For gamers who spend most of their screen time on a Nintendo Switch console, few phrases are more exciting than “Nintendo Direct.” Late yesterday afternoon, Nintendo hosted one of these livestream presentations, offering fans a look at a variety of upcoming Switch games and game updates.
One major highlight from this presentation was the reveal of Nintendo Switch Sports, which is a new iteration of the classic (and, dare we say, iconic?) Wii Sports games. The game will offer online or in-person multiplayer action across six sports: soccer, volleyball, bowling, tennis, badminton, and chambara (swordplay). This game will launch on April 29 but preorders are available now.
There is also an update coming to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The Booster Course Pass will offer 48 remastered courses that will roll out through six waves from now through the end of next year, with the first wave launching on March 18. The DLC will be available at no extra cost to those with a paid Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership or on its own for $24.99.
Fans also got an update and trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 3, the next title in the ongoing RPG series. In the game, players take on the roles of protagonists Noah and Mio who are caught in the turmoil between the nations of Keves and Angus. The game will be available for the Nintendo Switch this September.
Other highlights from this Nintendo Direct included new trailers for Splatoon 3 and Kirby and the Forgotten Land and the news that the MLB The Show game series is coming to the Switch for the first time with MLB The Show 22 on April 5.
As for fandom-based updates, the 2008 game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed will come to the Nintendo Switch on April 20, with preorders starting now. There is also a new game for Disney lovers: Disney Speedstorm. From the team that brought us the Asphalt series, this racing game will feature a roster of popular Disney and Pixar characters. Disney Speedstorm will be free to play and supports cross-platform play. It will be available starting this summer.
Check out the full Nintendo Direct below for all of the updates and reveals!