After a delay due to the unfortunate earthquake in Hokkaido last week, Nintendo was finally ready for their Nintendo Direct presentation. We’ve compiled all the details here with pictures from the presentation. This direct was focused on upcoming Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch announcements, with plenty of new surprises. Read on below to see what was announced.
Starting off, Nintendo teased Luigi’s Mansion 3 (working title) coming in 2019 for the Nintendo Switch. While no further details were given, we got to see a bit of gameplay for the upcoming title. Looks like it might be Next Level Games’ new title, but we have yet to see who the developer is.
Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn is coming to the Nintendo 3DS, a port of the classic Wii platformer. This was a clever and fun little game that did a great job with the visuals for the limited hardware. All the stages from the Wii version return, but now there will be added 3DS content. Kirby will now be able to craft bigger yarn balls to throw and use wind to draw in beads from a distance. Devilish Mode is also being added for fans that want more of a challenge. New mini games featuring King Dedede and Metaknight are also being added to the game. Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn is set to release sometime next year.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story for the Nintendo 3DS is getting an extra mode. Titled Bowser Jr.’s Journey, players will have a mode similar to the Bowser’s Minions mode in the Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga remake. Bowser Jr. seeks to find his own cure to the Blorbs illness. Gathering allies and creating battle formations, players can enjoy this strategy game as well as the main adventure. Mario & Luigi: Boswer’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey comes out January 11th, 2019.
The Luigi’s Mansion remake for the Nintendo 3DS is coming soon, now with added 2-player co-op. If both players own the game, they can explore the entire mansion together. If only one person owns it however, then players can still battle bosses together using Download Play. Amiibo support has also been added, using the Boo, Toad, and the two Luigi amiibo. The Boo amiibo will reveal hidden Boo’s in the mansion and the Toad amiibo will heal you. The Luigi amiibo (both Super Mario Bros. and Super Smash Bros. series) has yet to be detailed, though it seems t revive you. Luigi’s Mansion will come out on October 12th for the Nintendo 3DS.
Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps and Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad are getting new content. On September 27th, a free software update will add the Moon Rabbit Crew content. This will open up new missions, new areas to explore, new Yo-Kai, and bonuses for linking save data. Both versions of the game are currently available now.
Getting to more Switch content, Splatoon 2 is getting a version 4.0 update. Starting today, players can download the new update and access the new Kensa collection gear. In early October, a final DLC stage will be released, as well as more gear from the Kensa collection. New weapons and gear will be added up until December, and Splatfests will be supported until July 2019. Looks like Nintendo is getting ready to wrap up support on Splatoon 2, which may mean they may branch out into newer games in the franchise.
Getting further into the update, there will be significant changes to Splatfests. Solo and Team battles will be replaced by Normal and Pro modes. Normal will allow players to go solo or play with up to three members from the same Splatfest team. The amount of ink you make in matches will determine how much clout you have. Win streaks will also have an effect on matchmaking as it will try to match teams up to others with similar win streaks. The game will also nickname your team based on styles, weapons and other gear used in battles, also giving a bonus to players that match.
Getting to Pro mode, that will allow players to battle to the top on their own. Players will get more clout for taking down players with more Splatfest power. Do well enough and you’ll be able to join the Splatfest top 100 player list. 10X times battles will also occur, giving players a random chance of getting a 10X, or even a super rare 100X contribution bonus. Teams winning these matches will be featured on the big screen in Inkopolis.
Nintendo showed off new footage from Mega Man 11, giving more gameplay for Bounce Man’s stage. More details were released about the exclusive amiibo support as well. Players can scan the two Mega Man amiibo once a day to earn items like E-tanks and more. There’s a demo currently available now for Mega Man 11, and you can check out our preview here. The game will be out on October 2nd for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Version 2.0 has been announced for Mario Tennis Aces, adding four new characters to the game. Birdo (all-around), Shy Guy (technical), Koopa Paratroopa (technical), and Petey Piranha (powerful). By playing online tournaments, players can unlock these characters early for free. It was also mentioned that character updates would keep going until June. New co-op challenges are also being added, and completing them will unlock new outfits and alternate colors for characters on the roster. This update will be available next week on September 19th, and is just the first of many future updates planned.
Capcom announced the Capcom Beat’Em Up Bundle coming to the Nintendo Switch during the presentation. This bundle packages seven titles together all for an MSRP of $19.99. Included in this bundle are classics like Final Fight and Captain Commando, as well as The King of Dragons, Knights of the Round, and Warriors of Fate. For the first time, players can also experience Battle Circuit and Armored Warriors in this bundle as well. Each game will offer drop-in co-op both locally and online, and will even have several accessibility options. Detailed galleries will also be included for the games, offering artwork, history and more. The Capcom Beat’Em Up Bundle will release next week on September 18th for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
The popular Wii U hit New Super Mario Bros. U is getting ported to the Nintendo Switch. Titled New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, the game is getting a few additions. Nabbit, who was playable in New Super Luigi U (also included), is returning to the main game, with invulnerability from enemy damage. Toadette is also being added, but with a unique feature where she can pick up the Super Crown to become Peachette. This gives her a double jump, a floating descent, and a second-chance when falling in pits. The game still supports 4-player local co-op and now adds the portability with the Nintendo Switch. The game will release on January 11th, 2019, the same day as Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey.
