Nintendo recently hosted a 40-minute Nintendo Direct in which the company announced a brand new Mario game, showed off new trailers for upcoming games, dropped a new trailer for Detective Pikachu 2, confirmed Metal Gear Solid Collection Vol 1 on the platform, and more!
Biggest announcements from Nintendo Direct June 2023
Super Mario Bros. Wonder Announced
Nintendo’s big reveal in its June Direct was Super Mario Bros. Wonder, a brand new 2D Mario that looks to shake things up a bit. One of the biggest new additions to the game is Wonder Flowers, which seems to make inanimate objects come to life. For example, the classic green pipes appear to have eyes and can twist and bend to aid Mario’s jumping endeavours. Players can choose to play as Mario, Luigi, Toad, Princess Peace, Princess Daisy, and Yoshi in Super Mario Bros. Wonders, which is set to release on October 20, 2023 for the Nintendo Switch.
Konami was present at the Nintendo Direct showcase to announce that its upcoming Metal Gear Solid Collection Vol 1 will release for the Nintendo Switch alongside PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC on October 24, 2023. The Vol 1 collection features Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake.
Super Mario RPG Remake Announced
Not to shy away from remakes themselves, Nintendo announced Super Mario RPG Remake for the Switch. The game is scheduled to release on November 17, 2023, and features Mario, Bowser, Princess Peace, Mallow Geno and more as they attempt to take down the Smithy Gang and repair the Star Road.
Detective Pikachu 2 is Coming this October
Time to perk up your ears and wear your best brown hat; Nintendo today finally dropped a new trailer and a release date for Detective Pikachu 2, which is scheduled to release on October 6, 2023. The game is said to dive deeper into the originals of Detective Pikachu (because we guess even he needs an origin story?) and allow players to solve crimes and mysteries across Ryme City.
Pikmin 4 Details
Nintendo showcased a slew of new updates for Pikmin 4 ahead of its July 21, 2023 release. The gameplay trailer showed off a Dandori Battle mini-game and news about Oatchi, your adorable dog friend who can now carry items, smash obstacles and become a flotation device. It also revealed that players can now set off on night expeditions and discover glowing Pikmin. Nintendo also announced a demo for Pikmin 4 on June 28.
Additionally, GameCube’s Pikmin 1 and Pikmin 2 are available on the Nintendo Switch eShop. Players can purchase both the game individually or as a bundle, and those who want a physical version of the classic games will have to wait until September 22, 2023.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Remaster Announced
Nintendo showcased yet another remaster in the form of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. The game was originally released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013 and was a sequel to Lugi’s Mansion.
In addition to that, Nintendo also announced a new Princess Peace game. The Switch makers didn’t dive deeper into the game, but it looks like a 2.5D sidescroller.
Batman: Arkham Trilogy is Coming to Switch
In what is a surprising piece of news (or maybe just unexpected), all three Rocksteady Batman games are coming to Nintendo Switch this Fall. The bundle will include Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and Arkham Knights, along with all the DLCs released for the games.
Star Ocean The Second Story R Announced
As if November wasn’t already packed with games, Nintendo has added another stellar release: Star Ocean The Second Story R. This is a remake of the 1998’s Playstation title, Star Ocean: The Second Story, and will feature a complete re-imagining of the original game with a mix of 2D pixel characters and 3D environments. The game will be released on November 3, 2023, on Switch, PS5, PS4 and PC.
Get Cozy with Palia
Singularity 6 Productions’ Palia, a free-to-play sim, is coming to Nintendo Switch. The game is already available on PC and allows players to build and customize their home, team up with friends, experience a unique story, and much more. It will release for the Nintendo Switch this Holiday.
Fae Farm Brings a New Farm-Sim But with Magic
Phoenix Labs’ new farm-sim, Fae Farm, will release on the Nintendo Switch on September 8. Fae Farm brings your traditional farm-sim experience with a hint of magic, where players can customize their character, home, farm and more and go adventuring alone or with friends.
Battle Royale Rhythm Game Announced
As the name suggests, Headbangers Rhythm Royale is a Battle Royale game. And again, as the name would suggest, it’s also a musical Battle Royale game. It seems like the perfect marriage of genres to us! In this game, players will go up against 29 other players in over 20 musical minigames to emerge victorious. Headbangers will release on October 31, 2023.
Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.