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Indie Live Expo 2020
The Escapist Indie Showcase
PlayStation 5 Showcase
Future Games Show
New Game+ Expo
MonsterVine Hot Games Summer Showcase
Limited Run Games
Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase
I debated about whether or not I should count today’s Nintendo Direct Mini among the E3 replacements, since it’s a “partner showcase” rather than a regular Direct and the first in a series, but since we’ve counted similar things and I referenced it last time, I decided to include it.
The Nintendo Direct Mini began with the announcement of DLC for Cadence of Hyrule, the Legend of Zelda/Crypt of the Necrodancer crossover collaboration.
Then they showed a game called Rogue Company and WWE 2K Battlegrounds, neither of which interests me.
Hearing the next announcement would be the last in the Nintendo Direct Mini was a little disheartening (although since the presentation wasn’t live, I knew it was almost over), but it turned out to be a remaster of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne!
A new trailer for Shin Megami Tensei V followed (with a simultaneous release in 2021), to truly close out the Direct. It’s been quite a while since SMT V was first announced, and all it had at the time was a quick teaser trailer, so I know fans are relieved to finally get some news about it.
I’ve never played a Shin Megami Tensei game, but both of those trailers were pretty interesting. I’ll need to consider giving the series a try.
But wait, we’re not actually done yet!
That was it for the Nintendo Direct Mini, but the Japanese Nintendo Direct Mini actually showed a few more games… two of which are coming out in English, so I’m not sure why they were excluded from ours.
The first was a new trailer and release date for Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin. It’ll be out in November.
After that came the official trailer for a game that would have been a surprise if the name hadn’t leaked last week, Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy. It’s due out this winter worldwide.
The Japanese Direct had a few other games that I’m not sure what are, but those are the major ones.
So while it wasn’t the most exciting Nintendo Direct Mini we’ve seen, it ended with a bang and the addition of Sakuna and Ryza make it even better. What interest me the most is that more of these Partner Showcases are planned for this year, so here’s hoping we’ll see some exciting news from them!
(Although by then, Not-E3 will be over.)
What did you think of today’s Nintendo Direct Mini?---
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