NINTENDO DIRECT 9-4-19
Nintendo has mastered the game of updates with their Direct videos and in a last minute announcement, another Direct showcase was streamed earlier today. With the Nintendo Switch Lite set for release this month, let’s see what’s new for Nintendo.
SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE
The Challenger Pack still needed to be fleshed out. Despite being announced, Banjo-Kazooie still didn’t have a release date…until now. After the Direct video ended, Banjo-Kazooie would be released to the public. Some new DLC MiiFighter costumes were announced as well, with Team Rocket, ProtoMan, Zero, Sans (Undertale) and Goemon making appearances as the costumes. After the Direct video, a demo of Banjo-Kazooie’s gameplay with director Masahiro Sakurai aired where he announced the MiiFighter costumes and the return of the Home Run Smash mode to the Smash Bros. franchise. We even got another crossover fighter in Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury!
The Direct video opened with the announcement of Overwatch joining the Nintendo Switch family on October 15th, 2019. The game will feature gyro-motion and touchscreen controls with cross-play abilities.
TOKYO MIRAGE SESSIONS #FE ENCORE
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore, one of the Wii U’s hidden gems will come to the Switch on January 17, 2020. It will be released with new music, new characters and other material that was cut from the Wii U version.
DAEMON X MACHINA
The insane action packed mecha game finally got a new demo before it releases on September 13th. If you play the new demo, you can actually transfer that save data over to the full game.
The Deadly Premonition franchise comes to the Switch with Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise dropping next year. The first game though repackaged as Deadly Premonition Origins is available now.
LUIGI’S MANSION 3
The long overdue Gamecube classic’s next entry finally has a release date: Halloween! The game will feature a new “Scream Park” mode that supports 8 players competing to catch the most ghosts.
ASSASSIN’S CREED REBEL COLLECTION
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Rouge are getting combined into the Switch port Assassin’s Creed Rebel Collection with cool features like touch screen controls.
XENOBLADE CHRONICLES: DEFINITIVE EDITION
Another franchise will get updated when it hits the Switch with Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition sometime in 2020.
DIVINITY: ORIGINAL SIN 2: DEFINITIVE EDITION
Divinity: Original Sin 2: Definitive Edition will support save files between the Switch and Steam; which you can do now.
LITTLE TOWN HERO
Game Freak’s next franchise game will be called Little Town Hero. It gets a release date of October 16th.
In case you didn’t have enough Doom in your life, Bethesda is re-releasing Doom 64 for the Switch on November 22nd.
RETURN OF OBRA DINN
Another port from a different system, ready to release this fall.
STAR WARS JEDI KNIGHT II: JEDI OUTCAST
For all the Star Wars fans yearning for games similar to the older generation of games, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast will release September 24th.
SUPER KIRBY CLASH
This actually looks fun as it’s a four person co-op game beat em’ up with RPG elements. And everybody gets to be Kirby. Available now.
TRIALS OF MANA
The remake of Seiken Densetsu 3 becomes Trials of Mana and will drop April 24, 2020.
The game will actually get a physical release with all DLC available on September 6th, with a new “Invictus” mode out now so you can climb the leaderboards.
ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW HORIZONS
The game got another update about its features, such as how to craft items and tools alongside co-op play.
POKEMON SWORD AND POKEMON SHIELD
New modes like Pokemon Camp and Curry mode were added to the franchise. Pokemon Camp acts as the Secret Bases from generation three mixed with the Amie functions of generation six. Curry mode is similar to making Pokemon Puffs and Pokeblocks from previous generations, except that you’re making curry.
New Pokemon were also introduced like Polteageist and Cramorant. Polteageist is a Ghost-type Pokemon made of black tea and it lives inside a teapot. So far it has the Ability Weak Armor. Cramorant is a Flying/Water type that looks like a pelican. It apparently loves to eat and that fits in with its Ability Gulp Missile. Gulp Missile, an entirely new Ability causes Cramorant to catch a fish in its mouth whenever it uses Surf or Dive. If Cramorant catches a fish and is attacked, Cramorant will spit the fish out at the opponent and inflict damage.
You can watch the entire conference below: