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Everything announced on the E3 2018 Nintendo Direct

The E3 2018 Nintendo Direct lifts the lid on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch.

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The E3 2018 Nintendo Direct lifts the lid on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo came into E3 2018 with a spring in its step. 2017 was a vintage year for the Japanese gaming giant, with the Nintendo Switch performing well, with games like Arms, Super Mario Odyssey, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild all finding critical acclaim and commercial success.

Expectations were therefore a little lower for this year’s event, but there was still enough to get excited about. A deep deep deep deep deep deep deep-dive on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was the focus of this year’s Direct, but there was also information on a bunch of new titles coming to the Switch, including Fire Emblem Three House, and Super Mario Party.

Here’s the full rundown on all the news from the E3 2018 Nintendo Direct.

List of E3 2018 Nintendo Direct announcements

Daemon X Machina

  • A mech combat game from Marvellous with an anime art style, and bright shiny laser beams. Zap!
  • Coming in 2019.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 gets a new expansion called Torna – The Golden Country.
  • “It’s just an easy cure for the tedium of being,” apparently.
  • Coming in September, 14 2018.

Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee

  • A brief roundup of the game’s features, including the Pokéball Plus.
  • Mew is exclusive to every Pokéball Plus
  • Released on November 16, 2017.

Super Mario Party

  • Multiplayer shenanigans returns
  • Demo includes portable play with some interesting new ways of interaction between multiple Switch systems.
  • Released October 5, 2018, along with the new Nintendo Switch Adjustable Charging Stand.

Fire Emblem Three Houses

  • The Fire Emblem series returns with a new mainline entry on Nintendo Switch.
  • The series’ traditional gameplay looks intact but is now resplendent in a new 3D engine.
  • Released in Spring 2019.

Fortnite Battle Royale

  • The reasonable popular Fortnite Battle Royale comes to Nintendo Switch.
  • We don’t need to describe what Fortnite is.
  • It’s available now. Go play.

Overcooked 2!

  • As rumoured, Team17’s multiplayer cooking sequel is Switch bound, and will be released on August 7, 2018.

Killer Queen Black

  • The arcade hit comes to Switch later in 2018.

Hollow Night

  • Team Cherry’s beloved platformer comes to the Switch eShop today, and includes all previously released DLC

Octopath Traveller

  • A reminder of the game’s July 13, 2018 release date.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  • Masahiro Sakurai introduces the game’s full roster of fighters which includes every character who has ever appeared in a Smash Bros game, including all DLC characters.
  • There are new costumes for Mario, Link and Zelda among many others
  • Other characters have been tweaked and improved, and there’s a bevy of new Final Smash moves.
  • The starting roster is small with constant character unlocks.
  • Fighters include Mario, Samus, Kirby, Bowser, Link, Donkey Kong, Fox, Falco, Marth, Zelda, Sheik, Villager, Mewtwoo, Meta Knight, Sonic, Peach, Pikachu, Ice Climbers, Inkling, Captain Falcon, Zero Suit Samus, Wii FIt Trainer, Ness, Pokemon Trainer, Lucas. Ryu, Ganondorf, Ike, Cloud, Snake, Jigglypuff, Pichu, Diddy Kong, Olimar, Lucario, Lucina, Robin, Bayonetta, Greninja, Mr Game and Watch, R.O.B., Pit, Dark Pit, Corrin, Bowser Jr, Toon Link, Young Link, King Dedede, Three Miis, Wario, Little Mac, Pac-Man, Shulk, Wolf, Megaman, and Luigi to name just a few.
  • It will support new editions of the GameCube controller, as well as all existing amiibo’s based on characters in the game.
  • Released on December 7, 2018.

And also….

  • Other games announced in the Nintendo Direct were Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Arena of Valour, Minecraft, PixarkDragonBall FighterZ, Splatoon 2 DLC, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Crash Bandicoot N’ Sane Trilogy, Ninjala, Carcassonne, FIFA 19, Wasteland 2, ARK Survival Evolved, Dark Souls, SNK Heronies, Monster Hunter Generations, Wolfenstein II, The Worlds Ends with You, Mega Man 11, and the soon to be released Mario Tennis Aces.

