Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct was by far their most successful and intricate to date. They showed off 12 (!!!) games for their Nintendo 3DS system and 23 games for the Nintendo Switch, and that doesn’t even account for updates to games like ARMS and Splatoon.

Here’s a rundown of the 3DS games Nintendo showcased:

  • Pokémon Ultra Sun & Pokémon Ultra Moon
  • Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions
  • Kirby: Battle Royale
  • Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters and Oni Evolution
  • Layton’s Mystery Journey
  • Minecraft for Nintendo 3DS
  • Mario Party: The Top 100
  • Metroid: Samus Returns
  • ATLUS RPGs Journey to the West
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
  • Fire Emblem Warriors for Nintendo 3DS

This is just for the Nintendo 3DS, an allegedly “dead” system. I was hoping for another 2D Zelda game, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers. Nintendo is also releasing two new versions of their 2DS portable system, the Poké Ball Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL and the New Nintendo 2DS XL Orange & White Edition. For everyone who thought the 3DS family of systems was done for with the release of the Nintendo Switch, think again. The software lineup for this autumn into the holiday season is as strong as ever.

Where the Nintendo Direct truly shined though was with their Nintendo Switch presentation. Nintendo led their coverage with a brand new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which is my most anticipated game this year after Zelda. I have been a fan of Takahashi-san and his games since the beginning, and can definitely feel Xenogears, Xenosaga, and Xenoblade vibes with the game. Tetsuya Takahashi has surpassed his former employer, Squaresoft, and his Xenoblade franchise is the new Final Fantasy in terms of quality. It’s far superior. There was an explanation of the world and even how the gameplay works which has me STOKED! We also got a release date for 2017 for all those haters: December 1!

There was more shown than just Xenoblade Chronicles 2, although that seemed to be Nintendo’s main focus. 23 additional games were shown for the Switch that are coming out in the near future, most of them before the holidays. This shocked me. The sheer amount of content, including software from third-party developers is astounding and Nintendo Switch owners will get all of these titles (that haven’t been released yet) at the same time as PlayStation and Xbox owners.

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2, including a special edition and a special Pro-styled controller based on the game.
  • Fire Emblem Warriors
  • Snipperclips Plus: Cut it Out, Together! (an additional 30 levels and other content)
  • Morphies Law
  • Rocket League
  • Arena of Valor – Nintendo Switch MOBA
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • DOOM
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Flip Wars
  • Arcade Archives Mario Bros.
  • NBA 2K18
  • WWE 2K18
  • FIFA 18
  • Pokkén Tournament DX
  • Project Octopath Traveler (Working Title)
  • Dragon Quest Builders
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Lost Sphere
  • Sonic Forces
  • Resident Evil
  • LA Noire
  • Super Mario Odyssey

The Nintendo Switch will also see a Super Mario Odyssey Edition Nintendo Switch, Joy-Con, and Carrying Case.

Some of these games are older and coming to the Nintendo Switch for the first time, like DOOMRocket League, and Skyrim. The EA and 2K sports games are coming to the Switch at the same time as other consoles though, and FIFA is regarded as EA Sports’ best franchise. Nintendo is also bringing their old arcade games to the Switch, which sounds like so much fun, starting off with Arcade Archives Mario Bros.

Nintendo’s latest hit console then, of course, has their plethora of exclusive content, like Super Mario OdysseyPokkén Tournament DX, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Fire Emblem Warriors, and even a huge upgrade of Snipperclips. The Switch is also seeing updates to both Splatoon and ARMS, two of their new successful IPs. Also announced was the release date for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Champions amiibo, which will come out on November 10.

Nintendo is even getting Wolfenstein II on the Switch! Granted this is coming in early 2018, not 2017 like the other versions, but makes it even more apparent that developers are so excited for the Nintendo Switch. They are also getting Sonica Forces and the remaster of LA Noire, one of Rockstar’s greatest accomplishments, at the same time as Sony and Microsoft.

