Nintendo dropped another surprise Mini Direct this morning, and in it announced some big games coming to Switch via cloud streaming, as well as release date for Bravely Default II. It’s been delayed, but only by a few months. Phew.
It’s been a very weird year, including for Nintendo. Instead of long Directs showcasing its big upcoming games, the company has opted instead to drop surprise announcements with little to no warning. Today’s Mini Direct, which Nintendo says will be its last of the year, was no different.
Here’s everything it included:
Control is out today on Switch via cloud streaming.
Remedy Entertainment’s paranormal office thriller is excellent, but struggled to run well even on PS4 and Xbox One. It makes sense than that in order to get it on Switch the studio would opt to stream it. While Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and a few other games have been streamed to Switch in Japan, this is the first time Nintendo’s brought this option to North America.
Set to launch next month on November 20, the Dynasty Warriors-style prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of those games Nintendo just sort of announced out of nowhere last month. Now players will get a chance to test it out before release and have their save carryover to the rest of the game.
And despite running on lower-end hardware it looks pretty.
Bravely Default II won’t be out until February 26 of next year.
The JRPG sequel (which is really a threequel), was originally supposed to be out sometime this year, but alas it’s joined a number of games that have slipped to 2021 as the ongoing pandemic continues to make developing games more complicated than usual. New footage of the game showed players fighting enemies called Asterisk bearers, which seems all too fitting.
The latest in the farming sim series previously known as Harvest Moon is called Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive and will come out on March 23 of next year.
No More Heroes III is still coming sometime next year.
Grasshopper Manufacture’s idiosyncratic hack’n’slasher was also supposed to come out this year, but was delayed to 2021 due to the pandemic. In the meantime the studio announced both No More Heroes I and II will be available on Switch starting today.
This one is another shocker. Out on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC this January, Agent 47 will now be playing dress up on Switch as well thanks to streaming.
HAL Laboratory’s work sim, where you play as a UFO trying to make it in the gig economy by doing odd jobs, first came to iOS back in 2018. It has all the color and charm of a Game Boy Advance game and the Switch version looks like it has a few extra bells and whistles, including co-op by passing around the Joy-Con, and some Kirby-related easter eggs. It goes up on the eShop sometime today.
- Dictatorship sim Tropico 6 arrives on November 6
- Apocalyptic coping game Surviving the Aftermath is coming in spring 2021.
- The deck-building roguelite Griftlands will be on Switch sometime next summer.
And that’s everything. Here’s the full Mini Direct if you missed it:
Correction - 11:07 a.m. ET, 10/28/20: Part Time UFO is actually a port and not a brand new game.