Nintendo Direct: Switch games, Joy Con, battery pack detailed

nintendo switch neonNintendo Direct saw announcement of a number of new Switch and 3DS release dates, as well as some new bits of Switch hardware.

These are the dates that people have been waiting for.

At last night’s Nintendo Direct they announced the release dates for top tiles such as Splatoon 2, Arms and many more.

Switch games release dates

So, when can we expect these titles to land on the shelves?


  • Splatoon 2 arrives on July 21st
  • Arms hits shelves on June 16th

The rest

  • Puyo Puyo Tetris – April 25th
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – April 28th
  • Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition – May 11th
  • Disgaea 5 Complete – May 26th
  • Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers – May 26th
  • Fate/Extella – July 25th

Namco Museum, Sine Mora EX and BattleChasers: Nightwar will arrive in the summer with Sonic Forces, Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition and Payday 2 arriving later in the year.

New hardware

Nintendo also revealed a brand new Joy Con colour – Neon Yellow. You might have noticed it at the top of this article 😉

This not-so-subtle hue is due on June 16th. It also lands at the same time as a new Joy Con battery pack.

new switch joyconThe pack will extend the battery life of the wireless controllers using two AA batteries.

I didn’t notice if they actually mentioned quite how much extra life this pack will add to the Joy Con’s current 20-hour charge life.


There is also a new third party accessory.

InDemand Design’s SwitchCharge will add extended game-play time amongst other features.

SwichChargeAs well as the hours of additional run time, the SwitchCharge brings a stronger stand and in-built cartridge storage.

switch charge indiegogoIt also swaps the charging port from the bottom to the side of the device, making charging while playing a lot more practical.

The device in currently being funded on IndieGoGo, where it has smashed its $80k goal.

Watch Nintendo Direct

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