After 203 days of Nintendo fans being all kinds of desperate for some sort of general news on Nintendo’s upcoming plans post the release of Animal Crossing New Horizons, Nintendo shadow-dropped a Mini Direct at about 10:00 AM covering various gaming news. Although a disclaimer at the beginning mentioned that COVID- 19 could prevent games with release dates from coming out when they state, here is every announcement the Direct Revealed:
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition Release Date and More Info
Announced back in the September 4th Nintendo Direct, this enhanced remake of Xenoblade Chronicles has been announced to arrive on May 29th, less than two weeks before the 10th anniversary of the game’s initial Japanese launch. All the game’s cutscenes appear to be remade with a much more vibrant color palette as well as much stronger character expression and animation. On the gameplay front, the User Interface for the menus appears much improved from the original game with a cleaner design, and there will even be an all-new epilogue chapter titled “Future Connected” that takes place after the original game’s ending. Some of the music will even be re-recorded. It’ll arrive May 29th as both a standard edition and a “Definitive Works” set featuring a premium hardbound art book with a slip-case.
2K’s Beloved Series Coming to Nintendo Switch
In a wordless music montage using various symbols emblematic of the three series, Bioshock The Collection, Borderlands Legendary Collection and XCOM 2 Collection have all been announced to be arriving on the Nintendo Switch May 29.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Expansion Pass now complete
The next trailer showcased the final set of DLC for this game’s expansion pass “Shadow of Doom” featuring Dr. Doom and the Fantastic Four, currently available right now!
Shinsekai: Explore the Depths makes console debut on Switch
This previously Apple Arcade exclusive game by Capcom arrives on Nintendo Switch today. Now players can experience this deep sea exploration game on a home console for the very first time right now
Free Updates for Animal Crossing New Horizons
Released last Friday, perhaps at the perfect time too in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic keeping everyone in social isolation, the mega-seller Animal Crossing New Horizons will receive a new update with the latest patch. To celebrate “Bunny day”, Zipper T. Bunny will appear on players’ islands, encouraging them to find various eggs scattered about, on a period from April 1st to April 12th. Another free update later in April will celebrate Earth Day. Further updates will made clear on the Animal Crossing Twitter.
‘Good Job!’ game available now
What appears to be a comedy game in which players control various black signpost characters to complete work tasks in ridiculously gone-wrong ways will also launch today.
Catherine Full Body comes to Switch
The recent updated re-release of Atlus’s dating simulator/puzzle game will also arrive on Switch for the first time July 7th. While far from a game most think of in reference to a Nintendo audience, Nintendo’s been much more open to third party support as of recent, and those interested will finally get the chance to play it in just a little over three months.
Ring Fit Adventure Rhythm Mode
Featuring 17 music tracks, including Super Mario Odyssey’s iconic “Jump Up Super Star,” and medleys from Splatoon 2 + Breath of the Wild, this new Rhythm Mode will let Ring Fit Adventure owners move to the beat of whichever song they chose. A female voice option will also be added to the game’s ring companion, as well as language options for the entire game. A new jogging mode will also be added. This update will be available today.
King’s Bounty II Arrives on Switch
Pitting army against army in a quest to save the world, and enhanced by the new character development system, King’s Bounty II will launch on Nintendo Switch at some time this year.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate Challenger Pack 6 News
After a recent announcement of indefinitely postponed plans to present the next Smash fighter internally, Nintendo had little to say about the next fighter other than that it’ll be from the other Nintendo fighting game “ARMS” and that the fighter will be revealed in June, presumably for Nintendo’s Direct that would normally be set for E3. Going alongside this, from 3/26 to 4/6, ARMS will be free to play for anyone with a Nintendo Switch online subscription.
Bravely Default II Information + Demo
NOT to be confused with Bravely Second, Bravely Default II will take place on the Continent of Excillant, chronicling the journey of Seth, Gloria, Adelle and Elvis. A demo is available now to gather feedback on the game before it is finalized. It is set to release this year.
Club House Games 51 Worldwide Classics
A large variety of games including Mancala, Hanafuda, Backgammon, Renegade, Checkers, President, Dominoes, Speed, Hare and Hounds, Blackjack, Four in a Row, Chess, Shogi, Mini Shogi, Ludo, and many more for a total of 51 will all be in one package. Local wireless and online play will be available depending on the games chosen. It will arrive on June 5th
Niinjala, 8 person battle arena game
Available May 27th as a free to play title, this arena fighter will focus on high speed movement with a variety of skills and equipment choices. 4 on 4 team battles appear to be the main gameplay style.
A series of games were then shown off in a quick reel , Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (launching today) with Episode 1 Racer coming soon after, the enhanced remake of Panzer Dragoon (also launching today), Trials of Mana (April 24th), FUSER (Fall 2020), Elder Scrolls Blades (Fall 2020), Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus (May 2020), a closed beta for Vigor (April 9th), Burnout Paradise Remastered (2020), Saints Row: IV -Re-Elected (March 27th), The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (June 30th), Mr. DRILLER DrillLand (June 25th), and Minecraft Dungeons (Spring 2020)
Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass: The Isle of Armor
The mini-Direct closed out with a look at Part 1 of the Expansion Pass “The Isle of Armor” for Pokemon Sword and Shield. Training at the island will give players the Legendary Pokemon Kubfu, which can evolve into Urshifu, learning either the Single-Strike Style or Rapid Strike style depending on if the Tower of Darkness or the Tower of Water was chosen by the players. The fully evolved starter chosen by the player in the main game will also be given a Gigantamax form that ignores all opposing Pokemon abilities while used. The Isle of Armor will launch by the end of June.