During the recent Nintendo Direct mini video presentation, Nintendo highlighted the variety of different games that will be released on the Nintendo Switch system in 2020 – some of which are already available! The video features RPGs like Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition and BRAVELY DEFAULT II; classic franchises like Borderlands, XCOM 2 and BioShock appearing for the first time on Nintendo; remakes of fan-favorite games like Burnout Paradise Remastered and Panzer Dragoon : Remake; and the games are suitable for both casual gamers and long-term players like Good Job! 51 World Classics and Animal Crosses: New horizons.
Nintendo Direct Mini also includes content for currently available Nintendo Switch games: a free update for Ring Fit Adventure, more details on the upcoming paid DLC for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, and news that the first fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 comes from ARMS.
Whatever experience you’re looking for, the Nintendo Switch will help, says Nick Chavez, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Nintendo of America. The Nintendo Switch library will expand in 2020 with the support of publisher partners including 2K, Electronic Arts and SQUARE ENIX.
To watch the full Nintendo Direct video, please visit https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Here are some of the highlights of the video:
- Bravo! Complete fun and challenging tasks in a sprawling office building to get the job done in this crazy action-puzzle game from Nintendo – alone or with two players*! The Nintendo eshop on Nintendo Switch launches today with Good Work!
- ADMIRE THE LAST ALLIANCE 3: Black Order Expansion Pass – Pack 3 : It’s Doctor Doom versus Marvel’s first family when Marvel ULTIMATE 3: Black Order Expansion Pass – Pack 3 : The Fantastic Four: Shadow of Doom comes out today for the Nintendo Switch. The new Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom pack adds playable characters to fight with in the new storyline. A Renewal Pass**, which also includes Packages 1 and 2, can be purchased for $19.99.
- Update on the Ring Fit adventure: Free Ring Fit Adventurelater update today! The update adds a new mode for rhythm games, the ability to switch to a female voice and change the game language, and more. Rhythm Play mode lets you play to the rhythm of a dozen songs from Ring Fit Adventure and several popular Nintendo games like Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2, and The Legend of Zelda: The breath of nature.
- Shinsekai: In the depths: In this seafloor exploration game, players collect resources to upgrade their equipment and ship items and dive into the abyss. As the player explores increasingly mysterious environments, they must keep an eye on their oxygen and pressure levels to survive. Shinsekai: In depth for the Nintendo Switch … today!
- Tank Dragoon: Reissue: In this remake of the classic dragon riding classic, players control the Blue Dragon through incredible landscapes, fighting giant creatures and deadly battleships with 360-degree controls and 360-degree aiming. Tank Dragoon: Remake appears on Nintendo Switch for the first time today as a limited time system….!
- Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy: Visit Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Academy and learn how the Force works! Players can customize their Jedi appearance and fight online with up to 16 players as Star Wars Jedi Knights: Jedi Academy launches on the Nintendo Switch… today!
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- Xenoblade Chronicles, final edition : The original Xenoblade Chronicles game, which marked the debut of fans’ favorite character, Shalk, comes to Nintendo Switch with a new epilogue, Xenoblade Chronicles : Future Connected. This latest edition of the RPG is also prettier and smoother than ever. The combat HUD and menu screens are easy to read and use. Some of the music tracks have been remastered or remixed! Experience the impressive final edition of Xenoblade Chronicles, which will be released on the 29th. May for Nintendo Switch. The final works of the Chronicles of Xenoblade will be released the same day and will include a 250-page album featuring beautiful landscapes, impressive monsters and more.
- Animal Crossing : New horizons: Now that Animal Crossing: New horizons for Nintendo Switch, the first seasonal event is on the way! From 1 to 12. In April, islanders can participate in Bunny Day to find the eggs hidden by the Zipper Rabbit visitor and turn them into special items. The next update to the free game will be released in late April, with the addition of an Earth Day event. Follow Animal Crossing’s Twitter account for the latest news and updates on the game.
- Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass : With the new Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass, the sprawling Sea Island, Tank Island, and the frozen snow landscape known as Crown Tundra will be available in the Galar area. On Armor Island, trainers can gather at a new dojo for Pokémon battles to hone their skills. Players will receive a legendary Pokémon Kubfu from Master Mustard while training in this dojo. By training with Kubfu, trainers can challenge the Two Fists Towers on the Isle of Armor. Once one of the two towers is conquered, Kubfu turns into Urshifu. In addition to the new outfits and hairstyles, the Expansion Passes will also add new backgrounds, effects and frames for the championship maps. Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass Part 1 – The Isle of Armor will be released at the end of June. More information about the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass Part 2 – The Crown Tundra will be announced later. Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield expansion cards, including Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra when available, will be available for the suggested retail price of $29.99 each.
