A Nintendo Direct Mini focused on third-party developers premiered today and there was news for almost everyone.
Fans who’ve waited a long time for Persona 5 to come to the Switch finally got their wish, and then some, while developers like Square Enix, Capcom, Ubisoft, and even Valve showed off some new games coming to the Nintendo console.
Here’s everything announced during the Nintendo Direct Mini:
Persona 5 Royal, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 3 Portable on Switch
The recent Persona games, including Persona 5 Royal, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 3 Portable are finally coming to the Nintendo Switch. Following the news the popular JRPGs are coming to Xbox and PC, Atlus announced that Persona 5 Royal will be coming to the Switch on October 21, and Persona 4 Golden and P3P are coming soon. All three games will be in full HD and include both English and Japanese voice acting. But note, all three games will be sold separately.
Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection Announced
The popular Mega Man Battle Network series is coming to Nintendo Switch in a new bundle that combines all ten games. The Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection will also include a new art gallery and music library mode. The Collection will be coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2023 and will be sold in two parts if purchased digitally.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Gets Release Date
The sequel to Mario + Rabbids got a new look today in a gameplay overview trailer, which included the introduction of Bowser as a playable character. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope will be released on Nintendo Switch on October 20, and there will be a deep-dive stream tomorrow with more information.
Portal: Companion Collection Comes to Switch Today
The critically-acclaimed Portal series are coming to the Nintendo Switch later today. Use the trusty Portal gun to solve inventive environmental puzzles trying to escaped the twisted Aperture Labs and its AI ruler GLaDOS. Portal 2 will still include local, split screen, and online multiplayer as well.
Nier: Automata The End of YoRHa Edition Coming to Switch
Nier: Automata is also making its way to the Nintendo Switch. This epic action-RPG has been lauded as one of the best RPGs in the past decade, set in the backdrop of an eternal war between androids and machines. The Nintendo Switch version will include all previously released DLC as well as Switch exclusive costumes when it’s released on October 6.
Harvestella – New Game Announcement
Square Enix announced a new game that combines the developer’s fantastical RPG worlds with the lifestyle-sim gameplay of Stardew Valley. Play as a villager and collect materials, grow a farm, and prevent the Quietus – the season of death – from destroying your idyllic life. Harvestella will be released on November 4.
Return to Monkey Island Coming to Consoles First on Switch
The new sequel to the Monkey Island series is coming to consoles first on the Nintendo Switch in 2022. As announced in the Nintendo Direct Mini, Ron Gilbert’s newest Monkey Island puzzle game will see the return of fan-favorite characters and evolve the classic point-and-click gameplay.
Super Bomberman R 2 – New Game Announced
A new Bomberman game was announced for the Nintendo Switch. The new Castle Mode lets teams of up to 15 players blast their way to a treasure chest, while one player acts as a defense to try and stop them. You can also create and share custom battle stages. Super Bomberman R 2 is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2023.
LIVE A LIVE – Demo Announced
The cult-classic RPG is coming to the Nintendo Switch with a new HD-2D look. While the full game will be released on July 22, a demo that includes three chapters will be released later today on the Nintendo eShop. These chapters include Imperial China, Twilight of Edo Japan, and The Distant Future.
Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak – Roadmap Revealed
Capcom detailed its roadmap for the upcoming expansion Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. Alongside the massive new expansion, Capcom revealed that a free title update featuring the Seething Bazelgeuse will be released in August 2022, with more free title updates coming in the fall, winter, and 2023.
Sonic Frontiers – Gameplay Trailer
The free-roaming Sonic Frontiers is also coming to the Nintendo Switch and we got a new look at its combat in today’s Nintendo Direct Mini.
Minecraft Legends – New Trailer
The action-strategy spinoff Minecraft Legends is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2023. Control a hero and team up with allies as you roam the Minecraft world which is under invasion by monsters.
Play as a fawn and wolf cub who must work together to find their way home in the snow. Described as an emotional adventure, Blanc is completely text-free, so anyone can experience this story. Play with a friend in local or online co-op when Blanc is released in February 2023.
Disney Dreamlight Valley
A life-sim game set in a world filled with popular Disney and Pixar characters. Explore the world and build a life while farming, cooking, and interacting with famous characters. Disney Dreamlight Valley will be released on September 6 in Early Access.
Dragon Quest Treasures
The latest Dragon Quest spinoff will be released on the Nintendo Switch on December 9. Plays as Eric and Mia who can team up with monsters and use their treasure tracker to find buried loot.
Little Noah: Scion of Paradise
A new roguelite action game titled Little Noah: Scion of Paradise will be released later today on the Nintendo Switch. Play as Noah who along with her cat Zipper must explore ancient ruins, recruit allies, and fight enemies and bosses. But if you’re defeated, you’ll have to start over.
RPG Time: The Legend of Wright
Kenta is an aspiring game creator who is working on their first hand-drawn RPG, The Legend of Wright. Play through Kenta’s notebook with over 200 pages with puzzles to solve, draw, and erase. RPG Time will be released on the Nintendo Switch on August 18.
Lorelei and the Laser Eyes
A surreal puzzle mystery game evoking the golden era of detective mystery novels. The puzzle adventure game is coming to consoles first on Nintendo Switch in 2023.
Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom
The famous Japanese mascot Doraemon stars in a new game where players can harvest crops, tend to animals, and use Doraemon’s secret gadgets. Hang out with your friends and build a ranch in the Doraemon life-sim coming to Switch in 2022.
Pac-Man World Re-PAC
A remake of Pac-Man World is coming to Nintendo Switch on August 26. This 3D Pac-man game features the iconic character, who must rescue his family after they’re taken to Ghost Island.
A rail management game in which players will build railway systems that can best transport cargo and keep the economy chugging. Railgrade will be released on Nintendo Switch this fall.
Captain Velvet Meteor: The Jump+ Dimensions
Play as a young boy who recently moved to Japan with no friends. Damien chooses to live in his imagination as the superhero Captain Velvet Meteor who teams up with his favorite manga characters to help escape a mysterious world. Captain Velvet will be released on the Nintendo Switch on July 28.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.
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