Everything Announced In Today’s Nintendo Direct

Everything Announced In Today’s Nintendo Direct
Image: Astral Chain

It was billed as a feature for Fire Emblem: Three Houses, but as is their custom, Nintendo had plenty of surprises. Here’s everything that was announced from today’s direct.

A remastered Zelda

The final announcement of the presentation, Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is getting remastered for the Switch this year, 26 years after its initial release on the Game Boy. It didn’t originally have, well, colour. The Switch version looks substantially cuter.

Link’s Awakening will land on the Switch some time this year.

Astral Chain


PlatinumGames’ next project is a third-person action-adventure Astral Chain. It’s a mecha-cyberpunk affair, and it’s got some solid dev talent behind it.

Astral Chain launches as a Switch exclusive on August 30.

More Final Fantasy games

Zero points to anyone who guessed Square would bring more of the Final Fantasy classics over. They’re coming, and you can play one of them later today: Final Fantasy 9, to be precise. Final Fantasy 7 is available from March 26.

Super Mario Maker isn’t coming to the Switch, but the sequel is

There was a ton of talk that Mario Maker would get ported to the Switch at some stage. That’s not happening, but the Mario Maker sequel will land on the platform this June. I’m looking forward to the nightmare Mario Maker battles play out on stream all over again.

Even Tetris has a battle royale now

Available for download later today, Tetris 99 is a Nintendo Switch Online exclusive. As it suggests, 99 players will battle it out to have the last tetrominoes standing.

Bayonetta 3

The developers on Bayonetta 3 are “hard at work”, it was announced, but nothing beyond that.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Dragon Quest XI appear

The major mid-year releases is Fire Emblem, but Dragon Quest XI will get prime positioning in the autumn. The Direct billed more information about Three Houses from the off, but in the end we only got five minutes of Three Houses news out of a 35 minute presentation.

The main thing to know is that you can play as each of the three house leaders, with each house led by various students that have their own skills and personalities. After picking your faction leader, you’ll travel to an academy where you’re invited to teach – and shortly thereafter, hooked up with the apparition known as Sothis.

Thanks to being slightly beefier than the 3DS, the action sequences and cutscenes look a lot smoother this time around. July 26 is the official launch date.

Tokyo RPG Factory announces Oninaki

The I Am Setsuna studio have been working on a new isometric action combat game. It’s got a colourful palette, as you’d expect, and launches later this winter.

Smash Bros Ultimate gets … we don’t know

There’s stuff coming in the 3.0 update – but Nintendo then obliquely said “you’ll have to wait” to find out what those are. Joker is still arriving before the end of April, and the 3.0 update launches in the autumn sometime.

When Tsum Tsum meets Mario Party

Disney Tsum Tsum Festival is probably not something most Switch owners were asking for. But given that Mario Party doesn’t seem to be getting any post-launch love – seriously, even Toad is getting paid DLC before Mario Party – more party-like games might help. It’ll launch later this year.

More BoxBoy


Dropping on April 26 is BoxBoy! + BoxGirl!, the cutesy 2D platformer with more than 270 stages. Some stages will also feature a new character double BoxBoy’s height.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night appears

We knew it was coming eventually, and now that eventually is this winter (Australian time).

Stuff you can play today


A demo for Yoshi’s Crafted World, DLC for Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and a demo for Daemon X Machina will all land on the eShop later today. Only one part of Captain Toad‘s DLC will be available today, with the rest launching on March 14. As for Daemon X Machina, keep an eye out for a survey: the developers are still sourcing feedback. Outside of the Direct, a demo for Pokemon Let’s Go! Eevee/Pikachu is available on the eShop, limiting players to Veridian Forest.

Beyond that, other games coming to the Switch this year include: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (winter), Dragon Quest Builders 2 (July 12), Dead By Daylight (spring), Deltarune (February 28), GRID Autosport (winter), Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (autumn), Mortal Kombat 11 (April 23), Unravel 2 (March 22), Assassin’s Creed III Remastered (May 21), and Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy (March 20).


  • Astral Chain looks hot as hell. Super hype for it now, and it makes up for no Bayo 3 footage in the Direct.

    Fire Emblem Three Houses looks like generic anime trash though. Really not digging that art.

    Really hoping Oninaki turns out to be great, after the disappointments of I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear.

    Also I’m definitely on board for Super Mario Maker 2.

  • Link’s Awakening remake was exactly the good news I wanted to wake up to!
    Normally when I wake up, I flick the news on and it’s all like “This celebrity you thought was cool peed in Molly Ringwall’s mouth whilst she was asleep in 1986”.

    Today shall be a fine day.

