If you tuned in to the 30-minute Nintendo Treehouse July 2020 presentation earlier, you may have been eager to see more of the imminently-releasing Paper Mario: The Origami King, which was the main focus of the broadcast. However, yesterday Nintendo teased an announcement of an entirely new game coming from developer WayForward. Naturally lots of people got excited that the Shantae studio might be cooking up something special, perhaps even a revival of a treasured gaming franchise.
Well, it may not be what you expected, but that game is action-RPG Bakugan Champions of Vestroia. It will be published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and it's launching exclusively for Switch on 3rd November 2020.
Here are some more details and screenshots from the official press release:
[Players] can create and fully customize their Brawler to fight side-by-side with the mysterious alien Bakugan as their human partner in battle. The game features a fully navigable 3D world divided into different districts each with dedicated battle arenas. Players can interact with other characters, go on quests, and explore with their Bakugan friends. They can also test their brawling skills online in head-to-head multiplayer against friends or players from the around the world to become a true Champion of Vestroia.
A physical Deluxe Edition pack, featuring the video game, an exclusive Ultima Dragonoid™ toy which transforms into a fierce Bakugan, Ultima Dragonoid trading card, Ultima Dragonoid metal gate card, plus two powerful BakuCores™ will also be available at launch.
The game features an original story based on the TV series and toy franchise. Take a look at the trailer above for a taste of what to expect, but judging from the replies to Nintendo of America's tweet, it may not be what fans were hoping for:
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