Nintendo on September 23 launched a 40-minute Live presentation showcasing the news about its winter games. That includes the Switch game updates we already know, like Metroid Dread, but it also brings a few surprises. We got to see a new Kirby game, the first gameplay footage for Bayonetta 3and take a closer look Splatoon 3. We even got a real surprise when it was announced that N64 and Sega Genesis games would be coming to Nintendo Switch Online.
Was it enough to satisfy the constantly frustrated Nintendo fans? For the most part, it went well as expected. While we didn’t get any major new revelations, the information we did get was surprising given that the stream is mostly focused on games coming out this winter. We even have some unexpected dark releases, like Castlevania Advance Collection, that’s always a nice touch.
Here’s every bit of news from Nintendo’s Live presentation so you can decide for yourself about the show.
Nintendo 64 games are finally coming to Switch Online
Nintendo Switch is finally getting it more classic games through its Online program, but players will need to upgrade to get them. Subscribers will soon be able to receive an update to their membership called the Expansion Pack, which adds Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis games to their system. The initial list of N64 games includes the heavy games players expect, including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Mario Kart 64, and Super Mario 64. Other games, including Majora’s mask, will join the library after those games. Genesis games collection includes classics like Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Golden Ax.
Nintendo is releasing Switch-compatible wireless N64 and Sega Genesis controllers as part of the launch. They will cost $50 each and are available for purchase by Nintendo Online members. There is currently no release date or price for the Expansion Pack program.
Movie Mario has a cast
Shigeru Miyamoto appeared on the stream, but not to show off the video game. Instead, he gave details about the upcoming Super Mario Bros. It will release on December 21, 2022 in the US and on unannounced 2022 dates in other regions.
More importantly, we already have casting information about the animated movie. Mario will be voiced by Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, and Charlie Day as Luigi. The all-star cast also includes Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogan as Donkey Kong, etc. Mario’s regular voice actor, Charles Martinet, will also voice the film, but as a guest only. Noisy.
After being leaked before Direct (and fueling a strange internet debate about spoilers for marketing events), Kirby and the Forgotten Land there was an official disclosure. Set for a Spring 2022 release, it’s Kirby’s first full Switch adventure since 2018 Kirby: Star ally. The game is an important opening for the series. This appears to be a 3D open world game where Kirby explores an abandoned world. The trailer shows him waddling around a derelict shopping mall and other areas. It basically looks like Super Mario Odyssey, but with Kirby.
Splatoon 3 still looks new
We have a different view of Splatoon 3. bow. We also got our first look at its single player mode, called Return of the Mammals. In it, players will discover the mystery of why all the mammals in the game (for two cats) have disappeared. The game still doesn’t have an official release date.
As pointed out earlier by Nintendo Japan’s website, Bayonetta 3 finally arrived. The game should be out sometime in 2022, although there’s no official release date yet. We did get an actual gameplay trailer for the game, though that shows off its hack=and-slack action. Notably, Lappy from developer PlatinumGames ‘Switch exclusive Chain of souls, appears in the trailer.
Root comes to Animal Crossing
New content coming soon Animal Crossing: New Horizons, although we don’t quite know what it is yet. Nintendo says that it will hold an Animal Crossing Direct in October to reveal the game’s November update. What we know is that it will brings back The Roost, which was a cafe that appeared in the previous games. Brewster, Roost’s bird bartender, will be back with the update.
Castlevania Advance Collection revives GBA classics
In the weeks of building for Nintendo Direct, we’ve seen rumors of a new Castlevania collection featuring Game Boy Advance installments of the series. Lo and behold, that’s exactly what we got. Castlevania Advance Collection brings four classic games to Switch (plus, PlayStation, Xbox and PC), including The circle of the moon, Aria of Sorrow, and Harmony of Discord. It will also be titled SNES Castlevania: Dracula X for good measure. NS Castlevania Advance Collection now available on Switch eShop. Surprise!
- Monster Hunter Rise is getting a paid expansion called Sunshine this summer.
- Mario Party Superstars Featured with several new modes and boards.
- Voice of Cards: Isle Dragon Roars is a card-based role-playing game co-created by Yoko Taro. Coming up October 28.
- Disco Elysium: The Final Ending finally coming to Switch on October 12, with a physical release next year.
- The next wave of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity The DLC will launch on October 29.
- Chocobo GP is a racing game in Final Fantasy consisting of tournaments for 64 players. It’s coming to Switch in 2022.
- Super Smash Bros.The Final Warrior will be revealed during a live stream on October 5.
- Koopa Troopa and Ninji will come Mario Golf: Super Rush as playable characters, along with two new courses. That update is available today.
- Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition Coming to Switch soon.
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic launches on Switch on November 11
- Dying Light 2: Maintaining Humans downloading the cloud version on Switch. Dying Light: Platinum Edition will also come to the Switch. The latter is available on October 19.
- Triangle Strategy (yes, that’s the final name) will be out on March 4th.
- Metroid Dread There’s a new trailer showing off some new footage.
- The Shadowrun trilogy will launch on Switch in 2022.
- Actraiser Renaissance is an HD remaster of the classic SNES game Actraiser. It launched today.
- Deltarune Chapter 2 Now available on Switch.