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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51 Worldwide Games:
Wait, is this by Nintendo actually? While watching the Direct I was like "Oh yeah, another one of those crappy board game collections by a crappy studio trying to fool some moms at the store looking to buy their kids games." but according to the eShop entry the developer and publisher is: Nintendo. Theoretically it shouldn't be that bad then huh?

Also ... wait a sec. Are there Miis?! Miis in a completely new Nintendo game? Wow, I thought they abandoned them. Only Mario Kart, Smash and Go Vacation support them on the Switch, am I right? I just wished Mario Party and Mario Tennis would have supported them too. I'm one of the very few people who love Miis.
 

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Disappointed... all those ports.. yet not one i wanted.. where is mario 3d world... or a metroid...
Nintendo enters weak this year...so now what ?.. a proper direct on april ? or we just wait till digital e3 ? ...
 
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Disappointed... all those ports.. yet not one i wanted.. where is mario 3d world... or a metroid...
Nintendo enters weak this year...so now what ?.. a proper direct on april ? or we just wait till digital e3 ? ...
I expect the next Metroid game to be unveiled during the digital E3 event.
 

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god damn out of nowhere, that was rad.

kinda mostly looking forward to the 51 games tho, if only for a decent way to play hanafuda that isn't japanese lol

I thought I was going to be the only one excited by this. Depending on the price, of course.

The only thing my 3DS is used for these days is playing Yahtzee so I guess it'll go into full retirement once this comes out. Chess looks neat, too. I hope that has online.

Also air hockey, darts and bowling could all be fun, depending on how they're implemented
 
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I thought I was going to be the only one excited by this. Depending on the price, of course.

The only thing my 3DS is used for these days is playing Yahtzee so I guess it'll go into full retirement once this comes out. Chess looks neat, too. I hope that has online.

Also air hockey, darts and bowling could all be fun, depending on how they're implemented
It's £35 (prob 40 euro/dollar). It's kinda a lot, but idk. I feel like each of those games could easily be sold for £5 on the eShop, especially with the seal of quality you get with it being developed by Nintendo, but like... It's still a big price to stomach lol.

I'm pretty sure I'll end up buying it tho.
 
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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
Every platform has its uptimes and downtimes, that's to be expected. If anything, that just shows how impulsive the audience is here on GBATemp - we got blasted by high tier releases on top of high tier releases for the last couple years, but the very moment developers decided to take it slowly and re-focus efforts for a while, everyone here is like, "NINTENDO IS GARBAGE, THIS IS AN EMBARRASSMENT, IMMA SELLING MY CONSOLE". :unsure:
 
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Every platform has its uptimes and downtimes, that's to be expected. If anything, that just shows how impulsive the audience is here on GBATemp - we got blasted by high tier releases on top of high tier releases for the last couple years, but the very moment developers decided to take it slowly and re-focus efforts for a while, everyone here is like, "NINTENDO IS GARBAGE, THIS IS AN EMBARRASSMENT, IMMA SELLING MY CONSOLE". :unsure:
Fans being upset over no 1st party releases are 100% justified. You can't constantly suck Nintendo's dick dude, sometimes companies are fucking dumb. They do dumb shit we get angry, that's the way it goes.
 

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It's £35 (prob 40 euro/dollar). It's kinda a lot, but idk. I feel like each of those games could easily be sold for £5 on the eShop, especially with the seal of quality you get with it being developed by Nintendo, but like... It's still a big price to stomach lol.

I'm pretty sure I'll end up buying it tho.

It does seem a lot. I think I'll put it on my watch list and hope it goes on sale
 
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You can defeat bosses to earn jobs for your characters that allow them new fighting abilities, which can be combined.
That was in the first two games. Other than how it takes place in a completely different world than Luxendarc, there's next to no "new" content featured yet.
...I wonder how this will fit into the Bravely lore...Bravely Second did have a cliffhanger at the very end...

Also, ARMS in SSBU. Yet another eye-roll slot filler. Never cared for the game.

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive; seems interesting to me, at least that new story content surrounding the Bionis shoulder. I suppose they had no choice but to keep the god-awful equipment and stat systems, despite how ridiculously complicated they are - Xenoblade 2 simplified it massively, and thus made it much less confusing and made it actually fun. Will they keep Custom difficulty, from XC2's DLC? Will they make hard-to-obtain items (like a certain black bean...) easier to get? How will they improve on Timed Quests?
The original game was...quite flawed, gameplay-wise; I just hope this is better.

Pokemon Sword/Shield...don't make me vomit, please. There's still no news about just how many older Pokemon were brought back, when missing 488 of them (along with missing moves, like Return and Hidden Power, two very important moves) is completely unacceptable.
Utterly disgusting; just dump them as the loads of trash they are and start working on an ACTUAL faithful Pokemon game, which isn't missing a significant amount of content.

Lastly, 2K games. Abhorred company that, along with EA, helped make loot boxes and other predatory monetisation tactics mainstream through sports games. They're also owned by Take-Two, which owns GTA V, which is also sickeningly infested with monetisation (at least, the multiplayer is). Fuck. Off. 2K.
 

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Fans being upset over no 1st party releases are 100% justified. You can't constantly suck Nintendo's dick dude, sometimes companies are fucking dumb. They do dumb shit we get angry, that's the way it goes.
Being butthurt over relatively short inactivity period after several years of GOAT contenders and non-stop support from all sides comes off as spoiled, if anything. Like, folks, you already got S-tier Zelda, Mario, Fire Emblem, Smash, Splatoon, Luigi's Mansion and Animal Crossing entries, all in a span of 2-3 years and with a ton of good minor titles in-between - what are you guys even whining about at this point? Sure, they can rush their production to appease the "give us first party every couple months" crowd, but that didn't work well for Sword & Shield, for example.
 
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Hyped:
- 51 world wide games (finaly a GOOD japanese Mahjongg game...please let it be playable online!)
- Mr Driller Drill Land (even though it's a port of a Gamecube game from 2002 we never got this in Europe, so I am hyped for this, love the series)
- Catherine Full Body (Loved the original one on PS3, never played full body on PS4 so this is a must buy for me)

Good:
- Bravely Default II (Art-Style is a bit boring, I expected more / better graphics, looks almost like upscaled 3DS)
- Panzer Dragoon remake (Totaly forgot about that game, never played the original, so I am happy with the release)
- That free2play game (forgot the name but looked interesting)

Meh / don't care:
- All the other titles that were shown
 

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Would rather have burnout takedown or revenge (that would actually run good on the switch) rather than a 30fps downport of paradise tbh
Where do you get your information from, fantasy island? Says "60FPS" within the first 10 seconds.
 
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