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All The Ports Announced Today For Nintendo Switch

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The Nintendo Switch continues to be a powerhouse console for ports. From Final Fantasy to Katamari Damacy, here’s all of the new ports that we announced during tonight’s Nintendo Direct.

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New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe

New Super Mario Bros U is some good Mario. The Switch port adds Nabbit, who doesn’t take damage and Peachette, who can double jump like a boss. You can enjoy all the platforming on January 11th

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Katamari Damacy Reroll

Holy crap! Katamari Damacy Reroll is a remaster of the 2004 cult classic that uses the Joycons’ motion controls and brings the amazingly fun roll ‘em up to new players. It comes out in Winter 2018 and I hope you play it.

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Cities Skylines

Sometimes you just want to have a realistic city building sim to play while you’re on the shitty NYC subway. Or whatever. And don’t worry about DLC: this version has both the “After Dark” and “Snowfall” content packs. Cities Skylines launches today on the Nintendo eShop.

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Catan and Munchkin

I’m not board game player but even I know about these. The Direct didn’t have much detail beyond the announcement but just in case you’re sick and tired of carrying your board games around, you can now have them on your Switch.

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Civilization VI

Cleopatra be praised, we’re getting some 4X strategy games for the Switch! This version of Civ VI will have 4-player local multiplayer, which will inevitably be ruined when your asshole friend goes all nuke happy on your butt. Civilization VI releases on November 16th.

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World of Final Fantasy Maxima

They’re small, adorable, and you get to fight alongside them. World of Final Fantasy is getting a Switch port with a few tweaks A new “avatar change” skill will let you directly control tons of iconic characters. It comes out November 6th.

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Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy

I know two things about chocobos: they have feathers and are doomed to wander procedurally generated dungeons forever. If you want to help keep them alive and protected—which you probably should—you can play Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon this Winter.

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Final Fantasy XII is one of the stranger ones, and that’s saying something. It’s a highly tactical mix of medieval intrigue and Star Wars heroics. The Zodiac Age version has a wonderful fast forward option to pick up the combat pace, which makes a good game even better. It releases in 2019.

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Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2

Wow! Okay, this is a lot of Final Fantasy so I’m writing all as one entry. I love Final Fantasy IX and playing Final Fantasy VII on the Switch seems like a dream. All of these rad classics are coming in 2019.

Former Senior Writer and Critic at Kotaku.

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DISCUSSION

It’s weird to think that, when Spider-Man came out just a week ago, Gamers decried its exclusivity.

When games are generally announced for XBox One, PS4 and PC, Gamers cluck their tongues and say this is as it should be. Everything should be on everything.

Yet when ports come to the Switch, it’s ‘just a port machine.’ It’s derided and condescended to. Forget the fact that Nintendo makes a bunch of exclusives, either to the degree or moreso than MS or Sony. Nah, it’s just where devs go to dump all their worn-out properties.

Ignore the fact that for some people a Switch is their only system. Forget the fact that a lot of these ports will have all the updates/upgrades rolled into them. Forget the portability. Gamers say, focus on the fact that in this one specific instance, ports are BAD. In all other cases, it’s a desirable thing.

Why? Because Nintendo is why.