Waiting for Nintendoâ€™s next Nintendo Direct was starting to become a meme, and at times it felt like the company was even trolling us on Twitter with their nonsensical imagery. Yesterday, with practically no announcement at all, they dropped a â€˜miniâ€™ Direct on us with lots of great games and details.
Iâ€™m just going to touch on a few of my favorites and stand-outs, but you can find all of the games and info on Nintendoâ€™s official site for the Jan 11th Direct.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
The DK franchise makes its first step onto the Switch with a rerelease of the 2014 Wii U game Tropical Freeze. Generally well received, the game was known for being brutally difficult. I can honestly admit that even after growing up with the SNES versions of the Donkey Kong Country games (which were no cake walk), I was still getting my bananas kicked by the levels in Tropical Freeze.
With the port to Switch, Nintendo is introducing a beginner-friendly mode, and the ability to play as Funky Kong who gets to double jump and do infinite rolls and corkscrews. Heâ€™s basically Uber Kong… and I will probably use him exclusively.
This is great for the Switch and for Donkey Kong fans. The game was trapped on the Wii U, which all things considered was a poorly performing console. I hope this exposes a much broader base of players to a great game and franchise, and sparks the continued creation and evolution of the games.
Mario Tennis Aces
Mario sports games are always way better than you might think. I remember the soccer games and past tennis games being loads of fun. Iâ€™m excited to get my hands on the Mario Tennis Aces and see what kind of fun it can bring to the Switch.
There will be a story mode with boss battles, and certainly lots of familiar faces from the Nintendo properties.
My biggest hope is for online multiplayer. I know that the past games did, though Iâ€™m not sure you could create friend rooms. Without online multiplayer, this will be a huge disappointment for me.
Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition
I havenâ€™t played any of the past games like Hyrule Warriors. I know Graev is super into them. Heâ€™s played this style of game for Fire Emblem, some Anime, and definitely Hyrule Warriors.
Whatâ€™s cool about this one is that itâ€™ll combine the Wii U and 3Ds DLC/content all into one game making it, well, definitive.
Iâ€™m also hoping beyond hope for online multiplayer for this one.
There has never been a better time to own a Switch. I keep saying that. Iâ€™ve convinced 3 friends to get one, and now they all play way more than I do. If you havenâ€™t given the console the fair look it deserves, hopefully some of these games will change your mind.