Gaming Rundown from the Nintendo Direct

New Smash Bros. fighters, games coming to Switch announced

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‘Smash Bros. Ultimate’ is getting even more characters.

On September 4, Nintendo held another one of their famous Nintendo Directs. Forty minutes of Nintendo Switch announcement, releases, and updates. Let’s just say it did not disappoint

The forty minutes were full of many surprises and updates to previously announced titles. Let’s unpack it.

New Game Announcements

While the forty minutes was dominated mostly by ports and updates to Nintendo games there was some room for new game announcements.

For fans of “Deadly Premonition” it will be getting a sequel called “Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise”. It sounds ominous and players will have to wait until 2020 to try it out but they can play the original on Switch now.

Hi Rez Studio used the Direct to announce a new team-based shooter called “Rogue Company”. Coming in 2020, time will tell if it survives in that market.

They also announced a new version of “Xenoblade Chronicles” which will include all the DLC and comes in 2020.

A fun little free-to-play game was announced. Called “Super Kirby Clash” it has four players play over 100 different quests either locally or online.

Game Ports

With such a unique console, so many companies have been porting old games to the Switch. Of course, that is not stopping one bit with a whole host of game port announcements.

For starters, a whole host of Super Nintendo games have arrived on the Switch through Nintendo Switch Online. Twenty of them are out now and more are sure to follow. Games like “Super Mario Kart” and “Star Fox” are available now so check them out.

“Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” and “Assassin’s Creed Rogue” are both coming to the Switch in the nicely titled “Assassin’s Creed: Rebel Collection”. Switch owners will be able to conquer the high seas on December 6.

Everyone’s favorite hero shooter “Overwatch” is also making its way to the Switch on October 15. It will be interesting to see how it runs but Blizzard promises new ways to play with gyro controls.

Bethesda has decided to rerelease “Doom 64” on Switch. Gamers will be able to kill demons once again in this classic on November 22.

Another older game that is making its way to Switch is “Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast”. An interesting choice but players won’t have to wait long to give it a try. It comes out on September 24.

A couple of other fun little ports that will please role-playing game fans were announced. “Trials of Mana” and “Divinity Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition” were announced. Each one is a great RPG with a huge following.

Two other ports were announced. One being “Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore” which will have new story elements and characters that the Wii U version did not have.

The other one is a simple game called “Return of the Obra Dinn”.


Every game needs some downloadable content these days and Nintendo games are no different. So, of course, they were going to talk about some DLC coming to their games.

It would not be a Direct without an announcement of a “Super Smash Bros Ultimate” fighter. Terry Bogard from “Fatal Fury” is joining “Smash” in November. Banjo Kazooie, another DLC fighter, is available now.

Don’t worry however for this is not the last DLC fighter. There is one more left to be announced in the first wave, and Nintendo promises there will be even more after that.

“Tetris 99” is also getting some DLC in the form of two new modes. One is called Invictus and is only for the absolute best players. The other is a two-player versus CPU mode, only if you buy it.

Updates to previously announced games

Some previously announced titles got some new information as well. Not all of it was mind-blowing but there was some cool stuff.

“Luigi’s Mansion 3” had a new mode announced. It is called Scream Park and it pits two to eight players against each other in arena-like ghost battles. Seems like a good time.

“Pokémon Sword and Shield” also had some new features announced. Things like a Pokémon Camp that allows you to play with your Pokémon. As well as a robust character customization system and a curry rice mode that lets you make different curry dishes and save them to your currydex which seems odd, but okay.

“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” also got some new information. There will be a robust crafting system where players collect raw materials from around the island to craft tools to get more items. Sounds a little like “Minecraft”.

Game Freak’s new game originally titled “Town” got a name change as well as some more information. Now called “Little Town Hero” is a straightforward JRPG so be ready to play it October 16t.

A lot was talked about at the Nintendo Direct and it did not disappoint. Lots of new games coming for Switch owners so be ready and say goodbye to your wallet.

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