Nintendo Direct Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Nintendo Direct RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Nintendo's March Mini-Direct: Xenoblade, Borderlands, Bravely, and More Thu, 26 Mar 2020 11:12:36 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Surprise, there was a Nintendo Direct Mini today! It showed off quite a bit, including Xenoblade Chronicles DE, Catherine: Full Body, and Bravely Default 2. We also got news on updates for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as well as Super Smash Bros. and Pokemon Sword and Shield.

The Direct started with the expected warning that any announcements may or may not be delayed by COVID-19, so all release dates, except those games that released today, are still in flux. 

Either way, we got to see some of Nintendo's upcoming games this year. Let's dive in.

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition

First up, we got an extended trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition, and it looks absolutely gorgeous. The original game is excellent in itself but looks pretty dreadful. Now, we're getting a chance to see it in smooth, re-mastered glory. That means streamlined menus and controls, plus re-done music as well.

What's different from the original title? It's a new story called Future Connected starring Shulk and Melia. Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition launches on May 29 and will have a special edition.

2K Games

2K Games is bringing a number of games to the Nintendo Switch. These include BioShock: The Collection, as was previously rumored, the XCOM 2 Collection, which was also rumored, and Borderlands: The Collection, which was definitely not rumored.

The Borderlands Collection on Switch, XCOM 2 Collection on Switch, and BioShock: The Collection on Switch all launch May 29.

For reference, BioShock: The Collection contains all the BioShock games, while the Borderlands collection contains the first two games and the prequel.

Bravely Default 2

After getting an announcement during last year's The Game Awards, Bravely Default 2 finally got some more information during today's Mini-Direct. Like the original, it focuses on the four traditional elements and four new Heroes of Light, but it takes place on a completely new continent.

The hero, Seth, washes up on the shores of an unknown kingdom and meets Gloria, a princess who fled from her kingdom after it was ransacked by those seeking its crystal. The other two party members are Elvis and Adelle, mysterious wanderers trying to unlock the secrets of a strange book.

The Asterisk-based job system returns, with familiar classes like Black Mage and Thief. More importantly, the series' signature Brave Point system returns. It doesn't seem like anything's different this time around, but we guess if it's not broken, don't fix it. 

What is different is the job system. You can combine jobs at any time to customize how your characters develop.

Bravely Default 2 adopts Bravely Default's art style, smooths it out, and makes it even more detailed. A demo is available now, but there's no word on a release date outside of just 2020.

Shinsekai: Into the Depths

Capcom is creating a new deep-sea exploration game called Shinsekai: Into the Depths. You'll explore a range of colorful underwater areas full of puzzles and monsters. You'll need to keep track of your oxygen and a number of other factors along the way as you uncover the truth of what happened to humanity. Sound interesting? Good, because Shinsekai is available now.

Panzer Dragoon Remake

One big surprise was Panzer Dragoon Remake. We knew it was coming soon, but it turns out, soon means today. Panzer Dragoon Remake is out sometime later today, March 26, on Nintendo Switch as a timed exclusive.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Update

We already knew Animal Crossing: New Horizons was getting a holiday update, but we got to see it in action with the latest Direct. Bunny Day starts April 1 and ends April 12. Along with the usual Egg Hunt, you'll get the chance to craft unique seasonal items during the event, too.

Another update is coming at the end of April introducing new elements like Earth Day and, it seems, Leaf.

Catherine: Full Body

Catherine: Full Body was rumored alongside the XCOM 2 Collection a while ago, and it's actually true as well. You'll take control of Vincent, a hapless young man in a dark love triangle, making choices about your love life by day and trying to survive a deadly block tower full of puzzles at night. Catherine: Full Body launches on Nintendo Switch on July 7.

Ring Fit Adventure Update

Ring Fit Adventure is getting an update. Not only is your Ring companion getting a voice and changeable languages, but Ring Fit Adventure is introducing a rhythm mode. Among other things, it'll feature music from Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2.

For more on Ring Fit Adventure, check out our review

King's Bounty 2

King's Bounty 2 is coming to the Switch. It's a tactical fantasy RPG emphasizing your choices in each scenario and featuring lovely realistic graphics. How you interact with characters determines how their ethics and choice systems develop over the course of the game.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate New DLC Fighter

The first DLC Fighter in Smash Ultimate's second DLC pass is coming from ARMS, but it's not quite ready yet. The reveal is coming in June, as is the fighter.

