Nintendo previewed upcoming games heading to the Switch console in a new “Nintendo Direct Mini” presentation released on March 26, 2020. New games, remasters and new content for existing franchises were all previewed. The presentation noted that all release dates are subject to change due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The first game featured was Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, the remastering of the original Wii title from 2010. This RPG has been rereleased for the 3DS system, but will now be coming to the Switch with fully-updated graphics and rerecorded music. It’s set for a May 29 release date, and will also include a new expanded storyline called Future Connected to cap off the main game. An edition of the game called the “Definitive Works Set” will include a 250-page artbook with the game.
Three of 2K Games’ most beloved series will be heading to the Switch, including Bioshock: The Collection, which brings all three games in the series to the Switch for the first time. Borderlands: Legendary Collection brings the high-energy shooter to Nintendo, and XCOM 2 Collection will bring the high-stress tactical gameplay of the XCOM franchise to the Switch. All three game collections are set to arrive on May 29.
The first family of Marvel saw a spotlight with a look into the next expansion pass for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 – the Fantastic Four will lead the charge against Doctor Doom in a new story. Players will be able to control The Thing, The Human Torch, The Invisible Woman, and Mr. Fantastic himself in this new content. The “Shadow of Doom” expansion is available now.
A free update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons was highlighted, with a new event coming to the game soon. This event focuses on Zipper T. Bunny, who arrives on players’ islands to help celebrate Bunny Day. Players will have the opportunity to find eggs hidden throughout the island and use them to craft special items. The Bunny Day event takes place from April 1-12. Nintendo also announced another free update arriving in late April, which will add the Earth Day event and other new content.
Ring Fit Adventure is also getting a free update. This fitness-forward gaming experience will be getting a new rhythm game mode, with 17 music tracks added from across Nintendo properties that all make use of the game’s tension ring accessory. A “jogging mode” was also added for those who want to be able to run through the various levels without having to worry about battles. This update is available for free for Ring Fit players right now.
A new fighter was announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: a member of the lineup from Arms is coming to the game this June. Due to the development time it’s taking in order to make the fighter the best they can be, more information about who specifically from the game will be arriving will be released at a later date. The new fighter is expected to arrive this June.
A lengthy look at Bravely Default 2 was provided, with new insights into the game’s characters and world and a look at its plot. The main heroes of the game were profiled, and the battle system and job system also saw in-depth analysis. A demo of the game is now available, and Bravely Default 2 is expected to release in full by the end of 2020.
The expansion pass for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield also saw a new preview. These expansions add new areas and new characters to the Galar region of the game. The first part of the expansion, “The Isle of Armor,” was previewed in this presentation; it will add a new special dojo where the player can receive a special Pokémon, Kubfu, to train with. New Gigantamax forms of the game’s three starter Pokémon were also looked at, and new options for player customization were also shown off. “The Isle of Armor” is set to be available by the end of June 2020.
Other games featured include Shinsekai: Into the Depths, Good Job!, Catherine: Full Body, King’s Bounty II, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Star Wars Episode I Racer, Panzer Dragoon: Remake, Trials of Mana, The Elder Scrolls: Blades, Vigor, Burnout Paradise: Remastered, Minecraft Dungeons, and many more.
The full presentation can be seen below.