So, the latest Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase is all done and dusted, and wasn’t it a cracker?
In case you’re looking for a full recap, we’ve put together a list of all the show’s highlights and plonked them below for you. If you like, you can even rewatch the show itself – ideal if you missed it the first time around.
This latest entry in the action-RPG series finds players battling fearsome monsters and reaching new heights. Prepare to be transported to the colorful Kamura Village, a new serene mountain locale where players will experience unique culture and innovative hunting technologies. Using a special insect called a Wirebug, hunters will be able to grapple themselves in any direction, making it possible to scale towering cliffs and structures. All combat areas within each quest are seamlessly connected, allowing for exploration of the vast and vertical landscapes with no loading times.
Currently in development, MONSTER HUNTER STORIES 2: Wings of Ruin puts players in the role of a Monster Rider who befriends iconic monsters from the Monster Hunter series as they embark on epic adventures together. More information about this story-based role-playing game coming to Nintendo Switch in summer 2021 will be revealed in the future.
The little spirit Ori is no stranger to peril, but when a fateful flight puts the owlet Ku in harm’s way, it will take more than bravery to bring a family back together, heal a broken land and discover Ori’s true destiny. From Moon Studios, the creators of the acclaimed action-platformer Ori and the Blind Forest, comes a new adventure in a vast, vibrant world filled with new friends and foes that come to life in stunning, hand-painted artwork. Set to a fully orchestrated original score, Ori and the Will of the Wisps continues the Moon Studios tradition of tightly crafted platforming action and deeply emotional storytelling.
The sequel to Fitness Boxing has entered the ring! Grab the Joy-Con controllers, select the music and courses, and get to a variety of boxing exercises! Players can pick any one of nine instructors, each with their own distinctive personality, with three making their debut in the game: Karen, Janice and Hiro. As players continue exercising, their bond with the instructors will grow. Players can even customize their outfits, providing more variety to their workouts. Several features are included in this instalment, including a two-player mode, an alarm function and the ability to remove certain boxing actions. Save data can even be carried over from the first Fitness Boxing game!
As a result of Super Reincarnation, the boastful zombie Zed gets stronger the more he dies! By reincarnating their way through a variety of worlds, players will face off against the strongest God of Destruction. Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny marks the first time the series uses 3D models, with vibrant characters full of personality and the return of the series’ over-the-top battle system. Get ready for an experience that defies common sense, genre and destiny when Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny comes exclusively to Nintendo Switch in summer 2021.
Defy the god of the dead in this Greek mythology-inspired dungeon crawler. Thousands of story events and ability combinations ensure a unique experience each time players hack and slash their way out of the Underworld, wielding the powers and mythical weapons of Olympus to aid in their escape.
In this new strategy game, players enter the criminal underworld of Prohibition-era Chicago in the 1920s. It’s up to players to hustle, charm and intimidate their way to the top of the pile and do whatever it takes to stay there. Empire of Sin launches for Nintendo Switch on Dec. 1 and is available for pre-order starting today.
Across the largest and most diverse world ever seen in a Sniper Elite game, players can look forward to the series-defining ballistics, tense stealth and third-person action. Sniper Elite 4 launches for Nintendo Switch this holiday season.
The fairway is open in PGA TOUR 2K21! Play against the in-game pros on visually stunning real-life courses, hit the links with friends locally and online, or run full seasons and tournaments with Online Societies. Design and share the ultimate golf course using tons of custom options with the Course Designer. The digital version of PGA TOUR 2K21 is now available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, with the physical version of the game launching on Sept. 25.
In this exploration-survival game, players are on their own as they journey through a frozen wilderness in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster. A chilling narrative awaits players in the WINTERMUTE Story Mode, or they can choose to enjoy hours of permadeath gameplay in Survival Mode.
As Leo and Emma, players will don costumes to wield a variety of abilities. A costume with a gear ability, for example, lets players rotate gears to open doors or access new paths. There are more than 80 costumes to find, with the ability to carry up to three at once. Change between costumes to collect crystals and Statues scattered throughout stages. A two-player mode is also available! By combining costume abilities with friends, players may be able to reach new locations. BALAN WONDERWORLD will make its grand entrance on Nintendo Switch on March 26, 2021.
Build a new life amidst a grand adventure in this heartwarming RPG. As a young man or woman with no memories, players will get a fresh start in the rural town of Rigbarth as a peacekeeping ranger. In addition to protecting the town, players’ day-to-day lives will include harvesting crops, fishing in the river and participating in local festivals. They may even find a special someone to start dating, fall in love with … and get married to! A new battle system allows players to perform combo attacks with allies to take down monsters. Begin life anew in a fantasy world when Rune Factory 5 launches on Nintendo Switch in 2021.
