New content for Switch game lovers

Danial Norjidi

The final Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase of the year streamed online recently, unveiling new announcements and updates on titles from Nintendo’s publishing and development partners.

The showcase kicked off with an update on Square Enix’s upcoming role-playing game Bravely Default II. Set on the continent of Excillant, home to five kingdoms, the story begins when a sailor named Seth washes up on the shores of one of those kingdoms.

He ends up meeting Gloria, the Princess of a lost kingdom and two travellers – the scholar Elvis and mercenary Adelle – who are on a quest to decipher a magical book. The four join forces and set off on a grand mission.

Releasing on February 26, 2021, Bravely Default II features turn-based battles with a risk/reward system and allows players to customise each party member with an array of different jobs, skills and abilities.

Next to feature was farm/life simulation title Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town. The player protagonist, inspired by their grandfather’s pioneering days, decides to leave the big city life behind to start afresh in Olive Town. As the showcase described, “Chop down the many trees that blanket your land to create space for your fields. You’ll discover all sorts of flora and fauna in the forest. Get fruit and vegetable seeds to grow on your farms and tame wild livestock that can be nurtured and raised.

“As you cultivate your farm, you’ll be able to do more and discover new places to mine, fish and forage. If you’re looking to socialise, why not get to know the locals? Nurture your relationships and wedding bells might be in your future.” Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town arrives on the Switch on March 26, 2021.

Also shown was Surviving the Aftermath, set for a Spring 2021 release. The game sees players trying to survive and thrive in a post-apocalyptic future as they work to “build the ultimate disaster proof colony, protect your colonists, and restore civilisation to a devastated world”. Players will get to explore wastelands to gather resources, meet rival colonies, and fight off bandits.

Set to launch on Switch on December 3 is Immortals Fenyx Rising – Ubisoft’s new open-world game based on the Greek mythology. As Fenyx, players will run, swim, climb, ride horses and soar across the sky as they explore a vast fantasy world. Players will clash with titans using three weapons – a sword, an axe and a bow. The game’s fast-paced combat enables players to change weapons on the fly and chain powerful attacks. Players can also upgrade armour and acquire skills to provide freedom in customisation.

An upcoming exclusive for the Switch is Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia, which releases on November 6. Based on the anime TV series, this action role-playing game sees players befriend powerful creatures known as Bakugan, gear up and customise Bakugan teams for battles and aim to become the Champion of Vestroia.

Next was Griftlands: Nintendo Switch Edition, slated for a summer 2021 release. The game was described as “a deck-building rogue-like title where you fight and negotiate your way through a broken-down sci-fi world”. Also featured was Tropico 6 Nintendo Switch Edition. Set for release on November 6, this management and political simulation title has the player become the leader of an island state called Tropico and shape the fate of their nation through four distinctive eras.

Another notable announcement during the showcase was the availability of Control Ultimate Edition – Cloud Version. Control was first released in August 2019 for PC, PS4 and XboxOne. This new cloud-based version brings the multiple award-winning action-adventure title along with its expansions to the Nintendo Switch through the use of cloud streaming technology, which requires a stable and permanent Internet connection to play.

The showcase also revealed another cloud-based title for the Switch, Hitman III – Cloud Version. Players will take on the role of Agent 47 and play out the conclusion to the World of Assassination trilogy. While a release date has yet to be announced, the arrival of the game will mark the series’ first foray onto the switch.

Also announced was a 2021 release for action game No More Heroes III, which centres on Travis Touchdown, a legendary assassin who has claimed the number one spot in the assassin ranking, and sees players do battle with the galaxy’s most nefarious superheroes.The first two games in the series, No More Heroes and No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle was also announced for the Switch.

The penultimate announcement was that of Part Time UFO, which is available now. Playing as a UFO, players use a claw to grab, carry and stack objects to perform part-time jobs, such as arranging sweets, fishing and building a castle, while several factors like how you stack the objects can affect how high a score you attain. There are also other modes, including one that involves exploring ruins filled with treasures and another that sees you try to stack objects as high as possible. It also features local two-player co-op.

The presentation concluded with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, a prequel that is set 100 years before the events of the widely acclaimed and award-winning title, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game will see players battle formidable foes, taking control of characters such as Link, Zelda, the four Champions and an Impa, using their abilities to save Hyrule from an impending calamity. The showcase announced that a demo is available now and players can go through the game’s first chapter and carry over save data to the full game, which releases on November 20.