It would be fair to say that a new Nintendo Direct has been a long-time coming, with it being a whole five hundred and thirty days since the last full-sized Nintendo Direct took place, a Direct which showed off games such as Pokémon Sword and Shield, Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Xenoblade Chronicles Remastered. Yes, it’s really been that long! Nintendo Direct Mini’s and Partner/Indie showcases have gone some way to keeping fans ticking over, but with this year’s release schedule looking incredibly threadbare it was time to see what Nintendo have in store for Switch owners in the first half of 2021, along with a few possible surprises further down the road. Read on for some of the biggest announcements from last night’s Direct.

A Combo of the Aegis

The reveal of iconic Final Fantasy villain, Sephiroth, as a new Super Smash Bros character whipped fans into a frenzy when it was announced back in December, so there was once again a huge amount of hype around the reveal of the fourth character to come to the second round of the fighters pass DLC. Would we finally get a classic platforming icon like Rayman or Crash Bandicoot? Perhaps something a bit more out there like Doom guy or Leon S Kennedy. Well, this Direct soon put an end to those ideas, revealing the new challengers to be Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2, counting as a single character who players can swap between. Some may be disappointed at another anime sword fighter being added to the roster but in my eyes, it’s great to see more representation from the Xenoblade series, with Shulk the sole character from those games to appear in Super Smash Bros Ultimate so far. Pyra and Mythra will join the roster at some time in March with Nintendo promising further details closer to release.

Pyrta and Mythra Join the Battle

The Harder They Fall…

The next major reveal was Fall Guys, the surprise multiplayer hit which took the PS4 and PC by storm when it launched in August 2020. Long rumoured for Switch, this multiplayer title sees up to 60 players compete across 3D stages as jelly-bean-like characters who must reach the finish line and complete in mini-games along the way. Defeated players are eliminated from the game entirely with the winner being the last jelly-bean standing! This seems like a perfect fit for the Switch and it will be interesting to see if it can replicate its success on Nintendo Switch when it launches this summer.

Sleuthing 101

If there’s one thing you can say for Nintendo it’s that they can be incredibly unpredictable, with such an extensive back catalogue of dormant titles there’s plenty of games that fans would like to see revived. Yet few could have predicted that they would choose to revive a Famicom game which launched in the late 80s and never made it outside of Japan. Yet that’s exactly what was announced, with full remakes of Famicom Detective Club and its prequel heading West for the first time. These remakes may have come as new information to many of us westerners but they were actually first announced by Nintendo way back in 2019 for a Japanese release. As a long time Nintendo fan I can’t wait to finally explore something from so far back in Nintendo’s back catalogue. These games take the form of text adventures, with the player examining their environment and interrogating other characters as they solve the mysteries of each title. Both titles will launch worldwide on May 14th 2021 under the localised names Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind.

Famicom Detective Club finally arrives in the West

Where’s Mii Face?

Miitopia, an RPG that which allows players to select and create their own Mii avatars, was a surprise hit when it launched on the Nintendo 3DS in 2017. The game also allows players to customise their Mii avatars as they take part in an adventure across a fantasy world tasked with bringing down the dark lord. Relationships between characters play a huge role in the game and if characters don’t get along they can disrupt battles, this makes managing these relationships absolutely key to Miitopia’s gameplay. Miitopia appears to be an enhanced port of the 3DS game, with improved visuals and new additions including horses.  With Mii’s having been very much sidelined on the Switch it was also interesting to see the return of a game which focuses heavily on them. Miitopia launches on Nintendo Switch on May 21st 2021.

Panic at the Golf Course

If you think that waiting eighteen months for a new Nintendo Direct is bad then you should try waiting seventeen years for a new Mario Golf game on a home console! Yet that’s exactly how long it has been, with just one handheld entry launching since, on the 3DS in 2014. Mario Golf: Super Rush came as an exciting announcement then and looked absolutely lovely, with expansive courses for Mario and friends to golf on. Features were shown off, including a shot gauge and a terrain scan to help players to pull off perfect shots. It was also revealed that Mario Golf: Super Rush would include motion controls in addition to the more traditional button controls. A new mode, which seems to have influenced the name, was also announced called Speed Golf. Unlike traditional golf, this allows all players to take shots at the same time and race around the course in order to reach the final hole. It looks like an absolute blast and I’m sure it will make for some frantic multiplayer matches. Not only that, but a story mode was revealed which allows players to develop their golf skills as a Mii character, levelling up and allocating points to different statistics. This looked very similar to the RPG modes included in the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games and I can’t wait to try it. Mario Golf: Super Rush launches on Nintendo Switch on June 25th 2021.

