Animal Crossing: New Horizon, Pokemon: Sword and Shield, Banjo & Kazooie and everything from Nintendo Direct Sept. 2019
Well Nintendo did what they do best and dropped a Nintendo Direct on us out of nowhere. With more than 40 minutes of footage dedicated to new and upcoming titles, we were sure to see more news from games like Pokémon Sword and Shield and Luigi’s Mansion 3. However, this would also be their first direct of the fall release season which usually comes with a bunch of new announcements in preparation for holiday season. So we are bound to see a few new games here or there as well.
Here’s what the Big N had to show us.
Starting right off, Nintendo decided to announce a port of a worldwide sensation to the Switch: Overwatch. It appears as if users will be able to use tilt controls to aim similar to Splatoon. It also appears as if the game will have all DLC released so far. Overwatch will release on October 15 on Switch.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
We got to see more of the many and varied levels in Luigi’s Mansion 3. We now know that each floor of the haunted hotel will have its own theme, such as an Egyptian theme, a disco theme, a pirate theme and so on. They also revealed more info about the game’s eight player party mode, facing four Luigis against four Gooigis. Luigi’s Mansion 3 will release on October 31.
Super Kirby Clash
Kirby’s arena experience is getting fleshed out in a new free to play game. You’ll team up with other players, equip jobs, rare weapons, and face off against massive enemies. Lather, rinse, repeat, and you’ll eventually take down some of the biggest bosses in Kirby history. Of course you can always spend some money on microtransactions to get a boost. It will launch later today.
Trials of Mana
This remake of Seiken Densetsu 3 was showed off some of its new gameplay features. In addition to the class system of the original, full voice acting, and reworked skills and spells, Trials of Mana will also feature a full motion battle system similar to the Tales series. Characters will also have new combo attacks to play around with as well. Trials of Mana will release next year, on April 24th for the Switch.
Return of the Obra Dinn
This indie darling is coming to the Switch this fall. It doesn’t look like there will be any extra content, but being able to play it in mobile form is interesting enough.
Little Town Hero
It appears as if Game Freak’s new “Town” project has an official name. The game revolves around a protagonist named Axe, whose major attacks come in the form of ideas. These are just simple context sensitive words like “throw” or “Improvise.” You’ll be able to move around town strategy RPG style to defend it and add new townspeople to your party.
Oh and the soundtrack was done by Toby Fox. Gotta get that Undertale fanbase hooked.
Little Town Hero will release October 16. You can pre-purchase and pre-load the game today.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Banjo and Kazooie have a release date finally. Guess what… IT’S TODAY! After the Direct Nintendo announced that they would be doing a new Smash direct where Sakurai will explain Banjo and Kazooie’s moves.
Of course, that would be a pretty lame announcement, there had to be more. The rumored “SNK Character” has been revealed to be Terry Bogard, after an absolutely hilarious montage of all the characters that it definitely is not going to be, from Kyo to Nakoruru. Terry will be released sometime in November.
And that’s not all! Now that there is only one DLC fighter left in the fighter’s pass, Nintendo was happy to confirm that additional DLC fighters will be joining the fray. Of course, these fighters will not be part of the fighters pass and will need to be purchased separately. Information on these additional fighters will be revealed in the future.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Once again this was mostly a sizzle reel, but we did get to see some of the Nintendo guest stars like Piranha Plants, Wart, Kirby, and more.
They also revealed more info about the “chamber dungeon” gameplay mode. Basically, you get to create your own dungeon with a variety of special rooms and effects you’ll find in the course of your journey. Then you can upload them into a Legend of Zelda themed Amiibo in order to have your friends challenge your dungeons.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening will launch this month on September 20 and will launch alongside a new Link’s Awakening themed Link Amiibo.
