MetaGamer: Nintendo Direct September 2017

Releases December 1 2017 (Credit: Nintendo)

 

Over a week ago, Nintendo did a very informative Nintendo Direct with tons of info on new games for the Switch and the 3DS. Also as I dropped the ball and did not do a MetaGamer monthly for September, I will write a preview of one of the PS4 exclusives that is currently free to PlayStaion Plus subscribers. Also plan on doing a detailed article on Super Mario Odyssey before it releases at the end of the October.

 

Infamous: Second Son

Originally released in March of 2014, Infamous: Second Son follows Delsin Rowe. Delsin is a Native American (of the fictional Akomish tribe) living outside of Seattle, who usually gets into trouble (he paints graffiti on buildings). After an escaped conduit (people who gained powers after the incidents in the first two Infamous games on the PS3) comes to his tribe’s reservation, he gains smoke powers. Like Cole (the protagonist of the first two games) Delsin is proficient in parkour and can climb buildings with ease.

After the D.U.P. (a group charged with rounding up Conduits) agent Augustine attacks his people with her concrete powers while looking for the escaped Conduit, Delsin, and his brother chase her to Seattle to get her powers and help his tribe.

As in previous games, you can choose to be the Hero or the bad guy and become Infamous. Depending on what path you take Delsin’s appearance changes. His outfit changes to blues and whites in the Hero path, and blacks and reds in the Infamous path. NPCs in the game will also treat Delsin differently depending on what path he follows. He can also influence two other NPCs in the game (other escaped Conduits) and make them heroes or villains depending on his actions.

Throughout the game, you can gain others powers, such as Neon, Video, and Concrete. Each power set allows for different forms of travel and Delsin can switch between them (after a certain point), by absorbing smoke for Smoke, neon signs for Neon, and video monitors for Video. Delsin can only switch to Concrete (which he gets near the end of the game) by absorbing other conduits who have the Concrete power.

Infamous: Second Son is an open world game that allows you to travel around a fictionalized version of Seattle, Washington. There are a ton of easter eggs in the game, that reference the previous infamous games and the Sly Cooper games (another game series made by Suckerpunch).

 

Trailer

 

Gameplay Trailer

 

 

Nintendo Direct

On September 13th Nintendo had a very informative Nintendo Direct for 3DS and Switch games coming out later this year and next.

 

 

Ports

 

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The very popular RPG is coming to the Switch this November. The game will include gear from Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (BoTW) that can be found in game or obtained using the appropriate BoTW Amiibo.

 

 

Players: 1
ESRB Rating*: M
Price: MSRP $59.99
Release Date: November 17
Platforms: Switch

 

L.A. Noire

The popular detective game set in 1940’s Los Angeles, is being re-released on newer consoles, Switch being one of them. You travel through a huge detailed replica of 1940’s Los Angeles, solving different cases or petty crimes. There are tons of collectibles in the games along with era-specific clothes and cars. The game also features a large voice cast (in-game characters are based on the likeness of the actors), featuring recognizable faces like Bishop from Fringe and Leo from Charmed.

 

 

Players: 1
ESRB Rating*: M
Price: MSRP $39.99 ($49.99 Switch)
Release Date: November 14
Platforms: PS4, Switch, Xbox One

 

New Games

 

Fire Emblem Warriors

In addition to the regular version, the Switch is getting a special edition. Also, two Amiibos are releasing the same day.

 

Trailer

 

Amiibos

Tiki (Credit: Nintendo)

 

Chrom (Credit: Nintendo)

Release Date: October

 

Special Edition

 

Special Edition (Credit: Nintendo)

 

Features:

3-CD Music Set
25 Character Cards in Slipcase
Double Sided Poster

ESRB Rating*: T
Price: MSRP $79.99 (Regular Edition $59.99)
Release Date: October 20

 

Project: Octopath Traveler

This is a short review of the demo for a new RPG coming out next year.

