Get ready gamers, as we dive down into what happened in the September 2023 Nintendo Direct which was held recently! The most recent presentation had a duration of approximately 40 minutes and was packed with thrilling news about games scheduled for release on the Nintendo Switch during the upcoming winter season.
A plethora of announcements were made, and if you happened to miss the broadcast, there’s no need to worry. This summary will comprehensively cover all the major highlights and unveils from the September 2023 Nintendo Direct.
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door HD Announced
Nintendo has unveiled the remastered version of the cherished classic, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Although details are currently limited, the focus is on enhanced visuals, and the game is slated for release on the Nintendo Switch next year.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong Remake is Coming to Nintendo Switch on February 16, 2024
In the Direct presentation, Nintendo introduced a fresh addition to the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. This installment is a remake of the original game, originally launched in 2004 for the Game Boy Advance.
The unveiling trailer not only provided a glimpse of the gameplay but also confirmed the inclusion of local co-op play.
F-Zero 99 Announced, Available Today Exclusively to Switch Online Members
In an unexpected turn of events, F-Zero made a surprising appearance at Nintendo Direct. The announcement revealed the arrival of F-Zero 99, a racing game with a battle royale-style twist. Notably, it also offers support for the SNES wireless controller.
The most surprising aspect is that F-Zero 99 is available for immediate play starting today. However, it comes with an exclusivity caveat – the game is solely accessible to individuals with an active Nintendo Switch Online subscription.
Princess Peach: Showtime! Releases March 2024
Nintendo had previously teased the development of a new game centered around Princess Peach, which was untitled at the time. In the Direct, they finally revealed both gameplay footage and the official title for this upcoming adventure starring the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom.
The game is now known as “Princess Peach: Showtime,” and Nintendo provided a fresh glimpse into its gameplay mechanics. Notably, the gameplay experience will vary depending on the transformations that Peach undergoes.
Excitingly, “Princess Peach: Showtime!” is set to be released on March 22, 2024.
Tomb Raider 1, 2, and 3 Remasters Announced
Prepare for some nostalgia, as the original Tomb Raider, along with Tomb Raider 2 and 3, is set to receive a remaster treatment for Nintendo’s hybrid console. This remastered compilation is scheduled for release on February 14, 2024, and it comes with a unique feature that allows players to switch between the updated visuals and the original polygonal look, offering a touch of retro charm.
Beyond the visual enhancements, these remasters will also include expansions and secret levels for each of the three games, promising an enriched gaming experience for both longtime fans and newcomers alike.
Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD is Out Next Summer
Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD, which was already in the works, was featured in the Direct presentation. The event provided an updated trailer, along with the exciting news that this remastered version will be hitting the Nintendo Switch next summer.
Splatoon 3’s Side Order Gets New Gameplay Trailer and Spring 2024 Release Window
Nintendo began the Nintendo Direct by unveiling a fresh gameplay trailer for Splatoon 3’s upcoming second wave DLC expansion, titled Side Order. This expansion can be obtained as part of the game’s expansion pass but will also be offered as a standalone purchase.
Splatoon 3’s Side Order is set to launch next spring, offering players an exciting addition to the game.
More Reveals for Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown
Ubisoft has given us another glimpse of their upcoming game, Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown. This new installment in Ubisoft’s long-dormant franchise was originally announced in June during the Summer Game Fest. The Lost Crown is a 2D action platformer and is scheduled for release on January 18. The game is being developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, the same studio behind the acclaimed title Rayman Legends.
Super Mario RPG Remake Gets a New Trailer
During the latest Nintendo Direct showcase, viewers were treated to another preview of the Super Mario RPG Remake, which had been previously announced. The new trailer offered further insight into the gameplay of this revamped version of the Super Nintendo classic.
Fans can still mark their calendars for the release date, as Super Mario RPG Remake is confirmed to launch on November 17, 2023.
