Nintendo Direct Mini (3.26) Recap: Major Ports Incoming

Nintendo surprised all of their fans with a Nintendo Direct Mini last week, the first one in over six months.  While labelled as a mini and clocking in at just over 25 minutes, it was packed with information.  Here’s a rundown of single player games headed to the Nintendo Switch in the next few months

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition

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Xenoblade Chronicles was one of the mega hits of the Wii library.  Not only did it sell over 200,000 copies in both Japan and North America, it was also was one of the highest rated games for Wii with an average Metacritic score of 92, placing it in the top 8 rated games for Wii.  Although the Xenoblade Chronicles remake has been known for some time, we finally got a release date of May 29.  In addition to the updated graphics, players can expect over 90 remastered tracks and an additional epilogue to the game to extend the story.

As a single player game, there are numerous things to engage the player.  There is a rich story and beautiful music which is fairly common for epic level RPGs like Xenoblade Chronicles.  My favorite part of the game is the environmen; the entirety of the game takes place on the backs of two fighting titans that are frozen in time after a battle.  With the real-time, action based gameplay, Xenoblade Chronicles plays like an MMORPG.  The battle system has players use special skills during automated attacks and then wait for them to cool down so they can be used again.  In addition to the style of gameplay, the numerous quests and locations should make any MMORPG fan feel right at home especially considering there are over 100 hours of gameplay (and even more with the new epilogue).  If you were missing that sense of adventure after putting in hundreds of hours into Breath of the Wild, Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition may fill that void.

Bioshock and XCOM 2 Collections

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The first major surprise during the Nintendo Direct was the announcement that 2K is releasing several major ports for the Nintendo Switch including the Bioshock Collection (Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and Bioshock Infinite) and the XCOM 2 Collection (XCOM 2 + 4 DLC + War of the Chosen expansion). The games in these collections are major titles in their respective genres.

The mystery surrounding the world of Bioshock makes for a very engaging game.  In Bioshock 1 and 2, players are plunged into an underwater city that has been abandoned.  The lack of people and the dark environment add to the ambiance and mystery and make for very suspenseful games.  Bioshock Infinite’s environment is a complete contrast to Bioshock 1 and 2 as players explore a vibrant city in the clouds on a rescue mission.  While the setting is different, the gameplay remains the same: an FPS that focuses on story rather than shooting other players.

If the fast-paced action of an FPS isn’t your style, then you can slow things down tremendously playing XCOM 2.  The XCOM series plays like a single player board game as you control a resistance force fighting against the aliens occupying Earth.  As the tactician, you decide which members of the team will engage in the mission and determine their every move and action.  The visuals from the tactical camera are crisp, making it easy to see where the squadmates can move and what actions they can perform.  When an action is selected, the result  is displayed as a short cinematic that looks terrific.

Both of these collections are priced at $50.  Considering the amount of content squeezed into these titles, it looks like both titles are quite a bargain that will keep players engaged for quite some time.

 

Continue to part 2 featuring Shinsekai: Into the Depths and Ring Fit Adventure DLC

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