Nintendo Direct September 2018 - Luigi Is Everywhere, Deluxe Ports For Switch, Isabelle In Smash

Published: September 14, 2018 8:59 AM /


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After a week's delay due to the tragic earthquake in Hokkaido, it's time for Nintendo fans around the world to gather around their screens. It's time to see what Nintendo has in store for us on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS. If you've missed out on any of the big Nintendo news last time around, be sure to go back and take a look at our recap of the Super Smash Bros Ultimate Nintendo Direct.

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Luigi conflicted whether he wants to vacuum up the dog, or just pet it

We start strong with a new game announcement. Luigi is creeping into a mansion and sucking up some ghosts, just as you'd expect him to. The footage for Luigi's Mansion 3 (Working Title) is still extremely early, but you can expect the game in 2019. Fans of the original Luigi's Mansion will be able to play through in co-op on Nintendo 3DS when it releases on October 12th. Download Play will let players that don't own the game replay boss fights, and you'll be able to unlock additional features with four select amiibo.

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn will be coming to Nintendo 3DS in 2019. This is an enhanced port of the original Wii title that also starred Prince Fluff. You'll be able to play through all stages from the Wii version with new abilities and a few minigames. There's also a challenging "devilish mode" where an enemy will constantly be after you.

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Take another trip to the Mushroom Kingdom in this remake

Next up, Mario + Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jrs Journey is still coming to 3DS on January 11th, 2019. This is a remake of the third title in the Mario + Luigi series, and it includes a new mode starring Bowser Jr. The additional levels play much like Bowser's Minions in the previous Mario + Luigi remake.

With 3DS out of the way, we move onto Nintendo Switch. Splatoon 2's Version 4 is coming soon, including new stages, costumes, and weapons. All this was announced via a sweet anime opening that you can rewatch above. More details will be available at

Mega Man 11 for Nintendo Switch shows its stuff in a new trailer. Players have already had a week to get their hands on the demo to try out the latest adventures of the Blue Bomber. If you have Mega Man-themed amiibo, you'll be able to get an E Tank a day in the final version.

Mario Tennis Aces will be getting a slew of new characters. Birdo, Shy Guy, Koopa Paratroopa, and Petey Piranha will be joining the game via future updates. In addition, more characters will be added into 2019. When version 2 releases on September 19th, players will gain access to time-limited online missions. Completing these missions can net players new outfits and alternate color schemes.

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As Peachette take to the skies and avoid all the enemies below

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe will be bringing the Wii U adventure to the Nintendo Switch. Nabbit and Toadette will be joining the game with their own special abilities including Nabbit's ability to not take damage, and Toadette transforming into Peachette earning a double jump and float ability. New Super Luigi U Deluxe will come included. This game supports 4 players and only required a Joycon. Jan 11th release date.

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Encounter all kinds of strange objects as you explore the world

In a surprise announcement Katamari will also be rolling onto the Nintendo Switch in the form of Katamari Damacy REROLL, a remake of Damacy in HD for the first time. This game will release Winter 2018.

Nintendo Switch Online will be releasing on September 18th and to clear up some issues Nintendo took to detail to explain what features will be included with online. This includes Online play, classic NES games, cloud saving (for most, but not all games), a smartphone app, and also Special Offers. As a final introduction, an NES style controller was introduced so that players can play NES games like they did "back in the day."

Back to Nintendo Switch Games Pokemon Let's Go receives a new trailer showing off the new gyms as well as the new system to replace HM's in the upcoming game called Secret Techniques. These include flying, cutting trees, and surfing. Some special attacks will also be available only to your partner pokemon, Pikachu and Eevee depending on the version you get.

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Finally, a game where Ganondorf gets to show off what he's made of!

Diablo III: Eternal Collection will be releasing for the Nintendo Switch on the 2nd of November. This collection will have all of the previous DLC, will have Amiibo support summoning monsters with "extra shiny" loot, and will also have a special Ganondorf armor.

Super Mario Party will have new kinds of gameplay when it launches early October including 4 player co-op survival, multiplayer across two systems, and joy-con minigames. The game will return to its roots with each character moving separately as well as 80 brand new minigames.

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GAME FREAK's new title, though that may be a mareep in disguise...

Game Freak's new game Town (Working Title) has you protecting your village from a variety of monsters. The whole game takes place in the one location as you discover the secrets of your home, it will feature turn-based combat.

Cities Skylines came to Nintendo Switch last night. In this city-building simulation, you need to try to build your city up improving transit, business, and more. You're able to watch every citizen movements and both DLC will be available in the game.

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Unleash your payload while navigating streets and skies

Daemon X Machina is a new mech piloting game that will have you taking on a variety of enemy robots, as you defeat your opponents you can use or save their equipment to further develop your own machine. In an interesting twist at any point in the battle, you'll be able to exit your Arsenal, the name of the mech, and explore on foot. It's important to level up your player character and grant them new abilities so they're able to survive. This game will be available in 2019.

Asmodee Gaming, a card and board game creator, is bringing Carcassonne to the Nintendo Switch, The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game, and Pandemic. More is on the way including Catan Universe and a dungeon crawler based on Munchkin.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas has a new trailer showing off the Nintendo Switch exclusive missions that will be available, the trailer ended with a look of longtime series villain Wolf but no word on his involvement in the story. This game will release on October 16th.

The World Ends with You: Final Remax will have a "New Day" mode containing new monsters, a new map, and new characters. For Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC you'll play as heroes from hundreds of years before the original game Sept 21st. If you own the expansion pass this content is available tomorrow.

To go into a speed round Warframe will be available November 20th, Just Dance 2019 on October 23rd, FIFA 19 will be out September 28th, Team Sonic Racing will be available later this Winter, NBA 2K19 is available now, NBA 2K Playground 2 will be out in the Fall, and LEGO DC Super-Villains will be out October 16th.

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Just a couple of caravanners out trying to avoid the Miasma

Switch owners will soon go from no Final Fantasy to almost too much Final Fantasy. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remaster got a new trailer showing off some of the different adventuring cutscenes players will experience. The game will have Online Multiplayer as well as new areas in dungeons so returning players have something new to experience in 2019. Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD also launched last night at a starter price.

World of Final Fantasy will be coming to Switch on November 6th with new features including the ability to turn into other FF heroes. Chocobo's Dungeon will also be releasing for the Switch and will allow you to play in a co-op mode this Winter. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will be coming to the Nintendo Switch as well as a surprise. Other Final Fantasy games will be coming to Switch including VII, IV, and X, X-2 in 2019.

The Super Smash Bros Ultimate bundle for the Nintendo Switch came to light after a variety of leaks. The dock will have the characters from the original game and a download code for Smash Bros Ultimate as well as Smash Ultimate Joycons. This will release November 2nd as well as a GC adapter for the Nintendo Switch.

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Isabelle looks pretty happy receiving her invitation!

In normal Nintendo fashion, there was one last announcement to make, after seeing Isabelle worrying around the office with the Mayor off at his Pocket Camp and in Smash Bros she receives a letter inviting her to Smash. After seeing some of her moves we get to hear from Tom Nook is getting a new Animal Crossing game ready for a 2019 release.

Did you get to see everything that you were hoping for and more? What are you most looking forward to getting for your Switch? Is there anything that you were really hoping for?

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