Which announcements were your favourites? Any games mentioned here that you’re looking forward to playing? Feel free to share your thoughts on the show in the comments.
Ryan can list the first 151 Pokémon all in order off by heart – a feat he calls his ‘party trick’ despite being such an introvert that he’d never be found anywhere near a party. He’d much rather just have a night in with Mario Kart and a pizza, and we can’t say we blame him.
It was, definitely, the best of these presentations.
Even got me interested on getting MH Rise. I’ve never played the series before and it looked very interesting.
Ori was also a nice surprise and the gangster game looks fun.
All in all there was more ‘meat’ in this presentation than the previous ones and it would have been perfect if we had got a release date for Doom.
Monster Hunter Stories 2 caught my attention quickly as i recognized the drawing style from MonHun Stories 3DS.
Monster Hunter Rice… eh, Rise 😅 caught my attention slowly as i watched again from Monster Hunter Direct but i need more time to consider that game as i’m not familiar with MonHun games.
Fitness Boxing 2….if the song list better than than the first game, i think i will consider.
Rune Factory 5, Disgeae 6, Ori 2 and of course the reveal of Karen! The list goes on and it had a great selection of game genres.
2021 has the potential to be the year I buy the most Switch games since launch.
@Slowdive, too long. Long enough that if something dramatic doesn’t change, most of it will have to go unfulfilled.
This was a petty good mini Direct for me! Excited to see a sequel to Monster Hunter Stories and very excited for Ori 2!
I’m curious about Hades but the rougelike description I’ve seen applied puts me off. I’ve tried 5-6 rougelikes now I and just don’t get on with that format sadly. Balan Wonderland looks fun but to be honest, looked a little janky in the Direct. I’ll be keeping an eye on it though.
Not exactly sure how Monster Hunter Rise will stack up to previous entries but it looks better than World at the very least so I’ll definitely give it a chance to win me over. Stories 2 looks really nice but not sure if it matters if I haven’t played the first game or not. Been really keen for Rune Factory 5 since its announcement and it’s looking great so far. Gonna have some big time sinks next year between Monster Hunter and Rune Factory. Already downloaded Hades (but haven’t played it yet) and will likely grab Ori when it goes on sale as I still need to play the first one.
I can’t believe Ori is here! I thought the devs said that they couldn’t bring Will o Wisps to switch? Didn’t I hear that somewhere?
Either way, most of the games looked great but I can’t wait to play Ori (as soon as I finish 3d all stars, as soon as I finish etc etc )
@Northwind Same here. Will be a difficult year to make decisions between multiple titles at times.
Monster Hunter is always good, and Ori was a nice surprise. Hades is great but already have it elsewhere. Very excited for Balan Wonderworld but the Switch version looks awful so I’ll definitely be getting that for another platform.
Sniper Elite, Rune Factory, The Long Dark, PGA, Empire of SIn, Disgea and Fitness Boxing all looked dire. So a mixed bag for me, with more bad than good.
I’m interested in both Monster Hunter Rise and Monster Hunter Stories 2. If I end up buying one of them (or both) it will be my first Monster Hunter experience.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps I will also purchase, probably next month. Balan Wonderworld also looks interesting but the footage they showed was very shoddy, so I’m going to hold off on that one.
All in all an excellent showcase of third party software. Much better than the previous two for sure!
This was JRPGlicious. More Monster Hunter is neat even though I still lean more towards the franchise’s more story-driven successors like God Eater and Toukiden (in which regard Stories 2 might be more fitting, especially with the trailer’s HtTYD vibes), but I’d need to cover its prequel first) – but Rune Factory 5 is decidedly THE item of the presentation for me. :3 Worth noting that it seems to adopt the behind-the-shoulder view once exclusives to the home console spinoffs, too.
And to think Disgaea has come from barely visiting Nintendo platforms to becoming a regional Nintendo exclusive. How the turns have tabled.😅 I certainly prefer 2D sprites over polygonal models myself, but animesque polygons usually manage to retain enough of the charm. In other news, Ori sequel is a welcome surprise drop as well.
@BenAV I don’t think it matters much if you haven’t played the first. I haven’t played much of it but from what I know it’s basically the same as not needing to play previous entries to enjoy a Pokemon game.
I have never played any Monster Hunter games but Rise has caught my attention; I’ll probably get it if my gaming schedule would be less crowded. I’m really digging that Empire Of Sin game and Hades is just perfect – like everything else by Supergiant games.
Pretty decent showcase, although recently Nintendo has had the tendency to reveal at the beginning what I would wait till the end for.
Hopefully they bring the first Monster Hunter Stories to Switch, have it on 3DS but it’d be nice to play it on the big screen.
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