The new Nintendo Direct is still not what fans have been waiting for, with no new first party games, just ports like XCOM 2 and Burnout Paradise.
At some point you’ve just got to wonder whether Nintendo are actively trolling their fans. The fourth Nintendo Direct of 2020 has just happened and it’s still not a full-size, general topic one.
It’s the closest we’ve had so far, in that it announced a variety of new full-price games, but it was designated as only a ‘Direct Mini’ and didn’t feature any new titles from Nintendo themselves – which means we still don’t have any idea what they’re going to release for the rest of the year.
What we do know though is that the next DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be someone from ARMS, although Nintendo hasn’t said who yet – perhaps because they’ve already warned that development of the DLC has been set back by the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite the ‘Mini’ designation, the video above is almost 30 minutes long and reveals a variety of previously unexpected third party ports, including three 2K compilations that are all coming out on 29 May:
- The XCOM 2 Collection (XCOM 2, War Of The Chosen, and four DLC packs)
- The Borderlands Legendary Collection (Borderlands 1, 2, and The Pre-Sequel)
- BioShock: The Collection (BioShock Remastered, BioShock 2 Remastered, and BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition)
Burnout Paradise Remastered is also coming to Switch, at some undisclosed date in the future.
Bizarrely, Panzer Dragoon: Remake and Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy are being released today (pre-release hype, who needs it, eh?). And so too is a demo for Square Enix’s Bravely Default 2.
The previously announced remaster Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition was also given some airtime, and will come with a new epilogue story and is also coming out on 29 May, for some reason.
There was also some Animal Crossing: New Horizons news, that we’ll get into separately, a bit more info on the Pokémon Sword and Shield DLC, and a new content update for Ring Fit Adventure.
All this happened without any warning whatsoever (unless you count the numerous rumours) and was just dumped on YouTube before anyone even realised.
Whether that means it was a hastily rescheduled, or re-edited, Direct is hard to say but it’s a peculiar way to carry on even for Nintendo.
It also means that, now Animal Crossing: New Horizons is out, they still don’t have a single major new first party game scheduled for release this year, and now that this Mini Direct has happened it’s even harder to guess when they’ll break their silence.
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