Nintendo Direct April 2017 Roundup
The April 2017 Nintendo Direct presentation has drawn to a close, and players are left basking under the wave of new information and product announcements, including a few surprises that Switch owners in particular will enjoy. Presented by Yoshiaki Koizumi, this month's Nintendo Direct saw a lengthy demonstration of Arms, Nintendo's upcoming motion-controlled fighting game, as well as a look at Splatoon 2's new Salmon Run gameplay mode, which promises players "fresh" new rewards.
Kirby, Nintendo's lovable little pink puffball, is this year celebrating his 25th birthday. In order to kick off the series' anniversary festivities, Nintendo have announced a slew of upcoming Kirby titles, including the free-to-start 3DS fighting game Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, which was made available shortly after the presentation. The company also announced Kirby's Blowout Blast, a 3D grid-based game for the 3DS that's set to release this summer, and development of an all-new multiplayer Kirby title for the 3DS that will be available this holiday season.
Switch owners will be happy to hear that Nintendo is gearing up to release a standalone Switch dock, meaning players will finally be able to transport their Switch systems to other televisions throughout the house or even to a set over at a friend's place. The standalone docks will be available on May 19, but be warned: Nintendo has once again stated that they'll only be available in "limited quantities." In addition, Nintendo unveiled a new neon yellow color for their Joy-Con controllers as well as an add-on battery pack for the Joy-Cons that makes use of AA batteries.
Several new amiibo were announced, including three new amiibo figures of Link repesenting the Hero of Time's various looks through the years. In addition, Nintendo will be putting out amiibo figures based on Hey! Pikmin and Splatoon 2. Lastly, the company is releasing a range of amiibo based around Bayonetta, Corrin, and Final Fantasy's Cloud Strife. You can see images of some of the new figures below.
As always, the Nintendo Direct presentation dropped a load of quick bits of information regarding release dates for their upcoming titles. For convenience, we've got them all listed below.
Firm release dates:
Bye Bye Box Boy (3DS) — Available now
Team Kirby Crash Deluxe (3DS) — Available now
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) — April 28
Minecraft (Switch) — May 11
Switch standalone dock — May 19
Disgaea 5 Complete (Switch) — May 23
Ultra Street Fighter II (Switch) — May 26
ARMS (Switch) — June 16
Ever Oasis (3DS) — June 23
RPG Maker Fes (3DS) — June 27
New Bayonetta Cloud and Zelda amiibo — July 21
Fate/Extella (Switch) — July 25
Hey! Pikmin (3DS) — July 28
Culdcept Revolt (3DS) — August 29
Future release dates:
Project Mekuru (Switch) — Summer 2017
Sine Mora Ex — Summer 2017
Namco Musem (Switch) — Summer 2017
Sonic Mania (Switch) — Summer 2017
Battle Chasers: Nightwar (Switch) — Late Summer 2017
Monopoly (Switch) — Fall 2017
Sonic Forces (Switch) — Holiday 2017
Payday 2 (Switch) — 2017 (TBA)
Miitopia (3DS) — 2017 (TBA)
Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition (Switch) — 2017 (TBA)