12 biggest announcements from Nintendo’s Direct presentation


Whew. Nintendo’s most recent Direct event on September 4 was a doozy. There is something to love for fans of all genres. From “Overwatch” coming to Switch to new “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” DLC to details about a slew of upcoming games, Nintendo didn’t hold back.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the biggest highlights from Nintendo Direct:

‘Overwatch Legendary Edition’ is Coming to Switch

After months of rumors, fans will finally be able to play Blizzard’s smash hit “Overwatch” on the go. As reported by The Burn-In, the port will release for the console on October 15. As if this wasn’t exciting enough, Nintendo is making the deal even sweeter. Each download of the game will come with 14 character skins and a three-month subscription to Nintendo Switch online, according to The Verge.

‘DOOM 64’ Enters the Modern Age

What’s not to love about “DOOM 64?” The classic game features all of the first-person shooting, demon-slaying action that anyone could ask for. Soon, Switch gamers will be able to enjoy the title from anywhere. Featuring brighter graphics for better visibility, “DOOM 64” launches on November 22. Just in time for the holidays. Nothing says holiday cheer like slaying demons.

Nintendo Switch Online Now Includes SNES Titles

Subscribers to Nintendo’s Switch Online service have free access to a handful of classic titles already. However, starting September 5, they’ll be able to play 20 classic SNES games. Titles like “Super Mario Kart,” “Star Fox,” “Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island,” and more will all be included.

For gamers that don’t like the way it feels to play SNES games with the Switch’s modern Joy-Cons, Nintendo also announced a custom wireless SNES controller. This will be exclusive to Switch Online players like its NES version from last year.

‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ DLC

Nothing gets Nintendo fans more excited than new fighters for the wildly popular “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.” Wednesday’s Direct presentation introduced two new brawlers that will be joining the battle.

Bear-bird tandem Banjo-Kazooie will debut as a single unit for the title. Meanwhile, Terry Bogard from the classic fighting series “Fatal Fury” will also join the fray.

Meanwhile, Nintendo also confirmed that it is working on another slate of new fighters that will be added to the game in the coming months.

‘Luigi’s Mansion 3’ New Details

Though it was previously announced, Nintendo gave more details on the upcoming “Luigi’s Mansion 3.” The game’s haunted hotel will feature uniquely themed levels including a pyramid, disco, and pirate floor.

Nintendo also announced a new game mode, ScreamPark, that will allow up to eight players to compete against each other on a single Switch console to see who can defeat the most ghosts. “Luigi’s Mansion 3” has a spooky launch date of October 31.

‘Pokémon Sword’ / ‘Pokémon Shield’ New Details

Again, these games were previously announced. However, Nintendo dropped more info and two new Pokémon at its Direct event. Both games launch for the Nintendo Switch (exclusively) on November 15.

Polteageist, a ghost-type Pokémon, hides in food at hotels and restaurants. Perhaps fans will also spot him in Luigi’s Mansion? Cramorant, a water-type Pokémon, has the ability to swallow just about anything.

‘The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening’ Remastered for Switch

Zelda fans have adored the world of Koholint Island for years. Now, one of the series’ most beloved games is getting a remastering for the Nintendo Switch.

Meanwhile, a new Ambiio figure will allow players to save custom Chamber Dungeons and share them with friends. Both the game and the figure will release on September 20.

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Announcement

Though fans will have to wait until March 2020 to play, Nintendo announced the next installment of its timeless “Animal Crossing” series. Players will enjoy caring for their digital creatures in the peace and calm of Nook Inc.’s Deserted Island. “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” will launch exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Invites Players to Compete on the World Stage

Fans have enjoyed the “Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games” titles for over a decade. Now, Nintendo will let them do so again in Tokyo with a single-player story mode, head-to-head competition, and more. The game will feature classic Olympic events, new minigames, and a handful of retro events. These render with 2D graphics and are perfect for old-school fans. Players can chase down the gold starting November 5.

‘Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection’ Release Date for Switch

Virtual assassins will soon have access to two of the “Assassin’s Creed” series’ fan-favorites. The new collection bundles “Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag” and “Assassin’s Creed: Rogue” along with tons of new DLC content, updated touch controls, motion aiming, and more. It will be available for purchase just in time for the holidays on December 6.

‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition’ Remastered for Switch

Just as “The Witcher” is preparing for a Netflix series (releasing in late 2019), Nintendo announced a Switch remastering of the third iteration in the series. Players will once again take up the mantle of Geralt of Rivia and explore the massive world he lives in. The complete edition will also include new DLC and story expansions to keep things interesting. It releases on October 15.

‘Rogue Company’ Might Be the Next Hot Online Shooter

Nintendo Switch is quickly turning into a friendly platform for online shooter games. From “Overwatch” to “Fortnite” and many more, it seems that fans are finally getting used to the touchy Joy-Con controls. Nintendo announced a new title from Hi-Rez studios, “Rogue Company.” The 5-v-5 online shooter pits teammates against an enemy team in an array of objective-based game modes. Players can fully customize their player to fit their desired playstyle. The game will launch sometime in 2020.

With its many upcoming projects, Nintendo has a busy fall ahead of it. These are just a few of the highlights from the company’s recent Direct event. However, there are plenty more things to look forward to.

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