Mario and Friends Return for Another Round of Golfing Action

Tactical Game… Not so Tactical Name

Project Triangle Strategy, which is in desperate need of a better name before release, was one of the biggest surprises of the presentation and one of just a few titles shown which will be launching in 2022. Developed by Square-Enix, Project Triangle Strategy has an art style which is immediately reminiscent of Switch RPG, Octopath Traveler and that should come as no surprise, as it’s being developed by the same team. Unlike Octopath Traveler, Project Triangle Strategy is a tactical-RPG in the style of Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre. Project Triangle Strategy takes place in the continent of Norzelia and sees three nations battling for control of Iron and Salt resources. You will play as a group of warriors from the Kingdom of Glenbrook who must decide the fate of the Kingdom. Project Triangle Strategy looks absolutely excellent and, although it doesn’t launch until an unspecified point in 2022, a demo is now available from the Nintendo eShop!

Onwards and Skywards

Prior to this direct, many fans were anticipating announcements related to The Legend of Zelda, given the impending 35th anniversary of the series. Of course, speculation varied surrounding whether this announcement would revolve around Breath of the Wild’s sequel or some sort of remake/compilation of older games in the series. As it turned out, the reveal would be none other than the oft-speculated Skyward Sword HD. Rumours about an HD remaster of the divisive Wii game have been rife since Eiji Anouma teased it during a Zelda concert way back in 2018 so it was great to finally have confirmation.

Details mostly focused on the control scheme, a feature which led some to believe that Skyward Sword on Switch may not be possible. Skyward Sword was of course famous for using the Wii Motion Plus peripheral as a key component in the game, a decision which many disliked. However, the game is fundamentally designed around these controls and removing them entirely would drastically alter the experience. Instead of removing them, they are back and apparently more precise than ever in the form of JoyCon controls, with one JoyCon representing the sword and the other representing the shield. However, Nintendo has also included button controls this time around to allow players to play in handheld mode and on the Switch Lite. The directional sword controls have this time been mapped to the right analogue stick. Nintendo even revealed some absolutely beautiful limited edition The Legend of Zelda JoyCons which are themed around the Hylian Shield and Master Sword and will be released alongside the game.

Other details on Skyward Sword HD are scarce at this point and it remains to be seen if Nintendo will also make some quality of life improvements as they did with Wind Waker and Twilight Princess when they received HD remasters on the Wii U. However it was revealed that Skyward Sword HD will now run at 60fps, which alongside the HD visuals should provide a greatly enhanced experience over the 480p/30fps performance provided by the Wii version. Skyward Sword HD will release on Nintendo Switch on July 16th 2021.

Dive Into Action with Link in Skyward Sword HD

There was also one other Zelda announcement, in the form of a DLC Expansion Pass which will be coming to last year’s Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. This expansion pass will include new costumes, an expanded roster and new stages. These will be added to the game in waves beginning with a pre-order bonus available on May 28th and continuing with Wave 1 in June and Wave 2 in November.

Unfortunately, it was also announced by series creator Eiji Anouma that we’d have to wait a little longer for new information on the Breath of the Wild sequel, though he promised further information later this year. Judging from his tone, it seems unlikely that we’ll see the sequel launch in 2021 as many had hoped but who knows what surprises Nintendo have up their sleeves! In the meantime, Age of Calamity and Skyward Sword HD will hopefully provide enough content to keep Zelda fans busy.

Splatting Up Chaos

This Nintendo Direct ended on another surprising note, with the reveal of Splatoon 3 for Nintendo Switch which will be arriving in 2022. The announcement trailer features an Inkling and their companion wandering across a post-apocalyptic landscape eventually catching a train to a brand new plaza, named Splatsville. Little other information was revealed at this point but some familiar-looking turf war gameplay was shown which looked absolutely glorious. Visuals seemed a notable improvement on its predecessors and the opening cinematic, set in a dusty wasteland, hinted at a more expansive story mode this time around. Eagle-eyed fans have also spotted that Nintendo seems to have included gender-neutral options for customising your character, with hairstyles and outfits no longer locked into binary gender choices, a welcome addition! Hopefully, we’ll hear more news soon!