Project: Octopath Traveler is an RPG that uses 2D character sprites with a 3D isometric world, giving a unique perspective. You can choose from 8 characters with 8 different starting areas each with a unique ability.

The demo lets you try 2 of the 8 characters the final game will have. Fights are done on a separate screen from the overworld map in round-based combat. You save your game by finding NPCs called Travelers wearing green hats.

 

Olberic

 

Screenshot from Demo

 

Ability: Challenge (Duel NPCs)
Starting Area: Cobbleston in the Highlands

 

Primrose

 

Screenshot from Demo

 

Ability: Allure (Convince NPCs to follow you or lead them into a trap.)
Starting Area: Sunshade in the Sunlands

 

Gameplay Trailer

 

Players: 1
ESRB Rating*: RP
Price: MSRP TBA
Release Date: 2018
Platforms: Switch

 

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

The new Xenoblade Chronicles gets a special edition and pro controller.

 

Gameplay Trailer

 

Special Edition

 

Special Edition (Credit: Nintendo)

 

Features: http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/xenoblade-chronicles-2-special-edition-switch#media

ESRB Rating*: T
Price: MSRP $99.99 (Regular Edition $59.99)
Release Date: December 1

 

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Pro Controller

 

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Pro Controller (Credit: Nintendo)

 

Price: MSRP $74.99

 

Amiibos

 

October 6

 

Super Mario Bros – Goomba (Credit: Nintendo)

 

Super Mario Bros: Koopa Troopa (Credit: Nintendo)

 

November 10

 

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Champions from BotW get their own Amiibos. In addition to the normal game items, each one gives Link an Ancient Helmet that matches their respective Divine Beasts.

Champion Daruk (Credit: Nintendo)

 

Champion Mipha (Credit: Nintendo)

 

Champion Revali (Credit: Nintendo)

 

Champion Urbosa (Credit: Nintendo)

 

Hardware

 

October 6

 

White & Orange 2DS XL

White & Orange 2DS XL (Credit: Nintendo)

 

Price: MSRP $149.99

 

November 3

 

Poke Ball Themed 2DS XL

Poke Ball Edition 2DS XL (Credit: Nintendo)

 

Price: MSRP $159.99

 

Games

 

3DS

 

Available Now

  • Metroid Samus Returns
  • Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition (On eShop, Physical Later Date)

 

September

 

September 29

  • Yo Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters DLC

 

October

 

October 6

  • Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy
  • Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions

 

October 17

  • Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth (Demo Available on Nintendo eShop)

 

October 20

  • Fire Emblem Warriors

 

November

 

November 10

 

  • Mario Party Top 100

 

November 17

 

 

  • Pokemon Sun Ultra/ Pokemon Moon Ultra

 

November 2017

  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney

 

2018

 

January

 

January 19

 

 

  • Kirby Battle Royale

 

Early 2018

  • The Alliance Alive
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux
  • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology

 

Switch

 

Available Now

  • Pokken Tournament DX

 

September

 

September 27

  • Arcade Archives: Mario Bros

 

September 29

  • FIFA 18

 

October

 

October 17

  • NBA 2K18

 

October 20

  • Fire Emblem Warriors

 

November

 

November 10

 

 

  • Snipperclips Plus Cut It Out Together! (Expanded Version, DLC for owners of Original)

 

November 14

  • L.A. Noire

 

November 17

  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

 

November 28

  • Resident Evil Revelations 1 & 2

 

December

 

December 1

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2

 

Holiday

  • Doom
  • Rocket League (Includes Switch Exclusives)

 

Winter 2017

  • Arena of Valor (Free Beta)
  • Morphie’s Law

 

January 2018

 

January 23

  • Lost Sphear

 

Spring 2018

  • Dragon Quest Builders
  • Kirby Star Allies

 

2018

  • Project: Octopath Traveler (Demo out now)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

 

TBA

  • WWE 2K18

 

 

*ESRB Ratings
E – Everyone
T – Teen
M – Mature
RP – Rating Pending

 

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