After the unfortunate postponing of the Nintendo Direct due to the unfortunate Hokkaido earthquake earlier last week, Nintendo have now come and graced our monitors with an absolutely massive amount of information… With one special little announcement right at the bottom of this post…
Without further ado, let’s delve into each and every announcement made at today’s Nintendo Direct!
Luigi’s Mansion 3 – Nintendo Switch
Starting off this Nintendo Direct with a heavy hitter, Nintendo teased us with footage from Luigi’s Mansion on the original Gamecube, only to then switch over to cinematic footage for the upcoming sequel to Luigi’s ghostbusting adventures, Luigi’s Mansion 3!
Luigi’s Mansion 3 will release on the Nintendo Switch in 2019.
Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn – Nintendo 3DS
The expanded re-release of Kirby’s Epic Yarn, originally released for the Nintendo Wii, is coming to the Nintendo 3DS, featuring new abilities, transformations and minigames, allowing you to play as prominent characters from the franchise’s history! These abilities include yarn ball upgrades, whirlwinds and the new Devilish Mode (Where a devilish imp follows you and tries to drop objects on you like a Lakitu)!
Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn will release on the Nintendo 3DS in 2019.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey – Nintendo 3DS
The critically acclaimed Mario RPG is back! Previously announced, there wasn’t too much detailed for the rerelease of Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, asides from showing off Bowser Jr.’s new campaign, which functions similarly to the Minion’s campaign in Superstar Saga’s rerelease.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey will release on the Nintendo 3DS on January 25th 2019.
Luigi’s Mansion (Original) – Nintendo 3DS
Again, not too much was shown of the rerelease of Luigi’s Mansion on the 3DS, asides from a new co-op mode, co-op boss fights with Download Play, and Amiibo functionality.
Luigi’s Mansion will release on the Nintendo 3DS on January 25th 2019.
Yokai Watch Blasters – Nintendo 3DS
There was a little bit of information regarding Yokai Watch Blasters’ updates, with the game being out now, the next piece of content for the game will focus on the titular Moon Rabbit Crew; appropriately entitled Yokai Watch Blasters Moon Rabbit Crew, the update will feature brand new bosses and characters, and will challenge veteran Yokai Watch fans…
Yokai Watch Blasters Moon Rabbit Crew update will release on the Nintendo 3DS on September 27th 2018.
Splatoon 2 Ver.4 Update – Nintendo Switch
The first of the Switch front-runners, Splatoon 2’s Ver.4 Update was featured, including a new map, new specials, new weaponry and customisation options – All of which was shown off in a rather heavy rock-inspired in-game anime-style opening.
It is currently unknown when the Splatoon 2 Ver.4 Update will launch.
Mega Man 11 – Nintendo Switch
Similarly to Luigi’s Mansion over on the Nintendo 3DS, Mega Man 11 was showcased with a rather standard gameplay trailer – Nothing too new here.
Mega Man 11 will release on the Nintendo Switch on October 2nd 2018.
Mario Tennis Aces Ver.2 Update – Nintendo Switch
Also shown off was the latest update for Mario Tennis Aces, which introduces new characters such as Birdo, Shy Guy, Paratrooper and Petey Piranha – Additionally, fans can now partake in co-op challenges with up to three other friends.
The Mario Tennis Aces’ Ver.2 Update will release on the Nintendo Switch on September 19th 2018.
Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle – Nintendo Switch
Capcom announced a bundle of their finest fighting games for the Nintendo Switch, all of which support online co-op play! The games in this collection are:
- Final Fight
- The King of Dragons
- Captain Commando
- Warriors of Fate
- Knights of the Round
Additionally, there are two extra games that are releasing on home consoles for the first time ever through this collection:
- Armored Warriors
- Battle Circuit
The Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle will release on the Nintendo Switch on September 18th 2018.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – Nintendo Switch
An exciting bundle featuring both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi Bros. U has been announced by Nintendo! Both of these excellent platformers will be available to play on the go, along with two new characters, Toadette and Nabbit! Nabbit doesn’t take damage from enemies, and Toadette can power up with an exclusive item, the Super Crown, to transform into Peachette; Peachette can double jump, can float in freefall, and get a boost back up when falling into a pit. Players only require one Joycon to play, and can support four players on one console.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe will release on the Nintendo Switch on January 11th 2018.
