Nintendo Direct: Animal Crossing, Final Fantasy Heading to Switch

Posted by | September 14, 2018 | News, Switch, Video | No Comments

With last week’s Nintendo Direct delayed to today, we were finally treated to a plethora of welcome news for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo teased new Animal Crossing and Luigi’s Mansion games for 2019, provided details for Nintendo Switch Online, and revealed numerous Capcom and Square Enix games heading to Switch.

Here are the quick highlights from the Nintendo Direct:

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Luigi’s Mansion 3 is coming to Switch in 2019. It looks a lot like the first two, as Luigi explores a haunted mansion armed with a ghost-sucking vacuum.

Nintendo tantalizingly teased Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch (working title). It’s coming 2019, and will be the first main Animal Crossing game since 2013’s lauded Animal Crossing: New Leaf on 3DS.

Square Enix is bringing several Final Fantasy remasters to Switch: Final Fantasy VII, IX, X, and X-2 HD Remaster, as well as XII: The Zodiac Age. Switch owners are also getting Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD, World of Final Fantasy Maxima, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. They’re all coming in 2019, except the Pocket Edition, which is out now, and Maxima, which launches November 6.

A Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Switch bundle is launching November 2. The Switch is emblazoned with fighters from the original Super Smash Bros. It also includes a digital copy of Ultimate. In related Smash Bros. news, Animal Crossing resident Isabelle was announced as a playable fighter.

A revamped New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe features four player co-op. Mario, Luigi, and Toad are joined by Toadette and Nabbit for the new Switch version. Toadette can transform into Peachette with a Super Crown, while Nabbit doesn’t take damage from enemies. New Super Luigi U will also be included in the Deluxe version. It’s out January 11, 2019.

Super Mario Party features four-player multiplayer with 80 new mini-games, including the rhythm-based Sound Stage. It’s out October 5.

Yoshi’s Crafted World is a new platformer in the same style as Yoshi’s Woolly World. It supports two player co-op, and you can flip the stage to play it backwards. It’s launching Spring 2019.

Capcom is bringing seven classic arcade beat ’em ups to Switch in the Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle: Captain Commando, King of Dragons, Final Fight, Knights of the Round, and Warriors of Fight. For the first time we can also play Armored Warriors and Battle Circuit on a console. Up to four players can play with their own Joy-Con controller, as well as play online. It’s coming September 18.

Kamatari Damacy Reroll is a remastered HD port that features HD Rumble, gyro controls, and multiplayer support. It’s coming on digital stores November 30, with a retail version to follow.

A release date was announced for the Switch launch of Diablo 3: Eternal Collection, November 2. It supports amiibo, and includes exclusive Ganondorf armor.

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI was announced for Nintendo Switch. It’s out November 16.

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Town (working title), is an RPG that takes place in a single village that must be defended from monsters. It’s coming in 2019.

The best city builder on PC, Cities: Skylines, has launched this week on Nintendo Switch. It includes the After Dark and Snowfall DLC packs.

Capcom’s retro-inspired platformer Mega Man 11 is coming to Switch on October 2. A demo is available now on the Nintendo eShop.

The Switch version of Ubisoft’s toys-to-life game Starlink: Battle for Atlas will include exclusive missions featuring Star Fox villain Wolf. Starlink: Battle for Atlas launches October 16.

Asmodee is bringing several of its digital tabletop games to Switch, including Carcassonne, The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game, Pandemic, Munchkin, and Catan.

The Version 4.0 update hit Splatoon 2 this week, adding new weapons and Splatfest changes. Another update, 4.1 in early October, will add a new stage, songs, and more weapons.

Martio Tennis Aces is getting a 2.0 update on September 19, adding a new online co-op mode with limited time missions. More playable characters will be added in the future, such as Birdo and Shy Guy.

 

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Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn is an updated port of the side-scrolling Wii platformer. It includes some new features and new modes. It’s arriving in 2019.

Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story is getting a 3DS remake, along with a new side story called Bowser Jr.’s Journey. They’re coming January 11, 2019.

Another remake is coming to 3DS in the original Luigi’s Mansion. The new version includes two player co-op and amiibo support. Luigi’s Mansion arrives October 12.

Yo-Kai Watch Blasters is a more action-oriented spin-off of the RPG series. It also features local and online co-op. It’s already out, but coming on September 27 is a free software update that adds new missions, new areas, and new Yo-Kai.

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