Clubhouse Games

Traditional tabletop fans rejoice: Clubhouse Games is coming to Switch, and it has an insane number of games in it (well, 51, but it's still a lot). From Toy Boxing and Curling to 6-Ball Puzzle, Hanafuda, and Backgammon, Clubehouse Games has something for anyone. You can play alone, in local co-op, or online. Clubhouse Games launches June 5 and is open for pre-purchase today.


Ninjala was first announced a few years back, and we're finally seeing it in action. It's a free-to-play game where you use your ninjutsu skills to prove you're the best ninja around.

Along with inherent skills, you'll be using a myriad of weapons, from hammers to katanas. You can team up with other ninjas to work together as a clan if you don't want to go it alone when Ninjala launches on May 27.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass

We also got some more new information about the Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass, this time about the Isle of Armor. We saw the dojo first shown off a few months ago, where you get to obtain legendary Kubfu if you train at the dojo.

You'll get permission to challenge the Tower of Two fists as well, either the Tower of Darkness or the Tower of Water. You can only choose one, and the one you choose determines which form Kubfu evolves into.

The starters' Gigantamax forms also got some attention, basically just showing each one's special G-Max moves. Isle of Armor introduces new league card effects and new accessory and clothing items too. If you pre-purchase the expansion pass before August 31, you can get Leon's outfit too.

Finally was the latest Wild area news. Pokemon Shield players can find Gigantamax Garbador and Charizard, while Sword players get Duraludon and Copperajah.


That's it for the Mini-Direct recap. It was short, but crammed full of information about games we can (hopefully) expect to see between now and the end of July. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more upcoming Nintendo Switch game news as it develops.

Doom 64 Brings Hell to Nintendo Switch Wed, 04 Sep 2019 20:07:40 -0400 Jonathan Moore

The resurrection of Doom 64 has been one of the worst-kept secrets of 2019. While other classic games in the franchise were released earlier this summer for every system under the sun, ratings boards the world over have leaked the impending news of 64's second coming twice this year. 

In a moment every Doom fan knew would eventually arrive, the long-awaited port was officially revealed during the most recent Nintendo Direct by Pete Hines, SVP of Global Marketing at Bethesda.

The game will release on November 22 for the Nintendo Switch, and it includes more than 30 levels. While those are most likely the original's 32 nightmarish stages, an exact number of levels was not confirmed. 

There is currently no word if the port will release on other platforms, such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC. 

On September 3, Doom 64 was rated by the Australian Classification Board, leading many to believe a reveal was imminent. As reported by multiple outlets, the game was unsurprisingly rated "M" by the ratings bureau. 

Earlier this year, the port was also rated by PEGI, the European equivalent of the ESRB, for the PS4 and PC. However, unlike the ACB classification, that rating was quickly pulled. As of this writing, Doom 64 is not on the PEGI website despite the latest news. 

Developed by Midway, Doom 64 was originally released in 1997 for the Nintendo 64. The game is technically a sequel to the original Doom games developed by id, with its plot taking place after the events of Doom, Doom II, and Final Doom

Although the fan-made Doom 64 EX project faithfully recreated the game for some on PC, Doom 64 has never been officially released on another video game system or platform. 

As this year marks the 25th anniversary of the franchise, it's fitting that Doom 64 get its due, even if some fans consider the Brutal Doom 64 PC mod to be a superior experience. 

For more on the recent Nintendo Direct, be sure to head here

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore Coming to Nintendo Switch Wed, 04 Sep 2019 19:24:34 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Atlus and Nintendo are remaking the Wii U cult favorite Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE for the Nintendo Switch. It is packaged with new content (and an even longer name) as Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore.

Mirage Sessions is a mashup of both Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei franchise and Intelligent Systems' Fire Emblem games. It features combat elements from both, characters from the latter, loads of Easter eggs from each franchise, and it's all wrapped up in a J-Pop setting. We rather liked it in our review of the Wii U original.

Players take control of a group of aspiring pop idols in contemporary Tokyo, who, along with the usual trials of performing, must deal with an invasion force of spirits from another dimension.

