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Everything revealed in today's Nintendo Direct for third-party Switch games

Hyrule Warriors demo and No More Heroes on eShop today.

Nintendo has today released a new Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase video, with details on third-party games coming to Switch and a handful of surprises which hit the console's eShop today.

The most unexpected reveals were of Hitman 3 and Control, which will both turn up on Nintendo Switch via cloud versions. Even more surprising - the cloud version of Control is available today!

Also available today are Nintendo Switch versions of No More Heroes 1 and 2, ahead of the third game's launch next year, and a port of HAL Labs' mobile game Part-time UFO.

Also also available today - a demo version of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. It contains the main game's first chapter, and you'll be able to carry over your progress to the full game when that debuts on 20th November.

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Today's Direct Mini begins with Square Enix's Bravely Default 2, which has slipped slightly to a release next year, on 26th February 2021. On the upside, there's an eShop demo of that available today too. (Seriously, this evening you are spoilt for choice.)

We also got a look at the new Story of Seasons game, Pioneers of Olive Town, which arrives on 23rd March 2021.

Anime monster battler Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia launches for Switch on 3rd November, Tropico 6 on 6th November, while Ubisoft's Immortals Fenyx Rising turns up on 3rd December.

Looking to next year, Paradox's post-apocalyptic survival game Surviving the Aftermath arrives in the spring, while deck-building roguelike Griftlands: Nintendo Switch Edition turns up next summer.

This was Nintendo's final third-party showcase of the year - though it remains to be seen if we'll hear anything more from the company on its own games before 2021. I would say... we will.

Today's full video lies below:

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