Every Major Announcement From the February Nintendo Direct

Nintendo’s long-anticipated February direct was streamed yesterday, and with it, a slew of brand new announcements. As mentioned before the direct, the presentation put a spotlight on Fire Emblem Three Houses. We got an extended look at story details, combat, and several new game mechanics. 

In the game, you play as a mercenary who is offered a position to teach at the Officer’s Academy. The academy is made up of the three houses, the Black Eagles, the Blue Lions, and Golden Deer. As the teacher, you build lesson plans to train your students in battle. Your students can also form bonds with each other, which will affect how they perform in combat. 

Unfortunately, the game has been delayed until July 26, when it was initially planned to release in the spring. The presentation also showed off the game’s special edition, which will release alongside the regular version in the summer.

Also announced was Super Mario Maker 2, with a planned release date of June 2019.

One of the significant new features of the game will be the ability to create slopes, which will add vertically to levels that were absent in the previous game. This feature was highly requested among fans of the series. 

The other significant new feature is the inclusion of assets from Super Mario 3D World. This is a fantastic way to represent Mario’s 3D adventures in the game, without actually including a 3D level designer. The assets of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros., all make a return in this game. 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate teased its 3.0 update, which plans to release before the end of April. We got a tiny look at Joker’s character model, who will be the first DLC fighter for the game in character pack 1. Several new amiibo were also shown off including Snake, Pokemon Trainer, and Simon Belmont. 

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is getting new DLC. A free update just went live which added a new co-op mode, and soon paid DLC will be released for the game which will add 18 new challenges and five new courses. The DLC can be purchased in a bundle on the Eshop right now, and you can even play one of the brand new courses, the rest will be released on March 14, 2019. 

Did I mention that Tetris battle royale is a thing that exists now? Because yes, in Tetris 99, a new free-to-play game for Nintendo Switch Online owners, you get pitted against 99 other players who battle it out to the death in classic Tetris fashion. The game is available right now for download.

Another game that received a spotlight was Dragon Quest XI S. Fans will be able to experience the complete version of the game, which features everything from the original release as well as new features like fully orchestrated music for the game. The game will also feature new stories for each of the main characters and players now have the option to play with either English or Japanese voice acting. The game is planned to launch this fall. 

Nintendo also made some smaller announcements throughout the direct. BoxBoy + BoxGirl is a brand new game with 270 stages, including two-player co-op. It’s the first Switch game in the BoxBoy series, which is launching on the Eshop on April 26, 2019. 

Platinum Games made an appearance at the direct showing off a brand new hack and slash game called Astral Chain, which will be coming to Switch on August 30, 2019.

A demo for Yoshi’s Crafted World is now available on the Eshop which will allow fans to play the first level of the game before it launches on March 26, 2019.

Some third party games will be coming to Switch this year including Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III Remaster as well as the beloved Ninja Theory action game, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Both games will be launching in the spring. 

New details were also shown off for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order which is planned to launch in the summer.   

Toby Fox’s Deltarune is coming to Switch on February 28, with Chapter 1 of the Undertale follow-up being free to download. The rest of the chapters are still in development and will not be free. 

Final Fantasy IX was announced to be available on Eshop as well as Final Fantasy VII being released on March 26, 2019. 

A Castlevania-like game titled Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night will be released in the summer as well. 

Finally, Nintendo finished off the Direct with a huge announcement, a remake of the beloved Game Boy game, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. They didn’t reveal much. However, they did show off a fantastically animated cutscene of the game’s opening as well as some gameplay. It will retain the top-down perspective of the original and features a brand new and totally adorable art-style. The game is planned to launch in 2019. 

For anyone expecting news on Luigi’s Mansion 3, Animal Crossing, or Pokemon you might have been a bit bummed out by this direct, but Nintendo showed off plenty of fantastic new games for an already jam-packed 2019 lineup. What did you think of the latest Nintendo direct? Let us know in the comments!

Published by Nick Forsythe

Filmmaker, Journalist, Nintendo fanboy 🏳️‍🌈