Bandai Namco joins the Nintendo Direct party by announcing Katamari Damacy REROLL for the Nintendo Switch. Remastering the PlayStation 2 classic in HD, the quirky ball rolling game makes its debut on Switch. New gyro controls and HD rumble have been added to the experience and players can even enjoy 2-player battles with individual joy-cons. The Nintendo Direct slated it for a Winter 2018 release, but Bandai Namco has clarified a December 7th release for both Nintendo Switch and PC.
Nintendo gave a presentation dedicated to the Nintendo Switch Online service launching next Friday as well. This subscription will be required to play games online, including popular titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, and Fortnite Battle Royale. The subscription will also allow cloud saving for most titles (select online titles will not be supported). Among the biggest features in the NES library, as games will constantly be added for fans to play both offline and online.
Players can also use the Nintendo Online smartphone app to use voice chat in select games. Finally, Nintendo said there would be special offers, but they didn’t detail what those would be just yet. The service will offer a 7 day free trial, and will be priced as follows: 1 month for $3.99, 3 months for $7.99, 12 months for $19.99, and 12 months for up to 7 users on a family account at $34.99.
With the Nintendo Switch Online service having NES games, Nintendo also took the opportunity to announce new controllers. Official wireless NES controllers will become available for the Nintendo Switch. They’ll be able to charge off the side of the system, and they’ll come in a two pack for $59.99 MSRP. Pre-orders will begin on September 18th, 2018, the same day as the launch of the online service.
Though previously announced, the Pokémon: Let’s Go games got a bit of information regarding some updates. Hidden Machines (HM’s) will no longer be available in the game, now replaced with special techniques used by your partner Pokemon. This means Pikachu can not only cut trees, but he can also surf on a surfboard with the player. Nintendo also wanted to show the new hardware bundles, also previously announced. Coming with either Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, the system will also come with a Pokéball Plus controller. The bundles will also come with a special edition set of joy-cons and a special edition dock.
Blizzard already announced Diablo III for the Nintendo Switch, but now we have a few more details. With Diablo III: Eternal Collection on the Switch, players will have access to all the previously released content. This includes all player classes (including the Necromancer), the Reaper of Souls expansion, and online multiplayer. The game will also include local multiplayer, either with multiple Switches or on one Switch for couch co-op. The Nintendo Switch version will also include an exclusive transmog armor based on Ganondorf from The Legend of Zelda series, as well as amiibo support. Amiibo will be able to summon special enemies that will drop special loot. The Diablo III: Eternal Collection will be available on November 2nd.
Getting to Super Mario Party, the first entry on the Nintendo Switch, new details have been announced. New standalone minigames have been revealed, like Sound Stage, where players will strike a pose by moving the Joy-con controllers. There is also River Survival, the first 4-player co-op minigame that will have players rowing a raft down a river. Using Toad’s Rec Room, players can connect two Switch consoles to make a unique experience. Fans will be happy to see that the party kart is now gone and the game is back to a traditional board game style. With over 80 new minigames and an all new online minigame marathon mode, Super Mario Party will likely ruin friendships for years to come on October 5th.
Game Freak Inc. is developing a new RPG with the working title of Town. Set entirely in a small village, peaceful lifestyles are interrupted by the appearance formidable monsters. Players will use an extensive amount of battle options at their disposal, including the ability to call other villagers for help. Releasing sometime in 2019, we’ll likely see more of this Nintendo Switch RPG in the future Nintendo Directs.
Cities: Skylines is coming to the Nintendo Switch with Cities: Skylines Nintendo Switch Edition. This includes Cities Skylines: After Dark and Cities Skylines: Snowfall. The popular city sim seems like a perfect fit for the system. Despite this, the presentation seems to show some performance issues that need to be worked out. Hopefully Paradox Interactive will maintain steady support for the game. Cities: Skylines Nintendo Switch Edition is available today on the Nintendo eShop.
New footage for Daemon X Machina released during the presentation today. The inhabitants of the world are close to extinction and it’s up to the player and their Arsenal mech to stop an AI threat. Defeat enemies and take their parts to equip as soon as you acquire them. Take extra parts back to base and you’ll be able to use them in future missions. Players can exit the Arsenal and explore on foot during missions, and they can even enhance their abilities, causing extra effects in the Arsenal. It was also revealed that up to four players can team up together online to defeat challenging bosses when the game launches in 2019.