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition
We got to see another sizzle reel for this port focusing on extra content, 2D mode, and free upcoming DLC that will launch September 27th alongside the port itself. You can download a demo for the game today.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore
If you missed this amazing Fire Emblem/Persona crossover the first time, then now is a perfect time to check it out. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore will include all of the content from the original game along with new songs, new cutscenes, new characters, new quests, and more. You can pre-purchase the game later today in advance of its January 17 release.
Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise
A sequel to Deadly Premonition is coming exclusively to the Switch. You play as two detectives attempting to solve a crime, but separated by 14 years of time. But this case will take a sharp left turn into the realm of horror soon enough. Fans of the original have been waiting on this new horror thriller for some time, and now it’s been made a reality on the Nintendo Switch. It will release sometime in 2020. You can also play the original as Deadly Premonitions Origins as it will release on the Nintendo eShop later today.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition
Nintendo still wants you to know that this isn’t just a family friendly console. They have hardcore genres too like horror, and in this case isometric RPGs. You’ll get the base game and all its DLC content if you pick up the Switch version, and you can even play multiplayer locally using multiple Switch consoles. You can even transfer your saves from Steam to Switch via cloud save support. Now that’s something we haven’t seen before. You can purchase it on the eShop today.
Yep, a re-mastered port of the original Doom for the N64 will be available to pick up on the Switch. It will release on November 22 this year.
Speaking of Nintendo’s hardcore image, Rogue Company is a new team based tactical shooter featuring numerous weapons and classes similar to Rainbow Six: Siege but with a more cartoony coat of paint. Also swords. Rogue Company is being developed by Hi-Rez studios and will be available sometime next year.
Pokémon Sword and Shield
Of course, Pokémon would be one of the Direct’s major features. The first new feature they went over was character customization. You’ll be able to choose between tops bottoms, inner wear, outerwear, shoes, socks, hats, classes, cloves, hats, and much more. You’ll also be able to change your hair color, hair style, eye color, and you can wear makeup as well.
Pokémon Camp was the next new feature, which basically lets you set up camp with your Pokémon team while traveling through the wilderness. You can play with your Pokémon at camp, which will somehow increase their stats and abilities in battle. You can also visit the camps of up to three other players in the wild. You can then play with their Pokémon and they can play with yours, further increasing their battle performance.
The next feature that was shown off was…. Curry on Rice? It’s basically a cooking system all for one specific dish. You’ll get to make a curry all your own with unique ingredients with different effects. You’ll also have to perfect your cooking style via cooking mini-games. There are more than 100 curries to make and making a new curry will store it in your…. CurryDex. Gotta Curry Em All?
Finally it was time for a new Pokémon showcase.
Polteageist is a ghost in a teapot. It’s body is made of tea and it lets trainers it’s trust taste it’s body…
Cramorant is a Flying/Water type Pokémon that mimics gulls and pelicans. If it uses a water move that submerges it, it will come back with a fish in its mouth. If it is attacked while the fish is in its mouth its special ability Gulp Missile will trigger and it will spit the fish at the attacker.
Pokemon Sword and Shield will release on the Switch November 15.
Nintendo Switch Online
It looks like the rumors were true. SNES games are going to be added to the Nintendo Online game library. You’ll even be able to play these games with friends locally and online and you’ll be able to use Nintendo’s “rewind” save-state function.
- Brawl Brothers
- Breath of Fire
- Demon’s Crest
- Earth Defense Force
- Joe and Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
- Kirby’s Dream Course
- Kirby’s Dream Land 3
- Star Fox
- Stunt Race FX
- Super Ghouls and Ghosts
- Super Mario Kart
- Super Mario World
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
- Super Metroid
- Super Puyo Puyo 2
- Super Soccer
- Super Tennis
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
… no Chrono Trigger though. 0/10.
Nah I’m just kidding. I’m sure they will flesh this library out even more eventually. The SNES library goes live on September 5. In addition Nintendo will be releasing a new SNES style USB controller for $29.99.