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New PlayStation 4 releases (September 21-25, 2020)

Mafia: Definitive Edition tops next week’s list of new PlayStation 4 releases.

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Mafia: Definitive Edition tops next week’s list of new PlayStation 4 releases.

Hangar 13’s ground-up remake of Mafia is this week’s PlayStation 4 pick. The original game is not an outright classic, but it’s certainly bold and was forward-thinking in its day. The remake includes new vehicles, improved visuals and audio, and a larger city of Lost Heaven to explore.

Another highlight is the console port of Port Royale 4. Kalypso Media’s trading and strategy game depicts the 17th-century Caribbean power struggle between Spain, England, France and the Netherlands. Turn-based naval encounters are the big new feature, and each nation has a full single-player campaign to complete.

Trading is also central to Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, the new space Western sequel from Double Damage Games. Outlaw improves on its predecessor with streamlined spaceship combat, seven new radio stations, and a fun cast of bounty hunters, aliens, and intergalactic ne’er-do-wells.

Other new PS4 releases include Tennis World Tour 2, Unrailed!, and Going Under. We’ll update this article throughout the week with news of any late additions. Here’s the full lineup of new PS4 games confirmed so far.

New PlayStation4 releases: September 21-25, 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

  • 3 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
  • Rebel Galaxy Outlaw
  • Tennis World Tour 2

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

  • CastleStorm II
  • Jet Set Knights – TBC
  • Unrailed!

Thursday, September 24, 2020

  • Dungreed
  • Ginga Force
  • Going Under
  • Gothic Murder: Adventure That Changes Destiny

Friday, September 25, 2020

  • Mafia: Definitive Edition
  • Port Royale 4
  • Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia

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New Xbox One releases (September 21-25, 2020)

Mafia: Definitive Edition and Rebel Galaxy Outlaw headline the list of upcoming Xbox One releases.

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Mafia: Definitive Edition and Rebel Galaxy Outlaw headline the list of upcoming Xbox One releases.

Xbox One owners can lead a life crime next week in the eagerly anticipated remake of 2002’s Mafia. The city of Lost Heaven has never looked better, but we’re interested to see how Hangar 13 has fleshed out the experience. The addition of motorcycles is a fun place to start.

Meanwhile, players of Rebel Galaxy Outlaw can live their lives on the outer rim of law and order. This sequel from Double Damage builds upon the strong foundations of the first game with improved dogfights, an engaging story, and an even better soundtrack. If you find Elite Dangerous too overwhelming, Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is an accessible blend of arcade and simulation sci-fi that scratches the same intergalactic itch.

Other new Xbox One release highlights include Port Royale 4, procedurally generated track laying game Unrailed!, and satirical dungeon crawler, Going Under. Halo ODST‘s Firefight mode is also coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Tuesday.

Each new game can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store or the Microsoft web store. We’ll update this post throughout the week with any late additions to the lineup.

New Xbox One releases: September 21-25, 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

  • Halo ODST: Firefight (The Master Chief Collection)
  • Rebel Galaxy Outlaw
  • Tennis World Tour 2

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

  • CastleStorm II
  • The Drone Racing League Simulator
  • Jet Set Knights
  • Unrailed!
  • Twin Breaker: A Sacred Symbols Adventure

Thursday, September 24, 2020

  • Going Under
  • Little Big Workshop
  • Tears of Avia

Friday, September 25, 2020

  • Mafia: Definitive Edition
  • Nexomon: Extinction
  • Port Royale 4
  • Sentinels of Freedom
  • Shotgun Farmers
  • Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia

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Hello Games announces No Man’s Sky Origins update

No Man’s Sky is the gift that keeps on giving, from a team we don’t even deserve.

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No Man’s Sky is the gift that keeps on giving, from a team we don’t even deserve.

Did you know that the procedurally-generated aesthetic for No Man’s Sky was based on pulpy, 70s science fiction novel covers?

