Nintendo's Rescheduled Direct Takes Place September 13th, Features Switch Game Reveals

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 5:01 PM

Nintendo’s cancelled Direct showcase has been rescheduled, the Japanese giant confirmed this after on. The Nintendo Direct will now take place tomorrow, Thursday, 13th September, at 3pm PDT / 6pm EDT / 11pm BST / Midnight CEST.

The Nintendo Direct presentation was originally due to air last Thursday, on September 6th, but was cancelled at the last moment due to tragic events as an earthquake hit the island of Hokkaido, Japan.

The new Direct will be last for approximately 35 minutes and will be focused on game announcements for the Nintendo Switch and, somehow, in 2018, the Nintendo 3DS. This is the same length as the original showcase, so it looks as if Nintendo’s putting out pretty much the same Direct despite the reveals of Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles and Civilization VI for Switch this week.

On top of this, Nintendo has also confirmed its Nintendo Switch Online service will commence on September 18th in North America, and September 18th in Europe. More info is set to be revealed during tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct but we know the subscription service will be required to play online games. It’ll including a growing library of NES games, cloud storage for save data, exclusive offers for members, and a dedicated Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app for voice chat.

Here in the UK the service will be a fair bit cheaper than either PS+ or Xbox Live Gold, costing £3.49 per month or £17.99 for the year. Still, paying for online is never an enjoyable experience so it’s not exactly a moment to be celebrated. There will be a free 7-day trial available, or you could you just play your Switch online for free now and pretty see exactly what you’re getting for your money.

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17:16 Sep-12-2018

As for the online "Service", there's nothing to justify any additional cost.
Unless they make them available with the online service, there are no dedicated servers, no way to communicate with friends or make friends on the system, there's not even a community in any way.


Cloud save would be one argument, but as there is no local backup, they shouldn't let you pay to backup your saves wtf...

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20:34 Sep-12-2018

Now I'm not a console user, what does the online services in console do, that they ask money for?

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22:04 Sep-12-2018

Besides the only component which atleast on the ps and xbox are properly implemented and don't for example require a phone app to talk they also give you access to some games. On xbox and ps they give you monthly a selection of something good games. But on the switch you will just get 20 30 year old NES ports...

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09:33 Sep-13-2018

So, for nintendo, online thing is useless? this is some EA stuff right here.

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11:08 Sep-13-2018

In this case it gives you access to a phone app which was free until now, and generally is a thing nobody ever really wanted, it gives you access to online play, which also was free until now + nintendo doesn't even provice dedicated servers - so why charge for it?
And it offers you the option to backup your saves online, just sucks that it's the ONLY backup option and you have to pay for it.

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12:03 Sep-13-2018

Yeah it's not a great deal lol. I really don't play my Switch online much so it's a difficult sell for me. They've got me with the cloud saves though, in the event I lose my Switch or something. Aside from that it's pretty useless, they just know millions of people are going to want to play Smash online

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19:23 Sep-13-2018

Well as far as PSN+ and Xbox Gold, you have to pay the premium service to play any multiplayer...Destiny is a good example, without PSN+ you can play all the solo content, but no PvP, strikes, or raid. In return, both services give you 2-3 free games a month, cloud saving, as well as discounts and special sales, reduced fees on extra services etc.

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