Nintendo hosted a giant Nintendo Direct video presentation on Wednesday evening, announcing new games and downloads for the Nintendo Switch console. A few of the games mentioned during the stream were “Overwatch Legendary Edition,” “Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition,” “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening,” “Luigi’s Mansion 3,” “Pokémon Sword” and “Pokémon Shield.” There’s also a long list of Super NES games coming to the consoles, and a lot of ports. As we reported earlier today, “Overwatch Legendary Edition” is releasing on the Nintendo Switch on October 15th.
Before we get to all the ports, Nintendo announced that Terry Bogard from the “Fatal Fury” series is coming to “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” in November, making him the fourth DLC character to enter the ring. Along with Terry Bogard, Banjo & Kazooie are playable right now in the game. In addition to the characters, players will also get to enjoy the Spiral Mountain stage, as well as music tracks from the classic games.
Nintendo also detailed several classic Super NES games that will be playable on the Nintendo Switch Online service. The Super NES games coming to Nintendo Switch, which are free for anyone who has a Nintendo Switch Online membership, include “Super Mario World,” “Super Mario Kart,” “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past,” “Super Metroid,” “Stunt Race FX,” “Kirby’s Dream Land 3,” “Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island,” “Star Fox,” “F-ZERO,” “Pilotwings,” “Kirby’s Dream Course,” “BRAWL BROTHERS,” “Breath of Fire,” “Demon’s Crest,” “Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics,” “SUPER E.D.F. EARTH DEFENSE FORCE,” “Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts,” “Super Puyo Puyo 2,” “Super Soccer,” and “Super Tennis.” These games are launching tomorrow, September 5th. Nintendo stated that all of these Super NES games can be played with online functionality on Nintendo Switch Online, including multiplayer gameplay in select games and voice chat via the Nintendo Switch Online app.
Suspend points and an easy-to-use Rewind feature that lets players replay sections of the game will also be available at launch. The company also said that more Super NES games will join the collection in the future, including more than 40 games from the original Nintendo Entertainment System. You can play all these Super NES games with the new wireless Super Nintendo Entertainment System Controller. The controller will be available as a special offer only to Nintendo Switch Online members. Once the controller is available for purchase, it will be possible to order up to four controllers per Nintendo Account at nintendo.com/super-nes-controller for $29.
“Nintendo has been delivering new content for Nintendo Switch all year long, and that cadence will continue through 2019 and into the new year,” said Nintendo of America Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Nick Chavez. “Nintendo Switch owners can play what they want, when they want, with a huge library of games for all types of players.”
Now lets talk about some games. The big “Pokémon Sword / Pokémon Shield” news included two new Pokémon. The game is scheduled to launch on November 15th and fans can look for Polteageist, a ghost-type Pokémon that makes a home for itself by hiding among dishes at hotels and restaurants, and Cramorant. Polteageist is made of tea, and it may even let a trusting Trainer have a taste of its tea if they are nice. The flying- and water-type Pokémon Cramorant will swallow absolutely anything it wants. This Pokemon has an exclusive ability called Gulp Missile, and while using Surf or Dive in battle, it will counter when attacked. Nintendo added that players will be able to travel through the new Galar region in style, allowing players to outfit their main Trainer in tops, bottoms, outerwear, gloves, new hairstyles and makeup. During their journey, players can camp any time at Pokémon Camp, and while they are there, players can play with Pokémon and get to know them better. In the new Wild Area, players can visit other players’ camps as well. Up to four players and their Pokémon can hang out at a camp together. Pokémon Camp is also a great place to cook up some Curry on Rice, there are many types of delicious Curry on Rice that can be registered to the Curry Dex.
As we mentioned earlier, “Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition” launches today with Steam save support. You can also check out “Return of the Obra Dinn,” the indie game coming to Nintendo Switch this fall. As an insurance investigator for the East India Company, players must board a ship, explore its surroundings, turn back time with the Memento Mortem pocket watch and record logical deductions to solve the ship’s mysteries.
If you’re one of the millions waiting for “The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening,” it’s almost launch day. In the game, players can place chambers earned in the adventure to create custom Chamber Dungeons. Finished dungeons can be saved to a compatible amiibo figure in The Legend of Zelda series or Super Smash Bros. series so they can be shared with friends. A new Link amiibo figure inspired by the style of the game will launch on September 20th, the same day as the game.
“Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore” is the Nintendo Switch version of the acclaimed RPG that originally launched on the Wii U system. This new version of the game contains a new song that wasn’t in the original, and new story elements. The game is scheduled to launch on January 17th. Nintendo also announced that the digital version of the “Tetris 99” game is getting an update. “Tetris 99” Invictus mode can be activated after you reach TETRIS MAXIMUS status, which means getting first place at least once in the traditional online mode of “Tetris 99.” In addition to Invictus mode, Daily Missions will be added to “Tetris 99” for everyone to enjoy. By clearing these missions, players will acquire in-game tickets to exchange for a variety of custom themes. To show off accomplishments, new player icons will be added as well. The second wave of content is coming for those who purchased the Big Block DLC. In 2P Share Battle mode, share Joy-Con controllers for a two-player game against each other and the CPU. In Local Arena mode, friends can get together in person to battle via new local wireless multiplayer. The version 2.0 update and new paid DLC for Tetris 99 will launch tomorrow on September 5th.
