Nintendo announces Super Smash Bros, Splatoon 3, South Park, more

The Octolings of Splatoon 2 were also used to tease Super Smash Bros on Nintendo Switch. — AFP Relaxnews

The Octolings of Splatoon 2 were also used to tease Super Smash Bros on Nintendo Switch. — AFP Relaxnews

March 8th's Nintendo Direct resulted in a raft of announcements for not only the Nintendo Switch, but also the older 3DS console.

Over a dozen games were announced or dated during Nintendo's March 8 Nintendo Direct, including Super Smash Bros, South Park: The Fractured But Whole and a version 3 update for Splatoon 2 on the Switch.

The fifth entry to Nintendo's atypical fan favourite fighting game Smash Bros franchise, for now only known as Super Smash Bros., was announced, though without a release date or even window.

By contrast, irreverent role-playing game and potty-mouthed cartoon tie-in South Park: The Fractured But Whole received an April 24 date on Switch, with two add-on content packs available at launch and a third pack, also part of a season pass, intended for later in the year.

And Splatoon 2, which in July 2017 began to introduce one of the old Wii U console's best titles to a wider audience, will integrate a new single player mode, Octo Expansion, by way of a US$19.99 (RM78.07) add-on midyear, after a Version 3.0 update arrives April with extra maps, new gear, and an extra skill rating.

The Switch's own original attempt at unusual competitive multiplayer, Arms, is holding a seeding event between March 8 and 18 ahead of a US & Canada Online Open Tournament, with a Global Testpunch – a free trial – scheduled for the three-day weekend of March 31, when the Tournament finals are held.

Also announced for the Switch were Little Nightmares: Complete Edition (no date, supports the Pac-Man Amiibo figurine), hack and slash games Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes (no date, co-op mode) and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (May 18, all 3DS and Wii U content), retro role-playing game Undertale (no date), iconic lupine journey Okami HD (midyear) and smooth-looking fantasy adventure Octopath Traveler (July 13).

In addition, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, first released on PlayStation 4 in June 2017, was announced for July 2018 on Switch and then elsewhere, by its publisher, for Xbox One and Windows PC.

Nintendo also ensured that one of the Switch's predecessors was not forgotten, with several announcements for the handheld 3DS.

Wii U game Captain Toad Treasure Tracker is coming to both Switch and 3DS on July 13, while Sushi Strikers keeps with its original 3DS platform and adds a Switch same-day launch on June 8.

The GameCube console's 2001 hit Luigi's Mansion is set for 3DS where its sequel already lives (no date), tower defense title Dillon's Dead-Heat Breakers arrives May 24, and minigame collection WarioWare Gold lands Aug 3.

Finally, combination package Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr's Journey, first released on DS in 2008, arrives on 3DS in 2019. — AFP Relaxnews