Holy Cow! Nintendo sure managed to pack a lot of information about a lot of games for both the Nintendo Switch and the 3DS Family into just forty-five minutes. Here’s the highlights of what you missed:
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 finally has a release date and, despite some concerns of a delay, it’s coming this holiday. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is hitting shelves December 1st. In the Nintendo Direct we were overwhelmed with information regarding this title for Nintendo Switch. For more information on the combat system and the world of Alrest, check out the Direct for yourself.
Fire Emblem Warriors has also confirmed a release date of October 20th for Nintendo Switch, the week before Super Mario Odyssey takes over our lives. Nintendo also announced new Amiibo from the Fire Emblem franchise.
Amiibo were announced for Fire Emblem Warriors, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. My personal favourite has to be Groom Bowser, and he arguably has the most useful functionality of the bunch that we know of.
Snipperclips, the beloved indie darling published by Nintendo for the Switch, is getting an expansion in the form of Snipperclips Plus. Look forward to 30 new levels on November 10th. Also, Rocket League for Nintendo Switch has been given a launch window of This Holiday, as well Switch-exclusive content, most of which was already announced.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim finally has a release date. And it wasn’t even the most exciting Bethesda news to come out of this Nintendo Direct. Skyrim will be releasing on November 17th, but Switch owners can also look forward to releases of DOOM and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus in this holiday and 2018 respectively.
This is the first major dedication to the system that a Triple-A publisher has promised, with the announcement of a highly-anticipated title promised to Nintendo gamers. Wolfenstein 2 is great news and very promising to a community of fans who will still feel cheated from the lack of third-party support on the Wii U.
Project Octopath Traveller (working title) is the intriguing turn-based RPG coming from the team at Square Enix behind Bravely Default. In the Nintendo Direct, they announced a demo for Nintendo Switch to be released later this day, as well as a release window of 2018.
Last, but certainly not least, we saw a glimpse into some of the mechanics of Super Mario Galaxy, including a glimpse into 8 of the kingdoms we’ll be able to explore as Mario and Cappy. Never-before-seen Kingdoms include the Snow Kingdom and the Seaside Kingdom. They also went into brief detail about Amiibo Support and mini-games, as well as a Snapshot mode where you can create screensavers for your iPhones. There will also be the inevitable Super Mario Odyssey bundle which will include Nintendo Red Joycons which really do look rather lovely.
No information released on online support or virtual console as of yet, however it would appear that Nintendo is no longer releasing information such as this in the Direct Presentations. It’s a smart marketing move, but I’m sure many fans will have been disappointed by the absence of any information regarding some of the features sorely lacking on the Nintendo Switch.
While you’re taking in all that information, note there were announcements regarding 16 3DS games, including Pokemon Ultra Sun/ Ultra Moon and 21 Switch games I haven’t mentioned.
A few highlights regarding these:
-Mario+Luigi: Superstar Saga is coming to 3DS with new modes.
-Mario Party 100 mini-game compilation is coming to 3DS November 10th.
-Atlus is bringing 4 RPGs, including a Shin Megami Tensei and Etrian Odyssey V to 3DS.
-Arcade versions of classics such as the original Mario Bros. will be making their way to Switch. They do not appear to be a replacement for Virtual Console.
-ARMS new character Lola Pop released today.
-Lost Sphear, Tokyo RPG Factory’s follow-up to I Am Setsuna. is coming January 23rd.
Watch the Nintendo Direct itself above so you can catch the multitudes of announcements I couldn’t cover here. For more, keep it locked to Mammoth Gamers!