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September 4th 2019
For the uninitiated, Nintendo Directs are online presentations/live streams that showcase their latest games and hold their latest announcements, usually including new information about a previously announced game or revealing a trailer for something new. They are usually about half an hour long and have enough content to keep fans happy until their favourite games come out. The Nintendo Direct that was streamed on September 4th was no exception. Here are the summaries of some notable presentations.
Overwatch for Switch
Right off the bat, the Switch port of Overwatch was revealed, increasing the first-person shooter library of the console. The short trailer showed the game being played docked and undocked, even showing the new gyroscope controls that are quickly becoming a staple of shooters on the Switch. This version retains the same graphics quality, but unfortunately has to be played at 30 frames per second instead of the usual 60.
Little Town Hero
Now with an official title, GameFreak’s next project aside from Pokémon Sword & Shield is a charming RPG with an appealing art style and interesting gameplay mechanics. Toby Fox (of Undertale and Deltarune fame) was also announced to be composing music for the game, which is a welcome surprise.
Super Smash Bros. Announcements
Smash was a big part in what made the Direct so successful. They started by announcing that Banjo & Kazooie would be available to download that very afternoon, which was exciting on its own. They then followed it up by announcing a full presentation with Masahiro Sakurai (the game’s director) with additional content at the end of the Direct, then announcing the next DLC fighter coming out this November: Terry Bogard from the Fatal Fury and King of Fighters series. If that wasn’t enough, they announced that more DLC fighters are in development, opening the door for more character possibilities in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Pokémon Sword & Shield
5 aspects of Pokémon Sword & Shield were showcased in the Direct: the return of player character customization, the Pokémon Camp feature, a cooking minigame for the Pokémon Camp and two new Pokémon from the Galar region: Polteageist and Cramorant. Though none of these were really game-changers, it was nice to know the game still has more to offer.
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition
The critically-acclaimed JRPG is finally coming to the Switch with a new look! The games were previously only available on the Wii (which is very expensive and hard to find), the New 3DS and the Wii U Virtual Console with very little change in re releases. This Definitive Edition is instead a remaster, vastly improving the graphic quality and including at least one area from the original game’s production that was cut due to time constraints. It’s hard to imagine a better way to play Xenoblade Chronicles than this.
Other games shown or announced during the Direct:
Luigi’s Mansion 3, Super Kirby Clash, Trial of Mana, Return of the Obra Dinn, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (remake), Dragon Quest XI, Tokyo Mirage Sessions, Deadly Premonition 2, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Doom 64, Rogue Company, Nintendo Switch Online SNES Game Library, Tetris 99 2.0, Mario & Sonic and the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020, Daemon x Machina, Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Complete Edition), Assassin’s Creed Rebel Collection, Dauntless, Just Dance 2020, Grid Autosport, Farming Simulator 20, NBA 2k20, Call of Cthulhu, The Outer Worlds, Devil May Cry 2, Vampyr, Animal Crossing: New Horizon, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol.49 Issue 02 on September 25th, 2019