Mirage Sessions tasks players with crafting and fusing their weapons, and each character's special power takes the form of an iconic character from the Fire Emblem franchise. Note that since this is a Wii U game, these characters hail from games like the original Fire Emblem, and Awakening — not Three Houses.

The Encore version includes an extra song and new story elements, and it's out on January 17, 2020.

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Fatal Fury's Terry Heads to Smash, More DLC Fighters Coming Wed, 04 Sep 2019 19:21:58 -0400 Josh Broadwell

SNK's Neo Geo games have had quite a presence on the Nintendo Switch since the system launched in 2017, and that presence is about to get even bigger with the inclusion of Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

In a not-so-surprising surprise announcement, Nintendo confirmed SNK's Terry will be added to the Smash Ultimate roster as the fourth Battle Pass DLC character.

Apart from a flashy intro video, we didn't get a whole lot of information about the newest roster member, though Terry will be available sometime in November.

That's not all, though. Banjo and Kazooie's Smash debut release date was revealed as well — and it's today, presumably right after the Direct finishes (read: now).

Smash fans hoping for even more characters are in luck, too. Not only is Banjo-Kazooie landing in the roster later today, but Nintendo confirmed more characters outside those originally promised.

As of now, there are no hints who these characters may be, how many might be coming, and when they can be expected after the fifth DLC character launches — but they're coming, nonetheless.

For more on the latest Nintendo Direct, be sure to head here

New Multiplayer Super Kirby Clash Announced for Nintendo Switch Wed, 04 Sep 2019 19:16:25 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Kirby is making their way back to the Nintendo Switch in a free-to-start multiplayer bonanza called Super Kirby Clash — and it's available on the Nintendo Switch eShop now.

Kirby Clash lets up to four players take control of their own Kirby and fulfill a unique Role in combat. Clash is a boss-rush game at heart, pitting teams of Kirby against a stream of challenging bosses.

Small though Kirby may be, they aren't bereft of some extra firepower. Players can craft new weapons or use Gem Apples to refill a Vigor gauge for combat. Gem Apples can be purchased through earning in-game currency or using real-world money.

Other options for powering up include taking on quests or trading with other players for weapons, items, and stickers.

Super Kirby Clash supports local wireless play for up to four players, or those with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription can play with others from around the world.

For more coverage of the latest Nintendo direct, including the fabulous news that SNES games are finally coming to Switch online, be sure to head here

PokeCamp Revealed for Pokemon Sword and Shield, New 'Mon Shown Off Wed, 04 Sep 2019 19:12:18 -0400 Josh Broadwell

As promised, the recent Nintendo Direct provided some new details about the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield, including new 'mon, new ways to bond with them, and curry.


Pokemon Amie and Pokemon Refresh are getting repackaged in Galar as PokeCamp. PokeCamp is pretty much what it sounds like: a feature where players can take their Pokemon on a camping trip, bond with them by feeding them treats and playing special games, and even interact with other trainers' 'mon in the Wild Area. For those who haven't heard about the Wild Area yet, check out our previous coverage for all the details.

The Direct strongly recommends interacting with other trainers' Pokemon as well, but it didn't say whether it offers any specific benefits.

Curry on Rice

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl let players make special items called Poffins to help improve bonds with Pokemon and certain attributes as well. While Poffins are still a thing of the past, Sword and Shield are bringing in the "Curry on Rice" feature. Players can choose various ingredients and a special addition of heart to improve their relationship with their Pokemon, among other things.

New Pokemon


Polteageist is a Ghost type 'mon that doesn't just live in a teapot; it is tea. These Pokemon tend to live in hotels and restaurants, though it has trust issues with trainers. Only those it trusts the most can sample its tea. Polteageist's ability is Weak Armor, which lowers defense and raises speed.


Cramorant is a Flying/Water Pokemon that happily eats anything it can find. After using Surf, Cramorant finds a special something in the rising water, and if it's attacked while holding its special catch, Cramorant's ability Gulp Missile kicks in and damages the opponent again.

Some Minor Updates

The Direct showed off a number of customization options players can utilize to make their trainers uniquely theirs. Not only can shirts and bottoms be changed this time around, but outerwear and gloves can also be changed.

The trainer card used to be a static thing, a one-size-fits-all representation to the player's trainer — but not anymore. Sword and Shield are introducing customizable League Cards, where players can change the trainer's appearance, the card frame, and more.

