Following weeks of rumors and rumblings, Game Freak finally confirmed that they have a new Pokémon Direct presentation to share with the world. The official announcement only teases “new information” about the series, but it seems nearly certain that they’ll be revealing the new games for Nintendo Switch.
If you’re ready to see the next evolution of the Pokémon franchise, you’ve come to the right place. The Direct kicks off at 6:00 AM Pacific / 9:00 AM Eastern. That’s 2:00 PM for our friends in the UK and 3:00 PM by Central European Time. We’re livestreaming it right here at Gamnesia, so tune in to watch it live, and stay tuned for all our post-Direct coverage!
Tomorrow is the 23rd anniversary of the original Pokémon games making their debut in Japan, and Game Freak is going to be celebrating in style. Nintendo has just announced that a special Pokémon Direct will be held tomorrow. The announcement post is light on the details, but we’re told to expect “roughly 7 minutes of new information.”
It seems likely that this will be the reveal of the new Pokémon games for Nintendo Switch. These games are expected to be the next generation, eight if you’re counting, of mainline Pokémon games. We’ve heard lots of rumors and rumblings about what these games could be, but nothing that really sticks out above the rest in terms of plausible credibility.
Whatever is revealed tomorrow morning, you can watch it live right here at Gamnesia. We’ll be livestreaming the Pokémon Direct and covering any and all exciting news as it breaks. Tune in tomorrow at 6:00 AM Pacific / 9:00 AM Eastern. That’s 2:00 PM for our friends in the UK and 3:00 PM by Central European Time.
It finally happened! After weeks of endless rumors, Nintendo finally aired a new Nintendo Direct last Wednesday, and it was well worth the wait! With announcements like Super Mario Maker 2, a remake of Link’s Awakening, Deltarune on Switch, and more, there’s plenty to get excited about. Join Ben, Mark, and Will as they break it all down on the latest episode of Switched On!
If you enjoy this episode of Switched On!, feel free to check out our previous episodes, where we tackle recent Nintendo Directs, explore Nintendo franchises that need a reboot, and more. We also have a second podcast called Gamnesia After Dark that features non-Nintendo discussion, including video games, TV shows, movies, and the lives of the Gamnesia staff in general.
Ninja Theory’s hit action adventure title Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is making its way to Switch sometime this spring. Hellblade stars Senua, a warrior who must travel through hell in order to reclaim the soul of her dead lover. Along the way, Senua must battle not only terrifying creatures, but also her own mental health.
Ninja Theory took great care in their depiction of mental health, working with researchers and psychosis victims in order to properly portray the disease. If you haven’t been able to give it a shot, Hellblade is worth the trip and I’m certainly looking forward to diving into it once again on Switch in a few months.
After the success of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Nintendo and Ubisoft decided to team up once again to bring Star Fox and friends to Ubisoft’s space adventure, Starlink: Battle for Atlas. If you’ve been enjoying this crossover adventure, you can look forward to more Star Fox universe content in Starlink this April.
The infamous Team Star Wolf villains Leon Powalski, Pigma Dengar, and Andrew Oikonny are out to cause trouble, and it’s up to Team Star Fox to stop them. In these new missions you’ll play as Peppy Hare, Slippy Toad, and Falco Lombardi, and each of them will be armed with their own special ability and skill tree. Each pilot can take on any of these new missions, as well as Fox McCloud’s previously released missions.
These new missions will be included in the Starlink Spring Update which launches sometime in April. The Spring Update will also include other content, such as Starship Races and Faction Missions, which will be elaborated on at a later date. For now, click above to enjoy the latest trailer!
If anime-styled mech games are your thing, you’ve probably heard of Nintendo’s upcoming title, Daemon X Machina. While we’ll have to wait until this summer to get our hands on the full game, a demo titled Daemon X Machina: Prototype Missions is launching later tonight for a limited time. Prototype Missions features four different missions in which you can pilot and customize your robot called an Arsenal. The final mission even sees you squaring off against a boss!
Select players will later be contacted by email to complete a feedback survey, though if you don’t get an email, you can always leave feedback via social media.
Nintendo and Platinum games have had a fairly cozy relationship in recent years, and many Nintendo fans are looking forward to their collaboration on Bayonetta 3. We still have to wait a bit longer for that game’s release date, but in the meantime Platinum just surprised us by revealing another Switch exclusive during today’s Nintendo Direct.
The new game is called Astral Chain, and it’s a fast-paced, action-packed futuristic adventure. You’ll play as a character who is “part of a police special forces unit in a multi-cultural futuristic city” working together with “a humanoid special weapon, Legion, in a synergetic action system of battle and exploration.”
You can look forward to playing Astral Chain on August 30th. In the meantime, you can check out the reveal trailer by clicking above!
Final Fantasy fans have a lot to look forward to this year, as Square Enix is bringing some of its older titles to modern consoles. Nintendo likes to drop games just after Nintendo Directs, and today is no exception. Final Fantasy IX is launching later today! And for those of you waiting on Final Fantasy VII, you won’t have to wait too much longer, as it’s launching on March 26th.
It’s been a long time since we’ve heard news about Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The first trailer dropped at last year’s E3, and for months after we were kept in the dark. Now, we finally have new info about Fire Emblem‘s first foray onto the Switch, and it looks very promising.
Nintendo didn’t reveal too much about the game’s plot in its original trailer. We knew of the three future heads of the titular “Three Houses”—the axe-wielding Edelgard, the lance-wielding Dimitri, and the bow-wielding Claude—and we got to see their teacher, the viewpoint character and tactician whose name and gender can be chosen by the player. Today’s new trailer showed that your character is a former mercenary who teaches at the Officer’s Academy, located in a territory un-owned by the three empires. The player gets to decide which of the three houses to ally with, and each one comes with very different characters. Your character is guided by a mysterious girl named Sothis, who only your character can see.
