Nintendo Direct February 2023: the biggest news and trailers
The latest Nintendo Direct had all the big names – well, apart from Mario. But we did get a new trailer for the next Zelda game, a surprise launch of the original Metroid Prime, a release date for Pikmin 4, and the addition of Game Boy games to the Switch Online subscription service. Additionally, there were some excellent announcements for RPG nerds. Here’s everything you might have missed.
A new look at The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
The wait for the sequel to Breath of the Wild has been tough, but at least we have a new trailer to make things a little easier. The latest is very dramatic.
Metroid Prime is getting a remaster
The long-awaited remaster of the original Metroid Prime is making its way to the Switch, and it’s happening very soon: the digital version of the game hits the eShop later today.
Pikmin 4 is coming this summer
The event kicked off with the best look yet at Pikmin 4, which – most importantly – will introduce an adorable new “dog-like creature”. We’ve also learned that it’s hitting the Switch this summer, with a July 21st release date.
Splatoon 3 is getting an expansion pass
Nintendo’s ink-filled multiplayer shooter Splatoon 3 is getting a paid expansion pass, which will be available in two waves and introduce features like the original Inkopolis location from the first game, which will be part of wave 1. The second wave will include a new includes single player campaign called “Side Order.”
Switch Online is getting Game Boy games
Nintendo’s subscription service just added another retro platform with titles from both the original Game Boy and the Game Boy Advance. Available titles include Tetris, Metroid II, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Fire Emblem, and more. Both will be available to subscribers today.
Advance Wars has a release date
After being delayed indefinitely, the remaster of Advance Wars 1+2 now finally has a release date. The colorful strategy games will come to the Switch on April 21st.
Samba de Amigo: Party Central
The cult classic music series Samba de Amigo is coming to the Switch with a new motion-controlled title called Party Central. It doesn’t have a release date yet, but it will launch this summer.
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective. Image: Capcom
Ghost Trick gets a second life
Beloved paranormal detective game Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is getting a new (after)life on the Switch, with a re-release coming out in the summer – perfect for fans of both Phoenix Wright and lost spirits. And if you don’t have a Switch, Capcom is also bringing the game to the PS4, Xbox One, and Steam.
Etrian Odyssey is coming to the Switch
The classic DS church crawl series Etrian Odyssey is making its way to the Switch with a collection that bundles the first three games in the series. Etrian Odyssey made excellent use of the DS’s second screen – it was a map drawing tool – so it will be interesting to see how this classic translates to a more traditional device.
An early taste of some RPGs
Two highly anticipated RPGs are getting a demo on the Switch eShop today: the sequel to Square Enix’s Octopath Traveler and the 16-bit-style Sea of Stars.