The most recent Nintendo Direct presentation was supposed to go down on September 6, but it was delayed for an unfortunate reason: a powerful magnitude-6.7 earthquake caused multiple deaths and some serious damage in Hokkaido, Japan, so Nintendo decided to postpone out of respect for the situation. The Nintendo Direct happened on Thursday; let's go over the highlights.
First and foremost, new games are on the way. Luigi's Mansion 3 is set to hit the system at some point in 2019, although that's about all the info offered on the game at the moment. There's been some talk about a new Yoshi game, and now the 2019 title has a name: Yoshi's Crafted World. Speaking of upcoming games we know little about, here's one more: a new Animal Crossing game is coming to Switch in 2019--something fans have been longing for.
We're also getting another Wii U port, and it's a good one: new Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is set for release on January 11, 2019. The quirky Katamari franchise is coming to the Switch, too: Katamari Damacy Reroll will be released via eShop on November 30, with a physical edition to follow later in the year.
If you're a Final Fantasy fan, then the coming months will be awesome since a bunch of classic games are getting ported. Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD is available now, World of Final Fantasy Maxima is coming November 6, Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon arrives this winter, and coming in 2019 are Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, and Final Fantasy X-2.
Fans have been curious about the Switch's online system ahead of its launch, and yesterday brought news on that front. One feature is cloud saves, which will back up your saved games online automatically. Most games will be supported, but a few won't, including Splatoon 2, Pokémon: Let’s Go! Eevee and Pikachu!, NBA 2K19, FIFA 19, and Dark Souls Remastered. And Nintendo confirmed some of the NES games that will be playable on it. There will be 20 in total to start, and joining the previously announced titles are Ghosts ’n Goblins, Excitebike, Tecmo Bowl, Yoshi, Double Dragon, Gradius, Ice Hockey. River City Ransom, Pro Wrestling, and Baseball.
If you still don't have a Switch (or maybe need an additional one), you now have some enticing new options. Nintendo recently announced a Pokémon: Let's Go!-themed Switch bundle, and another one is on the way: A Super Smash Bros. Ultimate limited edition Switch bundle is coming, and aside from the console itself, it includes special Joy-Cons, a dock with various characters on it, and a digital copy of the game.
Watch the whole video above if you want to catch every little detail. What's your favorite piece of news to come out of the latest Nintendo Direct? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!