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Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase

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The last Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase of the year has got to be the best one yet, with a handful of exciting reveals and updates on some eagerly anticipated games. 

The first game featured was SQUARE ENIX’s JRPG sequel Bravely Default II. After its delay it is now confirmed instead for 26 February 2021. Luckily the delay isn’t too drastic, and hopefully sales aren’t too poorly affected by missing the holiday season.

Another spring release was also revealed just after in Marvelous’ Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town. The cookie-cutter formula of this franchise is back with the focus seeming to shift towards exploration – finding new farm animals in the wild seems to be the biggest new feature.

Up next, another delay as No More Heroes 3 is slated to release some time in 2021. In the meantime, we can replay the first 2 instalments in the series, now imported from their original home on the Wii.

Coming in from the app store we have the absolutely adorable Part Time UFO. This quirky puzzle game tasks you with completing various jobs that involve stacking objects using the hook from your tiny spaceship. While not much to write home about, Part Time UFO is a welcome addition that I’m sure many will pick up and enjoy.

Hitman III and Control are coming to Switch using a new cloud-based service that was previously only available in Japan

The ancient Greek epic Immortals Fenyx Rising is now available to pre-order and is set to release 3 December. Showing off some more game play and giving us a glimpse into the RPG combat and leveling up system, this Breath of the Wild style adventure in an epic mythological landscape looks incredible.

Now for the meat of this Partner Showcase, Hitman III and Control are coming to Switch using a new cloud-based service that was previously only available in Japan (for games like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Resident Evil 7). This is an exciting new step that can allow the limited hardware of the Switch to play games with a much higher graphical demand. However, a strong and continued internet connection is required to play them, which makes it much less accessible or portable.

And for the finisher, a brand new trailer for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity showcased a feature fans of the series had been hoping for: the ability to pilot the divine beasts. Not only that, a demo is now available on the E-Shop to download and I highly recommend giving it a go. An irresistibly empowering combat system and intriguing story bites make this prequel to the legendary Breath of the Wild just as exciting as the original game.

[Featured Image: IGDB, Nintendo Direct logo: Nintendo UK YouTube]

Last modified: 4th November 2020

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