All The Nintendo Switch Direct News & Games For February 2019 Stream

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Nintendo's latest Direct presentation has concluded, and--as promised--it brought plenty of information about new Switch games. In addition, we got welcome updates on existing Switch games, with new free and paid DLC coming to a bunch of our favorite titles. Let's get in to all the biggest news from the Direct.

Super Mario Maker 2 has been announced, with a release window of June this year. Read more: Super Mario Maker 2 Announced For Nintendo Switch.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's 3.0 update has been detailed, and we also got a confirmed release date for the upcoming DLC character Joker. Additionally, three more Smash-themed Amiibo figures are on the way, depicting Pokemon Trainer, Metal Gear Solid's Snake, and Castlevania's Simon Belmont. Read more: Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.0 Update And Joker Release Detailed; New Amiibo Revealed.

Zelda: Link's Awakening Remake Announced For Switch

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If you haven't already, you can catch up on all the biggest news from the latest Nintendo Direct here, but the showstopper was new Zelda game for the Switch. Nintendo closed out its latest Direct presentation by unveiling a remake of the beloved Game Boy game The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, which is being "reborn as a new experience" on the hybrid console later this year.

Nintendo didn't share many details about the Link's Awakening remake, but it retains the same top-down perspective as the original, making it the first new 2D Zelda game for Switch. It also features a visual style reminiscent of A Link Between Worlds, the 3DS follow-up to A Link to the Past.

Link's Awakening originally launched for Game Boy back in 1993, with an updated color version (dubbed Link's Awakening DX) following in 1998. Unlike most other games in the series, it isn't set in Hyrule, but rather the mysterious Koholint Island. After being shipwrecked, Link washes ashore the island and can only escape by retrieving eight magical instruments and waking the isle's guardian, the Wind Fish.

Zelda: Link's Awakening Remake Revealed For Nintendo Switch

about X hours ago from

If you haven't already, you can catch up on all the biggest news from the latest Nintendo Direct here, but the showstopper was the new Zelda game for Switch. Nintendo closed out its latest Direct presentation by unveiling a remake of the beloved Game Boy game The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, which is being "reborn as a new experience" on the hybrid console later in 2019. A specific release date was not announced.

Nintendo didn't share many details about the Link's Awakening remake, but it retains the same top-down perspective as the original, making it the first new 2D Zelda game for Switch. It also features a visual style reminiscent of A Link Between Worlds, the 3DS follow-up to A Link to the Past.

Link's Awakening originally launched for Game Boy back in 1993, with an updated color version (dubbed Link's Awakening DX) following in 1998. Unlike most other games in the series, it isn't set in Hyrule, but rather the mysterious Koholint Island. After being shipwrecked, Link washes ashore the island and can only escape by retrieving eight magical instruments and waking the isle's guardian, the Wind Fish.

The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening Remake Announced For Switch

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A new Zelda game is coming to Switch. Nintendo closed out its latest Direct presentation by unveiling a remake of the beloved Game Boy game The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, which is being "reborn as a new experience" on the hybrid console later this year.

Nintendo didn't share many details about the Link's Awakening remake, but it retains the same top-down perspective as the original, making it the first new 2D Zelda game for Switch. It also features a visual style reminiscent of A Link Between Worlds, the 3DS follow-up to A Link to the Past.

Link's Awakening originally launched for Game Boy back in 1993, with an updated color version (dubbed Link's Awakening DX) following in 1998. Unlike most other games in the series, it isn't set in Hyrule, but rather the mysterious Koholint Island. After being shipwrecked, Link washes ashore the island and can only escape by retrieving eight magical instruments and waking the isle's guardian, the Wind Fish.

Astral Chain From Platinum Announced For Nintendo Switch

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Near the end of the latest Nintendo Direct presentation, the company debuted the latest action game from Platinum Games. It's called Astral Chain, and it's closer than you might realize. The game is set to debut exclusively on Switch on August 30.

Astral Chain takes place in a futuristic city, as players inhabit a special forces unit paired with a living weapon called Legion. The gameplay centers around this partnership, as you'll pull off combat combos and exploration with the assistance of the robotic creature.

The game is the latest from Takahisa Taura, the designer behind Nier Automata and the project is being supervised by Bayonetta creator Hideki Kamiya. It shows in the fluid combat that has become Platinum's signature style. The Nintendo Direct also took a moment to reiterate that Bayonetta 3 is still on its way.

