Its Nintendo Direct time! This one was basically outlining Nintendo’s plan for the Christmas period and beyond. I have to say, if you compare the exclusive software coming out of Nintendo to Playstation and Microsoft…it is no contest. The Switch, and even the 3DS, wins hands down.
So, without further ado, this is what Nintendo showed in the Direct:
- Nintendo started the proceedings with all the 3DS announcements. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions is coming out on Sixth of October (and looks excellent).
- Kirby’s Battle Royale – a multiplayer Kirby game – is being released on the nineteenth of January.
- Yo-Kai Watch 2 is getting a free update which adds new Yo-Kai and other improvements. Its coming out on the twenty-ninth of September.
- A new Professor Layton game, Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrille & The Millionaire’s Conspiracy, is coming out on the sixth of October.
- Yet another port of Minecraft actually came out on the day of the direct. Is there anything that won’t play Minecraft?!
- The terribly titled Mario Party: The Top 100 was announced. It is the top 100 ‘best’ mini-games culled from all the Mario Party games over the years. Which is a pretty disgusting concept because, well, they are all terrible.
- A slew of Atlus developed RPGs were detailed: The Alliance Alive, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology & Etrian Odyseey: Beyond The Myth are all coming out in “early 2018”
- And finally, Nintendo showed off a bit of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney and Fire Emblem Warriors. The former is out on the twentieth of November, whilst the latter is out on the 20th of October.
Phew, that was a lot of stuff for a dying platform. Now onto the real meat of the Direct: The Nintendo Switch.
- New maps and guns for Splatoon 2 were shown off. Some of which are out tomorrow, others are coming out later in the year.
- Some character from a Gameboy Fire Emblem game is coming to Fire Emblem Warriors. Yawn.
- Snipperclips is getting an update on the tenth of November. Looks substantial!
- Some insane looking team-based third person shooter called Morphies Law is coming first to Switch. The twist is that when you shoot someone gets small, whilst yours gets bigger (so hit them in the leg, their leg gets small whilst yours increases in size). Which allegedly effects how you control your guy. Big legs = higher jumping, for instance. Seems cool and is out this Winter.
- Rocket League is getting ported this Holiday.
- An actual MOBA (League of Legends/DOTA 2 -alike) called Arena of Valour is going into BETA third Winter.
- Yet another port of Skyrim is out on the seventeenth of November. It has Zelda stuff in there if you use a Link amiibo (or find it in the world, I think).
- Doom and Wolfenstein 2 are actually coming to the Switch. Which sounds mighty impressive considering they are graphical powerhouses. I wonder how they will look/play scaled down. The former is out this Holiday, whilst Wolfenstien is out in 2018.
- They went into rather a lot of detail about Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s combat. The game looks awesome and is actually coming out on the first of December, a fact that surprised me a great deal.
- Square Enix’s Project Octopath Traveler got detailed a bit more. There are eight protagonists who can traverse the story in eight different ways. It looks profoundly beautiful. I can’t believe a solid release date is still not announced.
- Some more game’s release dates got announced: Lost Sphear is out on the twenty-third of January, Sonic Forces on November the first, Resident Evil: Revelations 1 & 2 on November the twenty-eighth and L.A. Noire on November the fourteenth.
- Nintendo ended the Direct with a showstopper: Super Mario Odyssey. That game still looks incredible and is probably one of the best reasons to buy a Nintendo Switch this Christmas. Sweet Jesus.
That was pretty much all the exciting and interesting information they announced, outside of some minor updates about games coming out soon and Amiibos. Overall this was a very good Direct, lots of games and they almost all look good. It is also nice to hear about how they are still supporting the games that have already been released earlier in the year.