Nintendo has finally returned with their highly anticipated September Direct. Having recently been given an Indie World and Direct Mini, fans have been eagerly awaiting for the next big showcase. Nintendo’s September Direct lasted roughly around 40 minutes, highlighting titles that you can expect to get your hands on in the next coming months. We decided to compile our Nintendo Direct favorite games in one handy list.
The long awaited Breath of the Wild sequel, officially had its name revealed, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. The next mainline Fire Emblem game was also shown off with incredible new visuals and some brand new very striking features. Those who own the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pak subscription will see an incredible new collection of N64 games from Mario Party to Pokemon Stadium, set to arrive within the next year.
If you missed the event, do not worry, here are our favorite games shown at the September Nintendo Direct.
Fire Emblem Engage
A new mainline Fire Emblem game has officially been announced by Nintendo. Fire Emblem Engage, is a brand new story that will allow players to summon legendary heroes like Marth to aid in battle. The game will be available to purchase as standard or as a collectors edition.
Fire Emblem Engage will release on January 20th 2023.
It Takes Two
Hazelight Studio’s wonderful co-op platofrmer, It Takes Two, is officially making its debut on Nintendo Switch. Players will get to enjoy an out of this world co-op experience about a married couple working on not only their relationship but their relationship with their daughter. The games co-op will be accessible locally by either sharing joy-cons or linking two Switch consoles together.
It Takes Two will release on November 4th, 2022 with pre orders available starting today.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 DLC Expansion
A brand new hero character and more make its way to Xenoblade Chronicles 3. The 2nd wave of DLC is dropping a new mechanical hero known as Ino. Along with the new character, a boss rush style mode known as Challenge Battles will also be added in the newest update. The game is still set to have two additional DLC expansions by the end of next year.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 second expansion is set to release on October 13th 2022.
One our favorite little indies, Tunic, is also making its jump to the handheld platform. The RPG combines exploration and combat in one little package, with players controlling a little Fox, on this lovely Zelda-style adventure. Previously released on Xbox and PC, the RPG will now be entering the hands of both Nintendo and PlayStation gamers.
Tunic will be releasing on September 27th, 2022 for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation.
Octopath Traveler 2
Highly praised classic RPG Octopath Traveler, officially (and finally, can we say it?) receives its sequel, heading to Nintendo Switch. The HD-2D visual design is back but the story this time is set with eight brand new travelers. New mechanics were also teased with travelers having unique abilities that can change depending on day or night.
Octopath Traveler 2 will be released on Febrary 24th, 2023.
Nintendo Switch Online “N64” games
The next batch of N64 games coming to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pak have official been unveiled. The first batch of games dropping in 2022 consist of: Pilots Wings 64, Mario Party, and Mario Party 2. The second batch dropping in 2023 will have Mario Party 3, Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Stadium 2, 1080 Snowboarding, and Excitebike 64. To our great happiness, Golden Eye 007 has also been announced and will feature an exclusive online multiplayer mode, inherited rom its Xbox counterpart. Unfortunately, as opposed to the other N64 games announced, Goldeneye 007 does not have a release date at this time.
The fourth chapter in one of the loveliest Nintendo series, Pikmin, has officially been unveiled. While the details of the game are scarce at the moment, players will once again control a single character that has the ability to control the pikmin, like previous games. It’s mentioned that players will be able to play the game this time around from the Pikmin’s perspective near the ground.
Pikmin 4 is set to release sometime in 2023.
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion
The highly anticipated remaster, Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion, received a brand new trailer. The trailer featured several new cutscenes detailing the games new remastered look, along with another glimpse of gameplay. The big news however is the official release date has now been confirmed for the game.
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion will be released on December 13th 2022 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.
Tales of Symphonia Remaster
Fan (and our) favorite, Tales of Symphonia, is receiving a remaster. Following the story of Lloyd Irving, where he and his friends venture to save the worlds from disaster. The game’s trailer showcased the new remastered look from cutscenes to gameplay, and will be another game announced to have a multi-platform release.
Tales of Symphonia Remaster is set to release in Early 2023 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox.
The Legends of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Last, but not least, the long-awaited Breath of The Wild sequel officially reveals its title to the world, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Along with the name reveal, a new trailer shows Link jumping off high cliffs, performing some skydiving, and then landing on a stone-like bird flying across the sky. Aside from those details, not much else was shown… except we did finally get the big release date.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be released on May 12th 2023.