Nintendo Direct Shows New Game Freak RPG, Numerous Final Fantasy Titles Coming to Switch
Nintendo held its latest Direct presentation — delayed from last week following the typhoon and earthquake in Japan — during which it showcased and revealed various titles coming to Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Switch, including a number of RPGs. For the 3DS, the company revealed that Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey will be released in North America on January 11, 2019, followed by a European release on January 25, 2019. The game is a remake of Nintendo DS title Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story and will include an additional mode and side-story involving Bowser Jr. and his minions.
The only other 3DS RPG shown was the recently-released Yo-kai Watch spin-off Yo-kai Watch Blasters, which will be receiving a free “Moon Rabbit Crew” update on September 25, 2018. The update adds various new missions, locations, yo-kai, and bosses, plus various bonuses for linking save data from the Red Cat Corps and White Dog Squad versions of the game.
Moving onto Switch titles, the Direct offered a reminder of the recently-revealed Secret Techniques that replace Hidden Moves in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, before announcing that the Nintendo Switch version of Diablo III will be released on November 2, 2018. Diablo III: Eternal Collection will include the Reaper of Souls expansion, the Rise of the Necromancer pack, and some exclusive bonus items.
Pokémon developer Game Freak is also working a new original title for Nintendo Switch. Currently titled TOWN, the game is planned for release in 2019 and sees players trying to save a small village from invading monsters, enlisting the aid of villagers to help fight them off. The presentation also offered a reminder that The World Ends with You: Final Remix releases on October 12, 2018, with Xenoblade Chronicles 2‘s Torna ~ The Golden Country prequel out tomorrow for Expansion Pass owners followed by a retail release on September 21, 2018.
The final RPG-related section of the Direct was focused on the Final Fantasy series, with numerous titles announced for Nintendo Switch. First was a reminder that Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered is set to be released in 2019 and feature online multiplayer. This was followed by the announcement that Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD would be released shortly after the presentation (the game is available now). World of Final Fantasy Maxima, a new version of World of Final Fantasy, will also be coming to Switch on November 6, 2018, with Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Everybuddy — an updated version of Wii title Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon — set for release this winter.
Next year will also see the release of multiple mainline Final Fantasy titles on the Switch. Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD, and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age are all coming to the console in 2019.
World of Final Fantasy Maxima, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD, and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age have subsequently all also been announced for release on Xbox One on the same dates/timeframes. World of Final Fantasy Maxima and Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Everybuddy will also be released for PlayStation 4.
The World Ends with You: Final Remix
I expected the FFCC Remaster and FFXV Pocket Edition, but I was rather taken aback by all of the rest of the Final Fantasy reveals. Awesome!
Oh good, I can just get X/X-2 for the Switch. I had been holding off on getting the Vita version for portable YRP.