Biggest Announcements from Nintendo Direct

Nintendo is preparing for its upcoming busy holiday down, as the company hosted its Nintendo Direct event. The event was filled with what fans can expect on the Switch in the near future. While many fans expected some of the big titles including new Metroid and Mario Party games. There were also a handful of surprises, including a new Kirby game, an expansion of Switch Online, and a star-studded cast for the Super Mario animated movie. Here are the biggest announcements from the Nintendo Direct:

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is one of the only new games announced at the Nintendo Direct, and it’s taking Kirby into a new genre. Traditionally a 2D hero, Kirby will be able to explore a post-apocalyptic world in 3D. Kirby’s latest adventure will launch on the Nintendo Switch in Spring 2022.

Nintendo Switch Expansion Pass

Nintendo revealed that it’s expanding its Nintendo Switch Online bonuses with another premium service. The company didn’t reveal how much this add-on will cost, but it did show what players will get in return: a digital Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis game collection. This new feature will launch by the end of October.

The service will launch with Nintendo 64 classics like Super Mario 64, Star Fox 64, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The initial Genesis offering includes Sonic 2, Ecco the Dolphin, and Golden Axe. Nintendo will also sell new Nintendo 64 and Genesis controllers that are Switch compatible, and those will cost $49.99 each.

Super Mario movie

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard about the Super Mario movie, which is being made in collaboration with Minions studio Illumination, but Nintendo had a lot to say about it. The film will be out on December 21st, 2022, and will feature quite the cast, including Chris Pratt as Mario, Charlie Day as Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy as Peach, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, and Jack Black as Bowser.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

It’s been quiet in the cozy world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but Nintendo just announced a major update for the Switch game that could breathe some new life into the virtual world. The update won’t be here until November, and Nintendo says it will reveal more details in October.

Bayonetta 3

After years of waiting, Bayonetta 3 fans got a new glimpse of their favorite witch. Nintendo and PlatinumGames’ new trailer started with a cinematic fakeout, but eventually evolved into Bayonetta kicking some gigantic demon ass through the streets.

Monster Hunter Rise

Monster Hunter Rise is getting a new expansion in Summer of 2022: Sunbreak. Nintendo called the expansion “massive,” and it’ll include new monsters, locales, hunting actions, and quest ranks. It’s a paid DLC, similar to the Iceborne expansion that World got in 2019.


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