My friends, the day has finally come. A brand new Nintendo Direct has arrived and, among many other games, it has given us the long-awaited title and release date of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel.
While that’s all Zelda news, fans were also treated to the reveal of Fire Emblem Engage, news that Pikmin 4 is coming in 2023, a new Octopath Traveler and Kirby game is on the way, Goldeneye 007 is heading to Nintendo Switch Online, and more.
It was pretty crowded for those 40 minutes, and we’re here to collect all the announcements, trailers, and gameplay videos in one place to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
The sequel to Breath of the Wild is called The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and it was released on May 12, 2023.
Along with another brief gameplay preview, we finally have a release date and name for the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Yes, on May 12, 2023, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be released for Nintendo Switch.
The trailer featured link footage exploring Hyrule – both on land and in the sky – and gave us a glimpse of a new stasis power and the shattered world Hyrule seems to have become. It also featured a bunch of skydiving, Link riding a stone bird, and more.
Pikmin 4 will finally arrive in 2023
While we didn’t know too much, Shigeru Miyamoto stopped by the Nintendo Direct to announce that Pikmin 4 will finally be released on Switch in 2023. This news is a long time coming as Miyamoto previously said the game was “very nearly complete”. in 2015.
Fire Emblem Engage announced as a new main game, and it features Marth
Fire Emblem Engage is the next mainline entry in the Fire Emblem series and will follow a story set a thousand years after four realms sealed off the great evil known as the Fell Dragon. In Engage, players will become a divine dragon called Alear who must work to collect emblem rings to “bring peace to the continent of Elyos”. Along your journey, you’ll even be able to get other former Fire Emblem characters to join your party, like Marth and Celica.
Fire Emblem Engage will be released for Nintendo Switch on January 20, 2022.
Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe brings a Wii classic to Switch
Kirby’s Return to Dream Land first released on the Wii in 2011, and 2023 will see it come to the Switch in an all-new, puffy pink package. This updated title features up to four-player multiplayer and a collection of mini-games like Samurai Kirby and Magolor’s Tome Trackers.
Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe will be released on February 24, 2023.
Octopath Traveler 2 announced with new heroes and same 2D-HD art style
Octopath Traveler 2 will be released on February 24, 2023 and will bring with it an all-new cast of heroes and an all-new story to experience in the world of Solistia, all with the same wondrous 2D-HD art style that sets the original apart from other JRPGS.
Octopath Traveler 2 will not be exclusive to Switch and will also launch on PC (via Steam), PS5, and PS4.
Bayonetta 3 Gets a New Trailer Featuring Everyone’s Favorite Umbra Witch
The Nintendo Direct treated fans to a new Bayonetta 3 trailer that revealed a little more about the game which is set to release for Switch on October 28, 2022.
Final Fantasy Theatrhythm: Final Bar Line is a celebration of the franchise’s music, and it’s coming out early next year
Final Fantasy Theatrhythm: Final Bar Line is the ultimate celebration of franchise music, and it’s an all-new entry in the series that debuted on 3DS. This new game will feature over 385 songs and will allow two players to play locally and up to four players online. It will also have a season pass which will add 90 new songs, including some from Nier, Octopath Traveler and Live a Live.
Final Fantasy Theatrhythm: Final Bar Line will be released for Nintendo Switch on February 16, 2023.
Goldeneye 007 (with online play!), Mario Party and Pokemon Stadium top the bunch of new N64 games set to change
Nintendo has revealed a few upcoming games that will soon be added to Nintendo Switch Online, and perhaps the most exciting is Goldeneye 007. If that wasn’t exciting enough, Goldeneye will even feature online play. In addition to Goldeneye, Pilotwings, Mario Party, Mario Party 2, Mario Party 3, Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Stadium 2, 1080 Snowboarding and Excitebike 64 will also join the service in 2022 and 2023.
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion will be released on December 13, 2022
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion will officially release on Switch and other platforms on December 13, 2022. It will tell the story of Zack Fair and be a remaster of the PSP classic.
