September’s Nintendo Direct was mostly filled with gameplay of upcoming games that we already knew about, but there were a few noteworthy announcements. Read on for everything that was announced at this month’s Nintendo Direct:
Overwatch Coming to Switch
This is one of the big announcements I was talking about at the start. News on this unfortunately leaked before Nintendo Direct took place, but nevertheless it’s pretty big news. I’ve always thought Overwatch was a game primed for a Switch port due to the graphics which don’t require a high spec machine to render, you can even run Overwatch on a PC without a dedicated graphics card. In fact, I probably mentioned it on one of our podcasts. Anyway, it’s now confirmed, Overwatch is heading to the Switch on October 15th.
We’ve known for some time Luigi’s Mansion was launching on October 31st but we saw some new gameplay during Nintendo Direct, including some multiplayer gameplay which sees 2 to 8 players battle against each other in arena-style battles which look strangely familiar to Mario Party’s mini-games, but that’s not really a bad thing.
Super Kirby Clash
Super Kirby Clash is a new free-to-play multiplayer game where up to 4 players (online or local) join forces to battle enemies and bosses while completing over 100 quests. The gameplay looks remarkably like Smash Bros but, as before, that’s not a bad thing since that game is great. The game is out now and as I said, it’s free, so go and give it a try!
Trials of Mana remake
The remake of Seiken Densetsu 3: Trials of the Mana will be launching on April 24, 2020. Never heard of Seiken Densetsu 3? That’s ok, neither had we until we researched it to write this very paragraph you’re reading now. It was originally released in 1995 and only in Japan (we think). Anyway, the remake ‘Trials of Mana’ actually looks pretty decent and will be a welcomed addition to the already epic line-up of RPG games on Switch.
Return of the Obra Dinn Switch Release
Return of the Obra Dinn is getting released for the Switch this Fall. The game was extremely well received on the PC by both critics and users, so there’s plenty of people that will be jumping with joy over this announcement; not me though, I think it looks a bit meh. However, I’m fairly confident it’s a game our resident ‘I like boring story games’ expert Chris will be purchasing on release or shortly after.
Little Town Hero
This looks like an interesting take on a JRPG. Instead of fighting with weapons to ‘save your town’ (even though the main characters name is Axe he doesn’t seem to own one) you fight with ‘ideas’; it sounds strange but the gameplay looks decent (video above). It’s being developed by Pokémon developers ‘Nasdas’ with the music being composed by Undertale creator Toby Fox. It’s set to release next month on October 16th and you are able to buy and pre-load it now.
New Smash Characters
New characters are being added to the Smash roster, with the first being Banjo and Kazooie who are available to play right now. Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury was also announced and will be added to the game in November this year. That leaves just one challenger pack remaining to be announced, however, Nintendo also said that even more characters are on the way in addition to the one outstanding challenger pack.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore Switch Release
Tokyo Mirage is making its way to the Switch from the Wii U. The Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei crossover was largely overlooked when it first released, mainly because it was stuck on a platform nobody had (Wii U), but not any more thanks to the Switch port which is launching on January 17th 2020. It’s not a straightforward port however, there’s going to be new story elements, a new song, and new characters (hence the different name).
Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise
Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise is coming in 2020 along with the original game, which will launch as Deadly Premonition Origins today. The sequel will be set in Boston in the year 2019, where “FBI agent Aaliyah Davis opens an investigation into an old case, she also opens a door to the unknown. A door that also takes us back to New Orleans, 14 years ago”. There will also be another side to the story which follows Francis “York” Morgan in this previous/past timeline. According to Nintendo “the journey between past and present will take Aaliyah and York on a winding path.”. The game doesn’t have a set release date but we do know it will launch some time in 2020.
Divinity: Original Sin 2: Definitive Edition Released on Switch
The game is available to purchase right now and features cross saves between PC and Switch which is a blessing. If you haven’t played the game before then Original Sin 2 is an outstanding tactical RPG with a great story behind it and a wealth of customisation options, it’s a must have if you’re a fan of RPG’s but be aware it’s much cheaper on the PC (and is on sale right now on Steam).
Rogue Company is a new team-based shooter from Hi-Rez Studios. It looks a bit like a 3rd person COD and it actually looks great. Something the Switch has lacked is some good multiplayer shooter games and now we’ll soon have two, Overwatch and Rogue Company (though Rogue Company could end up being trash). It’s releasing on the Switch sometime in 2020.
SNES Games Coming to Switch Online
We’ve had a plethora of NES games come to Switch online and now it’s time for some SNES games. 20 of these games are available to play right now (pictured above) and more are promised soon. As well as the games, Nintendo are also releasing a SNES controller which you can buy on their website. As with the NES games though, you must be a Switch Online member in order to be able to play them.
Mario and Sonic Olympic Games 2020
The game will release on November 5th and will feature over 20 events including 100m sprint, Football, Skateboarding, Badminton, Surfing Gymnastics, and more. There will also be 10 ‘Retro’ events which will features retro style 2D graphics (these look cool!). As well as the events themselves there’ll also be new mini games, unlockable characters, and a story mode.
More Game Releases
Just Dance 2020 – November 5th.
GRID Autosport – September 18th
Farming Simulator 20 – December 3rd
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – September 20th
NBA 2K20 – September 6th
Call of Cthulhu – October 8th
The Outer Worlds – TBC
Devil May Cry 2 – September 19th
Vampyr – October 29th
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition (Remaster) – Sometime in 2020
Assasins Creed Black Flag & Assasins Creed Rogue – December 6th
Dauntless – TBC.
Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast – September 24th
Doom 64 – November 22nd
Other news announced:
Zelda Link’s Awekening – We didn’t learn anything ‘new’ but the game is out soon anyway so we didn’t expect to.
Dragon Quest 11 – We saw some new gameplay but not much else.
Pokemon Sword and Shield – We saw some new gameplay and also learned of some new features, including character customisations, cooking, and a new Pokemon, all of which was fairly underwheling but the game still looks great. Check out the announced features in the video below:
Daemon X Machina – New demo available to play now which features a 4 player co-op game mode
Tetris 99 – A new update includes survival mode, new daily missions, themes, and more. They’re also releasing a paid-for DLC which features a two player mode which allows two people in the same room to play against others online.
Witcher 3 – Coming on October 15th including all DLC
Animal Crossing – We saw some of the new features we can expect to find in the upcoming game including co-op worlds and more.
So that’s everything that was announced during September’s Nintendo Direct (as if that wasn’t enough). If you would rather watch the full Nintendo Direct stream again you can do so below:
What was your favourite announcement? Let us know in the comments below!