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Everything announced in September’s Nintendo Direct

New Animal Crossing and Luigi’s Mansion games are revealed in a jam-packed Nintendo Direct.

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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 DungeonFinal Fantasy XII: The Zodiac AgeFinal Fantasy VII, IX, XX2, 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

Nintendo Switch

  • 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

Nintendo 3DS

  • 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.

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New Xbox One releases (July 6-10, 2020)

Here are details of the new games coming to Xbox One between July 6 and 10, 2020.

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Here are details of the new games coming to Xbox One between July 6 and 10, 2020.

After a couple of fallow weeks, the Xbox One digital game store is back in business with an excellent lineup of new games.

Our first highlight is the keenly anticipated console release of CrossCode, the genre-blending RPG from Radical Fish Games. The game was a hit on its PC, winning plaudits for its story and careful mix of action RPG mechanics and Zelda-like adventuring. We expect it to pick up even more fans on console.

We’re just as excited to play Superliminal, the perspective-bending first-person puzzle game from Pillow Castle. We’re all familiar with Portal-esqe lab rat games, but Superliminal breaks out of the format with a compelling jaunt through a series of optical illusion-based conundrums.

Koji Igarashi also returns with Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2. It’s another sword-and-whip adventure that combines modern exploratory platforming antics with a classy 8-bit aesthetic.

Finally, F1 2020 is this year’s instalment in Codemasters’ peerless racing simulation series. A wealth of updates under the hood and on the road will likely keep it ahead of the competition. If you’re looking for something a little more straightforward (or slightly curved) check out NASCAR Heat 5.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store or the Microsoft online store.

New Xbox One releases: July 6-10, 2020

Monday, July 6, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

  • NASCAR Heat 5
  • Lanternium
  • Superliminal

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

  • Robozarro

Thursday, July 9, 2020

  • CrossCode

Friday, July 10, 2020

  • Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2
  • Distraint 2
  • F1 2020
  • The Great Perhaps
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris
  • Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris

If none of these titles get you excited, read about some of this week’s big Xbox One game discounts.


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Cellular Harvest is a biological horror take on Pokémon Snap

Explore strange new worlds, photograph strange new species, help determine if they should be ground up for their… mineral content? We don’t remember that bit in Starfleet First Contact training.

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Explore strange new worlds, photograph strange new species, help determine if they should be ground up for their… mineral content? We don’t remember that bit in Starfleet First Contact training.

Hot on the heels of the announcement of a new Pokémon Snap game comes Cellular Harvest, a game that is very much like Pokémon Snap in a lot of ways. But also, different. Very, very different.

Where Pokémon Snap has you photographing critters mostly for the sheer joy of it, Cellular Harvest has a different agenda. You’re still trying to catalogue everything you find, but here, the motivations are–

They’re less twee, shall we say.

From indie developer Redact Games and writer/developer Xalavier Nelson – whose other projects include Can Androids Pray, Hypnospace Outlaw, Skatebird, Mr Bucket Told Me To, and An Airport For Dogs Currently Run By Aliens – Cellular Harvest launched on Itch.io today.

You play as an auditor, sent to a far-flung planet with your camera to catalogue the lifeforms you find. An AI will analyse your discoveries to determine their composition and, thus, their value to your corporate overlords for their component parts. Whether you should be doing this? That’s a question for your conscience. (But it is a brilliant idea.)

In true Pokémon tradition, Cellular Harvest comes in two coloured variants: Cellular Harvest: Green and Cellular Harvest: Purple. You can buy either one for $6.99 US, or buy them both together in the Cellular Harvest: Complete edition, which also costs $6.99. Well, that’s an easier decision than whether you want Pokémon Sword or Shield.


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Two big Nintendo Switch games get cool updates today

Nintendo Switch owners can look forward to a free content update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons and a brand new Tetris 99 event.

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Nintendo Switch owners can look forward to a free content update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons and a brand new Tetris 99 event.

The first of two summer updates for Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now live. Update 1.3 adds the ability to swim and dive in the ocean plus a new range of creatures and Critterpedia entries to discover. Pascal the red otter also returns with a selection of mermaid DIY recipes to obtain, and errant seagull Gulliver gets a pirate makeover.

Once the game has updated, Isabelle will inform you that the ocean surrounding your island has been deemed safe for swimming. All you need to do is buy a swimsuit from Nook’s Cranny or Nook Shopping, and you can dive right in. Nintendo will also post a free snorkel to your home.

