Nintendo Direct Mini: Biggest Announcements And How To Watch

The next Nintendo Direct event has been announced, but this one is a little different–don’t expect any Mario or Metroid news. The first-ever Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase is now available. Rather than taking the form of a livestream, the entire video was released right away, and you can watch the full thing below. Among other things, there was news on new DLC for Zelda spin-off Cadence of Hyrule–including Majora’s Mask-themed content–and a trailer and 2021 release window for Shin Megami Tensei V.

Nintendo Direct July News

Shin Megami Tensei V

A new cinematic trailer for Shin Megami Tensei was revealed, and developer confirmed Atlus that the game will launch for Nintendo switch in 2021. Notably, it’ll be a simultaneous worldwide release.

The Legend of Zelda: Cadence of Hyrule

New DLC for Cadence of Hyrule, the Zelda-themed spin-off and Crypt of the NecroDancer successor, is on the way. The first of this launches today, with more to come later this year. That include a Majora’s Mask-themed pack.

The Partner Showcase is a new series “focused on titles from our development and publishing partners.” In the debut episode, Nintendo said it would share “a few updates” on Nintendo Switch games that have already been announced, so do not expect any new game reveals at this show. Nintendo made that very clear upfront after a recent stream built up some big expectations. It also noted that more of these Partner Showcase streams will be coming later this year.

According to a report, Nintendo delayed its usual June summer presentation due to development complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This event, which is not the Partner Showcase, is now expected to air “late in the summer.”

This event follows the Treehouse Live July 2020 stream that provided new details on Paper Mario: The Origami King and the new game Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia. Prior to the stream taking place, Nintendo stated that Bakugan developer WayForward was working on a new franchise it hadn’t touched before–and given its reveal during a Nintendo event, it was assumed to be a Nintendo IP. As expectations grew for a new entry in something like the Metroid franchise, Nintendo had to clarify that it was a third-party property, and not a Nintendo one.

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