Hyrule Warriors, Bravely Default 2, and everything else shown during October’s Nintendo Direct Mini
It’s the last Nintendo Direct Mini of the year, which means Nintendo is either going dark until January, or they are planning some major announcements around the time of the Game Awards. Either way, you know the deal here. Nintendo is updating us on upcoming titles from their developing and publishing partners. Hopefully, they have some big IPs to show us, since they are now directly competing with Sony and Microsoft’s new hardware.
Bravely Default 2
This new RPG that continues the traditions of early job-based Final Fantasy games is coming along. The graphics look fantastic, though its character models have an odd almost puppet-like look to them. Maybe that’s on purpose since the story does feel kind of like a fantasy puppet show. That would make a lot of sense when you consider the game’s painted-on style maps.
We also got a look at some more jobs including the knight like Vanguard, the buffing and debuffing Bard, the monster trapping Beastmaster and the RNG dependent Gambler.
Square Enix is listening to the feedback fans gave on the demo that was released back in March. They are now adding several different difficulty levels so that players can find the exact difficulty they like. A full video showing off the changes inspired by this demo, which was really more of an open beta, will be posted on the Nintendo YouTube channel at a later date.
Finally, we now have an official release date. Bravely Default II will release on February 26, 2021. Pre-orders will open today on the Nintendo e-shop.
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Your grandpa runs a family farm, and after his passing, he leaves it all to you. Needing a change in your life, you leave the big city behind to come manage the farm, only to find it completely overgrown. You sure have your work ahead of you. Yes, that sounds like Stardew Valley. It also sounds like the plot of every farming sim ever, including the newest one from the original creators of Harvest Moon, Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town.
So you know the deal. Chop down trees, clear rocks, repair buildings, plant crops, tame livestock, mine for minerals, fish, even set up a complex irrigation system. Then, when you are done turning your farm into a brilliant industrial agriculture complex, you can head into town and find someone to date and marry.
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town releases on March 23, 2021
Surviving the Aftermath
If building a happy farm isn’t your thing, maybe you’ll be interested in building a sadder farm in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Surviving the Aftermath is a game about rebuilding society after a massive collapse. You’ll have to put up walls, build farms, housing, defend yourself from invaders, and more. Much in the vein of Frostpunk, this is a city-sim game that asks you to make hard decisions. It will come to the Switch in the Spring of 2021.
Immortals Fenyx Rising
You may have seen internet personalities testing out this open-world mythological adventure recently. Well, Ubisoft is bringing it to Switch. So if you can’t pick this one up on PlayStation 5 or Stadia, you can play it in full on the Switch come December 3 this year. Pre-orders open up today.
The Sizzle Reel
Every Nintendo Direct Mini comes with a quick clip-show of games that Nintendo just doesn’t have the time to go in-depth about. This month’s sizzle reel included:
- Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia – Releasing November 3, 2020
- Griftlands: Nintendo Switch Edition – Releasing Summer 2021
- Tropico 6 – Releasing November 6, 2020
Hitman III: Cloud Version
Agent 47 is coming to Switch via the cloud, which is an interesting way to sidestep the Switch’s lack of processing power. Can’t run it? Stream it! No release date was given.
Control Ultimate Edition – Cloud Version
This seems to be Nintendo’s strategy for most major AAA titles that Switch just doesn’t have the oomph to play. Control is also coming to Switch in a cloud version, with all the DLC that has been previously released. One has to wonder, however, with portability being Switch’s major selling point, are people going to want to purchase games that tether them to their home internet connection? Will people even have internet connections powerful enough to stream these games at a decent rate? Well, you can see for yourself because Control Ultimate Edition – Cloud Version is available now.
No More Heroes III (and also No More Heroes I and II)
Take control of the ultimate weeb and suplex your way through the galaxy’s strongest superheroes as you prove that nothing is more powerful than a man with nothing to lose and an aftermarket beam katana purchased off eBay. As the trailer says, it’s pretty awesome, but it’s more awesome if you played the prequels. Luckily, both No More Heroes I and No More Heroes II are coming to Switch… right now! Meanwhile, No More Heroes III is coming sometime in 2021.
Part Time UFO
What an odd little game to be featured in a major slot in a direct. Part Time UFO is a physics-based puzzler with crane game mechanics. You’ll be tasked with lifting boxes, stacking ice-cream, exploring ruins… all with the main mechanic of grabbing and dropping objects. It’s available today and it’s super cute, so check it out if you want to get in some co-op puzzling.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
Naturally, Hyrule Warriors had to end the direct, as it is Nintendo’s most hotly anticipated title in November. This trailer was mostly a showcase of the many different characters you get to play and the strangely in-depth story mode that the game has to offer. There are also sections where you get to control the Divine Beasts in shooter segments. A demo is available today. You can play through all of chapter one and carry your save data over into the full game, which will release on November 20.
What games are you excited for? Are you happy with Nintendo’s last partner showcase? Let us know in the comments. Watch the entire presentation below: