BioShock, XCOM 2 coming to Switch and other news from Nintendo Direct Mini
Nintendo did what Nintendo does best and dropped a Nintendo Direct completely out of nowhere detailing upcoming releases for the Nintendo Switch. Well fine Nintendo! We don’t need any warning!
Note a lot of this presentation focuses on release dates, but Nintendo makes it clear that all these release dates are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. But in the best case scenario, we still have a lot of cool games to look forward to in the near future.
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition
This HD re-release of the classic Xenoblade Chronicles comes with a lot of upgrades. New enhanced character models and environments, a polished U.I., re-recorded music tracks, and new items and armor are just some of the improvements. However, the biggest new edition if “Future Connected” a brand new epilogue that recalls the events after the main game. Perhaps it will even connect the events of this game more heavily to Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
It is slated for release on May 29.
2K is bringing three major series to the Switch. The first is Bioshock: The Collection which includes Bioshock 1, 2, and Infinite. The next is the Borderlands Legendary Collection which includes Borderlands 1, 2, and The Pre-Sequel. Finally the XCOM 2 Collection will feature, well XCOM 2. It’s important to note that all of these collections will come with all DLC for their respective games. They will be released on May 29.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Shadow of Doom
The latest DLC expansion for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is out today! It features the first family of comics, the Fantastic Four, in a battle against my personal favorite Marvel villain, Dr. Doom.
Shinsekai: Into the Depths
Here’s an interesting little indie game. You know Subnautica, the 3D underwater survival and crafting game. Well Shinsekai is essentially that, but 2D. That means crafting, watching your oxygen and pressure levels, and diving deep into the sea to eventually uncover the mysteries that lie in the depths. There’s even a speedrun oriented time-attack mode, if you are into that. Shinsekai: Into the Depths is available right now!
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
The very first holiday is coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Bunny day is happening in early April! You’ll be able to go on a Bunny Day egg hunt and craft limited Bunny Day items. Just talk to Zipper the Bunny when he shows up on your island! Bunny Day will last from April 1 to April 12, and a new update will come later in the month to prepare you for the next holiday, Earth Day.
OK, so here’s the pitch. You are a jack of all trades in a major corporation. You need to deliver packages, mop the floor, water the plants, you know basic upkeep. Of course, you are a little crazy and might end up watering the plants by setting off the fire alarm, or delivering a projector by firing it off a major slingshot. This is a game about chaos, and it might deliver a bit of catharsis considering most of us are at home from our jobs these days. Good Job! launches today!
Catherine: Full Body
Catherine: Full Body is one of Atlus’s best ports. We did a full breakdown when it released for the PS4. Well now it’s coming to the Switch on July 7, so you can take your relationship troubles with you on the go.
Ring Fit Adventure Update
A brand new update for Ring Fit Adventure brings a rhythm game mode to the game. Squeeze and squat to popular Nintendo songs from Splatoon, Super Mario Odyssey, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The update also brings multiple language options, including a female voice option for your ring companion. It also has a jogging mode, which will remove combat from adventure mode, if you just feel like running through environments.
King’s Bounty II
The much anticipated King’s Bounty II tactical RPG is going to get a Switch release! Unfortunately we don’t have any more info about its vague release date. It’s still planned for a release sometime in 2020.
New Super Smash Bros Character!
Well, we now know that the next character to enter the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster is a character from Arms. What character? Well we don’t know. Nintendo plans to announce and release the character this June. In addition, you can try out Arms for free if you are a Nintendo Online member from March 26 to April 6.
Bravely Default 2
A good portion of the Direct was devoted to Bravely Default 2 and as a JRPG fan, I couldn’t be happier. We were introduced to the game’s new protagonists, Seth, a shipwrecked sailor and generic hero type, Gloria, your standard priestly princess girl, Elvis, a suave Scottish playboy in a trenchcoat, and Adelle, a similarly Scottish mercenary. Many of the systems from the original carry over, including most of the original jobs, and the Brave and Default system.
We also get more details on the setting. This game takes place on the continent of Excillant, home to five kingdoms. We also get to see some of the huge open field maps and complex dungeon maps. The handpainted graphical style of the environments was particularly interesting.
A demo is available today, and Square Enix is looking for feedback to help in their finalization process. The full version of the game should release sometime later this year.
Club House Games 51 Worldwide Classics
So, you know all those board games that you might pick up at a dollar store? Well, 51 of them were put together in this game collection. So, you know, that’s neat. It’s probably not the next big hardcore title, but at a budget price with online functionality, it’s a neat little release that might take up some of your free time. It’s slated for release on June 5.
It’s an eight person battle royale between cartoon ninjas that chew gum, and it’s free. Yes, absolutely free! There are definitely some Splatoon vibes here, a cartoony and innovative competitive multiplayer game. If you feel like testing out your ninja skills, you can hop on Ninjala May 27.
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
This re-release of the classic 2003 action game comes to the Switch today, complete with sixteen player multiplayer! Also, if you really liked pod-racing, Star Wars Episode 1 Racer is coming to the Switch as well at a later date.
Panzer Dragoon Remake
One of the best rail shooters/dogfight sims of all time is coming to the Switch. After all, nothing is cooler than fighting aerial battles on the back of a frickin’ dragon. Panzer Dragoon Remake launches as a timed console exclusive for the Switch today!
The Sizzle Reel
It’s time to fire off some more titles coming to the Switch in the near future including:
- Trials of Mana – April 24
- FUSER – Fall 2020
- The Elder Scrolls: Blades – Spring 2020
- Warhammer 40k: Mechanicus – May 2020
- Vigor – Going into closed beta April 9
- Burnout Paradise Remastered – Sometime in 2020
- Saints Row: IV – Re-Elected – March 27
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III – June 30
- Mr. DRILLER DrillLand – June 25
- Minecraft Dungeons – Spring 2020
Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass
Finally Nintendo had to end with one of their headliners, Pokémon. More details were given about the new Isle of Armor, part 1 of the expansion pass. You’ll be given a new Pokémon, Kubfu, and will be tasked with either climbing a tower of darkness or tower of waters. This will determine whether it evolves into single-strike or rapid strike style when it becomes Urshifu. You will also gain a Gigantamax form for your starter Pokémon for completing the Isle of Armor. In addition to all this content, you’ll also get new customization options as well, including Leon’s cap and tights, which you will receive as a bonus for pre-ordering the game before August 31. The Isle of Armor will be out by the end of June, while the next part, the Crown Tundra will be out in the fall.
There is also a new raid event going on. For a limited time, you will have an increased chance of encountering Gigantamax Copperajah and Duralidon in Pokemon Sword and Garbodor and Charizard in Pokémon Shield.
That’s all the news we have for you today. What upcoming released are you hyped for? Let us know in the comments. Watch the presentation below: