Nintendo released a surprise Nintendo Direct presentation offering a shotgun blast of details for various Switch games.
Apart from 2K’s Switch collections for Borderlands, XCOM 2, and BioShock, and a release date for the Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition (May 29), the presentation also dropped a variety of news on a bevy of titles.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate revealed that the first character in the newly announced Fighters Pass Vol. 2 is from ARMS, and will be released and announced in June. Unfortunately, there was no other information on this other than to stay tuned.
- Speaking of Arms, a game demo is running from March 26 to April 6 for paid Switch online members.
- A free Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bunny Day event runs from April 1-12, with other events like Earth Day coming later.
- Pokémon Sword & Shield expansion pass details. Isle of Armor comes out at the end of June, with more info about The Crown Tundra to follow.
If you don’t want to wait for those titles, Nintendo has announced Switch games and content available now: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order expansion pass content featuring the Fantastic Four, Shinsekai: Into the Depths, Good Job!, A Ring Fit Adventure update featuring a rhythm mode with music from Splatoon 2, Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Super Mario Odyssey, Star Wars: Jedi Knight Academy, Panzer Dragoon: Remake, and the Bravely Default II demo.
And further out in the future Switch owners can look forward to games including:
- Saints Row: IV – Re:Elected (March 27)
- Star Wars Episode I: Racer (coming soon)
- The Elder Scrolls: Blades (spring)
- Minecraft Dungeons (spring)
- Vigor (closed beta)(April 9)
- Trials of Mana (April 24)
- Ninjala (May 27)
- Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition (May 29)
- Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus (May)
- Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics (June 5)
- Mr. Driller: DrillLand (June 25)
- The Legend of Heroes: Trials of Cold Steel III (June 30)
- Catherine: Full Body (July 7)
- Fuser (fall)
- King’s Bounty II (later this year)
- Bravely Default II (later this year)
- Burnout Paradise Remastered (later this year)
Finally, despite the bevy of great news today, Nintendo sensitively reminds us that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of these release dates may change.