News April 13, 2017

Nintendo Talks ARMS & Splatoon 2 in New Direct Video!

Written By: Kenneth Seward Jr.
Date: 04/13/2017

Nintendo has been doing a decent job marketing their latest console. That’s not to say that they haven’t also relied on old tricks – they recently released a new Nintendo Direct – just that they are doing much better than when the Wii U launched. I believe one of the reasons we’re hearing more about the Switch than we did with the U is due to the games. There are more “new” titles coming in a shorter amount of time. This list of games ranges from new IPs like ARMS to new-ish games like Puyo Puyo Tetris. Hence the recent direct video; Nintendo was kind enough to release more information about what’s to come.

We’ve provided a brief highlight of the games that were mentioned during the direct video. Feel free to watch it below for a more detailed look:

For instance, they revealed that ARMS is getting a 2v2 mode. Players will be able to team up with a friend to bash to other friends into submission. Throw in the various “arms” each character can use and you have the makings of a chaotic battle. Those of us looking to jump into the fray will have to wait till June 16th, when the game is officially released (I assume Nintendo will release a demo). In addition, Nintendo is also launching new Neon Yellow Joy-Con controllers/Straps and a Joy-Con AA Battery Pack accessory, making sure players don’t run out of juice during intense fights. There’s been no word on how much this new accessory will cost. I’m betting it won’t be cheap given how expensive the Switch’s other accessories are. Still, it’s nice to have this option as opposed to charging with a grip; while connected, they can’t be used separately.


The direct video also revealed a new mode to be featured in the upcoming Splatoon 2. Called Salmon Run, this new cooperative mode puts players against a new Salmonid species. Up to four players can work together to quell the Salmonid’s attacks, all while collecting golden eggs. Doing well in each match will net players rare loot. It’s basically a horde mode with a focus on collecting. Seems fun. Gamers will be able to jump into Salmon Run and the competitive modes when Splatoon 2 launches on July 21st!

While ARMS and Splatoon 2 where the main focus of the direct, Nintendo did showcase other games. They talked about Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition, Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania (to name a few). They also mentioned a ton of games that were coming to the 3DS, including some fun looking Kirby games and a new Pikmin title. The last thing Nintendo revealed was the ability to purchase a standalone dock. Beginning May 19th, gamers will be able to purchase another dock, that way they can jump to another TV without having to remove their main setup.


All and all, the direct was very informative. It’s nice to hear about the games coming later this year. And by the looks of things, there seems to be something for everyone!