(We did know, but it’s still fun to watch the video in the post linked above. For all of its “bazillion of procedurally generated planets” pitch, the aesthetic and the atmosphere of No Man’s Sky are still some of its biggest selling points, especially with the very scary Desolation update from a couple of months ago.)

As the free content updates kept coming for No Man’s Sky, each with its own science fiction cover, it built up a bigger picture: a “shelf” of those pulpy sci-fi book covers.

But when Sean Murray, of Hello Games, tweeted a picture of all the covers together following the Desolation update, it did not escape people’s notice that there was only “room” for one more cover left on that artificial bookshelf of pulpy book covers:

And with the No Man’s Sky Origins update set to be revealed next week, people have been worried that might be the last update we see for the game. The final space on the bookshelf will be filled, as it were.

But according to the blog post announcing Origins, “This update will be another small step in a longer journey.”

Perhaps Hello Games isn’t quite done with No Man’s Sky just yet.


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Play three cool games for free on Xbox One this weekend

This week’s lineup of Xbox One Free Play Days titles takes players to the high seas, a world destroyed by war, and a creature-infested Louisiana.

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This week’s lineup of Xbox One Free Play Days titles takes players to the high seas, a world destroyed by war, and, erm, Louisiana.

Shiver me timbers, Sea of Thieves is free to play on Xbox One this weekend. Rare’s online pirate adventure was somewhat cooly received on release, but who’s cool now? A treasure chest of content and gameplay updates has helped build a thriving community of shipmates, most of whom are welcoming to new deckhands. Nonetheless, take care, there’s always someone waiting to steal a Bilge Rat Doubloon or two when your back is turned.

Players should also keep their wits about them in Hunt: Showdown, the popular PvP first-person hunting game from Crytek. Up to 12 players must venture into the dangerous swamps of Louisiana. Your task is to retrieve a bounty from a vicious creature, but once you have that bounty, friends become foes, and you become the target. Hi-jinks ensue.

Finally, Warhammer: Chaosbane is moderately fun hack-and-slash action RPG from EKO Software. If the phrase “fighting battles in the sewers of Nuln” gets your blood pumping, this game is probably for you.

All three games are playable for free until midnight on Sunday for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members. As always, any earned achievements and save states carry over into purchased copies of each game. Here’s the lowdown on this week’s related digital discounts.

Xbox One Free Play Days Discounts

Hunt: Showdown

  • Standard Edition – 60% off
  • Master Hunter Edition – 50% off

Warhammer: Chaosbane

  • Standard Edition – 65% off
  • Deluxe Edition – 65% off
  • Magnus Edition – 70% off

Sea of Thieves

  • Standard Edition – 50% off

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Surprise! The Long Dark is out now on Nintendo Switch

Another Nintendo Direct, another raft of surprise Nintendo Switch releases. One of today’s picks is The Long Dark.

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Another Nintendo Direct, another raft of surprise Nintendo Switch releases. One of today’s picks is The Long Dark.

Nintendo has developed a habit of doing the old “and it’s available on the eShop right now” trick during its Direct presentations. In a summer of interminable video press conferences and wall-to-wall Geoff Keighley and 15-minute trailers for games we won’t see again for a couple of years, it’s a lovely little trait, an instant dopamine hit.

And Nintendo used it again, a few times, during its September 2020 Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcase. There were games we knew were coming at some point, like Hades, and games we didn’t, like Ori and the Will of the Wisps. But they were still a nice surprise.

Then there was The Long Dark, the brilliant, wintry survival epic from Hinterland Games. That, too, got a surprise launch on the Nintendo Switch today. This is a lovely turn of events for a couple of reasons:

  1. The Long Dark is really rather good.
  2. The last we heard, the game’s performance on Switch was quite poor, so it’s excellent that it’s now in a state good enough to release.

There’s also an excellent launch trailer to mark the occasion:

Meanwhile, Hinterland head honcho and The Long Dark director Raph van Lierop took to Twitter to address some players’ confusion that, uncharacteristically, the trailer wasn’t particularly bleak.

We’re looking to heading out into the wilderness and playing The Long Dark later this year. You know, when it gets really cold.


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