After a week of the internet almost willing it into existence, we finally got Nintendo Direct 2022! There’s lots of games to get through, so lets jump in!
Fire Emblem is getting some love with a new entry in this long running series. Fire Emblem Engage looks to be delivering more of what fans love from the franchise. With an interesting dual character mechanic activated by rings, players will no doubt be engaged (haha see what I did there) by this title. Fire Emblem Engage is releasing in a Standard and a Divine Edition on 20th January 2023.
Survival horror game Project Zero: Mask Of The Lunar Eclipse has the player searching for lost memories and using the camera obscura to repeal spirits and solve mysteries. Also known as the Fatal Frame series, this game will be launching in early 2023.
The Nintendo Direct 2022 gave horror fans even more to be happy about. Resident Evil is coming to the Switch in Resident Evil Village Cloud. It launches on 28th October with a demo available now. Winters’ Expansion DLC will launch 2nd December 2022. More Resident Evil titles are getting the cloud treatment. Biohazard, Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 are all coming to the Switch this year.
Enjoy this titles on the Switch
A number of games already available on other systems are also coming to the Switch including:
- It Takes Two (4th Nov 2022)
- Tunic (27 Sept 2022)
- Life Is Strange: Arcadia Bay Collection (27th Sept 2022)
- Factorio (28th Oct 2022)
- Sifu (8th Nov 2022)
- Lego Brick Tales (Autumn 2022)
- Disney Speedstorm (Winter 2022)
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Splatoon 3 has only just come out but its first Splatfest weekend is on the 24-26 September. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass Wave 2 will be avialable on 14th October with Challenge Battles and a new character. Mario Strikers: Battle League Football gets a free update very soon with two new characters, a new stadium and more. Plus Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Wave 3 and Nintendo Switch Sports is getting golf.
The Nintendo Direct 2022 also announced new games coming to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack. Pilotwings 64, Mario Party and Mario Party 2 will be playable this year with Mario Party 3, Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Stadium 2, 1080 Snowboarding and Excitebike 64 joining them in 2023. Oh and a little game called GOLDENEYE 64! No date was given for it but it is coming with online play. Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack users also get the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass Wave 3 for no extra.
You got any of them there remasters?
Remasters and remakes featured in the Nintendo Direct 2023. Turn based strategy game Front Mission 1st Remake (November 2022) and Front Mission 2 (2023) make their appearance on the Switch. Tales Of Symphonia Remastered (Early 2023) also makes its way to the Nintendo handheld, along with Romancing SaGa Minstrel Song Remastered (1st Dec 2022). Final Fantasy 7 prequel Crisis Core Reunion (13th December 2022) brings the classic Square Enix series back to the Switch.
Everyone gets a sequel!
Harvest Moon successor Story Of Seasons is getting a new entry with Story Of Seasons: A Wonderful Life. In mid-2023 you’ll be able to look after your farm and even see in game characters grow up before your eyes. Rune Factory 3 Special is also coming in 2023 with a new Rune Factory game on the horizon.
Umbra witch returns in Bayonetta 3! In the first Bayonetta, she clashed with Angels to retrieve her memories. In the second she went to hell and back to save a friend. Bayonetta 3 has the titular character saving the world! Help her on the 28th October 2022.
Nintendo gonna do what Ninten-do
Of course the Nintendo Direct 2023 had a healthy showing of first party Nintendo titles as well. Shigeru Miyamoto himself spruiked the benefits of mobile game Pikmin Bloom before announcing that Pikmin 4 is in development for a planned 2023 release. The Direct also showed off some more of Mario + Rabbids: Sparks Of Hope releasing on 20th Oct 2022.
Kirby: Return To Dreamland Deluxe helped to celebrate Kirby’s 30th anniversary. With a new mecha-copy ability and four player local co-op this Kirby game is sure to be a blast! Kirby: Return To Dreamland Deluxe releases on the 24th February 2023.
The best news of the Nintendo Direct 2022 was saved for last. The sequel to Breath Of The Wild has a name, but more importantly, a release date! Legend Of Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom will release on 12th May 2023.
But wait, there’s more!
Other games mentioned in the Nintendo Direct 2023 include:
- Various Daylife (Available now)
- Radiant Silvergun (Available now)
- Harvestella (4th Nov 2022)
- Just Dance 2023 Edition (Nov 2022)
- Theatrhythm Final Bar Line (16th February 2023)
- Octopath Traveller 2 (24th Feb 2023)
- Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist Of The End & The Secret Key (24th February 2023)
- Fitness Boxing Fist Of The North Star (March 2023)
- Oddballers (Early 2023)
- Fae Farm (2nd Quarter 2023)
- Ib (2nd Quarter 2023)
- Master Detective Archives: Raincode (2nd Quarter 2023)
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake (2023)
- Endless Dungeon (2023)
That’s all there was for the Nintendo Direct 2023 (I say that like it wasn’t enough). Was it everything you wanted? We you like me and hoping for news on Advance War Reboot Camp? Maybe looking for some Metroid Prime 4 action? Let us know!