Nintendo Hid Today’s Best-Looking Switch Game In The Japanese Direct

Nintendo Hid Today’s Best-Looking Switch Game In The Japanese Direct
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The best-looking game in today’s Nintendo Direct Mini might have been the action-platformer-farming (!) game Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin, but you wouldn’t have seen it if you were watching the North American version of the Direct. It wasn’t in there. In Japan, though, it kicked off the presentation. It’s unclear why that is, because the beautiful-looking game is coming out in North America this year, too.

Everything Announced During Today’s Nintendo Direct Mini

Today, Nintendo hosted an 8-minute Direct focused on third-party games. That means we didn’t get a look at Metroid Prime 4, the Breath of the Wild sequel, new Smash Fighters Pass characters, Pokémon’s Crown Tundra DLC, or any of the reportedly 9,000 Mario remasters in the works. Still, it was...

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According to a press release from publisher Xseed, Sakuna will be released on November 10 globally on PC and on that date in North America for the Switch and PS4. A Japanese console release will follow on the 12th and it’ll be out in Europe on the 20th.

Sakuna combines farming and platforming with RPG elements and was first shown off back at E3 2017. Here’s how Xseed describes the game’s setup and world.

“Players take on the role of Sakuna, a spoiled harvest goddess banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans. As she explores the beautiful yet forbidding environments of the island, she will also find a home in a mountain village, proving herself worthy of her title by harvesting rice and bettering the lives of humanity.”

Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin has been in development for five years, and after a delay, it seems players will soon be able to farm, jump and fight as a goddess later this year.


  • Well that’s a mixed feeling for me. That video showed a whole bunch of 2(.5?)D platform/brawling that I’m not interested in, blended with some fucking gorgeous Middle Ages rice-farming game that I am very, very interested in.

    I’m sure someone who likes both will be well-served by this.

    • Prolly the folks who love Rune Factory but want a more action oriented combat…and would dig the asian aesthetic? XD


      if your like me who loves both the Harvest Moon/story of Seasons/Rune Factory series AND the Vanillaware action/rpg games like Muramasa and Odin Sphere this is a mash up I never knew I wanted!…. now the question is if this will come in english..

      • Story said the West is getting it, for sure.

        Thinking I might need to check out reviews for this one and see what the gameplay balance is like, which side it leans most toward. If the farming is just mini games in service of buffs for the combat game, I’m probably out, but if it’s the other way, I reckon I’ll give it a shot.

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