Frantic 4 v 4 Combat Returns and it Looks Better Than Ever!

Nintendo Direct – A Direct Worth Waiting For?

Of course, those were just some of the announcements that caught my attention but there was so much more revealed including The Outer Wilds, Ninja Gaiden Master Collection and Apex Legends. Not only that but new trailers were shown for upcoming titles including Bravely Default 2, Monster Hunter Rise and No More Heroes 3. Nintendo even announced that they’d be publishing a physical copy of last year’s smash Indie hit, Hades. On a personal note, I was delighted to see the return of Stubbs The Zombie, a hidden gem from the original Xbox which has been long overdue for a re-release on modern platforms.

Nintendo Directs rarely satisfy everyone and I saw a lot of disappointment expressed at the lack of Metroid, F-Zero or Breath of the Wild sequel news. As a Nintendo fan, I’d love to see these as much as the next person but it’s important to remember that, for the most part, the purpose of this Direct was to announce games releasing in the first half of the year. Between the titles announced and the already-announced Pokémon Snap we now have a major Switch release coming every month until July and that’s something to be excited about!

Please check out the press release below for further details from the announcement, or check out the video in full to see the full Direct for yourself.

Which games caught your attention? Let us know in the comments!

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout and a new DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate among the many announcements in the latest Nintendo Direct

17th February 2021 – In the latest Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo showcased more than 30 games coming to the Nintendo Switch family of systems – with many launching by this summer! Headlining the 50-minute presentation was the reveal of Splatoon 3, a new game in the splat-tacular series, coming to Nintendo Switch in 2022.

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit

Other major news in the Nintendo Direct video included the reveal of Pyra/Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 as the latest playable DLC fighters to join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – the fourth of six new fighters in Fighters Pass Vol. 2. Additional Nintendo Switch game announcements include The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, which will feature new control options; Mario Golf: Super Rush, the newest instalment in the Mario Golf series with new modes and motion controls; and Miitopia, a game starring customisable Mii characters that lets you personalise your own adventure.

The jam-packed Nintendo Direct presentation featured many exciting game reveals, including Project TRIANGLE STRATEGY (working title), a new tactical role-playing game from SQUARE ENIX; Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, which challenges players to claim the crown; Star Wars: Hunters, a free-to-play online multiplayer game set between the events of Star Wars™: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars™: The Force Awakens; World’s End Club from the creators of the Danganronpa series; DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power, an action game based on the animated TV show; and the physical edition of hit game Hades.

Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

Splatoon 3: In this new game in the Splatoon series, you’ll leave Inkopolis behind and head to a new region: the Splatlands. At its heart is a new city where battle-savvy Inklings and Octolings gather: Splatsville, also known as the “City of Chaos”. Splatoon 3 introduces various new features to the action-shooter series, including weapons such as the bow weapon, customisation options and new movement abilities to bring to the returning 4-v-4 Turf War matches. More information about the full-fledged sequel coming to Nintendo Switch in 2022 will be revealed in the future.

Pyra/Mythra Join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Originally featured in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 as main character Rex’s two-in-one ally, Pyra/Mythra reawaken in March as the newest DLC fighters joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*. Pyra/Mythra are part of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2, which also includes DLC fighters Min Min from ARMS, Steve & Alex from Minecraft and Sephiroth from the FINAL FANTASY VII series, along with two yet-to-be-announced fighters. More information about Pyra/Mythra’s move set, as well as their exact release date, will be revealed in the future.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD: Originally released in 2011 for Wii, and depicting the earliest story in the series’ timeline – as well as the creation of the Master Sword itself – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword now arrives on Nintendo Switch with smoother and more intuitive controls, in addition to improved framerate and graphics. In this enhanced version of the game, running at a smooth 60 frames per second, you can choose to play using motion control with the two Joy-Con controllers in a similar way to the original, or use new button-only controls to play the game with the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, in handheld mode, or on Nintendo Switch Lite. A set of themed Joy-Con controllers will also be released alongside the game: the right Joy-Con controller is themed after the Master Sword, while the left features the Hylian Shield motif. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and the themed Joy-Con, launch for Nintendo Switch on 16th July. The game will be available for pre-order on Nintendo eShop shortly after the presentation.

