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Latest Nintendo Direct Outlines Nintendo Switch Holiday Schedule

A ton of content is coming to the Nintendo Switch this year

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The latest Nintendo Direct video presentation was one of the biggest ones yet, with Nintendo revealing that two big releases are currently in development for the Nintendo Switch system. “Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch” (working title) and “Luigi’s Mansion 3” (working title) are both set to launch on the Nintendo Switch in 2019 and there are new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Switch hardware and software bundles to look forward to in 2018. This is just a small part of the presentation, which outlined a wide-array of HD remakes, new features, and third-party games that are coming to the Nintendo Switch over the next few months.

Animal Crossing and Luigi’s Mansion 3 weren’t the only two games revealed during today’s presentation, a gigantic collection of classic “Final Fantasy” games are coming to the Nintendo Switch platform as well. Nintendo also announced that an HD remake of the Katamari Damacy game is coming to the Nintendo Switch, along with adaptations of some best-selling card and board games like Carcassonne and Pandemic. Nintendo also announced new details for Nintendo Switch Online and a new selection of Nintendo 3DS games.

“The announcements for Nintendo Switch keep coming,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With the additions of new games in the Animal Crossing and Luigi’s Mansion series, as well as a surge of new games from our development partners, there really is something for everyone in the ever-growing Nintendo Switch library.”

As for “Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch,” the game will be a major installment to the Animal Crossing series, the first since “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” debuted on Nintendo 3DS in 2013. Speaking of Animal Crossing, Isabelle from the Animal Crossing series is joining the roster as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and she’s ready to bonk all that oppose her. “Luigi’s Mansion 3” will be the next installment in the series but we will have to wait until 2019 to play it.

With Nintendo Switch Online, members gain access to online play and Save Data Cloud backup in compatible games. There will also be a collection of classic games with added online play, special offers and a smartphone app with features to make online gaming sessions more fun and engaging for supported games.

In addition to Splatoon 2, more online games will support voice chat through the app, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS and Mario Tennis Aces. Nintendo Switch owners won’t automatically become members when the service launches on Sept. 18, so they will need to purchase an individual or family membership in order to continue enjoying their online play in compatible games. At launch, 20 NES games, including Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, and the newly announced Ice Hockey and Pro Wrestling (available for the first time since its 1987 release) will be available to play, with more games added regularly. Nintendo is also releasing new wireless Nintendo Entertainment System Controllers to go with all of these retro games. They will be available for purchase exclusively for Nintendo Switch owners with a paid Nintendo Switch Online membership in the U.S. and Canada.

In the new “Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe,” up to four players can enjoy the updated version of the Wii U launch game when it comes to Nintendo Switch on Jan. 11. Mario, Luigi and Toad return as playable characters, and are joined by Nabbit and Toadette, who can also turn into Peachette by getting a Super Crown, offering new ways for beginners to play together with friends and family. New Super Luigi U, the first platformer with Luigi in a starring role, will also be included in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe at no extra charge.

There’s also “Yoshi’s Crafted World,” where you can play as Yoshi traveling through a world crafted from household items like boxes and paper cups. After traveling through a perfectly constructed stage, players can start at the goal and journey back to the start on the “flip side,” the backside of the course, to discover secrets. Yoshi’s Crafted World launches on Nintendo Switch in spring 2019.

As we teased earlier, there will be the Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Set. This upcoming Nintendo Switch bundle features the Nintendo Switch system – complete with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate branded Joy-Con controllers and dock – and a download code for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game, all at a suggested retail price of $359.99. The Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Set launches on Nov. 2. (The download code for the game won’t be active until the game launches on Dec. 7.)

The HD versions of FINAL FANTASY VII, IX and X / X-2 HD Remaster, as well as the recently released FINAL FANTASY XII: THE ZODIAC AGE will also be coming to the Nintendo Switch. This is the first time any of these FINAL FANTASY games has been released on a Nintendo system. Starting today, FINAL FANTASY XV Pocket Edition HD will be available to download in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch. In addition, three other games in the FINAL FANTASY universe will launch on Nintendo Switch in the near future: The leveled-up edition of WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY MAXIMA launches Nov. 6, Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! launches this winter and Nintendo GameCube co-op game FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Remastered Edition with online multiplayer and no need for a link cable comes to Nintendo Switch in 2019.

Super Mario Party” will launch a new Sound Stage mode, where up to four players can each shake a Joy-Con in rhythm-based gameplay, while the River Survival mode offers the series’ first four-player co-op. Plus, there’s 80 new mini-games, a single-player Challenge Road, the mini-game gauntlet Online Mariothon and much more. Super Mario Party launches for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 5 and is available for pre-purchase on Nintendo eShop and the game’s website beginning today.

