Nintendo Direct: Xenoblade Chronicles 2, FIFA dated. DOOM, Wolfenstein II and more revealed

It’s been a while since last we witnessed a Nintendo Direct show, E3 in June to be exact. Since then the popularity of the Switch has grown tremendously here in South Africa and abroad. We were all hoping for a few surprises and one or two important release date announcements and that’s exactly what we got. Nintendo also spared little time and jumped right into the 3DS followed by the Switch.

3DS

The 3DS is alive and well, and if the below release schedule is anything to go by we will be seeing many more games heading to the 3DS in the future. By now you’ll be well aware of the SNES Edition 3DS heading to our shores on 13 October, but come 17 November a Poké Ball Edition New 2DS will launch alongside Pokémon Sun and MoonPokémon Gold and Silver will also be available for purchase on 22 September.

From this point Nintendo pushed their show into turbo mode as they had lots to get through in a limited time. Here is a breakdown of what was announced for the 3DS, along with release dates:

  • Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions – 6 October 2017
  • Kirby Battle Royale – 3 November 2017
  • Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy – 6 October 2017
  • New Style Boutique 3 – Styling Star – 24 November 2017
  • Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition – Coming Soon (Packaged version to arrive after digital option)
  • Metroid; Samus Returns – 15 September 2017
  • The Alliance Alive  – Early 2018
  • Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth – Spring 2017
  • Appollo Justice: Ace Attorney – November 2017
  • Fire Emblem Warriors – 20 October 2017

The biggest surprise, when it comes to the 3DS, was unquestionably Mario Party: The Top 100 that will head to handheld in January 2018. Nintendo have taken the best mini games from all 10 Mario Party console games and brought it to the 3DS as one package. Here is the announcement trailer:

Three 3DS titles have been added to the ‘Nintendo Selects’ range namely Luigi’s Mansion 2, Kirby Triple Deluxe and Super Mario 3D Land that launches on 13 October.

Switch

Most of the time got spent on Nintendo Switch titles with three games in particular getting the limelight. First to kick off the good news was Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and a release date. JRPG fans will be playing the much-anticipated sequel on 1 December 2017. Below is a video that provides you with a complete breakdown on the world, lead characters, weapons, foes and anything else you can think of, but first have a look at the stunning special edition and unique Pro controller that’ll be on offer alongside the game:

Snipper Clips Plus will launch on 10 November, though players who bought the original game will be able to download the new DLC too.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim lands on Switch on 17 November, but Bethesda also had some other big plans in store. DOOM is coming to the Switch at the end of this year, while Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will be shooting its way to the console in 2018.

Get a look at that pretty official art work:

We also got to see more of the exclusive Square Enix Switch title, project OCTOPATH TRAVELER. The developers are calling it 2D HD and it must be said that it’s looking like a dream come true for old school JRPG fans.

Here is a list of other Switch titles that were revealed or received a release date (or time frame):

  • Morphies Law – Summer 2017
  • Rocket League – Summer 2017
  • Arena of Valor – Summer
  • NBA 2K18 – 15 September 2017
  • WWE 2K18 – Coming Soon
  • FIFA – 29 September 2017
  • Arcade Archives: Mario Bros. – 27 September
  • Dragon Quest Builders – Autumn 2018
  • Kirby Star Allies – Autumn 2018
  • Flip Wars Strikes Back DLC
  • ARMS DLC

Of course Nintendo did not conclude their show without some form of juicy amiibo details. The Goomba and Koopa amiibo launches on 6 October, while Breath of the Wild amiibo will launch on 10 November.

Last not but not least was our last look at Super Mario Odyssey before it launches on 27 October. We got to see more worlds, new Cappy abilities and so much more in a video that’s filled with creativity and pure joy. If this video can’t convince you then nothing will:

Yes, there is a special edition consoles and some accessories launching in conjunction with the game. Get a look at this:

 

Below is the entire show. It’s well worth watching it:

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  • AndriyP

    Man quite a few surprises i woke up to this morning, Doom and Wolfenstein? Phantasy star online and a MOBA coming to switch? this is starting to feel more and more like a full console than a handheld.

    Xenoblade though looks brilliant. Looks like ill be spending most of my gaming budget on the switch next year.

    Destiny 2 on PC and the rest of my gaming will be done on the Switch.

    • Nova

      a MOBA? which game? Octopath traveler looks AMAZING!!!

      • AndriyP

        Nothing to get excited about but its still a good thing, Arena of Valor from tencent.

    • Phantasy Star Online 2 was announced in Japan. Well, that’s what I saw on Twitter last night.

      • AndriyP

        You are correct…its not my cup of tea but what is great to see is so many genres coming to the system, soon devs wont even think twice about the switch if this carries on. Someone working on an MMO? Switch has it. New MOBA? Switch has it. Great looking FPS? Switch has it. And thats what im most excited about! There will be no reason for people not to bring their games to switch since its proving that it has so much to offer and can take care of all types of requirements.

    • Marko Thabo Swanepoel

      The Switch felt a little in its own world, as most Nintendo consoles do, but it was a surprise to see them expand with great third-party titles. If they carry on this momentum, the Switch will become unmissable.

  • Now I am torn if I should buy Xenoblade 1 for the 3DS and try and blast through it before 2 releases. It’s looking so good…voice acting aside

    • AndriyP

      Ill be honest with you, I still havent finished the first one on my 3DS…its a good game but its super long. And since the stories seem to have nothing in common I am not going to bother finishing it.

      This new title is reminding me of something like FF15 great graphics, massive open world, lots of customization etc. Definitely looking forward to the 2nd one.

      PS, first ones voice acting is just as cringe worthy lol

      • Cant seem to find one that is not the New 3DS version, not even on the eshop. So I will wait for the second Xenoblade rather.

        • AndriyP

          Oh yes that is correct, only the New 3DS can play Xenoblade on the 3DS. The game required the little extra processing that the new one had available in order for it to run well.

          • My poor 3DSXL is already being phased out 🙁

          • AndriyP

            As awesome as the console is(3DS)…im am glad to be letting it go. The future of Switch is so bright and looking so pretty on that new console 🙂

          • Nova

            I still have to finish awakening and FATES!!!
            AND XENOBLADE!!!!

        • Nova

          BT games has in canal walk cape town

  • Dave

    Red special edition mario odyssey switch… go away nintendo, I don’t need a switch, I don’t need a switch, I don’t need a switch.

    • But… you get amazing Mario nipples? #WorthIt

  • Juan Antonio Saavedra

    That Red Switch looks so nice… Do you guys have any ideas on how much it will cost?

    • We have no cost on it just yet. I’ll drop you a link here as soon as I see it popping up.

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