The latest Nintendo Direct made its debut just a few hours ago, and boy, did it deliver. While there was still no word on a port of Persona 5 for the platform or, for that matter, details on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, there was still more than enough goodness to go around. We’ve already published a general recap of what was revealed, but here are five things that Nintendo has going for it as 2021 goes on, leading into the gaming year to come.
Let’s take a look at the five biggest things that came from the recent showcase.
Splatoon’s Future Is Secure
We didn’t expect a sequel to Splatoon so quickly, especially considering that Splatoon 2 is still doing well with its updates and recent tournaments. But it appears the developers have some bigger and bolder ideas on the horizon for the follow-up, including customization features that expand upon the original, as well as bigger maps and more gameplay techniques. Oh, and that cherished multiplayer is likely to return, along with potential new modes and perhaps even more single player content. This game’s looking to make quite a mess, though we won’t see it until sometime in 2022. Hey, we can wait.
Not The Zelda We Expected, But We’ll Take It
A lot of folks were wondering what Nintendo would have in store for The Legend of Zelda’s 35th anniversary. And while it isn’t a three pack of classics like Mario recently got, we are getting a long-awaited HD remake of the Wii hit The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Packed with additional features, great control schemes and lovely visuals, this looks to be a labor of love for the developers. And chances are the fans will embrace it too when it drops this July — along with those nifty Legend of Zelda JoyCon controllers. Give them to us!
Finally, No More Heroes Returns
We’ve been waiting for what feels like an eternity for the release date of No More Heroes III. And today, we finally got it. The latest chapter in the saga of Travis Touchdown looks just as manic as previous ones, as he slashes away at alien invaders the best way he knows how. And he’ll make his return just in time for the end of summer, with the game dated for August 27th.
Ninja Gaiden Finally Comes Back To Nintendo
For the first time since the launch of the Wii U back in 2012 (!), Ryu Hayabusa is ready to hack and slash on a Nintendo platform. The Ninja Gaiden franchise returns with a new Master Ninja Collection, featuring all three current adventures in the ongoing series. You’ll need every bit of skill that you can muster as you try to stave off demons, ninjas and other inhuman enemies.
Prepare yourself for choppy goodness when it debuts this summer!
Hades Finally Going Physical
Hades is easily one of the best games on the Nintendo Switch right now, and yet the only way to get it is digitally. At least, right now. Next month, fans will be able to plunk down their cash on a physical copy of the game to cherish forever. Featuring special artwork from designers of the game and packing the entire adventure and its updates in one place, it’s the perfect addition to anyone’s library. No, really, don’t miss this rad game.
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