Numerous release dates were announced in today’s Nintendo Direct, along with a few surprises.
Anyone who regularly watches Nintendo’s online presentations (Nintendo Direct) is accustomed to one or two disappointing omissions, but today’s Direct didn’t leave anything out. Although Metroid Prime (the planned fourth game or otherwise) was not mentioned, numerous well-known figures were present on the roster.
On January 20, 2023, a brand-new Fire Emblem named Fire Emblem Engage will launch for the Switch and bring back the turn-based, tile-driven combat of the original series. Then, on February 24, the well-liked Switch RPG Octopath Traveler will release a brand-new installment.
With the rhythm action game THEATRHYTHM FINAL BAR LINE, scheduled for release on February 16, even Final Fantasy is making a comeback—sort of.
Golden Eye 64, a fan favorite outside of role-playing and genres close to it, appears to be coming “soon” to the Switch via the Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership. The Pikmin 4 teaser from Nintendo Direct, which is scheduled to release sometime in 2019, startled viewers as well.
A release date for Bayonetta 3 has been announced, and it is considerably sooner than anticipated: October 28.
A few spooky games were also included, including the later-released cloud versions of Resident Evil 2 and RE 3 remakes, RE 7, and Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, both of which will be available in early 2023. On October 28, Resident Evil Village will also receive a cloud release, although a playable demo is already accessible.
The new Legend of Zelda had to, of course, close the presentation with another brief teaser, but this time it contained the complete title and release date. On May 12, 2023, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is anticipated to release on the Switch.