Nintendo’s Direct this week was a doozy. Not only did we get Smash Bros and Splatoon 2 announcements, but the Switch’s lineup was further detailed for the first half of the year. And, it looks a little familiar.
“I’d love to play ____ on Switch” is a popular statement that applies to just about every game ever made. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Nintendo is finding an increasingly easy way into filling up Switch hard drives with re-releases. It’s an easy way to build up a library of releases, but one that is built on quality and not just quantity.
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker
One of THE most underrated games on the Wii U, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker was a phenomenal 3D puzzle game, spun off from the 3DS’s Super Mario 3D Land and the Wii U’s Super Mario 3D World. Well, now it’s coming to Switch. While it’s essentially the same game, this new version adds multi-Joy-Con multiplayer and new mini-levels based on Super Mario Odyssey‘s kingdoms. It launches July 13.
One of the most artistic games in the last 15 years is making its way back to consoles yet again. First released on the PS2 back in 2006, then again on the Wii and PS3, then PC, and again on consoles last year with Okami HD, the game will arrive on the Switch this Summer. For the first time, it brings touch screen controls to the game akin to the DS’s Okamiden sequel, along with Joy-Con pointer controls to mimic the Wii version’s input.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Released last year for the PS4, the collection of Crash Bandicoot games brings higher definition glory to the series. It arrives on Switch and Xbox One on July 10.