Nintendo aired its Direct Mini: Partner Showcase broadcast tonight.
It was widely rumoured that Nintendo was going to air a new Direct in which it would reportedly announce a slew of upcoming games including the heavily rumoured Super Mario Collection which we reported on last week.
While the rumour of a Direct was true this week, it wasn’t the big Direct everyone was speculating on. Rather, Nintendo announced a Direct Mini which focused on Partner Showcases, meaning titles developed by companies that work closely with Nintendo.
The news was announced by the Nintendo across all of its regional Twitter accounts. The UK account revealed that the broadcast would air at 3 PM UK time today (July 20th) and that it’s the first in a bigger series of Directs. Nintendo UK’s full tweet reads:
“Today at 3 PM (UK time), we’ll debut the first #NintendoDirectMini: Partner Showcase, a series focused on titles from our development & publishing partners. We’ll hare a few updates on a small group of previously announced #NintendoSwitch games.”
What Was Announced?
Today’s Direct Mini was the first in a while and it, unfortunately, left many fans disappointed. The special broadcast included a series of announcements for DLC and upcoming games.
First announced were three DLC packs for Cadence Of Hyrule which add 39 new songs to the game, five new characters, and a storyline add-on focusing on Skull Kid. The first DLC pass is out today and the others scheduled to launch before October this year, players can purchase a season pass for all three DLC packs.
New online multiplayer third-person shooter Rogue Company was announced during the broadcast. As explained in the Direct Mini and reported by Nintendo Life, the game features AI opponents, cross-play and cross-progression, as well as motion-control aiming. If that isn’t enough, Nintendo announced an HD remaster of its popular Shin Megami Tensei 3 during the show. The remaster of the original PS2 game will feature revamped graphics but the same familiar turn-based combat gameplay.
Alongside that, Nintendo announced the next title in the franchise; Shin Megami Tensei 5. The new title will reportedly launch on the Switch next year and more information will be released in the coming months.
Finally, the Nintendo Direct also featured an announcement of Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy Flutters set to release later this year for the Switch, and an announcement for new wrestling game WWE 2K Battlegrounds.
As already explained, many fans were left disappointed after the Direct Mini due to expecting bigger first-party announcements. However, it seems that Nintendo is holding back its big Direct for later this year where it’s sure to announce upcoming titles like the Super Mario Collection and The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild sequel which was announced last year.
Stay tuned for more information on all upcoming video games and game consoles, as well as everything Nintendo!