Final Fantasy 9 Out Today On Switch, Final Fantasy 7 Coming Next Month

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Back in September, Square Enix announced it will bring a slate of modern-era Final Fantasy games to Nintendo Switch (as well as Xbox One) in 2019, including the classic PS One entries Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy IX. The former was recently featured in a new Switch commercial that teased it would hit the console "soon," and now we know exactly when.

During the latest Direct presentation, Nintendo revealed that Final Fantasy VII is launching for Switch next month, on March 26. The spin-off Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy is also set to arrive next month, on March 20, but fans won't have to wait that long to play Final Fantasy IX; that game will be available in the Switch Eshop later today, February 13.

Beyond those titles, Square Enix is also bringing Final Fantasy X, X-2, and XII: The Zodiac Age to both Switch and Xbox One this year. The X and X-2 HD Remaster collection will arrive on April 16, with Final Fantasy XII following several weeks later, on April 30. The publisher has also previously announced a PS4 and Switch port of Final Fantasy: The Crystal Chronicles, but no release date has been confirmed yet.

Assassin's Creed 3 Remaster's Nintendo Switch Release Date Confirmed

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Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed III Remaster will be available on Nintendo Switch on May 21. The confirmation was provided during the Nintendo Direct, and confirms rumors from earlier in the year. The game has already been confirmed for release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 29.

Alongside an updated version of Assassin's Creed III, the package will include a remaster of PlayStation Vita title Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, and the Tyranny of King Washington DLC. For those that have Assassin's Creed Odyssey's season pass, this remaster will be available at no extra cost. The Switch version will have new gameplay features such as aiming using motion control, and some touch-based gameplay too.

Assassin's Creed III was first released for PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and Wii U in 2012. We awarded the game an 8.5/10 in our Assassin's Creed III review; critic Kevin VanOrd said it "expands the series' gameplay in enjoyable and sensible ways."

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Announced For Nintendo Switch

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During the February 2019 Nintendo Direct, the company announced that Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice will be getting a Switch release. The acclaimed action game, which explores mental illness in a Norse mythology setting, has a release window of Spring 2019.

Nintendo didn't provide many details about the port during the presentation. Hellblade was originally a PlayStation 4 console exclusive (that was also available on PC), and it came to Xbox One in April 2018.

GameSpot awarded it an 8/10 in our Hellblade review, calling it "a spellbinding and sympathetic game about loss and redemption." It was also one of GameSpot's top 10 games of 2017.

Deltarune: Chapter 1 Announced For Switch, Will Be Free

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During the February 2019 Nintendo Direct, the company revealed that Toby Fox's Deltarune will be coming to Switch. Chapter 1 of the Undertale follow-up will be available for free, while later chapters--which are "currently in development"--will not. In true Toby Fox fashion, the announcement was made with "a censored, spoiler-free trailer" featuring tons of Undertale's Annoying Dog, which was later confirmed to not be in Deltarune at such high quantities.

Undertale, which first released on PC in 2015, came to Switch in September 2018. Deltarune: Chapter 1 is getting its port much more quickly; it first released late last year on PC to a very excited Undertale fanbase. Toby Fox stated that the game is far from finished and that Chapter 1 is a demo for what's hopefully to come.

Deltarune: Chapter 1 will release on the Switch Eshop on February 28. We loved what we saw when we first played it on PC.

Fortnite Dev Slams Lawsuits: "No One Can Own A Dance Step"

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Epic Games has been sued by a number of people, including Backpack Kid, rapper 2 Milly, and Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, over claims that the studio stole their dance moves to use in Fortnite. Now, Epic Games has released a memorandum in which it seeks to have at least one of the lawsuits dismissed on the grounds that "no one can own a dance step."

A document filed in California court this week seeks to have rapper Terrence "2 Milly" Ferguson's lawsuit tossed out. It states that Ferguson's claims are "fundamentally at odds with free speech principles." The letter states, "Copyright law is clear that individual dance steps and simple dance routines are not protected by copyright." Epic asserts that such dance moves are actually "building blocks of free expression," and Epic says they are in the public domain.

Epic also said in its note that the "Swipe It" dance emote, which is the one in question, varies from the move that 2 Milly made popular. One example is that 2 Milly's dance move, which is referred to as "the Dance Step" in the letter, features the torso, shoulders, and head face forward while the ribs move side to side. For the Swipe It emote, the torso, shoulders, and head turn to the side while the ribs remain in place. Additionally, 2 Milly's actual dance move is faster than Swipe It. Put shortly, "the works simply are not substantially similar," Epic said.