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New Monster Hunter, Ori, and more announced at Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcase

On September 17, people woke up to a Nintendo Live stream titled, “Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase,” a Nintendo direct of partner games being released for the Switch.

Here’s everything that was announced.

Monster Hunter Rise

The direct began with a trailer for Capcom’s new game, Monster Hunter Rise. Releasing March 26, 2021, the game introduces new gameplay elements, such as new abilities, companions, and monsters. Brand new to the series are the Wirebugs and the Palamutes, animals that grant the player new abilities, attacks, and allow for new styles of gameplay. The game is also open world, and 3 amiibo will be released on launch day.

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

Capcom didn’t begin the direct with one trailer; they began with two. Monster Hunter Stories 2, which will be released sometime in the summer of 2021, has gameplay elements that coincide with Monster Hunter Rise, but it’s a much different game. Not much is known about the game, and even in the Monster Hunter Direct, which directly followed this event, not much was added.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps 

The critically acclaimed sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest is available for Switch TODAY! Explore new environments, use new abilities, defeat monstrous enemies, and solve challenging puzzles as you travel on your quest to find Ori’s destiny. Plus, Nintendo announced a collector’s edition, which is available for preorder now.

Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm and Exercise

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People use video games to exercise, and because the first Fitness Boxing was such a success, the sequel will be released less than two years later. Releasing December 4, 2020, this sequel will feature new game modes, three new trainers, and tweaks to the workout formula. 

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny

“Dying only makes him stronger,” says the announcer in reference to main character Zed. This RPG that turns RPGs on its head is back for a sixth installment, with max damage reaching over 9, checks notes, QUADRILLION! Join Zed and companions as you take on the God of Destruction. “Defy common sense, defy drama, defy destiny itself!” This game will be released in the Summer of 2021, with a free trial period in September exclusively for Nintendo Switch online members.

Empire of Sin

While Empire of Sin was announced a year ago at E3, a new trailer is out, showcasing more lore and features. Take part in the life of a gangster; booze, money, sex, and crime. The game is scheduled for release on December 1, 2020.

Sniper Elite 4

Sniper Elite 4 was released to the public in 2017, but it’s finally coming to Nintendo Switch, sometime during the “Holidays in 2020.” Play the critically acclaimed stealth game, set in WWII, and fight your way to victory.

The Long Dark

After a geomagnetic disaster, one must survive the frozen wilderness. The Long Dark is an exploration survival game from Hinterland, as players navigate, “The Quiet Apocalypse.” It’s releasing for the switch today.

Hades

Launching on Switch today, Hades is a dungeon crawler where you as the prince of the Underworld fight your way out of it. Gain abilities from the other gods of Olympus, and hack and slash your way to victory.

Balan Wonderworld

As the tweet says, releasing March 26, 2021, Balan Wonderworld will feature new costumes, gameplay, abilities, and stages. There’s even a part where you can transform into a sheep balloon-like creature.

Rune Factory 5

Adding another RPG to the release list, Rune Factory Five is coming to the Switch. Live in a magical fantasy world, and, according to the trailer description, “Protect your town as a peacekeeping ranger, harvest crops, go fishing, and find romance.” This heartwarming RPG will hit shelves on the summer of 2021.

PGA Tour 2K21 Physical Version

Photo from 2K

While the digital copy is already available, PGA Tour 2K21 will have a physical version available on September 25.

For more information about any of these titles and more, visit nintendo.com.

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