Nintendo has just released their latest Direct after a long absence and it came with several announcements for new games, a few new DLC packs for existing games, and several ports of existing games that are coming to the Nintendo Switch.
The Nintendo Switch has become a haven for ports of various games, especially indie titles that were previously released on Steam. The latest Direct continues this tradition with the announcement of several more ports that are due to be released this year.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night had previously been announced for the Nintendo Switch back in 2017, when the development of the Nintendo Wii U version was canned, but we now have a date for the game, which is a loose release window of Summer 2019.
An updated port of Rune Factory 4 (which was originally released on the Nintendo 3DS) is coming to the Nintendo Switch under the new name of Rune Factory 4 Special in 2019.
Dead by Daylight is a horror game that was originally released for Microsoft Windows and was ported to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Nintendo Switch version of Dead by Daylight is due to be released this Fall.
One of the biggest surprises of the Direct was that Deltarune, the quasi-sequel/prequel/alternate universe version of Undertale will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. The first chapter of the game is going to be free and will be released on February 28th, with the later chapters costing money and being released at a later date.
GRID Autosport was originally released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 back in 2014, so it's kind of surprising to see it show up on the Nintendo Switch in 2019. GRID Autosport will be released for the Nintendo Switch in Summer 2019 and will contain all of the DLC for the game.
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is coming to the Nintendo Switch in Spring 2019, which might be the most surprising announcement of them all, as the game was developed by Ninja Theory, who are now owned by Microsoft.
Unravel Two is a puzzle platformer where you play as people made of yarn, which was originally released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2018. The Nintendo Switch port of the game is due to be released on March 22nd.
The worst kept secret in gaming was finally unveiled when Assassin's Creed III Remastered was finally officially announced during the Direct, even though the existence of the game had been leaked on multiple occasions. The Nintendo Switch version of the game is due to be released on May 21st.
We already knew about the ports of Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy IX for the Nintendo Switch, but we finally have some release dates, with Final Fantasy VII being released on March 26th and Final Fantasy IX available to buy on the eShop right now.
The Nintendo Switch lineup for 2019 was looking pretty bare as of yesterday, but the latest Direct added a few awesome games that we can look forward to. The ports of existing titles will help the Switch to avoid the long gaps that plagued the Wii U and caused the demise of that console, so their presence on the system is still welcome, even if they will only fill the Animal Crossing-shaped hole in our hearts.