What’s New in Video Games: September 2019

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 6:00 am

'The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening' leads September's list of big-name releases.

September is almost here! With the return of fall comes an increase in the number of big-name games we’ll see hit store shelves each month. For September 2019, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Tropico 6 lead the month’s family-friendly offerings, while Borderlands 3 and Gears 5 are highly anticipated games that are only appropriate for adults.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Rated E
Appropriate for: Kids who are comfortable using console controllers

The next game in the popular The Legend of Zelda series is actually a remake of the original Link’s Awakening, which launched on Game Boy in North America in 1993. In this action adventure game, Link finds himself stranded on beautiful Koholint Island, and players will need to help him explore dungeons and collect instruments that can be used to help him go home. In this new version of the game, as players complete dungeons in the main game, they’ll unlock individual dungeon rooms (called Chambers), which can be used to create custom dungeons in the Chamber Dungeon mode. If your family owns any compatible amiibo figures, they can be used to unlock additional Chambers.

Great if your kids love: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

Tropico 6
Rated T
Appropriate for: Teens who enjoy strategic thinking

Previously released on PC, Tropico 6 will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in September 2019. The strategy game allows players to become a dictator (ruthless or benevolent) in the tropical land of Tropico. For the first time in the series, players will be able to build on “large archipelagos,” challenging them to keep track of multiple islands in a single game. Players need to manage multiple aspects of their country, including transportation and infrastructure, and they can also customize the look of their palace. Finally, players can send citizens on missions to steal “wonders” from around the world, like the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower, and put them on display in their own country. Tropico 6 is rated T for teen, and contains content descriptors for “Drug Reference,” “Mild Language,” and “Violence.”

Great if your kids love: Previous Tropico games, Civilization 6

Borderlands 3
Rated M
Inappropriate for young teens and children

Borderlands 3 is the latest game in the popular (and mature) Borderlands franchise. It allows players to become one of four new Vault Hunters and explore a dangerous world as they defeat enemies and collect large amounts of loot. They can also customize their character as they progress. Players can go it alone or team up with up to three other players for cooperative gameplay. Borderlands 3 has received an M rating from the ESRB, meaning it’s been deemed inappropriate for players under the age of 17. It has content descriptors for “Blood and Gore,” “Intense Violence,” “Sexual Themes,” and “Strong Language.”

Try These Games Instead: Destiny 2, Overwatch, Anthem

Gears 5
Rated M
Inappropriate for young teens and children

This newest game in the Gears of War franchise takes players back into a dangerous world threatened by The Swarm. The game features a story mode that supports up to three players for cooperative play, as well as extra modes like Boot Camp, which can help new players get up to speed with the game’s combat system. Gears 5 has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB, with content descriptors for “Blood and Gore,” “Strong Language,” and “Intense Violence.”

Try These Games Instead: Destiny 2, Generation Zero

Full List

Notable kid- and teen-friendly titles are in bold.

Release dates can change at any time.

Tuesday September 3, 2019

Torchlight II, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Root Letter: Last Answer, Switch, PlayStation 4, PC

Final Fantasy VII: Remastered, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Switch, PC

Fin and the Ancient Mystery, Switch

Conan Chop Chop, Switch, PlayStation, Xbox One, PC

Children of Morta, PC

Catherine: Full Body, PlayStation 4

Post War Dreams, PlayStation 4

Himno, PlayStation 4, Vita

Asdivine Menace, PlayStation 4, Vita

Fifty Words by Powgi, PlayStation 4, Vita

The Perlplexing Orb, PlayStation 4

Project Nimbus: Code Mirai, PlayStation 4

ShellShock Live, PlayStation 4

Blindfold, PlayStation VR

Wednesday September 4, 2019

Super Kirby Clash, Switch

Divinity: Original Sin 2 – Definitive Edition, Switch

Deadly Premonition Origins, Switch

Gaijin Charenji 1: Kiss or Kill, Xbox One, PC

Post War Dreams, Xbox One

Himno, Xbox One

Monochrome Order, Xbox One

Thursday September 5, 2019

Space Cows, Switch, PC

Hyperfoma, Switch

River City Girls, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Headliner: NoviNews, Switch

Asdivine Menace, Switch

Fifty Words by Powgi, Switch

Spice and Wolf VR, Switch, PlayStation 4 [VR Compatible]

Battle Supremacy – Ground Assault, Switch

Gnomes Garden: Lost King, Switch

Flowers Are Dead, PlayStation 4

Truck Racing Championship, PlayStation 4

Throne Quest Deluxe, Xbox One

WRC 8, Xbox One, PC

Friday September 6, 2019

Creature in the Well, Switch, Xbox One, PC

NBA 2K20, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Super Jumpy Ball, Switch

