Nintendo’s Direct conference will focus on ‘Splatoon 2’ and ‘Arms’
It looks like Nintendo will be showing off a couple of upcoming games for the new Nintendo Switch console this week.
The Nintendo Direct conference will focus on information about Splatoon 2 and Arms when it takes place on Wednesday, April 12th, at 3pm Pacific time (6pm Eastern/11pm BST). The event will be streamed on the official Nintendo website, and will also feature information about other upcoming Nintendo Switch titles, as well as Nintendo 3DS games.
Details about the highly-anticipated Splatoon 2 have been slow to release, but Nintendo did allow for a public “Testfire” demo period last month. We know very little about the release date for the game, save that it is due out sometime in the summer of this year. However, the game has the potential to rank right up there with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in terms of popularity and anticipation. With the first game in the franchise becoming one of the best new online shooters of its generation, Splatoon 2 has some big shoes to fill when it releases.
Arms is said to be a brand new fighting game, which will reportedly revolve around the players’ characters having the ability to wildly extend their arms (hence the title). From what we can see in the announcement trailer below, the mechanic will seemingly allow for various different punches to be thrown by the character, making the title something akin to a frenetic boxing match with slinkies. The art style for Arms seems very colorful and almost chibi-like, with some smooth movement and fairly large 360-degree arenas – which should make for some interesting match-ups. In IGN’s preview of the game, they really said it best: “Arms is to fighting games, what Splatoon is to shooters”, which may explain why the two titles are being focused on at the upcoming conference this week. It seems like they will appeal to many of the same gamers, while probably drawing in some new fans.
This past February, Nintendo held another Direct conference which focused more on indie titles. At that conference, they talked about 17 more titles which are being released for the Switch, and mentioned that more than 60 indie games would be released for the new console in 2017.
What do you think of the upcoming Nintendo Switch games, dear readers? For those of you who already have the console, will you be getting these titles? If you don’t own a Nintendo Switch, do the upcoming game releases make you want to get one? Let us know in the comments!
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