The Latest Games from Nintendo Direct—February 2023

We give you a roundup of the games announced at the first Nintendo Direct of the year!

We got ourselves the first Nintendo Direct of the year and it came strong with some of the most amazing announcements for this year. What shall we expect this year from Nintendo? Let's hop right into it!

Pikmin 4

A new adventure in the Pikmin franchise. Now with a cute dog creature and new pikmin as well as new mechanics. Releases July 21st.

Xenoblade 3 Expansion Pass Volume 3

Xenoblade 3's expansion pass continues in volume 3 bringing new a new system that involves special ores and a roguelike challenge battle mode. Volume 3 is set to go live this week!

Samba de Amigo: Party Central

A new Samba de Amigo game! New modes, customization for your avatar and an online vs mode. With over 40 songs across a variety of genres. Expect this carnaval to hit the scene this Summer.

Fashion Dreamer

An online fashion game hits us all from Marvelous Inc. An online hub where you show your fashion across the world. A Nintendo Switch exclusive that's hitting eShop this year.

Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania

The crossover nobody expected yet everyone wanted! Twelve original covers as well as 51 songs from the original series will accompany you as you explore the iconic Dracula's Castle alongside Richter Belmont and Alucard. Pre-orders are already up, and the paid DLC releases March 15th.

Tron: Identity

Explore the Grid in this visual novel Tron game. Your choices heavily affect the server, so be wary of what path you decide to go down. Tron: Identity is set to release in consoles first this April.

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

A cult classic for the DS from Capcom. In this game, you're a detective that has unfortunately kicked the bucket but is now a ghost that posseses objects around him.

As a ghost, you can now bend the laws of time to save others from an untimely death. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is set to haunt you this Summer.

Deca Police

Two worlds that seem connected, one huge mystery. A real time action RPG game where you control a whimsical crew of detectives that are being trained but are invaded by a hacker working for a powerful organization.

You must now solve mysteries as well as uncover the face of this hacker, and find out who they work for while facing off against enemies that try to impede you from doing your job. Help Harvard uncover the truth this year.

Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon

What awaits for us in this prequel for Bayonetta? Cereza ventures into a forest to become a witch in order to save her mummy.

Here you will find the Lost Demon Cheshire and team up to find the power to become a witch and help Cereza's mummy. Cereza cannot attack but she can bind enemies; your main form of combat is via Cheshire himself.

Explore the forest and find your happy ever after when the game releases March 17. Pre-orders are available now!

Splatoon 3 Expansion Pass Wave 1 & 2

A new rail has been opened where you can travel to Inkopolis. Here, The Squid Sisters will perform during splatfests, Booyah Base has new shopkeepers, and you don't have to worry about items at all. Inkopolis sells the same wares that Splatsville sells. The first wave splats us all this Spring.

Wave 2 is a backstory on Off The Hook's Marina in a story called "Side Order." Side Order has no date at the moment and will release in the future. The expansion's already available for pre-order.

Disney Illusion Island

Mickey, Minney, Donald and Goofy embark on a new adventure in this Rayman Origins-esque game to save a mysterious island. Four players can work together to save the island and meet unusual allies and weird foes. Embark on this journey on July 28. Pre-orders are available now!

Fire Emblem Engage Expansion Pass

Engage's Expansion Pass brings multiple waves of new characters. The final wave brings us a new map called Fell Xenologue. Engage in this new adventure with your Emblems with Wave 2 already being available.

Harmony: The Fall of Reverie

Evil Megacorpo sets humanity on a downspiral for doom. Deities known as Aspirations live in the land of Reverie and a Mega Corporation sets our world in a very thin line with it.

By using the divine gift of clairvoyance, you can travel between both worlds in order to change destiny at your whim. Side with an Aspiration at the end of this visual novel this June.

Octopath Traveler 2

The sequel many have been waiting for comes on the 24th of February. Eight New stories for you to explore and love in the long-awaited sequel. The game has a demo of the first couple of hours available now where you can transfer your save from the demo into the game itself.

We Love Katamari REROLL + Royal Reverie

Keep rolling, rolling, rolling in this remaster of another cult classic from Bandai Namco. It also includes Royal Reverie in which you play as a young King of All Cosmos in 5 new challenges.

You can also take selfies with the new Camera feature to cherish each adventure. Roll the world on Switch June 2nd.

Sea of Stars

The Sun and Moon are your tools to fight evildoers in this turn-based RPG where you time your presses for your attacks.

Enjoy retro-esque tunes with songs from guest composer Yasunori Mitsuda who has composed music for games like Valkyria Revolution, Xenoblade 3, Inazuma Eleven and much more. Sail the stars on August 29th. A free demo is available now.

Omega Strikers

Air hockey like you've never seen before! Destroy your enemies in this 3v3 hero sports game where you play a match of extreme air hockey.

