Thursday, 1 Oct 2020

Nintendo August Mini Direct – Every Reveal

Nintendo has just shadow-dropped another Direct Mini Partner Showcase, which contains new announcements & release dates for upcoming Switch games from third-party developers. Here’s everything that happened during the presentation.

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

The first announcement was a release date for Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory, which is a rhythm game that uses songs and locations from the Kingdom Hearts series. This (hopefully) sets a precedent for more Kingdom Hearts game to come to the Switch in the future. The Switch version has an exclusive eight-player local co-op mode, where everyone battles against each other in a free-for-all battle. Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory will be released on November 13, 2020.

Fuser

The Direct featured a new look at Fuser, which is an upcoming rhythm game that allows players to take on the role of a DJ at the concert. Three new songs were announced for the game – “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” by Deadmau5, “Dance Monkey” by Tones and I, and “Blinding Lights” by The Weekend. It’s possible for up to four players to compete against each other with mixes in a battle at a concert. Fuser will be released this fall.

Taiko no Tatsujin Rhythmic Adventure Pack

Taiko no Tatsujin Rhythmic Adventure Pack combines two of the RPGs from the series into one package on the Switch. These games feature a battle system based around playing the drums, with the player able to recruit over 250 enemy monsters. There is also a rhythm mode with over 150 songs. Taiko no Tatsujin Rhythmic Adventure Pack will be released this Winter.

World of Tanks Blitz

World of Tanks Blitz is coming to the Switch, bringing the free-to-play action tank game from mobile phones and PC to Nintendo’s latest console. World of Tanks Blitz pits teams of 7 vs 7 tanks against each other in fast-paced and strategic battles. The game will be available to download for free today.

Big Rumble Boxing: Creed of Champions

Big Rumble Boxing: Creed of Champions is a brand-new title announced during the Direct. The game is a boxing title based on the Rocky and Creed movies, allowing players to take on the famous fighters from the film franchise. Big Rumble Boxing: Creed of Champions will be released in Spring 2021.

Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend

Square Enix is following up its Collection of Mana with Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend, which will contain three titles from the SaGa series that were released on the GameBoy as Final Fantasy titles outside of Japan. The games included in the collection are The Final Fantasy Legend, Final Fantasy Legend II, and Final Fantasy Legend III. These versions of the game will receive QoL improvements and new graphical options. Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend will be available on December 15, 2020.

Just Dance 2021

Just Dance 2021 was announced for the Switch, surprising nobody. It includes 40 new tracks, including songs like “All Good Girls Go To Hell” by Billie Eilish, “Don’t Start Now” Dua Lipa, and “Juice” by Lizzo. Just Dance 2021 will be released on November 12, 2020.

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is combining two of the greatest puzzle games of all time once more. This iteration includes all of the modes from the first game, and it will new content, like the Skill Battle Mode, which introduces special abilities into the mix. The game will also include a new Adventure mode and a four-player online mode. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 will be released on December 5, 2020.

The showcase ended with a couple of brief announcements regarding upcoming games that have already been announced. The Creeping Winter DLC for Minecraft Dungeons now has a September release date. Jump Force Deluxe was also shown with a reminder that it’s being released on August 28, as well as the action/football game Captain Tsubasa: Rise of Champions, which will also launch on August 28, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition, which launches tomorrow.

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