Nintendo, in the words of Reggie, is kicking ass and taking names. Not all of these games are 2017 releases, but enough of them are (the majority), and they showcased 23 games on the Nintendo Switch and 12 for a supposedly “dead” handheld. Nintendo has it together and their business model going forward is genius. What do Sony and Microsoft have to show (particularly Microsoft) in the coming months, not taking into account third-party games? Not a whole lot.

Destiny 2 is great and Call of Duty looks promising, as does Battlefront, but Nintendo has such a plethora of amazing content coming that the other systems cannot compete…at least right now. South Park, Ni No Kuni 2 (a January 2018 release), Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, and maybe The Evil Within 2; these are really the only appealing games I see coming out on Sony’s PlayStation 4 in the foreseeable future (I got Destiny 2 so I’m set.) I don’t even want to see Microsoft’s release schedule.

Nintendo is also seeming to outpace the PlayStation 4 in their initial sales in Japan, and have since release. This could be a sign of things to come, as the PS4 is on pace to become one of the best-selling consoles of all time. They have already sold around 5 million units globally. Nintendo is doing everything that they need to and not only have an incredible release schedule through the rest of the year, but have sustained this level of quality ever since the Nintendo Switch’s launch. They may not just win 2017; they’re probably going to change the way we play video games forever, again.

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  • MyBodyIsReady

    Just a big old Nintendo fanboy rant lol

    • The Watcher

      Unbelievable!

  • heavenshitman1

    I truely believe Nintendo has changed and grown some hard knuckles in the business for the first time since forever (say, SNES days). They’ve re-learnt how to play hard ball and I think its paying big time.
    You’ll notice it seems now, Nintendo are pushing collector versions of all their major games, which many consumers love for the exclusive specialty added items (I may have to get Xeno 2’s collector pack). Things like timed exclusives, then Nintendo’s recent nature of breaking in some needed story context to their franchises (Peach in a wedding dress is my fav character now, just a stunning sense of style), pushing franchise their fans actually want, Metroid n Pokemon (plz add F-zero soon) and also… Violent, adult games, which I traditionally have felt Nintendo always shunned to have on their systems, now its Doom, Skyrim and Wolfenstein year 1.
    Switch will propel Nintendo back into stratespheric recognition, it should be a great 4 odd years to come

    • Stickz

      Now lets hope they learn how to make a proper subscription for online instead of letting you rent a SNES game which you probably already bought 5 times on different platforms for a month.

      ACtually nintendo has had a lot of 3rd party support but it never went well. People only bought wii for bowling and some mario games, the CoD’s MoH etc did not sell well. Same with wii u, in the begin they got some 3rd party support but that faded quickly. So having some 3rd party games year 1 really isn’t different from any other year.

      • heavenshitman1

        The problem with Wii, was it had a lower performance parity with its rivals.
        Switch is closer to its rivals in the performance stakes.

        PS4pro and X1X may only assist Switch in this regard as they’re only likely to draw out the PS4 and X1 longer giving Switch more time to gain multi plats

        im not sure about Ninties retro games, but glad they’re charging for online soon. I think its the only way they’ll build a solid service

  • The Watcher

    Did you guys notice this trend every time PlayStation is the dominant global platform since the N64 up to the Switch?
    Nintendo fanboys on the gaming media has always artificially overrate Nintendo games when PlayStation is dominating the console gaming scene.
    Why so much insecurity and desperation.
    I notice this industry cancer!
    You can not right a wrong with another wrong Nintendo fanboys.
    There is a good reason why PlayStation is loved by more people more than Nintendo.
    PlayStation must be doing something right for majority of console gamers around the world.
    PS4 represents about 25% of the whole gaming industry FYI.

    • Jacob Rush

      You rant about Nintendo fanboys, but promote your own fanboyism? lolwut?

      Playstation has not been the dominant global platform since the N64 by any means. It depends on what you’re looking at. Sure, the Playstation outdid everyone else for PS1 and PS2 genearations, but the next two I’m not so sure.

