Nintendo Releases New Nintendo Direct Mini

Nintendo today releases a new Nintendo Direct Mini, which is basically what it sounds like: a smaller version of the traditional Nintendo Direct. Despite this, the actual presentation clocks in at just under 30 minutes, so "Mini" might be a bit of a misnomer. The Direct itself contains lots of new information about upcoming releases like the Pokemon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass as well as updates to recently released video games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and more!

Some other highlights from the Nintendo Direct Mini today include that fact that the first DLC fighter from the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 is set to release in June, and will feature a character from Nintendo's ARMS video game, a Bravely Default II demo is set to release today, and a free update to Animal Crossing: New Horizons set for late April that will add an Earth Day event.

Another notable announcement included in the Nintendo Direct Mini is that the popular exercise game Ring Fit Adventure is set to receive a free update today. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic seems to have significantly boosted sales of the title to the point that it's been hard to find on shelves, so it'll likely be a welcome addition for lots of people. According to Nintendo, the new update "adds a new Rhythm Game mode, an option to switch to a female voice and to change the language of the in-game voice, and more." The Rhythm Game mode will see players "move to the beat of a dozen music tracks from Ring Fit Adventure and a few tracks from popular Nintendo games, including Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild."

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