Here’s a breakdown of the main announcements from Nintendo’s Direct on September 13th, 2017.
Pokemon UltraSun and UltraMoon
On the 3DS side of things, they started off by spotlighting Pokemon UltraSun and UltraMoon. After months of no information, they went over the basic plot involving the Pokemon Necrozma, new Ultra Beasts, and new areas in Alola to discover. In addition, early buyers will receive a special Rockruff that can evolve into Dusk Form Lycanroc. Also, anyone who buys Pokemon Gold or Silver, coming to eShop September 22nd, will be able to receive the Pokemon Celebi in UltraSun and UltraMoon. Pokemon UltraSun and UltraMoon launch November 17th, 2017.
Nintendo 3DS Headlines
- A Pokeball themed New Nintendo 2DS XL will release November 3rd.
- Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, a remake of the original GBA game, releases October 6th as well as the new Goomba and Koopa amiibo.
- Kirby: Battle Royale, an interesting new battle arena game with several battle modes and a story mode, is set to release January 19th, 2018.
- Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters, the expanded version of Yo-Kai Watch 2, releases September 29th.
- Layton’s Mystery Journey, the 7th main entry in the Professor Layton series, hits the 3DS on October 6th.
- Surprise! Minecraft is coming to the New 3DS, and it’s available to download…now!
- Another surprise! Mario Party: The Top 100 is a 3DS game that takes the best Mario Party minigames all across the series and puts them into one game on 3DS, and it releases November 10th.
- Metroid: Samus Returns is just around the corner as it releases in two days, September 15th.
- Several ATLUS RPGs are coming to the West early 2018, including The Alliance Alive, Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux, and Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology. A demo of Etrian Odyssey V is also available to download today.
- A remaster of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is headed to 3DS November 2017. Also Fire Emblem Warriors will make its way to 3DS October 20th.
- A new orange and white edition of the New Nintendo 2DS XL releases October 6th.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2
“Switching” over to the Nintendo Switch, they begin with Xenoblade Chronicles 2, a sequel that looks to be more faithful in style to the original on Wii than Xenoblade Chronicles X on Wii U. They go over the game’s world of Alrest where Titans roam, and living on these giant Titans are several different kingdoms and empires with their own agendas (which is very reminiscent of the original game). They also go over character roles in battle, being Drivers and Blades. Drivers generally do the fighting while Blades offer them weapons and powers. New Blades with different powers can be discovered and join your team in a new Pokemon-esque system. Lastly, it looks like in place of the Chain Attacks from the original, you can now charge up a special move that will do a massive amount of damage, depending on how charged it is. The game’s looking great, and despite many being certain it would be delayed to 2018, we’ve got ourselves a solid release date of December 1st, 2017 as well as a Special Edition for the game.
Nintendo Switch Headlines
- Splatoon 2 is getting a few updates. Kelp Dome from the first game is returning with a few tweaks, as well as a new stage, Snapper Canal. A new weapon is also on the way called the Tenta Brella. Kelp Dome will be available this Friday.
- Fire Emblem Warriors is getting a new character, Lyn, from the first Fire Emblem on GBA to be released outside Japan. It launches alongside the 3DS version October 20th.
- Snipperclips Plus, an expanded version of the original with new content, launches November 10th. Owners of the original can also purchase the additional content as DLC.
- Morphies Law, a bizarre but intriguing new indie shooter where you morph the body parts of your opponents and allies alike, will release first on the Switch this Winter.
- The indie hit, Rocket League, is coming to the Switch with some exclusive Nintendo themed battle cars this Holiday season.
- A new MOBA by Tencent Games called Arena of Valor will be coming to the Switch, with a beta test version available this Winter.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is still on its way to Switch with exclusive Breath of the Wild gear November 17th.
- Bethesda is bringing DOOM and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus to the Switch, with the former releasing this Holiday and the latter in 2018.
- Flip Wars is getting a new update with Class Matches and a new stage The Red Coliseum, available now.
- Arcade Archives Mario Bros. brings the original arcade classic to the Switch. Other retro Nintendo arcade titles, some that’ve never been re-released before like Vs. Super Mario Bros, Vs. Balloon Fight, Vs. Ice Climber, Vs. Pinball, Vs. Clu Clu Land, and the arcade version of Punch-Out!! are coming to Switch as well. Arcade Archives Mario Bros. releases September 27th.
- The amiibo for the Champions from Breath of the Wild will be released November 10th and will summon material as well as exclusive headgear.
- The sports titles NBA 2K18, WWE 2K18, and FIFA 18 are all coming to Switch this year.
- Pokken Tournament DX is still on the horizon as it launches September 22nd.
Project Octopath Traveler
This Switch exclusive RPG from the producers of Bravely Default at Square Enix mixes classic 16-bit character sprites with HD backgrounds and effects, creating what the developers have termed “HD-2D” visuals. You choose 1 of 8 characters with their own talents and goals and how you progress and go about your adventure is all up to player choice. Each character has unique abilities that allow them to interact with NPCs in different ways, like challenging someone to a battle or alluring them to join your party. Like its visuals, the battle system also looks to be a blend of old and new with classic Final Fantasy battle commands and a new Boost system. The game is scheduled to release worldwide in 2018, with a demo version available right now on the eShop.
More Nintendo Switch Headlines
- The Version 3.0 update for ARMS launches today with the new character Lola Pop, along with a new stage and ARMs. This update will also finally allow you to fully customize and remap your controls.
- Dragon Quest Builders is coming to Switch Spring 2018.
- Kirby: Star Allies, the new Kirby game on Switch, is coming in Spring 2018. Similarly to Kirby Super Star, enemy characters can once again be recruited as allies. You can also now use team attacks and grant copy abilities elemental attributes of other copy abilities to create new attacks.
- Several indie titles are on their way to Switch like SteamWorld Dig 2 (Sept 21), Golf Story (Sept), Nine Parchments (Holiday), Battle Chef Brigade (Holiday), Tiny Metal, and Super Meat Boy Forever (2018).
- Other titles coming to Switch include Lost Sphear (Jan 23, 2018), Sonic Forces (Nov 7, 2017), Resident Evil Revelations 1 and 2 (Nov 28), and L.A. Noire (Nov 14).
Super Mario Odyssey
In case you needed even more reasons to get Super Mario Odyssey this October, Nintendo shows off even more of the game. Some new elements of the plot were revealed. Not only did Bowser kidnap Peach to marry her, but also Cappy’s sister Tiara. So of course, Mario and Cappy team up to save them. They also showed off some new areas like Shiveria in the Snow Kingdom and Bubblaine in the Seaside Kingdom. We get a good idea of just how many Power Moons can be found in each kingdom, which looks to be a lot (like 60 or more). Luckily, the game will have a built in hint system. We also got to see several new outfits Mario can wear like his outfit from Mario Paint, a winter outfit, a Dr. Mario outfit, a chef outfit, a jungle boy outfit, his classic red overalls, and a swimsuit outfit (never thought the day would come where I see Mario shirtless). The game also has a snapshot feature, where you can pause time, control the camera, and add filters for a perfect photo. The game comes out October 27th 2017 and is sure to be a Switch seller.
You can check out the full Nintendo Direct below.