27 March 2020 06:40
Featuring a varied collection of games both new and new on Switch, along with a peppering of fresh announcements and updates to existing titles, it seems to have gone down relatively well from what we've seen online. At the very least today's surprise video was a release for the pent up anticipation Nintendo fans have had buzzing inside them since the clock struck midnight on 31st December last year. Yes, we've had a Pokémon Direct, the Smash Bros 5th Fighter reveal, the Animal Crossing Direct along with last week's Nintendo Indie World Showcase, but we hadn't really had the full-fat, honest-to-goodness, direct-to-us Nintendo Direct we'd been waiting for. There was plenty of great stuff to chew in the half-hour video, that's for sure, with confirmation that Xenoblade Chonicles: Definitive Edition will be launching on Switch in May, the announcement of an as-yet-unnamed ARMS character joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a DLC fighter in June, and a bunch of smaller updates, demos, rumoured releases and "available now"s announced.
Games like Catherine: Full Body, Burnout Paradise Remastered (hello EA!) and 2K's triplet of offerings in the form of XCOM 2, Bioshock: The Collection and the Borderlands Legendary Collection are all exciting additions to Switch's diverse library, although this Direct lacked the true bombshell announcements some might have hoped for. There were no Wii U ports, either, and despite plenty for Switch owners to be excited about in the short-term, Nintendo's first-party slate is looking almost as blank as it was before the broadcast. Nintendo's surprise drop and branding of this Direct as a 'Mini' was a good move, especially as other companies seem to be struggling when it comes to managing expectations. Nintendo has plans, of course, although perhaps due to the uncertainty surrounding the coming months the company wasn't ready to commit to its next brand-new release just yet. There was loads of good stuff announced today and we want to hear your most anticipated games and what you liked best from this Nintendo Direct Mini.
Experience the majesty of the Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition game when it launches for Nintendo Switch on May 29. The game has been originally released on Nintendo Wii before getting a Nintendo New 3DS port. Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition launches on Nintendo Switch on May 29th worldwide. Nintendo Direct Mini round-up: All of the new games heading to Switch Earlier today, Nintendo published a surprise Direct Mini to YouTube, giving us a look at games that will be heading to Switch throughout the rest of the year. Nintendo also confirmed that the first part of the Pokemon Sword and Shield expansion pass, The Isle of Armor, will be launching in June, so that'll be a busy month for first-party Switch games.
The great news is, based on what I've played of the demo, everything I loved about Bravely Default and Bravely Second have made their way to Switch, and even some of what I loved about Octopath Traveler is here, too.The real draw for me of the Bravely Default series lies in its battle system. I haven't come across any major changes to its systems in the demo, but that's fine because it's like an old familiar blanket on a cold winter's night.The best way I can describe the art style of Bravely Default II is to say it's like someone tilt-shifted a watercolor painting. A surprise Nintendo Direct Mini just aired, and we learned about new game releases and updates for titles available now on Nintendo Switch. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is getting an April event and update with Bunny Day, which will run April 1-12. Alongside this announcement comes a free trial of Arms: Nintendo Switch Online members can play the springy fighting game from now through April 6th at no cost. Also out today is a Bravely Default 2 demo--the full game is still slated for a 2020 release date.