Nintendo released a brand new Nintendo Direct at 9am and it was packed with a lot of information and surprises for fans of all things Nintendo. Here’s a rundown of what was announced in the full direct:
MARIO MAKER 2
The presentation opened with the announcement of a new Mario Marker game, and it sure blew me away. Mario Maker was the one game from the Wii U that everyone said was the last port they would need to have every exclusive and worthwhile game from the Wii U on the Switch, though I highly disagree with that statement, it is a great addition to the Switch’s library and I’m sure many will enjoy it’s inclusion – especially if they missed out the first time. This sequel includes a new theme for Super Mario 3D World features such as the catsuit and clear pipes and allows you to make courses on the touchscreen in hand held mode, or through scroll wheels in docked modes. It’s planned for a release in June, 2019.
MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: THE BLACK ORDER
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is a return to the semi-overhead beat em up team based action game, with RPG elements. This release will be exclusive to the switch and feature either Local CoOp or Online multiplayer.
BOX BOY X BOX GIRL!
Not many of you may know of Box Boy, but it was a 3DS title that had a few installations and grew quite popular in Japan, enough to get his own amiibo (that of course the West never received.) This new Box Boy game features a new two player mode along with a post game with a Qudy, who’s two boxes tall. It will have 270 stages, which is more than any other previous Box Boy game and be out in the coming year.
SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE
A Brand new Version 3.0 Update will be coming soon (they gave no information on what this includes) along with Joker, (from Persona 5) the new DLC character, arriving before April. They also showed off the Snake and Simon, Squirtle, Ivysaur and Male Pokemon Trainer amiibo, which will be available soon. No other information was given at this time.
CAPTAIN TOAD TREASURE TRACKER
A new Free Update which will enable two player mode in all courses is available right now with new DLC called ‘Special Episode available soon. The ‘Special Episode’ will 18 new challenges over 5 new courses including a Sunken ship, Island of Sweets, with new objectives in old courses. A demo of the Special Episode is out right now with the full DLC releasing March 14th.
BLOODSTAINED: RITUAL OF THE NIGHT
This KickStarter funded game received a teaser ad, that sadly didn’t show off much more of the gritty details. In Bloodstained, you play as Miriam, who can can steals powers of enemies and use their powers against them. The main game is made by IGA of Castlevania Symphony of the Night fame, and as such, Bloodstained is a pseudo sequel to Symphony of the Night, a spiritual successor – since they can’t use the Castlevania I.P. anymore. The game will include subquests and character customization, though not much more information was given.
DRAGON QUEST BUILDERS 2
Dragon Quest Builders two introduces Local CoOp or Online play in this Minecraft-type building game. This new installment features a retro styled map to travel around on for all that classic Dragon Quest nostalgia. If you own Dragon Quest Builders (the original) you can unlock the Throne and Legendary Costume. Dragon Quest Builders 2 is set for a release of July 12th, 2019.
DRAGON QUEST XI: ECHOES OF AN ELUSIVE AGE -DEFINITIVE EDITION- S
Wow, what a title that is… This new remake of an old classic brings the graphics into HD with new 3D models and an orchestrated soundtrack, however, like any good remake, you can switch between the new graphics and the retro pixel graphics along with the original soundtrack if you prefer. It features both English and Japanese audio options and new story quests for each character. Surprisingly, Nintendo left the Casio with it’s gambling in tact – something they normally fight hard to remove.
DISNEY TSUM TSUM FESTIVAL
Disney Tsum Tsum Festival is a party game that combines competitive and co-operative mini games for Switch, but also seems to link with the mobile version for extra modes. The game will include online matches and of course local play.
STARLINK: BATTLE OF ATLAS
Peppy, Flaco and Slippy join Fox in the Starlink universe! They can battle through all new missions and also can take on Fox’s Missions from the original base game (exclusive to the Switch version.)
RUNE FACTORY 4: SPECIAL
Farm, fish, make relationships and raise monsters in this remake of Rune Factory 4. Much like Harvest Moon and other life sim type games. This one is set to come out ‘later this year’ with no given release date.
RUNE FACTORY 5
Sadly, all we got from this game was a Splash Logo. No more information was given.
From the makers of I am Setsuna and Lost Sphear comes a new Action RPG by Square Enix which has you travel from the living world and the beyond to rescue lost souls from becoming monsters. The souls inside you and grant you powers to defeat your foes in a power up system. Coming soon in Summer 2019.
YOSHI’S CRAFTED WORLD
Does rafting, flying and racing solar cars sounds like a blast to you? Who am I kidding, I was sold at the felt-like design of Yoshi himself, let alone the background shooting and delightfully ‘kids could make this in real life’ world. A new feature shown off in this direct for Yoshi’s Crafted World is the Gachapon Machine to unlock crafted all 180 costumes, which grant Yoshi and extra hit, with some costumes much rarer than others (like the featured LABO Piano suit.) The demo available right now if you’d like to try it out with the full game coming out March 29th, 2019.