Wave 3 of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxes Booster Course Pass will include tracks from Mario Kart Tour and Mario Kart DS
Wave 3 of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass will launch this holiday and will feature eight courses, including Merry Mountain from Mario Kart Tour and Peach Gardens from Mario Kart DS.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3: Wave 2 of DLC adds a new mechanical hero called Ino
The second wave of DLC for Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will add a new mechanical hero named Ino. It will also add challenge battles and new outfits. The DLC will arrive on October 13, 2022.
Splatoon 3’s First Splatfest Will Let Inklings Choose Gear, Food, or Fun
The first Splatfest for Splatoon 3 is coming soon, and it’ll ask players to decide whether they’d rather bring Gear, Grub, or Fun with them to a deserted island. This first Splatfest will take place on September 23 and will continue until September 25.
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life is getting a remake as Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life
GameCube’s Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life is being remade as Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life, and it will be released on Switch in the summer of 2023.
Fae Farm is an RPG with a mix of magic and…well…farming!
Fae Farm is a farming simulation RPG for up to four players that mixes the best of magic with the fun of building and tending your own farm. Fae Farm is set in Azoria and players will need to use their skills and spells to help rebuild the world.
Harvestella gets a demo today ahead of its November 4 release date
Square Enix announced that Harvestella will receive a demo today ahead of its November 4 release date. Additionally, the demo will let you transfer your save to the full game when it launches.
Fatal Frame: Lunar Eclipse Mask Comes West
Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, which first released in Japan for the Wii in 2008 and never made it west, will come to Nintendo Switch in early 2023.
Tunic Adventures will change later this month
Tunic, the adventure game starring an adorable fox that draws heavy inspiration from The Legend of Zelda, is coming to Nintendo Switch on September 27, 2022.
In our review, we said that “Tunic is a shameless action-adventure game that’s charming, multi-leveled, and hugely rewarding to solve.”
It Takes Two is coming to Nintendo Switch in November
It Takes Two, the charming co-op adventure, will be released for Nintendo Switch on November 4, 2022. The game can be played on one console, on two consoles via local wireless connection, or online with the included Friend’s Pass which allows you to gift a free copy to your co-op buddy.
The creators of Danganronpa have announced the archives of Master Detective: Raincode
From the creators of Danganronpa, Master Detective Archives: Raincode will introduce players as the amnesiac Detective Yuma as they work to solve crimes in a corporate-controlled metropolis that never stops raining. Master Detective Archives: Raincode will be released in Spring 2023.
Spongebob Squarepants: Cosmic Shake is swimming for a change in 2023
Spongebob Squarepants: Cosmic Shake will bring Bikini Bottom to Switch in 2023, featuring the show’s voice actors.
Rune Factory 3 takes on new life in 2023 and a new Rune Factory is also on the way
Rune Factory 3 was first released for Nintendo DS in Japan in 2009 and, like many other games in this Direct, will be given new life on Switch in 2023. Rune Factory 3 will allow players to cultivate, build relationships with locals, take care of monsters, and much more. There will even be a new mode that will allow you to “spend quality time with your in-game spouse”.
Additionally, it has been confirmed that a brand new Rune Factory game will be released in the future.
Radiant Silvergun arrives later today with its classic Shoot-’em-Up arcade gameplay
Radiant Silvergun will bring the 1998 arcade classic of the same name to Switch later today. The game features five different weapon types and tasks players with eliminating enemies of the same color for a big bonus.
Ib is a spooky adventure game set in an art gallery
Ib appears to be a spooky adventure game set in an art gallery featuring a young girl who must unravel what is really going on. The choices matter and will determine which of the seven endings players will be able to see.
Just Dance 2023 edition will thrill Switch owners in November
The latest entry in the Just Dance franchise is coming to Switch on November 22. Just Dance 2023 will let you dance to Dynamite by BTS and many other new songs with friends or solo.
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