Sunday, October 1, 2023

Biggest Announcements from the September 2021 Nintendo Direct


If you missed the show, the full VoD for the Nintendo Direct is available on YouTube. If you don’t have time to watch the full presentation — or just want to see the highlights — we’ve collected a list of the biggest news and highlights from the 40-minute event.


View the Full 40-Minute Nintendo Direct On-Demand

Want to jump around the Nintendo Direct? Here are the timestamps:

  • Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak [0:21]

  • Mario Party Superstars [2:22]

  • Voice of Cards: Isle Dragons Roar [3:45]

  • Disco Elysium – The Final Cut [5:17]

  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity – Expansion Pass [6:24]

  • Chocobo GP [7:56]

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate News [9:14]

  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land [9:56]

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct News [12:56]

  • Mario Golf: Super Rush DLC [14:11]

  • Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition [14:50]

  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [15:20]

  • Dying Light 2: Stay Human [15:52]

  • Dying Light: Platinum Edition [16:38]

  • Triangle Strategy [17:11]

  • Metroid Dread [18:24]

  • Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack [21:05]

  • Shadowrun Trilogy [24:20]

  • Castlevania Advance Collection [24:50]

  • Actraiser Renaissance [25:27]

  • Deltarune Chapter 2 [26:43]

  • Hot Wheels Unleashed [27:41]

  • Surviving the Aftermath [27:56]

  • Shin Megami Tensei V [27:56]

  • Wreckfest [28:03]

  • Arcade Archives: Pac-Man and Xevious [28:10]

  • Rune Factory 5 [28:17]

  • Super Mario Movie Announcement [28:40]

  • Splatoon 3 [31:40]

  • Bayonetta 3 [36:13]

Nintendo Switch Online and Retro Controllers

The Switch Online service is getting a Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis Expansion Pack with a selection of games from both consoles, and two new controllers inspired by the originals for both controllers were also announced.

Play a selection of Nintendo 64 and SEGA Genesis games with #NintendoSwitchOnline + Expansion Pack!

This new membership plan launches late October and includes all features of the base Nintendo Switch Online membership. Details on pricing, timing, and more will be shared soon.

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 23, 2021

Here’s the launch lineup of Nintendo 64 games:

  • Super Mario 64

  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

  • Mario Kart 64

  • Star Fox 64

  • Sin and Punishment

  • Dr. Mario 64

  • Mario Tennis 64

  • WinBack

  • Yoshi’s Story

Nintendo also mentioned that Banjo-Kazooie (!), Pokémon Snap, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, Mario Golf, Paper Mario, and F-Zero X will also be coming to the Switch’s N64 lineup at some point.

And here’s the launch lineup of SEGS Genesis games:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2

  • Streets of Rage 2

  • Ecco the Dolphin

  • Castlevania: Bloodlines

  • Contra: Hard Corps

  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine

  • Golden Axe

  • Gunstar Heroes

  • M.U.S.H.A.

  • Phantasy Star IV

  • Ristar

  • Shining Force

  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master

  • Strider

Nintendo didn’t say how much this new expansion will cost, but they announced that the release window is late October.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

If you were on Twitter yesterday, the Kirby and the Forgotten Land announcement wasn’t exactly a surprise. (But it’s still exciting to have a 3D Kirby game, right?!)

Nintendo announced this brand new 3D Kirby platformer that’s set in a post-apocalyptic city. It looks to be a large open-world and will release Spring 2022.

Bayonetta 3

Finally getting a new trailer, Bayonetta 3 is confirmed for a 2022 release.

Splatoon 3

We finally have a story trailer for Splatoon 3. Titled “The return of the mammalians,” it suggests we might be seeing some mammals making it into the single-player campaign.

Splatoon 3 will launch in 2022.

Triangle Strategy

It looks like Project Triangle Strategy has been given an official name… Triangle Strategy.

It’s not much of a change, but we saw a new trailer and have a release date.

Triangle Strategy will be launching March 4, 2022.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Well, it’s not the upcoming remake, but the original Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is coming to the Switch this fall.

KOTOR will launch on November 11, and preorders are already available.

Castlevania Advance Collection

As expected, Castlevania Advance Collection was announced; however, we didn’t expect the other half of the announcement. The collection is now available on the Nintendo eShop.

Mario Party Superstars

Nintendo announced three more boards that will be in the Mario Party Superstars:

  • Woody Woods

  • Yoshi’s Tropical Island

  • Horror Land

Mario Party Superstars will be launching October 29.

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