In this time of strife and hardship, Nintendo has surprised the world with an unexpected 30-minute Nintendo Direct Mini 2020 pre-recorded video. However, it’s ‘Mini’ only in name, as the presentation showcases a lot of exciting stuff for Nintendo Switch owners to look forward to for the rest of the year.
Unfortunately, there’s still no news on Shin Megami Tensei V, one of the most highly-anticipated JRPGs, but Atlus is probably too busy milking Persona 5 to work on that game.
Check out my full recap and roundup of the Nintendo Direct Mini 2020 below.
Bravely Default II
In this sequel to the iconic JRPG Bravely Default, four new Heroes of Light embark on a grand and glorious mission guided by the elemental crystals. Like the first game, Bravely Default II will feature a battle system that emphasizes strategy, with players deciding when to attack (Brave) or hold back and wait for the right moment to strike (Default).
Mechanics like asterisk holders, the job system, Braving and Defaulting, and increasing the battle speed are all returning in Bravely Default II. The classes confirmed so far are freelancer, vanguard, thief, black mage, white mage, and monk (for what can be seen).
Bravely Default II takes place on the continent Excillant, a land that is home to five kingdoms. Our four central heroes of light in this new tale are a sailor named Seth, a princess named Gloria (who’s on the run after her home was destroyed), a scholar named Elvis who is working to decipher a mysterious tome, and a mercenary named Adelle (hired by Elvis to protect him).
A free demo for Bravely Default II is out now, but an official release date for the full game has yet to be revealed.
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition Release Date
Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition is slated to release for the Nintendo Switch on 29 May 2020. It will arrive with a brand new epilogue story, Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected.
This definitive edition of the RPG also looks better and plays smoother than ever before, with improved battle HUD and menu screens, as well as remastered and remixed music. In addition, the Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Works Set 250-page artbook will also launch on the same day, featuring beautiful landscapes, imposing monsters and more.
2K Games: All The Bioshock And Borderlands Titles, Plus XCOM 2
A bunch of games from publisher 2K are coming to the Nintendo Switch on 29 May 2020, including the following:
- Sci-fi tactical strategy game XCOM 2 Collection, containing the XCOM 2 base game, four DLC packs, and the War Of The Chosen expansion.
- Borderlands Legendary Collection, containing the original Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
- BioShock Remastered, BioShock 2 Remastered and BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition, as well as BioShock: The Collection, which includes all three BioShock games in one package.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Expansion Pass Pack 3 Fantastic Four: Shadow Of Doom
Marvel’s First Family goes up against Doctor Doom in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Expansion Pass – Pack 3: Fantastic Four: Shadow of Doom, which is available now.
The new pack adds the Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom as playable characters as they fight through a new story campaign.
Shinsekai: Into The Depths
Shinsekai: Into the Depths is a deep-sea exploration game, where players collect resources to upgrade their gear, craft items and dive deeper into the abyss. As they explore increasingly mysterious environments, players have to monitor their oxygen and pressure levels to survive.
Shinsekai: Into the Depths is out now for the Nintendo Switch.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bunny Day Event
Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ first seasonal event is on its way. Between 1 April and 12 April 2020, residents of the island can participate in Bunny Day to find eggs hidden by bunny visitor Zipper and craft special items with them.
The next free update to the game is coming sometime in late April 2020, which will add new features and the Earth Day event.
In this madcap action-puzzle game from Nintendo, players can perform hilarious and challenging tasks around a sprawling office building to get the job done by any means necessary, either solo or in co-op two-player mode.
Good Job! is out now for the Nintendo Switch.
Catherine: Full Body
The unique puzzle-adventure game is coming to Nintendo Switch on 7 July 2020. Players can climb a tower of puzzle blocks and dive into a mature, intense and intoxicating story.
Ring Fit Adventure Update
A free update is coming to Ring Fit Adventure later today, adding a new Rhythm Game mode, as well as the option to switch to a female voice and to change the language of the in-game voice.
In the Rhythm Game mode, players can dance to several new tracks from popular Nintendo games, including Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
King’s Bounty II
Since 1990, the King’s Bounty series has been influencing the evolution of western RPGs. In this new sequel, the graphics are more realistic, in-game choices matter more than ever, and a new character development system informs the ethics and affinities of new characters.
King’s Bounty II launches on Nintendo Switch sometime in 2020.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate New Fighter Is From Arms
The first fighter in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 will be joining the battle from the Nintendo Switch game ARMS. However, the fighter will only be officially revealed and release sometime in June 2020.
Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics
Blackjack, Backgammon, Shogi and Texas Hold ’em are only four of a whopping 51 games from around the world included in the massive Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics.
Some of the games feature multiplayer, including options for up to four people to play locally or online. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics is slated to release for the Nintendo Switch on 5 June 2020.
In this free-to-play game, up to eight players must battle it out to earn points and claim victory. As ninjas, players can sprint across stages, disguise themselves and wield an arsenal of skills, like heavy-hitting hammers, fast and flashy katanas, and tricked-out yo-yos.
Players can take part in free-for-all battles or work together in 4-on-4 team matches. Ninjala is slated to release for the Nintendo Switch sometime in May 2020.
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Enter Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy to learn the ways of the Force in this iconic yet sadly non-canon Star Wars game, as players can customize their Jedi looks and battle online with up to 16 players.
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is out now for the Nintendo Switch.
Panzer Dragoon: Remake
In this remake of the dragon-riding classic, players can pilot the Blue Dragon through incredible landscapes, battling giant creatures and lethal battleships using 360-degree controls and lock-on targeting.
Panzer Dragoon: Remake is out now for the Nintendo Switch.
Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass
With the new Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, the sprawling island in the sea, the Isle of Armor, and the frozen snowscape known as the Crown Tundra will be available in the Galar region.
On the Isle of Armor, trainers can gather at a new dojo for Pokémon Battles to master their skills. By training at this dojo, players will receive the Legendary Pokémon Kubfu from the master, Mustard. Through training with Kubfu, Trainers will receive permission to challenge the Towers of Two Fists on the Isle of Armor.
Once one of the two towers has been conquered, Kubfu will evolve into Urshifu. In addition to new outfit items and hairstyles, the Expansion Passes will also add new league card backgrounds, effects and frames.
The Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass Part 1 – The Isle of Armor is slated to release by the end of June 2020. Meanwhile, additional information about the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass Part 2 – The Crown Tundra will be revealed in the future.
Other Games Coming To The Nintendo Switch In 2020
- Trials of Mana – 24 April 2020
- Fuser – Fall 2020
- The Elder Scrolls: Blades – Spring 2020
- Warhammer 40,000: Mechanius – May 2020
- Vigor – Closed Beta on 9 April 2020
- Burnout Paradise: Remastered – Sometime in 2020
- Saints Row IV: Re-Elected – 27 March 2020
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III – 30 June 2020
- Mr. Driller DrillLand – 25 June 2020
- Minecraft Dungeons – Spring 2020