Nintendo Direct Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Nintendo Direct RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 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 Joshua 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 Joshua 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 Joshua 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 Joshua 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 June 2019 as a Nintendo Switch exclusive. The game brings together a massive 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. 

Nintendo Set to Discuss Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in Final Nintendo Direct Tue, 30 Oct 2018 13:44:57 -0400 William R. Parks

A 40-minute Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct is scheduled for Thursday, November 1 at 10am EDT.

Hosted by director Masahiro Sakurai, the final Smash Direct will offer players new information prior to the game's release later this year on December 7.

Will Nintendo finally give fans what they have been clamoring for and add Waluigi to the roster?

We will have to tune-in to Nintendo's Twitch on Thursday to find out.

Following the Direct, a Nintendo Treehouse: Live will showcase gameplay from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokemon: Let's Go!, and Diablo 3: Eternal Edition on Switch.

What do you hope Nintendo will reveal at the Direct? New characters? New stages? Let us know in the comments below.

Nintendo Direct Announcements and Surprises Thu, 13 Sep 2018 20:56:18 -0400 Bryant Pereira

After a week-long delay due to a devastating earthquake that hit Japan, Nintendo has graced us with another Direct focusing on upcoming Nintendo Switch and 3DS games, and their soon-to-launch online service. The direct kicked things off with a new entry into a beloved series...

[Note: We will be updating this article throughout the night as Nintendo uploads the trailers to its YouTube page]

Luigi's Mansion 3 (2019)

A brief trailer showed Luigi navigating through narrow corridors and encountering his favorite enemy ghosts in the newest entry in the Luigi's Mansion series. With the original game coming to 3DS later this year, Switch fans don't have to worry about missing out on some ghost-sucking fun.

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn

Another remake is topping off the list of 3DS games as it enters its final stages. Kirby's Epic Yarn originally released on the Wii back in 2010, and the 3DS version includes all the endearing yarny original stages, along with some new goodies in this enhanced port. Kirby can now gain additional abilities from items, like crafting bigger yarn balls or taking advantage of wind to blow enemies away.

Considering the original Kirby's Epic Yarn's biggest criticism was the easy difficulty (you couldn't die if you tried), the new time-trial-esque Devilish Mode is a pleasant addition. Lastly, this port includes some new mini-games that let players take control of series' favorites King Dedede and Meta Knight. Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn releases in 2019.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story & Bowser Jr.s Journey

The remake of the DS classic Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story sees a welcome addition with Bowser Jr.'s Journey. The trailer shows Bowser Jr. stirring up mischief with the other Koopalings trying to find his own remedy for the Blorbs. Gather allies like Ludwig, Koopa Troopers, and Shy Guys to conquer the chaos in this new entry to a beloved Mario RPG.

Luigi's Mansion 3DS

An exclusive two-player mode is making its debut on the 3Ds version of Luigi's Mansion. If both players own a copy of the game, the second player will play as a greener, shinier Luigi, and they can traverse through the entire game with their partner.

Download play is available for a boss battle mode, in case only one friend has a copy of the game. Amiibos will have different effects on the game, as well, like revealing hidden Boo's and healing Luigi. There are four different compatible Amiibo's, but which specific ones have not been revealed yet. Luigi's Mansion 3DS is making its way to stores on October 12.

Yo-Kai Watch Blasters

Yo-Kai Watch Blasters launched last week. However, new content is already on its way for the Pokemon-esque game. A free software update called Moon Rabbit Crew is adding new missions, areas to explore, new Yo-Kai, and new bosses. Moon Rabbit Crew is available for download on September 27.

Splatoon 2 Update

The researchers at Squid Research Lab keep pumping out the content with a new update to Splatoon 2. Coming soon, Ver. 4.0.0 will come with new weapon sets -- part of the Kensa Collection -- as well as Splatfest updates and new sub and special weapons. The Kensa collection consists of monotone painted designs for a new sniper, roller, and splat dualies. 

The biggest change in the 4.0.0 update is definitely the new features added for upcoming Splatfests. For those unaware, Splatfests are community events that pit Splatoon 2 players on opposing sides of generally humorous debates (such as forks vs knives). The upcoming changes replace the original Solo and Team modes with Normal and Pro. 

