Fresh off the heels of a summer of releases, Nintendo didn’t hold back with its first fall Direct presentation. With a slew of surprises, a fantasy-filled back half and a surprisingly slim amount of screen time for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Last Thursday’s Nintendo Direct didn’t disappoint! The presentation, which clocked in just over 35 minutes, provided a more developed picture of what’s to come for the remainder of 2018 and 2019 at large.
Here are the highlights:
Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Working Title – 2019)
I can’t like, I was completely surprised when this was announced pre-Nintendo Direct title card. The game play video doesn’t look polished enough to be a Switch title (and which will probably be released toward the back half of 2019 if it doesn’t get pushed back to 2020), but I have high hopes Nintendo shared this tidbit as a sign of good faith for what’s to come.
Kirby’s Epic Yarn Heads to the 3DS (2019)
I remember when this game came out on the Wii. It was cute, didn’t take itself too seriously and provided some colorful fun. Fans of the pink blob will enjoy this portable outing which is packed with bonus content as well!
Bowser’s Inside Story (January, 2019)
Headed to the 3DS, this game promises to provide a softer side to Mario’s biggest foe. Packed into this game is the addition of a solo campaign featuring Bowser Jr.
Katamari Damacy Reroll (December, 2018)
I have only ever seen this series peripherally. It looks like madness, but also a complete, insane blast! Remastered in colorful HD and taking full advantage of the Switch’s Joy-Cons, expect to roll into a pile of fun this holiday season.
Nintendo Switch Online (September 18, 2018)
Packaged in an adorable video filled to the brim with staple characters in the Mario universe, we were treated to…Nintendo repackaging what we’ve already received free for almost two year. The Netfix-esque NES game selection platform looks user-friendly enough, at least.
*Bonus: the Switch will be receiving NES Joy-Cons, which will work with all NES titles.
Yoshi’s Crafted World (Spring 2019)
Finally, a more concrete release window after the company went radio silent about Yoshi’s upcoming adventure during their E3 presentation. The game, which looks just as polished and adorable as it did back when it was announced in 2017, will be a must when it’s released next spring.
Town (Working Title – 2019)
Game Freak is taking their love of RPGs to the next level with Town. This looks part Zelda, part Ni No Kuni and 100-percent adorable. My guess is, this game started out as a proof-of-concept for Pokémon 2019 and they (thankfully) ran with it!
Final Fantasy (2018 – ?)
Holy franchise! I honestly lost count with how many Final Fantasy titles were announced for the Switch, with even more promised to come.
Animal Crossing (2019)
Nintendo was really, really smart with how they announced the next title in the Animal Crossing with a complete fake out with Isabelle’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announcement, followed by an actual announcement with a 2019 release window.
Honorable Mention (Misc)
From updated 2019 sports games, table-top-turned-digital games, a slew of updated content for games like Splatoon 2 and Mario Tennis Aces, Nintendo hit every nook and cranny possible.
Nintendo really showed up to the table this time; so much so that I’m not even mad with didn’t hear about Metroid Prime 4 or Bayonetta 3. Were you surprised by anything? Let us know in the comments.