Mario Golf: Super Rush: Tee off in the latest instalment of the Mario Golf series, coming to Nintendo Switch this year. In Mario Golf: Super Rush, enjoy golfing with familiar Mushroom Kingdom characters through a variety of lush, scenic courses. Mario Golf: Super Rush features several local** and online multiplayer modes***, including Speed Golf, which finds players teeing off at the same time and racing to the green. The game also features a Story Mode, starring your Mii character as they interact with Mushroom Kingdom characters, compete in golf challenges and earn experience points to power-up stats. You can even use motion controls by holding the Joy-Con controller as a golf club. The fairway opens for players on 25th June. Pre-orders are available on Nintendo eShop now.

Project TRIANGLE STRATEGY (working title): In this game that continues SQUARE-ENIX’s celebrated legacy of tactical RPGs, battles take place on terrain with different elevations. A character’s attack range is determined by their location and their equipped weapon, so it is imperative to survey the battlefield before acting. Additionally, the decisions made will affect how the story unfolds and which characters will join your cause. Project TRIANGLE STRATEGY (working title) launches exclusively on Nintendo Switch in 2022. A free demo for the game will be available to download in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch later today.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout: Be the last Fall Guy standing! The hit party game finds up to 60*** players running, jumping and shoving their way to victory. Dive into a series of ridiculous challenges and wild obstacle courses with masses of other competitors online, all with the hopes of making the cut and advancing to the next round of mayhem. Shift between competitive free-for-alls and cooperative challenges where everyone on the losing team gets eliminated! Do you have what it takes to claim the crown? Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout launches for Nintendo Switch this summer.
Star Wars: Hunters: Star Wars: Hunters™ offers a thrilling take on the galaxy in this squad-based, online multiplayer game. Build a team from a cast of unique and all-new Star Wars™ characters, from daring Bounty Hunters to heroes of the Rebellion and Imperial stormtroopers. Face off against other squads in arenas based on iconic Star Wars™ settings. Set between Star Wars™: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars™: The Force Awakens, the free-to-play Star Wars: Hunters launches in 2021.
MONSTER HUNTER RISE: In the new Rampage story event featured in MONSTER HUNTER RISE, hunters team up to defeat an onslaught of monsters attacking Kamura Village. As previously announced, players who want to be fully immersed in the MONSTER HUNTER RISE experience can pick up the Nintendo Switch MONSTER HUNTER RISE Edition hardware, which comes bundled with a digital download code for MONSTER HUNTER RISE plus the Deluxe Kit DLC and bonus content. This bundle launches alongside the game on 26th March. Also launching the same day is the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller MONSTER HUNTER RISE Edition, which is adorned with striking art inspired by Magnamalo, the game’s flagship monster.
Miitopia: Embark on a hilarious adventure with friends, family or anyone you choose, to bring down the face-stealing Dark Lord. In Miitopia, a customisable adventure for Nintendo Switch, create and customise Mii characters of anyone you’d like, and cast them in the fantasy adventure of a lifetime. With expanded customisation features in Miitopia, including wigs and make-up, you can make your Mii characters look more fabulous than ever. Also, you can have a horse as an ally. When you become closer, it’ll lend a hand – er, hoof – in battle. Which Mii characters will you assign as allies… and who will become the evil Dark Lord? The light-hearted romp Miitopia launches for Nintendo Switch on 21st May. Pre-orders on Nintendo eShop will be available shortly after the presentation.
Knockout City: Team up and duke it out with rival Crews in Knockout City™, where epic dodgeball battles settle the score in team-based multiplayer matches. Throw, catch, pass, dodge and tackle your way to dodgeball dominance. Knockout City launches for Nintendo Switch on 21st May.
DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power: Based on the hit Cartoon Network show, play as one of many classic DC superheroines like Batgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Woman as teenagers who must overcome high school, all while saving the city. Each of these superheroes has her own set of special abilities, like flight or gadgets, that can be used in battle. As your teenaged alter ego, explore Metropolis, show off your selfies from around the city on your in-game Superstapost account or rebuild a run-down part of the city. DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power soars onto Nintendo Switch on 4th June. Pre-orders on Nintendo eShop start after the presentation.
Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir / Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind: Two Nintendo deep cuts from Japan are coming to Europe for the first time, localised with English text and fully modernised for Nintendo Switch****. Twists, turns, and drama await at every corner in both of these suspense-filled games. Uncover the deadly truth in Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind, coming to Nintendo eShop as a bundle on 14th May. Pre-orders for the games begin now in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition: Ready the Juice Cannons and prepare for battle in Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition – the wackiest shooter yet! Party with up to three friends and goof around in Giddy Park, or dive into some 8-v-8 multiplayer in Turf Takeover. Prepare to battle solo or in online multiplayer*** in a plant-on-zombie conflict that will take you to the outer edges of Neighborville and back again. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition launches for Nintendo Switch on 19th March. Pre-orders start nowin Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.
Apex Legends: This free-to-play***** battle royale features a growing roster of powerful contenders named Legends, strategic combat, cross-platform play and more. To celebrate the game’s legendary launch, all players on Nintendo Switch will receive a new Legendary Pathfinder skin and 30 free levels for the Season 8: Mayhem Battle Pass. Plus, for the first two weeks after launch, earn Double XP when you play on Nintendo Switch. Fight for fortune, fame and glory when Apex Legends launches for Nintendo Switch on 9th March.
Legend of Mana: The beloved JRPG classic from SQUARE ENIX, Legend of Mana, is coming to Europe with fully remastered HD graphics, rearranged music and additional features. Experience the timeless story of Legend of Mana when it launches for Nintendo Switch on 24th June.
Outer Wilds: In the acclaimed and award-winning Outer Wilds, you are the newest member of Outer Wilds Ventures, a fledgling space programme searching for answers in a strange, constantly changing solar system. Pilot a spaceship to visit planets packed with remnants of an extinct advanced civilisation across locations that change with the passage of time. Explore and piece together the mystery before the end of the time loop when Outer Wilds launches for Nintendo Switch this summer.
SAMURAI WARRIORS 5: With revamped character designs and a vibrant, illustrated art style, SAMURAI WARRIORS 5 dives into the Sengoku period and shines its spotlight on Nobunaga Oda and Mitsuhide Akechi. The game slashes its way onto Nintendo Switch this summer.
World’s End Club: From the creators of the cult classic Danganronpa and Zero Escape series comes a fight for your life … literally! You and 11 others, known as the Go-Getters Club, set off on a captivating journey across Japan, and experience an adventure that blends side-scrolling action with a suspenseful narrative. As you make your way back home to Tokyo, you’ll alternate between working solo and teaming up with the group to overcome challenges and monsters that stand in your way. World’s End Club launches for Nintendo Switch on 28th May.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons + Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary: Items inspired by the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. are coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons******. Familiar items like the Super Mushroom and the “?” Block can be ordered in the game as furniture items, so you can place them wherever you want. You can even place multiple Warp Pipes on your island and easily travel between them. The new Super Mario Bros.-themed items will be available starting on 1st March, following the free update to Animal Crossing: New Horizons on 25th February.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity: Expand your quest to save Hyrule with upcoming downloadable content, as two waves of DLC are coming to the Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass. Newly added characters, stages and more are all on their way, with the first wave coming in June and the second hitting in November. Players who purchase this Expansion Pass on Nintendo eShop for £17.99 / €19.99 will get both waves of DLC as they are released. They’ll also get an additional in-game weapon and costume for Link as a purchase bonus starting on 28th May. The Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass will be available for purchase shortly after the presentation.
Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection: As the brave knight Arthur, you’ll unleash weapons, magic spells and skills to battle monsters across challenging stages within the Demon Realm. Local co-op play is available for the first time in the series. Help Arthur in his quest with one of three supporting characters: Barry for defence, Kerry for transportation or Archie for bridges. Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection launches for Nintendo Switch on 25th February. Pre-orders for the game are now available.

