The newest installment of the ongoing Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase series has wrapped, and with it came a slew of information on both new and previously-announced games. Couldn’t catch the presentation? Not to worry, as we have a round-up of all the major announcements.
Monster Hunter Rise
A new entry in the Monster Hunter franchise will be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Titled Monster Hunter Rise, this entry seems to introduce new features such as a grappling hook system, a new dog-like companion/mount called a Palamute, and large, open map to explore. Furthermore, the game will include new monsters, like Aknosom and Great Izuchi ,to hunt down. Monster Hunter Rise will arrive on the Nintendo Switch on March 26, 2021.
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
Similar to its predecessor on the Nintendo 3DS, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin brings a new RPG set within the Monster Hunter universe. Stories 2 has you play as a descendant of the legendary monster rider called Red, who is tasked to investigate reports of various Rathalos disappearing throughout the world. Capcom has also confirmed that Stories 2 will have some form of compatibility with its other upcoming title, Monster Hunter Rise. Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is set to come to the Nintendo Switch in Summer of 2021.
The next entry in the Disgaea games focuses on Zed, a zombie with the capability of becoming stronger after each death. Disgaea 6 contains the same classic gameplay that the series is known for, with the addition of dealing quadrillion damage and reaching level 100 million. Disgaea 6 will release exclusively on the Nintendo Switch in Summer 2021. Until then, Nintendo Switch Online member can access Disgaea 5 Complete for free during a special trial period running from September 23-29.
From the legendary developers Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima comes Balan Wonderworld, a 3D action platformer in the vein of the Nights series. Here, players will traverse various stages using costumes that grant different abilities. Balan Wonderworld will come to the Nintendo Switch on March 26, 2021.
Rune Factory 5
Previously announced quite some time ago, Rune Factory 5 continues to provide the RPG/Farming Simulator elements that fans love. This time, you play as the newest recruit in an organization of rangers who protect your town from monsters and other threats. Of course, you can also harvest crops, go fishing, and pursue relationships as with previous entries. Rune Factory 5 will debut on the Nintendo Switch in 2021.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Finally, the presentation closed with the announcement that Moon Studios’ latest game, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, will release on the Switch today. The sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest has you exploring a new neighboring forest facing a dark fate. A collector’s edition containing both games will also be available through iam8bit to preorder.
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