Game Giants Ep 36.5 – Nintendo September Direct Review

A new episode so quickly because Jairus and I were so hyped for the Nintendo Direct that we had to talk about it!

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TL; DW Nintendo Direct 11/1/2018

The Game’s roster is complete! I can’t wait for December!

  • Ken is an Echo Fighter for Ryu. A speedier version with his signature Flaming Shoryuken and two different Final Smash! His moves are different and involve more kicks.

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    Heavy Shoryuken only
  • Incineroar, the final evolution of Litten, smashes into the ring. He is the best starter Pokemon introduced in a long time (Sorry Greninja..) He has a bunch of wrestling throw moves and looks to be slow like Ganon. Cool poses for every move that lands but they are cancelable.

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  • Piranha Plant: This fighter will be available as an early-purchase bonus for players who purchase the game between 11/1 & 1/31. This fighter will arrive around February 2019. Digital pre-orders will receive a code for the character automatically when it’s released, while players with physical copies of the game will need to register their purchase with their My Nintendo account to receive the codeNo automatic alt text available.
  • Each new character will receive an amiibo
  • Trophies have been changed to spirits! You can collect spirits in the game similar to trophies. They can be used to power-up your character Spirit Battles. You can fight for specific spirits but the COM will be powered up.Image may contain: text
  • Spirits can be fed, trained, and travel to improve their stats. Is this Pokemon?!!!! Some of them evolve and have type advantages. You can “send spirits back to the real world” to get their cores to buff your characters. Spirits can be used to evolve your amiibo by sacrificing them. Image may contain: one or more people and text
  • New assist trophies on characters that deserve to be in the game. No automatic alt text available.

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    RIP the dream


  • The season pass will be Fighter Pass. It will include new stages, fighters, and music. Each will be released as a set for $5.99. Get all of them for $24.99.
  • New Adventure Mode! World of Light where every character has been turned into light except for Kirby. We have to solve the mystery.
  • Wireless connection to fight other players playing on handheld mode.
  • If you rage quit, then you’re booted. Don’t John and don’t be salty.
  • Elite Battles: For high ranked players, you’ll be allowed into a top tier player zone. Depending on player dominance, balance changes can occur in the future.
  • You can train while waiting for online matches!

TL; DW Nintendo Direct 8.18.2018: The Smash

Didn’t watch the direct at 7am like most people?! Don’t worry, I have it covered in this TL; DW for the Nintendo Direct. The game shown was Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and it showcased many new characters and info about the game. The animation was stellar in the direct.

New Characters!

  • Simon Belmont from the Castlevania series joins the list of fighters. His moveset is reminiscent of his NES/SNES whips, items, and attacks.
  • Echo fighter for Simon: Richter. The voice, animation, and a few moves are different.
  • King K. Rool joins the fray from the Donkey Kong series. Another big fan request! This fatty comes with his classic rifle, huge stomach strike, and castle!
  • Alucard is an assist trophy.
  • The Castlevania stage featuring the monsters, bosses, and Dracula is Dracula’s Castle. If you hit the candles, it will release items! No wall chickens yet but Dracula only appears at specific times…
  • Chrom from Fire Emblems Awakening and Dark Samus from Metroid Prime join as Echo Fighters!
  • You can have echo fighters on the fighter select option

New Stages:

  • New Donk City Hall from Mario Odyssey. Platforms are rising and falling as you move around the stage. The musicians and Daisy appear as well. The theme of Odyssey will also appear
  • Returning stages from Melee will include some rebalance changes.
  • N64 stages are meant to be classic and nostalgic for players
  • There are now 103 stages to choose from. Every stage has an Omega and Battlefield form.
  • Every stage now has 8-player mode!
  • You can turn stage hazards off
  • A new option called Stage Morph! You can have a stage change midmatch and alter the time when it occurs. Just select two stages before the fight.

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  • Stages now have tracks based on the franchise. You will be able to hear different tracks and can change the frequency of how often it plays!
  • 900 tracks! It is separated by franchises. You can make a playlist
  • You can listen to it with the screen turned off. Not sure anybody will be casually carrying their Switch to listen to music.
  • Turn up the jam!

New Battle Options and Rules

  • You can finally start with stock instead of time.
  • Whatever option you left it at before is saved.
  • Stamina battle is now a standard option
  • Stages are selected before fighters. This gives you the option to choose your character based on the stage if you play competitively.
  • You can make the option to have the loser choose the stage.
  • Sudden Death will cause the screen to zoom in to add drama and shorten the KO borders!
  • Final Smash Meter rather than a Smash Ball. It will charge as you fight but it will be weaker than a Final Smash Ball version
  • Final Smashes can’t occur at the same time! So no Samus vs Dark Samus Final Smash beam clash
  • The options are meant for competitive play so it’ll be interesting to see how the Smash community changes with these new options!

