Given that it was a Direct Mini, it was shorter and more compact than your conventional Direct. As opposed to showcasing new games, much of it featured previously announced titles with new trailers, details, demos, and release dates. You can check out the Nintendo Direct and each individual game featured here.
With that said, we want to cover the highlights of the presentation. Some games featured a long-awaited announcement while others got a glimpse of an upcoming expansion. Still others even received a same-day release, be it a full game or a demo. All coming titles will be available for Nintendo Switch later this year.
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
Beginning with the Direct's intro, the long-awaited remaster of Xenoblade Chronicles will come to Nintendo Switch later this year. Featuring beautifully remastered and reworked visuals, Xenoblade Chronicles' art style flourishes with new life and color not possible on the original Wii version. This new version of the title will also feature a post-game epilogue story!
Be sure to check out Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition when it releases on May 29, 2020!
Panzer Dragoon: Remake
Originally teased by Sega last year, their illustrious on-rails shooter came to Nintendo Switch in a surprise announcement made yesterday. In an era without Star Fox on a modern Nintendo console, Sega brings the genre's roots back to the forefront. Moreover, along with the likes of Super Monkey Ball Blitz HD, Space Channel 5 VR, and Streets of Rage 4, this is yet another Sega title making a long-awaited comeback.
Panzer Dragoon originally released on the Sega Saturn in 1995. It was followed by a sequel, Panzer Dragoon Saga, in 1998. After Sega's last console, the Dreamcast, ended production, Sega moved to third-party development. Among those included the series' final game, Panzer Dragoon Orta, for Xbox. For some, like myself, this was our first exposure to the series. Check out the Panzer Dragoon orta commercial below, courtesy of James Barton.
Until now, Panzer Dragoon was merely referenced in other Sega games, such as Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed. But with the aforementioned revival of Sega classics, perhaps we will see Panzer Dragoon and much more from the gaming giant in near future.
Panzer Dragoon is available now for Nintendo Switch.
Bravely Default II
Originally announced at last year's Game Awards, Bravely Default II follows the storyline set forth in the 3DS titles, Bravely Default and Bravely Second. Featuring four new heroes, Bravely Default II will tell their tale as they set out to search for the four elemental crystals. The title will take cues from Square-Enix's famous Final Fantasy franchise, such as the Crystals, Jobs, and even familiar magic spell names.
Developed by Team Asano, who created Octopath Traveler, Bravely Default II will release for Nintendo Switch later this year. We will update you on The Geek Getaway as we learn more on its release date.
In the meantime, enjoy playing the demo which released on the day of the Direct!
ARMS Character Revealed for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Nintendo confirmed that the upcoming first character from Fighter Pass 2 will come from ARMS, Nintendo's full-3D fighting game released in 2017. While it enjoyed a brief wave of popularity, Nintendo began to speak less of it until it faded into complete obscurity after its final update.
However, a surprise announcement from Nintendo, via Twitter, confirmed the existence of a North American open tournament for ARMS. After many months of nearly no mention from Nintendo on social media, this announcement would precede the confirmation of an ARMS character in Smash mere days later.
While Spring Man, one of the ARMS characters, is already an Assist Trophy in Smash Ultimate, the mantle of playable character likely falls onto one of the other playable characters. Most likely choices include Ribbon Girl, Min-Min, and Twintelle. However, until the confirmation of the character, it could be anyone's guess at this point.
Keep an eye out on our site as we keep you up-to-date for the ARMS fighter in Smash this June!
Pokemon Sword/Shield DLC
Nintendo's final announcement showcased the upcoming DLC for Pokemon Sword and Shield. Featuring the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra, Nintendo showcased the former area as the first part of the upcoming expansion.
Players will enter the Isle of Armor's dojo. By doing so, they'll encounter Kubfu, a bear Pokemon. You can pick one of two towers to enter. Training there will allow your Kubfu to evolve into Urshifu.
Players who purchase the Expansion Pass, before August 31st, will receive exclusive in-game costumes. Expect the Isle of Armor to launch this June. You can order the Pokemon Expansion Pass here.
Nintendo covered a number of games through their Direct Mini. While we covered the most eye catching highlights of the presentation, we strongly encourage you to watch the Direct and check out the list of games featured here. You may find a new favorite that we didn't cover.
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