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Everything Announced At The September 2023 Nintendo Direct

A stacked showing!

Nintendo have another massive 40 minute Direct as they look forward to the rest of the year and the start of 2024. There was tons of stuff shown, from previously announced titles to brand-new titles. It’s looking to be stacked 6 months for Nintendo Switch owners.

Here’s everything we saw today:

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door Is Finally Getting A Remake

The fantastic Paper Mario: The 1000 Year Door is getting a long-awaited remake. This incredible GameCube RPG looks gorgeous on the Switch with improved visuals and timeless gameplay. Between this and Super Mario RPG, there’s a lot of Mario RPG goodness coming to the Switch. Not much was shown in regards to new features or content, but the base game is more than enough as is. It launches in 2024.

The previously revealed Princess Peach Game is called Princess Peach: Showtime!

Announced during Nintendo’s June direct earlier this year, Princess Peach: Showtime! follows Princess Peach as she explores a theatre with her newfound companion, Stella. Peach can use Stella to transform into different forms that give her extra abilities like Detective Peach, Swordfighter Peach, Kung Fu Peach, and much more. It looks eclectic and inventive, while echoing a bit of Luigi’s Mansion. It’s coming out on March 22nd.

Mario VS. Donkey Kong Makes A Return On The Switch

The beloved Game Boy puzzler is receiving a gorgeous remake for the Switch early next year.  The most notable inclusion is the ability to play with a friend in local co-op. Might not be the full Donkey Kong game some were anticipating, but it’s cool to see this one back nonetheless. It’s launching on February 16th.

We Got A New Look At Splatoon 3 – Side Order

We got a fresh look at Splatoon 3’s upcoming DLC – Side Order, and it seems very unique. Some real abstract design in this one based on the trailer. If it’s anything like recent Splatoon campaigns and the Octo-Expansion, it’s sure to be a banger. It’s set in the Spire of Order as you ascend the tower and level up your character. An interesting detail is that it’s designed to be replayed. It’s launching in Autumn of 2024.

Super Mario RPG Is Looking Excellent

We got another look at the Super Mario RPG Remake going over some of the returning and new features. Perfect timing now damages all enemies at once, there are new Triple Moves based on party composition, and even powered-up boss rematches. It’s shaping up to be a great package. It’s still scheduled for launch on November 17th.

Pikachu Can Ride Pokémon in Detective Pikachu Returns

We got another look at Detective Pikachu Returns, showcasing some of the abilities you can use to solve mysteries. Tracking scents with Growlithe, smashing rocks with Darmanitan, and more. It looks like it’ll be a fun time when it launches on October 6th.

Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD Brings More of the Green Plumber

Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD is looking better and better. It seems to have been brought in line with the visuals of Luigi’s Mansion 3 and even brings back the co-op multiplayer mode. This one is definitely worth checking out if you missed it the first time around. It’s launching in Summer of next year.

Funky Kong Returns to Mario Kart in Wave 6 of the Booster Course Pass

Peachette, Pauline, Diddy Kong, and Funky Kong all make their debut in Wave 6 of Mario Kart 8’s Booster Course Pass when it launches later this year. More Mario Kart tracks is never a bad thing, and new playable characters is always exciting. Wave 6 is launching with Daisy Circuit alongside 7 more courses this holiday.

F-ZERO 99 is an F-Zero Battle Royale

If Tetris worked, why not F-ZERO? Much like Tetris 99, F-ZERO 99 essentially a F-ZERO battle royale as you compete against 98 other players for victory. It looks like a good bit of fun but I can already feel the disappointment unfolding from series veterans. Better than nothing I suppose?

WarioWare Move It Has 200 Microgames

Nothing better than a bit of absurd WarioWare. New whacky motion-based microgames and stacks of multiplayer modes, WarioWare Move It is looking to be a fitting party game for the holiday period. It’s launching on November 3rd.

Nintendo Museum

There’s a Nintendo Museum coming to Kyoto sometime next year! Not something you can play on your Switch, but a cool documentation of Nintendo’s history nonetheless.

More Amiibos are on the Way

The previously announced Tears of the Kingdom amiibos for Ganondorf and Zelda are due out on November 3rd. Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s Noah and Mio are also releasing as an oh-so-cute dual pack on January 19th.

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Ubisoft Brought A New Prince of Persia – The Lost Crown Trailer

Ubisoft also brought a new trailer for Prince of Persia – The Lost Crown. A return to the 2D roots of the series that keeps looking better and better. There was a quick look at some boss fights and the environments we’ll explore. Keep this one on your radar. It’s launching on January 18th.

