Nintendo, ever the lovable scamp, has dropped a surprise Nintendo Direct Mini presentation in our laps this morning, and the company says it will be the last one it will be doing for the rest of 2020. Which is fair, because I, too, would like to check out of 2020, if possible. The show itself was a surprise drop, and that was a theme going into the presentation because several of the games and demos announced were made available as soon as the presentation concluded.
If you want to just watch the video, it’s right here. For everyone else, here’s our recap:
Bravely Default II
The sequel to the 2012 3DS RPG Bravely Default led the show with a new trailer showcasing its heroes, story, and various jobs. Also, following the launch of the game’s demo back in March, the team at Claytechworks has confirmed it’s incorporated feedback from players into the final game, specifically highlighting new difficulty settings and control adjustments. The Direct also said an extended video on the subject of demo feedback would be coming soon. Wrapping it all up was a release date announcement, saying that Bravely Default II will launch on Switch on February 26 of next year.
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town
Next up was the reveal of the newest Story of Seasons game, which will mark the first original, mainline game in the series to come to the Switch following the Friends of Mineral Town remake and the Doraemon Story of Seasons crossover. Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town will have you creating a farm in the middle of a forest, getting to know the locals, raising livestock, and even getting married. Hopefully this follows the Friends of Mineral Town example and allows same-sex marriage, as well. Pioneers of Olive Town will launch on Switch on March 23.
Surviving the Aftermath
Iceflake Games’ survival/management sim Surviving the Aftermath will be coming to Switch next Spring. Hopefully the state of the world has improved by then and it will be more tolerable to play than it is in 2020.
Immortals Fenyx Rising
Ubisoft’s open-world Greek mythology-inspired game Immortals Fenyx Rising is coming to Switch (as well as PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC, and Stadia) on December 3.
Nintendo threw a handful of games together in a quick montage, including Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia, which got a spotlight from Nintendo earlier this year, and is coming to Switch on November 3. Griftlands: Nintendo Switch Edition is bringing the deck-driven roguelike to Nintendo’s console next summer, which is a fair bit later after the game will launch on PC later this year. And lastly, island management sim Tropico 6 is coming to Switch on November 6.
Hitman III: Cloud Version
One of the more surprising announcements of the Direct was that Hitman III will be coming to Switch alongside everywhere else on Janurary 20, but as a “Cloud Version” that will allow the game to run on the less powerful hardware through streaming.
Control: Ultimate Edition – Cloud Version
But what was probably more surprising than Agent 47’s next game coming to Switch next year via Cloud streaming was that Control: Ultimate Edition was making a similar jump, but it’s available now. Who needs to play through Jesse’s story on a next-gen console you can’t freely upgrade to when you can play the whole thing on Switch (assuming you have an adequate internet connection that will let you stream the whole thing without issue)?
No More Heroes III
After being delayed into next year, No More Heroes III is finally back in the spotlight with a new trailer showing Travis Touchdown in all his glory. The game will apparently be escalating the series to a galactic scale, which checks out considering the nature of the reveal trailer that was shown off at last year’s Game Awards. If you’ve never played the first two games on the original Wii, both No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle will be available on Switch later today.
Part Time UFO
Kirby developer HAL Laboratory is releasing a new game on Switch called Part Time UFO, which has the player using a UFO outfitted with a claw to move, stack, and arrange objects. Stacking them higher earns you higher scores. It’s available today.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
Closing out the show was the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild prequel Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity with a new trailer showing the scale of the disaster that destroyed the world 100 years before the original game. The Dynasty Warriors-style spin-off is coming to Switch on November 20, but if you want to try it now, there’s a demo live on the eShop that covers the game’s first chapter. Any progress you make will carry over to the final game.