Normal mode has players jumping into a Splatfest Battle on their own or with a team of three friends from the same Splatfest Team, similar to how both Solo and Team modes worked before. However, now you won't need to play with a full team of four if you only have two or three players in a group you can add random players to your group of four for the first time.

In Normal mode, the amount you ink is added to any min bonus to determine a clout, and if your team is on a win streak, the matchmaking system will set you up with similar players. Lastly, your team can get different nicknames depending on your playstyle and weapons of choice.

Pro mode is for the players who want to prove themselves. Raise your clout high enough to make it into the Splatfest Top 100. 10x Battles will also be added to both divisions, which are just rare matches that can increase your points multiplayer. There are even rumors of 100x battles...

Mega Man 11

Although the demo was released last week, it's still great news to see the blue bomber looking as great as ever. You can check out our impression of the Mega Man 11 demo here.

The direct trailer revealed that amiibos can be used to get E-tanks and other useful items. Megaman 11 is coming to the Nintendo Eshop October 2.

Mario Tennis Aces Update

Camelot studio is giving it their all when it comes to post-launch support for Mario Tennis Aces. The game will be supported until June of next year and will see a number of returning veterans like Birdo, Shy Guy, Koopa Paratroopa, and Petey Piranha.

A new co-op challenge mode is coming, where you can play exclusive online missions that are available for a limited time. Completing the challenges while they're up nabs you new outfits, color schemes, and more. The Version 2 update comes September 19th. Here's hoping for online doubles lobbies and longer match selection options in the near future.

Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle

Seven arcade beat 'em up classics are coming to the Nintendo Switch with 4-player local and online multiplayer support. Final Fight, King of Dragons, Captain Commando, Knights of the Round, Warriors of Fate, along with first-time console releases Armored Warriors and Battle Circuit. Single joy-con play is supported, and you can pre-purchase the Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle September 18.

New Super Mario Bros. U. Deluxe

Some rumors were swirling around the past few weeks about a New Super Mario  Bros. collection, and it's safe to say they were mostly true with Mario, Luigi, and Toad returning for more fun.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe combines the original Wii U game along with the standalone DLC New Super Luigi U. In this enhanced port, players can also play as Nabbit and Toadette. Nabbit won't take damage from enemies, and Toadette can adorably transform into Peachette with a super crown and gain the ability to double jump.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe supports single joy-con play and comes to the Nintendo Switch January 11, 2019.

Katamari Damacy REROLL

An HD version of Katamari Damacy is making its way to the Nintendo Switch. Developed by Namco, Katamari Damacy REROLL tells the tale of how the King of Cosmos has made a serious mess. Of course, we can't say we didn't see this coming

The remake sees new gyro motion controls, HD rumble, and multiplayer. Katamari Damacy REROLL will be available winter of this year.

Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo Switch Online launches on September 18, and the direct included a short video to discuss the included features. The video covered five basic features: Online Play, NES Online, Cloud Saving, the Smartphone App, and Special Offers. 

Unfortunately, there isn't really any further information that wasn't previously announced by Nintendo. The "Special Offers" haven't been detailed either, but it's safe to assume they'll be similar to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live deals. Several NES games were shown like Metroid, Ice Climbers, and more.

All Switch owners can start a 7-day free trial when it launches. Pricing can be found below.

Nintendo is also releasing a pair of NES wireless controllers for the Nintendo Switch to play the 20 NES games included with Nintendo Switch online. The pair of NES controllers will be available on September 18 for $59.99.

Pokemon Let's Go: Pikachu and Eevee

A few new details on your main partner Pokemon have been revealed. Pikachu or Eevee can now learn secret techniques, which replace the abhorred HM moves from previous titles.

The trailer included cute animations like Pikachu surfing and flying the player away with a hot air balloon. This does, however, force players to keep their un-evolvable starter Pokemon with them throughout their entire journey.

Diablo 3

Diablo 3, the loot-filled multiplayer action RPG, is scorching its way to the Nintendo Switch November 2. The port will include all previously released DLC, features a new Ganondorf armor set, and will be compatible with local, wireless, and online play. All amiibo are also compatible with Diablo 3 and will spawn a group of fearsome demons to slay that drop rare items.

