Nintendo’s fall Nintendo Direct was filled to the brim with announcements! We had tons of exciting new games and updates to previously announced titles. Just like always, I’m going to cut up the direct a little bit out of chronological order. So if you haven’t seen it all the way through yet you may want to watch it first. If not… well, read away!
Let’s start with hardware! There was a surprising amount of hardware announcements for the Nintendo Switch today.
Special Edition Nintendo Switch
Not only did they show more of the upcoming special edition Let’s Go Pikachu & Let’s Go Eevee Edition of the Nintendo Switch but they also announced a new Super Smash Bros Special Edition Nintendo Switch. The system will go on sale November 2nd and include a download code for Super Smash Bros Ultimate that automatically activates the day the game is released. This is a great option for parents looking to pick up the game and system for their kids early!
Nintendo Entertainment System Controllers
Nintendo also announced a brand new set of Nintendo Entertainment System Controllers that are compatible with the upcoming Nintendo Entertainment System on Nintendo Switch Online service. The controllers are sold in paired sets and can even plug into the Nintendo Switch to charge. The box set retails for $59.99 and will begin shipping mid December. Preorders start September 18th for Nintendo Switch Online members. Talking about Nintendo Switch Online…
Nintendo Switch Online
Nintendo also released a short video going over the benifits of the new Nintendo Switch Online service that is releasing later this month. There wasn’t a whole lot of new information on the service to be completely honest, but the initial game library for the Nintendo Entertainment System on Nintendo Switch Online was at least a step in the right direction. The following games will be included at the services launch on September 18th.
- Donkey Kong™
- Mario Bros.™
- Super Mario Bros.™
- Balloon Fight™
- Ice Climber™
- Dr. Mario™
- The Legend of Zelda™
- Super Mario Bros.™ 3
- Double Dragon
- River City Ransom
- Ghosts’n Goblins™
- Tecmo Bowl
- Pro Wrestling
- Ice Hockey
Now that we have all of that taken care of, let’s look at the games. Oh my, so many games to go over. I’m going to go over this by release date. If I miss something let me know in the comments but I’m going to try my best to get everything in here.
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD
Little surprise here. The game launched on other consoles the day this Nintendo Direct was initially scheduled for. Looks like Square-Enix and Nintendo decided to hold back the release while still announcing it last Wednesday. The miniaturised version of the popular action-rpg is available on the eShop now at a special introductory pricing.
The acclaimed city-building game is available today in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, which means players can manage resources, improve quality of life, energize businesses and stimulate growth anytime or anywhere.
Splatoon 2 Version 4 Update
Splatoon 2 version 4 launches tonight with all new weapons from the “Kensa Collection”. A further update will release later on in October with a new stage and even more Kensa Collection weapons!
Starting tonight, the first set of weapons in the Kensa Collection is coming to Splatoon 2 as part of the new Version 4.0 update. These familiar weapons are painted with stylish monotone designs. In addition, significant new Splatfest changes are coming as part of this update. In early October, Version 4.1 will bring a new stage, new songs and more Kensa Collection weapon sets complete with new sub and special weapons. Check out the Squid Research Lab Tumblr for more details.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country – September 14
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country – which is available for pre-purchase on Nintendo eShop starting today – comes to Nintendo Switch on Sept. 21 in stores and Nintendo eShop, or on Sept. 14 for owners of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass.
Mario Tennis Aces Version 2.0 Update – September 19th
After downloading a free update to the action-packed sports game on Sept. 19, players will have access to a new online co-op mode that lets players participate in time-limited missions with other players. Players who complete objectives while these missions are active will receive special outfits, characters with alternate color schemes and more. Also, be on the lookout for new upcoming playable characters like Birdo, Shy Guy, Koopa Paratroopa and Petey Piranha.
EA SPORTS FIFA 19 – September 28
EA SPORTS FIFA 19 is fast approaching, and players can pre-purchase now so they won’t drop the ball when it launches for Nintendo Switch on Sept. 28.
Mega Man 11 – October 2nd
The Blue Bomber is back! Mega Man 11 rocks on Nintendo Switch on Oct. 2, with a free demo already available in Nintendo eShop. In addition, players will be able to unlock helpful in-game items for use in the full game by tapping the existing Mega Man amiibo figure, or a new Mega Man amiibo figure, which is included exclusively in the Mega Man 11 – amiibo Edition.
Super Mario Party – October 5th
Super Mario Party: In the newly revealed Sound Stage mode, up to four players can each shake a Joy-Con in rhythm-based gameplay, while the River Survival mode offers the series’ first four-player co-op. Plus, there’s 80 new mini-games, a single-player Challenge Road, the mini-game gauntlet Online Marathon and much more. Super Mario Party launches for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 5 and is available for pre-purchase on Nintendo eShop and the game’s website beginning today.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas – October 16
Starlink: Battle for Atlas: Do a barrel roll and defeat Wolf’s team in Star Fox missions, exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version of the game. Starlink: Battle for Atlas launches for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 16.