Katamari Damacy Reroll – Nintendo Switch
The legendary Katamari Damacy is recieving a rerelease on the Nintendo Switch! Entitled Katamari Damacy Reroll, this updated version boasts multiplayer versus modes, where players have to roll against eachother to attain the largest size; additionally, the game will feature HD Rumble, single Joycon play, and gyro controls.
Katamari Damacy Reroll will release on the Nintendo Switch in Winter 2018.
Nintendo Online Service – Nintendo Switch
Quite honestly, there’s nothing really new during this portion of the Direct.
The Nintendo Online Service will release on the Nintendo Switch on September 19th 2018.
NES Joycons – Nintendo Switch
To coincide with the launch of the Nintendo Online Service, and the rerelease of many NES titles, Nintendo has created a Joycon bundle that features two NES controllers that can be fixed on the sides of the Nintendo Switch tablet, with bluetooth functionality, to help old and young fans relive the older days of gaming.
The NES Joycons will be available to pre-order on Nintendo’s official store on September 19th.
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu & Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee – Nintendo Switch
Similarly to the Nintendo Online Service portion, much of this section was just previously revealed information. The only new information is the inclusion of Secret Techniques, which now replace HM’s.
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu & Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee will release on the Nintendo Switch on November 16th 2018.
Diablo Eternal Collection – Nintendo Switch
Again, not too much new here. A new Ganondorf outfit and Amiibo functionality was revealed, which allows players to spawn powerful mobs with increased loot drops with any Amiibo.
The Diablo Eternal Collection will release on the Nintendo Switch on November 2nd 2018.
Super Mario Party – Nintendo Switch
Third time’s the charm! Again, not too much new information – Characters now have unique dice that they can roll with unique properties, with some being a pure gamble on the result! Additionally, Super Mario Party will feature online play, so you can rage against
cheaters players across the world!
Super Mario Party will release on the Nintendo Switch on October 5th 2018.
Town – Nintendo Switch
Interestingly, this piece of news is quite juicy – Game Freak’s new IP, Town! Town is the studio’s first new IP since the release of Giga Wrecker in 2017, and Pocket Card Jockey in 2013 – The developers, commonly having been associated with only Pokemon, are setting this title entirely within a single town that players will be able to build up, and bond with it’s residents – Some of which can assist in combat! It should be noted that Town is a tentative title for the game.
Town currently has no window of release.
Cities Skylines – Nintendo Switch
The critically acclaimed city builder, Cities Skylines, has made it’s way to Nintendo Switch! Already out now, the game features the After Dark and Snowfall expansions bundled in. Questions do have to be raised about the performance, however.
Cities Skylines is out now for Nintendo Switch.
Daemon X Machina – Nintendo Switch
A new gameplay trailer was shown off of Daemon X Machina, presenting the game’s mechanics, customization, and multiplayer, which can allow you and three other buddies to team up to slay gigantic robotic monstrosities!
Daemon X Machina will release on the Nintendo Switch in 2019.
Yoshi’s Crafted World – Nintendo Switch
Yoshi’s next adventure outside of the world of yarn has been announced! Yoshi’s Crafted World sets players in a world of glue, cardboard, felt and lace for even more platforming goodness! A new gameplay trailer was shown off, including the new perspective changing mechanic!
Yoshi’s Crafted World will release on the Nintendo Switch in Spring 2019.
asmodee Digital Board Games – Nintendo Switch
asmodee Digital announced that a selection of fine board games will be making their digital debut on the Nintendo Switch! The following games are penned for release:
- Carcassonne (Launching December 2018)
- Pandemic (Launching March 2019)
- The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game (Launching April 2019)
- Catan (Unknown launch window)
- Munchkin (Unknown launch window)
Carcassonne will release on the Nintendo Switch in December 2018.
Pandemic will release on the Nintendo Switch in March 2019.
