Nintendo Airs New Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase

Nintendo has been pretty quiet this year, aside from Partner Showcases. Today, The Big N showed off a new slate of games in their 2nd Nintendo Direct Mini.

August 26, 2020

Earlier this morning, Nintendo debuted its latest digital presentation that featured multiple updates and reveals from third-party developers. The 11-minute developer showcase was a bit lighter on reveals compared to the last showcase in July, but nonetheless, it had some pretty interesting reveals.

While this series likely won’t be able to live up to the hype that the mainline Nintendo Direct, at least Nintendo makes it clear that fans shouldn’t get as excited for the showcase as they might for a their other presentations.

Nintendo fans have been starved for information, as seemingly every week new news comes out about one or more of the other major game publishers, leaving many Nintendo fans to speculate and hope for a Direct. And with good reason, too. Nintendo’s first-party lineup for this year feels suspiciously underdeveloped, and now that reports are swirling about another model of Switch and major games being on the horizon, fans are desperate.

Despite an overall lack of first-party titles, the Direct Mini felt much more like a standard Direct, with faster pacing and fewer vignettes from developers and even a short sizzle reel of games at the very end. The games featured in the showcase included Kingdom Hearts: Melody of MemoryHarmonix’s Fuser, two Taiko No Tatsujin RPGs; Taiko No Tatsujin Rhythmic Adventure and Taiko No Tatsujin Rhythmic Adventure 2, World of Tanks, Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions (based off of the Creed movies), Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend, Just Dance 2021 and Puyo Puyo Tetris 2.

The sizzle reel that capped off the partner showcase didn’t have anything shocking. In fact, every single game it talked about was already revealed and had a release date prior to the showcase. The Japanese version of the showcase however did include Monster Farm 2 and a new episode of the Derby Stallion series.

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The presentation lacked an announcement on the same tier as the big suite of Shin Megami Tensei game reveals that the last Nintendo Direct Mini showcase did, and even then, hardcore Nintendo fans were incredibly unhappy about the Direct Mini in July. So far, the like to dislike ratio on YouTube is sitting at about 13 thousand to 6 thousand, which is a more favorable reaction compared to that of the last Direct Mini (at least based on its current like to dislike ratio).

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