News roundup: a Nintendo Direct summary

Last night’s Nintendo Direct was, as usual, packed with information, sneak peeks and Yoshiaki Koizumi in that ridiculous Mario Odyssey outfit again. With tons of announcements for both the Switch and 3DS, here is your Nintendo Direct summary.

Nintendo are going hard into the festive market this year, with the majority of the games featured scheduled to release within the next three months. We’ve covered the Bethesda announcements elsewhere, but all the rest of last night’s action is right here.

Minecraft for the New Nintendo 3DS was confirmed and launched immediately on the eShop moments after the presentation ended. The game runs Survival Mode and Creative Mode and will receive a physical retail launch “at a later date”.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 now has a confirmed release date of December 1st 2017. The game environments look gorgeous as expected following the first entry in the series, which was easily amongst the best looking Wii titles. The voice acting is still atrocious and the whole video is narrated by Azurda, one of the titans from the game who introduces Rex, the main character (via a joke that falls completely flat). Reach for your mute button when this arrives in time for Christmas.

Fire Emblem Warriors is bringing fan-favourite Lyn to the game as a playable character, although quite frankly it’s hard to concentrate on anything else in the video besides Camilla‘s absurdly oversized breasts. You can get your hands on the game when it arrives October 20th 2017.

Square Enix‘s “2D-HD” Project Octopath Traveller was shown in a bit more depth. Although a fleeting glimpse suggests this is just another retro-style RPG, the trailer shows off some stunning scenery, even if the battles do appear to stick to a more familiar routine. A demo is available on the eShop now and the title is confirmed for an ambitious simultaneous worldwide launch sometime in 2018.

An expansion to Snipperclips was confirmed. The game was a digital launch title for the Switch and despite being a lot of fun, was fairly short. Snipperclips Plus: Cut It Out Together adds two new worlds and multiplayer activities. The game will be offered as a complete package or the expansion can be purchased separately as DLC when it launches on November 10th 2017.

The forthcoming Kirby game for the Switch has been titled: Kirby Star Allies is tentatively scheduled to release in Spring 2018 and the short trailer showed a better look at the four-player co-op mode…and King DeDeDe‘s impressive pecs. Someone’s been using Wii Fit

There was also a look at Kirby: Battle Royale, which features local and online wireless multiplayer options as Kirby goes to battle against himself. The game arrives for the 3DS on January 19th 2018, which gives us a few months to ponder whether Kirby can swallow himself.

Mario Party: The Top 100 was announced for the 3DS. It appears to have ditched the traditional Mario Party format and instead is essentially a compilation of the 100 best Mario Party minigames from the series to date. The concept looks like a lot of fun, but it’s completely unfathomable why this is appearing on the 3DS and not the Switch, considering this is the game that 1-2-Switch should have been. Nonetheless, if you want to gather three friends and play pixellated minigames on your 3DS, you may do so from November 10th 2017.

There was a closer look at Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, with a glimpse at some of the new areas and features added. If you purchase the game anytime between November 17th 2017 and January 10th 2018 you’ll be able to evolve a special Lycanroc that can learn unique moves. If you buy the game digitally during this time, you’ll also receive 12 free Quick Balls.

New creatures called UB Burst and UB Assembly (which is literally a walking chimney with eyes) will appear in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon respectively. Also, Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver will be arriving on the 3DS eShop on September 22nd 2017. For the first year of its release, anyone buying the game will unlock Celebi for the latest entries in the series.

If that’s not enough Pokémon for you then there’s yet another variant of the New Nintendo 2DS XL arriving, designed to resemble a rectangular Pokéball (so, not a ball at all then). You can grab it on November 3rd 2017.

nintendo direct summary

Finally, there was a further look at Super Mario Odyssey and some of the features within the game, such as the Crazy Cap store, which allows you to buy outfits for Mario and customise his appearance. The Shiveria stage was introduced from the Snow Kingdom and the trailer also goes through many of the other worlds you can visit within the game, with the promise of more yet to be revealed. Super Mario Odyssey arrives October 27th 2017 – and hopefully that’s the last we’ll see of Yoshiaki Koizumi‘s outfit.

The full 45 minute presentation is featured below:

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