Nintendo Direct Recap – September 2018

Nintendo Direct Recap – September 2018
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After a massive earthquake shook Japan’s island Hokkaido, Nintendo delayed the latest Nintendo Direct until further notice. It didn’t take the company long to bounce back with a new date of September 13th with a presentation full of reveals (and surprises!).

Here is the full breakdown on all the new games, updates, and products coming to the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS:

Luigi’s Mansion 3 Announced for Switch in 2019:

Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct started off with a tease for a new game. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is set to come to Switch in 2019.

While not the final title, this third entry in the series will be the series’ debut on Switch. No other details were given beyond a short tease showing some gameplay.

Nintendo 3DS Gets Some More Remakes:

Keeping the 3DS section brief, Nintendo gives us some more details on some upcoming ports as well as a new reveal.

The upcoming Luigi’s Mansion remake is getting a new co-op mode so another player can join in on the fun. As for the upcoming Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story port, a new adventure featuring Bowser Jr will be included adding new story content to the original Nintendo DS game.

Finally, Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn, a remake of the 2010 Wii game, is coming to the 3DS in 2019, complete with new levels and features.

Splatoon 2 Ver. 4 Announced:

Splatoon 2 is getting an update that includes new weapon sets, Splatfest changes, and additional weapons.

Ver. 4’s changes kick off tonight with the addition of new weapon sets part of the Kensa Collection. New sub and special weapons, as well as fresh features to Splatfest events,  will be implemented soon.

Mario Tennis Aces DLC Adds New Characters, Modes:

Nintendo is releasing a Version 2 Update for Mario Tennis Aces on September 19 that will include a new Co-Op Challenge mode, so you and your friends can tackle new tennis encounter together for a limited time. You’ll also be able to earn new alternate color scheme and special outfits for your characters.

But that’s not all, you’ll also be able to play as Birdo, Shy Guy, Koopa Paratroopa, and Petey Piranha. Nintendo has confirmed that Mario Tennis Aces will receive new content until next June.

Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle Announced For Switch:

A number of classic Capcom arcade are coming to Switch in a collection titled the Capcom Beat’em Up Bundle.

The bundle includes Final Fight, The King of Dragons, Captain Commando, Knights of the Round, Warriors of Fate, Armored Warriors (which had been arcade-exclusive until now), and Battle Circuit. The games will also have online play in this new bundle.

The Beat’em Up Bundle will be available on Switch on September 18.

New Super Mario Bros U Gets The Deluxe Treatment:

Take down Bowser with up to three friends on the Switch as the side-scrolling 2D platformer for Wii U gets the Deluxe treatment on the Switch.

Players will be able to play as Mario, Luigi, or Toad just like in the original game. However, the Switch version adds Nabbit and Toadette to the mix. Nabbit doesn’t take damage from enemies just like New Super Luigi U. Toadette has the unique ability to transform into Peachette who can double jump, float, and get a boost back up if she falls into a pit.

This package also comes with New Super Luigi U, which was a remix version of the game starring Luigi that featured 164 more challenging levels.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe releases on January 11.

Katamari Damacy Reroll Brings the Classic Title to Switch:

Bandai Namco is remastering the original Katamari Damacy for the Switch.

Katamari Damacy Reroll updates the first Katamari game for the HD console. Along with a remastering of the original game’s campaign, Reroll will include gyro controls and a new two-player mode.

Katamari Damacy Reroll arrives in Winter of 2018.

Game Freak Working on a new Turn-Based RPG, Town:

Game Freak announced it is working on Town (working title), a new turn-based RPG.

Town has you playing as a young adventurer charged with defending a small town from a series of monsters using what looks like a simple RPG battle system. You can also call in other townspeople to help you during combat. Town is also stated to take place all within one village.

Town is coming sometime next year.

Yoshi’s Crafted World Coming in 2019:

Nintendo has shown off some more of Yoshi’s next adventure, the now titled Yoshi’s Crafted World.

Yoshi’s Crafted World takes place in a world made of items like boxes and paper cups. Yoshi can still gobble enemies and toss eggs at targets. However, that doesn’t mean Yoshi doesn’t have some new tricks up his sleeve. Yoshi can turn the stage upside down or flip the perspective to access new areas and even play the courses backward.

