Watch the Nintendo Direct Mini here; All of announcements listed


While today's Nintendo Direct Mini was a bit low on actual new game announcements, one such announcement stood out, the return of Mario Tennis.

Almost three years after the last game in the spin-off series, Mario and friends are heading back to the court to serve up a new game. The character will also be joining Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, with the trailer showing DK pulling off a fastball special and tossing Rabbid Peach into the stratosphere in his big monkey arms. In Dark Souls: Remastered, players will experience the game that spawned its own genre of games.

Hyrule Warriors is getting one last release. In "Star Allies", you can team up with up to three other players to take on levels. Considering that the primary criticisms of that game revolved around its lack of content and innovations, we'd say that the quick reveal of Mario Tennis Ace's story mode suggests that Nintendo is aware of what went wrong and is willing to fix it. Mario Tennis Aces features new game modes, including a story mode, that fans will want to jump in and play right away.

Motörhead guitarist 'Fast' Eddie Clarke dies aged 67
Edward Allan Clarke - or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke - passed away peacefully yesterday. Commenting on the death, Phil said: "Just heard the sad news that Fast Eddie Clarke has passed away".

New outfits from Breath of the Wild for Link and Zelda will be included. The first of the two updates hits the Switch on January 31st. New content is coming to Super Mario Odyssey too!

Ys VIII: Lacrimose of DANA will also be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Race the clock as you explore every corner and crevice of each kingdom to find the missing balloon. The debut of a new character named Joy.

Continuing the trend of bringing more adult games to the Switch, it's been revealed that PayDay 2 is coming to Switch on February 27. The free update will release for Super Mario Odyssey this February.

Attack in Northern West Bank leaves Israeli seriously wounded
Settlements are one of the most heated issues in efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, frozen since 2014. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman accused the Palestinian Authority (PA) of providing financial support to attackers.

Ports of two Wii U games have been announced - Hyrule Warriors and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.

What did you think of the Nintendo Direct Mini?

Myanmar: Military's mass grave admission exposes extrajudicial killings of Rohingya
Myanmar officials refer to the Rohingya as Bengalis, a pejorative term used to imply they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. The military denied all accusations of significant human rights abuses in a report released in November after an investigation.