Finally, Sword and Shield are introducing a new type of trade called the Surprise Trade. Players simply activate the feature on their Y-Comm device, pick a Pokemon they might want to trade, and then the game automatically finds a trade partner from anywhere in the world. The "Surprise" element of Surprise trades comes from not knowing what Pokemon will be received in return.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Pokemon Sword and Shield as it develops, including our official review later this year. Catch more from the most recent Nintendo Direct over here

20 SNES Games Coming to Nintendo Switch Online Wed, 04 Sep 2019 19:00:03 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Nintendo will (finally) be adding Super Nintendo games to Nintendo Switch Online's library of free games. It's a move many expected, as we recently reported on.

The offerings will include games like Super Ghosts and Ghouls, Kirby's Dreamland 3, and other surprises like Stunt Race FX, playable for the first time on a system not the SNES.

The first round of 20 games will be available tomorrow, September 4, and include:

  • Brawl Brothers
  • Demon's Crest
  • Joe and Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
  • Kirby's Dream Land 3
  • Star Fox
  • Super E.D.F Earth Defense Force
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
  • Super Puyo Puyo 2
  • Super Tennis
  • Breath of Fire
  • F-Zero
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • Pilotwings
  • Stunt Race FX
  • Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Soccer
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

These aren't all, though. Nintendo will be making more SNES games available for Online subscribers on a regular basis like the developer did with NES games.

Also like Nintendo did with the NES controllers when Switch Online first became available, Nintendo will also make a round of SNES controllers available exclusively to subscribers for $29.99. 

There's more Nintendo Direct news this way

Overwatch Officially Revealed for Nintendo Switch Wed, 04 Sep 2019 18:57:05 -0400 Jonathan Moore

After being leaked earlier in the day, team-based multiplayer shooter Overwatch was officially revealed for the Nintendo Switch during the most recent Nintendo Direct. 

The game will launch for the system on October 15. It was not revealed if it would see a physical release or simply be available on the eShop. However, since the previous leaks came from retailers, it seems as if a physical release is in the cards. 

It was confirmed that the Switch version of Overwatch would employ gyroscopic controls, joining other shooters on the system, such as Fortnite, Wolfenstein, and Doom, that employ the control scheme. 

Overwatch initially released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on May 24, 2016. The popular first-person shooter is developed by Blizzard and has enjoyed immense success in its three years on the market. Since launch, the game has seen its popularity rise to extreme heights, specifically in the realm of esports

To date, Overwatch has generated more than $1 billion for Blizzard from in-game sales alone. That does not include the $1 billion it made between its combined game sales and microtransaction sales as of 2017, which was the last year available for data. 

For more, make sure to catch all of our coverage of the latest Nintendo Direct here

New Pokemon RPGs, Sword and Shield, Announced During Special Nintendo Direct Wed, 27 Feb 2019 10:17:39 -0500 QuintLyn

Early this morning, the Pokemon Company took over Nintendo's channels with a special Nintendo Direct or rather Pokemon Direct stream. The stream didn't last long; in fact, it took up less than 10 minutes. But it provided enough information to get fans of Pokemon excited.

As it turns out, the company has been hard at work on a new set of Pokemon RPGs, titled Pokemon Sword and Shield. These games take place in an all-new region the Galar Region.

Galar is a diverse area featuring terrain ranging from fields and meadows to snow-covered mountains. Players can also expect to explore expansive contemporary cities, where they're sure to meet plenty of interesting characters.

As with all Pokemon RPGs, Sword and Shield start players out with one of three "starter" Pokemon, who will be their companion throughout the game. As Galar is a completely new region, it only makes sense that these will be never before seen Pokemon.

The first Pokemon is a mischevious Grass-type Chimp Pokemon, known as Grookey. Grookey is incredibly curious, which probably means he's going to get into a bit of trouble. 

The second is the incredibly energetic Scorbunny. As the name indicates, this one is a Fire-type Rabbit Pokemon.

Finally, there's the shy, and therefore stealthy, Sobble. This Water-Lizard Pokemon hides in water while shooting attacks at its opponents.


What other features players can expect from the game were not revealed during the announcement. That said, players probably won't have to wait too long to find out. As it turns out, the Pokemon Company and GAMEFREAK intend to release both games on Nintendo Switch later this year.

