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2020 was the fourth year for the Nintendo Switch as well as the year that Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released. The year was affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, cancelling many live events and re-scheudling them online. 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. The Wii got a game Shakedown: Hawaii. Two Pokémon web series were released, Pokémon: Twilight Wings and Pokétoon while the 23rd movie, Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle released near the end of the year (originally July 10).

Timeline

Notable releases

Events

  • A Pokémon Direct was hosted on January 9.
  • Pokémon: Twilight Wings was released on YouTube on January 15.
  • 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.
  • Rick May, voice actor of Peppy Hare in Star Fox 64, died on April 8 at the age of 79.
  • Keiji Fujiwara, Mewtwo's voice actor in the recent Super Smash Bros. series, died on April 12 at the age of 55.
  • Pokétoon, a web series based on the Pokémon series, released its first video on June 5 with the next video released one year later.
  • Pokémon Journeys: The Series was released on America via Netflix on June 12.
  • Nintendo's first "Partner Showcase" (a mini direct focused on third parties) was broadcasted on July 20.
  • Gordon Masten, voice actor of Morton Koopa Jr. in cartoons, died on July 26 at the age of 69.
  • 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.
  • Nintendo announced that they will discontinue all 3DS models on September 16.
  • 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.
  • Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle was released on December 25 (Originally July 10 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan).

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