The Lord of the Rings Living Card Game will release on the Nintendo Switch in April 2019.
Civillization VI – Nintendo Switch
The hit tactical game is making it’s first console debut on the Nintendo Switch, featuring exclusive 4 player local multiplayer!
Civillization VI will release on the Nintendo Switch on November 16th 2018.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas – Nintendo Switch
Starlink’s ambitious Star Fox crossover got a brand new trailer, featuring Peppy, Fox, Falcon, Slippy and Wolf! The trailer was just generic gameplay and a small cinematic with Wolf at the end, however.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas will release on the Nintendo Switch on October 16th 2018.
The World Ends With You -Final Remix- & Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country DLC – Nintendo Switch
Again, similar to Starlink, these were just repeated trailers for both pieces of content. The only new news is a revised battle system for Torna – The Golden Country, and playable Blades.
The World Ends With You -Final Remix- will release on the Nintendo Switch on October 12th 2018.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country DLC will release on the Nintendo Switch on September 14th 2018 digitally, and September 21st 2018 physically.
Rapid Fire Announcements – Nintendo Switch
As is standard, this Nintendo Direct also featured a slew of rapid-fire announcements; here they are:
- Warframe – Releasing on Nintendo Switch on November 20th 2018.
- Just Dance 2019 – Releasing on Nintendo Switch on October 26th 2018.
- FIFA 19 – Releasing on Nintendo Switch on September 28th 2018.
- Team Sonic Racing – Releasing on Nintendo Switch in Winter 2018.
- NBA 2K19 – Out now on Nintendo Switch.
- NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 – Releasing on Nintendo Switch in Autumn 2018.
- LEGO DC Super-Villains – Releasing on Nintendo Switch on October 19th 2018.
Rapid Fire Announcements Round 2 – Final Fantasy Edition! – Nintendo Switch
As for the second round of rapid announcements, Square Enix decided to take over and throw Final Fantasy fans a bone! Their announced titles that are coming to Nintendo Switch are listed below:
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition – Releasing on Nintendo Switch in 2019.
- Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD – Out now on Nintendo Switch!
- World of Final Fantasy Maxima – Releasing on Nintendo Switch on November 6th 2018.
- Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Everybuddy! – Releasing on Nintendo Switch in Winter 2018.
- Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age – Releasing on Nintendo Switch in 2019.
- Final Fantasy VIII – Releasing on Nintendo Switch in 2019.
- Final Fantasy IX – Releasing on Nintendo Switch in 2019.
- Final Fantasy X – Releasing on Nintendo Switch in 2019.
- Final Fantasy X-2 – Releasing on Nintendo Switch in 2019.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Limited Edition Switch, Joycons and Gamecube Controller Bundle – Nintendo Switch
Partially announced previously, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is recieving a limited edition Nintendo Switch design, featuring the original characters that were a part of the first Smash Bros. title’s roster – Additionally, the limited edition’s Joycons take a Grey base, with two Smash stripes running across both controllers. On top of this, the Nintendo Gamecube Controller and Adapter will be released as part of a separate bundle.
The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Limited Edition will release on November 16th 2018.
The Gamecube Controller and Adapter will release on December 7th 2018.
ISABELLE CONFIRMED FOR SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE – Nintendo Switch
Yes, everyone’s favourite assistant is finally taking a small holiday from running your town in your absence! A holiday of pure. Unbridled. DESTRUCTION.
Isabelle will feature as Smash’s 68th fighter, with her moveset focusing on fishing, carrying (And dropping) pots, puling explosive party crackers, throwing buckets of water on people, digging up Gyroids, riding air swings, spinning with pompoms, throwing up stop signs and… Uh… Sleeping.
Isabelle will debut in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate when it releases on the Nintendo Switch on the 7th December 2018.
ANIMAL CROSSING – Nintendo Switch
Finally, after so, so long, Animal Crossing is recieving a fully fledged Nintendo Switch title in 2019. All we know so far is, that during Isabelle’s short absence, Tom Nook is hard at work building homes for everyone to begin their new town life!
So that was it for today’s Nintendo Direct! What was your favourite announcement from the presentation?