Nintendo Direct: The 7 Biggest Announcements of Fall 2021

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Nintendo had a lot of exciting news to share during its most recent Nintendo Direct presentation, which aired on September 23rd. Fans were subjected to an agonizing 18-month wait between the company’s Fall 2019 Nintendo Direct presentation and its most recent showcase from this past February, so no one minded the fact that Nintendo announced its Fall 2021 Direct less than a day in advance.

During the 40-minute presentation, Nintendo fans were treated to all-new gameplay footage plus a variety of announcements featuring brand new titles, DLC and free updates and the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack. While Nintendo has given us a lot to be excited about, here are the top announcements from the Fall 2021 Nintendo Direct.

Like It or Not, A Super Mario Movie is Coming in 2022

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Credit: Nintendo

Nintendo has been out of the feature film game for nearly 20 years, following the brutal box-office failure of the infamous Super Mario Bros. (1993). Nevertheless, they have decided to revisit the concept of bringing everyone’s favorite multi-talented plumber back to the big screen.

The yet-to-be-named Mario movie arrives in theaters on December 21st, 2022, and features a controversial star-studded cast — Chris Pratt and Charlie Day will play Mario and his “timid sibling” Luigi, with Anya Taylor-Joy and Jack Black assuming the roles of Princess Peach and Bowser. With a baffling assortment of top-billed talent on the roster, only time will tell how Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto plan on bringing the Mushroom Kingdom to life.

Nintendo Switch Online is Getting an Expansion Pack

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Credit: Nintendo

Data miners and video game gossips aren’t always spot-on with their predictions, but Nintendo confirmed recent rumors regarding a new Switch controller and delivered tons of exciting news about the upcoming Expansion Pack upgrade for Nintendo Switch Online members.

The company has not provided any information about pricing or a precise release date, but Nintendo stated that the Expansion Pack goes live sometime in late October. More importantly, we now know that Expansion Pack-tier members will receive access to a brand new library of classic games for the Nintendo 64 as well as the Sega Genesis.

More titles are in the works, but the following games will be available at launch:

Nintendo 64

  • Dr. Mario 64
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Mario Tennis
  • Sin and Punishment
  • Star Fox 64
  • Super Mario 64
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • WinBack
  • Yoshi’s Story

Sega Genesis

  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Golden Axe
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • M.U.S.H.A.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Ristar
  • Shining Force
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Strider

Nintendo 64 games will support local co-op and online multiplayer, aided by the eventual launch of the aforementioned wireless Nintendo 64 controller for the Switch.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land Launches in Spring 2022

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Credit: Nintendo

Three years after the release of Kirby All-Star Allies, fans of the titular floating omnivore are hungry for an update. Kirby and the Forgotten Land features a break from the usual Kirby formula, foregoing the typical side-perspective platformer format for a post-apocalyptic 3D open-world filled with dilapidated cities and verdant overgrowth.

While Nintendo hasn’t confirmed when Kirby and the Forgotten Land will be released, the company has projected a Spring 2022 release.

A Major Animal Crossing: New Horizons Update is In the Works

Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Credit: Nintendo

This past March, the first anniversary of Animal Crossing: New Horizons came and went with little fanfare from Nintendo — shouldn’t there be a little more appreciation for the best-selling Nintendo Switch game of the year? To right the wrongs done against the vibrant Animal Crossing community, Nintendo offered a brief glimpse at the widely-anticipated update due this November — Brewster the fanciful pidgeon and his cafe, The Roost.

Aside from a peek at The Roost’s museum location, little is known about what Brewster will bring to your island. Stay tuned for more news about the upcoming New Horizons Direct in October.

Mr. Sakurai’s Final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Presentation

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Credit: Nintendo

Like Nintendo’s Animal Crossing presentation, Masahiro Sakurai’s signature Super Smash Bros. Ultimate feature bore little new information — true to form for Nintendo, it was an announcement for a future announcement. The company will reveal the actual news during the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct on October 5th.

For now, we know two things: Mr. Sakurai has stated that he is preparing to retire and that this will be his final presentation, and that the future announcement will reveal the last DLC character for this installment of Smash. 

Splatoon 3 Gameplay Reveal

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The exciting reveal of Splatoon 3 was a significant highlight of the February 2021 Nintendo Direct. While Nintendo has yet to provide a concrete release date, it looks like the latest Splatoon installment is still on track for a 2022 debut. Based on the most recent gameplay footage, it seems like Nintendo is experimenting with some new gameplay mechanics and character development — in addition to the standard Turf Wars format, players will also run up against “Mammalians” in new areas of the Splatlands desert.

At Long Last, the Wait for Bayonetta 3 is Almost Over

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Credit: Nintendo

After years of near-radio silence following the first Bayonetta announcement at the Game Awards in 2017, fans have long feared that Bayonetta 3 was lying dead on the cutting room floor. Thus, viewers were shocked and delighted to see that their beloved and bespectacled hack-and-slasher witch is alive and well, sporting a sharp new look and improved summonable monster mechanics.

Nintendo hasn’t provided a final release date. For now, it looks like Bayonetta 3 is arriving sometime in 2022.

New Titles and Content Updates Available Now

Looking for a way to kill time until your favorite 2022 release hits the shelves? While many of the heavy-hitters from this recent Nintendo Direct won’t be here for a while, Nintendo announced a few exciting releases that you can play right now.

Other Noteworthy Announcements

Nintendo provided a massive treasure trove of news and content during the Fall 2021 Nintendo Direct — check out these upcoming Nintendo releases.

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Oliver Pretl-Drummond

Oliver Pretl-Drummond is a copywriter, memoirist and Scorpio living in Baltimore, MD. Primed by years of recreational research spirals, they've helped Slickdeals document hundreds of arcane store policies and hidden coupon tricks for the greater good of deal hunters everywhere. They spend their days seeking and sharing killer deals on budget travel, sound systems, home goods and tech. By night, their free time is reserved for making bass music while consuming exotic caffeinated beverages with their partner and growing family of yucca plants.

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