September 15, 2018

Nintendo's latest Direct delivered some amazing news for Switch and 3DS

Nintendo held their delayed direct this morning and in it was a heap of news, some of which had been announced in the week between the original time and today, but still a lot was shown.

Nintendo kicked things off by announcing Luigi's Mansion 3, is currently in development for Nintendo Switch and has a planned release in 2019, no other details were given, but there was a nice quick look at some gameplay.

The ended their presentation with a double dose of Animal Crossing news, though one might fall into the Smash Bros group more. Isabelle has been announced as the next new fighter for the game, bringing her charming and adorable self to the fray.

But after that, it was announced that Animal Crossing is coming to Switch in 2019, this was done so via Tom Nook who advised he had a lot of work to do post the camping and smashing that people were doing.

In between, they detailed some more 3DS news and Switch, so here are the highlights, first up 3DS.

The Wii game Kirby’s Epic Yarn is warping to Nintendo 3DS. Every stage in the original Wii version is stitched in, but this Nintendo 3DS version has some new features, like the ability to craft bigger yarn balls, summon bead-collecting wind and play two new modes featuring familiar faces King Dedede and Meta Knight. Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn is scheduled to launch for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in 2019.

One of the most acclaimed games in the Mario & Luigi RPG series is getting a remake on Nintendo 3DS. In addition to the game’s revamped graphics and tweaked gameplay, a new side story follows Bowser Jr. as he gathers an army, creates formations, supports his allies with an arsenal of moves, and generally causes chaos (in the best way possible). Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey will prove two adventures are better than one on 26th January.

Two players who each own the game can team up to explore and capture ghosts in Luigi’s Mansion, a Nintendo 3DS remake of the classic Nintendo GameCube launch game. This new version of the game also features amiibo support. Tapping one of the four compatible amiibo will reveal where Boos are hiding and heal Luigi when he talks to Toad, among other bonuses. Luigi’s Mansion will haunt the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on 20th October.

Finally, it was announced that Yo-Kai Watch Blasters is getting a free update on September 27th. Called Moon Rabbit Crew, it will add new missions, new areas and Yo-Kai and new Big Boss Yo-Kai.

Now for the Switch goodness:

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe: Up to four players can enjoy this revamped version of the classic Wii U launch game when it comes to Nintendo Switch on 11th January 2019. Mario, Luigi and Toad return as playable characters, and are joined by Nabbit and Toadette, who can transform into new character Peachette by grabbing a Super Crown, offering new ways for beginners to play together with friends and family. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe will also include New Super Luigi U, the first platformer with Luigi in a starring role, at no extra charge. Between both games, there are a whopping 164 courses to play.

Yoshi’s Crafted World: Play as an adorable Yoshi travelling through a world crafted from household items like boxes and paper cups in this new Nintendo Switch platforming adventure. After traveling through a stage, players can start at the goal and journey back to the start on the “flip side,” the rear side of the course, to discover new secrets. Yoshi’s Crafted World launches on Nintendo Switch in autumn 2019.

Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate edition: This upcoming Nintendo Switch bundle features the Nintendo Switch console – complete with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate branded Joy-Con controllers and dock – and a download code for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with a suggested retail price of AU$549.95. The Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate edition launches on 9th November. (The download code for the game won’t be active until the game launches on 7th December.)

TOWN (working title): GAME FREAK, the developer of the Pokémon series, has created a new RPG exclusively for Nintendo Switch. In TOWN, players must take up arms against invading monsters, all within the walls of a single village. TOWN launches for Nintendo Switch in 2019.

Katamari Damacy REROLL: New fans will be joining the chorus when an HD remaster of the classic Katamari Damacy comes to Nintendo Switch, complete with HD rumble, gyro control and multiplayer support with the Joy-Con controllers. Katamari Damacy REROLL launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch this summer.

Asmodee Digital: Asmodee Games is bringing full adaptations of best-selling card and board games like Carcassonne, Lord the Rings: Living Card Game, Pandemic, Munchkin and Catan to Nintendo Switch, starting this December.

DAEMON X MACHINA: In this stylish action game first revealed at E3, the world and its inhabitants are on the brink of extinction. As a mercenary, you’ll pilot a powered-suit called an Arsenal and face runaway AI. Defeat enemies and acquire parts that can be equipped on the fly or brought back to base to craft new armaments. Use additional tactics by changing between projectile and melee attacks or take the fight on foot to gain an advantage in battle. DAEMON X MACHINA launches for Nintendo Switch in 2019.

Splatoon 2 Version 4 Update: Starting today, the first set of new weapons in the Kensa Collection are coming to Splatoon 2 as part of the new Version 4.0 update. These familiar weapons are painted with stylish monotone designs. In addition, significant new Splatfest changes are coming as part of this update. From the beginning of October, Version 4.1 will bring a new stage, new songs and more Kensa Collection weapon sets complete with new sub and special weapons.

Mario Tennis Aces Version 2.0 Update: After downloading a free update to the action-packed sports game on 19th September, players will have access to a new online co-op mode that lets players participate in time-limited missions with other players. Complete objectives while these missions are active and players will receive special outfits, characters with alternate colour schemes, and more. Also, be on the lookout for new upcoming
playable characters like Birdo, Shy Guy, Koopa Paratroopa and Petey Piranha.

More games were announced and detailed, so look for them in separate posts.

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