin in heaven, because someone’s gotta do the dirty world. Use cards to attack and move your character through the world, if you can’t keep moving, you’ll start from the beginning. Neon White, be the last sinner, winter 2021. 

DC Super Girls, play as the girls of DC. Batgirl, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman are joined by Harley Quinn. Teen Power is available June 4, and perfect for that little superhero in your life.  

Remember Plants Vs Zombies? Well, now they have the complete edition available on the Switch in March! You can tackle all the missions, bosses and just enjoy the original puzzle game! With new graphics and updated controls for the Switch, this is a must-have for that Zombie Killer in your life.  

Save faces!!! Miitopia!  Miitopia is making its way to the Nintendo Switch! Join ANYONE on adventures and save or defeat your friends. You can customize your miis even more now as they added new hairstyles, clothing, and sound options.  

Animal Crossing announces that Mario’s 35th Anniversary items will be available to order in March! As usual, you’ll order these through the Nook Shopping, so enjoy them as you can use them as they were intended! Wanna use a pipe to travel? Make sure you put two down!  These items will become available on March 1st! 

Your morals and your strength will be tested in this next game from Nintendo. Fight with Fredrica, Benedict, and others as you follow your chosen path. Project Triangle Strategy, the Saltiron War broke out against the land of Azerala. In a tactical RPG, you’ll need to be aware of how close you are to your enemies. Link attacks together to make stronger spells, team up with your allies to survey the battlefield and prepare for war. Coming 2022, the demo will be available after the Nintendo Direct.  

Star Wars makes its appearance on the Nintendo Switch, with STAR WARS Hunters, coming 2021. Set between Episode 6 and 7, it’s an all-out PVP game. Play as your favorite heroes, and save, or defeat the universe.  

Kung Fu City, play with a team as you run around town playing a ‘dodgeball’ type of game. Run, hide, and hunt down your enemies. Customize your characters with anything you can think of, want to be the dude from Call of Duty? Want to look like Samus? You can do it. Coming Summer 2021.  

The next game based in Japan. Side-scrolling fun for the whole family, making your way home to Tokyo you’ll come across many enemies and new friends. World’s End Club, coming May 28th

Hades is getting a Physical Release that comes with the original soundtrack and a thirty-two-page graphic artwork for you to admire for days on end. Coming March 19th.  

Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Sigma 2, and Ninja Gaiden 3 are all coming out on the Nintendo Switch. Play the original storylines that brought us knuckle-deep in super ninjas fulfilling their destinies. Ninja Gaiden Master Collection, coming June 10th

Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity is getting an expansion pass that will cover the next six months with updates directly to the game.  

February 26th Bravely Default 2 will be available! 

Side-scrolling medieval fun, now supporting local co-op. Ghost and Goblins resurrections is available for pre-order! 

Apex Legends comes to Nintendo Switch! Double XP for two weeks after launch on Nintendo Switch, on March 9th.  

Fall Nintendo Direct for more Legend of Zelda news, including updates about Breath of The Wild 2. For now, they are releasing Skyward Sword HD on the Switch coming out July 16th. Specialized Legend of Zelda Joy-Con controllers are also coming out to add to your Legend of Zelda collection! 

Splatoon makes its appearance next, with a full-on customizable character and pet a new world… Splatoon 3 makes its way onto the scene! Enjoy updated graphics, moves, and smooth handling. New character looks will add to your total custom look! Coming to the Switch 2022. 

So much in the first half from Nintendo, we can look forward to a busy year for all kinds of fans!

Check in, in the fall for the second half!

Five Wii games that still need to come to Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch has become so popular that even ports of earlier games are selling incredibly well for it. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Bayonetta 2 and the just-released Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury are proof of that.

Thus far, we’ve gotten most of the Wii U games on the Switch, save for certain releases like StarFox Zero. But what about the Wii? Wouldn’t some of their games be an ideal fit on the Switch? Heck yeah, they would.

With that, we’ve got a few suggestions of Wii games that we think would be right at home on the platform. Hurry, Nintendo, they’re not going to release themselves!

Wii Sports

Don’t laugh at this suggestion. Wii Sports has become one of the most popular games of all time on the Wii, and continues to sell surprisingly well on the used game market today. So a re-release for the Switch just makes sense, with players using their JoyCons to try and outscore their opposition. For good measure, Nintendo could add Club features to the game, along with online play, so fans won’t feel so isolated as they stay stuck inside from COVID-19.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

We mentioned earlier how we want The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the Switch. And we’re likely to get that. But you know what game doesn’t seem as likely? The Wii release Skyward Sword. This is a thrilling adventure in its own right, and Nintendo could easily bring it to the platform with enhanced visuals, various gameplay options and maybe even some new content for fans to relish. Well, either this or The Wind Waker. Or hey, how about both?!

Sin and Punishment: Star Successor

Easily one of the best shooters released for the Wii, Sin and Punishment: Star Successor is still an excellent game by today’s standards – and a perfect candidate for release on the Nintendo Switch. With different control schemes, fantastic visuals and maybe even the original Sin and Punishment as an unlockable bonus, Star Successor could easily be a hot-seller for the platform. And, hey, Treasure isn’t doing anything at the moment, sooooo…

Kirby’s Epic Yarn

While it is great to have contemporary Kirby adventures on the Switch, it wouldn’t hurt to give his Epic Yarn adventure a try on the platform. It did really well releasing the game on the 3DS a little while back, so obviously HAL Entertainment can bring it to another platform – and with Switch-exclusive features and game control schemes to boot. Oh, and we’ll totally take online co-op as well, if only because we don’t want to leave players…strung along? Heh.

Metroid Prime Trilogy

Finally, since it’s going to be a while until we see Metroid Prime 4 surface on the system, Nintendo should fill the void by giving us one of the greatest trilogies in recent memory on the Switch – and that’s the Metroid Prime Trilogy. The release did extremely well on the Wii, even becoming hard to come by at one point. So a re-release – complete with its Steelbook case and collectibles – would be just the thing to get us by in 2021. Please?