Nintendo Direct Hits March 8 Detailing Switch, 3DS Games of 2018

Including new details on Mario Tennis Aces

Nintendo Direct Hits March 8 Detailing Switch, 3DS Games of 2018

Nintendo is streaming a Nintendo Direct on March 8 at 5 p.m. ET, the company announced this morning.

The Nintendo Direct will run about 30 minutes and focus on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch titles launching this year, including new details on Mario Tennis Aces. Make sure to come back here Wednesday evening to watch the stream live on this post.

In January, Nintendo detailed nearly a dozen games for the Nintendo Switch including the new Mario Tennis title as well as some big-name ports.

Here's the information Nintendo released about Mario Tennis Aces during that Direct: A new Mario Tennis game is bringing a new level of skill and competition to Nintendo Switch. Mario steps onto the court in classy tennis garb for intense rallies against a variety of characters in full-blown tennis battles. New wrinkles in tennis gameplay will challenge your ability to read an opponent’s position and stroke to determine which shot will give you the advantage. And this time the game adds the first story mode since the Mario Tennis game on Game Boy Advance, offering a new flavor of tennis gameplay, with a variety of missions and boss battles. The game launches for Nintendo Switch this spring.

It's good to see that Nintendo won't just be talking about the Switch during this week's direct, and will be also spending some time on the 3DS. Just last month, the company cast the portable's long-term future into a little doubt. Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima said that the Nintendo 3DS is still selling so the company hopes "consumers will embrace it together with Nintendo Switch. But as for what transpires in the future, that is uncharted territory."

Nintendo director Jo Shiota followed up by pointing out that while the Switch may seem to be similar to a handheld game system, the technology that powers it is very different. A key element of that difference is what the creators what to focus on with the system: power consumption, performance or a balance of the two.

Nintendo reports it sold 71.99 million handhelds in the 3DS "family of systems, which also includes the 2DS, as of the end of last year.