It’s that time again! Yesterday, Nintendo released a direct where they talked about previously announced titles. While there wasn’t really much new that was announced, hungry fans got small bits of information on games they can’t wait for. The most important bits of information will be mentioned first, followed by other titles they talked about.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Release Date: March 20, 2020
Announced back at E3, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the newest title in the franchise. There was a lot show off during the last Direct, but this time we got a nice break down of some of the new features. This time around, players will be able to crack different tools and items using materials found around the island. Not only can they use these pieces of furniture in their homes (like in previous titles) but they can also decorate the outside of their homes as well!
Players can also pick up entire trees and move them freely around the island as they see fit. A new tool (shown above) will now make it possible to vault over rivers making it easier to traverse the island. Nintendo showcased that up to 4 players can play on one copy of the game on the same console and up to 8 people can play together online.
Pokémon Sword and Shield
Release Date: November 15, 2019
With the release date of Pokémon Sword and Shield just around the corner it was expected we’d see more about Game Freak’s newest title. As well as a couple of new Pokémon to boot.
Cramorant is the more interesting of the two. It is a flying/water type that has a special ability based on certain moves. If it uses a move like Surf it will end its turn with a fish in its mouth (pictured above). If the enemy hits it while in this state it will automatically spit the fish out and do extra damage.
Polteageist is a bit more bizarre. It’s a ghost type that basically possesses people’s dining ware. It has a special ability known as weaken, but not much was revealed about it.
The more exciting announcement was the customization feature this time around. Although character customization has been around in some form for the last few generations, this time around they’re really allowing players to make their characters look unique. Clothing is, of course, customizable but now players can change their skin tone as well as their hairstyle!
The last new feature announced was something called Pokémon Camp. Like in previous entries, Pokémon Camp will allow trainers to interact with their Pokémon as well as cook stat-boosting meals. Trainers will also be able to visit other people’s camps, but this aspect wasn’t discussed in-depth.
New Smash Fighters
Also announced at E3, Banjo and Kazooie were announced as being the next DLC fighters for Smash Bros Ultimate. What wasn’t announced was when the pair would be making their way to the battlefield. Nintendo shocked everyone by announcing they would be released sometime later after the direct had ended. If you’d like a break down of the new fighters, please visit our article detailing the experience.
We also got a look at the new fighter coming this Fall. Terry Bogard from the Fatal Fury series gets the honor of joining the Smash gang. It was also announced that even more fighters will be coming as DLC on top of the original 5 initially announced.
Finally, Undertale’s Sans was announced as a character skin for the Mii Fighter along with a few others such as the Team Rocket Uniform.
Super Nintendo Titles Come to Switch
Release Date: September 5, 2019
One of the biggest announcements from Nintendo was that SNES games would be making their way to Nintendo Online’s benefits package. Those who pay the subscription fee required to play online will now have access to a select library of SNES games. These include Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Super Mario Kart with more set to release at later dates. This service was stated to go live today, September 5th. As of writing this article fans are still awaiting the release.
Overwatch Coming to Switch
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Leaked before the Direct, Overwatch is officially coming to the Nintendo Switch. There’s not much else to report based on this announcement, but fans who have wanted to be able to take the title on the road can now celebrate!
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Release Date: October 31, 2019
The only real update to the original announcement of Luigi’s Mansion 3 is that it will support up to 8 online players in some of its multiplayer modes. Also, each floor of the hotel will host a different theme such as a Pirate-themed restaurant and an Egyptian pyramid.
Super Kirby Clash
Release Date: September 5, 2019
Announced out of nowhere was a new free-to-start Kirby game. In it, you choose one of four classes and face various boss-level enemies. It’s sort of a watered-down Monster Hunter game featuring Kirby and micro-transactions. Even more surprising it was released shortly after the direct.
Other Games Coming to Switch
Below is the complete list of games they also announced would be coming to the Switch. Aside from Town and Link’s Awakening, they’re all titles that have been already released on other platforms. I didn’t make a separate section for own and Link’s Awakening Because there wasn’t any new information. They were included mostly to remind fans that they would be coming out soon With Zelda set to release on September 20th this year.
- Trials of Mana Remake
- Return of the Obra Dinn
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
- Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition
- Tokyo Mirage Sessions#FE Encore
- Deadly Premonition 1 and 2
- Divinity: Original Sin 2
- Doom 64
- Rogue Company
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
- Daemon X Machina Prologue
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
- Witcher 3
- Assassin’s Creed: Rebel Collection
- Farming Simulator 20
- Devil May Cry 2
- Just Dance 2020
- Grid Autosport
- Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
- NBA 2K20
- Call of Cthulhu
- The Outer Worlds
- Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
Check out the video below to watch the Nintendo Direct presentation in its entirety.