There's no official date yet, but we do know it will be a simultaneous global release. This seems like an excellent move considering the Detective Pikachu movie will have released by then, most likely increasing the number of people interested in picking up their first ever Pokemon game.

It should also be noted that before the Pokemon Direct came to an end, the company stated that fans should also keep an eye out for more announcements. It seems the Pokemon Company isn't done with us yet.

If you're interested in watching the announcement, you can do so in the video above. We've set it to start at the right point, but just in case it doesn't behave properly, the announcement begins about 29 minutes in.

Stylized Mech Action Game Astral Chain Announced For Switch Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:06:02 -0500 QuintLyn

Yesterday, during the Nintendo Direct stream, a new title from Bayonetta and Nier Automata developer Platinum Games was revealed. Titled Astral Chain, the game is set in a near-future city known as the Ark, where giant creatures, somewhat reminiscent of the angels from Neon Genesis Evangelion, appear to have run amok.

It's a classic story: Citizens of a multi-cultural futuristic city are going on about their lives when a dimensional rift opens up letting giant scary creatures in to wreak havoc.

To combat this, the police force creates a special police unit known as Neuron. And that's where the players come in to take on the role of an officer who is literally connected to a living weapon known as Legion by an astral chain. This weapon can transform into various mech types, two of which we've seen in the debut video, one more humanoid and another more dog-like.

The astral chain keeps them tied together so that they may execute moves that involve one of them tossing the other at the enemy, or working together to wrap their opponent in a chain. Interestingly, the combat seems inspired by an old PlayStation 2 game called Whiplash. Although, in that, you play as a weasel chained to a rabbit, and you can use the chain for more than fighting.

The game's unique combat allows players to direct Legion to attack specific creatures during battle. This means that the duo can attack a single entity together or they can fight two different opponents.

For the more strategically minded, there's also the option to send Legion in to do all the heavy lifting while the player character stands back and doles out support items.

For those wondering: Yes, you can choose your player character. At the beginning of the game, you can pick between a male or a female. Whichever character you don't pick appears in the game as a member of Neuron and as your younger sibling.

The game also includes a two-player option for those wanting to bring along a friend.

Astral Chain is slated to launch on Nintendo Switch on August 30.

Recap of Announcements from February Nintendo Direct Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:48:57 -0500 Ceedi

Yesterday, Nintendo held its first Nintendo Direct of 2019. During the 35-minute presentation, the company unveiled quite a few games, as well as the release windows for some future Switch titles.

There were also new details on Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and the surprise unveiling of a Zelda remake.

Here is a quick recap of the announcements from the direct.

  • Super Mario Maker 2 was revealed and is planned for release in June 2019.
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 was revealed, confirmed to have online co-op and launch this summer.
  • The 3.0 Update for Super Smash Bros Ultimate is planned for this spring, with the Persona 5 DLC pack coming before April.
  • BoxBoy + BoxGirl was revealed. The game features 270 stages and two-player co-op.
  • Captain Toad Treasure Tracker for Switch received an update that adds co-op; paid DLC is coming that adds 18 courses. A pre-purchase is available today that gives early access to one of the DLC stages.
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is scheduled to release this summer.
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 is set to release July 12.
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Definitive Edition is set to release this fall.
  • Disney Tsum Tsum Festival was announced; it is scheduled for release later this year.
  • Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: EVERY BUDDY! is set to release in March.
  • Starlink Battle for Atlas' next update will introduce Star Wolf squad and the rest of the team to Star Fox, Falco, Peppy, and Slippy.
  • A Rune Factory 4 remake for Switch was announced.
  • Rune Factory 5 was revealed to be in development.
  • Oninaki, an action RPG from Square Enix, was announced; it is set to release this summer.
  • A Yoshi’s Crafted World demo is available now; the game is set to release March 29.
  • Fire Emblem Three Houses is set to release July 26.
  • Tetris 99 is available to download now. The game is a free-to-play battle royale where 99 players compete for supremacy.
  • Dead By Daylight is planned for release this fall.
  • Deltarune Chapter 1 is set for release for free on February 28.
  • A Daemon x Machina demo is available now; some participants will be sent surveys to give feedback on the game, which is set to launch this summer.
  • GRID Autosport is set to come to Switch this summer; the release will include all DLC.
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is set to release on the Switch this spring.
  • Mortal Kombat 11 is set to release on April 12.
  • Unraveled 2 is set to release o nMarch 23.
  • Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered was announced; the release also includes the game Assassin’s Creed Liberation; it is set to release on May 21.
  • Final Fantasy VII is set to release on the Switch on March 29.
  • Final Fantasy IX is now available on the Switch eShop.
  • Astral Chain, a new Action game by Platinum Games, is set to release August 30.
  • A remake of the Game Boy classic, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, is due out later this year.

