The September 13th, 2017 Nintendo Direct featured an amount of information respectable for its size. Like the Direct itself, we’ll split up the information into two paragraphs, starting with 3DS. Pokémon UltraSun & UltraMoon and Gold & Silver, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga & Bowser’s Minions, Yo-Kai Watch 2, and Layton’s Mystery Journey all have release dates. New games include Kirby: Battle Royale, Mario Party: the Top 100 (a collection of mini-games from the ten main line installments), and a 3DS edition of Minecraft. The demo for Etrian Odyssey V also launches today, and multiple Atlus titles will be coming to the portable.
The Switch information was dominated mainly by Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (launching December 1) and Super Mario Odyssey (October 27), but a number of other games were announced. Snipperclips will be getting an expanded port; owners of the original game can purchase the new content as DLC for the original game instead. Nintendo specific bonuses for third party games include the size-changing team shooter Morphies Law launches on Switch first and Rocket League getting skins for Mario, Luigi, and Samus. DOOM (2016), Wolfenstein II, and L.A. Noire will also be coming to the system, and the beta test for MOBA Arena of Valor will launch in October. In addition, updates are coming to Flip Wars and ARMS today and Splatoon 2 later in the month. Perhaps the most exciting is Project Octopath Traveler, a Switch exclusive from the producers of Bravely Default that uses “HD-2D,” an art style that fuses pixel art with hi-definition renders and backgrounds.
There’s also the various new amiibo launching with Mario & Luigi, Fire Emblem Warriors, and Mario Odyssey, but this was mostly a Direct about dates and quiet announcements. PushDustIn and NantenJex have made a video for their reactions, and other members of the Source Gaming team have gathered for written ones as well.
It’s interesting to see the number of major third party releases – certainly DOOM and Wolfenstein, considering id’s notorious struggles with Nintendo – coming out on the Switch. In a way, the increased interest in supporting the system feels like an inverse of what happened on the Wii U, where a bevy of major re-releases failed to sell the system. It also might be worth noting to see the slow increase in focus on the Switch, as the 3DS presumably moves to the end of its lifespan and stock of the new system continues to quickly sell out.
Other than that, I missed DOOM and Snipperclips, so playing them this way sounds interesting. And I’m interested in (and happy about) the possibility of arcade releases different than their NES versions. The console Donkey Kong was infamous for cutting on of the original’s four levels, and if Nintendo can bring the latter back, that’d be just lovely.
Woah, no Smash. Who would’ve guessed?
In all seriousness though, the direct was great! Seeing a Mario Party mini-game collection is great. I saw a few of my favorites too! Xenoblade Chronicles 2 having no delay whatsoever was a neat surprise. Seeing a bit more of a “mature” selection is really cool to see, especially on a Nintendo console. (I mention this since the Wii U seemed to avoid M Rated titles like the plague.) Square-Enix showing off more of Octopath is 100% welcome in my book. I started loving the art style ever since it was shown at the Switch Presentation back in January. On one final note, Kirby looks absolutely amazing right now! Seeing Yo-Yo return as an ability is great as well.
I’m not entirely shocked at the lack of Smash. Sounds like something for E3 2018 at the very least. Solid Direct otherwise, though. What absolutely shocks me is Xenoblade 2 not getting delayed, which is something I was highly betting on. I’m absolutely sold on DOOM and Wolfenstein and will buy both when they make their way to Switch. Gonna demo Octopath when I can, looks interesting.
I thought the direct was pretty neat. Had some surprising titles like DOOM and Wolfenstein, but topping it off with Mario Odyssey was a smart move. That game looks really good and I’m definitely going to get it. The bundle looks neat too. Smash not being shown was expected, but maybe next time, amirite? Overall, it was solid and I’m looking forward to diving into my Switch even more.