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2020 was the fourth year for the Nintendo Switch as well as the year that the Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing Edition was released. Nintendo announced that they would launch multiple games on the Switch as well as still support the Nintendo 3DS. Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a new mainline Animal Crossing game was the biggest first-party title to have a set release date for 2020. Other first-party games that were set to release in the year were enhanced ports of Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, called Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Encore, and one of Pikmin 3, called Pikmin 3 Deluxe. Alongside them came a full blown remake of Xenoblade Chronicles titled Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, and one of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team called Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX. A new Paper Mario game titled Paper Mario: The Origami King was also counted amongst the big releases of the year. Hyrule Warriors also got a new game tied to the backstory of Breath of the Wild titled Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. A 3D Mario compilation called Super Mario 3D All-Stars was also released and is available, along with Super Mario Bros. 35 until March 31, 2021.


Notable releases


  • A Pokémon Direct was hosted on January 9.
  • The Nintendo 2DS was discontinued in North America on February 8.
  • An Animal Crossing: New Horizons focused direct was hosted on February 20.
  • A surprise mini Nintendo Direct was broadcasted on March 26.
  • Nintendo's first "Partner Showcase" (a mini direct focused on third parties) was broadcasted on July 20.
  • A second Partner Showcase was broadcasted on August 26.
  • A Mario-themed Nintendo Direct was published on September 3 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.
  • A third Partner Showcase was broadcasted on September 17. The same day, a Monster Hunter Direct was broadcasted.
  • A fourth Partner Showcase was broadcasted on October 28.


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Wii U

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