Nintendo Direct Recap

Logan Busbee
4 min readSep 13, 2017

So, let me just preface this whole article by saying that this event is 20 minutes longer than Nintendo’s E3 showcase. It’s also confirmed to just be about upcoming Nintendo Switch and 3DS games for the next few months. So, what was brought up in the video?

Nintendo Switch Games

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

We got a story trailer and showed the stakes of the game

Character named Rex is the protagonist

You explore the lands inside Titans

There are three drivers, and three blades

A driver can have multiple blades, but only bring three into battle

Releases December 1st

Also a special edition and themed pro controller

Splatoon 2

Kelp Dome is back, with more area and is playable friday

Snapper Canal has a river in the middle

Tenta Brella has a much larger guard area

Snipperclips Plus

Getting more than 30 new stages

Also replay original stages with different body shapes

Releases November 10th

Morphies Law

Team based shooter

Shapeshifting shooter

wherever you hit enemies, they get smaller and you get bigger

Releases this WInter

Rocket League

Has Switch exclusives like cars and toppers

Releases this holiday

Arena of Valor

Roster of 35 heroes

League of Legends style game

Multiple modes

Beta this Winter


Normal game

Has amiibo capability, but not required for the gear

Releases November 17th

Doom and Wolfenstein II

Releases this Holiday and 2018 respectively

Arcade Archives

Mario Bros is the first arcade game

More on the way

Releases September 27th

Breath of the Wild

Champions amiibo release November 10th

Summon armor

Sports Games

NBA 2K18, WWE 2K18, FIFA 18

Pokken Tournament DX

Releases September 22nd

Project Octopath Traveller

Switch Exclusive

Has eight characters and eight lands

Each character has special abilities

Demo releases later today

Releases in 2018


Version 3 has a new stage and Lola Pop

Now you can remap controls

Update releases today

Dragon Quest Builders

Build your towns and fight away monsters

Releases Spring 2018

Kirby Star Allies

Can have up to three allies

Make strong team up attacks

Releases Spring 2018

Lost Sphear

Sonic Forces

Resident Revelations 1 and 2

L.A. Noire

Super Mario Odyssey

Peach has a Cappy like Tiara

Goes all over the world

New kingdoms called Snow Kingdom and Seaside Kingdom

Odyssey is Mario's ship, and is powered by Power Moons

Outfits are sometimes tied to older Mario games

Snapshot mode helps take pictures

Releases October 27th, along with the wedding amiibo

Also Mario themed Odyssey

3DS Games

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Necrozma has captured Solagleo and Lunala

New map areas like a beach, and a pikachu valley

New looks and clothes

Partner encounter different

UB Burst in Ultra Sun and UB Assembly in Ultra Moon

Still launch November 17th

Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions

It’s a remake of the original

Releases October 6 along with two amiibo, Goomba and Koop

Kirby Battle Royale

A small game where you fight against other Kirbys with abilities

Releases January 19th, 2018

Yokai Watch 2

New content and features

Release September 29th

Layton’s Mystery Journey

Proffessor Layton’s daughter

Releases October 6th


Releases today

Mario Party The Top 100

The best minigames from all 10 games

100 minigames

November 10th

Metroid Samus Returns

Nothing we don’t already know

Releases September 15th

The Alliance Alive


Early 2018

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney


Fire Emblem Warriors

Many character combinations

Lyn is joining the battle

Releases October 20th

This Nintendo direct, in my opinion, sucked. We knew about almost all of these games, and new information wasn’t provided. We also didn’t get any news on the still unnamed Yoshi game. It wasn’t a terrible showcase, it was to long for what it could have done in a much shorter amount of time. I also would have liked a new 1st party game, or just more news on the rapidly approaching Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.



Logan Busbee

Reviewer of video games, movies, comics, and TV shows