On July 20, Nintendo presented a new 8-minute video within its Direct project. That Nintendo Mini video made a lot of promises, as it contained announcements from developers partnering with Nintendo and trailers and gameplay of new games.
And most of them feel exciting. So let’s forgive Nintendo for skipping its home production; maybe the new Pokémon and Animal Crossing announcements will appear in the next Nintendo Direct. Let’s get to what was there, and there’s a lot.
Cadence of Hyrule
No need to introduce any Zelda fan to this musical adventure. But there will be something to surprise: the recent Zelda game, Cadence of Hyrule, is soon getting three DLC packs, $6 each. The first is already available: it features five new playable characters. Another one will deliver a new map and an already familiar character: Skull Kid. The third will expand the soundtrack with 39 new tracks. If you wait until October 23, you’ll be able to grab the expanded version with all these packs included.
Well, hardly is this a new genre, but at least a new title. We have seen a lot of third-person multiplayer shooters, but most of them appeared on Switch late or never at all. Chances are this one will become popular, though not iconic. And while watching a trailer, one can be forgiven for impatient when-is-the-next-Nintendo-direct thinking.
WWE Battlegrounds 2K
This highly popular arcade fighting, with everything exaggerated, comic-book style, and over the top, has already been on Switch. But the port of 2K18 version was so poor that it was better not to have it at all. Seems now the developers have learned from their mistakes and made it right. The release date is September 18 (if It all goes right). Okay, let them retry.
Shin Megami Tensei III (a.k.a. Nocturne)
The iconic series that gave birth to as iconic spinoffs (like Persona) is slowly returning to modern hardware. The original game was published on PlayStation 2, and its popularity was huge. Now the story of the battle for Tokyo taken by demonic powers is back, and on Nintendo Switch it doesn’t look any obsolete.
Shin Megami Tensei V
Well, there is more for fans of the series. Next year we can meet the fifth installment in the main series of Shin Megami Tensei. The next Nintendo Direct announcements may tell more about this long-awaited title, as it’s scheduled for release in 2021.