      For instance, during the PS3/360/Wii era, PS3 was struggling extremely the first couple of years while the 360 dominated… Even after the fact, the 360 ended up on top with slightly lower console sales, but software sales and attachment rate were higher on the 360 (also a much better online service). Wii did extremely well console sales wise, but ended up just behind the three due to slightly lower software sales (though I’m sure if you crunched who made more profit, Nintendo would come out on top, as they produce way more of their own games, made money on each console sold, and had a slew of peripherals).

      During this current era, PS4 has abysmal software attachment rate and software sales, sitting at 6.5 games per PS4 sold (Xbox One is no better, sitting at 6.43). Remember, Sony and Microsoft lose money on each of their consoles sold, so console sales mean absolutely nothing. Software sales are what matter, because that’s how Sony makes their money back on each console. If people aren’t buying the games they’re paying for (Sony doesn’t really develop their own titles anymore), then they’re not making money. Sony has also been very anti-consumer this era, which is frustrating as a PS4 Pro owner. I feel like they’ve become the Microsoft I hated during the 360/PS3/Wii era.

      Nintendo definitely failed with the Wii U, but they’ve had some great success with the Switch launch as it’s outpacing the other consoles both console and software sales wise. What’s interesting enough is that it had a March release, so it didn’t get the cushion of holiday sales that the other consoles got (which is also great for financial reporting reasons, but I won’t get into that).

      I look forward to what direction the industry will move in from this year on out. I hope none of the companies look at it from your arrogant perspective, because anything can happen that’ll make you lose your player base. Just ask Microsoft and Nintendo.

      tl;dr: competition is great, arrogance is bad.

      • The Watcher

        LOL!
        Excuse me sir but what time line are you living in?

        Ridiculous, over reaching, over the top grandstanding bragging articles like this from Microsoft PR department ruined the Xbox brand’s reputation. I hope the gaming media learns from that mistake.

      • QUIMICOMORTAL

        Playstation has not been the dominant global platform since the N64 by any means. It depends on what you’re looking at. Sure, the Playstation outdid everyone else for PS1 and PS2 genearations, but the next two I’m not so sure.

        WHAT????

        with the exception of those 20 million more wii’s, PlayStation has DOMINATED all other consoles by A LOT! Including THIS generation! hasn’t Ps4 sold more than twice the xbone? and almost five times the wiiu’ Isn’t that domination?

        • Real1

          The software attach rate IS abysmal for PS4, that is a fact.

        • Jacob Rush

          As I said, it depends on what perspective you’re looking at it from. From an overall perspective, this generation sucks all round.

          http://www.vgchartz.com/platforms/

          Also see you didn’t even bother to read the rest of my post, because it points out some of your questions.

          • QUIMICOMORTAL

            Well, I don’t see why it sucks, your attach rate argument has a fatal flaw, this gen, more than any other in the past, people buy games digitally. And vgchartz has no way of tracking those sales. So those attach rates are incomplete.

            What I do see is the dominance of Playstation whatever category you want to look at, software, tie in, games Playstation has two consoles in the top three. And, in the most important, console sales, no one will ever sell more consoles than what Playstation has already sold.

            This gen sucked only for wiiu and xbone. Switch is a success so far, nice idea and great lineup this year, but Nintendo has to starve its entire fanbase for 2 years to prepare for switch launch. We shall see how good switch numbers will be until its third year. So far, not even Nintendo projects selling ps4 numbers.

      • The Watcher
        • Jacob Rush

          That number is lower than the attachment rate of the PS3, Wii, 360, PS2, Playstation, Xbox, Gamecube, etc.. It’s not an impressive number in the slightest.

    • Stickz

      lol dude, no1 takes u seriously.
      And im not so sure about ps being loved more than Nintendo even though their market share is way bigger now. Lots of old gamers who dont game now probably love nintendo for the snes/nes days.

      A trend would be something reocurring, saying playstation is dominant platform since n64 is not a ‘trend’.

      It seems ur the most insecure here, you are posting PS is so great ps blablabla to hide ur insecurty? THis industry is becoming cancerous due to people like you, you only care for one platform and the rest u just talk down 24/7 and you are never once critical of the platform you support (which is the worst kind of fanboyism). Yes you are right, you are the cancer.

