A few new details were released surrounding your partner in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee during today’s Nintendo Direct.

Secret Techniques are abilities that can be taught to your partner Pokémon (Pikachu or Eevee, depending on which version you choose) and used outside of battle. These abilities seem to replace HM techniques from past games. One move that was showcased is called Chop Down, which seems to function that same as Cut. Other moves replace the Surf and Fly HMs.

In addition, your partner is the only one that can learn certain special, powerful moves to use in battle. You can also change your partner’s hairstyle if you pet them while using the Switch in handheld mode.

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go, Eevee launches on Switch on November 16.

During today’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced that multiple Final Fantasy games in both the mainline series and spinoffs are coming. Final Fantasy VII, IX, X, X-2, Final Fantasy XII, Chocobo’s Mysterious Dungeon, and World of Final Fantasy (titled Maxima) are coming to Switch, in addition to the previously announced Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles and Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition.

This is the first time the PlayStation Final Fantasy games have ever been ported to another console, long-assumed to be locked to Sony hardware due to an early-2000s investment Sony made in Squaresoft. Sony sold off their stake in Square recently, perhaps paving the way for the Japanese RPG giant to release the well-loved Final Fantasy games elsewhere.

World of Final Fantasy Maxima releases November 6, Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition releases today, Chocobo’s Mysterious Dungeon is this winter, while everything else is 2019.

After last week’s Nintendo Direct was postponed due to the earthquake in Japan, the name Yoshi’s Crafted World briefly appeared on Nintendo’s website. It turns out that name was accurate, as it was officially announced during today’s rescheduled Nintendo Direct presentation.

Yoshi’s Crafted World takes place in a world make of items like boxes and paper cups. Though the scenery is different from his more recent woolly outing, the friendly dino’s moveset is familiar. Yoshi can gobble enemies and toss eggs at targets. However, that doesn’t mean Yoshi doesn’t have some new tricks up his sleeve. Yoshi can turn the stage upside down or flip the perspective to access new areas and even play the courses backwards.

Players can also take part in local cooperative play. Yoshi’s Crafted World is set to hit Switch in spring.

Nintendo announced details of their Switch Online service today, which included detailing the NES games that will be available to play with the service. 

The NES games on the service will include both local and online play on the Switch. While the service starts with 20 titles, the list will grow over time and have a Netflix-style user interface for people to choose games to play.

Additionally, Nintendo has announced two wireless NES controllers that can be used with the system. The controllers feature railings so that they can be docked onto the Switch and charged using the system. The controllers will retail for $60 for a pack of two.

During Nitendo’s recent direct, we saw a few new mini games, such as a dance game that required players to shake the joy-cons, and a co-op game that had players to working together to race down a river and catch fish. The game also allows you to use two Switches, in a mode that we still find confusing. Character specific dice might also help you get the leg up on your friends. Fortunately, all 80 mini-games are brand new.

Super Mario Party releases on October 5. Hopefully it’s to a pity party.

Today’s Nintendo Direct started off with a tease for a new game. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is set to come to Switch in 2019.

While not the final title, this third entry in the Luigi’s Mansion series will be the series’ debut on Switch.

No other details were given beyond a short teaser video showing gamplay.

During today’s Nintendo Direct, it was announced that a number of classic Capcom arcade are coming to Switch in a collection titled the Beat’em Up Bundle.

The bundle includes Final Fight, The King of Dragons, Captain Commando, Knights of the Round, Warriors of Fate, Armored Warriors (which had been arcade-exclusive until now), and Battle Circuit. The games will also have online play in this new bundle.

The Beat’em Up Bundle will be available on Switch on September 18.

Splatoon 2 is getting an update that includes new weapon sets, Splatfest changes, and additional sub and special weapons.

Ver. 4’s changes kick off tonight with the addition of new weapon sets part of the Kensa Collection. New sub and special weapons, as well as fresh features to Splatfest events will be implemented soon.

No other information was immediately released

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At E3 this past year, Bethesda and Machine Games announced a new story in the Wolfenstein universe taking place a generation later with BJ’s daughters in the lead role. While exciting, this timeskip in the story combined with Wolfenstein’s quick drop in price and presumably lower sales numbers left a lot of people concerned whether the series would finish BJ’s story, as well. Thankfully, it seems we’ll get at least one more ride with the hero of the resistance.

In an interview with U.K. outlet Metro’s Game Corner, Bethesda vice president Pete Hines assured Wolfenstein fans that BJ’s story is far from over.

“Ultimately,” Game Corner asked Hines, “I just want you to guarantee there’ll be a Wolfenstein III, because I want to see how it ends.”

“Yeah, sure,” Hines answered. “Absolutely we’re making a Wolfenstein III. They said on stage that they’re taking a break from the larger story to do this thing. But we all have to see how that ends.”

This not only confirms Wolfenstein III, but clears up any confusion on Youngblood, due to release in 2019, and its place as a sequel or a standalone DLC expansion. While the parallels to The Old Blood, the previous standalone DLC, are fairly obvious, Machine Games only vaguely talked around the title at Bethesda’s E3 presentation. Now it seems clear that the tale of the Blazkowicz twins is not the last we’ll hear of the story.

[Source: Metro Game Corner]


I think taking a small break before diving right back into a full sequel is a good idea. Taking feedback about what worked and what didn’t with The New Colossus can only help make for a better game.

A few weeks ago, developers Gears for Breakfast announced new DLC for A Hat in Time, the plucky 3D platformer meant to channel what people loved about N64-era games in the genre. They promised the DLC would be free for the first day and paid after that and have made good on their promise with its release today on PC.

Titled Seal the Deal, the new content introduces an all-new chapter, The Arctic Cruise, and a new difficult mode appropriately titled Death Wish. Seal the Deal also includes six new Time Rifts, a ton of outfits, flairs, dyes, and camera filters. After the 36 hours are up, the DLC becomes paid for a price of $4.99.

A Hat in Time is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, but the last one is the only place you can grab the DLC for free right now. A Switch version has been announced, but there are not details of when it will release.