Nintendo adds Mario Tennis, Donkey Kong, Hyrule Warriors and Dark Souls to 2018 Switch line-up

But fans left to wait on Metroid and Pokemon

Nintendo has set out its Switch release slate for the first half of 2018.

After a strong 2017 line-up featuring Zelda, Mario, Mario Kart and Splatoon, expectations were high over what the firm has in store for its fans this year. However, before today the only announced games were ports of Bayonetta 1 and 2, Kirby Star Allies, an untitled Yoshi and Fire Emblem game, and the promise of a new Pokémon and Metroid title.

Nintendo held a mini online video today to beef up its release slate, which includes a number of ports from Wii U. The platform holder will release a definitive edition of Hyrule Warriors on Switch in the spring, alongside an updated version of the acclaimed Wii U platformer Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze in May.

The main new game announcement was Mario Tennis Aces, which will also launch in the spring, while Kirby Star Allies will arrive on March 16th.

Elsewhere, Bandai Namco will release a definitive edition of its cult hit Dark Souls on May 25th (the game will also launch on PC, PS4 and Xbox One).

Nintendo also revealed that fan favourite DS game The World Ends With You will receive a Switch release this year.

On top of this, new DLC was shown for Super Mario Odyssey, Pokken DX and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.

The reveals certainly improve the console's 2018 release slate, although the machine arguably lacks a major tentpole release for 2018 so far.

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