The latest Nintendo Direct mini Partner Showcase gave us quite a heap of new third-party titles to look forward to on the Nintendo Switch. And mind you, that’s after heavy-hitters such as Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit were announced.
Arguably one of the more notable announcements this time around was two brand-new titles in the Monster Hunter franchise coming to the hybrid console.
Monster Hunter Rise takes on a more familiar formula of going on investigations to hunt monsters, but this time with the ability to ride your own Palamute across the overworld, as well as traverse more freely with a grappling hook and the all-new Wirebug. While Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin takes on a more monster-friendly approach, not unlike Pokémon, where players work together with monsters instead of hunting them to take on quests.
But while Monster Hunter was the centrepiece of this Nintendo Direct mini Partner Showcase, there are a slew of other interesting titles to look out for, such as Hades, a new isometric action-adventure title by Supergiant Games (Bastion, Transistor, Pyre), and Microsoft’s Ori and the Will of the Wisps.
For your convenience, here are the individual titles, along with their release dates, showcased at the digital showcase!
Monster Hunter Rise – 26 March 2021
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin – Summer 2021
Ori and the Will of the Wisps – Available now
Hades – Available now
The Long Dark – Available now
PGA Tour 2K21 – 25 September
Empire of Sin – 1 December
Fitness Boxing 2 – 4 December
Sniper Elite 4 – Holiday 2020
Balan Wonderworld – 26 March 2021
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny – Summer 2021
Rune Factory 5 – TBA 2021
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.