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Nintendo Direct June 2023

Everything Announced During June’s Nintendo Direct

A little after the excitement of Summer Game Fest, Nintendo’s also joining in on the action with a Nintendo Direct. If you missed the livestream, don’t worry: we’ve rounded up everything that was announced right here. From new trailers of games we already knew about to upcoming DLC and a few surprises, it was a decent showcase, with plenty to look forward to. Read on to see a round-up of everything that was announced.

Pokémon Violet and Scarlet DLC

There’s soon going to be a new reason to jump back into Pokémon Violet and Scarlet. The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero DLC is split into two parts, offering new areas to explore, new fights to overcome and more.

Sonic Superstars

We already know about Sonic Superstars, but it’s great to see a new trailer. This is a brand new entry into the Sonic the Hedgehog series, and one that goes back to its roots as a side-scrolling adventure. We’re pretty stoked for this one, actually.

Palia

Palia is a free-to-play adventure sim all about creating a perfect, idyllic life. You can decorate your home, farm crops, explore the world and more. You know the cosy game drill by now. It’s coming this winter.

Persona 5 Tactica

Another game we had announced during Summer Game Fest, but here’s its official Nintendo reveal. This is a spin on Persona 5, putting the characters you know and love in new, tactical gameplay. It’s out on 17th November.

MythForce

MythForce is a first-person action roguelike adventure inspired by Saturday morning cartoons. We’re digging its art style, which really does look like something we’d have watched in the 90s. It’s out later this year.

Splatoon 3 Splatfest

Still playing Splatoon? There’s a new Splatfest coming in July, and it’s all about ice cream. Are you team strawberry, vanilla or mint choc chip? It kicks off on 15th July.

Detective Pikachu Returns

Detective Pikachu is making a return! Honestly, we’ve missed the yellow fella’s little Sherlock hat. That’s enough to make us jump in by itself, but there’s also some Pokémon-themed detective action to be undertaken too. It’s coming on 6th October.

Super Mario RPG

Super Mario RPG is getting  a beautiful, modern face lift. Take control of Mario as he moves through a 3D world, engaging in turn-based battles, exploring environments and meeting new characters. It’s out on 17th November.

There’s also a brand new game in development featuring Princess Peach as the main character, and a remake of Luigi’s Mansion 2. But we’ll have to wait to see more of those – they’re due to launch in 2024.

Batman: Arkham Trilogy

The Batman: Arkham Trilogy is finally making its way to switch. Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and Arkham Knight will all be available to play in handheld format, along with all their DLC, this autumn.

Gloomhaven

Gloomhaven is a turn-based RPG based on a classic tabletop game. Battles are card-based, with hundreds of abilities to be mastered. It’s coming to Switch on 18th September.

Just Dance 2024

Here’s a trailer for Just Dance 2024, which is of course coming to Switch. Little is as certain in the games industry as a new entry to Just Dance is. Songs features include Sail by Awolnation, I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston, and plenty more. It’s out in October.

Silent Hope

Silent Hope is an action RPG about, well, saving the world. Aren’t they always? It sports a cute art style, with a cast of characters all boasting their own combat style. The items you gather while exploring can be used to craft new and more powerful equipment, allowing you to push on further each time. It’s out on 3rd October.

Fae Farm

Here’s another game we saw at SUmmer Game Fest. It’s a farming simulator with a difference: it’s filled with magic! It’s coming to Switch on 8th September as a console exclusive.

Hot Wheels Unleashed 2

We loved the first Hot Wheels Unleashed, and so we’re excited to jump into a brand new entry. It doesn’t look quite as shiny on Switch, granted, but no doubt it’ll be just as fun. It’s out in September.

Manic Mechanics

Manic Mechanics is a multiplayer party game about being a mechanic, fixing up broken stuff against the clock. Think Overcooked, but with machinery.

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope DLC

Spark Hunter, the latest DLC for Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope launches later today. Get on it!

Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince

Here’s a brand new entry into the Dragon Quest series. Combine monsters to make new, unique creatures and form an army for battle. It’s out on 1st December.

Pikmin 4

Here’s a new look at the upcoming Pikmin 4, the latest entry into Nintendo’s adventure series all about controlling an army of tiny little plant men. This time, you’re accompanied by the adorable Oatchi, a dog-like creature who has his own skills and abilities. It’s out on 21st July.

Metal Gear Solid Master Collection Vol. 1

Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater are making their way to Switch. This classic collection also contains the original Metal Gear game, additional content like strategy guides and visual novels, and a digital soundtrack. It’s out on 24th October.

Vampire Survivors

Vampire Survivors is finally coming to Switch – a perfect handheld game if you ask us. This insanely popular game is all about upgrading your auto attacks as much as possible, and surviving as long as you can amid huge crowds of enemies. It’s out on 17th August.

Headbangers Rhythm Royale

A music rhythm battle royale game? Well, this sounds wonderful: sign us right up. You’ll play as a pigeon and battle against 30 other players in a series of rhythm-based minigames. It looks great fun, and it’s out on 31st October.

Penny’s Big Breakaway

Penny’s Big Breakaway is a brand new 3D platforming adventure from the creators of Sonic Mania. It looks bright, bold and colourful: the way a 3D platformer should be. It’s out early 2024.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Wave 5

Yet more Mario Kart 8 Deluxe content is on the way. New characters and courses will be hitting the game for anyone who owns the Booster Course Pass. It’s landing later this summer.

Star Ocean The Second Story R

This is a remake of the second Star Ocean game, sporting a beautiful art style that mixes 2D and 3D. It’s out on 2nd November.

WarioWare: Move It!

There’s a new WarioWare game incoming! If you’re unfamiliar, the WarioWare series is all about microgames that make use of motion controls. WarioWare: Move It! sports over 200 microgames, and it’ll be out on 3rd November.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Super Mario BRos. Wonder is a brand new 2D Mario game, featuring our favourite Italian plumber in a fresh adventure. It looks rather beautiful, featuring traditional gameplay – with plenty of twists – and an all new art style. Oh, and Mario can turn into an… elephant? It’s out in October, and we’re pretty excited to see more.

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