      • The Watcher
        • Stickz

          im pretty sure a large ammount of those ps4 owners would buy an xbox1/switch/3ds.

          • The Watcher

            xbox1/switch/3ds ain’t no PS4 my friend

          • Jason

            true, but they’d have no choice unless they didn’t want to game.

          • The Watcher

            pc and mobile gaming says hello

          • Jason

            hello pc and mobile gaming. when you’re ready to refute my point please let me know.

          • The Watcher

            Yes PC and mobile gaming are as legitimate gaming choices as traditional consoles and handhelds.
            BTW… PS4 accounts for 57% OF THAT $33.5 B pie.
            Open your eyes look up to the skies and see, buddy.
            There are many ways to play video games.
            https://newzoo.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Newzoo_2017_Global_Games_Market_Per_Segment_April_2017.png

          • Jason

            i was replying to your comment about a world with only a wii u and xbox one. in this world the ps4 and the playstation brand doesn’t exist. in this world gaming would be pretty much the same only the pie would be divided up among less companies. the industry would be just as big. xbox and wii u (or switch if you will) would have the console market and pc and mobile would have their maakets. some would overlap but the industry would be just as popular without the playstation brand. heck we may even have new brands in the game. Maybe Sega never gets out of the console wars. Maybe the Panasonic 3do does better than M2 and the M3 get released. If somebody’s not there, someone else will supply the demand. So while Sony is a MAJOR part of the gaming scene today. they could be replaced easily by someone else. If sony hadn’t turned around the PS3 after it’s slow start the Xbox one could be leading the industry right now.

    • Real1

      Lol. How about the portable scene, huh? Nintendo massacres it ever since 1989. GG Vita. And don’t call me a fanboy either, I own and like all the Sony homeconsoles. I just prefer Nintendo and their games.

      • The Watcher

        Excuse me sir we are talking about home consoles not handheld portables.
        That is a different topic and different market.
        But yes Nintendo handhelds kept Nintendo afloat when PlayStation dominates the home console market.

        And now that Ninty has merged both home console and handheld into one product it is interesting to see how their strategy will play off because right now mobile gaming is sharing that pie Nintendo handhelds used to dominate.

    • Morgan

      okay friend. I’ve noticed you’ve posted on my site for months. Obviously you come from N4G. I mean no disrespect, but honestly, why bother? you hate my stuff. do you feel the need to tell me how shitty YOU think it is?

      • The Watcher

        You are doing more damage to Nintendo like Aaron Greenberg did to Xbox One

    • OlimacFTW
  • Hilarious.

  • andrewsqual

    Lol, so now Nintendo getting their ass in gear finally with 3rd party games, the same games that are coming to other systems and will no doubt be better on those other systems, this somehow equals YEAR WON FOR NINTENDO.

    Are you high author?

    • Tenograd

      Are they really better if you can’t take them with you? If your bound to a whole setup to play them and can’t take them with you at your vacation or on a buisiness trip? I have so many games on XOne and PS4 I barely played an hour because I have not too much time to play those consoles anymore. Building a switch library is the best for everyone.

      • andrewsqual

        If that is such an important factor to you, PS Vita Remote Play is for you then. And that has been a viable choice since day one on PS4.
        You must be on lots of vacations and business trips for this to be your game changer though.

        In short, YES of course they are better.

      • Bilal Prince-Ali

        you Nintendo fans LOVE talking about how important ‘being able to play these games on the go’ is! its SOOOO ANNOYING!!! looool…

        Im a HUGEEEE gamer and not ONCE have i ever thought to myself while im playing Uncharted 4 “hey this would be soo much more enjoyable to play on the go” like literally not once! It’s a ‘cool’ feature to have but its nothing more than that A FEATURE/OPTION!
        Plus gaming on the go in general tends to be in small bursts anyways and most people play games that dont require much thought like your typical candy crush and stufff hence why the mobile market is so simplistic and the super popular 3DS games tend to be your typical pokemon experience… Hardcore games will NEVER be a better experience on the go, that will NEVER be the selling point so you people need to give up that BS!

