Today’s Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase was huge for fans of Capcom’s intense, mythical monster-hunting series, with the video opening with the explosive Monster Hunter Rise. It didn’t let up from there, as this was immediately followed by the announcement for Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin.

A sequel to the 2017 3DS and mobile title, Wings of Ruin is more focused on story than traditional Monster Hunter games, casting players as a rider (rather than a hunter) descended from a legendary rider known as Red. Your journey will see you investigating the emerging disappearance of the Rathalos species from their natural habitats.

The game presents beautiful cel-shaded graphics with a strong anime-style influence, with lots of recognizable, returning beasts such as Anjanath.

We had a blast with the previous game, as you can see in our review of Monster Hunter Stories. The visuals, story, and the turned-based RPG gameplay were definitely highlights, and these aspects are certainly looking strong for the sequel.

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin will launch on Nintendo Switch in Summer 2021.

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Written by Reece Heather

A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!

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