Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Direct in February 2021.
Nintendo’s first Direct since September 2019 is finally here, and fans couldn’t be more excited. This is the first time that the company has revealed its future plans to us all in this beloved format in over a year.
What’s more, it seems that the Japanese publisher has been busy. Nintendo had more than a few major announcements for its fans this time around.
And with roughly 50 minutes of footage broadcast, lots of gamers have something to get excited about.
Without any further ado, here’s what you need to know about, from the February 2021 Nintendo Direct.
All New Announcements – Nintendo Direct February 2021
New Super Smash Bros. DLC Fighter
Kicking things off with a sneaky trailer Nintendo had big news for Super Smash Bros. this time around. The footage initially looked like a new Xenoblade game and didn’t even feature the Smash Bros. intro, in an effort to trick us all.
The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD
It might not be the reveal everybody was waiting for, but the Zelda franchise also had news to share. With the franchise’s 35th anniversary only days away, Nintendo had an exciting announcement to present.
Recently, a Nintendo leak revealed the possibility of a new Zelda remaster. Now, it appears that the leak was only partially correct.
We did indeed get a Zelda re-release, but it’s Skyward Sword that’s making the jump to Nintendo Switch! We also know that more Breath of the Wild 2 news is coming soon.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Expansion Pass
For all those who enjoyed Nintendo’s new take on the Zelda franchise, Hyrule Warriors isn’t done just yet.
In a surprising announcement, the company announced that Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, the Zelda-inspired Musou game is getting an expansion pass.
New content is coming, beginning June 2021, including new characters, weapons, and enemies.
Mario Golf: Super Rush
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Nintendo Direct without checking in on everyone’s favorite plumber. Recent Mario leaks reveal that a new game is on its way.
And now, after the success of Super Mario 3D World and Bowser’s Fury, Nintendo had this to reveal.
The next Mario game coming to Nintendo Switch is none other than the new Mario Golf: Super Rush.
The highlight of the Nintendo Direct for a lot of gamers was the announcement of the long-awaited Splatoon 3.
Nintendo’s most creative IP is back again, for another bout of ink-based warfare. And this game looks better than ever before, with new weapons, moves, and more to enjoy.
We’ll have to wait until 2022 to finally get our hands on the exciting new reveal, however!
Fall Guys was the breakout hit of 2020, before the Among Us craze even began. And the game is no longer a PlayStation exclusive.
In a brand-new trailer, developer Mediatonic reveals that Fall Guys is coming to the Nintendo Switch. It’s time to get our fill of the wacky platformer battle royale all over again.
No More Heroes 3
Travis Touchdown is back in No More Heroes 3, a long-awaited follow-up to the popular franchise. After ports of the No More Heroes games arrived on Switch a few months back, this announcement seemed likely to be following.
No More Heroes looks as stylish as ever, but features Travis Touchdown vs aliens, rather than deadly assassins. We’re sure Grasshopper Manufacture Inc know what they’re doing.
Monster Hunter Rise
Hype for Monster Hunter Rise is so big that fans crashed the Nintendo eShop when the demo came out.
Therefore, it was no surprise when the upcoming Monster Hunter Rise got one last trailer in today’s Direct. The new footage shows off some of Rise’s new impressive monsters that players will be coming up against.
It also gives us a sneak preview at the game’s storyline, as players work to stop the Calamity.
Project TRIANGLE STRATEGY
This game doesn’t have an official name yet, but Nintendo made sure we know that Project TRIANGLE STRATEGY is one to watch.
With a large portion of the Direct dedicated to the unveiling, it’s clear that the company believes it’s got a winner in this game. The title looks like a cross between Octopath Traveller, Fire Emblem, and Final Fantasy.
It features intriguing turn-based combat, gorgeous visuals, and important choices made by the player. We can’t wait to see more!
Star Wars: Hunters
We didn’t think that we’d be seeing a new game so soon after EA lost the exclusive rights to Star Wars. However, it looks like Zynga is the first developer to step up to the plate.
We don’t know much about Star Wars: Hunters yet, but the game is set between the 6th and 7th films. Hunters promises to be a squad-based, free-to-play arena combat game.
From the people who gave you Farmville.
Animal Crossing x Super Mario Bros
Animal Crossing is the game that keeps on giving, and it’s not done just yet. In a new trailer, Nintendo unveiled a range of new Super Mario-inspired cosmetic items that are coming to the popular island-living game.
