ICYMI: Here’s Everything From Nintendo’s September 2021 Direct

Nintendo brought new trailers for games like Splatoon, Bayonetta, and more.

In Nintendo’s first big Direct since E3, the Switch platform holder focused primarily on detailing their remaining lineup for 2021 but sprinkled in a few exciting announcements for the future of the Switch. Didn’t get the chance to watch it live? We’ve got you covered.

  • We start the show with more Monster Hunter Rise content, which has gotten a steady though perhaps unassuming stream of content since its March release. The short trailer announces Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, coming Summer 2022, which seems to serve as an Iceborne-style expansion to the game.
  • Mario Party Superstars reveals “new” returning boards, like Woody Woods, Yoshi’s Tropical Star, Horror Land, and a minigame-only mode with seven courses. Superstars releases on October 29.
  • Voice of Cards: The Isle of Dragon Roars, a new card game from Square Enix, Nier creator Yoko Taro and music from Nier composer Keiichi Okabe, releases on October 28 with a demo available today.
  • Disco Elysium: The Final Cut gets a Switch port with the digital version available October 12. A physical version will be available early 2022.
  • Fans of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity can finish out the DLC with new story scenes and a full closing to the game’s alternate story. New characters join the fight on October 29.
  • A new Chocobo Racing game titled Chocobo GP is shown for the first time. The game will be available in 2022.
  • The final Super Smash Bros. character will be revealed on October 5, finishing off the DLC for good.
  • As leaked earlier todayKirby and the Forgotten Land is shown for the Switch as a 3D platformer for the first time. As shown on the Nintendo schedule, it is releasing Spring 2022.
  • An Animal Crossing: New Horizons update will be shown soon in an Animal Crossing Direct in October.
  • Koopa Troopa and Ninji, as well as two new courses, will come to Mario Golf: Super Rush later today.
  • Disney Magical World 2: Enchanted Edition, an updated version of the 3DS game,
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic — not the remake recently announced for PlayStation 5 — is coming to Switch on November 11.
  • Dying Light 2 is getting a cloud version. Dying Light: Platinum Edition seems to not be a cloud version and is coming out October 19.
  • Triangle Strategy, which appears to no longer be a project name and is now just the actual name, has gotten a number of changes after the demo from February of this year. The game releases March 4, 2022.
  • Metroid Dread! Catch the fever! That game launches on October 8.
  • Nintendo Switch Online is getting an update as we are exactly two years from its launch. The update includes a new membership plan, called Expansion Pack, for N64 games and Sega Genesis games in late October. The N64 games will include four-player online.
  • Both Genesis and N64 wireless controllers will be released for the Switch.
  • Shadowrun Trilogy from Paradox containing three games from the series is coming to Switch; the oft-leaked Castlevania Advance Collection which also includes Dracula X, is officially announced and is releasing today.
  • Actraiser Renaissance gets a HD remaster/remake for Switch with a toggle for new and old remake music.
  • Deltarune Chapter 2 comes to Switch. You can read our review of Chapter 2 here or listen to the RPG perverts of 99 Potions talk about it here.
  • Shigeru Miyamoto comes out for the first time in a long time during the Direct to announce that the Super Mario movie from Illumination will release in Holiday 2022, with December 21 as the U.S. release date.
  • Chris Pratt will voice Mario, who according to Miyamoto will be “talking a lot.” Anya Taylor-Joy will be Princess Peach, Charlie Day will be Luigi, Bowser will be Jack Black, Keegan Michael-Kay will be Toad, and Seth Rogen will be Donkey Kong. Charlies Martinet, Mario’s video game voice, will be in the movie in “surprise cameos.”
  • Miyamoto reiterates that Nintendo and Illumination, including himself, have collaborated heavily on the movie.
  • Splatoon 3 gets its first showing since February. This time we see a bit more of the single-player game, which seems to have more of a sense of place than the previous two titles’ single-player campaigns did.
  • The end of the trailer shows an Inkling turning into a mammal and finishes with the words “Return of the Mammalians,” which appears to be the name of the story mode.
  • Nogami, the producer for Splatoon, introduces himself as a Squid researcher. The new city hub is called Splatsville. Still no date beyond 2022.
  • After multiple years, Bayonetta 3 is finally shown for the first time in a trailer that references multiple PlatinumGames titles as fakeouts. Bayonetta herself is shown fighting large monsters with a new hairstyle of twin pigtails and a somewhat adjusted outfit. This time, it looks like the demons she summons from hell are somewhat controllable. It finishes with a 2022 date and a mysterious shorthaired swordsman.

That’s all for this Nintendo Direct? Is there anything you expected that you didn’t get? Anything you wanted that you were happy to see?