FIRE EMBLEM: THREE HOUSES
Fódlan is under threat, can you save it by teaming up with either the Adrestian Empire, the Faerghus royal family and its knights or the people of Leicter Alliance? You start as mercenary, after an unexpected incident you teach at a monastery as weird occurrences start to happen. You keep running into Sothis, a girl that only you can see – will you join forces with the army and battle for glory? You have three main houses to choose from – Black Eagles lead by Edelgard, the Blue Lions lead by Dimitri and the Golden Deer lead by Claude.
Soon, you become a Professor, with lots of students to meet and will lead one house, Which house will you choose? Defeat bandits, suppressing rebels and master magic and acquire skills such as horsemenship. Help your students grow with combat and study and let them interact so they communicate better on the battlefield. Three territories. Three houses. Your very own journey. A Limited Edition that will include an artbook, steelbook case, soundtrack CD and more will be available at launch if you love collecting merchandise for a series that was suppressed for so long. Fire Emblem: Three Houses is set for a release of July 26th, 2019.
99 Players, 1 Winner. Tetris 99 is an Online, free to play game for owners of the Nintendo Online Service and is available to download right now. It pits 99 players against each other all at once. Can you survive the fast falling blocks and dummy rocks your opponents will throw at you and defeat them all? If so, hop on Nintendo Switch Online and get playing right now!
DEAD BY DAYLIGHT
Dead by Daylight is Behaviour Interactive’s new first person shooter, in which you play as either the people trying to survive the killings… or if you’re feeling adventurous, the killer who has to hunt down other players. With new maps, characters and costumes to earn, this game is sure to be a hit with anyone who loves the FPS genre. An Autumn 2019 release is planned for this title.
DELTARUNE: CHAPTER 01
From the mind of Toby Fox, creator of Undertale, comes a new adventure. This Mother (Earthbound) inspired game is much like Undertale and will take you on a wacky new journey like no other. Deltarune: Chapter 01 is coming out on the 28th of February in the Nintendo Switch eShop.
DAEMON X MACHINA
Daemon X Machina releases Prototype Missions, a demo available for you to play now. It features four basic controls and a few select missions and a boss for you to try out. The team behind the game would love feedback from a form they will send out if you purchase the demo and through social media. The full release comes out in Summer 2019.
If you itch for that difficult handling and realistic racing, then the Switch has you covered with GRID Autosport. Like all good car sims, GRID Autosport includes courses based on their real life counterparts with all DLC and brand new motion controls (and even custom controls.) Online and local play will be supported with this release coming out in Summer 2019.
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The following section is a bunch of quick takes that lasted seconds in the direct, here is as much information as I could compile about each release coming the to the Switch.
HELLBLADE: SENUA’S SACRIFICE
Relive (or experience for the first time) the viking hell and help Senua fight for the soul of her lover in this third person interactive adventure.
MORTAL KOMBAT 11
Fight the power with custom character variants, new characters and old veterans in Mortal Kombat 11.
Control both yarny’s in single player, or play with a friend to solve puzzles and explore the land. Unravel II is set for release on March 22nd, 2019.
ASSASSIN’S CREED III: REMASTERED
Play an old classic with new motion controls (and all previous DLC) as you fight the seas and assassinate your foes. Set for release May 21st, 2019.
FINAL FANTASY VII
A classic game on a brand new system. Relive the original Final Fantasy VII on March 26th.
CHOCOBO’S MYSTERY DUNGEON EVERY BUDDY!
Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! is a classic dungeon crawler featuring the Chocobo’s and other Final Fantasy characters. This game is set for release on March 20th, 2019.
FINAL FANTASY IX
Do you have that itching for Final Fantasy VII but can’t wait, never fear, you can play Final Fantasy IX right now to ease that urge. Available for download in the Nintendo eShop.
Astral Chain is a new project by Platinum Games, the creators of Bayonetta. As usual for Platinum Games, Astral Chain is a Hack and Slash / Beat em Up type game which has you defeating alien like creatures with chain whips and melee attacks. They also made a note Platinum Games are still hard at work making Bayonetta 3 and Astral Chain shouldn’t hault it’s release.
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LINK’S AWAKENING
Hold onto your seats. A new Zelda game is coming, well a remake of a remake of a new Zelda game. Shown off with a beautiful animated into, Link’s Awakening follows the story of Link waking up on an island where everything is slightly off. Can you wake the Wind Fish and find out what’s going on among the locals of the island? This remake features an amazingly charming chibi, clay looking style, which is a wonderful way to portray this game if you know how it turns out in the end. Not all will like it, but for me, it’s all I’ve ever wanted. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening has a generic 2019 release, with no full date given.
Wow. What a journey, what an amazing direct. If you would like to relive the Direct for yourself, you can do so in the full 37min video below.