Delayed Nintendo Direct promises new Animal Crossing, Luigi's Mansion 3 and more
Here comes the pile of good news Nintendo didn't want to see distract players from Smash Bros. at this year's E3.
Nintendo today streamed its promised Nintendo Direct, which was originally supposed to arrive on September 3, 2018 but was delayed a week due to the earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan. A number of announcements from the stream had already made their way online, but Nintendo still had a lot to say about upcoming games that one might have anticipated would be revealed at a larger event.
A key announcement was that a new Animal Crossing is in development. Due to launch sometime in 2019, it will serve as the first proper update to that series since 2013's extraordinarily popular Animal Crossing: New Leaf arrived on the Nintendo 3DS. Fans have been clamoring for official confirmation a new installment was coming--even though less official signs have pointed to it--and today they got it.
Luigi's Mansion 3 (a working title) is also on the way and slated for 2019. Nintendo didn't have a lot to share, other than that it is the next in the "spooky" series. As you may recall, the first installment is also coming to 3DS on October 12 of this year, as one of the last Nintendo-published titles the platform will see.
One 3DS title due to arrive a little later than Luigi's Mansion is Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn, a remake of the Wii title from 2010. The game marked the crafty start of several such games for developer Good-Feel, and was highly regarded in general. It could fit nicely on the 3DS as a way to keep content coming to a platform consumers still seem to like a fair bit even though many others have moved onto the Nintendo Switch.
Staff article by Jason Venter (September 13, 2018)
Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.
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