Just Dance 2019 – October 23
With Just Dance 2019 on Nintendo Switch, there’s no excuse for players to not get down to Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars and Cardi B. at home, in the middle of the park or even at the dentist’s office! Just Dance 2019 launches on Oct. 23.
Diablo III: Eternal Collection – November 2
Diablo III: Eternal Collection: The Nintendo Switch version of this classic action-RPG will send players on a journey through Sanctuary, where they’ll vanquish the armies of Hell and plunder powerful loot as one of the seven playable classes. Up to four players can adventure together via local or online multiplayer. The Nintendo Switch version of the game features the exclusive Legend of Ganondorf cosmetic armor set, compatibility with all amiibo figures and more. Diablo III: Eternal Collection launches Nov. 2.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – November 16th
During the adventure, players will be able to overcome obstacles with their partner Pokémon (either Pikachu or Eevee) using Secret Techniques. These are skills that only partner Pokémon can use, like chopping down trees, traveling across water or soaring in the sky. Both games launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 16.
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – November 16th
As previously, announced the recent entry in the classic RTS game Civilization, Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, is heading to Nintendo Switch this November
When the acclaimed strategy game comes to Nintendo Switch on Nov. 16, it will do so with an exclusive four-player wireless LAN multiplayer mode.
Warframe – November 20th
The epic, free-to-play online co-op action game Warframe officially has a release date! Nintendo Switch owners can join in on the fun starting this November.
Warframe: New fans can join more than 38 million players for free-to-start co-op space-ninja action when Warframe launches for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 20.
Katamari Damacy REROLL – November 30th
Katamari Damacy REROLL: “Na naaaaah na na na naaah na na naaaaah na na na na na naaaaaaaaah.” Fans of the groundbreaking Katamari Damacy game can hum its theme song at a moment’s notice. But new fans will be joining the chorus when an HD remaster of the classic game comes to Nintendo Switch, complete with HD Rumble, gyro control and multiplayer support with the Joy-Con controllers. Katamari Damacy REROLL launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch on Nov. 30, with the physical packaged version coming winter 2018.
Team Sonic Racing
Gotta go FAST! Like, really fast. Team Sonic Racing launches for Nintendo Switch this winter.
Capcom Beat ’Em Up Bundle
This winter Capcom will release a collection of classic arcade titles like Final Fight & Captain Commando. Some of these titles will come to home consoles for the very first time!
Some of Capcom’s most classic arcade games like Final Fight, Captain Commando and Knights of the Round are coming to Nintendo Switch with up to four-player local or online play. This also includes games that have never launched on home consoles before like Armored Warriors and Battle Circuit. The digital version of this bundle launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch this winter.
With a literal Tabletop mode, tabletop gaming is a perfect fit for Nintendo Switch. To prove it, Asmodee Digital is bringing full adaptations of best-selling card and board games like Carcassonne, The Lord the Rings: Living Card Game, Pandemic, Munchkin and Catan to Nintendo Switch, starting this December.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe – January 11
New Super Mario Bros U and New Super Luigi U are coming to Nintendo Switch as New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe. The game will support four player co-op with newly added characters such as Toadette and Nabbit.
Up to four players can enjoy this revamped version of the classic Wii U launch game when it comes to Nintendo Switch on Jan. 11. Mario, Luigi and Toad return as playable characters, and are joined by Nabbit and Toadette, who can also turn into Peachette by getting a Super Crown, offering new ways for beginners to play together with friends and family. New Super Luigi U, the first platformer with Luigi in a starring role, will also be included in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe at no extra charge. Between both games, there are a whopping 164 courses to play. Mamma mia!
Yoshi’s Crafted World
Play as an adorable Yoshi traveling through a world crafted from household items like boxes and paper cups in this new Nintendo Switch platforming adventure. After traveling through a perfectly constructed stage, players can start at the goal and journey back to the start on the “flip side,” the backside of the course, to discover secrets. Yoshi’s Crafted World launches on Nintendo Switch in spring 2019.
TOWN (working title)
GAME FREAK, the developer of the Pokémon series, has created a new RPG for Nintendo Switch. In TOWN, players must take up arms against invading monsters, all within the walls of a single village. TOWN launches for Nintendo Switch in 2019.
DAEMON X MACHINA
In this stylish action game first revealed at E3, the world and its inhabitants are on the brink of extinction. As a mercenary, players will pilot a powered suit called an Arsenal and face runaway AI. Defeat enemies and acquire parts that can be equipped on the fly or brought back to base to craft new armaments. Use additional tactics by changing between projectile and melee attacks or take the fight on foot to gain an advantage in battle. DAEMON X MACHINA launches for Nintendo Switch in 2019.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
Nintendo GameCube co-op game FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition with online multiplayer and no need for a link cable comes to Nintendo Switch in 2019.