Big Announcements That Were Made At Nintendo Direct Mini January 2018

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Ports of Super Smash Bros and Super Mario Maker seem likely given the number of Wii U ports already heading to the system, and there's the return of the Virtual Console too, in whatever form that might take. Finally, the Pokemon spin-off with catch two DLC Waves through its Battle Pack. This will also have avatar items and more.

There are free demos available on the Nintendo eShop for Kirby Battle Royale and Dragon Quest Builders. "Our results demonstrate our customers' enthusiastic response to new products and our ability to execute on strategically targeted promotions".

Kirby Star Allies got some updates as well and is slated for a March 16 release. Hyrule Warriors Ultimate Edition will include all of the DLC content from both the 3DS and Wii U, including every map, mission, and character. It has new outfits for Zelda and Link based on the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It launches sometime in spring 2018.

If you missed out on any of these games when they first came out, then the Nintendo Switch is giving you another chance to dive on in.

SNK Heroines is scheduled for a Summer 2018 release on Switch and PS4.

The Escapists 2 puts players in 10 different sandbox environments, where they must work with other players in the two-player co-op mode or work at it alone, and attempt to flee from the prisons to complete the game.

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Luigi's Balloon World is a competitive mode players can access by finding Luigi in each kingdom.

In and among a raft of remaster announcements, new game features, existing title updates and Nindie news, the highly anticipated Nintendo Direct January 2018 also served up the addition of Luigi to Super Mario Odyssey. This update will be released in February. Considering that the primary criticisms of that game revolved around its lack of content and innovations, we'd say that the quick reveal of Mario Tennis Ace's story mode suggests that Nintendo is aware of what went wrong and is willing to fix it. You'll need to use a special move at the end of each fight to win, which does sound a little gimmicky, but you'll be able to find out when it launches in summer.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will also be getting its first batch of downloadable content with an update that will bring Donkey Kong to the game. It's unclear if this is THE story DLC included in the game's season pass now. The DLC will be available this Spring.

The Switch version of Payday 2 is getting a timed exclusive additional character called Joy, who is a female hacker with an LED mask.

The former is a platform/adventure title, bringing to mind Ori's visual style, set for a 16 February release. And Celeste from developer Matt Makes Games will be available on 25th January. Let us know your thoughts in Chatty!

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