Nintendo Direct shows off Splatoon 2, ARMS and new Amiibo

Alex Kidman 13 April 2017

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Splatoon 2 gains a release date and Link gets even more Amiibo.

Nintendo has managed to ride the hype wave around the Nintendo Switch release with aplomb. This morning’s Nintendo Direct presentation kept that hype going across a range of new titles for the console, as well as fleshing out the future of the 3DS catalogue and unveiling a number of new Amiibo due to hit store shelves this year.

Just want the highlights? On the 3DS side, Ever Oasis will be released on 24 June. June is also when we’ll see ARMS for the Nintendo Switch, launching on 16 June. Alongside ARMS, Nintendo will also launch new Yellow models of the Joy-Con controllers at the same time.

Nintendo’s other big title for this Direct is Splatoon 2, which will be released on 21 July. Splatoon 2 will feature the game’s already established and hectic paint-based FPS (or should that be FPP?) gameplay, along with a horde-style mode called Salmon Run. Why Salmon Run? Because you’re actually fighting fish in this new mode.

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Still on the Switch, Nintendo also revealed a Switch version of Payday 2 due for release in 2017, along with a Switch version of the classic family bore-fest Monopoly, retro gaming hooks via Namco Museum and NEO GEO Arcade Archives titles.

Delightful pink blob Kirby is 25, a number that will make some gamers feel distinctly decrepit but for Nintendo is a source of pride and celebration. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe will launch on the Australian eShop today as a free-to-play title, while Kirby’s Blowout Blast will launch later this year for 3DS. Nintendo also showed off footage from the upcoming 2D-based Hey! Pikmin, due for launch internationally on 28 July, along with a Pikmin-specific Amiibo.

Speaking of Amiibo, Nintendo revealed a range of new Amiibo figurines due for North American release mid-year. Yet more Link Amiibo are soon to be released, with figures based on his appearance in Majora’s Mask, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword landing on 23 June.

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Just under a month later on 21 July, Corin, Cloud and Bayonetta figures in two variants each will launch, although Australian release dates are yet to be confirmed.

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