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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase June 2022 Live Reaction

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Very solid!

On Monday morning, Nintendo of America announced a new Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase. This only features games from third-party companies—not developed by Nintendo themselves. Immediately, my only expectation was to hear about Dragon Quest Treasures, because Dragon Quest Day 2022 told us to come back June to hear more information. And, well, there's not much of June remaining, so this is really the last opportunity for that.

Besides that basic expectation, I had no expectations going into this. And I'm also the only staffer in this reaction log, because it's a stupid time of day to have a reaction log and it's on extremely short notice to rejigger one's day to accommodate the Direct... and maybe there's fatigue among the staff. Well, my reactions are enough.



[9:00 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: It's 9 Eastern.
[9:00 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Where's the Direct?
[9:01 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKB3WXRWTCM
[9:01 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Found it.
[9:01 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I really shouldn't be live-reacting to a non-stream; this is just lazy.
[9:02 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Is this Monster Hunter?
[9:02 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...yeah there's a gunlance.
[9:03 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: In Monster Hunter Stories 2 I just got my kinship stone to level 5 last night. So that represents some big story progress!
[9:04 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But that footage was for Sunbreak.
[9:05 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Seething Bazelgeuse" free title update 1... Sunbreak coming June 30. There's also a demo available for some time now that I haven't downloaded.
[9:05 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Battle to Reclaim Earth begins" In 1520 AD.
[9:05 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: With machines destroying civilisation in NieR: Automata.
[9:05 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: This isn't new?
[9:05 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...I guess it's new to the Switch!
[9:06 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Now with additional modes and costumes, including those  exclusive to the Switch. Launching October 6.
[9:07 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And now a game (cutscene) with someone dropping cards into a hat and pulling out a gun.
[9:07 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: In a "modern take on puzzle adventure games" (am I into that?) Lorelai and the Laser Eyes.
[9:07 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Familiar faces" Super Bomberman R2 coming to the Switch.
[9:08 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I can't take Bomberman serious--...
[9:08 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Yoo?
[9:08 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection?
[9:08 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: That's actually something I know for a fact people have been asking CAPCOM for for a long time!
[9:08 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Eww PAC-MAN World Re-PAC.
[9:10 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Alright, now there's a text-free black-and-white wholesome story with a deer and a dog-looking thing. In Blanc.
[9:10 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: As a "console exclusive" Feb 2023.
[9:10 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I'm still thinking about Mega Man, but now a "swashbuckling adventure returns."
[9:10 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: SEA OF THIEVES?
[9:10 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: wait wtf
[9:10 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Guybrush freaking Threepwood?
[9:12 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Return to Monkey Island (2022). Guessing that's brand-new.
[9:12 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: We finally see Plumber and Rabbids after a year break.
[9:13 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I guess I'm not opposed to Mari0 dashing and killing off Rabbids.
[9:13 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: I'm anti-genocide but Rabbids are an evil alien species.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope ninja throwing star Luigi bob-omb
However, Mario and Luigi are also allying with the few Rabbids that cosplay as them and friends.
I'd say their poor sense of style should make them even more of a target for destruction as opposed to these ninjas.


[9:13 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: They disintegrate into Star Bits.
[9:14 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "WAIT IS THAT BOWSER? AND HE'S JOINING THE TEAM?"
[9:15 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Ubisoft has a dedicated presentation about it tomorrow that I better not be roped into watching.
[9:15 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Even if I like the idea of King Dad blasting away Rabbids.
[9:16 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
[9:16 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: THE LEGEND OF WRIGHT IS COMING TO THE NINTENDO SWITCH
[9:16 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: THIS WAS IN THE MICROSOFT E3 PRESENTATION YEARS AGO
[9:16 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: AND I THINK IT CAME OUT ALREADY.
[9:16 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But I kinda ignored it.

RPG Time Legend of Mr. Wright princess flying Demon King illustration
This is the closest thing to an Ace Attorney reference we're getting.