  • This was definitely the Direct for me. Funnily it didn’t even feature any games/announcements I wanted going into it. But, most of what was included has me pretty excited to be a Switch owner in 2019. Three Houses, Dragon Quest, Astral Chain, Oninaki, Daemon X Machina, Bloodstained, Deltarune and Rune Factory 4 are definite purchases for me. I am also really glad to see games like Captain Toad and Starlink getting new content. Dead by Daylight was literally the only game that I have no interest in because it looks…just…awful.

  • Super solid direct even though they stayed clear of the big inhouse titles everyone is expecting.

    I’m down for most of these games, even my emblem academia!

    Astral chain took me on a wild ride of guessing the IP, and i can’t wait to get my hands on daemon x machina.

  • Zero points to anyone who guessed Square would bring more of the Final Fantasy classics over.Especially since they had already announced last year they were bringing VII, IX, X-X2, and XII to Switch…

    Confession time, LoZ: Link’s Awakening is the only Zelda game I like (Link to the Past is second but I don’t like the later dungeon designs) so I’m excited at being able to experience it again. Hopefully they don’t change too much and preserve the things that I liked about it.

  • I have to wonder why Square hates FFVIII. Even on it’s 20 year anniversary they continue to shun it’s existence.

    • It’s really strange. At this point, coincidence or chance is no longer a possibility. There must be some strange reason we don’t know, likely legal.

    • It is said that Square lost the source code for the game years ago. It’s the one FF i would love to see remastered

    • Rumour has it that like FFVII, much of the source code and original assets were lost.
      If true it will prob take a lot longer than VII to cobble together from multiple sources.

      From memory Square Enix Japan contacted The US branch and requested the gold masters for FFVII when they started the PC rerelease and found out they never even delivered them all those years ago, they gave the US an older buggier build because the masters were already lost.
      (Same thing happened with the Kingdom Hearts series)

  • Get excited everyone I’m so freaking out right now that after 26 years of being on the Game Boy we are finally getting The Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening on the Nintendo Switch coming out later this year.
    I never played The Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening when it came out in 1993 the same year when I was born but 26 years later I’m excited for The Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening.
    Now I’m not really interested in Disney Tsum Tsum Festival for the Nintendo Switch developed by BANDAI NAMCO but what you people don’t know is I’m still a huge fan of The Muppets.
    I mean wouldn’t it be nice if Disney added Tsum Tsum Muppets to Disney Tsum Tsum Festival for Nintendo Switch that way I would be interested in playing that game.
    Anyway my father and I are going to be going away to Europe and the UK very soon so I’m definitely going to pick up Yoshi’s Crafted World for the Nintendo Switch when it comes out at the end of next month and I’m definitely going to be getting EA’s Unravel Two as well.
    And I’m definitely excited for the Version 3.0 update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that’s due to come out before the end of April and before my father and I fly out to Europe and the UK.
    Nintendo you are so going to nail 2019 with more Nintendo Switch games and more DLC than any other console. Keep up the good work Nintendo.

  • still nothing that gets me to buy a switch. Its a console I WANT to want, but there’s just not enough for me. (I am not into mario at all, smash does nothing for me, and I like the idea of zelda but I feel nothing). Astral chain makes the list of “If I do get one, I’ll probably try this”

  • Uh, Mazakasu Katsura, that’s a name I had not heard in forever. I always really liked his style but I worry that for a videogame it’s rather bland which often detracts from a game hoping to become a franchise. When I saw “Platinum” I was really hoping for some marvelously preposterous character design and I was immediately disappointed. Other than that, the game looks quite intriguing.

    Also super good news regarding Boxboy. That and the Nonary games were the two biggest draws to ever get a 3/DS (which I never did) and now both of them will be available in platforms I own.

  • Meh……apart from Astral Chain that was one of the worst Direct’s I think I’ve seen. Seriously, how many action RPGs with generic anime art got announced today?

    Links Awakening could be ok, I guess. I think people’s nostalgia is getting the better of them with that one.

    Tetris 99? Literally who cares?

    Final Fantasy VII? Is it remastered? If not who cares?

    Honestly that was disappointing as hell. Where is the Metroid Prime remaster?

  • Links Awakening looks super cute, loving it. Lots of people are complaining about the art style but I honestly think it’s great. I had started to go through that game recently on the 3DS but I might halt that and start over with the remake.

    Tetris 99 looks like a cool bit of fun too.

    Astral Chain looks 100% like my kind of game, looks amazing to me so far.

    And Mario Maker 2 just looks nuts. Can’t wait to see how people totally break the game and make insane levels. I still have fun watching some of the crazy levels people have made and the even crazier people who manage to complete them.

    Dragon Quest XI looks great on the Switch surprisingly, I’ve started it on PC recently but i’d rather be playing it on the couch.

    As for Captain Toad, it makes me want to buy it again knowing it’s co-op. Either to play it with my wife as she was the main one who played it on the Wii, or to play it with my son who really enjoyed watching her play through it.

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