Nintendo holds a Direct presentation for their winter releases
Nintendo held a Direct showcase today, September 13th, which primarily went through Switch releases coming this winter. While Nintendo didn’t air the Direct live on Nintendo’s UK channel, it was available to watch on their main channel. Sitting at around 40 minutes, here are just a few of the announcements:
Fire Emblem Engage
Nintendo kicked off with a new entry in the Fire Emblem series, dubbed Engage. This entry looks to bring back previous series characters, and launches on January 20th, 2023
It Takes Two
Hazelight’s award-winning multiplayer It Takes Two is headed to switch on November 4th, with pre-orders beginning today. It will be available to play as either local co-op or online with another device.
Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse
Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse is getting a Switch port, marking the game’s first time coming to the West. Tecmo originally released the game in 2008 for the Wii as a Japanese exclusive. Now, in early 2023, the camera-based ghost hunting horror will be available worldwide
Fitness Boxing Fist of the North Star
Ever wanted to get fit by boxing along with Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star? Well on the slim chance that you did, now you can with this DLC for Fitness Boxing.
Front Mission and Harvest Moon Remakes
Next up is a few remakes, with ground-up recreations of tactical mech games Front Mission 1 and 2, as well as a remake of Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life, called Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life. The Front Mission games date all the way back to the Super Famicom, and PlayStation 1. Meanwhile, A Wonderful Life was made for the Gamecube.
Octopath Traveller II
Square Enix announced a sequel to the hit JRPG Octopath Traveler. Octopath Traveller II will include new features like a day/night cycle, and releases on February 24th 2023.
New N64 games headed to NSO
A host of new Nintendo 64 games are headed to Nintendo Switch Online, with Pilotwings, Mario Party 1, 2, and 3, Pokémon Stadium 1 and 2, 1080 Snowboarding and Excitebike 64 announced. Nintendo then announced Goldeneye would be headed to the service, with online play.
Miyamoto himself announced the long awaited next entry in the Pikmin series for a 2023 release date with a short teaser. The only other info he gave was that it will feature a new camera which is closer to the ground and gives the “Pikmin’s perspective”.
Cloud versions of Resident Evil Village, 7, 2 Remake and 3 Remake are headed to the Nintendo Switch. On top of this, the upcoming DLC for Village will be available on the Cloud version in December
Kirby Return to Dreamland Deluxe
A port of Kirby Return to Dreamland for the Wii is coming to Switch. This port gives a new mech powerup for longrange laser combat or close-up energy punching. Plus, everyone can play as Kirby, so what’s not to love?
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
The long awaited sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild finally got an official title and release date. Called Tears of the Kingdom, the game is set for a release date of May 12th, 2023. We also saw some gameplay, which seems to have a much more vertical focus than its predecessor. As Link soars skyward and dives towards the ground, we can only assume how all this translates to gameplay until that May release date.
And those are just a handful of the biggest announcements! Here’s a list of all the announcements and the Direct itself:
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Wave 2 DLC – Coming October 13th
Spongebob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake – Coming 2023
OddBallers – Coming early 2023
Tunic – Coming September 27th
Splatoon 3 – first post-launch Splatfest announced: “What would you bring to a deserted island?” As well as free updates planned for the game
Fae Farm – Coming Spring 2023
Theathrhythm Final Bar Line – Final Fantasy based rhythm game coming February 16th 2023, post launch songs include music from Nier, Octopath Traveler, and more
Rune Factory 3 Special – Coming 2023
New Rune Factory series announced
Various Daylife by Square Enix – Launching later today
Factorio – Coming October 28th
Ib – Coming Spring 2023
Mario Strikers Battle League – Pauline and Diddy Kong coming as a free update this month
Atelier Ryza 3 – Coming February 24th
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC Wave 3 – Merry Mountain from Mario Kart Tour and Peach Gardens from Mario Kart DS coming as DLC
Nintendo Switch Sports – Golf coming as a free update with online play up to 8 players, and a battle royale mode
Miyamoto told us about Pikmin Bloom
Harvestella – Demo releasing later today
Bayonetta 3 – New trailer with a gameplay trailer coming after the Direct
Raincode – New game from Danganronpa series creator Kodaka, coming Spring 2023
Sifu – Coming November 8th
Final Fantasy 7 Crisis Core Remaster – Coming December 13th
Radiant Silvergun – Coming later today
Endless Dungeon – Coming 2023
Tales of Symphonia Remastered – Coming early 2023
Life is Strange Collection, Romancing Saga Minstrel Song, Lego Bricktales, Disney Speedstorm and Fall Guys Season 2 are all headed for Switch
And that’s everything for this Nintendo Direct! Which games are you most excited for? Did something not show up that you were hoping to see? Let us know down in the comments below! And don’t forget to join our Discord to chat with us about all things gaming and entertainment!
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