New Animal Crossing and Luigi’s Mansion games revealed in a jam-packed Nintendo Direct.
Hosted by Shinya Takahashi, last night’s Nintendo Direct detailed a number of upcoming games for the Nintendo Switch and 3DS. The 35 minute presentation also outlined the Nintendo Switch Online service, which launches next week.
The presentation was topped and tailed by two first-party game announcements for the Switch: Luigi’s Mansion 3, and a new Animal Crossing game. Both are due in 2019.
Also revealed was the immediate release of the Cities: Skylines, Colossal Order’s fantastic city building simulation, and Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition.
Final Fantasy fans can also look forward to Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Final Fantasy VII, IX, X, X2, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered coming Switch in the next year.
Elsewhere, there was a new RPG announced from Pokémon developer, Game Freak, exclusive Star Fox missions for Ubisoft’s Starlink: Battle for Atlas, and amiibo support for Diablo III.
All in all we’d say this Nintendo Direct was worth the wait. Here’s the full list of announcements and release dates.
Games and Release dates
- Cities Skylines – Nintendo Switch Edition – Out now
- NBA 2K19 – Out now
- Splatoon 2 – Ver 4 update coming soon
- Carcassone, Lord of the Rings: The Living Card Game, and Pandemic – Coming soon
- Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD – Out Now
- Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle – Seven game compilation Including FInal Fight and King of Dragons – September 18
- Mario Tennis Aces – Birdo, Shy Guy, Koopa Paratroopa, Petey Piranha coming soon. Ver 2 – September 19
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna The Golden Country – September 21
- FIFA 19 – September 28
- Mega Man 11 – October 2
- Super Mario Party – October 5
- The World Ends with You – October 12
- Starlink: Battle for Atlas – October 16
- Lego DC Super-Villians – October 16
- Just Dance 2019 – October 23
- Super Smash Bros Ultimate Hardware Bundle – November 2
- Diablo III Eternal Collection – November 2
- World of Final Fantasy Maxima – November 6
- Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu! and Eevee! – November 16
- New Pokémon Nintendo Switch Bundles – November 16 (Read more)
- Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – November 16
- Warframe – November
- NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 – Fall
- Isabelle comes to Super Bros Ultimate – December
- Katamari Demarcy Reroll – Winter
- Team Sonic Racing – Winter
- Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon – Winter
- New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe (Inc Super Luigi U) – January 11, 2019
- Yoshi’s Crafted World – Spring 2019
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered – 2019
- Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age – 2019
- Final Fantasy VII, IX, X, and X2 – 2019
- Town (Working Title) – 2019
- Daemon X Machina – 2019
- Luigi’s Mansion 3 – 2019
- New Animal Crossing – 2019
- Luigi’s Mansion – Out October 12
- Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey – Out January 11, 2019
- Yo-Kai Watch Blasters – Free update on September 7, 2019
- Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn – 2019
Nintendo Switch Online
- Begins September 18, 2018
- Includes online play
- NES Online library, games can be played online
- Save cloud data for selected games
- Smartphone app connection – voice chat
- Special offers – including chargeable NES controllers style controllers
You can keep up to date on all the games coming to Nintendo consoles, as well as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 by visiting our New Releases page.
We have a favour to ask
Thumbsticks has a couple of main aims. We want to write interesting articles and cover games that most outlets won't, and we want to give opportunities to new writers and new voices. And right now, with the current state of online publishing? It's tough! We hate to ask, but if you want us to continue writing what others won't, or to keep covering weird indie games, or to be able to give opportunities to new writers – and only if you can afford it – then please consider supporting us on Patreon.
Recommended for you
Latest from Thumbsticks
Deltarune Chapter 2 release date revealed by Toby Fox
Deltarune Chapter 2 is almost upon us. We don't need to tell you to "please be excited" for this one.
Surreal web cartoon Tux and Fanny makes for a sublime video game
In one day I went from not knowing a thing about Tux and Fanny to proclaiming it the best video...
Battlefield 2042 release date bumped to November
Electronic Arts has confirmed that the upcoming military shooter Battlefield 2042 will be released one month later than planned. EA says...
The developers want you to break Age of Empires IV this weekend
After a number of balloted tests, the floodgates will open for a limited-time, unrestricted stress test for Age of Empires...
The PlayStation Store Double Discounts sale returns
PS Plus members get double discounts on PS4 and PS5 games in the latest PlayStation Store video game sale.
Latest Nintendo Switch update adds support for Bluetooth headphones
It's taken a long time, but you can now use your Bluetooth headphones with your Nintendo Switch.
More super games join Xbox Game Pass from today
SkateBird, Sable, and Subnautica: Below Zero are among the games coming to Xbox Game Pass before the end of September 2021.
Save on next-gen optimised games in this week’s new Xbox sales
This week's digital sales include discounts on Xbox Game Studios titles and Xbox Series X|S optimised releases.