Today’s Nintendo Direct just came to a close, and it was chock full of awesome announcements for the first half of the year. They include a port of Chrono Cross and the first Front Mission, as well as some returning franchises (The Force Unleashed!) and new titles (oh, hello, Disney Speedstorm).
However, seeing this is a Top 5, we can only pick a handful of the coolest stuff we saw during the broadcast. Let’s count down the five biggest surprises we enjoyed during today’s broadcast!
Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series
We have a certain place in our hearts for the classic Klonoa games – and we’re not alone. The original PlayStation games have sold for top-dollar since their release years ago. Now, however, you can enjoy them anew with the Phantasy Reverie Series, set to debut on July 8th.
The collection features the original remastered Klonoa: Door To Phantomile that came out on the Wii so long ago. However, it also includes a pumped-up version of the PS2 classic Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil, which has never seen a re-release. So it’ll be welcomed indeed.
This should please many fans of the series, while also introducing some new ones to the fold. Talk about a dream come true.
Mario Kart 8 Is Getting New Courses!
When Nintendo mentioned some new Mario Kart goodness at the end of the Nintendo Direct, we half expected an announcement of Mario Kart 9. Instead, we’re getting even more courses for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe!
Through something called the Booster Course pass, the game will receive a whopping 48 courses across six-packs, with quarterly releases through the end of 2023. What’s more, it’s reasonably priced at $24.99 – or free if you’re a subscriber to the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack.
The courses look great based on the trailer above, and the first pack arrives on March 18th.
Nintendo Switch Sports
It’s funny…we actually predicted that Nintendo needed to do something like this last month. Alas, here we are, with Nintendo Switch Sports set to make its debut on April 29th.
The game will feature a number of activities, including returning favorites like bowling, tennis, and chambara. However, it will also have soccer, badminton, and volleyball, with golf also set to arrive sometime this summer.
Along with online and local multiplayer, the game will have various gameplay options. It’s nice to see that we weren’t the only ones that wanted this game to surface.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3
The latest chapter in the ongoing role-playing series has been confirmed – and it’s not too far out, either. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 promises the most epic adventure to date, with an intricate storyline revolving around familiar and new characters.
On top of that, it looks absolutely astounding, with the best visuals in the series to date. Not to mention a sprawling world that will take several hours to explore, if not more. We’ll see how it fares when it arrives this September!
Mario Strikers: Battle League
Finally, considering that we already got updates to Mario Tennis and Mario Golf, we figured that another sports franchise would come around. It has the awesome arcade-style soccer game Mario Strikers: Battle League.
In this fun multiplayer romp, you’ll score with specialized shots, team tactics, special items, and more. On top of that, up to eight players can take part in a local match, and there’s room for online social clubs galore!
Get your head in the game when Battle League kicks off starting on June 10th!
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