Battle Modes

  • Squad Strike: 5v5 or 3v3
  • Start team fights online with players choosing multiple characters. You can do it solo or with multiple players
  • Tourney Mode: Start your own tournament and brackets! IT can go up to 32 players.
  • Smashdown: After each round, those fighters are unselectable and you’ll have to choose different characters. It continues until there are no more characters left
  • Training Mode Map: It will show you how the characters fight and how they will react based on hits
  • Classic: Fight through a set number of characters and stages similar to Melee’s adventure mode

Solve for X


  • Banana gun: Shoots one strong bullet before becoming a banana peel
  • Killing Edge: Sword which will glow to grow stronger
  • Bomber: Lift it up and it’ll explode and damage enemies around you
  • Death’s Scythe: It kills you…if you’re badly damaged
  • Staff: shoots a laser but it deals more damage the further the enemy is from you
  • Ramblin’ Evil Mushroom: Reverses opponents’ controls
  • Rage Blaster: The higher your damage, the stronger it is. For players who take hits a lot


What a view!

  • Executor Alolan Form. It’s so tall you can wall jump on its neck!
  • Abra: Teleports your enemies over the edges
  • Solgaleo: The legendary Pokemon charges up and smashes into your enemies for huge damage!
  • Lunala: The legendary Pokemon shoots a huge laser from afar that deals major damage
  • Mimikyu: Grabs the enemy and gives it a big hug underneath its disguise.
  • Pyukumuku: Damage it and get hit with a huge fist!
  • Vulpix and Vulpix Alolan: Shoots a fireball which hits multiple times. Alolan form freezes you.
  • Marshadow: The mystic pokemon makes you dizzy and punches you
  • Ditto: transforms into you and attacks enemies

Assist Trophies:

X, you sure are small

  • Zero from Megaman X series slash, dashes, and teleports!
  • Knuckles from Sonic digs and punches your enemies
  • Krystal from Starfox hits you with her magic staff
  • Klaptrap from DK bites you. Not to be confused with the Borderlands character
  • Kapp’n from Animal Crossing kidnaps you off the stage and drives away to kill you
  • Chef Kawasaki from Kirby throws you in a pot and cooks you and makes food items appear.
  • GREY FOX from Metal Gear Solid reflects projectiles and slashes enemies
  • Nikki draws stuff to hurt your enemies
  • Shovel Knight shovels your enemies
  • Moon from The Legend of Zelda smashes into the stage and damages everybody
  • Rathalos from Monster Hunter appears as a boss and an assist trophy!

TLDW: Nintendo Direct 3/8/2018

I’m trying a new format for TLDW by adding bullet points to keep it short and sweet. Let me know if you like this format.

Nintendo 3DS Games

WarioWare Gold: Releases August 3rd.

  • 300 mini-games for 3DS involving Wario-Ware games.
  • Some returning characters have been redesigned
  • Games involve motion controls, your voice, touch screen and button pressesImage result for warioware gold

Dillon’s Dead-Heat Breaker: Demo available May 10th. Releases May 24

  • Partner with your Mii animal characters.
  • Your friends Miis can join
  • Tower defense+racing and some arena fighting

Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story 3DS+Bowser Junior’s Journey: Launches 2019

  • Fight as Mario and Luigi and Bowser.
  • Re-release from Nintendo DS
  • Comes with additional Bowser Junior story where you play from his point of view during the main storyImage result for mario and luigi inside story

Detective Pikachu: releases March 23rd

  • Play as Detective Pikachu and solve the mystery of attacking Pokemon
  • A different form of gameplay that focuses on solving mysteries and less on battling Pokemon
  • Amibo is 5.3 inches. 2x bigger than normal

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Luigi Mansion Remake: Releases this year.

  • The map is on the bottom screen
  • Fans of the Luigi Mansion game returns!
  • You suck up the ghost with your trusty vacuum to save MarioImage result for luigi's mansion

Nintendo Switch

Kirby Star Allies: releases March 16th. Free update releases March 28th.