If you’re a fan of Pokemon, “Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!” detailed the new skill system. Both games launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 16. A bundle that includes a Pikachu and Eevee themed Nintendo Switch system and Joy-Con, a Pokémon: Let’s Go! game and the Poké Ball Plus controller will also be available on the same day.

Fans of Katamari Damacy game will want to check out the HD remaster of the classic game when it comes to Nintendo Switch, complete with HD Rumble, gyro control and multiplayer support with the Joy-Con controllers. Katamari Damacy REROLL launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch on Nov. 30, with the physical packaged version coming winter 2018.

A few of of Capcom’s most classic arcade games like Final Fight, Captain Commando and Knights of the Round are coming to Nintendo Switch with up to four-player local or online play. This also includes games that have never launched on home consoles before like Armored Warriors and Battle Circuit. The digital version of this bundle launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch this winter.

The very popular city-building game “Cities: Skylines” is available today in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, which means players can manage resources, improve quality of life, energize businesses and stimulate growth anytime or anywhere. Also launching on the Nintendo Switch is “Sid Meier’s Civilization VI“, The strategy game comes to Nintendo Switch on Nov. 16, it will do so with an exclusive four-player wireless LAN multiplayer mode.

Mega Man 11” is set to launch on the Nintendo Switch on Oct. 2, with a free demo already available in Nintendo eShop. In addition, players will be able to unlock helpful in-game items for use in the full game by tapping the existing Mega Man amiibo figure, or a new Mega Man amiibo figure, which is included exclusively in the Mega Man 11 – amiibo Edition.

Starting tonight, the first set of weapons in the Kensa Collection is coming to Splatoon 2 as part of the new Version 4.0 update. These familiar weapons are painted with stylish monotone designs. In addition, significant new Splatfest changes are coming as part of this update. In early October, Version 4.1 will bring a new stage, new songs and more Kensa Collection weapon sets complete with new sub and special weapons.

After downloading a free update for “Mario Tennis Aces” on Sept. 19, players will have access to a new online co-op mode that lets players participate in time-limited missions with other players. Players who complete objectives while these missions are active will receive special outfits, characters with alternate color schemes and more. Also, be on the lookout for new upcoming playable characters like Birdo, Shy Guy, Koopa Paratroopa and Petey Piranha.

The Nintendo Switch version of “Diablo III: Eternal Collection” will send players on a journey through Sanctuary, where they’ll vanquish the armies of Hell and plunder powerful loot as one of the seven playable classes. Up to four players can adventure together via local or online multiplayer. The Nintendo Switch version of the game features the exclusive Legend of Ganondorf cosmetic armor set, compatibility with all amiibo figures and more. Diablo III: Eternal Collection launches Nov. 2.

Nintendo also announced that “Starlink: Battle for Atlas” launches for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 16. “The World Ends with You: Final Remix” from SQUARE ENIX launches Oct. 12 and “Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country” – which is available for pre-purchase on Nintendo eShop starting today – comes to Nintendo Switch on Sept. 21 in stores and Nintendo eShop, or on Sept. 14 for owners of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass.

Nintendo also announced that “Warframe” launches for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 20; “NBA 2K Playgrounds 2” hits Nintendo Switch this fall; “Just Dance 2019” will feature Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars and Cardi B when it launches on Oct. 23; “EA SPORTS FIFA 19” launches for Nintendo Switch on Sept. 28; “Team Sonic Racing: Gotta go FAST!” lands this winter; and “LEGO DC Super-Villains” is launching for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 16.

If you have a Nintendo 3DS, look for “Kirby’s Epic Yarn” in 2019. Every stage in the original Wii version is included in the 3DS release, but this Nintendo 3DS version has some new features, like the ability to craft bigger yarn balls, summon bead-collecting wind and play two new modes featuring familiar faces King Dedede and Meta Knight. “Luigi’s Mansion” will allow two players who each own the game to team up to explore and capture ghosts in Luigi’s Mansion. The release is a Nintendo 3DS remake of the classic Nintendo GameCube launch game. This new version of the game also features amiibo support. Tapping one of the four compatible amiibo will reveal where Boos are hiding and heal Luigi when he talks to Toad, among other bonuses. Luigi’s Mansion will haunt the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Oct. 12. “YO-KAI WATCH BLASTERS” lets players team up with friends locally or online to tackle the most action-packed battles in the series yet. A free “Moon Rabbit Crew” software update on Sept. 27 will add new missions, new areas to explore, new Yo-kai to befriend and new Big Boss Yo-kai. YO-KAI WATCH BLASTERS: Red Cat Corps and YO-KAI WATCH BLASTERS: White Dog Squad are now available for Nintendo 3DS.