Nintendo held a Nintendo Direct Sept. 13 and it included some megaton announcements as well as details on the upcoming online service for Switch
Among the announcements was that next year we’ll finally see a new mainline Animal Crossing game for Switch. Luigi’s Mansion 3 and New Super Mario Bros. U remastered for Switch were both announced as well among lots of other awesome news.
Additionally, Nintendo shared that Animal Crossing’s Isabelle will be playable in the upcoming Switch Super Smash Bros. game, updates are coming to Mario Tennis Aces and that Katamari Damacy and several Final Fantasy games will be getting the remaster treatment for the hybrid handheld/home console.
Announcements in order:
- Luigi’s Mansion 3 coming in 2019 to Nintendo Switch
- Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn coming to 3DS in 2019
- Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey coming to 3DS Jan. 19, 2019
- Luigi’s Mansion remaster for 3DS has two player co-op, Amiibo support. Coming Oct. 12, 2018
- Yo-Kai Watch Blasters (3DS) Moon Rabbit Crew expansion coming Sept. 27
- Splatoon 2 version 4 update detailed.
- Megaman 11 details shown. Available Oct. 2 on Switch.
- Mario Tennis Aces adding Shy Guy, Birdo, Koopa Paratroopa and Petey Piranha; online co-op challenge coming and it will unlock cosmetic items for a limited time. Update coming Sept. 19.
- Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle coming Sept. 18
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe coming to Switch and includes Nabbit and Toadette as playable characters as well as New Super Luigi U. Coming Jan. 11, 2019.
- Katamari Damacy remaster coming to Switch
- Nintendo Online service launching Sept. 18 (see below for more).
- Pokemon Switch games detailed, including new bundles
- Diablo III coming to Switch Nov. 2 and works with “all” Amiibo figures
- Trailer for Super Mario Party shown. Available Oct. 5, 2018.
- Town (working title) RPG coming in 2019 to Switch
- Cities Skylines coming to Switch with both previously released DLC expansions included. Available now.
- Daemon X Machina footage shown, coming next year
- Yoshi’s Crafted World details shared (this game was announced as “Yoshi (working title)” during a previous Nintendo Direct). Coming to Switch in spring 2019.
- Carcassone, The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game, Pandemic coming to Switch from Asmodee Digital
- Catan and Munchkin (dungeon-crawler based on card game) coming to Switch
- Civilization VI coming to Switch Nov. 16
- Starlink details featuring Star Fox; coming Oct. 16
- The World Ends with You: Final Remix coming Oct. 12
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 expansion coming to Switch Sept. 21
- Warframe coming to Switch Nov. 20
- Just Dance 2019 coming Oct. 23
- Fifa 19 coming Sept. 28
- Team Sonic Racing coming this winter
- NBA 2K19 available now
- NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 coming this fall
- LEGO DC Super-Villains coming Oct. 16
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles remastered coming to Switch in 2019
- Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD available now
- World of Final Fantasy Maxima coming to Switch Nov. 6
- Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Everybuddy coming to Switch this winter
- Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age remaster coming to Switch in 2019
- Final Fantasy VII, IX and X/X-2 HD remastered are coming to Switch in 2019
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate hardware bundle coming Nov. 2 and features a Smash Bros. design and download code for the game.
- GameCube controller and adapter for Switch also available Nov. 2 while supplies last
- Animal Crossing’s Isabelle coming to Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Animal Crossing coming to Switch in 2019
You can watch the Nintendo Direct in full below to see everything Nintendo announced.
As mentioned above, Nintendo detailed its online subscription service, which launches Sept. 18 along with the 6.0 system update. The service will run $3.99 per month or $7.99 for three months and $19.99 for one year. A family plan is available for two or more accounts (up to seven) at $34.99.
In addition to online play and Switch Online phone app connectivity, the service includes special perks (like some free DLC) and discounts that will be announced in the future. A couple of Splatoon 2 goodies were already announced as part of this, according to GameSpot.
The online service also includes cloud saves for most games (and it was revealed that a lapse in subscription could mean those saves are lost) and rotating NES games that will be included with the subscription. The first 20 games included in the service are listed below and games will all have some sort of online capability that will differ by title:
- Balloon Fight
- Donkey Kong
- Double Dragon
- Dr. Mario
- Ghosts ‘n Goblins
- Ice Climber
- Ice Hockey
- Mario Bros.
- Pro Wrestling
- River City Ransom
- Super Mario Bros.
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Tecmo Bowl
- The Legend of Zelda
Coming in October:
- Solomen’s Key
- NES Open
- Super Dodge Ball
Coming in November:
- Mighty Bomb Jack
Coming in December:
- Wario’s Woods
- Ninja Gaiden
- Adventures of Lolo
Lastly, Nintendo revealed a new pair of Joy-Con that will retail for $60 (total for the two controllers). They are styled like the original NES controllers, are wireless and can charge by sliding them onto the sides of the Switch like other Joy-Con (though they do not work in the same way for handheld mode).
Unfortunately, they only work when playing the NES games, which means you need an active subscription to use them. No release date for the controllers was announced but pre-orders for the controllers begin Sept. 18.