Rhythm Games Were the Star of Today’s Nintendo Direct Mini

The rhythm is gonna get you.

Nintendo dropped a Direct Mini presentation today, specifically focusing on third-party games and partnerships. Kind of a good thing the company decided to not advertise the showcase leading up to it, because there were no first-party Nintendo games present, and without any lead-in time there was no chance for a subset of the company’s fanbase to take the knowledge of an impending announcement and speculate themselves into a dark, hostile hole. Like the Bakugan announcement from back in July that left us flabbergasted and Nintendo fans upset it wasn’t, I don’t know, the Breath of the Wild sequel.

Here’s the full presentation if you’ve got the time to watch, with our recap following below it:

Leading the show was the next look at Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, a rhythm game in Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy/Disney crossover that was originally revealed back in June. There was a new trailer showing off some more of the game, as well as a quick glimpse at how boss battles will work. We also saw some brief footage from the story, which will have Kairi looking through her memories for something, all while the rhythm game acts as some kind of arbiter for her diving into her past. Along with playing through these songs for the story, there will also be leaderboards for the scorechasers out there, and the ability to play competitive local multiplayer with up to eight players, exclusively on Switch. After all that’s said and done, the major announcement here is that Melody of Memory is coming to Switch (and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) on November 13.

Keeping the rhythm game theme going, Harmonix showed off Fuser, its upcoming DJ game, as well as revealing three new songs that you’ll be able to play around with when it comes to Switch (and PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One) this fall: “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” by Deadmau5, “Dance Monkey” by Tones and I, and “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd.

If two rhythm games wasn’t enough, a third followed with Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure Packwhich is a collection of both Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure games coming to Switch this winter. These games originally were only available on the Nintendo 3DS.

Taking a hard right turn, we move on from rhythm games into warfare, as World of Tanks Blitz is coming to Switch as a free-to-play game later today.

Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions was up next, and the boxing game is bringing characters from the Rocky franchise to Switch in spring of next year.

Circling back around to Final Fantasy, it was revealed Collection of SaGa: Final Fantasy Legend, a compilation of the Final Fantasy Legend trilogy originally available on the first Game Boy (with DS and mobile ports happening in the years since) will be coming to the Switch on December 15.

After that, again, the show is just coming full circle at this point, a trailer for Just Dance 2021 followed. It looked like more Just Dance with some new songs, and is coming to Switch on November 12. It’s also coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Stadia, but given that the PS5 and Series X don’t have official release dates we don’t know if that’s the day it’s coming to those systems.

The last major spotlight of the presentation was the announcement that Puyo Puyo Tetris 2a sequel to the 2014 puzzle game mashup, is coming to Switch (along with PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X) on December 8, with a PC launch slated for next year.

In other news:

Nintendo closed the show with some quick updates and reminders on upcoming games, including:

  • Minecraft Dungeon’s “Creeping Winter” DLC is coming in September.
  • Jump Force Deluxe Edition is coming to Switch on Friday, August 28.
  • Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is also coming to Switch on Friday, August 28.
  • Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition is available tomorrow, August 27.

Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is Fanbyte's news writer. He still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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