It looks like we’ll have to wait even longer for the traditional Nintendo Direct after the Nintendo Direct Mini surprise: The partner’s window broke this morning. The video showcased the new third-party games coming to the Switch, as well as updates to those already announced. As expected, no announcements were made at the first party, but we hope to receive an update from Nintendo as soon as possible. See the full presentation below and the press release below:
With the recent Nintendo Direct Mini, Nintendo revealed many different games for the Nintendo Switch system: The Partner Showcase video presentation, the second in the Partner Showcase series, was made possible thanks to the continued support of Nintendo’s development and publishing partners. Games include games from Ubisoft, SQUARE ENIX, and Harmonix, with recognizable characters like Sora from KINGDOM HEARTS, a cast of excellent manga characters, and even boxing legend Adonis Creed!
We are pleased with the continued support of our developer and publisher partners for Nintendo Switch, said Steve Singer, senior vice president of publisher and developer relations at Nintendo of America. A diverse collection of games presented in this Nintendo Direct Mini : The partner showcase presentations will further deepen the already rich library of games that Nintendo Switch owners can enjoy.
Here’s how to watch the Nintendo Direct Mini: For a full partner demonstration, visit https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/08-26-2020/. Here are some of the highlights of the video:
- Just dance 2021: The Just Dance series is back with the new version of Just Dance 2021! In this latest installment in the popular dance series, players can move on to 40 hot new titles, including tracks from popular artists like Don’t Start Now Dua Lipa and Feel Special TWICE. Players can even work together in cooperative mode! Just Dance 2021 is coming up on the 12th. November for Nintendo Switch.
- Blitz of the tank world: In this epic, free online multiplayer game, players control over 350 unique and exclusive combat vehicles with complex 3D models. Historically accurate vehicles, experimental tanks based on the drawings of famous engineers, armored monsters from popular alternate universes – here they fight together! The world of Tank Blitz is now available for Nintendo Switch. New players who played World of Tanks Blitz on the Nintendo Switch system before their 9th birthday. September can receive a special free in-game gift from the in-game shop with a T2 medium tank, three days access to a premium account, 1,000 gold (in-game currency) and an exclusive avatar.
- THE KINGDOM HEART a melody from memory: In this SQUARE ENIX music experience set in the world of KINGDOM HEARTS, players must use good timing to hit the beat and use powerful magic spells to attack their enemies. There are several modes available in the game, including Memory Drive, which involves matching up previous scenes from memory, and Boss Battle, where players target fearsome bosses with special attacks. Purge Scenes rewards players with movie and music scores to relive memorable scenes from their journey. In addition to the local online* and multiplayer** modes, a new Nintendo Switch exclusive mode called Free-for-all offers local multiplayer action for up to eight players. Additionally, players will be able to experience the KINGDOM HEARTS chapter from the point of view of the popular Kairi character. The memory issue of KINGDOM HEARTS will be released on Nintendo Switch later this year.
- Puyo Puyo Tetris 2: Two legendary puzzle games come together in Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 for the ultimate puzzle game! This dynamic remake features all the modes from the original game, including the popular Versus mode where players can play Puyo Puyo against Tetris, and the Party mode with special items and challenges. The new Skill Battle mode introduces characters and item cards that can be equipped to strengthen your team and get your turn on quickly! In Adventure Mode, players travel through spaces and dimensions they’ve never seen before in the new story. A motley crew of endearing characters brings the power of the Tetriminos and Puyos to life. The advanced online mode** allows you to watch matches in which up to four players can participate in globally ranked online battles. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 will be released on the 8th. December on Nintendo – just in time for the holidays!
- TAIKO NO TATSUJIN: RHYTHMIC EXPERIENCE PACKAGE: Two games from the Taiko no Tatsujin series are coming to the Nintendo Switch in one collection. Join Don-chan in two great RPG adventures, travel back in time to the future or save the world from strange events. Take on your opponents in rhythmic battles and chain combos with powerful taiko drums. Recruit monsters as allies, control each monster’s identity and assemble a fearsome group to defeat terrifying enemies. And if the player just wants to play with the music, a rhythmic mode is also available. The compilation features more than 130 songs, including new ones like Gurenge. TAIKO NO TATSUJIN: A quick promotional package for the Nintendo Switch will be released in the winter of 2020.
