Nintendo Direct

Nintendo Direct: All Announcements and Trailers

Written by
Sarah Hook

In case you missed it on 8th February Nintendo hosted their first Nintendo Direct of 2023 and revealed a whole host of new games and updates coming in the first half of 2023. Catch up on the entire show below;

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Pikmin 4

Things started off strong with a trailer for Pikmin 4 which was oozing with cuteness - you can get your hands on the game 21st July 2023.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass

In this trailer Nintendo introduced Masha - Lapidarist extraordinaire - the newest hero coming to Xenoblade Chronicles later this month along with a sneak peek of the story coming in Volume 4 by the end of 2023.

Samba de Amigo: Party Central

Grab your maracas and some friends and get the party started this summer with Samba de Amigo: Party Central.

Fashion Dreamer

Live your fashion dreams and become the ultimate fashion influencer - there's no official release date but has been confirmed to be coming later this year.

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Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania

It's you against Dracula in this DLC for Dead Cells  "a gateway to a striking castle" suddenly appears and it's down to you to "vanquish the great evil within" all for the loot of course - who has time for a moral duty? Pre-orders are live now for a 6th March release date.

Tron: Identity

Set in the Tron universe this narrative puzzle adventure sets you upon a journey to "retrieve what was lost" but be careful - your choices influence the story so choose wisely if you want to avoid a "bad" ending.

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

This "time bending murder mystery" returns to Switch in HD this Summer - use your "Powers of the Dead" to uncover the truth of your murder and help foil your killers attempts along the way.

Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon

Delve into the forest with Cheshire the Lost Demon and work together to seek the power to rescue your mother - experience the origins of Bayonetta 17th March with pre-orders live now.

Splatoon 3 Expansion Pass- Inkopolis & Side Order

2 waves of content are due to be coming to the Splatoon 3 Expansion Pass with the first due to drop in Spring where we'll be heading back to Inkopolis!

Disney Illusion Island

Join Mickey and his friends Minnie, Donald and Goofy in an adventure to locate three magical books in order to save the island. Play with up to 4 friends locally to brave the island and solve the mystery on 28th July.

Fire Emblem Engage Expansion Pass

Nintendo revealed the latest details of the Fire Emblem Engage expansion pass 2 along with teases for pack 3 and 4.

Harmony: The Fall of Reverie

From the developers of Life is Strange the future of humanity hangs in the balance between reverie and the mega corp intent on endangering the world. Choose your adventure and alter the story depending on which of the 6 aspirations you choose from - coming June 2023.

Octopath Traveler 2

Choose from 8 new travelers and explore the diverse world around you with Octopath Traveler 2 - due for release on 24th February but with a free demo out now.

We Love Katamari Reroll + Royal Reverie

Roll around with this remaster of We love Katamari Reroll in a variety of settings including a classroom, zoo and space?

Sea of Stars

Make your moves wisely with this retro turn-based RPG as you explore the world, meet all types of characters and defeat your enemies with special attacks. Out 29th August but with a free demo on the e-shop available from now!

Omega Strikers

Grab this free to play, online multiplayer air hockey style game on the Nintendo Switch on 27th April.

Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection

Grab the remastered collection of the first three Etrian Odyssey games on Switch, explore a deep labyrinth with up to 5 adventurers with all new auto-mapping and difficulty settings. You can grab the collection, or just the individual games, 1st June 2023.

Advance Wars 1+2

After a delayed release there's finally an update on the remake of Advance Wars 1+2 - the game will officially be available from 21st April.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe

A new demo is out now for Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe, just in time for its 24th February launch date.

Game Boy, Game Boy Colour and Game Boy Advance coming to Switch

In a welcome surprise it was revealed that Game Boy and Game Boy colour games will now be available via Nintendo Switch Online as well as some from the Game Boy Advance with the likes of Tetris, Super Mario Land 2 and Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX being available from day one.

Metroid Prime Remastered

You can download the Metroid Prime remaster from now on the Nintendo eShop - you'll have to wait until 3rd March if you want to get your hands on a physical copy though!

Master Detective Archives: Rain Code

Described as a "lucid-noir detective adventure" enter the Mystery Labyrinth and beat the gimmicks and traps to solve the mystery - available on the Switch from the 30th June

Baten Kaitos 1 and 2

A big theme of this Nintendo Direct has been remakes and remasters - experience this GameCube classic in HD this Summer.

Fantasy Life i The Girl Who Steals Time

Jump back into the Fantasy Life and build your own city as your adventure unfolds around the island as you travel between the past and present to unravel its mysteries.

Professor Layton and The New World of Steam

Professor Layton is back in this new fantasy adventure filled with all new puzzles - coming later this year.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass: Wave 4

It wouldn't be Nintendo without some news on Mario and friends, get your hands on the new booster course pass "Spring 2023"

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Saving the best for last Nintendo showed off a trailer for the highly anticipated game The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom with a confirmed release date of 12th May.

What did you make of the first Nintendo Direct of 2023? Which Nintendo game are you most looking forward to?

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