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The Biggest Reveals from the Nintendo Direct

Nintendo unveiled a slew of new games and ports during its latest Direct showcase. Here are some of the biggest games from the new reveal stream!
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Nintendo finally showed off its upcoming releases in a Mini Direct on June 28. The company took its sweet time getting its summer game showcase together, with its Direct arriving weeks after Sony and Microsoft aired their summer game events. Some fans were frustrated when Nintendo announced the late-June event would be an abbreviated Mini Direct and focus on third-party titles instead of first-party releases.

However, Nintendo’s first-party lineup is already stacked for the back half of the year. The company will release Splatoon 3, Xenoblade 3, and Pokemon Scarlet and Violet all in the second half of 2022. The Mini Direct, in comparison, unveiled a massive number of third-party ports and games to bulk out the Switch’s massive 2022 games lineup.

The Nintendo Direct Mini included announcements of some long-awaited releases and updates for the hybrid system. If you’ve been eagerly waiting for Persona 5, Nier: Automata, or Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, the June Direct had all the reveals you’d want to see. Here are some of the biggest highlights and most stunning reveals from the recent Nintendo Direct Mini. 

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak

Monster Hunter Rise was a breakout release on the Nintendo Switch in 2021, as it updated and modernized much of the classic Monster Hunter formula. The game incorporates the best parts of Monster Hunter World and classic titles from the long-running action-RPG series. It also features some new movement mechanics, like the Wirebug and Palamute systems, that make getting around the map easier than ever.

The game was so successful that Capcom hurried to produce DLC to keep the party going after the main credits roll. Players who have experienced everything Rise has to offer will get a chance to dive back into the game with Sunbreak, which Capcom released on June 30. The new expansion includes three new monsters to hunt, as well as a brand-new explorable area.

Rise is one of the best Switch games of the past few years, and any DLC is welcome. Capcom also announced during the Direct that it plans to continue to support the game with post-release content for the next year, at least. There are plenty of monsters to hunt in Sunbreak, and we can’t wait to see more!

Nier: Automata

The cult-classic PS4 RPG Nier: Automata is coming to Switch. Incredibly, the game doesn’t appear to be a cloud-based port like Resident Evil VII or Control, which are too advanced to run natively on the Switch. Instead, it seems that developer Platinum Games has scaled the game properly to get it running on Nintendo’s hybrid system. Nier is a very fast-paced title that relies on a high framerate for its twitch-based gameplay, so Platinum is making a bold choice by putting the game on the famously underpowered Switch.

Players take control of 2B, a combat android sent to Earth to defeat machines created by aliens. The game’s story is a proxy war between aliens and humans, and it includes numerous possible endings. Players need to complete multiple playthroughs of the game to unlock the full story, too. 

The Switch is a perfect system for this kind of game, as it requires a large time investment to get the most out of the story. It’s also fun to bounce between playing story missions on the big screen and side quests on the go! The Switch port will include all the DLC released for the PlayStation 4 version, as well as a handful of new outfits exclusive to the Switch.

Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection

For Mega Man fans of a certain generation, there’s nothing more nostalgic than seeing Mega Man Battle Network running on modern systems. The Battle Network subseries is a spin-off of the Mega Man franchise that reimagines the Blue Bomber as a computer program. Players create a deck of “battle chips,” which allow Mega Man to deploy various techniques in grid-based battles.

The battles play out in real-time on a three-by-six grid, which allows players to show off both their deckbuilding knowledge and action gameplay skills. Battle Network spans six games, and from the third entry onward the games were split into two versions, much like the Pokemon series. In order to collect all of the battle chips and see the full story, players would have to play through both versions of the game.

All six numbered entries in the long-running Game Boy Advance series will be bundled together in the Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection. The massive bundled collection will hit the Switch (and the PS4!) sometime in 2023. Since Nintendo said the showcase focused on games releasing “in the next year,” we assume this means the Battle Network collection will land sometime in the first half of 2023.

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

The first Mario + Rabbids title was a surprise hit on the Switch back in 2017. The game bizarrely fused the Mario series with Ubisoft’s Rayman franchise, in the form of its annoying-but-adorable mascots, the Rabbids. In order to make the title stand out from other Mario and Rayman games, Ubisoft opted to make the title a turn-based, tactical combat game. If you’ve ever wondered what XCOM in the Mushroom Kingdom would look like, it’s Mario + Rabbids

The upcoming sequel, Sparks of Hope, sees the series implementing a looser movement system than XCOM to make the game easier for newcomers. However, judging from the gameplay trailer, Sparks of Hope is still a deep, strategy-testing title. Players will control a squad of cute characters who need to work together and combine their abilities to take down their opponents in tight turn-based battles. 

The game looks delightful, and its cutesy graphics belie the deeper strategic depth under the surface. Ubisoft has proven itself plenty capable of creating games with the same level of polish as Nintendo’s first-party outings, so fans were excited to hear that Sparks of Hope will land on the Switch on October 20. Pre-orders for the upcoming game are available now!

Portal Companion Collection

The Portal series is now portable! The most immediate announcement in the Mini Direct was the news that Portal Companion Collection went on sale immediately after the Direct aired. The collection includes both the first and second entries in the beloved series, now playable in both handheld and TV modes. Portal is one of the most celebrated puzzle games ever made, so it’s exciting to see the series make the jump to Switch.

The brain-teasing game play of the Valve-developed series is a perfect match for the Switch’s hybrid design. It’s great to be able to take the most challenging rooms with you when you leave the house so you can chip away at the problems while you’re on the train or waiting for an appointment. 

The second entry in the series also has a broader scope and more engrossing story than its predecessor. Portal 2’s narrative overlaps with the beloved Half-Life series in some surprising ways, so newcomers can expect to uncover some tantalizing connections. Even if you’ve already played through these excellent titles on PC, they’re well worth revisiting in a mobile form on the Switch!

Persona 5 Royal

Perhaps the biggest announcement from the Mini Direct was the confirmation that Persona 5 will finally see a Switch port. Fans of the Persona series have quite literally begged for this moment for years. Some naysayers claimed that the PS4-exclusive Persona 5 was too demanding for the Switch hardware, but proponents of a port argued that the game was initially released on the PlayStation 3–a console that the Switch is more than capable of keeping up with. 

Fans started clamoring for a port of the smash-hit Persona 5 after its protagonist, Joker, was added to the lineup in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Many fans noted that it was bizarre that the character was playable in Smash despite having no games from his series on the Switch. Even the release of the Musou-style beat-em-up sequel, Persona 5 Strikers, struck some Nintendo fans as a humorous turn of events.

After months of fans begging, the stylish life-sim RPG is finally making its way to the hybrid console on October 21. Fans who missed out on this epic title, or want to play the Royal expansion content, can grab the game and experience it in both handheld and TV mode soon.

Persona 3 Portable and 4 Golden

In addition to Persona 5 Royal, Atlus announced during the Mini Direct that the previous two installments in the Persona series are also coming to the Switch at some point after Persona 5 Royal. Persona 3 Portable is the PlayStation Portable remake of the cult classic PlayStation 2 game Persona 3, including updated content and new NPCs for players to meet.

Persona 4 Golden was also originally released on a PlayStation handheld, the Vita. It’s also got an enhanced amount of content compared to its non-Golden version and has new scenes that further the storyline. These titles will also come to the Xbox and Windows PCs, but Nintendo fans are sure to enjoy getting a chance to take these classic RPGs with them on the go.