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Nintendo Direct 9/13 Recap: New games, third-party surprises, and more

Jason Clement

Today's Nintendo Switch was quite a doozy. For 45 minutes, we watched as Nintendo announced game after game that would be coming to 3DS and Switch, and they definitely had their share of surprises, even if there may not have been a megaton.


Here's a quick look at the biggest news coming out of the event if you missed it.




Kirby Battle Royale announced for 3DS in 2018


Remember at the start of the year when Nintendo announced a multiplayer-focused Kirby game that would be coming later? Turns out it was delayed a tiny bit, and will instead be one of the first new 3DS games out in 2018 when it hits on January 19. Titled 'Kirby Battle Royale,' it's a single- and multiplayer-focused fighter that sees Kirby battling it out alongside other Kirbys (Kirbies?) in various modes.





Mario Party: The Top 100 surprise announced for release in November on 3DS


This was one that sort of came out of left field. Technically, it's not a full-fledged new Mario Party, but it does contain some of the series' best minigames to play through. And while it doesn't support online play, it does offer local download play, so you can play with three other friends on just one game cart. Mario Party: The Top 100 launches on Nov. 10 on 3DS.



Minecraft is coming to 3DS too??


Okay, this one was legit surprising, especially considering that 3DS is in its twilight right now. Yes, Minecraft is coming to the handheld, but only the New Nintendo 3DS, not the original. This version features Survival and Creative modes, five skin packs, and two texture packs. Also surprising: the game actually released today, but only the digital version. A physical version is releasing at a later date.



Atlus bringing the heat with four upcoming 3DS games


When all is said and done with the 3DS, let everyone remember that Atlus was by far one of the biggest and most productive publishers on the handheld. Even in its late hour, the 3DS is getting four more RPGs from the Persona publisher, and they are as follows:


  • The Alliance Alive
  • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology
  • Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux


We've actually known about all four, and two of them are remakes/remixes of previous games, but it's still nice to know they're coming.





Xenoblade Chronicles 2 finally has a confirmed release date, and it's coming before year's end


And you thought it wouldn't make it this year! To be fair, I was iffy on whether it would release as well, but Nintendo assured as that all was good and well with the game as it will officially make landfall on the Switch on December. Also, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be getting a special edition that includes a sound selection CD, a special metal game case, and a 220-page hardbound art book all for $99.99. A Nintendo Switch Pro Controller themed around the game will also be available for $74.99, and boy does it look snazzy.





The Kirby Switch game is revealed as Kirby Star Allies


Remember that Kirby game that was in development for Switch? It's now called Kirby Star Allies, and you'll be able to recruit up to three enemies as allies (with either friends playing or CPU) and mix abilities to create new powers. Did I mention that it looks like a continuation of Kirby's Return to Dreamland? Because it does, and that can only be a good thing. Anyhow, the game is coming to Switch in the Spring.





Easily one of the biggest surprises of the Direct, bar none, was the announcement that Bethesda would be bringing both DOOM and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus to the Switch. You heard that right, this is not a drill! DOOM will be arriving first this Fall, while Wolfenstein II will be releasing in 2018.





Square Enix reveals more about Project Octopath Traveler


Another game that got way too little screentime in the Nintendo Direct from earlier this year was Project Octopath Traveler, a curious yet beautiful game from the same developer that brought us Bravely Default. And, with a brand new video showcasing what the game is about, Square Enix dropped a bomb on everyone, revealing that the game looks pretty darn amazing.


The developers have utilized a mix of 2D and 3D visuals to create a new aesthetic that they're referring to as HD 2D (huh), and you'll be able to choose one of eight different characters and play through their own unique story. Oh, and there's a demo on the eShop as we speak, so be sure to check it out and see what the fuss is all about. And it's coming in 2018.





Yes, we know, Super Mario Odyssey still looks amazing (and why isn't it out yet?)


At this point, if you're not convinced Super Mario Odyssey looks amazing, I'm not sure what else I can do. And I'm pretty sure I don't have to convince anyone else that's already looking forward to it, so I'll say that what they showed was -- once again -- pretty fantastic stuff, showcasing a few new worlds that you can expect to see, story details, and more. Be sure to check it out in the Nintendo Direct video above.


Oh, and a Super Mario Odyssey-themed Switch bundle is in the works for this Fall, featuring special Mario-themed red Joy-Con controllers, a special carrying-case, a Switch console, and a download code for the game all for a cool $379.99.



