Nintendo Surprise-Dropped A Nintendo Direct Mini

There was no warning before the latest Nintendo Direct Mini, despite it featuring some bombshell information.


Nintendo usually offers at least a day's warning before premiering a new digital Nintendo Direct event, but it was evidently feeling spontaneous on October 28. A new Nintendo Direct Mini partner showcase has premiered, offering a release date update for one of the most-anticipated games on the system, the debut of cloud streaming in North America, and a demo for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

We weren't expecting to see Control: Ultimate Edition on Nintendo Switch at all, but thanks to cloud streaming, the game is available on Switch--yes, as in right now. Players must enter a queue in order to access the game, and results can vary depending on your connection speeds. However, you will have a chance to demo the game for a few minutes in order to decide if it plays smoothly enough.

It will be joined by Hitman 3 in the future, which doesn't yet have a release date on Switch cloud streaming but is coming to other consoles and PC in 2021. Players have experienced queues when attempting to play Control today, but the experience seems to be pretty solid once they are able to play and even has support for ray tracing.

Not sure if you want to buy Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity yet? With the new free demo available on the eShop, you can try before you buy. The game is a canonical prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and the progress you make in the demo--which is the game's first chapter--will carry over to the final version.

Bravely Default 2 was planned for 2020, but it won't be arriving on time. Now, Bravely Default 2 has been delayed to 2021. Preorders are available now via the eShop, and a new demonstration showed off how you can combine jobs together via sub-classes. A video in the future will also show how Square Enix is addressing feedback it received from the demo released earlier this year.

Watch the full Nintendo Direct Mini presentation above for even more new information, including details on the exclusive No More Heroes 3. It will be the second No More Heroes game to release exclusively for Switch following Travis Strikes Again. The latter did then come to PS4 and PC several months later.

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