September 17, 2020 4:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The third Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase (September 2020), has come and gone and just like always, the contents are a rather mixed bag. Some games shown were expected and some were pleasant surprises. (Looking at you Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin!) Whatever the case may be, you can count on us to list them all:

 

Available Now:

Disgaea 5 Complete (Free Full Game Download via Nintendo Switch Online on September 23, 2020)

 

Release Date: March 3, 2017 (JP)

Players: 1 player

Genre: Role-Playing, Strategy

Publisher: NIS America

Developer: Nippon Ichi Software

Price$19.99

Game File Size: 6.5 GB

 

(NEW) Beginning Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. PT until Sept. 29 at 11:59 p.m. PT, Nintendo Switch Online members* will be able to download and play the full version of Disgaea 5 Complete.

(ORIGINAL) Disgaea 5 Complete is a strategy RPG that offers hundreds of hours of over-the-top, award-winning gameplay, and marks the first time the core game is available on-the-go. The game includes all 8 bonus scenarios, 4 fan-favorite characters, and 3 character classes that were originally DLC in the PlayStation®4 release of Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance.

Epicness! Explore treasure-stuffed levels in a quest to take down the evil Arch-Illager!

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Hades

 

Release Date: September 17, 2020

Players: 1 player

Genre: Action, Adventure, Role-Playing, Indie

Publisher: Supergiant Games

Developer: Supergiant Games

Price:$24.99

Game File Size: 3.9 GB

 

Hades is a god-like rogue-like dungeon crawler that combines the best aspects of Supergiant’s critically acclaimed titles, including the fast-paced action of Bastion, the rich atmosphere and depth of Transistor, and the character-driven storytelling of Pyre.

BATTLE OUT OF HELL: As the immortal Prince of the Underworld, you’ll wield the powers and mythic weapons of Olympus to break free from the clutches of the god of the dead himself, while growing stronger and unraveling more of the story with each unique escape attempt.

UNLEASH THE FURY OF OLYMPUS: The Olympians have your back! Meet Zeus, Athena, Poseidon, and many more, and choose from their dozens of powerful Boons that enhance your abilities. There are thousands of viable character builds to discover as you go.

BEFRIEND GODS, GHOSTS, AND MONSTERS: A fully-voiced cast of colorful, larger-than-life characters is waiting to meet you! Grow your relationships with them, and experience thousands of unique story events as you learn about what’s really at stake for this big, dysfunctional family.

BUILT FOR REPLAYABILITY:New surprises await each time you delve into the ever-shifting Underworld, whose guardian bosses will remember you. Use the powerful Mirror of Night to grow permanently stronger, and give yourself a leg up the next time you run away from home.

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE: Permanent upgrades mean you don’t have to be a god yourself to experience the exciting combat and gripping story. Though, if you happen to be one, crank up the challenge and get ready for some white-knuckle action that will put your well-practiced skills to the test.

SIGNATURE SUPERGIANT STYLE: The rich, atmospheric presentation and unique melding of gameplay and narrative that’s been core to Supergiant’s games is here in full force: spectacular hand-painted environments and a blood-pumping original score bring the Underworld to life.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

 

Release Date: September 17, 2020

Players: 1 player

Genre: Action, Adventure, Platformer

Publisher: iam8bit

Developer: Moon Studios

Price: $29.99

Game File Size: 2.9 GB

 

From the creators of Ori and the Blind Forest comes the highly-anticipated sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Embark on an all-new adventure in a vast and exotic world where you’ll encounter towering enemies and challenging puzzles on your quest to discover Ori’s true destiny.

Immerse yourself in a hand-crafted narrative experience with deeply emotional storytelling, strikingly beautiful environments, and a stunning soundtrack.

Master new skills to guide Ori through a journey of untold danger using newly acquired spirit weapons, spells, and attacks. Utilize an all-new shard system to power-up Ori’s newfound abilities.

Face larger-than-life bosses and seek help from an expansive cast of new characters who will help you uncover Ori’s mysterious fate.

Race to the top of the leaderboards in the all-new Spirit Trials mode where players dash, burrow, grapple, and leap to high scores in unique speed-run challenges throughout the game.

PGA TOUR 2K21

 

Release Date: September 17, 2020

Players: up to 4 players

Genre: Sports

Publisher: 2K

Developer: iLLOGIKA

Price: $59.99

Game File Size: 8.2 GB

 

Play against the pros. Play with your crew. In PGA TOUR 2K21, you can play by the rules or create your own!
ALL-NEW PGA TOUR CAREER MODE – Prove you’ve got what it takes to become FedExCup Champion. Take on PGA TOUR Pros during your very own career, earning rewards and gear along the way.
PGA TOUR PROS AND NEW COURSES – Play against Justin Thomas and 11 top pros on stunning, real-life courses including TPC Sawgrass, East Lake Golf Club, and more.
BUILD YOUR MYPLAYER & DREAM COURSE – Create and personalize your MyPLAYER with equipment and apparel from brands you love. Design your ultimate course with 1,000s of custom options.
DOMINATE THE GREEN AT ANY SKILL LEVEL – Rookies can take advantage of real-time tutorials, tips and shot suggestions. Already a pro? Master your game with Pro Vision, Distance Control, Putt Preview, and other innovations.
GET THE PARTY STARTED – Hit the links with friends by playing local and online matches, including Alt-Shot, Stroke Play, Skins and 4-Player Scramble.
MAKE YOUR OWN RULES – Command your Clubhouse with Online Societies. Run full seasons and tournaments and earn bragging rights on the course. Create entry rules and requirements as well as handicap and event settings.
THE MOST REALISTIC COURSES EVER – Real-world scanning brings the fairway, green, bunkers, trees, lakes and ponds to life! True-to-form PGA TOUR broadcast presentation features slick graphics, dynamic cut-scenes and a seamless replay system, all anchored by the play-by-play commentary of Luke Elvy and Rich Beem.

The Long Dark

 

Release Date: September 17, 2020

Players: 1 player

Genre: Adventure

Publisher: Hinterland Studio

Price: $34.99

Game File Size: 7.2 GB

 

Bright lights flare across the night sky. The wind rages outside the thin walls of your wooden cabin. A wolf howls in the distance. You look at the meager supplies in your pack, and wish for the days before the power mysteriously went out. How much longer will you survive?

Welcome to THE LONG DARK, the innovative exploration-survival experience Wired magazine calls “the pinnacle of an entire genre”.

 

Planned for 2020:

Empire of Sin

 

Release Date: December 01, 2020

Players: 1 player

Genre: Strategy, Role-Playing

Publisher: ParadoxInteractive

Developer: Romero Games

Price: $39.99

Game File Size: 5.0 GB

 

Empire of Sin is a new strategy game brought to you by Romero Games and Paradox Interactive that puts you at the heart of the ruthless criminal underworld of 1920s Prohibition-era Chicago. Slip into the shoes of one of the fourteen real and historically inspired mob bosses such as Al Capone, Stephanie St. Clair or Goldie Garneau and assemble a rag-tag gang, build and manage your criminal empire, and defend your turf from rival gangs.  It’s up to you to hustle, charm and intimidate your way to the top and do whatever it takes to stay there – break a leg!

– Roleplay: Choose one of fourteen unique bosses based on fictional and real-world gangsters, then set out to build and manage your criminal empire in Chicago’s infamous Prohibition era.

– Empire Management: Build your Empire of Sin and run Chicago’s underworld economy with business savvy, brutality or city-wide notoriety. Strategically manage your establishments such as speakeasies, supply chains, casinos and more.

– Turn-Based Combat: Assemble your gang and slug it out in turn-based combat to defend and expand your territory – or send a message to opposing gangs.

Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise

 

Release Date: December 04, 2020

Players: up to 2 players

Genre: Music, Other, Sports, Training

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Imagineer

Price: $49.99

Game File Size: 3.9 GB

 

Jab, uppercut, dodge, and more to catchy pop tunes in this rhythmic boxing game! Pass a Joy-Con™ controller to an exercise buddy and box to the beat together.

Customize your workout with the help of a virtual instructor.

Choose from nine virtual instructors, select a challenge level from light to heavy and have a workout prepared for you by your trainer, or create one all by yourself from scratch in Free Training. Check out detailed examples, practice specific moves, and receive helpful feedback from your instructor to get the most out of your workout! 

  • Warm up with the original Fitness Boxing game and then transfer your profile to the Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm and Exercise game.
  • Keep your progress from the original Fitness Boxing game and transfer your profile to the Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm and Exercise game.
  • Get your daily workout on and box (and bop) to the beat. Pass a Joy-Con controller (or two) to a workout partner to enjoy a 2-player boxing session lead by your in-game instructor. These virtual trainers have different personalities and styles, so try them out and find the one that suits you best! Complete achievements to receive tickets you can redeem for outfits to deck out your trainer in fitness fashion.
  • Whatever difficulty you play on, you can revisit specific exercises for practice or watch detailed examples to observe perfect form.
  • Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise is a way to get in a guided workout, track your activity, and listen to some popular, upbeat jams.

Sniper Elite 4

 

Release Date: Holiday 2020

Players: up to 8 players

Genre: Action, Adventure

Publisher: RebellionInteract

Price: N/A

 

Experience tactical third-person combat, gameplay choice and epic sharpshooting across gigantic levels as you liberate World War 2 Italy from the grip of fascism.

  • Unrivalled sniping freedom. Complete the campaign your way
  • Epic longshots with bone-crushing X-ray kill cam 
  • Team-up or go head-to-head with local & online multiplayer
  • Feel every shot with HD rumble & pan the battlefield with gyroscopic controls

 

Planned for 2021:

MONSTER HUNTER RISE

 

Release Date: March 26, 2021

Players: up to 2 players

Genre: Action

Publisher: Capcom

Developer: Capcom

Price: $59.99

Game File Size: 8.8 GB

 

The critically acclaimed action-RPG series returns to the Nintendo Switch™!

Set in the ninja-inspired land of Kamura Village, explore lush ecosystems and battle fearsome monsters to become the ultimate hunter. It’s been half a century since the last calamity struck, but a terrifying new monster has reared its head and threatens to plunge the land into chaos once again.

Hunt solo or in a party with friends to earn rewards that you can use to craft a huge variety of weapons and armor. Brand new gameplay systems such as the high-flying ‘Wire Action’ and your canine companion ‘Palamute’ will add exciting new layers to the already robust combat that Monster Hunter is known for.

Whether it’s at home, on the go, online or offline – you’ll always be ready for your next hunt on the Nintendo Switch™!

 

*New amiibo were also announced alongside MONSTER HUNTER RISE

BALAN WONDERLAND

 

Release Date: Spring 2021

Players: up to 2 players

Genre: Action

Publisher: Square Enix

Price: N/A

Game File Size: N/A

 

Welcome to a wonderous all-action show, the likes of which has never been seen before!

BALAN WONDERWORLD is a wondrous action platformer game themed around the Balan Theatre. Led by the enigmatic maestro named Balan, the stars of the show Emma and Leo will use special abilities from a multitude of characterful costumes as they adventure in the bizarre and imaginary land of Wonderworld. Here memories and vistas from the real world mix with the things that people hold dear. 

Twelve different tales await our stars in the Wonderworld, each with their own unique quirks. They will explore all corners of these labyrinthine stages, filled with a myriad of tricks and traps, to get to the heart of each story.

 

Wonderworld exists in people’s hearts and imagination

The setting for this tale is the fantastic, bizarre land of Wonderworld; a place where people’s happy and positive memories mix with their restless worries and negativity.

Leo and Emma are led into Wonderworld by the mysterious clown Balan and set off on a journey to find what is important to them.

Before they can return to the real world, they must first restore the lost balance in their hearts… 

Over 80 different costumes open up all the action you could want! –The stars of the show can use powers from the inhabitants of Wonderworld by wearing their colourful costumes, with over 80 different ones to try on!

Bash your enemies, walk in the air, freeze time or manipulate all kinds of objects… the possibilities are endless when you pick up a new costume. 

Two Legendary Creators Reunite! –Come one, come all and enjoy the pinnacle of Square Enix storytelling in an all-action world of wonder created by the legendary Naka Yuji. 

For the first time in 20 years Naka Yuji and Oshima Naoto join forces forming the BALAN COMPANY team; founded around, bringing together action game development, video and music production professionals from both inside and outside of the company. 

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny

 

Release Date: Summer 2021

Players: 1 player

Genre: Role-Playing, Strategy

Publisher: NIS America

Developer: Nippon Ichi Software

Price: N/A

Game File Size: N/A

 

The first new DISGAEA game in six years is here! Meet Zed, a zombie that has risen above them all except one – a God of Destruction!

Can a mere Netherworld zombie rise up and destroy a god? Find out in the newest installment of the DISGAEA series! Features such as Super Reincarnation, 3D visuals (a first for this series), and adjustable gameplay settings make this the perfect game for both new and old DISGAEA fans!

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

 

Release Date: Summer 2021

Players: to be determined

Genre: Role-Playing

Publisher: Capcom

Developer: Capcom

Price: N/A

Game File Size: N/A

 

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin offers both RPG and Monster Hunter fans a unique new experience with a rich storyline featuring charming characters, challenging quests and friendly encounters with familiar monsters from the Monster Hunter series. Assuming the role of a young Monster Rider who can use a Kinship Stone to form strong bonds with monsters, players can gain experience and improve their skills to form deeper connections with these wonderful creatures. When ready, players can embark on memorable adventures filled with dramatic events and heartwarming friendships as the epic tale unfolds.

Rune Factory 5

 

Release Date: 2021

Players: to be determined

Genre: Role-Playing, Simulation, Action

Publisher: Marvelous (XSEED)

Price: N/A

Game File Size: N/A

 

Set off on a grand adventure in a fantasy world with the latest entry in the Rune Factory simulation RPG series. After losing their memory, the hero lands in a small town blessed by nature. There, they are recruited into a band of peacekeeping rangers, and their new life begins. In addition to their normal duties, the hero can farm the land, cast a line into the nearby river, and so much more! Team up with townsfolk to battle monsters and unleash powerful combination attacks—just one of the features new to the series. The stage is set, and the curtain rises on an exciting new adventure in Rune Factory 5!

 

Features

・Tame monsters or team up with townsfolk to explore a massive world

・Defend the frontier and support your community as a member of a peacekeeping ranger

・Unleash uniquely powerful combo attacks with your teammates 

・Cultivate crops in the fields

・Find friendship, love, and family with a colorful cast of characters

Any of these marvellous third party offerings take your fancy? Let us know!

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