All the games announced at Nintendo Direct 9.13.2018

This September’s Nintendo Direct was packed with game announcements. Some were surprising and some were odd choices. A good chunk of the titles announced however definitely appealed to the audience’s nostalgia. Old favorites like Final Fantasy, Diablo, and NES games will soon find their way to the Switch soon.

Here’s a quick rundown of all the games announced during the event:

  • Animal Crossing (2019) – There’s not much known about the return of Animal Crossing to the Switch. But a quick video shows that we can expect one this year. The video also announced that Isabelle from the Animal Crossing series will be joining the roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3 (2019) – Poor Luigi will have to go through a petrifying adventure again with the third installment of the Luigi’s Mansion series to be released in 2019. A bit of the gameplay has been shown already in the short clip of the announcement.
  • Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (January 11, 2019) – The side-scroller platform from this Wii U game makes a return on the Switch. The number of playable characters expands to 5, with the arrival of Nabbit and Toadette, with Toadette being capable of transforming in to Peachette. The game comes with New Super Luigi U, a similar platformer where Luigi is the main star. The game boasts 164 courses to complete.
  • Katamari Damacy REROLL (December 7, 2018) – This cult classic gets the HD remaster treatment. The game will use gyro controls, and HD rumble. Co-op play is also possible. Though the physical copy will be released on December 7, the Nintendo eShop will have the game available on November 30.
  • Mega Man 11 (October 2) – Though already announced way earlier, Nintendo made mention of Megaman 11 at the Direct to show off how its compatible amiibo figure works. A free demo of the game already exists at the Nintendo eShop.


  • Final Fantasy Collection (2019) – In a surprise move from Square Enix, a Final Fantasy Collection which includes HD remasters of Final Fantasy VII, IX, X / X – 2, and XII will be released for the Nintendo Switch. Other Final Fantasy games to be released on the Switch are World of Final Fantasy Maxima (November 6), Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (2019), and Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Everybuddy (TBA).
  • Town (2019) – From the developers of Pokemon comes a brand new game, Town. Very little is still known about the game but from the video, the whole game takes place in this village protected by a castle, where players have to fight monsters, resolve puzzles and get help from villagers to surpass obstacles and restore peace.
  • Undertale (September 18, 2018) – This curious RPG was released originally in 2015. It broke the mold of traditional RPG mechanics with the ability to not kill every single thing you encounter. It also presented a surprisingly deep experience, with a lot of memorable moments.
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World (Spring 2019) – Nintendo delivers a sequel to this excellent and cute platformer. Gone are the crocheted hills of Yoshi’s Wooly World, and in comes a brand new paper world. The game will also have two player couch co-op.
  • Warframe (November 20, 2018) – Sad that you’re not getting Destiny 2 on your Switch? Fear not, because Warframe is coming. Packed with content, this third person shooter has made its mark on PC and constantly delivers quality gameplay. The game will also be free on the Switch.

  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection (November 2, 2018) – The series that made ARPGs legendary comes to Nintendo Switch. While the game may not have been universally loved, two things are certain: the Reaper of Souls expansion made it much better, and coop is a very enjoyable way to play it. This release has both. Amiibos are also integrated into the game, allowing you to use your hard collected figurines to spawn more enemies.
  • Civilization VI (November 16, 2018) – Civilization on consoles isn’t widely loved as much as its PC versions, but things might turn around for Civilization VI on Switch. Because why not? At least you no longer need to be stuck in one place to finish a campaign with the Switch. Interestingly enough, four player local multiplayer is also included. The game also includes four new sets of leaders, campaigns and civilizations: the Vikings, Persia and Macedon, Australia, and Poland.
  • Cities: Skyline (Out now) – From building civilizations to building cities, the excellent city builder now comes to Switch. While the trailer stirred concerns of a possible poor performance, further demos from the developers have shown that the Switch can hold its own.
  • DAEMON X MACHINA (2019) – AI has gone mad, and you should probably fix it. This fascinating game has you trying to retake control of the planet aboard your very own mech, making tactical use of the environment and your equipment, on the ground and in air.
  • NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 (Fall 2018) – If you don’t want to take your basketball too seriously, 2K has a solution for that too. This is the fun and light version of NBA 2K and features cartoony graphics and fiery slam-dunks.
  • Just Dance 2019 (October 23, 2018) – Boasting artists such as Bruno Mars and Cardi B, you can now show off your dance skills in public with this release on the Switch.
  • – FIFA 19 (September 28, 2018) – The same FIFA that gets released worldwide on every console, but now available to be played on the go.

  • Capcom Beat’Em Up Bundle (September 18, 2018) – Re-releasing Final Fight, The King of Dragons, Captain Commando, Knights of the Round, Warriors of Fate as well as bringing to consoles Armored Warriors and Battle Circuit for the first time, Capcom decides to satisfy players thirsting for some old-school beat’em up action. Up to four players can take part, each using a single joycon on a single console. If that is not enough, online play is also available.
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! (November 16, 2018) – While not new entries to the Pokémon Series, the Let’s Go games have always put on more emphasis about having a companion that you get attached to and this game is no exception. Head on an adventure and… pet your Nintendo Switch to change your friend’s hairstyle. No, really.
  • Super Mario Party (October 5, 2018) – Some things don’t change. Sun shines, birds fly and Mario Party is an excellent way to lose friends when you steal their stars. Super Mario Party Coming four new player co-op minigames, and features creative uses of multiple Switches such as having to align the consoles to create a path.
  • Board Games (December, 2018, March 2019, April 2019): Board game publisher Asmodee brings some beloved tabletop games to the Switch. Carcassonne, The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game, and Pandemic are the first batch of games, with four player local multiplayer (except for LOTR:LCG ) and solo modes. More will come soon, including Catan and Munchkin.
  • Starlink (October 16, 2018) – Starfox is back! And while he may not be exclusive to Nintendo this time, the Switch release does get some exclusive content, namely, missions. Jump in your Starwing and save the star system.
  • The World Ends With You: Final Remix (October 12, 2018) – TWEWY brings in some exclusive content in the form a brand new story segment.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country (September 21, 2018)  – A prequel set 500 years before the events of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It keeps everything but the story of the main game intact. The game is also downloadable right now if you have the expansion pass.

  • Team Sonic Racing (Winter 2018) – It’s not WipeOut, but Sonic has a similar idea: go fast. While it may seem very similar to many other racing games, the little twist of Team Sonic Racing is that, well, you play in teams. Instead of focusing on being first, you must also make sure that your team’s drivers do well by sharing items and helping them out.
  • LEGO DC Super-Villains (October 16, 2018) – The worst of DC comic villains join forces in this new Lego game. You can play as Joker, Harley, Lex Luthor and more DC baddies starting this October.


Nadine Pacis

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