Himno, Switch

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne [DLC], PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Master Edition, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Path of Exile: Blight [DLC], PC

Throne Quest Deluxe, PlayStation 4

Apocalipsis: The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, PlayStation 4

Shalnor Legends: Sacred Lands, PlayStation 4

Sudden Strike 4 – Complete Collection, PlayStation 4

Restless Hero, Xbox One, PC

Monday September 9, 2019

Path of Exile: Blight [DLC], PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Tuesday September 10, 2019

Gun Gun Pixies, Switch

Trials Rising: Crash and Sunburn [DLC], Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Blasphemous, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Utawarerumono Zan, PlayStation 4

The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

eFootball PES 2020, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Greedfall, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Distraint: Deluxe Edition, PlayStation 4, Vita

Battlewake, PlayStation VR, PC

Caravan Stories, PlayStation 4

Hero Express, PlayStation 4

Jigsaw Zen, PlayStation 4

WRC 8, PlayStation 4

Gears 5, Xbox One, PC

GRID, Xbox One

Wednesday September 11, 2019

Throne Quest Deluxe, Switch

Reel Fishing: Road Trip Adventure, PlayStation 4

Distraint, Xbox One

Thursday September 12, 2019

Super Dodgeball Beats, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Agatha Knife, PlayStation 4

Friday September 13, 2019

Daemon X Machina, Switch

Star Wars Pinball, Switch

Ellen, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Distraint: Deluxe Edition, Switch

Borderlands 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

NHL 20, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

NASCAR Heat 4, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Nextgen Sandbox, PlayStation 4

Colina: Legacy, Xbox One

Light Fairytale – Episode 1, Xbox One

Monday September 16, 2019

Massira, PlayStation 4

Mowin’ & Throwin’, PlayStation 4

We Were Here, Xbox One

Tuesday September 17, 2019

AI: The Somnium Files, Switch, PlayStation 4, PC

LEGO Jurassic World, Switch

Reel Fishing: Road Trip Adventure, Switch

Castle Crashers Remastered, Switch, PlayStation 4

Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son, PlayStation VR, PC

Bus Simulator, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Rebel Cops, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Scheming Through The Zombie Apocalypse: The Beginning, PlayStation 4

Gnomes Garden: Lost King, PlayStation 4

Witching Tower VR, PlayStation 4

Stela, Xbox One

Wednesday September 18, 2019

Mable & The Wood, Xbox One

Scheming Through The Zombie Apocalypse: The Beginning, Xbox One

Sally’s Law, Xbox One

Thursday September 19, 2019

Police Stories, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Devil May Cry 2, Switch

GRID Autosport, Switch

Inferno 2, Switch, PlayStation 4

Lost Castle, Switch, PlayStation 4

Overland, Switch, PlayStation 4, PC

Sayonara Wild Hearts, Switch, PlayStation 4, Apple Arcade

Truck Driver, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Mutazione, PlayStation 4, PC

Friday September 20, 2019

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Switch

Untitled Goose Game, Switch, PC

Scheming Through The Zombie Apocalypse: The Beginning, Switch

Niffelheim, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Switch

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered, PlayStation 4, PC

The Sojourn, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Rebound Dodgeball Evolved, Xbox One, PC

Tuesday September 24, 2019

Dead by Daylight, Switch

Contra: Rogue Corps, Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Switch, PlayStation 4

The Surge 2, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Color Slayer, PlayStation 4, Vita

Dreaming Canvas, PlayStation 4

Habroxia, PlayStation 4, Vita

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, PC

Wednesday September 25, 2019

Rex Rocket, Xbox One

Constructor Plus, Xbox One

Thursday September 26, 2019

Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition, Switch

Northgard, Switch

Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX, Switch, PlayStation 4, PC

Fight’N Rage, Switch

Habroxia, Switch

Rage 2: Rise of the Ghosts [DLC], PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Friday September 27, 2019

Dragon Quest XI S: Echos of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition, Switch

Dragon Quest, Switch

Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line, Switch

Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation, Switch

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, Switch

Dreaming Canvas, Switch

FIFA 20, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Code Vein, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Tropico 6, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Doug Flutie’s Maximum Football, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Fight’N Rage, Xbox One

Mining Rail 2, Xbox One

The Adventures of Elena Temple, Xbox One

Monday September 30, 2019

No Way Out – A Dead Realm Tale, PlayStation VR

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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