      • Stickz

        Well same argument goed for fps/graphics/resolution. The docked version of switch games gets outshined by regular ps4/x1 version. does that mean nintendo lost 2017 now?

        and because finally nintendo has some 3rd party games they won? (all those games already released for other platforms) As a nintendo fan even I call that bs.

        • The Watcher

          The Wii U had a better 3rd party line up out of the gate compared to the Switch.

    • Playstation Novus

      ….

  • Sylmaron

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves now shall we. Sony still has PSX.

  • Tércio Aleixo

    You mean Sonic Forces.

  • Dyinglight

    The switch looks like it’s recycling games from the wiiu and just releasing stuff you have had before. I’m not a fan if remasters or upscaled old games either on ps4 or the x. New experiences is why I buy a
    console. Not to play old games for a 3rd time or I’m better res. It’s milking and I can’t buy into that BS.

  • lmaooo…I LOVE BOTW and can’t wait for Odyssey but GTFOH with your fanboy fantasies.

  • Bilal Prince-Ali

    this has got to be one of the stupidest articles ive read all week man lool…

    Nintendo fans just keep getting dumber by the month it seems…

  • QUIMICOMORTAL

    I wouldn’t say that they have just because the games they announced, I could say they have only cause they have surpassed every ones expectations! But PS4 owners have nothing to envy about! fantastic year!

  • Nine

    Hmmmmmm it’s hard to say that Nintendo won 2017 yet
    I mean let us look at the PS4
    So far it’s the best selling console this year
    Second the PS4 had the best line up games this year
    You have Nier automata and nioh the kingdom hearts games
    Horizon and crash plus a giant library of 3rd party + indie games
    And we are still waiting for the x1x

  • PachterStation

    Same old, same old with those Nintendo Direct videos. Swamped with what some people call kiddie games, but how many of those games will sell to the masses and how many of those games are AAA games? Wolfenstein 2 was a surprise, but how long can the Switch hold on with new games that are also destined for the PS4 and Xbox One? Once in a blue moon will we see games like that on the Switch. Metroid on the 3DS, a joke for £35. At a push, it’s a £20 game. An ancient game with a graphical upgrade. Only Mario was the game that stood out, but we already knew about it. As I’ve said before, 2018 will give us an idea of what the Switch will deliver. Never will a Nintendo console be able to match what we see on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. In all fairness to Nintendo, it’s having a go, but it’ll be short lived, more so with other platforms offering 4K gaming and VR.

  • Nick

    replying to the comments and trying to defend your writing as good is just fucking comical. The only thing you did was relist a bunch of upcoming releases with a few buffer lines splattered around the article, with a bit of fanboy giddiness. There are no original thoughts or insight at all, if you consider that to be writing let alone good writing, then I am the incarnate of fucking Hemingway!

  • Nick

    all you did was repost facts from sources, and added a little fanboy slant to it?? nobody said you were factually wrong, just your inference that all that leads to a Nintendo win is straight lunacy

  • Jeffrey B

    the author is clearly not a Nintendo Fanboy

  • Evil Panda

    I’m havent even played on my 4K capable gaming pc since i bought a switch last week.
    Ps4 doesnt have BOTW , Splatoon 2 , And not to forget Mario (odyssey).
    Just for those titles alone i will pick the Switch over a Playstation.

    Playstation2 was the latest console i had and that will stay like that.
    If i want to play first person shooters with superior graphics, fps and refreshrates ,
    i enter the Man-Cave and boot up the pc.

    And for the rest of the time i’m mostly on the Switch in handheld mode,
    While my tv in the livingroom isnt being occupied, and getting others annoyed as ***.

    Last word:
    Those Ps4 exclusives turned out to be a flop anyway, including the ps4 “PRO”
    Enjoy your Destiny framerates btw.
    Destiny 1.5 LOL.
    And btw, even a Microsoft console is more interesting.
    But yeah, been that way since xb0x360, ps3 couldnt even have group-voicechats but limited to 1on1.

  • Playstation Novus

    You bet they have it isn’t Sony hahahahhahahahaha