Games and tings
During a packed Nintendo Direct video presentation, Nintendo announced many new games coming to the Nintendo Switch console, including Blizzard’s hit title Overwatch Legendary Edition, as well as games launching today like Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition. Nintendo also provided new details about previously announced upcoming games, like The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion 3, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
Other highlights of the Nintendo Direct presentation include the introduction of Terry Bogard from the Fatal Fury series as the fourth playable DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate coming in November, the reveal of classic Super NES games coming to the Nintendo Switch Online service, and the announcement of games like Return of the Obra Dinn, Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Encore and the definitive version of the original Xenoblade Chronicles all making their way to Nintendo Switch.
To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit https://www.nintendo.co.uk/nintendodirect. Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:
- Overwatch Legendary Edition: Tracer, Mei, Hanzo and all the other colourful characters from massively popular online game Overwatch are coming to Nintendo Switch. The fast-paced multiplayer game is scheduled to hit Nintendo Switch on 15th October. Preload on Nintendo eShop starts later today.
- Terry Bogard Comes to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Releasing in November, Terry Bogard from the classic SNK fighting franchise Fatal Fury joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable fighter. Terry Bogard is part of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass, which includes five Challenger Packs as they are released, each with one DLC fighter, one stage and multiple music tracks. The Fighters Pass can be purchased on Nintendo eShop at a suggested price of £22.49 / €24.99, with individual Challenge Packs available for £5.39 / €5.99 each.
- Banjo & Kazooie Join the Battle: Starting today, Banjo & Kazooie from the popular Banjo-Kazooie series are joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The new fighters are part of the third Challenger Pack DLC (sold separately). In addition to the characters, players will also get to enjoy the Spiral Mountain stage, as well as music tracks from the classic games.
- Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition: MONOLITHSOFT’s epic Xenoblade Chronicles, which originally launched in 2011 on the Wii console, is destined to be reborn on Nintendo Switch as Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. The game, which chronicles the adventures of Shulk and Fiora, is scheduled to launch for Nintendo Switch in 2020.
- Super Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online: Super NES games are coming to Nintendo Switch – and they are free for anyone who has a Nintendo Switch Online membership. Starting tomorrow, 6th September, 20 classic Super NES games will launch for the Nintendo Switch Online service:
- Super Mario World
- Super Mario Kart
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Super Metroid
- Stunt Race FX (Available for the first time since its original Super NES release)
- Kirby’s Dream Land 3
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
- Star Fox
- Kirby’s Dream Course
- BRAWL BROTHERS
- Breath of Fire
- Demon’s Crest
- Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
- SUPER E.D.F. EARTH DEFENSE FORCE
- Super Ghouls’n Ghosts
- Super Puyo Puyo 2 (Available for the first time in Europe)
- Super Soccer (Available for the first time since its original Super NES release)
- Super Tennis (Available for the first time since its original Super NES release)
All of these Super NES games can be played with online functionality on Nintendo Switch Online, including multiplayer gameplay in select games and voice chat via the Nintendo Switch Online app*. Suspend points and an easy-to-use Rewind feature that lets players replay sections of the game will also be available at launch. More Super NES games will join the collection in the future, adding to the growing library of classic games available to Nintendo Switch Online members, including more than 40 games from the original Nintendo Entertainment System. To access the games, Nintendo Switch owners must have an active membership to the Nintendo Switch Online service.
Finally, Tokyo Mirage session! Maybe Lachlan will be quiet for 5 mins…
- Super Nintendo Entertainment System Controller: To recapture the original feel of Super NES games, a wireless Super Nintendo Entertainment System Controller will be available as a special offer only to Nintendo Switch Online members**. More details will be shared at a later date.
- Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Encore: The game that brought together the worlds of Fire Emblem and ATLUS is coming to Nintendo Switch. Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Encore is the Nintendo Switch version of the acclaimed RPG that originally launched on Wii U. This new version of the game contains a new song that wasn’t in the original, new story elements and the ability to take it on the go. Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Encore launches for Nintendo Switch on 17th January.
