Out of nowhere (which has been Nintendo’s MO recently), a Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase dropped. This is said to be the last one for the year but my word, it was a doozy. Here’s the full recap, courtesy of Nintendo Australia:
During the last Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase of the year, Nintendo provided information about a variety of games coming to the Nintendo Switch from development and publishing partners like SQUARE ENIX, Remedy Entertainment, Koei Tecmo Games and HAL Laboratory. Games featured in the video presentation include anticipated RPG sequel BRAVELY DEFAULT II; farming and life-style sim STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town; Greek mythology-inspired action-adventure game Immortals Fenyx Rising; and over-the-top action game No More Heroes III. There was even the surprise reveal that the original No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, which originally released for the Wii console, are out now on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch in Australia*. The presentation can be viewed by visiting Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase October 2020.
But that’s not all as the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase also announced the adorable and out-of-this-world puzzler Part Time UFO from HAL Laboratory, the developers of the Kirby series, as well as a free demo for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, both available now in Nintendo eShop.
Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:
- Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity: Before Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity launches for Nintendo Switch on 20th November, fans will be able to try out a free demo for the game, available in Nintendo eShop now. The action-packed story is set in Hyrule 100 years before the events of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The demo will let players experience the fast-paced action and dramatic cutscenes, which shed light on the events that led to the Great Calamity. During the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, it was revealed that the massive, screen-filling Divine Beasts will also be playable in the game. Using the over-the-top powers of the Divine Beasts will surely help players find victory when used in their respective stages.
- Immortals Fenyx Rising: The fate of the world is at stake. Play as Fenyx, a new winged demigod, on a quest to save the Greek gods and their home from a dark curse. Take on mythological beasts, master the legendary powers of the gods and defeat Typhon, the deadliest Titan in Greek mythology, in an epic fight for the ages. Immortals Fenyx Rising launches for Nintendo Switch on 3rd December.
- BRAVELY DEFAULT II: Brought together by fate, four heroes will embark on a great voyage in the beautiful and engaging RPG BRAVELY DEFAULT II from SQUARE ENIX, the creators of the FINAL FANTASY series. In the series’ new adventure, players will set off on an epic journey, visiting stunning locations, meeting intriguing characters and battling dastardly villains. By defeating enemies called Asterisk bearers, the heroes will acquire Asterisks, which allow them to change jobs. By using the right combination of jobs, players can turn the tide of battle in their favour. Some of the jobs that can be acquired include the powerful Vanguard, the White Mage, the Bard, the Beastmaster and the Gambler, among many others. After a demo version of the game went live in March, the developers collected player feedback on things like difficulty and controls to improve the overall game experience. A video addressing the helpful fan feedback will be posted on the BRAVELY DEFAULT II website. BRAVELY DEFAULT II launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on 26th February 2021.
- STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town: Cultivate a farm from the ground up! Chop down trees! Discover flora and fauna! Raise animals! Experience all of this and more as part of STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town, the newest game in the original family simulation series, coming to Nintendo Switch on 26th March 2021. Will players sow fields and grow a cornucopia of colourful crops? Or construct a massive ranch with lots of animal pens? How players choose to live their farm life is completely up to them.
- No More Heroes III: Experience the latest exploits of legendary assassin, Travis Touchdown, in No More Heroes III. In this game, players are put in the middle of the action, as the fight between assassins becomes a battle on a galactic scale. Destroy aliens in this garden of madness when No More Heroes III launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch in 2021. If players haven’t experienced the series’ prequels, no problem! The first two No More Heroes games, No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle which originally launched for the Wii console, are out now on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch in Australia!*
- Part Time UFO: From HAL Laboratory, the developers of the Kirby series, comes Part Time UFO, a colourful game in which players take on the role of an adorable (and helpful!) UFO. From dishing up sweets, to fishing, and building a castle, the little UFO will perform all sorts of part-time jobs. Players can clear stages by carrying the required object, but more rewards will be earned by completing three specific challenges per stage. By passing a Joy-Con controller to a friend or family member, two people can perform jobs together! Part Time UFO is available now from the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch.
- Surviving the Aftermath: Survive and thrive in a post-apocalyptic future – resources are scarce but opportunity calls. Players can build the ultimate disaster-proof colony, protect their colonists and restore civilization to a devastated world. Remember: The end of the world is just the beginning. The Nintendo Switch version of Surviving the Aftermath launches in autumn 2021.
- Tropico 6 Nintendo Switch Edition: El Presidente is back! In Tropico 6 Nintendo Switch Edition, players have the fate of their island in their hands. Build and rule an island nation on large archipelagos, take care of subjects’ needs and send agents to steal world monuments. Tropico 6 Nintendo Switch Edition lands on Nintendo Switch on 6th November. Pre-orders for the game are available now on Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch.
- Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia: Fierce strategy plus epic action equals Bakugan! It’s up to players to build the best team and duke it out in high-energy battles. Become the ultimate champion in Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia, launching exclusively for Nintendo Switch on 6th November.
- Griftlands: Nintendo Switch Edition: Sharp negotiating skills are a must when playing Griftlands, a deck-building roguelite game. Every decision matters in each playthrough, whether it’s the jobs players take, the friends they make or the cards they collect. Explore the gritty sci-fi world of Griftlands when it launches on Nintendo Switch in winter 2021.
Source: Nintendo AU/NZ