Yesterday, between a series of sound-effect snaps, Nintendo super producer Shinya Takahashi highlighted the latest news in the Nintendo Switch world including upcoming games, new launch dates, and more.

Nintendo Direct

New Features (And Pokémon) Revealed in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Trailer

Nintendo Direct released new details for the highly-anticipated upcoming Pokémon games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. The games take place in the Galar region, a scenic land in which people and Pokémon work together in harmony. These new Pokémon games offer fans four new features. First, players will be able to customize their looks more than ever before. They will be able to choose from a variety of clothing options, hairstyles, and even makeup to make sure their trainers look the part.NRM Nintendo Direct Sword and Shield

Another new feature is the Pokémon Camp. Players can attend Pokémon Camp at any time, play with their Pokémon, and get to know them better through Pokemon/player interactions. Players can also visit other player’s camps and hang out with up to three other players in the game world.

While attending Pokémon Camp, players can also now cook up curry on rice, a popular dish in the Galar region. By choosing different ingredients found throughout the camp, players can make more than 100 types of curry. Each one will be added to the player’s curry index.

Lastly, the trailer revealed two of the new Pokémon the games will offer players: Polteagist and Cramorant. Polteagist is a ghost Pokémon whose body is made of tea with a distinct aroma and flavor. If a player is lucky, Polteagist may even let them drink her tea. Cramorant is a water and flying type Pokémon. Cramorant will swallow anything put in its mouth and spit it out at an attacker if challenged.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be available on November 15.

Banjo & Kazooie Unexpectedly Released for Super Smash Bros ™ Ultimate

Fans of Super Smash Bros ™ Ultimate got a surprise with the unannounced released of Challenger Pack 3, Banjo & Kazooie for the Switch. The pack was launched Sept. 4, and a demonstration of how to use Banjo & Kazooie by the game’s director Masahiro Sakurai began immediately after the Nintendo Direct broadcast. Banjo & Kazooie are also now on sale in the All Challengers pack along with Joker, Hero, and upcoming challenger Terry Bogard (to be launched in November 2019) for $29.99.

Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Includes Customizable Chamber Dungeons

NRM Nintendo Direct Legend of ZeldaNintendo Direct also showed a trailer for the remake of Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. As Link, players must accomplish a series of tasks in order to escape the island or Koholint before it gets the best of him while dealing with the islanders and encountering some familiar faces. The Switch version will include all new chamber dungeons in which players can place chambers they earn on various adventures to make their own dungeons and add in plus affects that change existing chambers. Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening will be available September 20.

Super NES Titles Now Available on Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo Direct announced that 20 classic NES Games will be available on Nintendo Switch Online on Sept. 5. These games will include:

  • Super Mario Kart
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  • F-ZERO
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Super Mario World
  • Star Fox
  • Stunt Race FX

Check out the full list of the classic NES games that will be available here.

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Written by Jillian Law