On Wednesday, September 13, Nintendo released a 45-minute Nintendo Direct presentation focused on games across both the 3DS and Nintendo Switch, including October’s Super Mario Odyssey. There were plenty of announcements for both consoles, some of which came as complete surprises. Here are a few of the biggest things revealed during the stream.
Super Mario Odyssey arrives on October 27 and its structure is unlike anything we’ve seen from the series before. Mario ventures from different worlds, including the Luncheon Kingdom, Seaside Kingdom, and Snow Kingdom, using an airship called the Odyssey and it requires special Power Moons — what he collects in each level — in order to reach the next kingdom.
To help Mario find hidden Power Moons, he can ask the bird Talkatoo for help, use “Uncle Amiibo” with real-world figures, or pay Toad coins for hints. Mario will want to keep some of the coins, however, as they’re also used for purchasing outfits themed after each kingdom and past Mario adventures. Super Mario Odyssey also includes mini-games, such as a remote-controlled car race and a jump rope challenge, as well as a “snapshot” mode for taking a perfect picture at any time.
Square Enix is also developing an exclusive role-playing game for the Switch currently titled Project Octopath Traveler, and you can try a demo right now on the eShop. The game stars eight unique characters, each with their own story, and it uses a mix of 3D environments and 2D character sprites that the developers dubbed “HD 2D.” It’s being made by the producers of Bravely Default and releases in 2018.
To the surprise of just about everyone, Bethesda also announced two more Switch ports during the event. 2016’s Doom will be coming to the system this holiday season, while Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will arrive to Switch in 2018. For those looking to get The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on the system, it will release on November 17.
But Nintendo has not forgotten the 3DS and there were a few big announcements for the system during the event. First, Minecraft is now available on New 3DS systems through the eShop, with a physical release coming later. Users can play both creative and survival modes, and both button-based controls and touch controls are supported.
A few new games are also coming to the 3DS, including Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy, the compilation game Mario Party: The Top 100, and Atlus’ old-school role-playing game The Alliance Alive. For those looking to pick up the orange and white New 2DS XL we’ve seen in other countries, it will be available in North America on October 6.
What was your favorite announcement? For a full rundown, including information on Kirby: Star Allies and Xenoblade Chronicles 2, check out the full Nintendo Direct presentation above.