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Directly from Nintendo to you: Switch gets Smash Bros., more Wii U ports, Splatoon 2 updates; Luigi’s Mansion haunts 3DS

The Nintendo Switch came out a little over one year ago — on March 3, 2017. At first, the system was difficult to find in stores or online, but eventually Nintendo addressed those concerns. The launch/launch window titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Cave Story Remastered, Splatoon 2 and many others became an instant hit with fans. The Switch became a hot item.

Both it and Nintendo’s older handheld 3DS, with their portability and wide selection of titles, are perfect for anyone from college students needing a break between their studies to full-time managers looking for something fun to do in their spare time.

The Wii U game Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, itself a spin-off of the Wii U’s Super Mario 3-D World, will see a July release for both the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS simultaneously. The Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy is a port of the remastered Crash Bandicoot games and should provide hours of entertainment for fans of the series new and old.

Mario Tennis Aces is a Mario tennis game and Splatoon 2 is getting a paid DLC “Octo Expansion” along with a big free update.

Hyrule Warriors will be available May 18 on the Nintendo Switch and marks the second port of the game, after Hyrule Warriors Legends on the 3DS.

Also for the Nintendo Switch comes Dark Souls: Remastered, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, Little Nightmares, Okami HD, Undertale, Sushi Striker: Way of the Sushido and Octopath Traveler are all expected to arrive throughout the year, each building excitement among fans of the Nintendo Switch.

A remastered version of Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story is arriving on the Nintendo 3DS. Like last year’s remaster of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, this is an RPG starring the famous brothers, this time on an adventure through the inside of their nemesis, Bowser.

Perhaps most notable is the release of WarioWare Gold for the 3DS. The series arrived on the original Game Boy Advance and GameCube and had an iteration on each of Nintendo’s consoles since, but for some reason has been absent from the 3DS. That all changes with Wario Ware Gold, when Wario will bring his wonderfully frantic micro games to the handheld this upcoming August. It gets even better as, per Nintendo, this game will contain a mix of older micro games from previous series entries along with new challenges.

Best of all, the original Luigi’s Mansion — the GameCube launch title itself — will see a remake to haunt the 3DS. The sequel Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon appeared on the handheld a few years ago, so it is only fitting players will see the original released for this generation of consoles.

Dillon’s Dead Heat Breakers is more of an indie title arriving May 24 and Bowser Jr.’s Story is expected in 2019.

Oh, and something called Super Smash Bros. is coming out for the Nintendo Switch, with new characters like Splatoon’s Inklings and some surprises. Gamers interested in such things may want to keep an eye on that one.

So, it looks to be an exciting time to be a Nintendo fan and perhaps a perfect time to buy a Nintendo Switch. Finish your homework first, though.

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David Buck

David Buck is an author, musician, copywriter, and voice over artist based in Colorado. His work has appeared on Nerdvana Media, The Nintendo Times, Star, EN World, SyFy Wire and across the web. In his spare time, he composes music, writes science fiction, and paints miniatures.