13th September Nintendo Direct - all the announcements

13th September Nintendo Direct - all the announcements

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The 13th September Nintendo Direct was a big one. We got big new announcements for Nintendo Switch games, as well as ports and remakes. Though many were expecting the announcement of an upgraded Nintendo Switch OLED, this show stuck exclusively to the games, and boy was there a lot of them!

With a show like this, there's something for everyone to enjoy. We've put together this easy breakdown so you can catch up quickly.

Game Announcements:

Fire Emblem Engage - Releasing on the 20th January 2023

The newest title in the Fire Emblem series is releasing on the 20th of January.
The trailer indicates that it pits a soldier far into the future. With their war won and allies long fallen, they have to figure out why and how they've been placed into a time that is not their own. Using mystical crystals, you can call upon the spirits of your favourite Fire Emblem characters to aid you in battle.
Fire Emblem Engage will release with a "Divine" collector's edition which packs all sorts of goodies with it that die-hard fans will not be able to resist.

Check out the bombastic trailer for Fire Emblem Engage below:

Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom - releasing 12th May 2023

It's what everybody's been waiting for - a tantalizing tease for Breath of the Wild 2 (now named Tears of the Kingdom). Though the show was short, we saw some gameplay, environmental puzzles, and a hint at the scope of the world this sequel belongs to.
This time, protagonist Link is equipped with a glider he can apparently summon as he's falling. This gives us some indication that the world of Tears of the Kingdom will be more vertical. With places to climb, fly and explore that may be very high up (as the trailer shows), it should provide to be one of the most unique Zelda worlds yet.

Watch the trailer yourself here:

Fitness Boxing: Fist of the North Star - releasing March 2023.

A game has to be seen to be believed. Get fit with Fist of the North Star characters. Spar with them, beat the living snot out of them, and do whatever you have to in order to get fit! A strange choice for game, but a necessary purchase for Fist of the North Star fans that want to build their upper-body strength.

Check out the surprising trailer here:

Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life - releasing Summer 2023

A new entry in the Story of Seasons series is coming to the Switch. Bringing an in-depth life sim to the Nintendo console, you can tend your farm, live your life, get married, and have children. Your actions decide how the child will act as they grow up. Will they join you on your farming adventures, or head away from home in search of greener pastures? The true beauty of life is here to experience in Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life.

Experience years flying by as you watch the trailer here:

Octopath Traveler II - coming February 24th 2023

The original Octopath Traveler brought a beautiful old-school RPG experience to the Switch very soon after the console launched. Since then, many fans have been begging for a sequel. Thankfully, today's direct answered those calls. We now know that the gorgeous Octopath Traveler II is coming next year. Building upon what made the original so spellbinding, Octopath Traveler sets another eight varied characters on connected adventures across a fantasy landscape.

Learn more in this breathtaking trailer here:

Fae Farm - releasing Spring 2023

Another farming simulator, Fae Farm is coming out in the spring of 2023. Moving away from the somewhat grounded life simulator of Story of Seasons, Faw Farm incorporates magic and whimsey into its world. Definitely a different twist on the genre, it will be interesting to see more of this game as we approach its release date.

Check out the magical trailer here:

Theatrhythm Bar Line - coming out February 16th 2023

Final Fantasy fans rejoice as the next entry in this cooky rhythm game comes to the Switch. Relive songs from all across the Final Fantasy franchise, and embark in the new campaign mode which allows you to experience multiple Final Fantasy games via its music. This is one for the hard-core fans!

Also announced is the game's post-launch DLC, which will include SaGa, Nier, Octopath Traveler, and Live A Live songs - totaling 90 additional songs to play. In case you wanted even more masterful music, the Premium Deluxe edition includes an additional 27 songs, making it the perfect package for Final Fantasy music aficionados.

Check out the trailer here:

Rune Factory 3 Special - releasing in 2023

The remake of the beloved DS game, Rune Factory 3 Special is coming to Switch next year. With new graphics that retain the charming art style and reworked gameplay to enhance the experience on the Switch, this is a perfect game for fans who want to jump back into the farming action.

