Nintendo previewed a number of games due out for the Switch by the end of 2019 during their February 13 Nintendo Direct presentation, which managed to contain a number of surprises.
The presentation opened with the confirmation of Super Mario Maker 2, which had been rumored for quite some time. The second entry in this make-your-own-Mario game will introduce a number of improvements over the first, including the much-desired ability to create proper slopes, and new powerups for Mario.
In other first-party Nintendo news, there was another quick preview for Yoshi’s Crafted World, which is due out on March 29. A demo for the game is now available, and cute cardboard costumes for Yoshi to wear during a level (which will provide some degree of protection for him) were also shown off. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker also had some downloadable content news, with a paid DLC pack called “Special Episode” available on March 14 that will introduce 18 new courses. A free update to that game was also made available that added two-player cooperative play to each course already in the game.
An extended look was given to Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which has been delayed from its initially-planned “spring 2019” release to July 26, 2019. The game’s lore was given some serious explanation, including what exactly the deal is with the titular “three houses.” The player will be in control of a former mercenary who is now a professor, who instructs and manages students (which helps them train and level up). Three Houses has a number of deviations from previous Fire Emblem entries, including having the ability to fully explore a variety of environments in 3D for the first time.
A number of significant third-party titles were also previewed, including Dragon Quest XI; the game, which previously released on the PlayStation 4 in 2018, will be headed to Switch with new storylines and other extras by the end of 2019. The Switch version will be titled Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of An Elusive Age – Definitive Edition. Another JRPG series will be seeing a remaster treatment on Switch, with Rune Factory 4 Special arriving by the end of the year. The game was initially released on the 3DS in 2012. Rune Factory 5 was also confirmed to be in development. In Final Fantasy news, FF9 was made available immediately following the presentation, with FF7 announced for a March release.
In regards to more action-focused titles, Daemon X Machina, the giant robot combat game first shown back at E3, now has a “prototype missions” demo available to download. The game is still in active development, and the development team is trying to get feedback via the demo.
A new title from Platinum Games was announced, called Astral Chain. The flashy title features character designs courtesy of Masakazu Katsura, the manga artist behind Video Girl Ai. Characters in the game were shown to have the ability to essentially summon a robotic partner that can take any number of forms. Platinum is the company behind the popular Bayonetta series, and it was also promised that more information about Bayonetta 3 would be on the way soon.
Other games shown off during the presentation included Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Mortal Kombat 11, Unravel Two, and Assassin’s Creed III Remastered, all due out in spring, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, GRID Autosport, Dragon Quest Builders 2, and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, all due out this summer.
The presentation ended with the announcement of a fully remade edition of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, arriving on Switch by the end of 2019. The game features a very cute top-down style that renders the characters from the original 1993 classic Game Boy title in somewhat of a doll-like fashion, and the trailer also featured a stunningly-animated introduction scene.
The full Nintendo Direct presentation can be seen below.