Super Mario Party

New types of games are coming to Super Mario Party for Nintendo Switch. The Direct's trailers showed a few modes like River Rush and Toads Wreck Room that connects two switch systems.

The newest Mario Party entry introduces a single player mode as well, along with an online mode where players can duke it out in their favorite mini-games. Super Mario Partreleases October 5.

TOWN (Working Title)

Quite possibly the biggest surprise in this direct is Town. Brought by the Pokemon developers, GameFreak has an adorable JRPG game where the whole story takes place in one village. The main protagonist sports a fiery hairstyle, and the whole game has a Studio Ghibli flair to it.

The battle system is reminiscent of old-school turn-based combat, with battle commands that affect your battle style. You can summon other villagers to help you in combat. TOWN is set to release sometime in 2019.

Cities: Skylines Nintendo Switch Edition

As if the Civilization VI announcement didn't surprise us enough, strategy and city builder enthusiasts can rejoice as they take their favorite simulator on the town with them. 

Cities: Skylines Nintendo Switch Edition features all of the content from the base game, along with the DLC packs After Dark and Snowfall. The game does seem to run at a much lower resolution, but it's still very impressive that it can run at all on the Switch.

In classic Nintendo fashion, the game is available for download today.


In this Armored Core spiritual successor, you play as a deadly mercenary who takes control over Gundam-looking giant robots. As you defeat enemies, you can equip weapons on the fly and bring them back to base for use in future missions.

Different projectile and close-range weapons can be adapted for different enemies and situations. You can exit the mecha any time during battle and run around on foot -- and you can even add enhancements to your human form.

A 4-Player online co-op boss rush mode will be available at launch in 2019.

Yoshi's Crafted World

We haven't heard much about the new Yoshi title since its reveal at last year's E3, but today we got some creative new details on Yoshi's Crafted World. Sporting a paper-mache storybook setting, the world is brimming with artistic flavor. 

The newest title sees our favorite dinosaur sporting his usual gameplay, with some extra tricks up his sleeve like being able to turn the stage on its head or flip perspectives. As usual, the gameplay itself doesn't seem to present too much challenge, but it will contain a huge number of collectibles to track down.

Speaking of tracking things down, Yoshi can play entire stages backwards to look for those secret items. Yoshi's Crafted World will support a second player, and the game will be available in Spring 2019.

Asmodee Digital

Tabletop gaming is coming to Nintendo Switch with Asmodee Digital. Asmodee is a French publisher of board games, card games, and role-playing games -- and they're bringing a number of them to Nintendo Switch starting with Carcassone.

Other tabletop games coming are Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game, Pandemic, Catan, and Munchkin. Titles will feature 3D maps, local and online multiplayer, and expansions features as DLC.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI

This announcement may have been spoiled by the delay of the Direct last week, but it's still endearing to see Civilization VI being playable on a Nintendo console. Sid Meier's hit strategy game comes with all previously released DLC and an exclusive four-player local co-op mode on November 16.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas

With Wolf back in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it's only fair to include him in the cameo appearance in Starlink: Battle for Atlas. Although the Ubisoft toys-to-life game is coming to all platforms, Nintendo gracefully lent over some franchise favorites to the game in the form of the Star Fox Team. 

Starlink for Nintendo Switch will have exclusive missions, and not much is said, but Fox's arch-rival Wolf will take part in the story one way or another. Starlink: Battle for Atlas will launch October 16 of this year. 


An official release date of the popular free-to-play action RPG Warframe was announced. The powerhouse Switch-porting studio Panic Button is bringing this highly anticipated title to the EShop November 20. 

Third Party Games

Just Dance, FIFA 19, Team Sonic Racing, NBA 2K19, NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, Lego DC Super-Villains were all presented in a short third-party showcase with release dates. The release dates seem to match those of other consoles.

Final Fantasy Nintendo Switch

Another announcement that was spoiled by the Direct delay was the announcement of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition. Also coming to PS4, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles was originally released on the Gamecube and required Game Boy Advanced systems and link cables to actually play the multiplayer.

The remastered edition comes 15 years after its debut, and comes with a new online multiplayer mode and newly added areas.

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition, the downscaled adorable chibi version of Final Fantasy XV, is available for download today on the Nintendo Switch. Sporting nearly all of the content of the original, but portable and as cute as can be, players can cruise through Eos with the bros anywhere, anytime. 

