Nintendo Direct September 2018: Animal Crossing, Luigi, and more

Last Updated September 14th, 2018

Another day, another Nintendo Direct.

This presentation, which seemed to come out of nowhere, promised us a lot of new announcements. It did not disappoint.

With all the new games, new DLC announcements, and even new character announcements for Smash, Switch owners are going to be very happy in the next couple months. Let’s take a look at what is on Nintendo’s horizon.

Luigi’s Mansion 3

It looks like Luigi is back, terrified out of his mind and warring against ghosts with a vacuum cleaner. We are getting a Luigi’s Mansion 3, and it’s set to come out in 2019 for Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any other info about this title, so we will have to wait for a later Direct for more info.

Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn

The classic Wii Kirby arts and crafts game is coming to the Nintendo 3DS, and includes all stages from the Wii version along with some of its new features. For example, Kirby can now actually steal abilities to create bigger yarn balls, or conjure up wind.

The game will also come with a new “Devilish Mode,” which forces Kirby to go through the game while constantly being chased by a devil enemy. It will also include mini-games that will allow you to play as Metaknight and King DeDeDe. Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn is slated for a 2019 release.

Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey

We also got a new look at the upcoming remake of the third title in the Mario and Luigi series of RPGs. The new extra mode, “Bowser Jr.’s Journey” sees Bowser Jr. setting off on his own journey to look for a cure for the “blorps.” Bowser Jr. will have to raise an army of NPCs featuring all the iconic Mario enemies you know and love, and the nine Koopa Kids. He will then battle against enemies in an RTS style battle mode. Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey will release for the Nintendo 3DS on January 11th, 2019.

Luigi’s Mansion

The original Luigi’s Mansion is coming to the Nintendo 3DS with a brand new two player mode. It appears as if you can control an ectoplasmic Luigi as a second player. Two copies of the game will be needed to play in two player mode, however you can use download play with only one copy to take on bosses in a boss-rush mode together.

Luigi’s Mansion will also be compatible with Amiibos, which create numerous different effects like revealing secrets or healing Luigi.

Luigi’s Mansion will be available October 12th.

Yo-Kai Watch Blasters

Nintendo announced a brand new version of this game. After a free software update on September 27th, you will now be able to play as the “Moon Rabbit Crew” in a third storyline. This will include new missions, new areas to explore, new boss yokai, and new functionality that will link the Red Cat Corps version with the White Dog Squad version of the game.

Yo-Kai Watch Blasters is available now.

Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2 is getting yet another content update with the upcoming version 4. On top of new maps and new weapons, it seems to be integrating a new 100X mode, which will likely let 100 players play in a turf war. Why? Because every single shooter in existence needs a battle royale mode these days.

Mega Man 11

The blue bomber returns next month on October 2nd and guess what, the Switch version is compatible with Amiibo! Yes, you can tap a Mega Man Amiibo to the switch to gain an E-Tank once a day. It’s a small bonus, but a neat one for anyone who has the Mega Man Smash Amiibo lying around.

Mario Tennis Aces

Yet another game that will receive free updates, new characters are joining the Mario Tennis Aces roster. Birdo, an all-around character, Shy Guy, a technical accuracy based character, Koopa Paratroopa, a mobility based technical character, and the power based Petey Piranha, can all be unlocked by playing online.

Nintendo will be adding new characters to the game up until next June. Nintendo is also adding a new mode called “Co-op challenge” to the game, letting players participate in limited time online co-op missions to receive special costumes, colors, and more. Mario Tennis Aces version 2 will be available for download September 19th.

Arcade Classics

A number of classic retro arcade games will also be making their way to the Switch.

Capcom is releasing the Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle which includes titles such as Final Fight,  The King of Dragons, Knights of the Round, Captain Commando, Warriors of Fate, Armored Warriors, and Battle Circuit. Up to four players can play together each using a JoyCon each, and each game also supports online play with up to four players. The Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle will be available to purchase September 18th for Nintendo Switch.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Nintendo is continuing their tradition of porting every single Wii U game to the Switch with New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. In addition to Mario, Luigi, and Toad, players will also be able to play as Nabbit and Todette. Nabbit just doesn’t take damage from enemies, making him a decent beginner character. Todette transforms into Peachette (don’t think about that too much) when she powers up gaining the ability to double jump, float slowly, and cannot fall into pits.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe will also come with New Super Luigi U, the expansion pack meant to celebrate the Year of Luigi. Players will be able to control the game with only a single JoyCon and up to four players can play at once.

It will be available January 11th, 2019.

Katamari Damacy REROLL

Naaaah, na na, na na na, nan a, KATAMARI DAMACY! It’s Katamari Damacy, in HD, on the Switch.