Players can also take part in local cooperative play. Yoshi’s Crafted World is set to hit Switch next spring.

New Details for Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee Games:

Secret Techniques are abilities that can be taught to your partner Pokémon (Pikachu or Eevee) and used outside of battle. These abilities seem to replace HM techniques from past games.

In addition, your partner Pokémon can learn certain special, powerful moves to use in battle.

Nintendo has also reminded us that a new Switch Bundle is coming featuring Pikachu and Eevee Joy-Cons, dock, and console. This bundle will also include the game with the PokéBall controller.

Cities: Skylines Available Now for Nintendo Switch:

Cities: Skylines was not only announced as a Switch port, it’s available right now and can be downloaded in Nintendo’s eShop.

Much like the Sim City games of old, Cities: Skylines tasks players to map out neighborhoods, industrial districts, and commerce, and provide travel means and power to all of it. If the people of this fictional world like what you are doing, they will move in and raise the value of that property.

Final Fantasy Comes to Nintendo Switch:

Nintendo announced that multiple Final Fantasy games in both the mainline series and spinoffs are coming. Final Fantasy VII, IX, X, X-2, Final Fantasy XII, Chocobo’s Mysterious Dungeon, and World of Final Fantasy (titled Maxima) are coming to Switch, in addition to the previously announced Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles and Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition.

World of Final Fantasy Maxima releases November 6, Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition releases today, Chocobo’s Mysterious Dungeon is this winter, while everything else is 2019.

Digital Board Games are Coming to Switch:

Asmodee Digital is bringing several popular tabletop games over to Nintendo newest console, including Carcassonne, The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game, and Pandemic. But that’s just the first round of adaptations. Nintendo also plans to help bring the popular Catan and Munchkin series over to the Switch, but we’ll have to wait for more details on those soon. Carcassonne should be out by the end of the year, while the others are planned for 2019.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Gets Its Own Switch Bundle:

Nintendo has officially confirmed a Super Smash Bros Ultimate console bundle is coming.

The console bundle, which is out November 2, will include a Switch console with a new dock design featuring fighters from the original Super Smash Bros. Additionally, the Joy-Cons included with the console feature the series’ iconic cross design. The bundle also includes a download code for the game, which will not be active until the game launches the following month on December 7th.

Now what about Nintendo Switch Online?:

Nintendo announced details of their Switch Online service today. Although, Nintendo talked about the service it seems like they didn’t detail anything really new. Nintendo has mentioned that you need it to play online now but hasn’t mentioned if the online service will be improved.

Players can now move save data into a cloud for safe keeping. This makes it easy to retrieve game data in case something bad happens. However, if your service expires that save data stored in the cloud gets deleted.

The NES games on the service will include both local and online play on the Switch. While the service starts with 20 titles, the list will grow over time and feature a user interface for people to choose games to play.

Nintendo has also announced two wireless NES controllers that can be used with the system. The controllers feature railings so that they can be docked onto the Switch and charged using the system. The controllers will retail for $60 for a pack of two.

Lastly, Nintendo has confirmed that members will have special offers…but these will be detailed in the future.

Animal Crossing’s Isabelle is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate:

Isabelle, the lovable secretary of the Animal Crossing series, is making her way to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, this time as a fully playable character.

Although it’s not explicitly mentioned in the trailer, Isabelle looks to be an original fighter as opposed to being an echo fighter to Villager as many predicted. Isabelle is armed with party-poppers, pom-poms, and road signs.

Animal Crossing Coming to Switch in 2019:

Following the announcement of Animal Crossing‘s Isabelle joining the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster, Tom Nook appeared on screen with a brief announcement that it is time to get back to work.

A new Animal Crossing game is coming to Switch in 2019.

And that’s all you need to know about yesterday’s Nintendo Direct. For more information and trailers on all that was announced, you can check out everything you need on Nintendo’s Direct page.

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Danny Santos is a journalist at Mammoth Gamers. He enjoys games, comics, and tons of coffee. Last seen: Entering the underground Smash Ultimate Fight Club with a Gamecube controller.