New Switch ports and video games announced in Nintendo Direct

The latest Nintendo Direct video went live yesterday, giving us a good look at what to expect for the Nintendo Switch in 2018. No specific release date was mentioned, but it is now planned for sometime during the year. The character will also be joining Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, with the trailer showing DK pulling off a fastball special and tossing Rabbid Peach into the stratosphere in his big monkey arms. A new Mario Tennis game, updates to Odyssey, some classics and indies, and perhaps most unexpectedly, Dark Souls: Remastered. We don't have too many specifics but Mario Tennis Aces will be Switch's return to the court with a fancy new story mode alongside it.

The Nintendo Direct Mini then moved its focus over to Kirby Star Allies, and detailed some of Kirby's new abilities within the game. Porting Super Smash Bros. for Wii U over to the Switch would be a "best of both worlds" solution that gets the franchise on Nintendo's newest console while saving the team behind the series the trouble of creating an entirely new game.

In an interview with French publication Les Numériques, Nintendo France Managing Director Philippe Lavoué stated that the company isn't now researching the addition of 4K or VR to the Switch. Lastly, Super Mario Odyssey will be getting a free update which adds a new competitive Balloon Hunt mode, new cosmetic items and a handful of extra photo filters. Numerous fans have required a remake of this game. This violent heist game will allow Switch owners to play locally or online with up to three friends, completing a variety of missions. It will have standard tennis gameplay, plus a story mode that offers extra challenges and boss battles.

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One of the Wii U's more divisive games, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is headed to Nintendo Switch. Nintendo is aiming to serve up the game this spring. However, that excitement may now be diminished for the PS4 crowd, as it has just revealed there was one fairly significant mistake made in the post: contrary to what was initially stated, the PS4 Pro version of Dark Souls: Remastered won't feature HDR Lighting. This feature will include the Atorius of the Abyss DLC, as well as "improved framerate and resolution". Who knew? EA actually can still make games for gamers that doesn't appear to be trying to pull any shady business on them.

For about fifteen minutes, Nintendo sped through news on over a dozen current and upcoming Nintendo Switch titles.

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