The latest Nintendo Direct has just been and gone, and there were heaps of cool updates and announcements of new stuff. Strap yourselves in!
Starting with hardware, following the recent Pokémon Let’s Go! consoles with funky yellow Joy-Cons and a Pokédock comes news of a special Super Smash Bros. Ultimate hardware bundle. This will come with SSBU branded Joy-Con controllers and dock, plus a download code for the game from November 9 (although you won’t be able to play the game until its release on December 7). While we’re talking SSBU, Animal Crossing‘s Isabelle (pictured above bonking Mario) has been added to the already bulging roster of fighters.
Next? Classic NES-style controllers for the Switch! Aimed to coincide with the launch (finally) of Nintendo Switch Online, you’ll be able to bring some authenticity (including hand cramp) to those classic NES games with these wireless updates. Available only to service subscribers, they’ll be available for pre-order from September 19.
Now it’s update time. Mario Tennis Aces will be getting new characters and an online co-op mode for free in a September 19 update, while a Splatoon 2 update released today sees new Kensa Collection weapons and Splatfest changes. Another update in early October will see a new stage, songs and more weapons added.
Want new old first-party Switch games? OK then! In a very welcome not-really-a-surprise comes news of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. This is an up-to-four player revamp of the Wii U game, complete with New Super Luigi U jammed in. So that’s 164 courses to play when it hits on January 11, 2019.
Next year will also see a brand new Luigi’s Mansion game land, as well as a revisiting of Animal Crossing. Time to dust off that collection of AC amiibos then! Also, the forthcoming Yoshi game, Yoshi’s Crafting World was named, and it’s on track for an Autumn 2019 release.
Switch fans will hardly go without future games, with a mass of third party releases also announced. While we’re jumping up and down excitedly over word of Katamari Damacy REROLL – yay, time to roll up big balls of crud again! – others will likely be most amped to hear that heaps of Final Fantasy back catalogue is wending its way to Nintendo for the first time ever. All in HD, these include Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. Also coming in the near future are Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD, World ofFinal Fantasy Maxima, Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY! and Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition. That’s a whole lot of Final Fantasy!
In other third party news, look out for Pokémon developers Game Freak’s new Switch-exclusive RPG Town, a Capcom classic beat ’em up bundle, Cities: Skylines, Civilization VI, Mega Man 11, Diablo III: Eternal Collection and the Switch arrival of Warframe.
While it’s mostly all about the Switch, 3DS fans haven’t been ignored. Everybody’s favourite glob of pink Kirby returns in Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn, while the DS game gets an update in Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey.