The latest Nintendo Direct showed a lot of very exciting upcoming games and features for Switch fans. Here’s a breakdown on everything.
Nintendo Direct Rundown
Step by step, let’s walk through news and reveals from the recent Nintendo Direct.
Overwatch Comes to Nintendo Switch
Blizzard’s wildly popular multiplayer shooter is on its way to the Switch. The game releases October 15th, and digital gamers can pre-purchase the title now.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Fighter Announced
For its fourth DLC fighter, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is releasing Terry Bogard from the series Fatal Fury. A pass of all DLC fighters, with one more yet to be announced, can be purchased for $25 USD. Each individual fighter is $6. A release date for Bogard is yet to be finalized, but will take place in November
Banjo Kazooie Release Date
The third DLC fighter, announced back at E3, is available starting today. Banjo Kazooie earned a ton of online petitioning to make it into the game, largely in part to the game’s cult following since the Nintendo 64 days.
Xenoblade Chronicles Gets Special Edition Port
The 2012 Wii game, and first entry in the Xenoblade series, Xenoblade Chronicles is being rereleased for the Switch. The game will come with all DLC, and release sometime in 2020.
Nintendo Switch Online Gets SNES Games at No Additional Cost
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NES games released with the Nintendo Switch Online program, but now gamers can also play SNES games at no additional cost. Here’s the full list of launch games, which are available for subscribers now:
- 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 the U.S.!)
- Available for the first time since its original Super NES release, Super Soccer
- Available for the first time since its original Super NES release, Super Tennis
More game will release monthly, just like the service’s NES offerings. Additionally, a wireless SNES controller is going to release for subscribers. The listing will go live shortly, and be available here.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Back for an Encore During Nintendo Direct
The Wii U’s Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem crossover game is getting a shot at the Switch’s much larger audience. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is set to release on January 17th, 2020, and might get a good boost from fans who enjoyed Fire Emblem: Three Houses earlier this year.
Tetris 99 Version 2.0 Revealed at Nintendo Direct
In version 2.0 of Tetris 99, the game is getting a new Invictus Mode, which isn’t unlocked until players hit first place in the standard online mode. It comes with daily missions, as well as 2P sharing battle mode and paid DLC for local arena matches. A physical edition of the game also releases September 6th.
Pokémon Sword and Shield Updates
Two new Pokémon are revealed, including the teapot ghost-type Polteageist and flying-water swallow Cramorant. New costumes and style pieces revealed as well, and the Wild Area, in which players can visit each other and battle.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Gets Amiibo Figure, Plus More Smash Figures
Amiibo seemed all but dead and gone from Nintendo’s product list, but a new figure is coming out alongside The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. The game and amiibo launch September 20th. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is also getting new amiibo for Incineroar, Chrom and Simon Belmont, releasing November 15th.
Daemon X Machina Demo Is Announced and Available
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The mech fighter Daemon X Machina releases September 13th, but a demo is out now. Featuring the full prelude, the demo hopefully draws in those who don’t know what to think of the mysterious action title.
Super Kirby Clash on Nintendo Switch Now
A multiplayer action fighter, friends can craft weapons and fight one another in this Kirbyverse title out now.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 Upgrade Released
The critic and fan favorite Divinity: Original Sin 2 is coming to the Switch. Actually, surprise: it’s already ready to purchase and download. Much like The Witcher 3, the port is slightly downgraded in graphical quality, but it’s still amazing to be able to have it on a Nintendo console! Witcher 3, of course, is coming October 15th with all DLC included.
Return of the Obra Dinn Coming to Nintendo As Well
Another critic favorite, indie darling Return of the Obra Dawn is coming to the Switch as well. The game features an exotic setting, very subtle power plays in the form of puzzles and struggles for answers, and a very great experience overall.
Pokémon Devs Show New Game During Nintendo Direct
The team behind Pokémon, Game Freak, revealed their new title Little Town Hero. In the game, you battle monsters and gather allies all within the confines of a single town. Sound vaguely familiar? The game releases October 16th, and is available for digital pre-purchase now on the eShop.
Deadly Premonition Sequel Surprises Nintendo Direct Viewers
Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise caught everyone off-guard. The cult series is all about FBI investigations, and the new game is coming in 2020. The original is now available as well on the eShop.
New 5v5 Online Shooter from Hi-Rez Studios Released During Nintendo Direct
Hi-Rez Studios unveiled a new 5v5 online shooter called Rouge Company. The new IP features objective based gameplay, as well as customizable characters. You can play with friends, or join a lobby for instant matchmaking.
Star Wars: Jedi Knight II Throws us Back from 2019 to 2002
The old Star Wars video games are certainly on our list for an upcoming History of Gaming piece, and 2002’s Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast is one of the games that’d be worth discussing. The title is going to be playable on the Switch and PS4 September 24th.
DOOM 64 – Yes, You Read that Right
DOOM 64, the classic hellish shooter, is coming to the Nintendo Switch on November 22nd. Sign me up, and probably many others too.
New Assassin’s Creed Collection Incoming
Play Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, along with all their DLC, in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection. The collection is going to also feature touch controls and motion aiming. Catch these two classic Ubisoft titles on December 6th.
Free to Play Action RPG Seems Promising
Dauntless looks like a game any RPG veteran would love. If you love RPGs, then this is something worth checking out. With action elements and cross-play with PC and consoles, Nintendo Switch players can start gaming with everyone else now that the game is out for the console.
