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This week’s Nintendo Direct broadcast will answer questions about two of the biggest games on the horizon for the Nintendo Switch.
The latest Nintendo Direct live-stream kicks off Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET. If you’re interested in watching it, bookmark this page because we’ll be streaming it right here.
The stream is targeted mainly at Nintendo Switch owners and anyone interested in picking up Nintendo’s new console. Two of the most hotly anticipated games set to launch in the coming months will take center stage: Arms and Splatoon 2.
Arms is a fighting game that is reminiscent of Punch-Out! and Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots. Players use extendable arms to punch, block, throw, and perform various other martial maneuvers. While a vague release window of the second quarter of 2017 has already been announced, we are likely to hear a more specific date as part of the live-stream.
Arms was unveiled at the Switch reveal event in January, and it was followed soon after by very positive responses during early gameplay previews. In March, Nintendo showed off the cast and weapons in a pair of trailers. Hopes are high that the finished product will be a must-play release, bolstering the system’s growing library.
The live-stream will also feature Splatoon 2, the sequel to Nintendo’s hugely popular paint-based shooter. Switch owners have already had the chance to preview the game firsthand thanks to the Testfire event in March.
Like Arms, Splatoon 2 doesn’t have a firm release date — it is expected to launch in either in the second or third quarter of 2017 but no further details have been offered just yet.
It seems likely that this edition of Nintendo Direct will be largely concerned with informing Switch early adopters about the games they will be playing this summer, but there could always be a few surprises.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the big Switch game for April but beyond that, the system’s release schedule looks a little spotty. However, Arms and Splatoon 2 both look very promising, and stand a good chance of holding gamers’ attention until major titles like Skyrim and Super Mario Odyssey that are expected to hit later in the year.
Updated on 04-11-2017 by Steven Petite: Added live-stream.