Other news revealed


Yeah, there was something other stuff announced too that wasn't quite as big as the stuff above, but if you want to hear about it, here we go:


  • Splatoon 2 is getting new DLC soon, including the returning Kelp Dome stage, a new stage called Snapper Canal, and an extra-large Brella weapon.
  • ARMS is adding new playable fighter Lola Pop by way of a new update today.
  • Fire Emblem Warriors is getting a new character in the form of Lyndis (or 'Lyn'), the protagonist from Fire Emblem on GBA.
  • Snipperclips Plus was announced as an expanded version of the original game, and it includes more than 30 new stages, new challenges, and new features. Existing owners can purchase the new content as DLC for $9.99. It's all coming on Nov. 10, and a physical version is in the works as well.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is arriving on Switch on Nov. 17.
  • Dragon Quest Builders is coming to Switch in Spring 2018.
  • NBA 2K18 is coming to Switch on Sept. 15.
  • EA Sports FIFA 18 is coming to Switch on Sept. 29.
  • WWE 2K18 is coming to Switch sometime soon.
  • Square Enix's Lost Sphear is coming to Switch on Jan. 23.
  • Flip Wars is getting a new update that adds a new stage, new mechanics, local wireless multiplayer, class matches, and a new online battle mode.
  • Morphies Law, a new multiplayer shooter is launching first on Switch as a console exclusive this Fall.
  • Arena of Valor, a free-to-start MOBA with a roster of more than 35 heroes, will be available for beta test this Winter on Switch.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Champion amiibo are all set to release on Nov. 10. Each character will unlock a special headgear for Link based on their Divine Beast. Further functionality will be detailed later.
  • Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millonaire's Conspiracy is set to release on Oct. 6 on 3DS.
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is set to release on 3DS in November.


To watch the Nintendo Direct in full, check out the source link below.


Source: Nintendo Direct


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As much as I am a fan of a lot of the Nintendo franchises, I feel like this direct was more of a distraction than anything for fans. A lot of flashing pretty colors and lights in front of people to get them going ooh and aah. The following are my harsh opinions on the majority of the releases and I'll hide them in spoilers to avoid spamming the post, but, phew. They're not gonna be pretty harshly opinionated. 

  • Kirby Battle Royale looks outright terrible, without any of the charm or polish a successful Kirby game is known for. 
  • Mario Party The Top 100 is a decent idea, at least. I hope this means we'll get a legitimate new Mario Party and no more of this driving around in a cart on the game board stuff.
  • Minecraft looked terrible on the 3DS, but I guess it had to get there eventually...
  • Atlus' stuff looked cool, but we really didn't get any new information outside of...
  • Etrian Odyssey V demo out?! Neat, nicely timed with the Direct.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 extended gameplay trailer, while I'm sure some fans found it good, I was pretty much sold against buying it. The fact that we'll be seeing it before 2018 is great though.
  • Kirby: Star Allies finally got a name a small new bit of gameplay shown off, but essentially no new info since E3...which was about 3 months ago...
  • Doom and Wolfenstein II on Switch is cool, I guess? I won't play them there, but I guess good on them for pushing stuff.
  • Octopath Traveler is probably the most interesting looking thing to me, I keep meaning to try out the demo which also neat enough dropped after the Direct. Nice on ya, especially if this game stays Switch exclusive.
  • Super Mario Odyssey looked great, but...Maybe stop showing it? I mean, there's not gonna be many surprises left at this point. Calm down Nintendo! We're all foaming at the mouth already to play it, don't ruin it now!
  • The Pokemon news was interesting, I guess? I mean, Gold and Silver being out on the E-Shop after the direct is great, seems to be a theme here. Though, I can't say I'm sold on Ultra Sun or Moon yet.
  • In terms of the other things, I can't say anything really impressed me. It's neat to see a new Layton with a female lead, it's neat to see an updated version of Apollo Justice, and it's neat they added Lyn to Fire Emblem Warriors, I love her. 
  • Any other games were either disappointing or literally gave us little to no new information and should have probably been omitted in my honest opinion as they didn't even remotely bring hype vaules and instead had me turning my head in confusion yet again. WHY DID YOU TALK ABOUT SKYRIM AGAIN?! WHERE'S YOSHI?!

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