Nintendo Direct February 2021: Direct presentation & Games reveal
The Nintendo’s Switch library just keeps growing. During a recent Nintendo Direct announcement reel, Nintendo revealed that several fan-favorite titles from yesteryear are making their way over to Nintendo’s beloved console/handheld. Here’s a quick breakdown of what’s coming to a Switch near you soon, according to Gameinformer.
The first Direct presentation
For the first time in over a year, Nintendo hosted a full-fledged Direct presentation. The latest presentation was focused mostly on games slated to hit Nintendo’s hybrid gaming console, the Switch, sometime during the first half of 2021, though there were a few announcements for games that will hit later than that.
The nearly hour-long event included a slew of titles slated to hit the Switch before the year is half over, including ports for indie games such as Fall Guys and Outer Wilds and new installments in franchises like No More Heroes and Splatoon. Here are the biggest news announcements and trailers from today’s Nintendo Direct, Theverge noted.
Updated Game Reveals
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
“Participate in a variety of obstacle courses and events as a goofy bean.” Mediatonic’s goofy platformer battle royale title Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout will receive a Nintendo Switch port. No release date was announced, but the game is targeting a summer launch window.
In the acclaimed and award-winning Outer Wilds, you are the newest member of Outer Wilds Ventures, a fledgling space programme searching for answers in a strange, constantly changing solar system. Pilot a spaceship to visit planets packed with remnants of an extinct advanced civilisation across locations that change with the passage of time. Explore and piece together the mystery before the end of the time loop when Outer Wilds launches for Nintendo Switch this summer, Mynintendonews cited.
Samurai Warriors 5
Samurai Warriors 5 will be released on the Nintendo Switch in Summer 2021. This spin-off of the Dynasty Warriors franchise takes place in the Sengoku Period of Japan and will follow historical figures Nobunaga Oda and Mitsuhide Akeshia, noted by IGN.
Legend of Mana
This 2000 PlayStation release was the follow up to the beloved SNES RPG Secret of Mana SNES, and it let you assemble towns and dungeons to encounter. The beloved JRPG classic from SQUARE ENIX, Legend of Mana, is coming to Europe with fully remastered HD graphics, rearranged music and additional features. Experience the timeless story of Legend of Mana when it launches for Nintendo Switch on 24th June.
Tales from Borderlands
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“A two-sided tale starring a pair of impromptu vault hunters on the demented planet of Pandora.” Return to the unforgiving world of Pandora in Tales from the Borderlands. The Nintendo Switch version of the game includes all five episodes, filled with classic Borderlands characters and humour. Gangsters, bandit lords and Vault Hunters are just a handful of the obstacles you’ll encounter in this choice-driven, narrative adventure out on 24th March.
Capcom Arcade Stadium
Capcom is releasing a bunch of arcade classic in one bundle, starting today. You can download the “collection” and get the arcade shooter 1943: The Battle of Midway for free, but you’ll have to pay for other titles like: Bionic Commando (1987), Ghouls 'n Ghosts (1988), Street Fighter II (1991), Captain Commando (1991), and more.
Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse
In this return of the action game from Aspyr, you’ll build your zombie horde and take revenge on the city by turning humans into your undead allies. Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse eats its way onto Nintendo Switch on 16th March. Pre-orders are available on Nintendo eShop.
Plants vs. Zombies
Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition – “Take sides in the seemingly endless conflict between plants and zombies in a third hero-based shooter.” This edition releases on Switch on March 19. Read our full review here.
“Take a party of Miis on an RPG adventure, giving them a variety of standard – or silly – jobs and personalities as they fight to restore peace.” Originally released on the 3DS, this version hits the Switch on May 21.
Ninja Gaiden Master Collection
Three action-packed entries in the acclaimed NINJA GAIDEN series are coming to Nintendo Switch in NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection. Wield an arsenal of killer weapons as legendary ninja Ryu Hayabusa, each weapon offering a playstyle with a different set of lethal skills, along with ruthless ninjutsu to swiftly take down enemies. The NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection comes to Nintendo Switch on 10th June.
Ghost and Goblins Resurrection
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As the brave knight Arthur, you’ll unleash weapons, magic spells and skills to battle monsters across challenging stages within the Demon Realm. Local co-op play is available for the first time in the series. Help Arthur in his quest with one of three supporting characters: Barry for defence, Kerry for transportation or Archie for bridges. Ghosts ’n Goblins Resurrection launches for Nintendo Switch on 25th February. Pre-orders for the game are now available.
Saga Frontier Remastered
Eight protagonists, eight captivating journeys. In this remastered version of the classic RPG SaGa Frontier, travel through a stunning sci-fi world with any of the protagonists, each with their own goals and ambitions. With a new playable character, scintillating battles and new events, SaGa Frontier Remastered is an adventure not to be missed. The game launches for Nintendo Switch on 15th April.
This free-to-play***** battle royale features a growing roster of powerful contenders named Legends, strategic combat, cross-platform play and more. To celebrate the game’s legendary launch, all players on Nintendo Switch will receive a new Legendary Pathfinder skin and 30 free levels for the Season 8: Mayhem Battle Pass. Plus, for the first two weeks after launch, earn Double XP when you play on Nintendo Switch. Fight for fortune, fame and glory when Apex Legends launches for Nintendo Switch on 9th March.
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
|Originally released in 2011 for Wii, and depicting the earliest story in the series’ timeline – as well as the creation of the Master Sword itself – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword now arrives on Nintendo Switch with smoother and more intuitive controls, in addition to improved framerate and graphics. In this enhanced version of the game, running at a smooth 60 frames per second, you can choose to play using motion control with the two Joy-Con controllers in a similar way to the original, or use new button-only controls to play the game with the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, in handheld mode, or on Nintendo Switch Lite.|
A set of themed Joy-Con controllers will also be released alongside the game: the right Joy-Con controller is themed after the Master Sword, while the left features the Hylian Shield motif. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and the themed Joy-Con, launch for Nintendo Switch on 16th July. The game will be available for pre-order on Nintendo eShop shortly after the presentation.
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