Nintendo Direct Mini Reveals Xenoblade Chronicles Date, Bravely Default II Demo, More
Nintendo posted a new Nintendo Direct Mini presentation today, providing plenty of new announcements for RPGs coming to Nintendo Switch. The thirty-minute video, viewable in full below along with associated trailers, began with a new trailer for Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. The remaster of the game originally released for Nintendo Wii and later ported to Nintendo 3DS also received a release date of May 29, 2020. As well as upgraded visuals and UI improvements, a new epilogue chapter, Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected, will also be included in the Definitive Edition. The game will be available physically and digitally, including in a pack with a 250-page Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Works art book.
A subsequent focus on publisher 2K revealed that Borderlands Legendary Collection is coming to Nintendo Switch. The bundle includes Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, with a release date of May 29, 2020.
The next trailer showed the third part of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order‘s Expansion Pass. The pack, titled Fantastic Four: Shadow of Doom, launches today and adds the Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom as playable characters in a new story campaign. The Expansion Pass is available for $19.99 and includes Fantastic Four: Shadow of Doom plus the two previous expansions.
Fitness RPG Ring Fit Adventure is getting a new rhythm game add-on as part of a free update launching today. The mode includes tracks from Ring Fit Adventure, Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Companion character Ring is also receiving a female voice option, and players will be able to change the voice language of the game.
Strategy RPG King’s Bounty II will be coming to Nintendo Switch. The fully fledged sequel, now with 3D graphics and extended combat sequences, will launch on the console in 2020 alongside its previously-announced PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One versions.
This was followed by a lengthy look at the upcoming Bravely Default II. A brand new entry rather than a direct sequel, Bravely Default II follows four new Heroes of Light — Seth, Gloria, Adelle, and Elvis — as they embark on a mission guided by the element crystals. The game builds on its predecessors’ turn-based battle system, including the return of the Brave and Default combat options, as well as its Asterisk job system. A free demo is available to download now, with the game set to launch for Nintendo Switch sometime in 2020.
As part of a sizzle reel, a release date was given for the Nintendo Switch version of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III. The game, which launched for PlayStation 4 last year and for PC this week, will release on the console on June 30, 2020. NIS America released a demo for the Nintendo Switch version today.
The presentation ended with some new information regarding Pokémon Sword and Shield‘s Expansion Pass, specifically its first part, The Isle of Armor. By training at a dojo on the eponymous island, players will be given the legendary Pokémon Kubfu from the dojo’s master, Mustard. Through their training, players will be given permission to ascend the Towers of Two Fists. Players must choose which of the two challenges, the Tower of Darkness or the Tower of Waters, they wish to take on, and must challenge it with just Kubfu. Once the tower is defeated, Kubfu will evolve into Urshifu, learning either single strike style or rapid strike style depending on which tower was chosen. The first part of the expansion, due to release by the end of June 2020, will also include new Gigantamax forms for Galar starters’ evolutions, outfit styles, and card customisation options.
Full Direct Mini Replay
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
Borderlands Legendary Collection
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order — Fantastic Four: Shadow of Doom
Ring Fit Adventure Update
Bravely Default II
Trails of Cold Steel III Demo Trailer
Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass