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The Details From A Dance-Heavy Nintendo Direct

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Rumors of a Nintendo Direct this week were bouncing around social media, and the rumor spreaders were mostly scoffed at…but who’s scoffing now? It’s possible this is just a coincidence and the rumormongers never knew anything to begin with, but given that Nintendo usually tells us a day or two beforehand that a Direct is coming, it’s unusual either way.

Also unusual: this Direct’s abundance of rhythm games. The 11-minute video starts with three in a row, beginning with Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory. The Switch may never get a true Kingdom Hearts game but we can at least….run on a track and pretend. It was followed by FUSER, a second rhythm game in a more contemporary setting. Both are coming in the fall of 2020. A trailer for Just Dance 2021 also appeared later in the video.

Ah….but look at this! Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure Pack, the game where you run around as a cute drum with a Pikachu face, is confirmed for this winter! The Taiko no Tatsujin series has existed in Japan since the 1990s, but we almost never get these games in the US. There are over 130 songs included in the collection and 250 monsters to recruit in battle. Bring it on!

The highlight of this short Direct was the reveal of Collection Of SaGa: Final Fantasy Legend, a compliation of the RPG trilogy released by Square on the Game Boy in the early 90s. They were called “Final Fantasy Legend” for marketing purposes but they were really the first three games in Square’s long-running SaGa series (it would later gain its proper title worldwide when it continued on the PS1).

The three games are very solid, if a bit slow by modern standards (good thing there’s a fast-forward option here). If there’s a downside, it’s the super-ugly borders with built-in buttons that reveal this port was created for the mobile market and they were too cheap to change anything on consoles. it looks like you can make the Game Boy display bigger, so maybe the buttons will vanish? We hope.

OIher things we saw today:

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2: In addition to the returning Versus Mode and Party Mode, this sequel includes a new Skill Battle Mode and an Adventure Mode with a brand-new story. It’s coming December 8.

World of Tanks Blitz — launching today on Switch, it’s a free-to-play battle arena game where the goal is to blow away your pals with a tank. The game supports as many as 14 tanks at once in 7 on 7 battles.

Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions — a boxing game with characters from the Rocky series that arrives in the spring of 2021.