Nintendo Direct Recap: A Deluge of Ports From September 2019 Onward

Nintendo Direct Recap: A Deluge of Ports From September 2019 Onward

From Overwatch to Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, here's a recap of all the announcements.

You like Nintendo Switch ports? Well good news, because you're getting Nintendo Switch ports. Lots of them.

In today's Nintendo Direct for September 2019, Nintendo announced a ton of previously released games for Switch. They run the gamut from expected games like Overwatch and Assassin's Creed, to oddities like Doom 64 and Jedi Outcast. Oh, and the original Xenoblade Chronicles is finally coming to Switch as well!

It wasn't all ports though. Read on for all of the major news from today's Nintendo Direct.

Overwatch is Coming to Nintendo Switch

Following the success of Diablo 3, Overwatch is now joining the party on Nintendo Switch. While the hero shooter's popularity has diminished somewhat since exploding onto the scene in 2016, it still has a loyal fanbase. On Switch it's apt to find a brand new fanbase who will appreciate its fun characters and unique art style.

My main hope for Overwatch is that the Switch community will be more positive than the one on other consoles. Where Overwatch was initially hailed as the FPS anyone could enjoy, it has steadily becoming more toxic as Blizzard has pivoted it toward the competitive community. Regardless, assuming the port is successful, I can definitely see myself playing a few rounds of Overwatch Switch before bed every night.

Overwatch on Nintendo Switch is coming out October 15. Here's our look into the evolution of Symmetra.

Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and Rogue Also Coming to Nintendo Switch

In the wake of Assassin's Creed 3, two more Assassin's Creed games are making their way to Switch. Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and Assassin's Creed Rogue are getting bundled together in a new Rebel Collection pack. The former is one of the best games in the entire series, building on the ship action from the previous game to send Edward Kenway on piratical adventures in a beautiful open-world. Hopefully it's much better than the previous port, which ran terribly and featured numerous other problems when docked (yes, docked). It will be out September 24.

Luigis Mansion 3 will feature Team Gooigi. | Screenshot by Mike Williams/USG, Nintendo

Luigi's Mansion 3 is Getting a Multiplayer Mode

Luigi's Mansion 3 will have a cool multiplayer mode called ScreamPark. Reminiscent of Mario Party, up to eight players will be able to battle it out across multiple minigames. One side will play as Luigi, and the other will be represented by Gooigi. I don't know about you, but I'm definitely Team Gooigi. Luigi's Mansion 3 will be out October 31.

Super Kirby Clash is a New Multiplayer Kirby Game That's Free-to-Start

Kirby is getting a new multiplayer game on Nintendo Switch. Titled Super Kirby Clash, it's a team-based game featuring multiple classes and more than 100 quests. You can play alone, team together on one system, play via local wireless, or play online.

Super Kirby Clash is 3D, but it has a sidescrolling element to it that I rather like. It has a little bit of a hero vibe to it in that you need to choose the right classes to succeed. You can try it for yourself today. It's free-to-start.

Terry Bogard Coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Plus More DLC Fighters in Development

After being heavily rumored earlier in the week, Terry Bogard is indeed coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

First introduced in 1991's Fatal Fury: King of Fighters, Terry and his famous cap are iconic fixtures in the fighting game community. While some may question his inclusion, this would seem to be director Masahiro Sakurai's way of paying tribute to a legendary fighting game series. Hopefully he'll be a lot more fun than Ryu and Ken. He'll be available in November 2019.

Oh, and Banjo and Kazooie will be out today, and even more DLC fighters have been confirmed to be in development. Surely Smash Bros. is starting to run out of characters by now?

Deadly Premonition isn't just coming to Nintendo Switch, it's getting a sequel too! | Screenshot by Mike Williams/USG

Indie Darlings Deadly Premonition and Return of the Obra Dinn Coming to Switch. Deadly Premonition 2 Confirmed

In a widely unexpected move, Deadly Premonition was confirmed to be releasing today for Nintendo Switch. The Twin Peaks-like horror mystery gained a large following despite its "so bad its good" production values, and propelled its creator, Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro, to stardom. Deadly Premonition 2 was also confirmed, and it's also coming to Switch! Happy days.

Elsewhere in the indie space, Return of the Obra Dinn is also coming to Switch, which should make Caty very happy. This 3D mystery game by Lucas Pope was one of 2018's best games, with puzzles so deep that you apparently need pen and paper to solve them. It will be out later this fall.

Don't ask where those sausages came from. | Screenshot by Mike Williams

Pokemon Sword and Shield Will Let You Customize Your Clothing and Cook Curry

A handful of new features were revealed for Pokemon Sword and Shield during today's Nintendo Direct. Among them, you will once again be able to customize your look, and you will also be able to hang out with Pokemon in your camp and cook various types of curry. What are those sausages made of? Best not to ask.

Additionally, some new Pokemon were revealed. One is the Poltergeist?—a ghost similar to Rotom that takes the form of household objects. The other is Cramorant, a water/flying monster with the Gulp Missile attack, which lets it automatically counter after using a water attack. Check out our developer interview on Pokemon Sword and Shield from E3 2019.

Little Town Hero Has Music From Toby Fox

Game Freak doesn't just make Pokemon games. Some of its best work includes overlooked delights like Pocket Card Jockey, which casts you as an undead jockey who wins by playing solitaire (it's a weird and wonderful game). As a menu-based RPG, Little Town Hero is a little closer to Game Freak's roots, featuring a boy who is defending his small town.