The Final Fantasy announcements aren't even close to over yet. World of Final Fantasy: Maxima, an enhanced port of the Vita and 3DS game World of Final Fantasy, sees some up-scaled graphics and a new feature called Avatar Change, that allows you to transform into legendary characters across the series history. If you can't get enough of Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition's cute chibi graphics, then you'll have a little extra something on your radar come November 6.

Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy is another enhanced, and adorable, Final Fantasy port making its way to the Switch. The port comes with co-op joycon support and the ability to befriend all of the monsters in the game. Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon releases this Winter.

Coming to a Nintendo System for the first time, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will be available in 2019. We gave this fantastic remake a 9 out of 10, adding portability only makes it sweeter.

Speaking of delicacies, there are even more Final Fantasy classics hitting the Nintendo Switch. Coming soon, players can download the original versions of Final Fantasy VII, IX, and X & X-2 Remaster and play these masterpieces on a Nintendo system for the first time ever. 

Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Switch System

Available November 2, a whole month before the official release of the game, is a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Switch System. Featuring custom artwork on the dock itself with the original Smash roster, along with Smash-themed joy-cons, the console bundle also comes with a download code for Super Smash  Bros. Ultimate for when the game releases. 

The official Nintendo Gamecube controller and adaptor are available the same day.

Isabelle for Smash

Everyone watching the direct live knew there was something more...something special...something...smashing. At first glance, it seemed like the obvious surprise Animal Crossing announcement was underway, but as soon as Isabelle mentioned the mayor is too busy with Smash, it was all over.

Isabelle will be the second Animal Crossing character to join the fight. One of the most requested fighters on the Smash Ballot, Isabelle sports confetti cannons, her fishing rod, and her adorable buck teeth as one of my new most anticipated characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch

Of course, it would be plain cruel to tease fans with an Animal Crossing announcement and leave us hanging. With no further details other than a message from Tom Nook planning to empty our bells with mortgage payments, Nintendo has confirmed a new entry to the Animal Crossing series will launch on the Nintendo Switch next year. 


That ends another spectacular series of announcements for the Nintendo Switch...other than some clarification on the lack of basic features for Nintendo Switch Online. Regardless, Super Smash Bros. and Animal Crossing fans can gleefully cheer as their favorite series bring excitement around the world.

New Nintendo Direct Announced for Thursday (Update: Delayed) Wed, 05 Sep 2018 11:54:18 -0400 Bryant Pereira

Update 9/6/18: Nintendo released a statement early Thursday morning that said the planned Nintendo Direct would be delayed because of an earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan. The developer and publisher said a new time and date for the Direct would be released in the "near future". 

Original Story: Nintendo of America announced today in an early morning tweet that a Nintendo Direct will stream tomorrow, September 6. The 35-minute presentation will focus not only on upcoming Nintendo Switch titles but Nintendo 3DS games as well. You can watch the stream on Nintendo's Twitch and YouTube channels at 3:00 p.m. PT / 6:00 p.m. ET.

With Nintendo Switch's online services on the horizon, and very few details about a specific launch date, social services, and more, we can expect to hear at least something about the service in the Direct tomorrow. 

For games, you can definitely expect to hear about the holiday season's most anticipated titles Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu & Eevee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, along with some other titles like Super Mario Party. Hopefully, we'll also hear about some titles that were announced, but have since been quiet, like Yoshi, Shin Megami Tensei Vor Fire Emblem: The Three Houses.

Nintendo has already announced that its online service will be required to play online games like Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxeand Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Voice chat has been limited to the app mostly, and messaging is still unavailable a year and a half after the system's launch. Nintendo Online will also give out 20 NES games with new online capabilities, 10 of which are already announced. 

If you're especially looking forward to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, 10 Best Buy stores around the United States will be hosting a demo of the game in the upcoming weeks. 

Have any predictions for tomorrow's direct? Anything you're dying to hear about? Are you giving up on the possibility of a new Animal Crossing? Let us know in the comments below!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Announced With Whole Roster, Release Date Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:22:26 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Rumors were flying that we'd hear about a new Smash Bros. game during this year's Nintendo Direct at E3 -- and those rumors turned out to be true, but no one could have anticipated it to have turned out to be such an ambitious project. This seems like it could be Smash's final form -- though that is surely not the case.