“Luigi’s Mansion 3” made an appearance in the video as well. Every floor of the haunted hotel in Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a different theme, including the pyramid setting of Tomb Suites, a disco floor and a pirate-themed restaurant. In the newly announced ScreamPark party mode, two to eight players can battle against each other as a Luigi team and a Gooigi team even with only one Nintendo Switch system. The teams will compete to see who can defeat the most ghosts, collect the most coins or break the most targets. Luigi’s Mansion 3 opens the doors of its haunted hotel on October 31st.
In “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” players join the Deserted Island Getaway Package by Nook Inc, and start a relaxing new life full of creativity, charm and freedom. That game launches on March 20th, so set a reminder if you’re a fan. “DAEMON X MACHINA” is a new action-mech game that launches on September 13th. In the Prologue demo that launches today, players will pilot their mechs through the beginning of the game, and all progress earned will carry over to the main game. A key feature of the demo is the ability to play in local co-op mode with up to four players.
“Super Kirby Clash” launches as a free-to-start multiplayer action game. In the game, players can choose from four unique Roles and join up to three other players to take down tough bosses. Puff up power by crafting weapons, or use Gem Apples, which can be earned as in-game currency or purchased using real-world money, to recharge Vigor, unlock new quests or trade for weapons, armor, support items or stickers. Pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend to play locally, and if you have a Nintendo Switch Online membership, you can even play online.
In “Little Town Hero,” players can explore the new RPG from Game Freak, the developers of the Pokémon games. Players must battle monsters and gather support from townspeople, all while staying within the borders of a single town. “Little Town Hero,” which also features music by Undertale creator Toby Fox, makes a stand on Nintendo Switch on October 16th. “Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise” is a sequel to the cult classic “Deadly Premonition.” When FBI agent Aaliyah Davis opens an investigation into an old serial-killer case, she also opens a door to the unknown, and the game will launch on the Nintendo Switch in 2020. The game “Rogue Company” is a 5-v-5 online shooter from Hi-Rez Studios. Players can challenge friends or instantly match up online with a similarly skilled team in a variety of objective-based modes, and the mercenaries can be fully customized to match the player’s style. Rogue Company sneaks up to Nintendo Switch in 2020.
One of the bigger announcements was “Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast,” which comes to the Nintendo Switch on Sepember 24th. Kyle Katarn, agent of the New Republic, is our only hope to stop a rogue Jedi. There’s also “DOOM 64,” which launches on November 22nd. Don’t forget about “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition,” where you play as Geralt of Rivia. In this version of the game, you get all the DLC and story expansions, and it releases on October 15th. RPG fans should also look for “Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection.” Players can become the most feared pirate in the Caribbean in “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag “and then transform into the ultimate assassin hunter in “Assassin’s Creed: Rogue.” All past single-player DLC is included, as well as new features like touch control and motion aiming. Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection launches for Nintendo Switch on December 6th. While you’re playing all these games, remember that “Dauntless” is also available. The free-to-play action-RPG allows players to team up with others to take down boss-sized Behemoths. The Nintendo Switch version of “Dauntless” launches this year and features full cross-play, cross-compatibility and feature parity, so players on Nintendo Switch can join a global community millions strong and, for the first time ever, take their Slayers on the go.
Nintendo stated that “Trials of Mana” is a remastered version of the fantasy adventure, coming to the Nintendo Switch on April 24, 2020. This new version of the classic game features fully voiced characters and upgraded graphics. Players who want to play the original can enjoy it as part of the currently available Collection of Mana game for Nintendo Switch. In addition to playing classic multiplayer events with Mario, Sonic and all their friends, “Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020” also features a single-player story mode, new minigames and 10 retro-style events. These new events are displayed in old-school 2D graphics, and the game launches on November 5th.
The other games on the list include “NBA 2K20” on September 6th, “The Outer Worlds” releasing “soon,” “Just Dance 2020” on November 5th, “Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered” on September 20th, “Devil May Cry 2” on September 19th, “GRID Autosport” on September 19th, “Vampyr” on October 29th, “Call of Cthulhu” on October 8th, and “Farming Simulator 20” this winter.
These announcements were part of Nintendo’s “Nintendo Direct” presentation, which you can watch below.
The Nintendo Switch Lite is also now available right here on Amazon for the lower price of $199. So it’s a pretty great time to jump into the console and catch up on the games.
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