Nintendo (Mini) Direct Finally Announced; Updates on Xenoblade, Pokemon, and Animal Crossing

Fans have been waiting for a Nintendo Direct for literal months, especially given how light 2020 has and looks to be for Nintendo. Surprisingly, Nintendo stealth dropped a mini Direct earlier today, allaying some of the worry surrounding Nintendo’s 2020 plans.

Here are some of the major announcements:

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition

New updated graphics turns this timeless JRPG into a visual treat. PC: Nintendo

A remake of the Wii JRPG classic, Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition will bring the story of Shulk to new audiences come May 29th. With updated graphics and visuals, rerecorded audio and new features like costume customization, this will be best way to play the fan favorite game.

Additionally, a whole new epilogue will be added to the game called Xenoblade Chronicles Future Connected. It is unsure whether this will be DLC like Torna: The Golden Country for Xenoblades Chronicles 2 or if it will be included with the Definitive Edition.

2K Games Coming to Switch

Several of 2K Games’ classics have been slow making their way to the Switch. But it was just announced that Bioshock: The Collection, Borderlands Legendary Collection (which looks to have Borderlands, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and Borderlands 2), and XCOM 2 Collection will all be released for the Switch May 29th.

Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Isle of Armor Expansion Pass

Trainers come to the dojo to master Pokemon skills. PC: Nintendo

More information was revealed about the first expansion pass. Trainers will be able to train at a dojo, where they will receive a legendary Pokemon named Kubfu. Using Kubfu, you can challenge the Tower of Darkness or the Tower of Waters, evolving Kubfu with either Dark or Water typing. Additionally, the starter Pokemon will get a Gigantamax form.

New outfits, hair styles, League cards styles will also be available. A pre-purchase cosmetic bonus will also be available. The Isle of Armor will release by the end of June.

Other games and expansion passes announced include:

  • Smash Brothers Expansion Pack character, an unnamed ARMS fighter, available in June. ARMS will also be free to play from today to April 6th
  • Bravely Default II, a turn based strategic game, will have a demo available today. The full game will release in 2020
  • Shadow of Doom, a Fantastic Four expansion to Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, available now
  • Shinsekai: Into the Depths, a deep sea exploration game, available now
  • Animal Crossing Bunny Day from April 1-12, with Earth Day event later in April
  • Goob Job!, a game about helping (or destroying) an office, available today
  • Catherine: Full Body, a PlayStation cult classic romance puzzler by the makers of SMT and Persona, July 7
  • Free update for Ring Fit Adventure includes a Rhythm Game mode, a female voice and language option for the ring companion, and a jogging mode, all available today.
  • King’s Bounty II, a tactical RPG set in medieval times, available in 2020
  • Club House Games 51 Worldwide Classics, a 51 games game – games include billiards, backgammon, golf, Texas Hold ‘em, bowling, and mancala, among others – available June 5th
  • Ninjala, a battle arena game with ninja style battle tactics like speed and disguise abilities, available May 27th
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy and Star Wars Racers will now be on the Switch, the former available today
  • Panzer Dragoon: Remake, a dragon riding battle classic, available today
  • Trials of Mana, April 24th
  • FUSER, Fall 2020
  • The Elder Scrolls: Blades, Spring 2020
  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus, May 2020
  • Vigor, Closed Beta, April 9, 2020
  • Burnout Paradise Remasters, 2020
  • Saints Row: IV – Re-Elected, March 27, 2020
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, June 30, 2020
  • DRILLER DrillLand, June 25, 2020
  • Minecraft Dungeons, Spring 2020

The mini Direct was jam packed with information on some highly anticipated games. However, questions surrounding some major titles still remain. Where is Bayonetta 3? What happened to Metroid Prime 4? Will we be getting a new Pikmin game? What is the holiday 2020 title?

Obviously, Nintendo, much like people and other companies, are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and that it may be affecting their ability to plan further than a few months. Hopefully, we’ll have a full direct around June when Nintendo would normally be hosting a Direct for E3.

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