Nintendo Direct Mini: from Cadence Of Hyrule to Shin Megami Tensei 5

Very little was shown at today’s Nintendo Direct Mini, but Nintendo still had a couple of surprises up its sleeve.

In typical Nintendo fashion, the publisher announced a new Nintendo Direct would be happening today, albeit one that was under ten minutes long.

Not only that, Nintendo made it clear that it would be a Partner Showcase focused on titles from third-party developers, so fans wouldn’t go in expecting announcements for the rumoured Super Mario remasters or the like.

While only a small handful of games was discussed, most of which being titles already announced, there were still some trademark surprises in store, especially for fans of a certain demon-infested Japanese role-playing series.

Cadence Of Hyrule DLC – October

The rhythm action crossover between Legend Of Zelda and indie title Crypt Of The NecroDancer was a bizarre but very fun title and fans can look forward to returning to it with three new DLC packs.

The first, a Character Pack, is out today and comes with five extra characters to play as, namely, Impa, Aria, Shadow Link, Shadow Zelda, and Frederick.

The second pack will contain 39 songs, including new remixes of select songs from the game’s soundtrack, and the third will feature new story content called Symphony Of The Mask, where you play as Skull Kid, who can change his abilities by wearing different masks.

These latter two packs will release before the end of October but you can either purchase a Season Pass for the DLC later today or wait until 23 October to buy a complete version of the game, which will include all the DLC.

Rogue Company – now

Though not a Nintendo Switch exclusive and available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One as well, Nintendo got to be the one to show off a new character for this team-based multiplayer shooter (but not the launch trailer seen above).

The trailer also confirms that it will feature cross-play and cross-progression, meaning you can save your data between different versions of the game.

A beta has launched and more details can be found on the game’s YouTube channel.

WWE 2K Battlegrounds – September

Nothing new was really shown for this year’s WWE wrestling title, which is replacing the usual yearly wrestling simulator instalment.

We do get to see brief snippets of what the gameplay actually looks like in motion, with four WWE superstars playing a match together, and it definitely bears a heavy resemblance to 2011’s WWE All Stars, with the wrestlers defying gravity to pull off over-the-top moves.

WWE 2K Battlegrounds will release on Switch, as well as PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Stadia on 18 September, with pre-orders coming with bonus character Edge.

Shin Megami Tensei 3 Nocturne HD Remaster – spring 2021

The only brand-new announcement, the 2003 PlayStation 2 cult classic is getting a full-fledged HD remaster.

As a high-school student turned into a half-demon known as the Demifiend, you navigate a Tokyo transformed by an apocalyptic event filled with demons, who you battle with demons you yourself recruit.

Initially praised for its challenge, gameplay, and story, exact details are unknown for now, but the trailer does provide a look at the updated visuals, glimpses of the battle system, and some hints towards the narrative.

It will release on both Switch and PS4 in Spring 2021.

Shin Megami Tensei 5 – 2021

Shin Megami Tensei 5 was one of the first exclusives announced for the Switch when the console was revealed in 2017, but we had heard nothing else since.

Three years later, though, fans’ patience has been rewarded with a new trailer. No gameplay is shown, but we do get a first look at the protagonist (another high-school student unsurprisingly) and them faced with an army of demons, with one particularly large one seemingly commanding them.

Details are incredibly scarce but Nintendo and developer Atlus have confirmed that it will release worldwide simultaneously in 2021.

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