Nintendo just announced a mess of new stuff — from a brand new game starring Luigi to a long-awaited new entry in the "Animal Crossing" franchise. And that's barely scratching the surface!
In just over half an hour in a "Nintendo Direct" video presentation on Thursday evening, Nintendo pulled back the curtain on a variety of exciting new games coming to the Nintendo Switch this year and next.
1. A new "Luigi's Mansion" game, this time for the Nintendo Switch.
If you're old like me, you may remember playing an early Nintendo GameCube game named "Luigi's Mansion." It came out way back in 2001!
It wasn't anything like a typical Super Mario game — instead of jumping on Goombas and clearing treacherous gaps, Luigi was sneaking around a haunted mansion with a flashlight and a vacuum. His goal: Stun the villainous ghosts with his flashlight, then vacuum them up. Naturally!
The game got a sequel, many years later: "Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon" for the Nintendo 3DS console. But the series has been absent from a Nintendo home console since that original game. Soon, in 2019, a third entry in the series is finally coming: "Luigi's Mansion 3."
In the brief video shown, the game looks like a much prettier version of the previous games — which makes a lot of sense, as it's planned for launch in 2019 on the Nintendo Switch.
Check out "Luigi's Mansion 3" in action right here:
A brand new "Animal Crossing"? Yes, a brand new "Animal Crossing"! If there's one game that Nintendo Switch owners have been clamoring for, it's a new "Animal Crossing" game.
The beloved home-making game that's endeared so many fans across nearly 20 years is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch. The tiny bit of tease that Nintendo offered during its Nintendo Direct presentation isn't intended to directly represent gameplay, but I'd be surprised if it didn't look similar when the game arrives at some point in 2019.