Nintendo details Animal Crossing, Ring Fit updates, more in Mini Direct

  • Video games
  • Sunday, 29 Mar 2020

A Bunny Day event is coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, April 1-12. — AFP Relaxnews

Barely more than a week since Nintendo's Indie World Direct, another raft of Switch console releases have been outlined, including an immediate release for Good Job and Star Wars Jedi Academy.

A downloadable update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, available April 1 and running until April 12 will allow players to celebrate a Bunny Day community event.

Players will be able to search for decorated eggs buried underground or hidden in the sea and turn them into special limited-time items in the hit new game's first community event.

There'll be an Earth Day event later in April.

During a March 26 Nintendo Direct Mini (almost 29 minutes in length despite the title), Nintendo also revealed that its console's home fitness application, Ring Fit Adventure, is now ready to update with a new Rhythm Game mode and soundtrack update making use of scores from fellow Switch successes Super Mario Bros. Odyssey, Splatoon 2 and The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild.

Other improvements include a female trainer voice, the ability to change voice languages during play and a jogging option that gets rid of more intensive combat encounters.

The Direct also detailed another dozen games launching over the coming months.

Among them, Good Job, a comedy office services sim in which one or two players have to take care of cleaning, deliveries and furniture moves for their parent's successful company.

Along with undersea adventure Shinsekai: Into The Depths, overhauled classic Panzer Dragoon: Remake, and Star Wars Jedi Academy (which is also on PS4), it's available immediately.

Several other remakes, remasters or re-releases were announced during the presentation reel.

Star Wars Episode 1 Racer is coming soon; Saints Row IV: Re-elected launches March 27; and on May 29 the BioShock Collection (trilogy, including BioShock Infinite), Borderlands Collection (the first three games, excluding Borderlands 3) and XCOM 2 Collection (game plus 4 DLC packs, War of the Chosen expansion) touch down.

Those three arrive the same day as an upgraded Nintendo Wii cult classic in the form of Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition, which includes a new epilogue among other enhancements.

After a sizzle reel of other upcoming releases, the presentation finished with a closer look at the first expansion for Pokémon Sword and Shield, the Isle of Armor, due by the end of June.

– AFP Relaxnews

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