NINTENDO’S ANIMAL MAGIC
New Switch games incoming, including that one at last
With E3 now a distant memory, that’s all the big game announcements done for the year, right? Not if you’re Nintendo. It’s set the internet alight by
finally announcing that Animal Crossing is coming to Switch. Fans of animals with mortgages rejoice! Some time next year, it’ll be on shelves, and it’ll the first Animal Crossing playable on a TV since 2008’s Let’s Go To The City on Wii. That announcement would have been an epic mic drop on its own, but it brought some other Switch friends to play in 2019.
Almost as exciting for some will be Luigi’s Mansion 3 (and dare we hope for remasters of the first two games?). The series is a cross between Ghostbusters and cleaning the house before your mum comes over, with hapless homeowner Luigi sucking up ghosts with what’s basically a vacuum cleaner.
A brand-new IP was announced, too. Game Freak, the developer behind the Pokémon games, is working on a turn-based RPG provisionally called Town – although, er, the entire game takes place in a village. As the once-peaceful settlement comes under attack from monsters, you’ll have to drive them off in battle, with aid from the different local residents. Lovely, cartoony graphics and a dev with serious pedigree? Yes please.
Think you’ve been spoiled? That’s not all! Due on 7 December is Katamari Damacy Reroll, a remaster of the first game. It’s also coming to PC, but the Switch version offers gyro controls and local multiplayer. Nintendo’s really on a roll (sorry).
“a cross between Ghostbusters and cleaning the house before your mum comes over”
New Super Mario Bros U is also coming to Switch next year, via a ‘deluxe’ version including New Super Luigi U. Town looks even more appealing than one of Tom Nook’s infamous home loans. Katamari Damacy is a true classic – it tasks you with rolling items into balls to create new stars.