The Yoshi title on the Nintendo Switch officially has a name. Yoshi’s Crafted World is coming to Nintendo Switch, taking the patchwork design from Yoshi’s Woolly World a step further. Using paper, cardboard and other crafting materials, the world has a colorful look similar to titles like LittleBigPlanet. Now with added 3D elements, this platformer seems to combine 2D and 3D for new gameplay features. One of the main new changes is the ability to turn the stage around and view it from behind. This makes for some interesting level design and it will surely be a fun new gimmick for the little green dino. The game is expected to release next Spring.
Asmodee Digital announced several tabletop games coming to the Nintendo Switch. Seeming like a perfect fit, fans can enjoy popular games like Carcassonne, Pandemic, and Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game. Other games like Catan Universe and Munchkin will also be getting the Nintendo Switch treatment. Supporting local multiplayer and providing expansions as DLC, this seems like a match made in heaven. Tabletop fans can rejoice when these games release.
Announced last week, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is coming to the Nintendo Switch. While not many details were mentioned, the Nintendo Switch will have exclusive 4-player local multiplayer. Fans won’t have to wait too long either, as the game is launching on November 16th.
Ubisoft’s Starlink: Battle for Atlas showed a bit more of it’s exclusive Star Fox missions. Piloting Fox’s arwing, fans can join Peppy, Falco, Slippy, and the cast of Starlink for a new toys-to-life experience. One new detail is that Fox’s rival antagonist, Wolf O’Donnell, is also in the game. What his role is has yet to be revealed, but he likely will have a major role in the Star Fox story. Starlink: Battle for Atlas releases on October 16th in a special Star Fox bundle.
The cult classic Nintendo DS title, The World Ends with You, is coming to the Nintendo Switch very soon. Titled The World Ends with You: Final Remix, the Switch is getting the definitive version of the game. With an all new story segment, “A New Day”, Shibuya gets altered for a more challenging experience. The new story section features new monsters and also all the new content from previous versions. The World Ends with You: Final Remix will be available on October 12th.
500 years before the events of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, there was Torna – The Golden Country. Releasing both standalone and as season pass content, Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country, offers an all new adventure. With an adjusted battle system, players can now control both drivers and blades in this epic RPG. For newcomers, the game will release standalone on September 21st, or next Friday. For owners of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 expansion pass, they can download this adventure tomorrow!
The Direct moved into giving release dates for upcoming Nintendo Switch titles. Free-to-play title Warframe is coming to Nintendo Switch on November 20th. Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2019 is coming out on October 20th. Players can pre-purchase FIFA 19 on the Nintendo eShop, or buy it physically on September 28th. Sega’s Team Sonic Racing is expected this Winter. Take Two’s NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 is expected to release this Fall. Finally, Warner Bros.’ Lego DC Super-Villains is coming October 16th.
Nintendo Switch got a large announcement all related to the Final Fantasy franchise. There was a presentation for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition and Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition HD. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition will have new areas to explore and online multiplayer for the first time, releasing 2019. Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition HD maintains the whole story of Final Fantasy XV, and releases today.
World of Final Fantasy Maxima is coming November 6th for the Nintendo Switch, as well as PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Adding a new “avatar change” feature, players can now turn into some of their favorite Final Fantasy characters. It also appears that there are new Final Fantasy characters in the game. A port of Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon is also coming. Called Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy!, the game is expected to release for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 this Winter.
Finally, one last Final Fantasy announcement that was surely unexpected. In 2019, four classic titles in the franchise are making their way to Nintendo Switch. Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age are all coming to a Nintendo console for the first time. It’s unknown why Final Fantasy VIII has been omitted, but perhaps Square-Enix had a particular reason for that one. Only time will tell.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is getting a hardware bundle on November 2nd. Including a special edition dock that features the original eight fighters, it will surely be a spectacle for fans of the series. The bundle will also come with a digital copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and a special edition pair of Joy-con controllers. The game will be included, but keep in mind it won’t be playable until the December 7th release date. The Gamecube controllers and adapters for the game will also be available on November 2nd as well.
One more Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announcement was made. Showing Animal Crossing’s Isabelle in the Mayor’s office, it became pretty clear what was going to happen once she said the word “Smash”. Eagle-eyed observers may have noticed that this was all done with new models too, which we’ll mention shortly. Either way, Isabelle has been officially announced as a new fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While speculated to be added to the game and part of plenty of rumors, she was expected to be an echo fighter of the Villager. That seems to not be the case though, as Isabelle showcases new moves. She is the 68th unique fighter added to the game (not counting Koopalings, Alph, etc.).
The final announcement for the Nintendo Direct showed Tom Nook of Animal Crossing. As he commented on Isabelle’s addition to Super Smash Bros., he took a moment to say he will soon get back to work. That’s right, Nintendo finally announced Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Switch. Even better, it’s coming next year in 2019. With more detailed graphics than ever before, it has potential to be the best Animal Crossing experience yet.
And with that, that is all of Nintendo’s announcements today from the Nintendo Direct. What surprised you the most from all these announcements? Anything you’re excited for? Anything you were hoping to see announced that didn’t get mentioned? Sound off in the comments and let us know!