Nintendo Direct Mini Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition release date more news

Nintendo Direct Mini Drops Xenoblade Chronicles Release Date and More

Nintendo took pity on all of us sitting at home with nothing to do and decided to drop a surprise Nintendo Direct Mini today, giving us a slew of information on a bunch of upcoming games and DLC they have coming out. The major announcements to land were a release date for the Switch release of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition and more information on the upcoming DLC for Pokémon Sword and Shield. The Direct also included an extended look at Bravely Default II (which has a new demo on the Switch eShop today) and the reveal of three classic 2K games (or game collections) coming to the system.

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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition will officially release on May 29. The game, which originally came out on the Wii, will feature updated graphics, some re-recorded music, and a new epilogue called “Future Connected” for people to play through. Nintendo will also release a Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Works Set, featuring a 250-page art book.

As previously noted, the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass is the first major DLC for the two Switch games. The first Expansion Pass will feature a new sprawling area called the Isle of Armor and is set to release by the end of June. The second Expansion Pass will feature a frozen area called Crown Tundra. It does not yet have a release date. The two packs cost $29.99 each.

2K Games revealed in the Nintendo Direct Mini that it would be dropping a ton of its classic games onto the system as well as they bring XCOM 2 CollectionBorderlands Legendary Collection, BioShock Remastered, BioShock 2 Remastered, and BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition to the system. You can also pick up those last three games together in BioShock: The Collection. 

The Nintendo Direct Mini announced the release of multiple more games today. Right now you can head to your Switch and download Good Job!Shinsekai: Into the DepthsPanzer Dragoon: Remake, and Star Wars Jedi Knight: Academy. The third DLC for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 also released today along with an update to Ring Fit Adventure.

Finally, we know from which game the first fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s Fighters Pass 2 will come from. Nintendo revealed that the character will come from the Switch fighter ARMS. It’s not exactly a classic franchise, but it could add in a unique fighter.

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