Wear iconic outfits, place coins, question blocks, and more, or travel around your island using warp pipes.
The new update will be dropping next week on February 25, but some items will only arrive in Nook Shopping on March 1.
When Nintendo launched the Wii console, they quickly realized that they were on to a winner with the Mii function. Since then, Mii characters have appeared in Mario Kart, Smash Bros., and more.
However, sometimes the Miis are lucky enough to get their own games. And Miitopia’s arrival for Nintendo Switch shows that the Japanese developer isn’t done with the concept just yet.
Famicom Detective Club
A fan of games like Phoenix Wright and other mystery titles? Famicom Detective Club might be up your alley.
Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and The Girl Who Stands Behind are classic murder mystery games that are coming to North America for the first time.
These visual novel-style games feature updated visuals, intriguing characters, and two chilling mysteries to solve.
Plants vs. Zombies Battle For Neighborville
The Plants vs. Zombies franchise is back again, with battle For Neighborville. Like other recent entries in the series, this game features shooter-esque gameplay in favor of the traditional survival game mechanics.
There are lots of new features to discover as you jump into the online multiplayer action. Playing the game regularly will have you unlocking not only every character but also a horde of stylish costumes for your new unlocks.
Hades is by no means a new release, having already cleaned up at The Game Awards 2020. However, the popular rogue-like featuring the son of Hades himself has big news to reveal.
Hades will be getting a physical release on Nintendo Switch, featuring unique features like the game’s soundtrack and character compendium.
Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection
Three of the most notoriously difficult games of all time are coming to Nintendo Switch with the Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection.
Ninja Gaiden Σ, Ninja Gaiden Σ2, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge are all included in the collection. Follow the journey of Ryu Hayabusa, who was previously leaked to be an upcoming Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character.
Use fast combos and powerful Ninjutsu to vanquish your foes, as you team up with other powerful ninjas.
Bravely Default 2
The long-awaited follow-up to the Bravely Default franchise is almost here, launching February 26. As four heroes of light, players will embark on a journey to restore the crystals.
Thanks to a detailed job system and turn-based combat, there’s always something new to discover in the Bravely Default series.
And newcomers will be happy to know that you can dive in without any prior knowledge of the franchise.
After an agonizing wait, Apex Legends is finally almost here for Nintendo Switch. With a March 9 release date, one of the world’s most popular battle royale titles is arriving in style.
The game will feature cross-platform play, with a free Pathfinder skin and 30 free Battle Pass levels up for grabs on Nintendo Switch.
What’s more, Nintendo Switch players will receive double XP when playing on the console for the first two weeks after launch.
Other New Nintendo Switch Game Reveals
Besides these titles, Nintendo also showed off the following titles:
DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power
A new and unexpected DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power.
Capcom Arcade Stadium
A collection of Capcom titles in Capcom Arcade Stadium.
Samurai Warriors 5
A new Samurai Warriors 5 reveal, featuring impressive 1 vs. 1000 combat.
Legend of Mana
Next up is Legend of Mana, a fan-favorite finally remastered after 20 years.
Tales From The Borderlands
One of Telltale Games’ greatest releases is coming to Nintendo Switch, in the decision-bases Tales From The Borderlands.
In Neon White, players can enjoy fast-paced action gameplay as they exterminate demons from Heaven.
Knockout City is an interesting take on a Dodgeball game, featuring quirky characters and fast-paced gameplay. Work together with your team of misfits, each with their own powers, if you want to succeed in-game.
World’s End Club
In what looks like a more child-friendly version of Dangan Ronpa, the game’s developers are showing us what would happen if the iconic murder franchise featured young kids – and was almost immediately canceled.
Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection
The iconic arcade series is back, with Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection. Take Arthur on an all-new adventure, filled with plenty of challenge of course!
SaGa Frontier Remastered
SaGa Frontier got its first release back in 1997 on the PlayStation 1. Now, the title is back with a remaster, and some intriguing bonus content.
And if that wasn’t enough news for you, we’ll likely hear more from Nintendo at E3 2021!
Although Nintendo fans were worried about the company’s 2021 line-up, things are looking better already.
What’s more, the long-rumored Nintendo Switch Pro could coming later this year.
Check out the fill Nintendo Direct here.
Which new Nintendo Switch title are you most looking forward to?