Nintendo Direct – All You Need to Know

Even an earthquake isn’t enough to stop Nintendo these days, with the slightly delayed Nintendo Direct live stream taking place on September 13.

As always, there was quite a bit of speculation before the event about what we would see, yet we were still pleasantly surprised with just how many announcements Nintendo threw at us.

Let’s go through the best of what got revealed and give you our opinions:

Final Fantasy 7, Final Fantasy 9 and Final Fantasy 10 all heading to the Switch

Square Enix is really stepping up its support for the Switch, not only with newer Final Fantasy games, but by making some of its back catalog available for the first time. We personally weren’t overly excited by this news; if you are interested in these titles though, and you haven’t already purchased them on other platforms, then maybe the Switch and its portability is a good enough reason to.

Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age, Final Fantasy Maximum and Chocobo Dungeons

Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age is heading to Nintendo Switch next year. Originally released on the PS4 and then PC, Zodiac Age is a remaster of the International Zodiac Job System version of the game, previously released in Japan. The game currently holds a Metascore of 86, with a User Score of 7.6. This one will surely be a favourite for those Switch owners who favour Japanese-Style RPGs. Also announced from Square Enix was World of Final Fantasy Maxima, a new remastered version of World of Final Fantasy, and a remastered version of Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon called Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy. The original versions of these games came under some criticism, so it will be interesting to see how these remasters hold up – we’re not going to hold our breath.

20 Classic Nes Games

Doubling the number of Nes Classics that Nintendo announced back in May, 10 Extra were announced at Nintendo Direct. Joining: Balloon Fight, Donkey Kong, Dr. Mario, Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Mario Bros. Soccer, Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 3 and Tennis, will be:

  • Ghosts ’n Goblins
  • Excitebike
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Yoshi
  • Double Dragon
  • Gradius
  • Ice Hockey
  • River City Ransom
  • Pro Wrestling
  • Baseball

These games will be available to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers when the service launches next week. Some decent classic titles have been added here, with Yoshi and Double Dragon being our standout picks.

Classic NES controllers come to Switch

Following on from the Nes Classic game announcements, Nintendo will be releasing special NES controllers for the Nintendo Switch. These retro controllers look great, but sadly are only compatible with Switch Online Nes Games. One for the die-hard fans only.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

Now this is one we’re very excited about. Luigi’s Mansion was one of the GameCubes most original and creative titles. 12 years on and it seems Mario’s brother will finally be taking centre stage once again. This is a working title so no release date yet. We will keep you up to date with updates as they become available.

Town – Pokémon team’s next game is a monster RPG

Game Freak—the developer of the Pokémon franchise—is currently working on a brand new Switch game called Town. We got to see footage of the game for the first time during Nintendo Direct, and we liked what we saw. In the footage we got to see massive monsters attacking the town in er…Town. This is definitely a game we’ll be keeping a close eye on.

Animal Crossing Switch

Nintendo’s final announcement during its presentation saw a high resolution Tom Nook sitting at his desk. Tom talks about Isabelle joining the Smash Bros cast and then announces that he has work to do, and we all know what that means. Nintendo fans have been waiting a long time for another console version of Animal Crossing – thankfully, they won’t have to wait for much longer, and nor will we. Nintendo’s hit cutesy franchise, Animal Crossing is officially on its way to the Switch, with a release date scheduled for 2019.

Glen, or Gunna as he likes to refer to himself, is a lifelong gamer and slightly above average card player. When not on Hearthstone you can normally find him racing ahead of his friends in games that feature loot drops. He's just not very good without the best gear...

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