- BRAVE NON-EXECUTION II: In this sequel to the original BRAVELY DEFAULT game, four new luminaries embark on a great and glorious mission led by elemental crystals. Like the first game, BRAVELY DEFAULT II offers a strategy-based combat system: Players decide when to attack (Courageous) or retreat and wait for the right moment to strike (Default). BRAVELY DEFAULT II is another epic role-playing game from the Nintendo Switch library. It offers wonderful encounters and new missions, some of which can even be combined. Free demo version available today!
- 2K Game Rich: Many games from the 2K editor will be presented on the 29th. May on Nintendo Switch, including the classic sci-fi collection XCOM 2, including XCOM 2, 4 DLC, and the War of the Chosen expansion, and the Borderlands Legendary collection, including the original Borderlands collection, the sequel to Borderlands 2 and the prequel Borderlands : Preliminary result. Additionally, 2K is bringing its famous BioShock series to the Nintendo Switch : BioShock Remastered, BioShock 2 Remastered, and BioShock Infinite : Complete Edition, as well as BioShock : A collection that includes all three BioShock games in one set.
- Super Smash Bros. Yes, of course: Take on the first fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 from the Nintendo Switch ARMS game! Hunter will be announced and released in June of this year.
- Club games : 51 World Classics : Four-in-One, Mancala, Slot Machines, Sliding Puzzle and Texas Hold’em are just a few of the 51 games from around the world included in Clubhouse Games: 51 World Classics. Some of these games are multiplayer, including the ability to play locally for up to four people*** or online****. Club games : 51 Am 5. In June, the Nintendo Switch launched in the World Classics category. Those who want to pre-order the game can do so today.
- Burnout Paradise Remastered : Ten years later, the high-octane racing classic is back with this remastered version. Burnout Paradise Remastered features horse racing, aerial stunts, and most importantly, the brutal destruction of cars. All of this takes place in 2020 on the Nintendo Switch.
- Fusion unit : Take on the role of a DJ in this upcoming rhythm game from Harmonix, the makers of Rock Band. Fuser for Nintendo Switch launches this fall.
- King’s Bounty II: Since 1990, the King’s Bounty series has influenced the development of Western RPGs. In this new sequel, the series returns with a fresh look and a new approach. King’s Bounty II has more realistic graphics, in-game decisions are more important than ever, and a new character development system informs the ethics and trends of new characters. King’s Bounty II will arrive on Nintendo Switch in 2020.
- Ninjala: In this free game, up to eight players* must compete to earn points and win. As ninjas, players can roam the levels, disguise themselves and possess an arsenal of skills, including hard hammers, fast and flashy katanas and refined yo-yos. The superiority of cement in freestyle battles or 4-on-4 teamwork. Ninjala sneaks into the Nintendo Switch in May.
- Catherine: The whole body: The unique puzzle and adventure game is coming to the Nintendo Switch as Katerina: Full Body, a remake of the original game. Climb the tower of puzzle blocks and immerse yourself in a mature, intense and engaging story as Catherine: The full Nintendo Switch map will be released on the 7th. Published July.
- Star Wars Episode I: Racer: Attach a race pod and take first place in an episode of Star Wars I: Racer, the Nintendo Switch is coming.
More games will be released for Nintendo Switch in the coming months, including Saints Row IV : Re-elected (March 27), Trial of Mana (April 24), Ancient Scrolls : Blades (Spring 2020), Mine Ship Dungeons (Spring 2020), Warhammer 40,000 : The Mechanic (May), Mr. Driller Burrilland (June 25), The Legend of Heroes : Cold Steel Tracks III (June 30) and Vigour (Fall).
Remember, the Nintendo Switch has a parental control feature that allows adults to control what content their children can access. For more information on other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.
*Multiplayer mode may require additional games, systems and/or accessories. Games, systems and some accessories are sold separately.
**Full set version required to use the DLC for this set. Available separately.
*** The free software can be downloaded from the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch and allows up to three players to enjoy a selection of local multiplayer games, with the player owning the full version of the game. Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. The full version of the game, systems and some accessories are sold separately.
****Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and a Nintendo account required for the online experience. Not in every country. Internet access is required for online features. The following rules apply. nintendo.com/switch-online
Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published in various media. He is currently an editor and contributor to Age of Games.
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