[9:17 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Booo Sonic Frontiers.
[9:18 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: New Disney game.
[9:18 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: (No Sora)
[9:19 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Uhhh
[9:19 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Is this Animal Crossing + Disney characters?
[9:19 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "Disney Dreamlight Valley" "Early Access Available September 6"
[9:19 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...Early Access? On my Switch??
[9:19 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: LIVE A LIVE releasing next month with a DEMO coming LATER TODAY.
[9:20 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Save data transferable.
[9:20 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Meanwhile, a DORAEMON Story of Seasons game is launching this year. ...huh.
[9:20 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Minecraft Legends, previously seen at Microsoft's presentation earlier this month, is also coming to the Switch.
[9:21 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: OOOH
[9:21 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: DRAGON QUEST TREASURES
[9:21 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: THIS IS WOT I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR.
[9:21 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Erik recruits a bunch of monsters to locate loot.

Dragon Quest Treasures Nintendo Switch Erik monster party friends Slime Dracky Restless armour
I wanna be friends with Gooraham.
While I'm at it, Healijah was a great NPC in Dragon Quest XI S.


[9:22 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Available December 9.
[9:22 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: That was... less information than I thought we'd get.
[9:22 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: And now a montage? With Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes and No Man's Sky and A Plague Tale (CLOUD VERSION).
[9:23 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Um... and... PORTAL?
[9:23 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Portal collection coming later today.
[9:23 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Seems a little delayed.
[9:23 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: By decades.
[9:24 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: "HARVESTELLA" by SQUARE ENIX is a brand new life simulation RPG, also in the farming and cooking genre.
[9:24 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: There's several stuff in this Direct Mini that Witch Princess would be interested in.
[9:24 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Someone's name is literally "Emo"
[9:25 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: HARVESTELLA releasing on the Switch on November 4.
[9:25 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: LAST ANNOUNCEMENT...
[9:25 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Persona?
[9:25 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Morgana is talking to us...
[9:25 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: On October 21, 2022...
[9:25 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...Is Persona 5 coming to Switch? Finally?
[9:26 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Persona 5 Royal is launching on the Switch.
[9:26 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Annnnnnd Persona 4 Golden.
[9:26 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Alright, I guess I can't be mad at Joker being in Smash.
[9:26 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Persona 3 Portable too.
[9:27 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: So... when Phil Spencer was talking about how he's working with Japanese developers to get games on the Xbox... those developers are also putting those games on the Switch, too? Alrighty.
[9:28 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Would've liked the Dragon Quest segment to be longer....
[9:29 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: But overall the contents of this Direct made me a less angry person, so...
[9:29 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ...I'd say that's a success!

HARVESTELLA emo been thinking about it
This Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase did NOT make me feel like an emo by the end!


[9:30 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: ....oh yeah, I think people thought there'd be a Hollow Knight update in this.
[9:30 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: lolno
[9:30 AM] Ludwig Von Koopa: Still fine!



Ludwig plans to discuss this Direct even more in Wednesday's article, as well as other fun things like how “leakers” and “insiders” were wrong this time... again. That's always a fun topic! The other staffers watched the Direct after the fact. Witch Princess claimed that she'll try Harvestella when it releases. How about you?


The last time there was a Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, it was October 2020. June 2022's was the best one ever.
A week before this, Ludwig reacted to a dedicated Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Direct.
Check out Phil Spencer with the Persona games in the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022.
Time to talk about the people who said that there would be a Nintendo Direct on days that weren't June 28...

8 comments :

  1. Lots of neat things in this mini Direct, even if it didn't have the specific things I hoped to see. Harvestella looks interesting enough that it has my attention even though it's not one of my favorite genres.

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    1. I think it had something for everyone, though I've read several people remark that it's pretty heavy on RPGs. (Not a bad thing at all.)

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  2. No Breath of the Wild news, but some good stuff nonetheless! Although, I'm gonna be out of excuses to my boyfriend not to play Persona 5... >_<

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    1. Imagine BotW2 being developed by Koei Tecmo or something so it could show up in this showcase. Oof.

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    2. Ok yes, I did know that since it was a Partner Showcase, BotW2 news *couldn't* happen, but that does nothing to curb my constant disappointment at the lack of BotW2 news.

      Also, I'm quite hype for the MMBN collection.

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    3. Regarding the MMBN collection... I'm wondering if people are expected to play the two different versions of MMBN 3/4/5/6?

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    4. Hopefully the materials in the collection actually try to differentiate 'em.

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