This past week was a big one for Nintendo fans. On September 4, Nintendo hosted a Nintendo Direct presentation that was roughly 40 minutes long and featured a number of big game announcements, mostly focusing on 2019 Switch titles. There was a ton of information released in the September 4 Nintendo Direct, so it would be hard to fault anyone for not being able to keep track of everything.
For those who need a quick update on all the big Nintendo Switch news that came out of the September 4 Nintendo Direct, we've collected all the biggest pieces of news in one convenient location.
And in the meantime, anyone that wants to re-watch the Nintendo Direct in its entirety can do so right here:
Overwatch is Coming to the Switch
Prior to the September 4 Nintendo Direct, Amazon posted a listing for an officially licensed, Overwatch-themed Switch carrying case. This was followed up by additional leaks that all pointed to the award-winning shooter from Blizzard coming to the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo didn't waste any time confirming that yes, Overwatch is in fact coming to the Switch, revealing the game with a trailer and confirming its release date. For those who want to play a handheld version of Overwatch, the Overwatch Switch release date is October 15, 2019.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate New DLC Revealed
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was arguably the biggest Nintendo Switch exclusive of 2018, and Nintendo has continued to support it throughout this year with regular updates and DLC. This includes the Banjo-Kazooie DLC, which Nintendo confirmed would be available in the game shortly after the Nintendo Direct presentation wrapped up. However, Banjo-Kazooie's surprise launch wasn't the only Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news that came out of the September 4 Direct.
Nintendo also confirmed that SNK's Terry Bogard is the next DLC character for the ambitious crossover fighting game, and that the Terry Bogard DLC will be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate beginning this November. Nintendo also revealed new Mii Fighter outfits, representing Zero from Mega Man, Sans from Undertale, Goemon from Legend of the Mystical Ninja, and Team Rocket from Pokemon.
Deadly Premonition is Back from the Dead
One of the most shocking announcements from the September 4 Nintendo Direct was the reveal of Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise. The original Deadly Premonition was a cult-classic horror game from Suda51, and it seemed highly unlikely that a sequel would ever materialize. But not only did Nintendo announce Deadly Premonition 2 for a Switch release in 2020, the Big N also revealed that the original Deadly Premonition would be making its way to the Switch as well, in the form of Deadly Premonition: Origins.
A Bunch of Release Dates
The September 4 Nintendo Direct was stuffed full of release dates for a variety of Nintendo Switch games. Some of these release dates were vaguer than others, but even so, the presentation definitely gave fans an idea of when to expect some of the biggest future Switch games. Here are all the big Switch game release date announcements from the September 4 Direct presentation, listed in order of release date:
- Devil May Cry 2 - September 19, 2019
- GRID Autosport - September 19, 2019
- Star Wars Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast - September 24, 2019
- Overwatch - October 15, 2019
- Little Town Hero - October 16, 2019
- Vampyr - October 29, 2019
- Doom 64 - November 22, 2019
- Farming Simulator 20 - December 3, 2019
- Return of the Obra Dinn - Fall 2019
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons - March 20, 2019
- Trials of Mana - April 24, 2020
- Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise - 2020
- Rogue Company - 2020
- Xenoblade Chronices: Definitive Edition - 2020
Brand New Pokemon Revealed
When it comes to 2019, the biggest Nintendo Switch games on the horizon are undoubtedly Pokemon Sword and Shield. As such, it wasn't a surprise to see Nintendo spend a good deal of time on Pokemon Sword and Shield during the Nintendo Direct, revealing some new features like the Pokemon Camp, in addition to two brand new Pokemon. During the Nintendo Direct, Pokemon fans got their first look at the ghost-type Pokemon Polteageist, which is literally a haunted teapot, as well as the flying/water-type Pokemon Cramorant.
SNES Games on Switch Online
Ever since the Nintendo Switch Online service was announced and confirmed to have NES games, speculation has pointed to Nintendo bringing games from its other consoles to the service as well. That finally materialized when Nintendo confirmed the release of SNES games on the Switch, starting with 20 SNES titles for Switch Online subscribers to choose from.
Here is the full list of SNES games on the Nintendo Switch as of September 2019:
- Brawl Brothers
- Breath of Fire
- Demon's Crest
- Joe and Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
- Kirby's Dream Course
- Kirby's Dream Land 3
- Star Fox
- Stunt Race FX
- Super E.D.F.: Earth Defense Force
- Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
- Super Mario Kart
- Super Mario World
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- Super Metroid
- Super Puyo Puyo 2
- Super Soccer
- Super Tennis
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past