Four paid games, two free “demo” games, and updates for titles already released, all immediately available for download: this is what we remember from the “Nintendo Direct mini”, a video announcements published by surprise Thursday March 26 by the Japanese manufacturer.
By connecting to the Nintendo online store for its Switch console, it is already possible to download the following titles:
- a demo version of the highly anticipated role-playing game Bravely Default II, to get an idea while waiting for the release of the final game on Switch, later this year;
- Panzer Dragoon Remake, a brand new version of a Sega classic originally released on Saturn in 1995, in which you ride a dragon by shooting at enemies, a playful proposition difficult to refuse;
- Good Job!, a charming and absurd Dutch game in which one or two players have to perform thankless and potentially chaotic tasks in the neat business in which they have just been hired;
- an update for the fitness game Ring Fit Adventure, which brings him a welcome “rhythm game” mode these days, to be able to move in his living room to the rhythm of Nintendo music;
- a new expansion for the game Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 ;
- Shinsekai: Into the Depths, an underwater exploration game developed by Capcom and already released on the iPhone last year;
- Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, a title Star Wars originally released in 2003, but still an action game classic today. Nintendo took the opportunity to make us dangle the adaptation, soon on its console, of the classic Nintendo 64: Star Wars Racer ;
- finally, Arms, one of the Switch’s launch titles in 2017, becomes free until April 6. History to appetite the players before the release, in June, of an update for Super Smash Bros Ultimate in the colors of this delirious boxing game.
Specified release dates
Nintendo took the opportunity to announce or recall the release dates of many games promised for this year, not without having reminded, at the beginning of the video, that these could be subject to possible postponements because of the Covid epidemic -19.
We especially remember the first free update for Animal Crossing New Horizons (April 1), the release of 51 Worldwide Games (June 5) and the first extension, in June, of Pokémon Sword / Shield. But all tastes being in nature, here is the complete calendar:
- March 27: reissue of Saints Row IV, clone of GTA more silly;
- April 1: free update for Animal Crossing New Horizons around the Easter theme;
- April 9: closed beta of Vigor, multiplayer shooter;
- April 24: new version of the classic Japanese role-playing game Trials of Mana ;
- May 27: out of Ninjala, “Battle royale” playable at 8, which, it must be said, questions our conception of battle royale;
- May 29: release of the “final” edition of Xenoblade Chronicles, already published on Wii in 2010 and on Nintendo 3DS in 2015. Pending the likely reissue (we take bets) on Switch 2 around 2025;
- May 29: Released on Switch three games published by 2K: the Bioshock Collection, combining these three action / adventure games Bioshock ; the compilation Borderlands including the first two episodes with their spin-off, as well as the turn-based tactical game XCOM2, supplied with its extension;
- June 5: out of 51 Worldwide Games, a compilation of classics (chess, cards, darts, billiards, etc.) which are very likely to reach us under the name of 51 timeless games, like its predecessor 42 timeless games released on Nintendo DS in 2005;
- June 25: Adorable outing Mr. DRILLER DrillLand, kind of Tetris inverted, in which one digs into cubic forms rather than piling them up;
- June 30: emerged from the Japanese role-playing game The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, originally released on PlayStation 4 in 2017;
- July 7: out of Catherine Full Body, enriched version of a 2011 game mixing charm, harsh dilemmas, feverish nightmares and above all, surreal climbing sequences.
Without specific date: Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus in May, the first expansion for Pokémon Sword / Shield in June, The Elder Scrolls Blades and Minecraft Dungeons in spring, Fuse in the fall, and King’s Bounty II as well as Burnout Paradise Remastered before the end of the year.