The Original Tomb Raider Trilogy is Getting Remastered

The classic original Tomb Raider trilogy is coming to the Switch with remastered visuals. You can toggle between the original visuals and remastered ones too! Great games for a portable platform like the Switch. It’s launching on February 14th.

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Bandle Tale:  A League of Legends Story is an all new game from Lazy Bear

The next entry in Riot’s slew of new League-based experiences, Bandle Tale is a cute community based game that seems similar to Stardew Valley and other farming games, only with a League twist. It’s being helmed by the developers of Graveyard Keeper, Lazy Bear. It’s releasing sometime next year.

Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story Finally has A Release Date

We got another look at one of Riot’s other projects – Song of Nunu. This whimsical story adventure game follows Nunu and Willump as they brave the treacherous wilds of the Freljord. Better yet, it’s launching on Novermber 1st.

Dave The Diver is coming to Console

The critically acclaimed Dave The Diver is coming to the Switch later this year. This fun little game has a neat loop of catching fish during the day and selling it as sushi during the night. It’s a great time and is well worth your attention. Its launching  first on Switch on October 26th, with a demo available to play right now!

Unicorn Overlord Is Vanillaware’s Next Game

ATLUS and Vanillaware are bringing us Unicorn Overlord; the rebirth of tactical fantasy RPGs. Vanillaware always does great stuff, so definitely keep an eye on this one. It sports their trademark visual style and what looks to be a well-realized medieval setting. It’s launching on March 8th.

Eiyuden Chronicles: Hundred Heroes Is Coming Out Early Next Year

While this one was announced a while back, this new look shows quite a promising RPG experience. It has a unique 2D/3D hybrid visual style that’s striking in motion. Super flashy combat to boot as well. It’s launching on April 23rd.

Eastward is Getting DLC this Summer

Eastward: Octopia is set in a remote mountainside village where Sam and John start life anew as farmers. It’s a parallel world of Eastward and looks like a great time. It’s launching in Summer of this year.

Wargroove 2 is Bringing A Cutscene and Campaign Creator

Wargroove 2 got some new details including a new mouse faction, and a rogue-like mode in Conquest mode. There’s also a built-in cutscene and campaign creator which is super neat. It’s launching on October 5th.

Horizon Chase 2 Is Available Today On The Switch

Launching later today, Horizon Chase 2 is an arcade racer that can be played online and even has cross-play. Looks like a bit of arcade fun with friends. It’s out today on the eShop.

Super Crazy Rhythm Castle Has A Release Date

There’s nothing better than a good rhythm game other than a rhythm game with friends. Solve puzzles and battle bosses while you rock out to over 30 tracks, including music from iconic Konami games. It’s launching on November 14th.

SPYxANYA: Operation Memories is the Spy x Family Game We Never Knew We Needed

The Anya simulator we never knew we needed. Catalogue Anya’s daily life with a photo diary in Spy X Family’s very first video game adaptation. Absolutely riveting, ridiculously cute.

The Cult Classic Another Code Games Are Coming To Switch

Another Code: Recollection is a bundle of the two Another Code DS games, the second of which never released in North America. Surreal to see these games getting released in 2023 fully enhanced for the Nintendo Switch. The collection comes out on January 19th.

The Next SaGa Game is SaGa Emerald Beyond

The next entry into the SaGa series, SaGa Emerad Beyond seems to echo elements from Octopath Traveler with unique heroes to pick from with their own stories that crossover. It has a timeline turn-based battle system which is always a good time when done properly. It’s completely standalone and launches next year.

Trombone Champ can fuel all of your Tromboning Dreams

Trombone Champ is a wonderful recreation of playing the trombone. What’s not to love? It even has an authentic control scheme. It’s launching today on Nintendo Switch.

BATTLE CRUSH is an Adrenaline Fueled Action Game Similar to Battlerite

BATTLE CRUSH looks like a fun battle royale-esc MOBA most similar to Battlerite. Not much was shown outside of some combat and environments, but if it’s anything like Battlerite, it’ll be a great time. It’s due out in Autumn next year.

Wartales Is A Turn-Based RPG Available Today

A tactical turn-based RPG that can be played online with freinds, You can explore the overworld, recruit companions, collect bounties, and spelunk tombs. Looks like a bit of fun, and it even launches later today!

Contra: Operation Galuga is a Reimaging of the 80s Classic

A new take on the SNES classic, Contra: Operation Galuga looks like it’ll scratch that retro itch in a way only Contra can. A reimagining of the classic run-‘n’-gun formula from the 80s with modernized graphics, sound, new stages, mechanics, and more. It even has coop! It’s set to launch in early 2024.

Among Us is getting a free new map

Among Us is getting a brand-new map that’s completely free. It’s called The Fungle and launches this October. Seems like a fun map but the name is a bit sus.