The Nintendo Direct on September 4th announced Overwatch, SNES games for Switch, and more
Dozens of Nintendo Switch video game announcements from developers across the world were showcased at yesterday's Nintendo Direct presentation.
The September 4th (or 5th, depending on where you live) Nintendo Direct presentation introduced a bevy of software to the company's wildly successful Nintendo Switch hybrid video game system. This software included both first- and third-party announcements from developers across the Eastern and Western video game development worlds.
The presentation started off with an announcement that Blizzard's Overwatch will be releasing on the portable system in a month on October 15th. On top of the usual first-party software showcases for games such as the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield, Luigi's Mansion 3, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, several surprise port announcements were made as well. These include the likes of Doom 64, Deadly Premonition, and Star Wars: Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast and Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. Also included were indie titles such as Return of the Obra Dinn and the massive RPG Divinity : Original Sin 2, which includes cross-saving functionality if you also own the game on Steam.
These game announcements are just scratching the surface of everything covered in the nearly 40-minute-long presentation that is available to stream on YouTube. That said, for those of you who haven't played games in a long time, perhaps the most interesting announcement for the Switch would be the Super Nintendo Entertainment System games library that is accessible via a subscription to the system's Nintendo Switch Online service.
Super NES - Nintendo Switch Online includes the following games as of its launch, with more coming each month:
Super Mario World
Super Mario Kart
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Stunt Race FX (Available for the first time since its original Super NES release!)
Kirby’s Dream Land 3
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
Kirby’s Dream Course
Breath of Fire
Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force
Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
Super Puyo Puyo 2 (Available for the first time in the U.S.!)
Super Soccer (Available for the first time since its original Super NES release!)
Super Tennis (Available for the first time since its original Super NES release!)
On top of game and online service announcements, the Direct also included information like the fact that Terry Bogard of FATAL FURY and THE KING OF FIGHTERS fame will be joining the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster. This was coupled with the sudden release of Banjo and Kazooie from their eponymous video game franchise as downloadable content for the game.
The Nintendo Direct concluded with the announcement of an HD remake of 2010's Xenoblade Chronicles, originally released for the Wii. All in all, the presentation is worth perusing when you have a free moment if you have any interest in console or handheld gaming.