February Nintendo Direct Round-up: Mario Maker 2, Zelda’s Awakening and more!

Nintendo held its first Direct of the year on 13th February. A number of new game announcements were made for the Switch which include Super Mario Maker 2, BoxBoy + BoxGirl and even a new Zelda game. Here’s a round up of all the announcements from the Direct.

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Super Mario Maker 2

The wait is over. Nintendo has announced the release of Super Mario Maker 2, set to come out in June. Among the new additions in the game is the ability to create slopes, something which the fans had been demanding. It will be entertaining to see how players will use this feature in a creative manner. A new Super Bell power-up from Super Mario 3D World, along with desert and snow themed levels will also be included. In addition, a lot of elements from the first Super Mario Maker will be included. We are ‘Super’ excited for this game’s release in June this year.

Tetris 99

Tetris 99 is coming to Switch but with a twist. It’s a battle royale game. The premise of the game is that 99 players are playing against each other and only one can be declared the winner. The previous version of Tetris was undeniably less complicated than Tetris 99, which seems to be inspired by the infamous Fortnite, the game which has taken the world by storm. In Tetris 99, players need to be sharp otherwise they can be eliminated. It’s intriguing to see how they took this classic concept and merged it with recent trends in gaming. The game is available now for Nintendo Online subscribers.

The Legend Of Zelda : Link’s Awakening

Next up is Link’s Awakening. The game is set to be remodeled in 3D. It looks like Nintendo has done a tremendous amount of work to make this game an experience that players will always remember. A whole new world is ready to be explored with new weapons, new missions and much more. Not much has been revealed about the game otherwise. Even the release date is not yet confirmed. However, Link’s Awakening could be the salvation to the forgotten classic games that Nintendo hasn’t been paying much attention to. We hope to see those classic games be reborn in a retro-modern way!

BoxBoy + BoxGirl

This original puzzle platform video game was released in 2015 for Nintendo 3Ds. BoxBoy! even had a sequel, BoxBoxBoy! that was released in 2016. In addition to this, Nintendo also came out with a third game in 2017 titled Bye-Bye BoxBoy!

These games did incredibly well in terms of reviews, maybe that is what inspired Nintendo to bring this game to the Switch. The fourth installment in this series will include co-op play. Teamwork is vital in successfully completing and enjoying this game. Furthermore, there will be more than 250 levels for players to enjoy. Also, After you finish all the levels you can unlock an additional character: a long cube named Qudy. The game is set to debut on April 26.

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes Of An Elusive Age

Dragon Quest XI was released on PS4 and PC in late 2018 and now it’s finally coming to Switch. The game is expected to be filled with different objectives and turn-based battles. The game has a new graphics feature which lets players switch between 8-bit visuals and full HD. Furthermore, players can also adjust the battle speed to their liking, making it easier for newbies. The game is expected to come out in late 2019.


The developer Tokyo RPG, who is behind I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphere, has announced the release of Oninaki, an action RPG game. The art style in this game is incredibly unique and the color palette is very bold. Not much has been released about game play details but we do know that there are 2 contrasting worlds; The Living World and The Beyond. The game will come out this summer.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a tactical role-playing game for Nintendo Switch. Three Houses is the sixteenth title in the Fire Emblem Series. The 5 minutes long trailer shows us how the art style of the game looks heavily influenced by Anime. Additionally, the academy setting of the game has been compared to Hogwarts from Harry Potter. The launch of Three Houses has been delayed but it will be released on July 26.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. is getting a huge version 3,0 update this spring. All we know right now is what Nintendo has teased in the 43 second trailer. 

Astral Chain

The latest exclusive game from Platinum Games for the Switch is Astral Chain. It seems to be an incredibly intense action game. Most people think that Nintendo is famous because of its traditional classic games. However, Switch is changing that trend by introducing new variety of games which include Dragon Quest XI, Daemon X and Bayonetta.

In this game, you can choose between two characters, one male and one female. The character you don’t pick will still appear beside you as your younger twin. Furthermore, players will be fighting alongside a “special living weapon” called Legion, which can switch into multiple combat styles. Sounds pretty cool, right?

Astral Chain will release on August 30, 2019.

In case you haven’t seen the complete Nintendo Direct, check it out below: