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September 13, 2017 Nintendo Direct Recap

Nintendo surprised us with an unannounced Nintendo Direct recently and it focused primarily what was coming out on the 3DS and Nintendo Switch in the next few months. If you have the time to spare you can watch the video below, but it is quite a long one at 45 minutes.

If you're reading this part though then I'm going to assume that you skipped the video and just want the filtered news. So I'm gonna indulge you my dear reader; let's get started.

  • First up, some new info about Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon was shown off. They explained that the story this time around would focus primarily around the pokemon Necrozma. In addition to this new areas and Ultra Beasts were shown as well and if you buy a physical copy by January 10, then you can get the new form of Lycanroc as a bonus or a dozen Quick Balls if you buy digitally. And finally if you buy a copy of Pokemon Gold or Pokemon Silver within the first year of its release on Virtual Console when it comes out on September 22, then you can get the legendary pokemon Celebi for any of the 7th generation pokemon games. Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will launch on November 17 with a special poke ball themed Nintendo 2DS XL launching 2 weeks before it on November 3.
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions showed off a new stamp collecting sidequest that requires the use of amiibo. The game will launch along side the new Goomba and Koopa Troopa amiibo on October 6.
  • A new Kirby game called Kirby: Battle Royale was announced for the 3DS and would feature a top-down camera and multiplayer free-for-all battles. The game will launch January 19 of next year.
  • Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters got a bit more info explained. If you have either of the other two versions of the game, you can transfer your save data so you can continue where you left off in the new version, otherwise you can just download the Oni Update for the other games instead. The game will be released on September 29.
  • Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy got a release date for the 3DS being October 6.
  • Minecraft was released on the New Nintendo 3DS after the presentation and a packaged version will launch at a later date.
  • Mario Party: The Top 100 was announced for the 3DS and would contain 100 minigames considered to be the best amongst the fans. The game will launch on November 10 but there is no word yet if the game will have boards from the previous games as well.
  • What I assume was to rebuild hype, it was reconfirmed that Metroid: Samus Returns will launch on September 15.
  • 3 RPG's from Atlus were all revealed to have an early 2018 launch. These games are The Alliance Alive, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux and Radiant Historia: Perfect Chonology.
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is going to have a November release and would be getting the HD treatment.
  • Fire Emblem Warriors will be released on the 3DS and Switch on October 20 with a trailer for the new character Lyndis from Fire Emblem on the Game Boy Advance. A special edition version of the game will also be available exclusively for the Switch as well as amiibo of Chrom and Tiki.
  • A new color of the New Nintendo 2DS XL, being Orange and White, will launch on October 6.
  • Moving on to the Nintendo Switch games, some more info was revealed for Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It was shown that the entire world is set on the backs of multiple titans and the game mechanics revolve around fighters called "Drivers" utilizing the abilities of special beings call "Blades" which can be mixed and matched to provide many different styles and strategies for the battles you will encounter. The game will be released on December 1 with a collector's edition being available as well. A special pro controller with designs from the game will also be available to purchase separately.
  • A new weapon and map is coming to Splatoon 2 as well as a map returning from the previous game.
  • Snipperclips Plus was announced and was said to have many new features and stages. It will launch, possibly in stores, on November 10. If you already have the original version of the game, you can buy the Plus Expansion as DLC when the updated game launches.
  • The launch window for Morphies Law was reiterated to be during this winter.
  • Rocket League will launch on the Switch this holiday season with all the content that has be released for the game so far, plus exclusive Nintendo themed car toppers and vehicles.
  • A MOBA called Arena of Valor was confirmed to be coming to the Switch with the beta version becoming available this winter.
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's release date was revealed to be November 17 and was shown that the Zelda themed equipment does not need amiibo to be unlocked.
  • Doom was confirmed to be coming to the Switch this holiday season with the full single player campaign and Multiplayer modes, but unfortunately no Snap Map. In addition to this, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus was also confirmed to be coming to the Switch next year in 2018.
  • Flip Wars got an update after the direct that included online leader boards, local wireless multiplayer, and a new map.
  • Nintendo is finally releasing their old arcade titles like Mario Bros, VS Ice Climber, and the original Punch-Out!! Their first Arcade Archive, Mario Bros, will launch on September 27.
  • The four Champion amiibo from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild were revealed to have a release date of November 10 and would unlock special headgear themed after their respective Divine Beast.
  • A bunch of sports games were revealed to be coming to the Switch as well being NBA2K18 (Sept 15 Digital, Oct 17 Physical), WWE 2K18 (TBA), and Fifa 18 (Sept 29). In addition to these realistic sports games, Pokken Tournament DX now has a free demo available on the Switch eShop.
  • More info for the new Square Enix RPG Project Octopath Traveller was shown off. It was shown that each of the playable characters have their own actions that allows them to interact with the world and NPC's in their own unique ways. The gameplay appears to be inspired partly by Bravely Default where the actions you take give you points that allow you to perform special skills in battle. The game will launch some time next year, but a demo of the game is now available on the Switch eShop.
  • The Version 3.0 update for ARMS is now available which adds a new stage, 3 new arms, the new inflatable clown lady, Lola Pop, and the ability to finally customize your controls.
  • Dragon Quest Builders was announced to be coming to the Switch next year.
  • The Kirby game that was shown off at E3 finally has a name and release window. The co-op centric Kirby: Star Allies will launch next spring.
  • A bunch of eShop games were given a small showcase with release windows for each. Steamworld Dig 2 (Sept 21), Golf Story (September), Nine Parchments and Battle Chef Brigade (Holiday 2017), Tiny Metal (TBA), and Super Meat Boy Forever (2018)
  • A bunch of retail games were also given their own showcase. Lost Sphear (Jan 23, 2018), Sonic Forces (Nov 7), Resident Evil Revelations (Nov 28), and a definitive L.A. Noir (Nov 14).
  • And finally, even more info was shown off for Super Mario Oddysey. A 7th and 8th kingom were revealed being the Snow Kingdom and Seaside Kingdom with likely more to be kept secret until the game's launch. It was also shown off that each kingdom has dozens of power moons to find, but if you need hints there are several different ways to get them being a parrot named Talkatoo, the Hint Toad or through amiibo. There are also several mingames that can be played that each have their own online leaderboards and the ability to snap photos that can be posted to facebook or twitter and can even be used to make wallpapers for your computer or phone. The game, along with 3 new amiibo of Bowser, Peach and Mario in wedding garb, will launch simultaneously on October 27 alongside a special Switch bundle that includes the game and a carrying case.

Needless to say, this was quite the presentation. While my wallet is a bit burnt out from all of the collector's editions of games that have been released, I still can't wait for all of these new games. I'm especially hyped for Super Mario Odyssey. I haven't been this excited for a Mario game since Super Mario Galaxy. So until then, I'll be seeing you.


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