Here's one last present for you all before we roll into the public holiday: a Nintendo Direct, featuring ARMS, Splatoon 2, and a whole bunch of 3DS games. Let's watch.
8:01 AM: The Direct has begun! Hey Pikmin! has kicked off proceedings:
8:02 AM: Ever Oasis is coming out for the 3DS later this year as well on June 23. Followed by that is a new Monster Hunter game: Monster Hunter Stories. It's coming out in the spring. Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Spectres is dropping for the 3DS, and so is Culdcept Revolt on August 29.
8:05 AM: Hello, Miitopia. It's basically a JRPG:
8:07 AM: A "new multiplayer action game" is in development for the 3DS. It's a Kirby game; that's all Nintendo would say. Bye-Bye Boxboy got some love as well, and demos for the whole Box-Boy series are available on the eShop.
8:09 AM: New amiibo for Zelda and Bayonetta. But now, it's ARMS time.
8:11 AM: ARMS will let you earn in-game currency that can be used to unlock new, well, arms, that have various attributes (such as fire, which knocks opponents down, and ice which slows opponents).
8:13 AM: Minmin is the latest character - and she uses ramen noodles for arms, and can deflect punches with kicks.
There's a lot of abilities designed to trigger if you press them right before a punch hits or lands. ARMS was more of a counter-attacking game than anything when I tried it earlier this year, and all the new abilities seem to lean right into that.
Also, this arena is shaped like a bowl. A noodle bowl.
8:17 AM: Before more Switch games, Nintendo are releasing new Joycons:
Tournaments will be built directly into the Switch port of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe:
Oh look, it's Ultra Street Fighter 2 as well. The game will have 19 fighters at launch, as well as a weird 2v1 mode, and a special touchscreen mode:
8:20 AM: Minecraft is coming to the Switch, because of course it was.
8:21 AM: More NEOGEO games, and now it's time for Sonic Forces. It's a new 3D Sonic game, and it's out around Christmas:
8:22 AM: Project Mekuru is a working title, but it looks ... kind of rad? It's a board game where robots jump up and down to flip tiles like it's Othello.
8:24 AM: Puyo-Puyo Tetris gets a roll now. Also, Ubisoft just announced they're bringing a multiplayer version of Monopoly to the Switch. And just after the Nintendo Direct ends, a demo of Puyo-Puyo Tetris will drop on the eShop.
Monopoly also makes use of the HD rumble packs in the Joycons. Yes, I'm serious.
8:26 AM: Sine Mora EX is coming for the Switch in winter, and THQ Nordic is also bringing Battle Chasers: Nightwar to the console. Nightwar is launching first on the Switch as well.
More importantly: PAYDAY 2 is coming to the Switch.
8:28 AM: Namco's bringing a bunch of classic arcade games later this year, and limited quantities of the standalone Switch dock will become available from May 19 through the Nintendo store or "participating retailers".
But let's get into Splatoon 2 already.
8:29 AM: OK, this is baller as all hell. It's like a Grizzco training video, done up like a shitty VHS:
A new mode called Salmon Run is being introduced:
It's basically a wave-based PvE mode:
The presentation basically intimates that you'll get rewards for playing through the various missions. And there's three new Amiibo for Splatoon 2 as well:
Splatoon 2 is coming out on July 21:
8:37 AM: So that's it for the latest Nintendo Direct. Little bit underwhelming in terms of major surprises, but then we knew this wasn't going to be talking about Mario Odyssey or Zelda DLC. ARMS continues to look good, though, and the Mario Kart tournaments could be interesting.
You can rewatch the presentation from the video link above, or scroll down to see the announcements as they happened.