Capcom Arcade Stadium: Dozens of Capcom’s most beloved arcade classics are coming to Nintendo Switch as part of Capcom Arcade Stadium. Rewind gameplay, adjust game speed or difficulty, and select from a variety of display options to relive that sweet arcade goodness. Get 1943 – The Battle of Midway for free, then purchase game packs or the standalone Ghosts ‘n Goblins add-on to build your collection. Prior to the 25th February release of Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection, the original Ghosts ‘n Goblins add-on will be available for free in Capcom Arcade Stadium. After that release, the Ghosts ‘n Goblins add-on will be available for individual purchase or as part of the Capcom Arcade Stadium all-in pack. Scratch that nostalgic itch with Capcom Arcade Stadium, out now for Nintendo Switch.
No More Heroes 3: As the crass, Beam Katana-wielding assassin Travis Touchdown, you’ll fight your way to the top of the Superhero Ranking tournament to save the world. But wait… you’ll also battle aliens?! With a new and improved Death Glove, you’ll have access to a variety of deadly skills that can be customised and upgraded before each match. No More Heroes 3 lands on Nintendo Switch on 27th August.

Neon White: Neon White is a lightning-fast first-person action game about exterminating demons in Heaven. You are White, an assassin hand-picked from Hell to compete with other demon slayers for a chance to live permanently in Heaven. The other assassins seem familiar, though … did you know them in a past life? Neon White, which was developed by the creator of Donut County, launches for Nintendo Switch in winter 2021.
BRAVELY DEFAULT II: Save the Crystals and the continent of Excillant with the help of four new Heroes of Light! Ahead of the game’s launch for Nintendo Switch on 26th February, check out a new BRAVELY DEFAULT II – Final Trailer You can also try out a new free demo for BRAVELY DEFAULT II, available now in Nintendo eShop.
Tales from the Borderlands: Return to the unforgiving world of Pandora in Tales from the Borderlands. The Nintendo Switch version of the game includes all five episodes, filled with classic Borderlands characters and humour. Gangsters, bandit lords and Vault Hunters are just a handful of the obstacles you’ll encounter in this choice-driven, narrative adventure out on 24th March.
Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse: In this return of the action game from Aspyr, you’ll build your zombie horde and take revenge on the city by turning humans into your undead allies. Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse eats its way onto Nintendo Switch on 16th March. Pre-orders are available on Nintendo eShop.
Hades: The winner of numerous Game of the Year awards, Hades is getting a physical release on Nintendo Switch. This physical version comes with some fun extras, including a PC download code for the Hades Original Soundtrack and a 32-page, full-colour character compendium, featuring portraits of the game’s vibrant cast of gods, ghosts and monsters. And let’s not forget the game itself, offering dozens of hours of exhilarating action paired with a compelling story. The physical version of Hades launches on 19th March.
NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection: Three action-packed entries in the acclaimed NINJA GAIDEN series are coming to Nintendo Switch in NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection. Wield an arsenal of killer weapons as legendary ninja Ryu Hayabusa, each weapon offering a playstyle with a different set of lethal skills, along with ruthless ninjutsu to swiftly take down enemies. The NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection comes to Nintendo Switch on 10th June.
SaGa Frontier Remastered: Eight protagonists, eight captivating journeys. In this remastered version of the classic RPG SaGa Frontier, travel through a stunning sci-fi world with any of the protagonists, each with their own goals and ambitions. With a new playable character, scintillating battles and new events, SaGa Frontier Remastered is an adventure not to be missed. The game launches for Nintendo Switch on 15th April.

The latest Nintendo Direct featured over 30 games coming to Nintendo Switch, with many of them launching by this summer. Highlights included the announcement of Splatoon 3, Pyra/Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the next DLC fighter, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, Mario Golf: Super Rush, Miitopia and many more.

James Moulding

I have been gaming for 30 years, starting mostly with PC Gaming, where I developed a penchant for classic point and click games. Over time I discovered Nintendo, starting with the Game Boy and the Super Mario Land games. Here, my love for Nintendo grew as I discovered many of their other franchises, from Zelda to Pokémon. These days I play a bit of everything but Nintendo and their unique creativity always keeps me coming back for more.