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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin was Nintendo’s Best Showing at Direct Mini

On July 20, 2020, Nintendo had a Nintendo Direct Mini that showed off the likes of Cadence of Hyrule DLC and some major Shin Megami Tensei announcements, but one of the best-looking games did not even feature during the Direct Minis outside of Japan. The Japan video showed off the gorgeous action platformer Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, and it is something that the others Direct Minis desperately needed in their line up. Check out the trailer from the Direct Mini below:

Look at the lighting. The colors. The awesome platforming and gameplay. There are so many things to take away from this under-2-minute trailer, but my endorphins were firing on all cylinders and I could not be more ready to play this game.


What is Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin?

Developed by Edelweiss, the two-man team behind acclaimed indie darling Astebreed, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin combines side-scrolling action with deep crafting and farming simulation. Players take on the role of Sakuna, a spoiled harvest goddess banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans. As she explores the beautiful yet forbidding environments of the island, she will also find a home in a mountain village, proving herself worthy of her title by harvesting rice and bettering the lives of humanity.

Refined Side-scrolling Platform Action


Using farm tools as weapons, chain together quick, heavy, and special attacks to take down demonic beasts, while mastering the magical “divine raiment” will be essential to grapple distant platforms, evade danger, and overcome powerful enemies.

Detailed 3D Simulation-style Gameplay


Learn the ancient art of agriculture by following detailed steps from planting to harvesting to cultivate the perfect crop. As a harvest goddess, Sakuna’s strength grows with each successful rice crop, with attributes such as aesthetic and flavor directly correlating to her combat abilities. 

Creating a Home in the Wilderness

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Sakuna’s mortal companions make weapons, armor, and meals for her using the materials and ingredients she gathers on her adventures, and completing quests for them will unlock even more options.


A Fresh Take on Japanese Mythology


The heroine is part of a pantheon of gods and demons inspired by traditional Japanese mythology but featuring many unique twists. The story and world are filled with lovingly rendered details, some familiar and some completely original.

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin launches on the Nintendo Switch on November 10, 2020. Make sure to keep your eye on this one, because it has the chance of being a dark horse for Game of the Year.


That is it from us at! Hope you enjoyed this feature on Sakuna. What are your thoughts on the game? Is this something you are looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below! Happy gaming, everyone.

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