The latest Nintendo Direct provided a solid layout of the releases coming in spring and summer 2019.

However, notably absent were a few titles that are scheduled for this year, like the new Pokemon RPG for Switch, Luigi's Mansion 3, and the new Animal Crossing. There were also no games announced for the Nintendo 3DS.

It is very likely that further details for these games will be announced later this year at Nintendo's E3 2019 presentation.

Download First Deltarune Chapter For Free On The Nintendo Switch Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:59:30 -0500 QuintLyn

Update: 2/21/19: A new report has revealed that Deltarune will also be coming to the PlayStation 4 on February 28. The original story follows. 

Deltarune, the successor to Toby Fox's highly popular title Undertale, is making its way to the Nintendo Switch. On February 28, the first chapter of the game will be available to download, for free, with subsequent chapters to follow at an unknown price. 

Nintendo teased Deltarune's release on its platform today, showing a video during the Nintendo Direct event. Fortunately for those that want to play the game without any information, most of the trailer is covered in dogs, so there aren't any spoilers. Actually, I'm not sure any of the scenes in the video are in the game.

This isn't the first time content for Deltarune has been made available for free, as Fox released the first chapter to PC players last year following some mysterious social media activity. It also appears that it will not be the last time, as Fox tweeted on the Undertale account today with indication that the game is getting a PS4 port too:

All three systems will see the rest of the game roll out in chapters, and yes, those will have to be paid for. As with any good drug, the first hit is always free.

Square Enix RPG Oninaki Revealed During Nintendo Direct Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:50:32 -0500 QuintLyn

During today's Nintendo Direct, a new JRPG from Square Enix's Tokyo RPG Factory was announced. Titled Oninaki, the game tells the story of a Watcher, a member of an organization known as the Veil Watch.

The Watchers maintain order between the realms of the living and the dead by traveling between the planes and battling souls that have gone astray. In Oninaki, the dead are restored to life through reincarnation, but a soul that is mourned for may feel regret. Those that regret go astray and become monsters.

When a player defeats these monsters, and rescues the souls within them, they can then take on the powers of those souls and "manifest" them during battle — the game's version of a class system. Players may switch between these souls and will need to figure out which soul is best to use during any given situation.

Oninaki is the third game to come out of Square's Tokyo RPG Factory since  it launched the subsidiary. The other two titles are I Am Setsuna, which released in 2016, and Lost Sphear, which came out in 2018.

Oninaki is set to release on the Nintendo Switch this summer.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Detailed at Nintendo Direct Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:43:38 -0500 QuintLyn

Among the games coming to the Nintendo Switch this summer is a new take on the genre of side-scrolling gothic horror RPGs in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. A teaser was revealed for the game during today's Nintendo Direct stream.

This new game, from ArtPlay and 505 Games, is set in 19th century England. In the title, players take on the role of a cursed orphan, named Miriam, as she fights her way through a demon-infested castle in order to save herself and humanity.

Thanks to her curse, Miriam boasts some unique abilities. Not only is she able to steal the abilities of the creatures she's fighting, but she can also bend gravity to her will, adding an extra layer of depth to the side-scrolling mechanics. In addition, she can zip around portions of the castle in a beam of light.

This is the first real news we've had on the game since the Nintendo Switch version was delayed back in August. When 505 Games global brand manager Roberto Piraino announced the delay, he apologized, stating that players could "trust that this really is in the best interest of the game." He continued:

We assure you we're using the extra time to make Bloodstained even better, based on [players'] input.

