Everything Shown At Today’s Nintendo Direct Mini

Everything Shown At Today’s Nintendo Direct Mini
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Switch-owning JRPG fans are feasting today. The biggest standouts from today’s Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase include Persona 5 Royal and Nier: Automata ports for the Nintendo Switch, but there were also neat-looking indie titles like the beautifully handcrafted RPG Time: The Legend of Wright and visually striking co-op adventure Blanc.

Here’s our roundup of everything that was shown off at Nintendo’s third-party showcase today.

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak

Sunbreak is the upcoming expansion for Monster Hunter Rise, and it adds a ton of new monsters every season. There’s also a main storyline where the player investigates three powerful monsters in a new location called Elgado Outpost. The expansion drops on June 30.

Screenshot: Square Enix / Nintendo / YouTubeScreenshot: Square Enix / Nintendo / YouTube

Nier: Automata The End of YoRHa Edition

The long-awaited Switch port of Yoko Taro’s cult action-RPG is finally here. This version includes all of the DLC and some original costumes made specifically for this edition.

Lorelei and the Laser Eyes

This surreal puzzle game is made by the devs behind the beloved music game Sayonara Wild Hearts, and it’s coming out sometime in 2023.

Super Bomberman R 2

Konami’s first Switch Bomberman slowly got better with patches, and a new entry in the long-running maze-puzzle series is coming to the Nintendo Switch sometime in 2023.

Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection

Legacy Collection is the collection of 10 Mega Man Battle Network games on the Game Boy Advance systems. (No sign of Network Transmission from GameCube, though.) The compilation will be released sometime next year.

Pac-Man World Re-Pac

This 3D platforming game allows you to play as Pac-man as he embarks on an adventure to save his wife and kids, who look very sad in their jail cell. You can grab the game on August 26 this year.

Blanc 

Blanc is a monochrome-rendered puzzle game with gorgeous 3D art, and I’m here for it. In addition to its main story campaign, it also has a co-op mode. Blanc comes to Nintendo Switch in February 2023.

Return to Monkey Island 

Return to Monkey Island is the latest entry in Ron Gilbert’s famous adventure games, and staff at Kotaku are very excited about how pretty it looks. The game was announced back in April, and will be coming out later this year.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Mario and Rabbids collide in this tactical collaboration between Nintendo and Ubisoft. The game introduces new Rabbid creatures called Sparks, and the protagonists will have to join up to save them. The game will be released on October 20 this year.

Little Noah: Scion of Paradise

 This fantasy RPG is created by the devs who made Dragalia Lost, and it shows in the art style. The game is described as a casual roguelike, and you can download it starting today.

Railgrade

If building a train system is your idea of a good time, then Railgrade might be the game for you. But it’s not just about building your own train empire — you’ll also have to coordinate shipping for an industrial colony. OK, that last part is a little bit uncomfortable. But trains! Railgrade will be on the Nintendo Switch sometime this fall.

RPG Time: The Legend of Wright

Despite having the most generic name ever, The Legend of Wright is one of the more interesting RPG concepts that I’ve seen among indies this year. You play as a hand-drawn character in a storybook, and you can use your writing utensils to help solve puzzles. Think Chicory, but with fantasy heroics. The game is coming out on August 18.

Sonic Frontiers

The Sonic take on an open-world game has drawn a ton of criticism for its “open-zone” gameplay concept, but players will be able to judge Frontiers for themselves soon. The game is coming out this holiday season.

Disney Dreamlight Valley

Dreamlight Valley is exactly what it appears to be: a game in which you hang out in a magical land with your Disney pals. And yet, I can’t help but feel a little charmed by how much it looks like digital Disneyland. You can play Disney’s take on The Sims starting September 6, when the game goes into early access.

Live A Live

Square Enix’s classic 16-bit Super Famicom RPG will be seeing its first Western release on July 22, but you can start playing the first three chapters of this time-travelling game starting from today. (Surprise!)

Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom

Doraemon is one of the most influential anime IPs of all time, and its lighthearted tone is perfect for a farming simulation. So I’m thrilled to see Bandai Namco announcing a sequel to the first Doraemon Story of Seasons. The new entry in the series will be coming to the Switch sometime this year.

Minecraft Legends

Minecraft Legends is an action-strategy game that takes a more story-driven approach than the original sandbox sensation. Legends will be released in 2023.

Dragon Quest Treasures

Dragon Quest Treasures is a spin-off from the Dragon Quest series, and will feature a pair of treasure hunters searching for loot. It comes to the Nintendo Switch on December 9 this year.

Portal: Companion Collection

Valve’s beloved, hilarious 3D puzzle adventures Portal and Portal 2 are bundled together for this Switch port, which will bring you back to the test chambers of the Aperture Science Laboratories. The Companion Collection is out today.

Harvestella

As someone who was super let down by Rune Factory 5 this year, I have high hopes for Harvestella. The farming simulation game looks like a cross between Rune Factory and the Tales games. Harvestella comes out on the Nintendo Switch on November 4 this year.

Persona 5 Royal

I’m never going to stop playing Persona 5 Royal, am I? The remaster of Atlus’ bestselling school sim RPG will be released on October 21. The showcase also teased Switch ports of Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden, but no release dates for those games have been announced yet. All of the games will be sold separately.

And that’s all they showed! What were your favourite surprises?

 

Comments

  • I’m very excited that BANDAI NAMCO is bringing PAC-MAN World Re-PAC and that it’s coming out in August 26 later this year so I’m looking forward to playing as PAC-MAN again this year and to help save his family who was due to celebrate PAC-MAN’S birthday only to be kidnapped by ghosts keep up the great work BANDAI NAMCO.
    I’m also hyped for both Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope and I’m glad that Bowser is joining the Mario Rabbids crew and that Ubisoft has finally given us a release date for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope October 20 this year I will definitely be pre-ordering that game on Nintendo eShop and also very excited that ATLUS is bringing Persona 3 Portable Persona 4 Golden and Persona 5 Royal with Persona 5 Royal coming out a day after Ubisoft’s Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope on October 21.
    I’ll also be pre-ordering Persona 5 Royal on Nintendo Switch because as the song goes: You didn’t see it coming you see that my money is too fast for eyes and that also means I can’t wait to awaken my own Persona.
    Anyway I’m also looking forward to Sonic Frontiers coming to Nintendo Switch that SEGA is working on now that Roger Craig Smith has decided to stay and to continue voicing as the speedy blue hedgehog.
    I’m definitely excited for all games coming to Nintendo Switch and that definitely gave me surprises.
    Hope we get a general Nintendo Direct in September later this year.

  • As excited as I knew I’d be for anything Monkey Island related, the real stand-out for me personally was BLANC. That game looks so adorable and I’m ready to get my heart smashed into pieces by the story.

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