Okay, the most exciting time of the year has finally arrived. Whereas January and February could easily be classified as warm-up acts, March is the first month of the year where the heavy-hitting Triple-A releases are finally upon us. That means major releases for all three console platforms, whether you’re into colourful anthropomorphic creature sims or blood-drenched first-person shooters that takes you on a ride through hell.
Below we’ll run through every new big game releasing on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in March 2020, making it easy for you to mark your calendars and appropriately budget for which titles you want to pick up. We’ll even include the best pre—order price after each one, so there’s no excuse not to get a great deal on your preferred game. So, without further ado, let’s get into it…
While 2020 may have been a scarce year so far for enticing Nintendo Directs, January’s Pokémon update surprised everyone with the reveal that the Mystery Dungeon sub-series of games would be making a comeback by way of a remastered collection. Rescue Team DX flips the traditional turn-based Pokémon format by directly casting you as one of the titular cute creatures, who must form a crew and solve a series of randomly generated dungeons to uncover your true purpose. Boasting a new hand-drawn art style, all playable Pokémon under one roof for the first time and mega evolutions, don’t miss out on this delightful spin-off come March 6th.
Originally an early Xbox One exclusive from a tiny indie studio, the first Ori game charmed everyone with its fantastical art style and inventive environments. This 2020 follow-up, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, looks to build upon these core tenants, delivering another challenging but fair metroidvania style adventure set in a vast and exotic world. Players will once again be tasked with guiding little Ori through a litany of fun puzzles, platforming obstacles and bosses, making for an immersive 2D adventure unlike most others.
Fans of the Souls-borne style of action game will absolutely want to check out Nioh 2, Team Ninja’s highly anticipated follow-up to the 2017 cult hit. In it, you play as a lowly Japanese warrior equipped with many mystical powers and creative weaponry. It’s your job to slay all of the merciless demons that are currently plaguing 1500s Japan, upgrading your character and learning to be patient in enemy encounters in this prequel to the original game. Coming exclusively to PS4 on March 13th, there’s no better way to sharpen your swordsman skills in-game.
It seems like Nintendo players have been left clamouring for a true sequel to Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the 3DS for the longest time. Thankfully, the month of March finally remedies that, with New Horizons acting as one of the biggest Nintendo Switch exclusives of the year. Launching towards the ned of the month on March 20th, you’ll be gifted an island in which to explore and forge your very own sense of community. Craft everything from tools to furniture to the very outfits you wear, until eventually you’ll be the inhabitant of your very own island paradise.
If you thought 2016’s ambitious Doom reboot was violent and excessive, the folks over at Id Software and Bethesda are ready to blow those expectations away with the release of Doom Eternal. Featuring the same “push-forward” combat as before that encourages you to shoot and battle aggressively, this the Doomslayer is forced to take the Hellish fight to Earth as part of a meaty FPS campaign that sees you go head on with all manner of gruesome demons and monsters. Experience the combination of speed, power and tight gunplay when Doom Eternal release on March 20th.
When it was first announced that the creators of Hellblade and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West would be making a multiplayer-centric game, players were understandably sceptical about what the result would be. Luckily, Bleeding Edge promises to be a melee-centric MOBA with real depth, being an Xbox One exclusive that delivers some colourful and dynamic third-person action. Two teams of 4 face off as one of 12 distinct characters, completing objectives while fending off the opposition in a bid to see who’s the best. Is that you? Find out on March 24th when Bleeding Edge fully releases.
Because 150 hours of Japanese school life and turn-based battles simply weren’t enough, the enhanced version of Persona 5 – known officially as Persona 5 Royal – releases exclusively on PS4 at the end of the month on March 31st. In addition to all the base game content, players that pick this up can look forward to an all-new team member to recruit and an entirely new semester set after the events of the main campaign. Persona 5 Royal is this game’s answer to Persona 4: Golden on the Vita, instantly making it the preferred way to play.
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