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This Week's Switch Port Announcements: September 14, 2018

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News by Matt C.

Every week, there are approximately 356373454787 announcements for Switch ports of previously-released games. That's great news for Switch owners, bad news for our wallets, and awful news for Lindsay, DDNet's news editor. After this morning's Nintendo Direct, there are even more than usual, which is… something.

In an effort to cover the flood of announcements without cluttering the site or driving Lindsay mad, here's a quick and dirty list of all the new Switch port announcements and release dates from this week:

  • Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD (available now!)
  • Cities: Skylines (available now!)
  • Defunct (available now!)
  • Velocity 2X (September 20)
  • Reigns: Kings and Queens (September 20)
  • Warframe (September 20)
  • Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle (includes Final Fight, Captain Commando, The King of Dragons, Knights of the Round, Warriors of Fate, Armored Warriors, and Battle Circuit) (September 20)
  • Armello (September 27)
  • Exorder (September 27)
  • Diablo III Eternal Collection (November 2)
  • World of Final Fantasy: Maxima (November 6)
  • Sid Meier's Civilization VI (November 16)
  • Black and White Bushido (spring)
  • Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force (spring)
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (January 11)
  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered (2019)
  • Final Fantasy VII (2019)
  • Final Fantasy IX (2019)
  • Final Fantasy X | X-2 Remaster (2019)
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (2019)
  • Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy! (2019)
  • Sega Ages: Space Harrier (release date TBC)

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There's a lot of stuff to look forward to in that bunch. Reigns: Kings and Queens collects both Reigns and Reigns: Her Majesty into one package, and those are two of the most inventive puzzle / adventure / card / strategy games (they kind of defy description) that you'll ever play. Velocity 2X is a personal favourite of mine, as a game that combines the action of shoot-'em-ups with platforming and exploration puzzles.

The various Final Fantasies are all noteworthy (though Final Fantasy VIII's absence is noted), and Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy!—a remaster of Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon for Wii—finally breathes some life back into a wonderful but dormant spin-off series.

Civilization VI and Cities: Skylines will be must-buys for anyone who likes strategy and simulation games, and the digital board game charms of Armello will be a perfect fit for Switch. Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force is another excellent JRPG for a system that's full of them, and it marks Ghostlight's first foray into Switch publishing.

Where we're going to find time and money for all of these, though, I'm not sure.

(Important note: we're not including announcements of Switch as a platform for upcoming games, which would usually get their own news coverage anyway. This is list is purely for announcements of Switch ports / re-releases and the like.)
This Week's Switch Port Announcements: September 14, 2018
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