What more do you want? Motion controls? Yeah sure they got that. Multiplayer battles with a JoyCon Each? Yep they got that too. Katamari Damacy returns this winter, though an official release date has not yet been given.

Nintendo Switch Online

No more free rides, because Nintendo Switch Online launches on September 18th.

Now you’ll have to have an online account in order to participate in online play. However, you’ll also get access to the NES library, all of which can be played instantly with a single JoyCon controller. It’s not clear if the entire library will be available or not, however you will be able to play multiplayer games online.

Having a Nintendo Switch Online account will also let you upload your save data to the cloud, letting you download it to another Switch. Finally, Nintendo Switch Online will connect with Nintendo’s much maligned smartphone app which will allow you to chat with other players… although I’m not entirely sure why you wouldn’t want to just, you know, call your friends on their phone.

 You can get a single month of Nintendo Switch Online for $3.99, three months for $7.99, or a whole years for $19.99. If you want to get two or more accounts, you can purchase a family membership for $34.99 which allows up to seven other people to use your account.

NES Controller

Nintendo is really milking their NES library, as evidenced by the fact they are releasing brand new classic NES style controllers for the Nintendo Switch. These retro style controllers wirelessly connect to the Nintendo Switch, and they even click in to act as handles like JoyCons do. You can get two of them in a pack for $59.99, and they will be available for pre-purchase starting September 18th.

Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! And Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee!

Today’s new trailer introduces “secret techniques.” Remember HM’s? Well instead of using them and taking up an ability slot, your Pokémon now learns secret techniques which allow them to interact with the map. So instead of learning Cut, Pikachu or Eevee will learn Chop Down to remove trees in your path. They will similarly learn analogs for Surf and Fly using surfboards and balloons respectively. Pikachu and Eevee will also gain access to specific special in-battle moves that no other Pokémon can learn. For the virtual pet lovers out there, you can even customize your partner Pokémon’s hairstyle by rubbing their head in handheld mode.

Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! And Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee! will release on November 16th. Nintendo will also be releasing special Nintendo Switch bundles that include the game, the system with a special Pikachu or Eevee theme, and the Pokeball Plus accessory, in the near future.

Diablo 3: Eternal Collection

Nintendo revealed that players will be able to play the Switch version of Diablo 3 online, offline in couch co-op, or offline by linking up your Switches together. In addition to the new Gannondorf themed armor set, this version of Diablo 3 will be getting Amiibo support. Tapping any amiibo will summon a rare swarm of enemies with powerful loot to drop.

Diablo 3: Eternal Collection will release for the Switch on November 2nd.

Super Mario Party

What new mini-games will this latest Mario Party give us? Well, you’ll have to use motion controls in a dancing game, which is always fun. You’ll also have to participate in four player co-op games, which is a first for the franchise. Then there’s Toad’s Rec Room, which will give you special games to play that link two Switches together. Perhaps the biggest announcement was that all eighty mini-games are completely new. No re-treads here.

And there’s even more to this party. Characters will have character specific dice with alternate number arrangements. There is a single-player challenge mode that asks you to complete certain tasks in mini-games. There are online modes that allow you to play against randos or friends to see who is best at mini-games, and there are even more modes yet to be revealed.

Super Mario Party will release for the Nintendo Switch on October 5th.


Game Freak, the guys who brought you Pokémon, is bringing you a new RPG with the rather tentative title: Town. It seems to be a pretty pretty apt title, because the entire game will supposedly take place in one single village.

Learn skills, enlist the help of NPCs, and form strategies to defend your town from the invasion. Town will release in 2019.

Cities: Skylines Nintendo Switch Edition

Nintendo is trying really hard to show that the Switch is extending outside of Nintendo’s usual comfort zone, with city sims like Cities: Skylines. The Nintendo Switch version will include both previously released DLC packs: After Dark and Snowfall. Best of all, you can purchase Cities: Skylines on the eShop, right now!

Daemon X Machina

Remember this weird bloody mech game from E3’s Nintendo Direct? Well, now we finally have some details.

The moon has fallen, and the world’s A.I. has gone berserk. You take control of a mercenary taking control of a giant robot called an “arsenal” in order to chase down these rogue A.I. Not only will you be able to build and customize your arsenal, you can loot defeated opponents for parts, and equip them on the fly.

You can also hop out of your arsenal at any time to avoid enemy attacks and scout the field. Later on, you can give up your humanity and augment yourself cybernetic ally to increase both you and your arsenal’s strength. You can even play the game in four player online co-op. It’s like a new ultra-anime version of Armored Core.

Daemon X Machina will release in 2019, but an official release date has not yet been given.

