What you need to know
- Nintendo Directs are digital presentations that showcase the company's plans for hardware and software in the coming months.
- Yesterday, a Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcase was announced on its social media accounts.
- The presentation is planned to be 25 minutes long and feature games from third-party developers.
After the unexpected Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Direct, some thought that Nintendo wasn't planning to release another one in typical June fashion. However, the company announced the new Direct early in the morning, surprising everyone by divulging that it was a Mini Direct at only 25 minutes long. Not only that, it would be a Partner Showcase, a specific type of Direct that shows off and centers third-party games from development studios partnered with Nintendo.
If you missed the Nintendo Direct, don't worry! You can watch the YouTube video recording below:
Here's everything announced in the June 2022 Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcase:
Monster Hunter Rise
Another trailer featuring combat from the upcoming Monster Hunter Rise DLC, Sunbreak, was shown. It featured characters from the coastal city of Elgado, alongside returning monsters.
Two monsters coming to the first free Title Update are the Seething Bazelgeuse and Lucent Nargacuga.
The award-winning game, Nier: Automata, is coming to Nintendo Switch, with exclusive costumes available for players of the Nintendo Switch version. It releases on October 6, 2022. Preorders begin today.
Lorelei and The Laser Eyes
This horror game heads to Nintendo Switch first in 2023.
Super Bomberman R 2
The sequel to the classic Bomberman game releases on Nintendo Switch in 2023.
Mega Man Battle Network: Legacy Collection
Containing ten original games and new features like a gallary and a music mode, Mega Man fans can experience this collection in 2023.
PAC-MAN WORLD Re-PAC
Eat dots with Pac Man and friends as this title launches on August 26 on Nintendo Switch.
This monochrome indie title features a fawn and a wolf cub who must work together to survive in the wilderness. This game launches as a console exclusive in February of 2023.
Return to Monkey Island
Arrr, mateys! This swashbuckling return to the pirate-filled island we love heads to Nintendo Switch this year.
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
Featuring new characters like Rabbid Rosalina, players can engage in this turn-based strategy game in October 2022. Preorders begin today, and a special Showcase for this game premieres tomorrow.
Little Noah: Scion of Paradise
This action platformer RPG by Cygames Inc. releases on Nintendo Switch today!
Epic Games' strategy games features trains, trains, and... more trains. Blow the whistle and conduct this game on Nintendo Switch this fall.
RPG Time: The Legend of Wright
Have you ever wanted to make your own game? You can join the protagonist Kenta as he draws, erases, and makes big calculations to make his very own RPG. You can preorder this game before its release on August 18, 2022.
First shown earlier this month, this game sees you play as Sonic as he runs really fast across vast open worlds. This title speeds onto Nintendo Switch this holiday season.
Disney Dreamlight Valley
Interact with Mickey Mouse and all your favorite Disney characters in the Early Access version of this game, available on September 6, 2022.
Live a Live
Travel between the past, present, and future with Live a Live. A free demo releases on Nintendo Switch later today!
DORAEMON STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of the Great Kingdom
Bandai Namco married the popular franchises of Doraemon and Story of Seasons, where you build your own thriving farm from scratch. You can experience the peaceful life later this year on Nintendo Switch.
Journey across an iconic blocky landscape in Minecraft Legends, coming to Nintendo Switch next year.
DRAGON QUEST TREASURES
Journey with your sibling to a new home, slay monsters and collect treasures in Dragon Quest Treasures, launching on December 9, 2022.
Portal: Companion Collection
Is the cake really a lie? You'll have to find out for yourself in this award-winning, mind-bending puzzle platformer that launches on Nintendo Switch today.
This beautiful farming simulator with combat elements is set to release on November 4.
Persona 5 Royal
After much speculation and waiting, Persona 5 Royal was announced for Nintendo Switch. You'll be able to play this enormous RPG starting on October 21.
Other Persona games
In a surprise announcement, Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden were also announced for the system. We don't yet know when they're releasing, but be sure to stay tuned for any announcements!
Other games announced:
These games were announced at the end of the presentation:
- Captain Velvet Meteor: The Jump+ Dimensions — July 28
- No Man's Sky — October 7
- A Plague Tale: Requiem - Cloud Version — October 18
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Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.