The new entry to the series, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, aims to pull Smash of all generations together to make for one big cohesive fight-off. Within its roster lies every single fighter previously found in a Smash Bros. game. Newer combatants, like Kid Icarus, will be able to fight with old staples like Ice Climbers and each crossover character the series has seen in previous entries, such as Snake and Sonic.

There's a lot more to get excited about in this upcoming release than just the character roster, though. The game was shown to have a number of changes from previous iterations during today's Nintendo Direct Smash presentation with Masahiro Sakurai. Instead of boring you with a bunch of paragraphs, let's go over some of the new features/changes in some easily digestable chunks.

  • The game will have directional air dodging
  • Perfect shielding will be done upon release of the block button
  • Many characters have different Final Smash moves
  • Ryu will automatically face opponents
  • There will be male and female Pokemon Trainer options and players will be able to "main" a particular Pokemon out of their three
  • "Echo Fighters" are being introduced, which are slight variations of the character they are echoing (Daisy is an echo for Peach, for example)
  • Returning stages have been balanced or changed aesthetically
  • All stages will now have the standard as well as Omega forms, with the Omega form being universal across all stages
  • More assist trophies are being added, including the Squid Sisters from the first Splatoon
  • Many characters now have unique mechanics that will be displayed above their health gauge, like Cloud's Limit Break and Villager's pocket

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will release on December 7, 2018

Announced roster

As it stands, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has 65 characters announced and three Echo Fighter variations. You are sure to see some of your favorites from previous entries below, as Ultimate will feature every character ever introduced into the Smash Bros. Universe.

Two new characters have been announced for this release: Inkling and Ridley.

  • Mario
  • Samus
  • Kirby
  • Bowser
  • Link
  • Donkey Kong
  • Falco
  • Marth
  • Fox
  • Shiek
  • Zelda
  • Meta Knight
  • Villager
  • Mewtwo
  • Sonic
  • Ice Climbers
  • Pikachu
  • Captain Falcon
  • Zero Suit Samus
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Pokemon Trainer
  • Ness
  • Lucas
  • Peach
  • Captain Falcon
  • Inkling
  • Cloud
  • Sonic
  • Ike
  • Snake
  • Jigglypuff
  • Donkey Kong
  • Pichu
  • Roy
  • Olimar
  • Lucario
  • Dark Pit
  • Lucina
  • Robin
  • Bayonetta
  • Greninja
  • R.O.B.
  • Corrin
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Rosalina & Luna
  • Wario
  • Mii (3 modes)
  • Little Mac
  • Young Link
  • Toon Link
  • King Dedede
  • Shulk
  • Wolf
  • Yoshi
  • Ganondorf
  • Ryu
  • Luigi
  • Mega Man
  • Pac-Man
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Pokemon Trainer
  • Mr. Game & Watch
  • Dr. Mario
  • Palutena
  • Ridley

Nintendo had a pretty great Direct this E3, but Smash Bros. was by far the icing on the cake. Look out for more Smash Bros. Ultimate news on GameSkinny. Don't forget that ever-important December 7 release date!

Octopath Traveler Keeps Name, Launches July 13 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:12:23 -0500 Erroll Maas

During yesterday's Nintendo Direct, upcoming Square Enix RPG Octopath Traveler was shown, and it will launch on July 13, 2018, exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

Two new characters in the game were also introduced: Tressa the merchant and Alfyn the apothecary. Tressa has the special ability to purchase items from various NPCs, while Alfyn can question NPCs and gain information from them that other characters can't. Every character in the game has a main class as their job but can be given an extra job as well to create different combinations.

Additionally, a  special collector's edition of the game was revealed. This special edition will include a soundtrack, a pop-up book featuring all eight main characters, and a special coin.

Octopath Traveler will release exclusively on the Nintendo Switch on July 13, 2018. A demo version of the game is available for download on the Nintendo Switch eShop but may not be indicative of the final product, as various changes and improvements have been made since.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information on Octopath Traveler as it develops.