The gameplay, while still in-line with classic Fire Emblem flair, seems to have taken a bit of an upgrade. Units now have generic infantry to fight alongside them to give fights a much more cinematic yet realistic feel. Weapon durability makes a comeback after being absent from the previous two games. Players can now roam freely while out of battle, similar to how the dungeons worked in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. You as the teacher can customize the named units and guide them toward different classes, weapon masteries, and skillsets like horse-riding.
While originally slated for Spring, Fire Emblem: Three Houses will now launch this summer on July 26th.
For years now, there have been rumors of Nintendo aiming to remake the Game Boy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and today they finally came true. During today’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo gave us our first look at the new adventure on Koholint Island. The game has been re-imagined with a cute, new art style that feels a lot like a toy set (at least to this viewer), but otherwise it looks to be quite similar to the original. You can expect the new Link’s Awakening on Nintendo Switch later this year.
I never thought I’d say these words, but there’s a new entry in the Battle Royale genre that I’m actually interested in. Tetris 99 pits you against 98 other players in a quest to be the last one standing. The puzzle battler is coming to Switch later today, free for Nintendo Switch Online members. There are online events in the works as well, so you better dive in and practice while you can!
Toby Fox entranced millions of gamers with the indie sensation Undertale, but if he gets his way that will just be the tip of the iceberg. Late last year he launched a follow-up game called Delta Rune, but the free download turned out to be just the first chapter of an upcoming future game. Last we heard, Fox was in the process of recruiting developers to help him make the full game, as he didn’t believe he could develop it by himself.
We’re not sure how far along he is in the process of gathering a team together, but in the meantime, he has teamed up with Nintendo to launch the first chapter on Nintendo Switch. You can download it for free on the Switch eShop on February 28th. Hopefully, this bodes well for the future of Delta Rune beyond its first chapter!
Everyone’s favorite green dinosaur is returning for a new adventure next month! Yoshi’s Crafted Worldlaunches exclusively on Nintendo Switch on March 29th, but you won’t have to wait that long to give it a try. During today’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced that Yoshi’s Crafted World is getting a free demo, and it’s launching later today! The demo will let you play through the game’s first level ahead of time.
We’ve been eagerly awaiting any update on the status of Joker’s inclusion in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster since he was announced last December. In today’s Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that Joker will be joining the already humongous roster by the end of April. Joker is available individually as part of the Challenger Pack 1 or as part of the Fighters Pass, which unlocks the next five downloadable fighters.
In addition, Nintendo also announced the version 3.0 update for Ultimate, though no further details were given on what this entails.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was a wonderfully charming title on Wii U, and Nintendo brought it to 3DS and Switch as well last year. If you’ve been enjoying the Captain’s treasure-hunting adventure, you’ll be happy to know that the game is getting a free update as well as paid DLC, adding tons of new content.
The free update will launch later today, allowing players to enjoy co-op fun across all of the game’s numerous courses. Then, on March 14th, you can look forward to a paid DLC pack that adds 18 new challenges, including 5 new courses. You can pre-purchase this DLC pack today, and doing so will give you access to one level early.
Last December we were surprised by the announcement that Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch. During today’s Nintendo Direct, we got an update on the upcoming Marvel adventure in the form of an action-packed new trailer that shows off the game’s combat. Additionally, we learned that it’s officially launching this Summer.
We’re just getting started on today’s Nintendo Direct, and like always, Nintendo is pulling no punches from the beginning. Fans of the original Super Mario Maker should be more than happy as a sequel has finally been announced! Super Mario Maker 2 includes tons of new content for level building, including slopes and content from Super Mario 3D World. Get your hard hats ready, as Super Mario Maker 2 launches this June!
It took weeks of rumors and whispers, but it’s finally happening. We’ve finally got our first Nintendo Direct of 2019! Yesterday Nintendo officially confirmed a new Direct focused on upcoming Nintendo Switch games, including Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The Direct kicks off today at 2:00 PM Pacific / 5:00 PM Eastern / 10:00 PM UK time and runs for approximately 35 minutes. We’re streaming it live right here and covering all the news as it breaks.
All throughout January, there were rumors of an impending Nintendo Direct, but it never came. Fans have grown increasingly restless with anticipation, and numerous fake claims have been made about when the next Direct will arrive. Fortunately, Nintendo has finally spoken up, and the wait is almost over. A Nintendo Direct has just officially been announced for tomorrow, February 13th.
Tomorrow’s Direct kicks off at 2:00 PM Pacific / 5:00 PM Eastern, or 10:00 PM in the UK / 11:00 PM Central European Time. The Direct will run for approximately 35 minutes and focus on upcoming Nintendo Switch games, including Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Hopefully, we’ll also see more updates for the unnamed Animal Crossing game, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and more. A few surprise announcements would also certainly be welcome!
We’ll be livestreaming the whole event right here at Gamnesia and covering all the biggest news as it drops. Tune in tomorrow for all the excitement!
It’s an exciting time to be a Nintendo fan! Super Mario Party recently launched on Switch, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee are just around the corner, and Nintendo’s capping off the year with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. To raise hype for the last of that impressive trio, Nintendo recently held another Nintendo Direct presentation packed with 40 minutes of Smash goodness.
In the latest episode of our Switched On! podcast, we cover some of the most exciting Nintendo news from the past few weeks before diving into the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct. Join Ben, Hombre, and Will as we break it all down! And as always, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments, including suggestions about future discussion segments for the show.