Other Nintendo Direct Release Dates
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- We have a handful of other titles coming for the Switch as well, including:
- Devil May Cry 2 – September 19th
- GRID Autosport – September 19th
- Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered – September 20th
- Call of Cthulhu – October 8th
- Vampyr – October 19th
- Just Dance 2020 – November 5th
- Farming Simulator 20 – This Winter
- Trials of Mana Remastered – April 24, 2020
- The Outer World – Pending
Biggest Surprises in the Nintendo Direct
Hands down, the Direct sort of surprised everyone. The news of the 4th DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate did not excite, but after that, a number of announcements came out of nowhere. An early 2000s Star Wars video game and DOOM 64 are going to be on my Nintendo Switch in 2019. Totally crazy that the ports are happening at all, but handheld play continues to be the console’s biggest perk.
Biggest Games Upcoming for the Nintendo Switch
Despite all these announcements, two huge games dominate the upcoming season. First, Luigi’s Mansion 3 releases October 31st, and has the potential to be a dark horse for critical and fan acclaim. The series is popular, but a bit like a cult following. A Switch release could be a transforming moment for the series, given the console’s popularity and sales numbers.
Sword and Shield are also huge releases, although not coming until November. The lasting impact of Pokémon is never going to fade, but fans are a little troubled that you cannot transfer non-Sword and Shield catches into the game. This eliminates the ability to allow for any combination of rosters, and that’s upsetting to those who love the freedom.
September Nintendo Direct – Hit or Miss?
I think by all accounts, the September Nintendo Direct can be considered a huge hit. The surprises are welcomed, especially those that weren’t even in anyone’s wildest imaginations. Plus, all the ports make the Switch even more dynamic thanks to its portability.
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No Female Character in CoD: Modern Warfare?
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Multiplayer Beta has been in full swing for a couple of days now. While the game has received slack because of some unconventional design choices, it still is a core Call of Duty experience which i think most people would enjoy. However, while playing the beta, i couldn’t help but notice the lack of female characters in the multiplayer game modes. This was rather strange since Infinity Ward had announced earlier that the game would have playable female characters. Usually, these characters are much more nimble and really help if you prefer a faster playing style.
So, i went on over to twitter to ask if these characters had been removed for some reason. However, what i got in response was a bunch of dismissive, sexist and misogynistic replies saying that the game is better without females anyway. This sad state of affairs snapped me back to the reality of how inclusivity is actually frowned upon in the core video game community.
Inclusivity in video games has always been a massive point of debate throughout the history of games. While most people would agree that all forms of art and media should be inclusive enough for everyone, things have not been so smooth for the video games industry to adopt this mindset. The ‘hardcore’ gaming community, sadly, just isn’t ready to accept any change that pushes us towards the greater good.
Every time game developers try to include women and minorities in their games just to make them more relatable and inclusive for everyone, they are met with review bombs and other forms of unjustified criticism from the core ‘gamers’. It is actually pretty bonkers to see how far people are willing to go just to undermine something that does not affect them or their experience in any way.
Sadly, this bad behaviour isn’t just limited to the video game community. We’ve seen some really bad cases of sexism in the gaming industry during recent times as well. However, slowly but surely, things are moving in the right direction. For example, we’re seeing better working conditions for women in the industry thanks to a lot of hard work and bravery from these women.
Female Protagonists in Games are actually good
We’re also seeing video games being much more inclusive. From Cyberpunk 2077 not having a binary gender option for character creation to Gears 5 moving to a female protagonist for the first time in the series, things are moving in the right direction. However, if you think that these changes are hindering your experience in any way, you’re wrong. You can still choose to play as a white male in Cyberpunk 2077 and the majority of video games still have male protagonists in them.
However, some of the best video games of recent times like Horizon Zero Dawn, Tomb Raider, Gears 5 and the upcoming The Last of Us 2 all have female protagonists. So, saying that having a female lead in a game would somehow make it worse is just not true, whether you like it or not.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and why it is important for games to be more inclusive
Recently, when Infinity Ward announced that Call of Duty Modern Warfare will include playable female characters, it was met with the same unjustified criticism. This is not the first time we’ve seen this though and people are just used to it at this point. Back when Battlefield V was announced with Female characters, people had the same reaction. However, people need to realise that video games are a form of art and the right of expressing that art in any way or form is in the hands of the artist.
Video games have never been about being historically accurate. If you wanted that, you could watch a historical documentary instead. Video Games are meant to be fun and relatable. They’re played by millions of people around the entire world. If these people around the world don’t feel like they are a part of this magical universe that a developer has conjured up for them, then what is the point of art anymore? No other form of media can connect us with the characters it has like video games because for a brief moment in time, games make us feel like we are that character.
The ability to see yourself in the character you’re playing is probably what sets video games apart from everything else as an art form. This is especially true for multiplayer games, which brings us back to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Having a female character in multiplayer is only a good thing. This would mean that millions of female gamers would actually be able to feel like they’re a part of this universe that we’ve all come to enjoy and love. Furthermore, it doesn’t affect anyone else in any way. You can still pick your usual male characters so you’re not losing any part of the experience.
The addition of something doesn’t always have to come at a cost of something else. However, if, for some weird reason, even hearing a female character in a multiplayer match triggers you, then you have some serious issues and I hope you find the help you need.
Video games are arguably the most expansive and expressive form of art out there. Everyone deserves to experience this amazing art form in the most relatable and immersive way possible. We have made some really good strides during recent times to curb stomp the negativity that surrounds the whole industry. However, there is still a long way to go and I hope, with time, we can all feel happy just to be a part of this amazing community and experience these magical worlds together in complete harmony.