Nintendo Direct Mini March 26th - roundup



Actively eschewing all previously known methods of Nintendo Directs, Nintendo has decided to randomly upload a mini version of their Direct, with no forewarning. The video is 30 minutes long and features multiple announcements, which will be recapped here shortly.

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition launches May 29th.
The game will be getting a DLC expansion epilogue, covering more story content.
Game is getting a special edition.

Borderlands, Bioshock, and XCOM hit the Switch. Borderlands Legendary Collection and XCOM 2 launch on May 29th. Borderland's release includes 1, 2, and pre-sequel, XCOM 2 will include its DLC.

New trailer for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3.

Shinsekai: Into the Depths announced. Is an underwater exploration game with crafting.

Animal Crossing New Horizons is getting an Easter event patch, featuring Bunny Day items. Another update will also come in April, adding more there as well. Leif will return.

Good Job launches today.

Catherine: Full Body confirmed for the Switch, releases July 7th.

Free update is headed to Ring Fit Adventure, with a rhythm game mode. 17 music tracks from various Nintendo games, such as Mario Odyssey, Breath of the Wild, and Splatoon 2. Download it today.

King's Bounty 2 launches this year.

ARMS will be the next Smash DLC roster character. More news coming soon.

Bravely Default 2 footage. The brave and default combat systems return, using BP to attack. You can defeat bosses to earn jobs for your characters that allow them new fighting abilities, which can be combined.



A demo is available today. The full game launches 2020.

Trials of Mana April 24th.

A bunch of tabletop games are headed to the Switch, including solitare, poker, mahjong, toy baseball--51 games in total, with local and online versus. June 5th launch.



New information on Ninjala. You can choose different weapons in 4v4 online play. Free to play.

Star Wars: Jedi Academy launches today.

Panzer Dragoon Remake is available today as a timed console exclusive.

More info on the Sword and Shield expansion pass. There's the Tower of Darkness or Waters, which affects what your gift Kubfu will evolve into. End of June release.



Burnout Paradise Remastered launches on Switch this year.

Trails of Cold Steel III Switch port releases June 30th.

The Nintendo Direct Mini also revealed upcoming content for currently available Nintendo Switch games like a free update for Ring Fit Adventure, more details about the upcoming paid DLC for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, as well as news that the first fighter in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 is arriving from the ARMS game.

“No matter what type of experience you are looking for, Nintendo Switch has you covered,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “In addition to Nintendo franchises, 2020 will see the Nintendo Switch library grow even more with strong support from a diverse field of publishing partners like 2K, Electronic Arts and SQUARE ENIX.”

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

Now available!

  • Good Job!: In this madcap action-puzzle game from Nintendo, perform hilarious and challenging tasks around a sprawling office building to get the job done by any means necessary, alone or in two-player mode*! Good Job! launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch … today!
  • MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order Expansion Pass – Pack 3: It’s Doctor Doom vs. Marvel’s first family when the MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order Expansion Pass – Pack 3: Fantastic Four: Shadow of Doom launches for the Nintendo Switch game today. The new pack adds the Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom as playable characters as they fight through a new story campaign. The Expansion Pass**, which also includes Pack 1 and Pack 2, can be purchased for $19.99.
  • Ring Fit Adventure Update: A free update is coming to Ring Fit Adventure later today! The update adds a new Rhythm Game mode, an option to switch to a female voice and to change the language of the in-game voice, and more. In the Rhythm Game mode, move to the beat of a dozen music tracks from Ring Fit Adventure and a few tracks from popular Nintendo games, including Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • Shinsekai: Into the Depths: In this deep-sea exploration game, players collect resources to upgrade their gear, craft items and dive deeper into the abyss. As they explore increasingly mysterious environments, players have to monitor their oxygen and pressure levels to survive. Shinsekai: Into the Depths launches for Nintendo Switch … today!
  • Panzer Dragoon: Remake: In this remake of the dragon-riding classic, players pilot the Blue Dragon through incredible landscapes, battling giant creatures and lethal battleships using 360-degree controls and lock-on targeting. Panzer Dragoon: Remake launches first on Nintendo Switch as a timed console exclusive … today!
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy: Enter Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy to learn the ways of the Force! Players can customize their Jedi looks and battle online with up to 16 players when Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy launches on Nintendo Switch … today!
Launching in 2020

  • Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition: The original Xenoblade Chronicles game, which marked the debut of fan-favorite character Shulk, comes to Nintendo Switch with a new epilogue story, Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected. This definitive edition of the RPG also looks better and plays smoother than ever before. The battle HUD and menu screens are easy to read and easy to use. Some of the music tracks have been remastered or remixed! Experience the majesty of the Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition game when it launches for Nintendo Switch on May 29. On the same day, the Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Works Set will also launch, featuring a 250-page artbook full of beautiful landscapes, imposing monsters and more.
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Now that Animal Crossing: New Horizons has launched for Nintendo Switch, the first seasonal event is on its way! Between April 1 and April 12, residents of the island can participate in Bunny Day to find eggs hidden by bunny visitor Zipper and craft special items with them. The next free update to the game hits in late April, which adds the Earth Day event. Follow the Animal Crossing Twitter account for the latest news and updates about the game.
  • Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass: With the new Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, the sprawling island in the sea, the Isle of Armor, and the frozen snowscape known as the Crown Tundra will be available in the Galar region. On the Isle of Armor, Trainers can gather at a new dojo for Pokémon Battles to master their skills. By training at this dojo, players will receive the Legendary Pokémon Kubfu from the master, Mustard. Through training with Kubfu, Trainers will receive permission to challenge the Towers of Two Fists on the Isle of Armor. Once one of the two towers has been conquered, Kubfu will evolve into Urshifu. In addition to new outfit items and hair styles, the Expansion Passes will also add new league card backgrounds, effects and frames. The Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass Part 1 – The Isle of Armor launches by the end of June. Additional information about the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass Part 2 – The Crown Tundra will be revealed in the future. Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Passes, which include The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra as they release, can be purchased for a suggested retail price of $29.99 each.**
  • BRAVELY DEFAULT II: In this follow-up to the original BRAVELY DEFAULT, four new Heroes of Light embark on a grand and glorious mission guided by the elemental crystals. Like the first game, BRAVELY DEFAULT II features a battle system that emphasizes strategy, with players deciding when to attack (Brave) or hold back and wait for the right moment to strike (Default). With beautiful places to explore and new jobs to acquire, some of which can even be combined, BRAVELY DEFAULT II is another epic RPG in the Nintendo Switch library. A free demo is available today!
  • A Wealth of 2K Games: Many games from publisher 2K are coming to Nintendo Switch on May 29, including sci-fi classic XCOM 2 Collectionwhich contains XCOM 2, 4 DLC packs, and the War of the Chosen expansion – as well as Borderlands Legendary Collection, which contains the original Borderlands, its sequel, Borderlands 2, and its “pre-sequel,” Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. 2K is also bringing its acclaimed BioShock series to Nintendo Switch, with BioShock Remastered, BioShock 2 Remastered and BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition, as well as BioShock: The Collection, which includes all three BioShock games in one package.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: The first fighter in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 will be joining the battle from the Nintendo Switch game ARMS! The fighter will be announced and released this June.
  • Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics: Four-in-a-row, Mancala, Slot Cars, Sliding Puzzle and Texas Hold’em are only a handful of the 51 games from around the world included in Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics. Some of the games are multiplayer, including options for up to four people to play locally*** or online****. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics launches for Nintendo Switch on June 5. Anyone who wants to pre-purchase the game can do so starting today.
  • Burnout Paradise Remastered: 10 years later, the classic high-octane racer is back with this remastered version. Featuring breakneck racing, high-flying stunts and, most importantly, shameless amounts of automotive destruction, Burnout Paradise Remastered crashes onto Nintendo Switch in 2020.
  • Fuser: Take on the role of a DJ in this upcoming rhythm game from Harmonix, the creators of Rock Band. Fuser launches for Nintendo Switch this fall.
  • King’s Bounty II: Since 1990, the King’s Bounty series has been influencing the evolution of western RPGs. In this new sequel, the series is back with a fresh look and a new approach. In King’s Bounty II, the graphics are more realistic, in-game choices matter more than ever, and a new character development system informs the ethics and affinities of new characters. King’s Bounty II launches on Nintendo Switch in 2020.
  • Ninjala: In this free-to-play game, up to eight players* must battle it out to earn points and claim victory. As ninjas, players can sprint across stages, disguise themselves and wield an arsenal of skills, like heavy-hitting hammers, fast and flashy katanas, and tricked-out yo-yos. Cement supremacy in free-for-all battles or work together in 4-on-4 team matches. Ninjala sneaks up to Nintendo Switch this May.
  • Catherine: Full Body: The unique puzzle-adventure game is coming to Nintendo Switch as Catherine: Full Body, a remake of the original game. Climb a tower of puzzle blocks and dive into a mature, intense and intoxicating story when Catherine: Full Body launches for Nintendo Switch on July 7.
  • Star Wars Episode I: Racer: Strap into a pod racer and go for first place in Star Wars Episode I: Racer, launching soon for Nintendo Switch.
Even more games are coming to Nintendo Switch in the coming months, including Saints Row IV: Re-Elected (March 27), Trials of Mana (April 24), The Elder Scrolls: Blades (Spring 2020), Minecraft Dungeons (Spring 2020), Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus (May), MR. DRILLER DrillLand (June 25), The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (June 30) and Vigor (fall).