- TETRIS® 99 – Ver. 2.0 + DLC Update: The digital version of TETRIS® 99 is getting an update! TETRIS® 99 Invictus mode is here … but it’s not for the faint of heart. Players can’t even play it unless they achieve TETRIS MAXIMUS status, which means getting first place at least once in the traditional online mode of TETRIS® 99. In addition to Invictus mode, Daily Missions will be added to TETRIS® 99 for everyone to enjoy. By clearing these missions, players will acquire in-game tickets to exchange for a variety of custom themes. To show off accomplishments, new player icons will be added as well. Beyond all this, the second wave of content is coming for those who purchased the Big Block DLC. In 2P Share Battle mode, share Joy-Con controllers for a two-player game against each other and the CPU. In Local Arena mode, friends can get together in person to battle via new local wireless multiplayer. The version 2.0 update and new paid DLC for TETRIS® 99 will launch later today. Also, a physical version of TETRIS® 99 will be available starting 20th September and will include all Big Block DLC plus a 12-month individual membership to Nintendo Switch Online.
Curry? Really? Pokemon Sword/Shield, more like Pokemon meh
- Pokémon Sword / Pokémon Shield: New details (and two new Pokémon) were revealed for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, launching exclusively for Nintendo Switch on 15th November.
- Polteageist is a ghost-type Pokémon and makes a home for itself by hiding among dishes at hotels and restaurants. Its body is made of tea, and it may even let a trusting Trainer have a taste of its tea. The flying- and water-type Pokémon Cramorant will swallow absolutely anything that looks hearty enough. It has an exclusive ability called Gulp Missile. While using Surf or Dive in battle, it will counter when attacked.
- Players will be able to travel through the new Galar region in style. In this game, players can outfit their main Trainer in tops, bottoms, outerwear, gloves, new hairstyles and even a little makeup. During their journey, players can camp any time at Pokémon Camp. While there, players can play with Pokémon and get to know them better. In the new Wild Area, players can visit other players’ camps as well. Up to four players and their Pokémon can hang out at a camp together. Pokémon Camp is also a great place to cook up some Curry on Rice. In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, there are many types of delicious Curry on Rice that can be registered to the Curry Dex.
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening: Link’s latest adventure is almost here. In The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, players can place chambers earned in the adventure to create custom Chamber Dungeons. Finished dungeons can be saved to a compatible amiibo figure in The Legend of Zelda series or Super Smash Bros. series so they can be shared with friends. A new Link amiibo figure inspired by the style of the game will launch on 20th September, the same day as the game.
- Luigi’s Mansion 3: Every floor of the haunted hotel in Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a different theme, including the pyramid setting of Tomb Suites, a disco floor and a pirate-themed restaurant. In the newly announced ScreamPark party mode, two to eight players can battle against each other as a Luigi team and a Gooigi team even with only one Nintendo Switch console.*** The teams will compete to see who can defeat the most ghosts, collect the most coins or break the most targets. Luigi’s Mansion 3 opens the doors of its haunted hotel on 31st October.
SO MANY GAMES!!
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Players join the Desert Island Getaway Package by Nook Inc, and start a relaxing new life full of creativity, charm and freedom in this next instalment in the Animal Crossing series, launching for Nintendo Switch on 20th March 2020.
- DAEMON X MACHINA: This new action-shooter launches on 13th September, but players who want to take those powerful Arsenals for a spin can try out the free demo version of the game starting today. In the Prologue demo, players will pilot their mechs through the beginning of the game, and all progress earned will carry over to the main game. A key feature of the demo is the ability to play in co-op mode with up to four players.
- Super Kirby Clash: To defeat bosses this wicked, it’ll take a whole team of Kirbys. In this free-to-start multiplayer*** action game, players can choose from four unique Roles and join up to three other players to take down tough bosses. They can puff up power by crafting weapons, or use Gem Apples, which can be earned as in-game currency or purchased using real-world money, to recharge Vigor (a resource that recharges over time), unlock new quests or trade for weapons, armour, support items or stickers. Players can pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend to play multiplayer on one Nintendo Switch console, play local wireless on multiple consoles with up to four players***, and if they have a Nintendo Switch Online membership, they can even play online****. Super Kirby Clash launches exclusively on Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch later today.
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: In addition to playing classic multiplayer events with Mario, Sonic and all their friends, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 also features a single-player story mode, new minigames and 10 retro-style events. These new events are displayed in old-school 2D graphics, perfect for retro fans around the world. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 goes for the gold medal in Europe on 8th November.
- Return of the Obra Dinn: The critically acclaimed, stylish indie game is coming to Nintendo Switch this autumn. As an insurance investigator for the East India Company, players must board a ship, explore its surroundings, turn back time with the Memento Mortem pocket watch, and record logical deductions to solve the ship’s mysteries.
- Little Town Hero: In this new RPG from Game Freak, the developers of the Pokémon games, players must battle monsters and gather support from townspeople, all while staying within the borders of a single town. Little Town Hero, which also features music by Undertale creator Toby Fox, makes a stand on Nintendo Switch on 16th October. Preload on Nintendo eShop starts later today.
- Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise: A sequel to the cult classic Deadly Premonition is headed to Nintendo Switch. When FBI agent Aaliyah Davis opens an investigation into an old serial-killer case, she also opens a door to the unknown. Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise boggles and beguiles on Nintendo Switch in 2020. The original game in the series will launch in Nintendo eShop as Deadly Premonition Origins starting today.
- Rogue Company: Introducing Rogue Company, a 5-v-5 online shooter from Hi-Rez Studios. In this new IP, players can play against friends or instantly match up online with a similarly skilled team in a variety of objective-based modes. Mercenaries can be fully customised to match the player’s style. Rogue Company sneaks up to Nintendo Switch in 2020.
The Force Awakens
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast: May the Force be with this Star Wars classic. Kyle Katarn, agent of the New Republic, is our only hope to stop a rogue Jedi. Get your lightsaber at the ready, Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is coming to Nintendo Switch on 24th September.
- Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition: This critically beloved and fan-favourite role-playing game is available on Nintendo Switch beginning today. With the power of Nintendo Switch, players can slay monsters and unleash magic with up to three other friends at home or on the go.
- DOOM 64: There are at least 64 reasons for fans to get excited about classic first-person shooter DOOM 64 coming to Nintendo Switch, with the ability to play it anywhere being one of them. DOOM 64 launches on Nintendo Switch on 22nd November.
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition: As Geralt of Rivia, players have a massive world to explore at home or on the go. In this version of the game, all DLC and story expansions are along for the ride. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition comes to Nintendo Switch on 15th October.
- Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection: Become the most feared pirate in the Caribbean in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and then transform into the ultimate assassin hunter in Assassin’s Creed: Rogue. That’s two action-packed games from the award-winning Assassin’s Creed series. All past single-player DLC is included, as well as new features like touch control and motion aiming. Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection launches for Nintendo Switch on 6th December.
- Dauntless: Battle for survival at the edge of a savage frontier in the online, free-to-play action-RPG Dauntless. Whether they’re a veteran looking to take slaying on the go, or a rookie ready to forge a legacy, players can craft hundreds of gear options and team up with others to take down boss-sized Behemoths. The Nintendo Switch version of Dauntless launches this year and features full cross-play, cross-compatibility, and feature parity, so players on Nintendo Switch can join a global community millions strong and, for the first time ever, take their Slayers on the go.
- Trials of Mana: A remastered version of this fantasy adventure will come to Nintendo Switch on 24th April 2020. This new version of the classic game features fully voiced characters and upgraded graphics. Players who want to play the original can enjoy it as part of the currently available Collection of Mana for Nintendo Switch.
- New amiibo: Three new amiibo figures in the Super Smash Bros. series – Incineroar, Chrom and Simon Belmont – will launch in stores on 15th November.
- NBA 2K20: On 6th September, players can take to the court in NBA 2K20 for Nintendo Switch.
- The Outer Worlds: Explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter a host of factions all vying for power in The Outer Worlds bounding to Nintendo Switch soon.
- Just Dance 2020: Bust a move to some of the hottest music hits today in Just Dance 2020, headed to Nintendo Switch on 5th November.
- Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered: The critically acclaimed and fan-favourite RPG can be taken anywhere when it launches for Nintendo Switch on 20th September.
- Devil May Cry 2: Starring iconic video game character Dante, classic action game Devil May Cry 2 launches for Nintendo Switch on 19th September. Preload on Nintendo eShop starts later today.
- Vampyr: Players who have a thirst for … moody third-person action-RPGs are in for a bloody treat when Vampyr launches for Nintendo Switch on 29th October.
- Call of Cthulhu: Answer the call in this survival horror RPG game when Call of Cthulhu launches for Nintendo Switch on 8th October.
- Farming Simulator 20: Hop on a tractor, bite on some straw and pick up a Nintendo Switch system. Farming Simulator 20 plants itself on Nintendo Switch on 3rd December.
- GRID Autosport: The high-speed racing game GRID Autosport comes to Nintendo Switch on 19th September. Preload on Nintendo eShop starts later today.