Everything you need to know about February 2021 Nintendo Direct
Nintendo Direct returned to streaming services after over a year’s absence. The massive gaming company certainly didn’t hold back any punches as it unleashed a whole slew of exciting updates for fans everywhere. Nintendo opened the flood gates revealing game updates, new ports, fresh trailers, and so much more. Here’s everything you need to know about the February 2021 Nintendo Direct.
A NEW CONTENDER
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gets a brand new fighter coming as a DLC entry. Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s Pyra makes her debut on the Smash stage sometime this year. Nintendo promised a full reveal video of her abilities at a later date. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 fans will be glad to know that Pyra might have the ability swap with another character from the game, Mythra. It’s unclear at this time how they would work in tandem during fights but fans everywhere are excited. Additionally, the Fighter Pass includes a new stage and music along with the new fighter’s release.
WHY DO WE FALL?
The jumping, grabbing, and falling sensation that took the world by storm in 2020 makes its way to the Nintendo Switch. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout finally gets ported to one of the most successful consoles in recent memory. The short teaser video failed to include a proper release date but fans can expect the game to drop sometime this summer.
UNCOVER THE TRUTH
Two classic mystery games make their debut on the Nintendo Switch as well. Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind launches with a completely updated look and feel for the Switch. The two games have been remade and localized into English for the modern international player. Visual novel mysteries aren’t common for players nowadays but it’s certainly an interesting addition to the Nintendo Switch library.
GEAR UP & CHOW DOWN
We finally get a proper look into the gripping story behind the upcoming Monster Hunter Rise title. Currently, the game is holding a free demo period for its fans but it is nothing compared to the story trailer announcement. Besides the actual campaign storyline reveal, fans saw better looks at some of the other giant beasts heading to the console on March 2021.
RETURN TO THE SKIES
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, one of the most beloved and highly-rated entries in the franchise receives its own HD remake. Nintendo showed a brief glimpse into the new beautiful HD graphics of the old beloved game. Skyward Sword required players to play with their Wiimote but the entire game’s control has been overhauled to work with the Nintendo Switch Joy-cons. Nintendo also promised that players can simply use the controllers without motion control if they prefer. A special Joy-Con bundle will launch along with the game’s release featuring the distinct motif of the Zelda franchise. Skyward Sword HD releases officially on July 16, 2021.
UP FOR A ROUND OF GOLF?
The Nintendo Switch finally receives its own Mario Golf title. The sports series returns in beautiful HD with updated mechanics and controls. Mario Golf: Super Rush can be played with a Joy-Con miming golf clubs. The developers promised several new fun and exciting game modes to give your golf games an extra level of enjoyment. The title also features a story mode that will have you swinging and sinking shots across a wide map. Mario Golf: Super Rush launches on June 25, 2021.
ONE MORE HERO
The No More Heroes franchise joins several returning game series to a mainline Nintendo platform. The action-adventure hack and slash still features exciting combat. No More Heroes III launches on August 27, 2021.
OKAY, MORE HEROES
DC takes a crack at a lighter video game that features some of its greatest female superheroes. The brief trailer simply toured fans around the game’s world and showcased some of its upcoming characters. DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power launches on the Nintendo Switch on June 4, 2021.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons exploded in popularity following its release. The game’s grandest strength is high customizability and relaxed pace. Additionally, this means that nearly any other franchise could come to the game in the form of cosmetics or items. Super Mario finally makes its presence known on AC: NH islands via a free update that will be available starting February 25, 2021.
A NEW ADVENTURE
Project TRIANGLE STRATEGY continues Square Enix’s long lineage of tactical RPGs. The trend which began with the Final Fantasy Tactics titles now lives on in a new series. Square Enix proudly returns to its roots of grounded RPG games in this exciting new title. Project TRIANGLE STRATEGY launches for the Switch sometime in 2022.
A new squad-based, free-to-play arena combat game is heading to the Nintendo Switch! More importantly, the game will feature themes and elements from the expansive Star Wars franchise. The game drops for the Switch sometime in 2021.
THE CALAMITY IS NOT YET OVER
The beloved Breath of the Wild prequel, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, receives an Expansion pass for 2021. The new content bundle features new costumes and weapons for Link. Additionally, the Expansion Pass adds new characters, weapon types, and challenges in the Royal Ancient Lab area. The Expansion Pass adds brand new content up to November 2021.
The third entry in the Splatoon franchise is finally here. The anticipated sequel to Splatoon 2 launches for the Switch sometime in 2022. Splatoon 3 offers a new city, new weapons, and new combat moves for veteran players of the franchise. It won’t be long before players around the world get to make their mark on the world once more.
The Nintendo Direct featured several other announcements of mostly game ports and HD remasters. Undoubtedly, Nintendo spent the entire year preparing for a Direct that was fully packed and bursting at the seams. There’s no shortage of exciting new and returning titles that will keep Nintendo Switch players occupied for a long time.