The finished version of the game consists not only of the primary story, but there are side quests that help flesh out the main narrative. It also allows for character customization, which NPCs will comment on.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night began life as a Kickstarter project from Castelvania Series Producer Koji Igarashi. During its fundraising period, it brought in $5.5M from nearly 65,000 backers.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Revealed for Nintendo Switch Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:26:31 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The last announcement of today's Nintendo Direct was a reveal trailer for a Switch version of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. The trailer offered several gameplay snippets and a release window.

Specifically, this new take on The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is set for release in 2019, but no other details on a release date are available at this time. Furthermore, Nintendo did not provide specifics on whether the game is simply a port of the 1993 title, with updated graphics, or if it contains new features.

In the trailer, Nintendo showed off several iconic areas from Koholint Island. This includes Mabe Village, Goponga Swamp (the area outside Bottle Grotto), Kanalet Castle, Toronbo Shores, and the Mysterious Woods, complete with Link's owl guide, Kaepora Gaebora.

The game's famously quirky approach appears to be kept intact as well. The trailer features the original side-scrolling areas, Goombas appearing in dungeons, and bosses like the Genie.

No information was given about the graphics engine. However, the trailer showcases a cartoonish art style used for the characters and monsters uniquely mixed with high definition effects for things like the trees, grass, lighting, and water.

Dragon Quest XI S Definitive Edition Gets A Switch Release Window Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:05:56 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Dragon Quest fans only recently started receiving details on a Switch version of Dragon Quest XI, but today's Nintendo Direct had more to offer on the matter. Specifically, Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age, Definitive Edition is now set to release on Switch this fall.

The Switch version of Dragon Quest XI boasts a number of new features, including dual audio that will allow players to change between English and Japanese voice actors at any time. Furthermore, Dragon Quest XI S is the first time the game delivers a fully orchestrated score, though players can switch to the original score at any point, if they so choose.

Despite these changes, the game's main storyline remains the same. That is, the hero of Dragon Quest XI bands together with a ragtag group, known as the Luminaries, as they evade their mysterious hunters and track down the cause of the darkness plaguing their land.

However, the Switch release will also contain new stories, one for each party member. These tales will place secondary characters in the spotlight, revealing hidden truths and new information about them.

Super Mario Maker 2 Revealed During Nintendo Direct Wed, 13 Feb 2019 23:46:51 -0500 QuintLyn

A sequel to Nintendo's Super Mario Maker is on its way, with Nintendo revealing Super Mario Maker 2 during this afternoon's Nintendo Direct presentation. This announcement was accompanied by a trailer highlighting some of the things that players will be able to do when creating their very own Mario levels in the new game.

Fans can build a wide range of levels in Super Mario Maker 2, including old-school 8-bit Mario offerings as well as more current 3D-style ones. All of these levels will be side-scrollers, and, in a major improvement over the original game, players will now be able to create slopes for the very first time.

The trailer further revealed all of the creatures that players can make use of, along with various mechanics. It even seems possible that two players might be able to work together on a level, as, near the end, both Mario and Luigi are shown in construction uniforms.

Super Mario Maker 2 will release exclusively on the Nintendo Switch in June of this year. It will be the first new entry in the franchise since Super Mario Maker launched on the Wii U in 2015, although a version of this original title was released for the 3DS in 2016.

Both versions of the game were received fairly well, with the Wii U version of the title earning an 88 out of 100 on Metacritic and the 3DS version coming in a bit lower at 73 out of 100. The game also won several awards, including "Best Console Game Nintendo Wii" and "Best Social/Casual/Online Game" at Gamescom as well as "Best Family Game" at the 2015 The Game Awards. It won two technical awards from NAVGTR, and it was nominated for several more.

Since the original launched in 2015, players have created over 7 million courses, and they have been played more than 600 million times. As such, today's announcement should mean that a lot of Mario fans are going to be having a lot of fun very soon with Super Mario Maker 2.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Release Window Delayed, New Details Revealed Wed, 13 Feb 2019 23:20:33 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Nintendo provided a bevy of new details on Fire Emblem: Three Houses during today's Nintendo Direct. Amongst these details was the news that fans will have to wait a little longer than expected to enjoy the new entry in the franchise, as Nintendo has pushed the game's release date back.

Initially promised for a spring launch, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is now set for release on July 26. Nintendo indicated that the title is being delayed in order to polish it.