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.

*Additional games, systems and/or accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Games, systems and some accessories sold separately.

**Full version of game required to use DLC for that game. Sold separately.

***Free software will be available to download from Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, which will allow up to three players to enjoy a selection of games in local multiplayer with a player who owns the full version of the game. Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Full version of the game, systems and some accessories sold separately.

****Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online

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so this is what we were waiting for: another let down direct by nintendo...well, I expected nothing else. some of the shown stuff, should be in the indie direct. highlight: Panzer Dragoon out now

Switch is half way thru its lifespan and this is all what they have to show us for 2020. so sad
...and still people are talking like kids. "Mommy, they didn't announce next game from my beloved franchise. 2020 sucks, who cares that there will be later main Direct for 2020 and 2021. *sob* *sob*"
 

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* BioShock Infinite
The physical game contains an 16GB cartridge including the opening acts of BioShock Remastered, BioShock 2 Remastered, and BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition. Later game contents and add-ons will need to be downloaded.

* Borderland
The physical game contains an 8GB cartridge that features Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, with a 6.6GB download required. For Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel a 35GB download is required

* XCOM 2
The physical game contains an 8GB cartridge that features two base game missions. A download is required for the rest of the Total download size will not exceed 24GB.


This is the WORST physical collection i have ever seen made physical lol

What were they thinking? not including a single complete game on any collection is ridiculous.

Why have bits of all games and then not a single full on on cartridge? im gonna skip this hard, probably will get ps4 versions someday.
 

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Quote me...

Nintendo is prepping for a Switch Pro to be released in March 2021.

Breath of the Wild 2, Metroid Prime 4, Super Mario Odyssey 2 and Bayonetta 3 will all make use for the more powerful Switch Pro come this time next year.

Next Nintendo Direct will only be filler titles that run on the current Switch hardware until the end of 2020/begging on 2021.

So for the next Direct expect more Wii U ports, less demanding first party titles such as Paper Mario/Mario RPG, Mario Sports, etc..to fill the calendar until March 2021.

Breath of the Wild 2 will launch with the Switch Pro in March 2021.
 
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* BioShock Infinite
The physical game contains an 16GB cartridge including the opening acts of BioShock Remastered, BioShock 2 Remastered, and BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition. Later game contents and add-ons will need to be downloaded.

* Borderland
The physical game contains an 8GB cartridge that features Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, with a 6.6GB download required. For Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel a 35GB download is required

* XCOM 2
The physical game contains an 8GB cartridge that features two base game missions. A download is required for the rest of the Total download size will not exceed 24GB.


This is the WORST physical collection i have ever seen made physical lol

What were they thinking? not including a single complete game on any collection is ridiculous.

Why have bits of all games and then not a single full on on cartridge? im gonna skip this hard, probably will get ps4 versions someday.
no idea why everyone''s throwing everything on 8gb carts, 32gb flash memory is cheap nowadays... what makes the switch special?

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So for the next Direct expect more Wii U ports, less demanding first party titles such as Paper Mario/Mario RPG, Mario Sports, etc..to fill the calendar until March 2021.
we haven't seen wind waker or toilet princess hd yet and the switch is already 3 years old
 
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...and still people are talking like kids. "Mommy, they didn't announce next game from my beloved franchise. 2020 sucks, who cares that there will be later main Direct for 2020 and 2021. *sob* *sob*"

they barely announce anything new. only ports, remastered, remakes, dlc and games we already knew about. just sayin.
 

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no idea why everyone''s throwing everything on 8gb carts, 32gb flash memory is cheap nowadays... what makes the switch special?
unfortunately cartridge cheap != bluray disk cheap

I guess it's still better than in the N64 days (not getting the games at all), though I would prefer full games on cartridges as well
 
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Nintendo, you left us in the dark for MONTHS only to show us this garbage? C'mon, not a single new first party game? Just show us a bunch of stuff we already know and indie games that should've been in last week's Nindie's showcase. Really disappointed. When are we gonna get a REAL direct?
 

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...and still people are talking like kids. "Mommy, they didn't announce next game from my beloved franchise. 2020 sucks, who cares that there will be later main Direct for 2020 and 2021. *sob* *sob*"
Oh no it's not like I should expect a multi-million dollar company to give fans what they want and not keep them in the dark for months! People like you are the worst. Not everyone is an animal crossing fan. We didn't buy the switch for there to be no fucking (1st Party) games announced for it in all of 2020. For 1st Party all we got is Xenoblade and Animal Crossing. Nintendo needs to stop with this stupid drought season
 

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Oh no it's not like I should expect a multi-million dollar company to give fans what they want and not keep them in the dark for months! People like you are the worst. Not everyone is an animal crossing fan. We didn't buy the switch for there to be no fucking (1st Party) games announced for it in all of 2020. For 1st Party all we got is Xenoblade and Animal Crossing. Nintendo needs to stop with this stupid drought season
Yes, because you are the most important. Shit on pandemy. I WANT MY GAMES! DIE TO MAKE ME HAPPY!
And I'm curious where did you get info I'm Animal Crossing fan. Just guessing to belittle me? :ph34r:
 

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I'm actually thinking about selling my Nintendo Switch. This is fucking garbage

there are large periods of time my switch collected dust but now is a good time for me:

LM3, SMM2, L:ZA, AC:NH, MK11 (port).

I wouldn't sell it because there will be a time you want to dust it off

but this direct was pretty crap, I agree.
 

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unfortunately cartridge cheap != bluray disk cheap

I guess it's still better than in the N64 days (not getting the games at all), though I would prefer full games on cartridges as well
but they are being extremely cheap.

THQ puts games like red faction remastered and both darksiders games on 16gb cartridges and sells them for 30$ new on retailers, heck even capcom putted dragon dogma on 16gb cartridge and sold it for 30$ they use smaller cards and want 50$ per collection while not offering a single game on cartridge.

So far thq nordic has the damn best physical releases to price comparison imo, which shows they are being cheap here.
 

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Yes, because you are the most important. Shit on pandemy. I WANT MY GAMES! DIE TO MAKE ME HAPPY!
And I'm curious where did you get info I'm Animal Crossing fan. Just guessing to belittle me? :ph34r:
I'm the only one who wants 1st Party switch games this year? Who knew!
 

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You want bloody 1st party games then instead of siting at yr desks alday and complaining go and do something tht wil improve you mentally and physically go buy ring fit adventure
 

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Panzer Dragoon Remake is available today as a timed console exclusive.
Dammit, it's showing up on Steam as releasing this winter, so looks like a six month exclusive. $25 is a little steep, but I might just have to give in on this one.
 

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People crying about this "snooze fest", are generally, people who got nothing more to do than to play videogames 24/7.
Dont get me wrong, we all love this hobby, but if gamers nowadays are co-dependent of every new Nintendo Direct, then they deserve to feel "betrayed & dissapointed" by their beloved and favorite franchise.
 
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