Get ready, gamers! Nintendo Direct, the highly-anticipated online presentation hosted by Nintendo ADR NTDOY, is back and set to reveal the first half of 2023's hottest releases for the Nintendo Switch.
This live show is a must-see for video game enthusiasts worldwide, as they get an exclusive first look at the latest and greatest games coming to the platform.
Among the most exciting announcements, is the release date of the long-awaited The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. The sequel to 2017’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will launch May 12 and pre-orders begin today. The videogame will feature Link’s latest grand adventure also has a collector’s edition with various exclusive items, as well as a new Link amiibo. The standard edition will retail for $69.99, while the collector’s edition will cost $129.99.
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Nintendo fans could also watch Pikmin 4’s latest trailer and discover new characters, such as Oatchi, an adorable dog helper that will accompany players. Pikmin 4 release date is July 21.
Gamers who love the classics will be delighted to hear Metroid Prime got remastered on HD, and not only that: the digital version is being released today, Feb. 8, while the physical version will be available on Feb. 22.
Furthermore, retrogamers can rejoice with this amazing news: they can now play games from both Game Boy and Game Boy Advance on their Nintendo Switch today. These games can also be played locally or online with friends and can be adjusted to three different filters: Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket and Game Boy Color, according to preference.
Which games will be available? Tetris, Super Mario Land 2 - 6 Golden Coins, The Legend of Zelda, Link's Awakening DX, Gargoyle's Quest, Game & Watch Gallery 3, Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare, Metroid II - Return of Samus, Wario Land 3 and Kirby's Dream Land for Game Boy.
Meanwhile, the following Game Boy Advance games will be available on the eShop: The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$, Kuru Kuru Kururin, Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
Nintendo assured more games from Game Boy and Game Boy Advance will release online in the future.
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Benzinga also got a sneak peek at the extra cute Disney Illusion Island, a co-op platformer starred by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck. This adventure video game will launch on July 28, but pre-orders begin today.
Check Out The Complete List Of The Games And DLCs That Will Launch For Nintendo Switch In 2023
- Fire Emblem Engage Expansion Pass (Available Feb. 8)
- Metroid Prime Game Remastered (Available Feb. 8)
- WBSC eBaseball: Power Pros (Available Feb. 8)
- Dead Cells: Return To Castlevania (March 6, pre-orders begin Feb. 8)
- Blanc (Feb. 14)
- Xenoblade Chronicles Expansions Pass Volume 3 (Feb. 15)
- Tales of Symphonia Remastered (Feb. 17)
- Kirby Return to Dreamland Deluxe Game (Feb. 24)
- Octopath Traveller II (Feb. 24, demo already available on Nintendo eShop)
- Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon (March 17)
- Have a Nice Death (March 22)
- Advance Wars I + II: ReBoot Camp (April 21)
- Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection (April, pre-order available now)
- Tron: Identity (April 2023)
- Disney Dreamlight Valley (April 2023)
- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (May 12)
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe-Booster Course Pass (Spring 2023, Nintendo Switch members can access the DLC for free)
- Splatoon 3 Expansion Pass (Spring 2023)
- Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection (June 1)
- We Love Katamari Rerrol + Royal Reverie (June 2, Nintendo Switch members can play a pre-trial for free)
- Master Detective Archive: Raincode (June 30)
- Harmony: The Fall of Reverie (June 2023)
- Pikmin 4 (July 21)
- Disney Illusion Island (July 28)
- Sea of Stars (Aug. 23, free demo available Feb. 8)
- Baten Kaidos I & II HD Remastered (Summer 2023)
- Ghost Trick: Phantom Identity (Summer 2023)
- Sambade Amigo: Party Central (Summer 2023)
- Deca Police (2023)
- Fashion Dreamer (2023)
- Omega Strikers (2023)
- Fantasy Life: The Girl Who Steals Time (2023)
- Professor Layton and the New World of Steam (2023)
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