Yoshi’s Crafted World

Yoshi already had a game where he was made of wool, so paper crafts was obviously the next step. This new trailer showed off a few of Yoshi’s new capabilities, from spawning multiple poochies, to rotating the level and playing with perspective, to standard Kirby’s Epic Yarn tricks that alter level layouts as you play with your papercraft world. You can even play entire stages backwards. But best of all, you can play multiplayer co-op with friends where Yoshi can ride another Yoshi. It’s Yoshiception!

Yoshi’s Crafted World will release in Spring of 2019 for the Nintendo Switch.

Board Games

Asmodee Digital is releasing adaptations of several of their best-selling board games for the Nintendo Switch. There is Carcasonne, Pandemic, The Lord of the Rings: The Living Card Game. Many of these titles will either come with expansions, or have expansions available to purchase as DLC. Settlers of Catan and Munchkin adaptations are also in development. A release date for these board game adaptations has not yet been given.

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

Speaking of going outside of its comfort zone, Nintendo is dabbling in the 4X genre with this port of Civ VI. Not many new features here except for four player local multiplayer. Civ VI will be available for the Switch on November 16th.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas

In this new toys2life game, you won’t just be able to fly an Arwing, you’ll actually get to converse with team Starfox themselves.

Peppy, Slippy, and Falco will provide backup as you control Fox in Nintendo exclusive missions, and these missions will bring back Star Wolf as your main enemy. You’ll even get to mix and match the parts on your Arwing, customizing it to your liking. Starlink: Battle for Atlas will release on October 16th.

The World Ends With You: Final Remix

New details were given about this version of TWEWY’s additional content: A New Day. Not only will you face off against a new reaper, and new enemies, but you’ll also have to deal with a remixed map of Shibuya which will be unfamiliar even to veterans of the original. The World Ends With You: Final Remix will launch on October 12th.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna the Golden Country

This dual expansion/standalone content for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will release on September 21, but owners of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass will be able to download it tomorrow.

The Sizzle Reel

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Nintendo Direct without a sizzle reel. This time we got to see:

  • Warframe – Releasing November 20th
  • Just Dance 2019 – Releasing October 23rd
  • FIFA 19 – Releasing September 28th and available to pre-purchase tomorrow
  • Team Sonic racing – Releasing this winter
  • NBA 2k19 – Available now
  • NBA 2k Playgrounds 2 – Releasing this fall
  • Lego DC Super Villains – Releasing October 16th

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition

While we first heard about this game at the Playstation Lineup Tour, it appears as if it’s coming to the Switch as well. Not only will you be able to play online, but dungeons will be remade with new areas, providing new content for series veterans. It will release sometime in 2019.

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD

So Square made a mobile version of Final Fantasy XV, then released that mobile version to consoles because… reasons.

If you want a smaller and more digestible version of Final Fantasy XV, you can buy Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD today on the Nintendo eShop.

World of Final Fantasy Maxima

The Switch version of this chibi final fantasy will include a new feature called “avatar change” which will allow you to transform into iconic characters from throughout Final Fantasy’s history. It will release November 6th.

Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!

Even Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon is coming to the Switch. If you haven’t heard of this title, it was a dungeon crawler featuring everyone’s favorite iconic yellow bird. Of course, this new HD version comes with a variety of new features, like the ability to befriend every monster in the game or play couch co-op with two JoyCons. It will launch for the Nintendo Switch this winter.

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age

This HD version of Final Fantasy XII will feature a brand new “speed up” mode which… well essentially sets the game to fast-forward emulator style. It will be available in 2019 for the Switch.

Even More Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy VII, IX, X, and X2 will all be coming to the Switch in 2019. It looks like Nintendo is trying very hard to reach out to the Squaresoft crowd, which they haven’t really managed to click with since the SNES era.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Hardware Bundle

If you don’t have a Switch yet but love Smash Bros., you are in luck. A Smash Bros. themed hardware bundle is on the way for the release of Smash Bros. Ultimate. Not only will it come with a Smash themed dock, it will also come with special Smash themed JoyCons. It will be available November 2nd. Unfortunately, it will not come with a Gamecube controller, although you can also purchase those and adapters starting November 2nd as well.

Isabelle from Animal Crossing Joins Smash

It wouldn’t be a Nintendo Direct without a new Smash announcement. Isabelle from Animal Crossing is joining the roster and, strangely, she does not appear to be an echo fighter. She fights with pompoms, a fishing line, a bucket of water, and other simple Animal Crossing related paraphernalia. Still no word on Waluigi though…

New Animal Crossing!

To close out the direct we got a title splash for a new Animal Crossing game: Welcome to Animal Crossing. Unfortunately, the only information we got about it was that it is releasing next year.

That’s all the info from the last Nintendo Direct. What games are you excited about? Let us know in the comments.