  • Demo currently out
  • Can have fan favorite allies such as King Dedede, Meta Knight, and Bandana Waddle Dee…
  • More dream friends will be added after launch such as Rick, Kine, and Coo from Kirby Dream Land 2, Markx from Super Star Ultra, Gooey from Kirby Dream Land 3
  • If you pre-order, you get a special bag DTnu5GKVQAAsuye

Okami: Available this summer

  • HD remake of the game that is currently out for other consoles
  • Touch screen or motion control to use paint brushes
  • Classic Capcom game with an amazing cast of characters as you play as Amatarsu.
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Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido: Available June 8th for Switch and 3DS

  • Raised in a war where sushi is forbidden
  • Ear more sushi with matching and match them such as a puzzle game. You can activate sushi sprites abilities after combining enough sushi. Think of it like Tsum Tsums
  • You fight against the emperor and their sushi monopoly!
  • Multiplayer mode. 1v1 sushi fighting
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Octopath Traveler: Releases July 13, 2018. Demo currently available

  • Two new characters. Tressa the Merchant. Can purchase special items from town folks.
  • Apothacery Alfyn: inquire and gain special features when talking to town folk.
  • Job system: everyone starts with one but gain an additional one for battle. Combining jobs give you unique abilities. Game launches July 13, 2018.
  • The special edition comes with pop-up book, a map, CD, and in-game currency coin. 

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes: Releases later this year

  • Multiple game modes as Travis enters game worlds. 7 different worlds with different
  • Exterminate all bugs in your way with the beam katana
  • Tons of new bosses that aren’t trying to be number one Assassin
  • Co-op multiplayer where your partner plays as Bad-man!
  • Beam katanas, toilet save points, and suplexes are all returning
  • The game is much more colorful with the different game themes

Dark Souls Remaster: Releases May 25th

  • Solaire of Astora amiibo releases the same time as the game
  • Network test to try out the game if you haven’t played Dark Souls before
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Mario Tennis Aces: Releases June 22nd

  • The biggest focus of the direct
  • More than 15 players including chomp chomp.
  • Tennis refined and more ways to play tennis.
  • Multiple shots. Zone shot lets you pinpoint moves with motion action.
  • Rackets take damage and break. If you lose all your tennis rockets you’re out.
  • You can block the Zone shot if you hit it just right. Otherwise, your racket takes damage
  • Zone speed, time moves slowly so you can hit back the Zone shots with better timing
  • Zone depends on energy gauge. Fills up as the rally continues.
  • Trick shots give you special movements. If you hit the ball back you gain more energy but its a specific movement for each character.
  • Max energy can give you a special shot.
  • Play with simple rules if you hate fun.
  • 4 player multiplayer online mode. Tournaments are based on ranking. If you win, you get in-game shirts and additional characters.
  • Swing mode is motion control if you prefer something like Wii Tennis
  • A pre-launch online tournament is a 1v1 online tournament. Details for a later date.Switch_MarioTennisAces_ND0111_scrn01_bmp_jpgcopy

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker: Releases July 13th

  • port from Nintendo Wii U.
  • Includes super Mario Odyssey game levels.
  • Can play multiplayer where your friend will shoot tomatoes to protect you
  • Nintendo 3DS port too!
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Undertale: Unknown release date

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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy: Releases July 10th

  • Also out for Xbox One and Steam.
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Little Nightmare: Complete Edition: Releases May 18th

  • A puzzle platformer with horror influence.
  • Comes with 2 DLC stories and all previous content.
  • In-game Pacu Mask if you use the Pac-Man amiibo. Image result for little nightmares nintendo switch

South Park: Fracture but Whole: Releases April 24th

  • South Park RPG with that classic South Park humor from the show
  • DLC isn’t included Image result for south park fractured but whole

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition: releases May 18th

Arms update:

  • Us and Canada open tournament: March 8 – 18th. Top 8 on March 31st.
  • Top winners get unique art piece. More updates in the future.
  • March 31st 3 -day event to play for free
  • March 21: GDC Developers will speak on Arms and Splatoonarms butt

Splatoon 3.0 update: Late April.

  • 100+ pieces of new gear. New stages.
  • Rank X is an extreme rank that will come soon. More conditions to meet where you meet Callie where you can climb to Rank X. Making the game more competitive.
  • New Singleplayer mode focusing on a new character called Agent 8. An Octoling w/o memory. Your adventure is through shady underground test facility. Its all one connected huge subway. Variety of mission that will expand on the characters and lore.
  • If you finish it, you can play multiplayer as an Octoling.
  • This is the first paid downloadable content.
  • 2018 is the year of the Octoling bc Octo means 8.
  • You can pre-order the DLC to unlock Octo gear
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Super Smash Bros for Switch for 2018

  • That’s it. You know you’re gonna buy it