September 2017 Nintendo Direct - All the RPG news and announcements

The Nintendo Direct presentation today was full of news and announcements, and RPG fans had plenty to see for both their new shiny Nintendo Switch and old faithful 3DS.

There was a lot to cover, so here we will summarize all the major RPG news from the presentation with links to full articles for every RPG shown:

Nintendo Switch


Xenoblade Chronicles 2 - A massive eight-minute trailer detailing story and gameplay alike, several new screenshots and character art, a Collector's Edition in North America and Europe, and a special Pro controller. The game will also make it's 2017 date, it's set to release on December 1!

Fire Emblem Warriors - A new gameplay trailer shown for the Fire Emblem spinoff, alongside new screenshots. Lyn from Fire Emblem: Blazing Blade will be playable in the game, and while not officially revealed, it seems like Caeda from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon will also be present. The game releases on October 20.


Project Octopath Traveler - It's set to release in 2018 and doesn't have a final name yet, but Square Enix has posted a new trailer and many screenshots for this 2D RPG made by staff behind the Bravely series. On top of that, a free demo is available now, with two playable characters to choose from. The game is set for a simultaneous worldwide release.

Dragon Quest Builders - One of the best games of 2016 is headed to Nintendo Switch in 2018. New to the Switch release, you'll be able to ride on top of a Great Sabrecub in Free Build mode, allowing for quicker world traversal. Nintendo also posted a handful of screenshots from the Switch version.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - The massive Bethesda RPG finally gets a solid release date of November 17. Zelda series amiibo figures can unlock Link's tunic, the Master Sword, and Hylian Shield for use in the game. We have a new trailer and Switch version screenshots for this port.

Nintendo 3DS


Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon - A new trailer for the last Pokemon games shows off new forms for Necrozma, as well as new areas you'll find in Alola and new fashion items. A special PokeBall 3DS will be available in November. Finally, Purchasing eShop versions of the original Pokemon Gold or Silver will give the player a Celebi to use in any Pokemon Sun or Moon title. 

The Alliance Alive - Atlus USA revealed a new game set to release in 2018 for Nintendo 3DS. This classic turn-based RPG features a scenario written by Yoshitaka Murayama, the creator of Suikoden. Masashi Hamauzu is also on board as the game's composer. 


Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology - Atlus USA released a new English-voiced story trailer for the Radiant Historia remaster, still set for early 2018. A special launch edition for the game comes with a special box and an artbook.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions - Making a small appearance in the Nintendo Direct, Nintendo released new screenshots and some information regarding amiibo functionality for this 3DS remake. The game is out on October 6.

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth - Set to release next month, a free demo is now available on Nintendo eShop for the latest Etrian Odyssey title. All classes are available for the player to use up to the 3rd floor. All progress from the demo can be transferred to the full game once it launches