Additionally, the company used the presentation to offer further details on the game. While no concrete information was provided about the overarching story, it is now known that players will choose their avatar character and begin life as a mercenary in their father's mercenary group. As the story unfolds, players will find themselves acting as a professor at the Garreg Mach Monastery, a center for religion, combat, and education.

From there, players will choose one of three heroes to teach, each representing a specific house at the school and, by extension, one of the nation's major powers. They are Edelgard of the Adrestian Empire and Black Eagles House; the Blue Lions House leader, and prince of Faerghus, Dimitri; and Claude from Leicester Alliance and Golden Deer House.

The professor will also take other students under their tutelage, traveling throughout the land of Fodlan to fight bandits, suppress rebellions, and, sometimes, work alongside the Seiros Knights, a branch of the Church of Seiros. Part of this process will involve training each student in their use of weapons and magic, plus skills like horsemanship.

It isn't clear whether units will be tied to specific weapons, as in previous Fire Emblem games, or if they can switch between them. However, training, studying, and passing exams will serve to boost proficiency and experience, and students will form bonds with one another, and their professor, through various skit-like events. These bonds will help boost combat power, though what other purpose they serve is yet to be revealed.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses will also be available as a special edition, titled the "Seasons of Warfare Edition." This will include a steel book case, calendar, art book, and soundtrack featuring selections from the game.

New Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Details Revealed Wed, 13 Feb 2019 22:57:14 -0500 Josh Broadwell

One of the surprises out of last year's Game Awards was the announcement of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, the first game in the series in almost 10 years. During today's Nintendo Direct, more details about the title were revealed.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order releases in July cast, with characters from The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men, and more, but there is a main character that the title focuses on: the ultimate cosmic defender, Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is a 4-player game, and players can team up as they take on Thanos and his team of galactic warmasters, the Black Order. In order to stop the supervillain, these teams will need to find mysterious Infinity Stones before Thanos does, and they will venture to locales like the X-Mansion during their search.

In the process, players will level up their heroes and learn new skills, which will allow them to devastate foes on the ground and in the air with Hero Skills and each unique Alliance attack. While individual heroes will continue to get stronger through this system, teaming up for attacks is a core component of Marvel Alliance 3's gameplay.

For example, Hero Skills can be combined with other heroes' moves to create more powerful attacks. Furthermore, if you combine Alliance attacks with other heroes, you can pull off Alliance Ultimate Extreme attacks and wipe enemies from the field.

There are two ways of playing multiplayer in Marvel Alliance 3: sharing Joy-Cons or using local wireless. All four players can also choose to share the same screen when playing cooperatively, or everyone can play on their own individual systems.

The game can be enjoyed with two unique camera modes. One is the normal third person camera and the other is the dynamic Heroic Camera, which zooms in and emphasizes the action taking place.

These are all of the details Nintendo has shared for now. However, expect more information as the summer release date gets closer.

Nintendo Direct Scheduled for February 13 Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:53:08 -0500 Ceedi

Nintendo has announced that a Nintendo Direct is scheduled for February 13, starting at 2 p.m. PDT/5 p.m. EDT. This will be the first Nintendo Direct of  2019.

The Direct will be 35 minutes, and it will contain information on upcoming games for Nintendo Switch, including revealing some new information on Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which was revealed during Nintendo's E3 presentation last year and is currently expected to release later this year.

During a shareholder Q&A last week, Nintendo revealed that there are a few currently unannounced games that will be released during 2019. As the company expects fans will be very excited over these announcements, some fans are speculating that these games may be revealed during this upcoming direct.

With the news of Metroid Prime 4's delay, there also came rumors of a Metroid Prime Trilogy release for the Switch, leaving expectations high for a potential announcement during this direct. Super Mario Maker 2, a possible Pikmin 3 port, and a new Legend of Zelda title have joined Metroid Prime Trilogy among the most strongly supported reveal rumors.

Alongside those potential announcements, is also expected that Nintendo will announce that SNES games are coming to the Nintendo Online service; the rumors are based on data mining that revealed the names of several SNES classics.

This latest Nintendo direct also comes ahead of Pokemon Day, which takes place on February 26, leading to some speculation on whether there will be any information on the new Pokemon RPG that is scheduled to release this year.

We will have full coverage of the Direct following tomorrow's stream. Check back for all of the highlights, and to see if any of these rumors turn out to be true.