Set traps up, throw your enemies out of the stage and show them who's the best in this lightning fast game. Slide into this game April 27th! Pre-orders for this free-to-play game are available now!

Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection

A collection of remastered games in the classic dungeon crawler Etrian Odyssey. A total of 24 newly drawn character illustrations, new quality of life map options and much more.

Manage the guild and more in Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection, available June 1st. You can also purchase the games separately. Pre-orders are available now.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-boot Camp

The classic series gets a reboot with 2 full campaigns, map maker and go head-to-head with others in online or local multiplayer. Flex your military strats in this turn based strategy game on April 21st! Pre-orders are already available.

Kirby's Return to DreamLand Deluxe

If you've played Kirby's Return to DreamLand, you know how it ends. But to those of you who haven't, we strongly suggest you do.

Return to DreamLand Deluxe brings us new things like a Gundam form of Kirby as well as a post-game mode called Magolor Epilogue: The Interdimensional Traveler. In this epilogue, you play as a weakened Magolor in his quest to escape the dimension between realms. Regain his powers by defeating enemies and retrieving Magic Points.

Kirby's Return to DreamLand Deluxe makes its return February 24th. Pre-orders are available now.

Game Boy + Game Boy Advance on Nintendo Switch Online

To absolutely no one's surprise, the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance emulators for the Switch will be brought to us from today onwards.

Members with Nintendo Switch Online have access with the classic Game Boy where you can change the filters to each Game Boy available. People with the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack can play both the Game Boy and Game Boy Advance with the games that are available.

The games available are: Tetris, Super Mario Land 2 - 6 Golden Coins, The Legend of Zelda Links Awakening DX, Minish Cap, and many other titles.

Metroid Prime Remastered

That's right, the OG Metroid Prime is getting a remaster. After a long time of fans asking for it, we finally have Metroid Prime. New quality-of-life things like a better camera and updated graphis make the experiece a lot better.

The digital version Metroid Prime Remastered was launched as soon as the Direct ended. The physical version of the game releases on February 22nd.

Master Detective Archives Raincode

Ghosts, psychics and detective work? That sounds like a recipe for disaster. In this Spike Chunsoft title, you play as Yuma with a ho—I mean, horrifying ghost haunting him called Shinigami (I am NOT making this up).

You, alongside other detectives, will solve weird incidents in Kanai Ward which is controlled by the Amaterasu Corporation with an iron fist. Investigate the prefecture and haunt your way through the Kanai Ward when the game releases June 30th.

Baten Kaitos 1 & 2 HD Remaster

An empire tries to take everyone down? Stop me if you've heard that one before. Real-time battles with cards that you use to fight enemies are the way to go. Uncover the mysteries in this real-time RPG. Baten Kaitos 1 & 2 HD Remaster releases this Summer.

Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time

A new entry in the Fantasy Life series. You play as yourself as you explore a life where you change roles in order to live your life to the fullest.

Here, you will find a mysterious girl and uncover her tale as you fight, gather, cook and more. Enjoy your new life when this game releases this year.

Professor Layton and The New World of Steam

A new entry to the Professor Layton series. Not much is known about this game since it was JUST announced with no trailers other than a teaser. What mystery do you have in store for us, Mr. Layton?

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Booster Course Pass

Of course, Mario Kart 8 keeps getting updates for its expansion pass. This wave brings us Yoshi's Island as a course and Birdo's return whom made her debut in Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic. Wave 4 boosts into the switch this Spring.

Minecraft Legends

A new type of game from Mojang using the Minecraft IP. Explore an open world and command mobs as you loot and conquer in this very weird entry to the Minecraft series. The game releases April 18th.


A silent adventure game featuring a black fox and a white deer surviving in the harsh winter landscape. Releases this Valentine's Day.

Megaman Battle Network Legacy Collection

The game many have been waiting for. A legacy collection of ALL, yes ALL Battle Network games, including the variant games. Releases April 14th, Pre-Orders available now.

Have a Nice Death

Roguelike tired boss Death game where you play as Death managing his very incompetent employees. Available March 22.


A chibi baseball game. What more can I say? Available now.

Disney Dreamlight Valley

A town management game with Disney characters. It's getting a new realm update later this April.

Tales of Symphonia Remastered

The remaster of the classic Tales of Symphonia. A combo-oriented RPG game where you fight your way with fan favorite Lloyd. Available February 17th.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of The Kingdom

The finale to the Direct left us all with a new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and it shows us new mechanics as well as some clarity as to what's going on in this sequel to Breath of the Wind.

Will Link put an end to Calamity once and for all, or fail in his quest to save all of Hyrule from the dark? Find out and lend your power this May 12. Pre-Orders for the game are already available.