The World Ends With You: Final Remix Announced for Nintendo Switch Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:22:00 -0500 Greyson Ditzler

During today's Nintendo Direct Mini, the critically acclaimed cult classic action-RPG The World Ends With You was announced for the Nintendo Switch, with a sort of Ultimate Edition titled The World Ends With You: Final Remix.

Final Remix will contain everything that the original TWEWY did, as well as an expansion to the game in the form of a "sizable new scenario that gets right to the heart of the story," potentially addressing certain aspects of the original game's story that weren't fully explored or explained. The game also features the redone hand-drawn versions of the original game's pixelated sprites, originally seen in the mobile port The World Ends With You: Solo Remix, and will allow the player to control the game using either the original touch screen controls or a new Joy-Con control scheme.

For those who missed out on the original over 10 years ago, The World Ends With You is an action-RPG co-developed by Square Enix and Jupiter Corporation, who are most well known for their work on Pokémon Pinball and numerous Picross titles. The game stars a teenage boy named Neku, who is drawn against his will into a mysterious challenge gauntlet that involves him and a handful of other kids being forced to fight for their lives while slowly uncovering the mystery of the game's malevolent benefactor. The game was highly praised upon release for its unique control scheme, intriguing plot, and wholly unique and punkish graphics and music.

The World Ends With You: Final Remix is planned for release some time in 2018. You can watch the brief segment of the Mini Nintendo Direct announcing the game below:

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition Coming to Switch this Spring Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:21:12 -0500 Highties

Today, in a surprise Nintendo Direct Mini, a slew of new games were announced for the Nintendo Switch. One of those games is a port of Nintendo's first collaboration with Koei Tecmo, Hyrule Warriors. Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition will be released this spring.

Originally released as a Wii U exclusive back in 2014, Hyrule Warriors sold well for a Wii U game and got positive reviews, with a score of 76 on Metacritic, making it a well-received Warriors title. The Definitive Edition will include all the DLC from the Wii U and 3DS versions; local, two-player co-op; and new costumes for Zelda and Link, which will be the Breath of the Wild outfits.

Because of the success of 2014's original Wii U release, Nintendo continued to work with Koei Tecmo, releasing Fire Emblem Warriors. However, many fans were disappointed when there was no announcement for a sequel or definitive edition to Hyrule Warriors in 2017, so Nintendo announced Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition and showed it in action at their Direct Mini. 


Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information on Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition as it develops.

Mario Tennis Aces Revealed for Nintendo Switch Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:20:42 -0500 Highties

In a surprise, Nintendo had a Direct Mini today, and with that came several game announcements. Even more surprising, Nintendo revealed a brand-new Mario Tennis game for the Nintendo Switch called Mario Tennis Aces, coming to the hybrid console this Spring. 

Mario Tennis Aces promises to offer a new level of skill and competitive gameplay to the series, as well as a brand-new story, which we haven't seen in a Mario Tennis game since Power Tour on the Gameboy Advance. The game will include a variety of missions and boss battles -- with even more to be announced at a later date. The game developers over at Camelot, responsible for the Mario Tennis games since the days of the Nintendo 64, are behind the upcoming release.

Mario Tennis was first released on the Virtual Boy as a pack-in game for North America. The reviews were mixed at the time; however, that didn't stop it from becoming a spin-off franchise for Nintendo, and it even helped usher in a new era of Nintendo sports games in general. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Mario Tennis Aces as it develops. 

Dark Souls: Remastered Announced on Nintendo Direct Mini Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:35:42 -0500 Kat De Shields

Get ready to fling your Nintendo Switch across the room because Dark Souls: Remastered is coming to this portable console. Brought to you by Bandai Namco Entertainment, you can look forward to playing this title on May 25th. 

In a surprise Nintendo Direct Mini held this morning, Nintendo announced the first title in the renowned Dark Souls series would be available on their newest platform. The remaster includes the "Artorias of the Abyss" DLC. To sweeten the deal, Nintendo also announced they will improve the framerate and resolution of the original Dark Souls game for its port to the Switch. 

The first entry of the Dark Souls series was initially released in September 2011 and is currently available on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Since its release, the franchise has gathered a massive fan-base of people who live for a challenging, and sometimes grueling, gaming experience. Now, you can return to Lordran and play this classic on the go. Just be careful how you rage quit with your Switch.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Nintendo and Dark Souls news.