As we established earlier this month, Nintendo has a problem with keeping hype in check with its announcements. That’s probably not its own fault in the grand scheme of things, but clarity is one way to help avoid situations where small updates on smaller games don’t get misconstrued as possible Metroid Prime 4 announcements. So today, at midnight Eastern Time, Nintendo announced it would be posting a Nintendo Direct Mini dedicated to “titles from [its] development & publishing partners.” That didn’t stop some fans from ignoring that and listing out every possible Nintendo announcement they wanted, exhaustingly enough. While most of the announcements were just updates on old games, there were two pretty big deals tagged on at the end.
First up was the announcement of three new DLC packs for Cadence of Hyrule, the rhythm game based on The Legend of Zelda characters, worlds, and music. The first pack will include five new characters, including Impa, Aria, Shadow Link, Shadow Zelda, and Frederick, each with distinct play styles that differ from Link and Zelda’s in the base game. Pack 2 will bring new music, including 39 songs that can be changed at any time and shake up the way you play any level and map.The third pack will be the heftiest, with a new story campaign that stars Skull Kid, all within a new map. The first pack will be available later today, with the other two coming out before October. A season pass is also launching today that will include all of the above, as well as alternate costumes for Link and Zelda.
Next up was Rogue Company, First Watch Games and Hi-Rez Studios’ third-person multiplayer shooter. On Switch, the game will support motion controlled aiming, as well as cross play and cross progression with other systems. From the sound of it, First Watch Games might have more to say on this game before the end of the day, as the Direct said to stay tuned for more information “later today.”
Thirdly was a video of wrestlers playing WWE 2K Battlegrounds. That was it. That game’s out on September 18.
But okay, here’s the real good shit. Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne is coming to Switch (and also PS4, according to its official site) with an HD Remaster in Spring 2021. The PS2 RPG has been stuck on old hardware for over a decade now, and is widely considered to be a classic of both the franchise and that era of JRPG. Most of my experience with the Shin Megami Tensei series has been through osmosis and my love of the Persona sub franchise, but Nocturne is something I wanted to play even back then but was too young to get it myself. So this is exciting to see.
Along with Nocturne’s HD Remaster, Nintendo also capped off the show with a new trailer for Shin Megami Tensei V, which has been a known quantity for a bit since its announcement back in 2017. But this is the first time we’ve seen the game in earnest. It will be coming in 2021.
So that’s all there was to the 8-minute presentation. If you’re a Shin Megami Tensei fan you’re probably stoked. If you’re a Zelda fan you’re probably at least reasonably jazzed. If you’re literally anyone else, I don’t know, go play Paper Mario: The Origami King, I guess?
Check out the full presentation below: