Nintendo Direct 9/13/18 Recap

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Nintendo’s newest Direct, delayed from 9/6, focused on 3DS and Switch titles, with a few expected titles bringing more information and even a few well-received surprises. Each of the titles below was announced or expanded on during the Direct, with even more new information about Nintendo Switch hardware bundles and the new Nintendo Switch Online service.

Title Console Release Date
Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Working Title) Nintendo Switch 2019
Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn Nintendo 3DS 2019
Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey Nintendo 3DS 1/11/2019
Luigi’s Mansion Nintendo 3DS 10/12/2018
YO-KAI Watch Blasters Nintendo 3DS Available Now
Splatoon 2 4.0 Update Nintendo Switch TBD
Mega Man 11 Nintendo Switch* 10/2/2018, Demo Out Now
Mario Tennis Aces Ver. 2 Update Nintendo Switch 9/19/2018
Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle Nintendo Switch* 9/18/2018
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Nintendo Switch 1/11/2019
Katamari Damacy Reroll Nintendo Switch Winter 2018
Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu, Eevee Nintendo Switch 11/16/2018
Diablo III: Eternal Collection Nintendo Switch* 11/2/2018
Super Mario Party Nintendo Switch 10/5/2018
Town (Working Title) Nintendo Switch 2019
Cities: Skylines Nintendo Switch Edition Nintendo Switch Available Now
DAEMON X MACHINA Nintendo Switch 2019
Yoshi’s Crafted World Nintendo Switch Spring 2019
Asmodee Digital Tabletop Gaming Nintendo Switch Some Games available soon
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Nintendo Switch* 11/16/2018
Starlink: Battle for Atlas Nintendo Switch 10/16/2018
The World Ends With You: Final Remix Nintendo Switch 10/12/2018
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country Nintendo Switch 9/21/2018
Warframe Nintendo Switch* 11/20/2018
Just Dance 2018 Nintendo Switch 10/23/2018
FIFA 19 Nintendo Switch* 9/28/2018
Team Sonic Racing Nintendo Switch* Winter 2018
NBA 2K19 Nintendo Switch* Available Now
NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 Nintendo Switch* Fall 2018
LEGO DC Super-Villains Nintendo Switch* 10/16/2018
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition Nintendo Switch* 2019
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD Nintendo Switch* Available Today
World Of Final Fantasy Maxima Nintendo Switch* 11/6/2018
Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! Nintendo Switch* Winter 2018
FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE Nintendo Switch* 2019
Final Fantasy VII, IX, X|X-2 HD Remaster Nintendo Switch* 2019
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Character 68: Isabelle Nintendo Switch 12/7/2018
Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch 2019

*Some titles may be available or releasing for other consoles or PC.

News about the new Nintendo Switch Online service was finally revealed, although exactly what subscribers will get is still a relative mystery. Beginning September 18th, the service includes the ability to play online with friends (which has been free so far since the Switch’s release), classic NES games, save data cloud backup, the lackluster mobile app, and special offers for subscribers which Nintendo promises more information on later. The pricing for the service has stayed the same, with the normal 1, 3, and 12 month tiers with reasonable pricing of $3.99, $7.99, and $19.99 USD, respectively. The Family Membership, which covers up to 7 accounts, is only $34.99 USD per year. Surprisingly, Nintendo also announced two NES controller Joy-Cons that can be played with compatible Nintendo Switch Online NES titles. A set of two is $59.99 USD, and can only be purchased by those with a valid, individual Nintendo Switch Online account (or the head of the Family Account).

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Nintendo also announced some new hardware that many fans have been expecting. First, which leaked early due to the delayed Direct, is the Pokemon Let’s Go! bundle, featuring custom-colored Joy-Cons to match both Pikachu and Eevee, as well as the included Pokeball Plus accessory and full-game download code for either game. Surprisingly, Nintendo also revealed a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate console, with simple Smash branding on the Joy-Cons and familiar and favorite characters on the dock. The GameCube Controller Adapter and the Smash-themed GameCube controller also have a release date of November 2nd.

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Photo Credit: Nintendo

Of course, Nintendo couldn’t help baiting fans with another surprise game reveal. After years of begging, pleading, and even “demonic” rituals, Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Switch was finally announced, but not before Isabelle was revealed as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter no. 68.

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Photo Credit: Nintendo

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