Also starting today is the latest Maximux Cup/Grand Prix event for online puzzle game, Tetris 99. This time it’s a celebration of Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition. The event begins at 12 am PT / 3 am ET today and runs until 11:59 am PT on July 6, 2020.

If you amass 100 points in Tetris 99 mode during the event, you’ll receive a dishy Xenoblade Chronicles theme starring Shulk and featuring a medley of tracks from the game’s glorious soundtrack.

Tetris 99 Event Placement Points

  • 1st – 100
  • 2nd – 50
  • 3rd – 30
  • 4th-10th – 20
  • 11th-30th – 15
  • 31st-50th – 10
  • 51st-90th – 5
  • 91st-99th – 1

To compete online in Tetris 99 you need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Plans start at around four bucks a month, with seven-day free trials available to new subscribers.


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Please stand by (Amazon Studios is teasing a Fallout TV series)

Break out grandma’s vinyl and put on your blue jumpsuit: There’s a Fallout TV series on the way.

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Break out grandma’s vinyl and put on your blue jumpsuit: There’s a Fallout TV series on the way.

After the success of Henry Cavill as The Witcher, in the Netflix series of the same name, it seemed almost inevitable that more TV adaptions of video games would be on the way. The next one to break cover was The Last of Us, in production between Sony and HBO and with Chernobyl’s Craig Mazin joining Neil Druckmann on writing and production duties.

Halo and Resident Evil series are also reportedly in the works, while rumours point to a raft of series from Ubisoft, including Skull & Bones – that one might release before the game – and Watch Dogs.

And now we have a new contender, popping its head out of the vault and into the light for the first time:

What do we know about the Fallout TV series so far? Not much.

It’s being run as a joint concern between Bethesda, Amazon Studios, and Kilter Films. That tells us the show will no doubt run on Amazon’s Prime video-on-demand service. (And to be fair, the mega-corporation did make an excellent job of the similarly alternate history Philip K Dick story, The Man in the High Castle, so that’s promising.)

But it’s the involvement of Kilter Films in the Fallout TV series that’s most notable. You may not recognise the production company’s name, but you’ve likely seen their work: most notably on HBO’s Westworld and with Bad Robot and Warner Bros. on Person of Interest.

“Fallout is one of the greatest game series of all time. Each chapter of this insanely imaginative story has cost us countless hours we could have spent with family and friends. So we’re incredibly excited to partner with Todd Howard and the rest of the brilliant lunatics at Bethesda to bring this massive, subversive, and darkly funny universe to life with Amazon Studios,” said Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan of Kilter Films, writers and showrunners of Westworld, in a press release on Bethesda’s website.

And that’s it. That’s really all we know about the Fallout TV series for now. But it’s exciting, isn’t it? Please stand by for further information.


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Up to 100 games are getting free Xbox One demos

The Summer Games Fest Demo Event will bring more than 60 games to Xbox One later this month.

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The Summer Games Fest Demo Event will bring more than 60 games to Xbox One later this month.

The Summer Games Fest has, in some respects, been a bit of a snooze fest, but here’s a big announcement we can get behind. More than 60 games will get free playable demos on Xbox One between July 21 to July 27, 2020.

Similar to recent initiatives on Steam, the Summer Games Fest Demo Event will give every Xbox One owner the chance to experience some of the games we’d normally expect to play at the likes of E3, PAX, or The Mix. The demos will only be available for a week, so it might be an idea to clear some space in your diary now.

It’s worth noting that these experiences will not be like the traditional game demos we often get on console. As the Xbox team notes in its announcement, they are very much work-in-progress titles, rather pre-launch promos.

For those interested in game development, it will be fascinating to play these games at such an early stage and see how they evolve into a finished product. We’re sure that polite, considered feedback will also be welcomed by the studios involved.

More than 60 games are included at launch, with around 75 and 100 expected to be available in total. Look out for the Summer Game Fest Demo tile on the Xbox One dashboard.

The full lineup has yet to be confirmed, but here’s a teaser of the games we can expect.

Xbox Summer Game Fest Titles

  • Cris Tales
  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Haven
  • Hellpoint
  • Skatebird
  • The Vale: Shadow of the Crown
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic
  • Welcome to Elk

That’s already an impressive selection of games. Bravo to Microsoft, Geoff Keighley, and the studios involved, for coming together and bring their games to the masses.


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