- Big Rumble Boxing: The creed of champions: Climb the ladder in this knockout boxing game featuring some of the most famous fictional boxers of all time like Rocky Balboa, Adonis Creed and Victor Drago. Embark on a true journey into the world of the underdogs through story-based interactions and fierce combat with intuitive controls and brutal combat techniques. Players can also hone their boxing skills in Rocky’s classic training montages. In Freeplay mode, fight for Rocky Balboa, Adonis Creed and a host of fighting legends from the Rocky and Creed franchises, including Apollo Creed, Ivan and Victor Drago and Clabber Lang. A local multiplayer mode* is also available, allowing players to compete with friends in adrenaline-fuelled matches. Enter the boxing ring of Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions, which will be released for the Nintendo Switch in Spring 2021.
- JUMP FORCE – Deluxe Edition : Join forces to fight a dangerous threat and save humanity in JUMP FORCE – Deluxe Edition. Choose from a list of over 50 powerful manga heroes from ONE ROOM, DRAGON BALL, NARUTO and many more. Fight in a variety of modes, including online and in local teams, exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version. JUMP FORCE – Deluxe Edition, which includes Pass 1 of the characters, will be available on the 28th. August on the Nintendo Switch.
- FINAL FANTASY CHRONICLES CRYSTAL CHRONICLES Refurbished Edition : A great adventure awaits you in this remastered version of the classic cooperative action RPG. The new version of FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES features new high-level dungeons and weapons, updated graphics and more. Collaborate online with friends near and far, or with other players in a group game system to fight enemies and discover new adventures. The remastered edition of FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES will be released on the 27th. August for the Nintendo Switch in stores.
- A COLLECTION OF THE LATEST FANTASY SAGA: The first three games in the SaGa series – FINAL FANTASY Legend, FINAL FANTASY Legend II and FINAL FANTASY Legend III, originally released for the Game Boy system – arrive on the Nintendo Switch in one collection! Travel to fantasy worlds, fight monsters, customize your characters, explore cities, dungeons and more. Broadband mode and other useful features have been added while maintaining the appeal of the original titles. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the series, a special birthday song was recorded. And if players want a truly retro experience, they can detach the Joy-Con controllers and hold them upright to mimic the beloved original Game Boy system. COLLECTION OF FANTASY SaGa FINAL LEGEND will be published on the 15th. December in digital on the Nintendo Switch.
- Captain Tsubasa: The emergence of the new champions: Captain Tsubasa’s disregard for the rules of football: The emergence of the new champions. Perform powerful offensive and defensive moves to take the lead in action-packed matches. Customize your characters, create your dream team and participate in online and local games. Shooter shoots and scores a goal from Captain Tsubasa’s guard: Rise of the New Champions, Nintendo Switch, will be released on the 28th. August.
- The dungeons of Minecraft DLC : Fight the frost in the dungeons of the Min-ship Crawling Winter DLC. Bravely embark on new missions and destroy the ruthless mob that awaits your journey to defeat the terrible Wraith in the middle of the storm. Find the source of corruption and discover new weapons, armor and artifacts when this arcade gamepad arrives on Nintendo Switch in September. (A full version of the kit is required to use the CSD; sold separately).
- FUSER: From Harmonix, the maker of Rock Band™, comes FUSER™, a non-stop digital music festival where players control the music. In the next evolutionary stage of music games, players combine elements of songs from some of the world’s most popular artists to create stunning mixes, or collaborate with friends in epic collaborations. FUSER will arrive at the Nintendo Switch this fall.
Details on the upcoming Nintendo Direct Mini : A showcase of partners will be presented in the future.
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*Additional accessories required for multiplayer mode. Available separately.
**Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and a Nintendo account are required to use the network features. Not in every country. Internet access is required for online features. The following rules apply. nintendo.com/switch-online
Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published in various media. He is currently an editor and contributor to Age of Games.
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