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The Sept. 13 Nintendo Direct for Switch and 3DS games was, in a word, massive. Nintendo's Yoshiaki Koizumi took center stage to walk viewers through nearly 50 upcoming games for those platforms, with several of the most anticipated titles being stamped with a launch window. You can watch for yourself, below.
If you're gaming on a Nintendo platform, then the message from yesterday's Direct was pretty straightforward: You're going to be very busy in the coming months. There was a little something for everyone here, including games from classic Nintendo franchises, indies, sports games and even a couple of major surprises from Bethesda.
Speaking of which, that last one was probably the biggest pull from yesterday's 45-minute Direct. While we don't have release dates yet, Bethesda has announced that both DOOM and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will be heading to the Switch. The former was actually shown off briefly and, while the graphics clearly took a bit of a hit, it appears to be the exact same game launched on other platforms last year. So long as it plays the same, we doubt anyone will complain about less sharp textures and a shorter draw distance when Doom arrives for "Holiday 2017." Wolfenstein was announced but not on display, so we figure that one's quite a bit further off. First up, though, is The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, which we have to look forward to on Nov. 17.
Sadly missing the Halloween gaming window, both Resident Evil Revelations games will arrive on Nov. 28 for the Nintendo Switch. Just a few days later, RPG fans will be able to dive into Xenoblade Chronicles 2, arriving Dec. 1. Combine all of that with Super Mario Odyssey on Oct. 27 and it's looking to be a ridiculous holiday season for Switch gamers. Oh, and the last segment of the Direct features a whole bunch of new footage from that very game.
The final dated game for the Switch is Square Enix's new RPG, Lost Sphere, due out Jan. 23. Otherwise, Kirby Star Allies is due out in the spring of next year while Dragon Quest Builders and another Square Enix joint, Project Octopath Traveler, are simply tagged as being out sometime in 2018.
Over to the 3DS and a trio of games were given hard release dates that we were not formerly aware of. For starters, freaking Minecraft is out on the portable console as of today, Sept. 14. Brawler fans will want to check out Kirby: Battle Royale on Jan. 19 but, before that, Mario Party: The Top 100 will combine the 100 most popular Mario Party mini-games into a single collection on Nov. 10.
Again, Koizumi talked about a bunch of other games, so you'll want to at least skim through the entire video to get the full rundown, including new details on the upcoming Pokemon games, Fire Emblem Warriors, some new console skins and amiibo and more.