Nintendo aired a 40 minute Nintendo Direct presentation on September 23rd, unveiling some new games and announcing additional content updates coming out for existing titles. Let’s have a look at the biggest announcements from the event.
New DLC coming to Monster Hunter Rise
Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is releasing on 2022. With new monsters, locations and additional quests. Capcom promises that this will be a massive update. Sunbreak will be a paid DLC like Iceborne for Monster Hunter World.
A Brand New Kirby Adventure
Kirby returns in a new 3D RPG adventure in Kirby and the Forgotten Land. This is one of the new titles announced during the stream. Traditionally a 2D hero, this time Kirby will be exploring a post apocalyptic world in 3D. Kirby and the Forgotten Land is set to launch in Spring of 2022.
Cart Racing For Final Fantasy. Featuring Chocobos!
A cart racing game for Final Fantasy titled Chocobo GP was revealed. Players will be able to collect different types of spells from the Final Fantasy franchise. Upon collecting the same type of spell they upgrade automatically, such as fire to firaga. Players have the option of skating as a Chocobo or create a custom character of their liking. Chocobo GP launces on 2022 as a Nintendo Exclusive.
Additional Nintendo Online Membership Plan
An additional membership option to Nintendo Switch Online is announced. Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass allows users to access a digital library of games from Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis.
This service will launch in October and will feature games like Super Mario 64, Star Fox 64, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for Nintendo 64 and Sonic 2, Eco the Dolphin for Sega Genesis. Nintendo has not yet revealed how much this plan will cost.
Nintendo Switch Online members are eligible to purchase a Switch compatible version of Nintendo 64 Controller and SEGA Genesis Control Pad. Both controllers can be paired wirelessly with Nintendo Switch.
The N64 Controller and SEGA Genesis Controller is priced at $49.99 each.
Mario Movie Announced!
Game Director Shigeru Miyamoto snuck into the Direct presentation to announce that he has been working with Illumination – the studio behind Despicable Me to make a Mario movie. The movie includes a stacked voice cast with Chris Pratt voicing Mario and Jack Black as Bowser.
Mario movie will launch in North America on December 21, 2022.
The Long Awaited Bayonetta 3 Reveal
Since the initial announcement in 2017 there hasn’t been any news about Bayonetta 3. Many fans of the series were even starting to believe that the game has been cancelled with Executive Director Hideki Kamiya blocking anyone who asks him about the game.
Nintendo caught everyone by surprise with a 3 minute long gameplay reveal trailer for Bayonetta 3 during the event. The trailer started with multiple fakeouts hinting to PlatinumGames’ other titles, Project GG and Astral Chain, but eventually evolved into Bayonetta kicking some gigantic demon through the streets.
Bayonetta 3 is coming out in 2022 as a Nintendo Switch exclusive.
Other important announcements from Nintendo Direct includes a new trailer for Splatoon 3 featuring multiplayer gameplay, new powerups and a new campaign mode titled ‘Return of the Mammalians’.
Nintendo announced Animal Crossing: New Horizons is getting it’s own video presentation later in October. This mini direct will focus on new free content and more quality of life improvements. The final Direct for Super Smash Bros. is also set to air October 5, 2021 showcasing the last fighter making their way into the roaster.
Square Enix released more information on Triangle Strategy, previously known as Project Triangle.
“In response to the survey about the demo released in February of this year, the game has been fine-tuned with a focus on elements that received lots of feedback. These include adjustments to the difficulty, improvements to on-screen visuals, camera angle controls, the ability to review previous dialogue, and streamlined game flow and loading times.”
Castlevaina Advance Collection launched on Thursday night just after Nintendo Direct. Players will be able to rewind, quick save and map their own buttons for Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, Castlevania, Aria of Sorrow, and the SNES title Castlevania: Dracula X.