Tetris 99 2.0
A new mode for Tetris 99 is being included in this update. Called Tetris 99 Invictus, this new mode is only available to those who have reached Tetris Maximus status, i.e. the best of the best. It will only match you up against the best Tetris players who routinely win battleroyales. Can you become the best in the world?
Nintendo is also adding daily missions. By completing these missions you’ll get tickets which can be redeemed for custom themes background tracks, and icons. There is also new paid DLC which introduces a new two player and eight player mode. This new update will be available on September 5. You’ll also be able to pick up a hardcopy which comes with all DLC and a Nintendo online subscription on September 6.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Nintendo revealed some new events for this Olympic themed game including:
- 100 Meter Dash
- Football (that’s Soccer for us Americans)
- Table Tennis
- And more!
There will also be retro style events which will put characters up against each other in their original 8-bit and 16-bit forms. There will also be unlockable events and characters, new mini-games, and a full story mode where the characters will have to escape from an N64 Olympics game based on the Tokyo Olympics 1964
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be available on November 5.
Daemon X Machina Demo
If you want to play through the prologue of this upcoming Mecha game, you can download a brand new demo later today in advance of its release next week. If you decide you want to purchase, you can carry over your data to the full game. You can also play a local wireless co-op game in the demo, though the full game will support online play. Daemon X Machina will release on September 13.
STAR WARS: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
This Gamecube classic is getting its own smooth 60fps port to the Switch, this September 24, though it seems as if it will only include the single-player experience.
The Sizzle Reel
Before Nintendo reached their closer, they gave us a small look on a lot of other upcoming titles including:
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete edition – will include all DLC packs and will release on October 15.
- Assassin’s Creed Rebel Collection – this combo pack of Black Flag and Rogue will release on December 6. It will come with all DLC packs as well as touch control and motion aiming.
- Dauntless – This online free to play action RPG will release for the Switch sometime in 2019 with brand new content created for the Switch release.
- Just Dance 2020 – will release November 5.
- GRID Autosport – will release September 19.
- Farming Simulator 20 – will release December 3.
- Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – will release September 20.
- NBA 2k20 – will release September 6.
- Call of Cthulhu – will release on October 8.
- The Outer Worlds – coming soon.
- Devil May Cry 2 – re-releasing on September 19.
- Vampyr – releasing October 29.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Finally Nintendo closed on their next big major release, Animal Crossing: New Horizons by giving us a brief overview of what island life is like.
The Resident Services Center will be one of your bases of operation, in the middle of the island. You’ll be given a tent and a phone, and be asked to set up your new home someplace on the island. Where you’ll be stationed, however, is up to you. Your phone, on the other hand, will include recipes for crafting items such as tools and furniture.
Much like other survival games, you’ll have to start with nothing and build yourself up to higher levels of technology and comfort. You can take materials to Resident Services in order to create things like axes and shovels, which will make gathering materials easier. You can then build furniture and place it inside your house, or anywhere around the island you like. Of course you can also just purchase tools and furniture from the store.
Other ways to get items and cash involve the new Nook Miles system. Basically you’ll be given a series of quests to fulfill and doing so will get you stamps on your Nook Miles cards. Fill up a card and you’ll get a reward.
And then we dove into the many ways to spend your time including fishing, bug catching, gardening, crafting, weeding, and more. You can build vaulting poles to get over small streams and obstacles. You can dig up trees and replant them so that they are conveniently closer to you.
As always the environment will change based on when you play the game. Different items and creatures will come about in day, night, rain, shine, summer, winter, and everything in between.
Players will be able to play in local co-op with up to four players, but using a local wireless or online connection eight players can play at once.
And like any good game these days, you can take selfies.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons will launch on March 20, 2020.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
Oddly, Nintendo didn’t stop on Animal Crossing. Rather, they announced that Xenoblade Chronicles was going to get a re-release on the Switch. It isn’t entirely clear what new features it will have, but Nintendo will update us in the future. It is planned for a 2020 release.
And that’s all that Nintendo has to-
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Watch the direct in its entirety below: