Today, Nintendo decided to stealth publish a new Nintendo Direct, dropping nearly 30 minutes worth of content and announcements that the world could honestly do with right about now. If you want to get up to speed on the biggest announcements, we’ve got you covered.
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition Launching May 29th
Those of you excited for the modern update to a fantastic RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition will be available on the Nintendo Switch on May 29th, bringing with it a host of updates to the graphics, HUD and story. The game will also have a physical special edition that includes a special art book, the Definitive Works.
2K Are Taking Over, And Not By Launching Another Bad Wrestling Game
2K are bringing some of their most popular games to the Nintendo Switch, as BioShock: The Collection (which includes BioShock 1, 2 and Infinite), Borderlands Legendary Collection (Borderlands 1, 2 and the Pre-Sequel) and the XCOM 2 Collection will all be coming to the Nintendo Switch. That’s seven games and a host of DLC launching on the Switch on May 29th.
Shinsekai: Into The Depths Looks Weird, But Fun
Having been available on Apple Arcade already, Shinsekai: Into The Depths is now available on the Nintendo Switch. A deep-sea exploration game where you control one of the last surviving humans, you must manage your oxygen and pressure while avoiding various oceanic threats. It sounds a bit dour, but looks like a lot of fun.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Bunny Day Starting April 1st
If, like pretty much most of the Cultured Vultures staff, you’ve been playing a lot of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you’ll be pleased to know that the Easter inspired Bunny Day event will be available from April 1st to April 12th. Just download the most recent update to access it once the event goes live, and you’ll also be able to look forward to an Earth Day event later on in April.
Catherine: Full Body Coming To The Nintendo Switch
The absolutely excellent Catherine: Full Body will be coming to the Nintendo Switch on July 7th. An updated version of the cult-hit puzzle game from 2011, you control the hapless Vincent as he essentially bumbles his way through adulthood and relationships. Also, he has dreams where he must solve block puzzles or he dies. It’s weird, but worth checking out.
Next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Character Will Be From ARMS
Nintendo have announced that the sixth DLC character, and the first character from Fighters Pass Vol. 2, will be from the fighting game ARMS. Nintendo didn’t specify which character it was, but they’ll reveal more details in June. In the meantime, Nintendo Switch Online members can enjoy a free trial period for ARMS from now until April 6th.
Bravely Default II Demo Available Now
Bravely Default II, the follow-up to one of the most influential RPGs in recent memory, received a fair bit of coverage during today’s Nintendo Direct, with a host of new footage and information. It was also announced that the game has a demo that’s live currently on the Nintendo eShop.
Ninjala Looks Like Naruto Meets Splatoon, And That’s Great
Ninjala, from GungHo Online Entertainment, looks like a weird cross between the fighting of a Naruto game and the art style and presentation of Splatoon, and that’s fine by us. Players can customise their characters and build their own loadouts when Ninjala launches on May 27th.
Burnout Paradise Remastered Coming To The Switch
While it was resigned to a sizzle reel entry towards the end of the Direct, one of the biggest pieces of news was that Burnout Paradise Remastered would be coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2020. Instead of being taken down to the Paradise City, you can now take it with you on the go.
Pokémon Sword and Shield’s First DLC Detailed
More details were revealed regarding Pokémon Sword and Shield’s first DLC pack, The Isle of Armor. Players will roam this new Galar region area, and attend a dojo in order to obtain a new legendary Pokémon called Kubfu. Players can take Kubfu to The Towers of Two First, and depending on which tower you complete, Darkness or Waters, Kubfu will evolve into a different kind of Urshifu. On top of that, your starter Pokémon will also receive new Gigantamax forms, with a new move to boot.
And that’s the big headlines from today’s Nintendo Direct Mini? What were your highlights? Sound off in the comments below.
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