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Clocking in at 40 minutes, this September’s Nintendo Direct was packed with game announcements, updates, and more. Here’s a handful of titles that appeared during the presentation – everything from shadow dropped games you can play now to reminders about games coming soon to first reveals that’ll be launching in 2021 and 2022.



The classic Super NES game Actraiser returns on the Nintendo Switch system, now remastered in HD! In Actraiser Renaissance, strike down monsters in the side-scrolling action phase, Realm Acts, and cultivate lands in the world-building creation phase, Realm Management. Enjoy the much-loved original score and a rearranged soundtrack featuring new music. New stages and boss battles also await.


Actraiser Renaissance is available right now on the Nintendo Switch for $29.99 via the Nintendo eShop.



In Dying Light 2 Stay Human – Cloud Version, master both parkour and tactical combat to survive in this brutal open-world action RPG. Explore alone or with up to three others in online co-op. Unravel the dark secrets of those in power during the day, then plunder the lairs of the infected at night. Choose sides and decide the fate of the City. Dying Light 2 Stay Human – Cloud Version launches for Nintendo Switch on Feb. 4, 2022. A free demo for the game will also be available on the same day.




The prequel to Dying Light 2 will also be joining the Nintendo Switch library. Dying Light Platinum Edition (which includes all four major DLC releases and 17 skins) is also tailored to the Switch, featuring HD rumble, gyro aiming, motion controls, touchscreen functionality, and local and online co-op (up to four players). Releasing on October 19th, pre-order it digitally on the Nintendo eShop or grab the physical edition.



Cyberpunk meets fantasy in this three-game collection of cult classic RPGs. As a Shadowrunner mercenary, players will explore a dystopian future where magic has reawakened and fantasy creatures have come back to life. Immersive branching narratives, skill-based character growth and gripping turn-based tactical combat await in Shadowrun Trilogy, launching for Nintendo Switch in 2022.




Two classic NAMCO games are coming to Nintendo Switch as part of the Arcade Archives series. Even better, you can play arcade hits PAC-MAN and XEVIOUS at home or on the go right now! Find both on the Nintendo eShop for $7.99 each.



Welcome to Surviving the Aftermath, where the end of the world is just the beginning. Survive and thrive in a post-apocalyptic future — resources are scarce but opportunity calls. Build the ultimate disaster proof colony, protect your colonists, and restore civilization to a devastated world. Go beyond the colony and explore the wastelands to gather resources, meet rival colonies, and fight off bandits. Available Winter 2021.



Wreckfest is jam-packed with upgrade and customization options. Whether you are preparing for your next demolition derby with reinforced bumpers, roll cages, side protectors and much more, or setting your car up for a banger race with engine performance parts like air filters, camshafts, fuel systems, etc., Wreckfest is shaping up to be the best combative motorsport game out there. Available Fall 2021.


Other games mentioned in the Nintendo Direct were Hot Wheels Unleashed and Shin Megami Tensei V. For Hot Wheels Unleashed, the game is almost here and will be available on Nintendo Switch on September 30th. As for Shin Megami Tensei V, digital pre-orders are now being accepted on the Nintendo eShop

That’s it for September 2021’s NintendoDirect! See you at the next one, but until then don’t forget to watch the last Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Fighter Reveal (Mr. Sakurai Presents) event and a special Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct in October.


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)