Nintendo surprised us with a Nintendo Direct mini today, here’s what you missed


Having gone without a proper Nintendo Direct in several months, we were surprised with a Nintendo Direct Mini, which came with some heavy-hitting news and some minor surprises, including a remake announcement for Panzer Dragoon and a release date for Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition for Nintendo Switch.

It seems that when we were wondering what was next for the Nintendo Switch, we aren’t always ready, which is exactly what Nintendo seems to have been counting on during today’s Nintendo Direct, which for what it’s worth, was jam-packed full of news. Today’s Nintendo Direct Mini was no exception to this matter. Don’t forget to prepare for that Bravely Default II demo coming soon.

In the news, Nintendo revealed that several 2K franchises, including Borderlands: Legendary Collection, X-Com and BioShock will debut on Switch later this summer alongside Burnout Paradise Remastered. Those looking to enjoy Borderlands: Legendary Collection will get to experience the first three titles with no mentioning of Borderlands 3, which currently, remains exclusive to current-gen platforms, minus the Switch.

Alongside the news, Nintendo revealed that the Ring Fit Adventure update is now available for download and will bring an entirely new experience to the fitness-focused title. Along with the news, Nintendo revealed that Panzer Dragoon: Remake and Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy has released on the Nintendo Switch for $24.99 and $19.99, respectively.

Nintendo also revealed Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition will launch on May 29th, 2020, giving fans another reason to dive into an ever-expanded version of the Wii classic. Those wanting to burn some time before it launches can jump into the open-world chaos that is Saints Row IV: Re-Elected on March 27th, 2020, for $39.99 and Minecraft Dungeons will launch this April.

Those wanting major news for Pokemon Sword and Shield don’t need to look much further as Nintendo outlined what to expect with The Isle of Armor expansion, which allows players to become more acquainted with Kubfu, a new Fighting-type Legendary that will be coming with its respective content. 

On the Isle of Armor, players will venture to a central dojo, where brave trainers will receive Kubfu from master Mustard, while also taking on two gym-like towers, where players can choose to take on the Tower of Darkness or the Tower of Waters. Nintendo noted that trainers will only be able to clear one tower in a single playthrough.

The Tower that a trainer clears will be extremely important as it will determine how your Kubfu evolves. The Tower of Darkness will grant the evolution Urshifu an aggressive Single Strike Style evolution while Tower of Waters will unlock the more defensive and effective fast attacking Rapid Strike Style evolution.

Alongside with the evolutions, the final evolutions of the Galarian starters are all receiving new Gigantamax forms alongside G-Max moves of Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Inteleon in action. Respectively, you can use G-Max Fire Ball and G-Max Hydrosnipe. Along with the expansion passes newly announced editions, Pokemon Trainers are also getting some items of their own including new hair, clothing, and Pokemon League options.

Those that pre-order the expansion pass before August 31st, 2020, will also receive a bonus outfit fitted in a Sword and Shield designs. Players can also expect to see more of the G-Max Garbodor and Charizard.

You can also check out the Nintendo Direct Mini for more information about the next Super Smash Bros: Ultimate Fighter, the first seasonal content for Animal Crossing: New Horizons and plenty more down below:

You can expect more news coming soon as Nintendo is working to release as much information as possible about their upcoming games.

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Dustin is our native video game reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the borders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable.  You can find him over on Twitter or Facebook where he interacts with his followers quite a bit!

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