Nintendo Direct 9/13/18 Recap


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.

TitleConsoleRelease Date
Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Working Title)Nintendo Switch2019
Kirby’s Extra Epic YarnNintendo 3DS2019
Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s JourneyNintendo 3DS1/11/2019
Luigi’s MansionNintendo 3DS10/12/2018
YO-KAI Watch BlastersNintendo 3DSAvailable Now
Splatoon 2 4.0 UpdateNintendo SwitchTBD
Mega Man 11Nintendo Switch*10/2/2018, Demo Out Now
Mario Tennis Aces Ver. 2 UpdateNintendo Switch9/19/2018
Capcom Beat ‘Em Up BundleNintendo Switch*9/18/2018
New Super Mario Bros. U DeluxeNintendo Switch1/11/2019
Katamari Damacy RerollNintendo SwitchWinter 2018
Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu, EeveeNintendo Switch11/16/2018
Diablo III: Eternal CollectionNintendo Switch*11/2/2018
Super Mario PartyNintendo Switch10/5/2018
Town (Working Title)Nintendo Switch2019
Cities: Skylines Nintendo Switch EditionNintendo SwitchAvailable Now
DAEMON X MACHINANintendo Switch2019
Yoshi’s Crafted WorldNintendo SwitchSpring 2019
Asmodee Digital Tabletop GamingNintendo SwitchSome Games available soon
Sid Meier’s Civilization VINintendo Switch*11/16/2018
Starlink: Battle for AtlasNintendo Switch10/16/2018
The World Ends With You: Final RemixNintendo Switch10/12/2018
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden CountryNintendo Switch9/21/2018
WarframeNintendo Switch*11/20/2018
Just Dance 2018Nintendo Switch10/23/2018
FIFA 19Nintendo Switch*9/28/2018
Team Sonic RacingNintendo Switch*Winter 2018
NBA 2K19Nintendo Switch*Available Now
NBA 2K Playgrounds 2Nintendo Switch*Fall 2018
LEGO DC Super-VillainsNintendo Switch*10/16/2018
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered EditionNintendo Switch*2019
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HDNintendo Switch*Available Today
World Of Final Fantasy MaximaNintendo Switch*11/6/2018
Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!Nintendo Switch*Winter 2018
Final Fantasy VII, IX, X|X-2 HD RemasterNintendo Switch*2019
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Character 68: IsabelleNintendo Switch12/7/2018
Animal CrossingNintendo Switch2019

*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).

NES Joy-Con Controllers
Photo Credit: Nintendo

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.

Nintendo Smash Ultimate Switch
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.

Animal Crossing 2019
Photo Credit: Nintendo

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