What should be of particular interest to Undertale fans is that creator Toby Fox apparently composed the bulk of the music for Little Town Hero. Undertale had a soundtrack, so this is a welcome addition. In another Undertale-related note, Sans will be (sort of) available in an upcoming Smash Bros. Ultimate update. Neat!

A Pair of the Blood God's Favorite RPGs Confirmed for Switch: Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

Two of the Blood God's favorite RPGs are coming to Nintendo Switch. First is the long-awaited Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, which has been trapped on the Wii U up until now. Considered an overlooked classic by many, it matches divas with Fire Emblem characters, which is an odd combination that somehow works.

The Switch version will have additional content, including a new song and new story elements. It will be out January 17, 2020.

For fans of western RPGs, Divinity: Original Sin 2 has been confirmed for Switch. This massive turn-based RPG was one of 2018's best games, featuring a huge number of story possibilities, co-op gameplay, and a clever tactical battle system. It's a great RPG series that many Switch owners will likely be discovering for the first time.

Doom 64 Releasing Outside of Nintendo 64 for the First Time

Since we're celebrating the 25th anniversary of Doom 2, Bethesda is dumping pretty much the entire Doom catalog on the Switch. Doom, Doom 2, and Doom 3 are already available, and now Doom 64 is being released as well. This upgraded port is a rarity, having never been released outside of its original console. Doom fans will get to sample it for the first in more than 20 years when it releases on November 22.

Tetris 99 is Getting Another Big Update

Tetris 99 is getting a slew of updates to flesh it out even further. The additions include a new "Invictus Status," as well as daily missions, new player icons, and the ability to earn tickets that can be spent on a variety of custom themes. The second wave of paid DLC will also feature a local arena mode. All of this will be available tomorrow, with a pack-in version featuring a 12 month Nintendo Switch Online membership available September 6.

Daemon x Machina Prologue Demo Coming Today

Daemon x Machina is being overlooked by many, but it's still an intriguing little mech action game by some of the key developers of Armored Core. Its Prologue Demo, which releases today, will include a slice of the game, with all progress carrying over to the final game. Daemon x Machina itself will be out September 13.

Jedi Outcast was definitely today's most surprising announcement. | Screenshot by Mike Williams/USG

Jedi Outcast Announced Along With a Whole Host of Other Release Dates

Perhaps the most surprising announcement was Jedi Outcast for Switch. Jedi Outcast! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that this PC classic would make its way over to Switch (sans multiplayer, but its follow-up, Jedi Academy, will apparently include "exciting online multiplayer maps"). It was enough to inspire what can only be described as an "incoherent scream" from me.


Anyway, Jedi Outcast isn't the only game to get a release date. Here's a whole slew of other release dates on Switch.

  • Just Dance 2020: November 5
  • GRID Autosport: September 19
  • Farming Simulator 20: December 3
  • Ni No Kuni: September 20
  • NBA 2K20: September 6
  • Devil May Cry 2: September 19
  • Vampyr: October 29
  • Call of Cthulhu: October 8
  • Trials of Mana: April 24, 2020
  • Witcher 3: October 15
  • Jedi Outcast: September 24
  • Jedi Academy: Early 2020

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Shows Off Some of Its New Features

Like the rest of Nintendo's upcoming slate, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was shown, though we didn't learn much of note. Mostly we got to see how crafting works, as well as established features like weather and time-of-day. Also, we learned about something called a "NookPhone," which features a host of apps like DIY Recipes, and a new currency called "NookMiles," which can be spent on special items and recipes. No one tell Tom Nook about in-app purchases or we're all doomed. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is out March 20, 2020.

SNES games are coming to Nintendo Switch Online. | Screenshot by Mike Williams/USG

Super NES Games Will Soon be Available Through Nintendo Switch Online

After more than a two year wait, Nintendo fans can finally play all of their favorite games on Switch Online, and they won't even have to buy Super Mario World for the sixth time, since it will be available along with the NSO subscription.

The initial list is off to a solid start with nine games. They include mainstays like Super Mario World and Super Mario Kart, but also some deep cuts like Breath of Fire 2. Here's the full list of games available at launch.

  • Brawl Brothers
  • Demon's Crest
  • Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
  • Kirby's Dreamland 3
  • Star Fox
  • Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
  • Super Puyo Puyo 2
  • Super Tennis
  • Breath of Fire
  • F-Zero
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • Pilotwings
  • Stunt Race FX
  • Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Soccer
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

The SNES games on Nintendo Switch Online will be available tomorrow. Nintendo is also releasing a Super Nintendo Online exclusive controller. It will be available for $29.99 exclusively to NSO members.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

To wrap up the Nintendo Direct, Nintendo confirmed one final port: Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. Like Tokyo Mirage Sessions, the original Xenoblade Chronicles has been much-requested by fans of the series, particularly in the wake of Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Most would agree that the first is the best in the series, and it's nice that it's no longer trapped on the Wii and New Nintendo 3DS. Also, holy crap, it's already looking gorgeous.

So there you have it! This Nintendo Direct was so packed that my fingers are actually cramping up from having to write it all down. What did you think? What was your favorite announcement? Is Nintendo Switch Online worth it now? Share your thoughts in the comments, and stay tuned for further coverage as we dig into all of the new content that dropped today.

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