Check out the fresh new-old gameplay here:

Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End and the Secret Key - releases February 24th 2023

Award for the most ridiculous game title I've ever written, Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End and the Secret Key (and breathe) gets a new trailer and release date. Bombastic action is on display here with impressive graphics to boot. If you want another Xenoblade-like experience on this modest console, this game (I'm not writing the name again) may be for you.

Have a look at the game that shall not be named here:

Just Dance 2023 - coming November 22nd

A new trailer for the latest in the Just Dance yearly entries shows off the new platform and design that hopes to reignite the Switch in November. There's not too much else to write here, if you've ever played Just Dance, you'll know what you're in for. If you've never played Just Dance, I don't believe you.

Vibe to the trailer here:

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe - coming February 24th 2023

Return to Kirby's return to Dream Land in this lovely remake. Featuring all-new mini-games and multiplayer updates that make this a title worth returning to, this game will no doubt be a blast when it launches next year. Whether you played the original version or not, there's enough new to love here that you will want to return to Dream Land once more.

The fresh and flashy trailer awaits you here:

Bayonetta 3 gets a new trailer:

If you're craving more Bayonetta action, this new glimpse at gameplay will be sure to whet your appetite. Giving a rundown of new characters that will star in Bayonetta 3, there's a lot to learn from this quick feature.

Check out the witchy madness here:

Pikmin 4 - coming 2023

In typical Nintendo fashion, the only thing to see here is the title. But Pikmin fans can rest happy knowing that next year will bring a new entry to their flowery franchise.

DLC and Updates:

More Nintendo 64 games coming to Nintendo Switch Online:

In 2022, 
Pilotwings 64, Mario Party, Mario Party 2 will release to the online service.

In 2023, 
Mario Party 3, Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Stadium 2, 1080 Snowboarding, Excitebike 64, and GoldenEye will release.

Mario Strikers: Battle League Football new DLC - coming September.

The hot Mario football game, Mario Strikers: Battle League Football is getting Pauline, Diddy Kong, more gear, and a new stadium. Come back to the league and have a kick about with the new content later this month.

Score the announcement here:

Mario Kart 8: Booster Course Pass Wave 3 - coming "this Holiday"

The next wave of courses coming to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe brings
 Merry Mountain from Mario Kart Tour
, and Peach Gardens from Mario Kart DS

Watch the announcement here:

Golf coming to Nintendo Switch Sports - "this Holiday"

With 8 players able to compete at the same time in a wicked mode being called “Survival Golf”, Nintendo Switch Sports finally brings the golf game you've been waiting for.

Watch the trailer here:

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass Wave 2 - coming on October 13th

Introducing a new mechanical hero - Ino. This update to Xenoblade Chronicles 3 also brings challenge battles to test your skills and get cool rewards.

Check out the quick reveal below:

Smaller announcements and releases:

  • Various Daylife releases today (September 13th).
  • Factorio releases October 28th.
  • Ib releases Spring 2023.
  • Tunic is coming to the Nintendo Switch on September 27th.
  • FRONT MISSION 1 remake is coming in November
  • FRONT MISSION 2 remake is coming in 2023
  • FRONT MISSION 3 remake is coming...at some point
  • Fatal Frame: Mask of the Luna Eclipse - coming early 2023
  • It Takes Two is finally coming to Nintendo Switch on the 20th January 2023.
  • Resident Evil Village coming to Switch October 28th (via the cloud).
  • Resident Evil 2, 3 & 7 also coming to Switch via cloud this year.
  • Sifu coming to Switch November 8th.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core Remake coming December 13th.
  • Radiant Silvergun launches on Switch today (September 13th).
  • Endless Dungeon comes to Switch in 2023.
  • Harvestella coming November 4th - a demo is out now.
  • Tales of Symphonia Remastered - coming 2023
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