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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How to watch Cowboys vs. Bears Thursday Night Football tonight without cable
This story is part of , featuring tips on the best ways to manage the holiday season.
With only a few weeks remaining in the regular season, the playoff picture is starting to come into focus. Lamar Jackson led the Ravens past the 49ers and into first place in the AFC after the Patriots fell to the Texans. And the Chiefs blew out the Raiders to strengthen their playoff resume. In the NFC, the Packers got an easy win against the Giants for their ninth victory of the year, while the Rams kept their playoff hopes alive by beating the Cardinals. You can see all of the Week 13 NFL results here.
Week 14 kicks off tonight with the Cowboys heading to Soldier Field to battle the Bears. The Cowboys enter tonight’s contest atop the weak NFC East and would currently be the four seed in the NFC. But they’ve struggled to get a win against teams with a winning record this year, last week getting beat at home against the Bills. The good news for the Dallas faithful is that the Bears are currently sitting with the same 6-6 record. For Chicago, a win is necessary to keep their playoff dreams alive following their Thanksgiving Day rally over the Lions.
There are more ways than ever to catch the only NFL game in town. Tonight’s game between Cowboys and Bears kicks off at 8:20 p.m. ET on Fox, the NFL Network, Twitch, Yahoo and Amazon Prime Video. Here’s how cord cutters can watch Thursday Night Football without cable — as well as the rest of the NFL games this season on Monday nights and Sundays.
How to watch on Fox (and how to get 4K)
Fox’s Thursday Night Football broadcast will be available to stream on live TV streaming services that carry your local Fox station (see below), as well as via antenna, cable or satellite.
New for 2019 is the ability to watch Thursday Night Football in 4K. Traditional cable and satellite companies such as DirecTV, Altice’s Optimum, Comcast’s Xfinity, Verizon Fios and T-Mobile’s TVision will all offer 4K versions of the game if you have a compatible set-top box. In addition, streaming service FuboTV will let subscribers watch in the higher resolution on most 4K streaming devices.
The downside? The game itself isn’t a native 4K stream. Instead it will be produced in 1080p with HDR and then upconverted to 4K HDR.
The Fox Sports app (not to be confused with the Fox Sports Go app) will also be streaming the game in 4K on the Apple TV 4K and certain 4K Roku devices, but you need a login from a cable, satellite or live TV streaming service provider to access the stream in the app.
What about Amazon Prime Video?
In addition to Fox and the NFL Network, Amazon will be streaming the game live to Prime Video subscribers. You will need to have the Prime Video app, but thankfully that’s available on a host of devices and platforms, including Fire TVs and TV Sticks, Roku, Apple TV, iOS and Android, web browsers and more.
Prime Video also now supports Chromecast for casting from a phone or tablet to a TV.
Amazon’s broadcast will feature the choice of listening to Fox’s Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the call or switch to a broadcast team of Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer. Scottish and Irish broadcasters Derek Rae and Tommy Smyth, previously heard calling soccer on ESPN, will also be an option.
Features like X-Ray, which provides the NFL’s Next Gen Stats, will be available to those watching on Android, iOS or Fire TV.
Et tu, Twitch?
Those without Prime or a subscription to a video service will be able to stream the Fox broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Twitch for free via the streaming service’s /primevideo channel. In addition to the official broadcast, Twitch fans can watch the co-streams with many of the site’s personalities on their own respective Twitch channels.
A full list of co-streams for each Twitch game can be found on Twitch’s blog.
How can I watch my local team’s NFL games?
For teams in your local market — Vikings fans in Minnesota, Seahawks fans in Seattle, and so on — you’ll be able to watch your local team’s games on a major local network channel.
Games are typically broadcast on CBS and Fox on Sunday afternoons. National broadcasts are shown on NBC on Sunday nights, ESPN on Monday nights and the NFL Network on Thursday nights and Sunday mornings. Most of the Thursday night games are simulcast on Fox, Amazon Prime and Twitch. (Note that CBS is the parent company of CNET.)
There’s also NFL RedZone to consider, a channel that springs to life each fall and shows live coverage from around the league with the promise to show you every touchdown from every Sunday afternoon game. It’s a great way to watch out-of-market action and essential viewing for fantasy football GMs.
Which live TV streaming services are best for NFL fans?
The short answer?for streaming live NFL football. It’s , but until then football fans can still subscribe and watch.
The longer answer: Many— including Vue as well as , FuboTV, and — carry one or more local networks (namely CBS, Fox and NBC), so they’re the best bet for who don’t want to use an .
The catch is that, so check each one using the links below to make sure it carries the network you want in your area. If you’re looking for the NFL Network you’ll want to focus on Sling TV Blue, PlayStation Vue or FuboTV.
Other stuff to know about live TV streaming services:
PlayStation Vue offers all the networks that show NFL games, and you can add the NFL RedZone channel for $10 a month extra. The $55 Core plan is the cheapest option that includes the five channels NFL fans need — CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and NFL Network — and the $10-a-month Sports Pack will get you NFL RedZone. As we mentioned above, Vue is shutting down in January, but until then it’s still available.
Sling TV splits its live NFL options across its $25-a-month Blue plan and $25-a-month Orange plan, which forces NFL fans into a tricky decision or encourages them to spring for both at $40 a month.
Sling Blue includes Thursday and Sunday games on NBC, Fox and the NFL Network. Sling Orange includes Monday night games on ESPN. And if you want to add the NFL RedZone, you’ll need Sling Blue. Blue — but not Orange — subscribers can add the $10-a-month Sports Extra package, which includes NFL RedZone. Sling TV does not offer CBS, which typically carries AFC games on Sunday afternoons.
Sling’s packages are discounted by 40% for the first month.
YouTube TV costs $50 a month and includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN, but not NFL Network or RedZone.
FuboTV costs $55 a month and includes CBS, Fox, NBC and NFL Network but not ESPN. You’ll miss out on Monday Night Football on ESPN but will get the games on Sunday afternoons (CBS and Fox), Sunday nights (NBC) and Thursday nights (NFL Network). The $9-a-month Sports Plus package adds NFL RedZone.
AT&T TV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN but not the NFL Network or RedZone. Its basic, $65-a-month Plus package will let you watch games on CBS and Fox on Sunday afternoons, Sunday Night Football on NBC, Monday Night Football on ESPN and Thursday Night Football on Fox.
CBS All Access costs $6 a month and lets you watch AFC matchups on Sunday afternoons. It makes for a good add-on for Sling TV subscribers, who don’t get CBS.
Prime Video will stream the Thursday Night Football games this season that will be simulcast on Fox. The games on Prime Video will also be streamed live on the Amazon-owned Twitch, which means you don’t need an Amazon Prime membership to stream Thursday night football.
Stream live on your phone with NFL Mobile and Yahoo app
In previous years, only Verizon Wireless subscribers could livestream games on their phones with the NFL Mobile app. Now, anyone can get a live NFL stream on a phone, regardless of carrier. You’ll be limited to watching on your phone and will see only local, in-market games and the national broadcasts on Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights.
National and local games will also be streamed on the Yahoo and Yahoo Sports app.
Originally published earlier this year. Regularly updated with the latest game details.