Trombone Champ is Coming to Nintendo Switch
Exciting news for fans of unconventional rhythm games! Trombone Champ, the quirky game where you play using a trombone, is making its way to the Nintendo Switch. Originally released exclusively on PC last year, Trombone Champ garnered attention in the indie gaming scene for its unique gameplay within the genre.
What’s more, the Switch version of Trombone Champ comes with a twist of its own. Players can enjoy the game using gyro controls or make use of the Joy-Con’s IR motion sensor for an even more immersive experience.
Dave the Diver Arrives on Switch Next Month
Great news for Nintendo Switch owners! They won’t have to wait much longer to dive into the world of Dave the Diver, as this game, previously exclusive to PC, is set to become available on the hybrid system on October 26. This release on the Switch comes almost a year earlier than its original release date, giving players a chance to experience it sooner than expected.
First Glimpse at Wave 6 of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s Booster Course Pass
Exciting news for Mario Kart 8 fans! A sneak peek of the upcoming Wave 6 of the Booster Course Pass DLC was revealed. Set to launch this holiday season, it will include several exciting additions. This wave introduces a brand-new racing track, the Daisy Circuit from Mario Kart Wii, and adds four new playable characters to the roster: Diddy Kong, Funky Kong, Pauline, and Peachette, promising fresh experiences for players to enjoy.
Detective Pikachu Returns Gets New Cinematic Trailer
Nintendo is building up the excitement for the release of Detective Pikachu, which is set to launch on October 6. As part of the pre-release promotion, they treated fans to another cinematic trailer for the game. This recent trailer delved into the ways in which other Pokémon will assist Detective Pikachu and Tim on their adventure, showcasing the role of Pokémon like Darmanitan, who can help by smashing rocks, providing valuable support for the duo during their investigative journey.
Updates to Amiibo for Tears of the Kingdom, Smash Ultimate, and Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Nintendo provided some insights into the upcoming Amiibo releases.
For Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there’s an Amiibo for Sora, the protagonist from Kingdom Hearts, who was the final DLC character. While there isn’t a specific release date, it’s confirmed to be coming sometime next year.
Furthermore, there are Tears of the Kingdom-themed Amiibos for Zelda and Ganondorf scheduled for release on November 3. In addition, Noah and Miuo from Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will have their own Amiibos available on January 19, 2024.
Horizon Chase 2 Is Available on Nintendo Switch Today
Horizon Chase 2, which initially launched just over a year ago on PlayStation, PC, Xbox, and mobile devices, is now available on Nintendo Switch, starting from today.
Another Code: Recollection Announced
“Another Code: Recollection” is a fresh compilation that includes “Another Code: Two Memories” (also known as “Trace Memory”) and its sequel, “Another Code R.” Notably, this marks the first time “Another Code R” will be available in the North American region.
“Another Code: Two Memories” was originally released in 2005 for the Nintendo DS, while its sequel, “Another Code R,” arrived four years later on the Nintendo Wii. Both of these games will receive enhancements for the Nintendo Switch and are set to be released on January 19, 2024.
SaGa Emerald Beyond Arrives Next Year
Square Enix made a notable announcement during the event, revealing a new installment in its sci-fi fantasy RPG series SaGa, titled “Emerald Beyond.” This upcoming game is slated for release on the Nintendo Switch next year.
The trailer showcased during the Nintendo Direct provided a glimpse of various playable characters that players will have the opportunity to select. These characters include a witch, a songstress mech, and a puppetmaster, promising diverse and exciting gameplay options in “SaGa: Emerald Beyond.”
Unicorn Overlord is a New Tactics RPG from the Developer Behind 13 Sentinels
Vanillaware has revealed their upcoming project, a tactical RPG titled “Unicorn Overlord.” This game is scheduled for release on March 8. The official game summary highlights that “Unicorn Overlord” will provide players with the opportunity to build and nurture an army comprising over 60 unique characters, allowing them to enhance their reputation across the five nations in this grand and immersive fantasy adventure.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Targets an April 2024 Release Date
The highly-anticipated Suikoden spiritual successor, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, has encountered several delays, but it finally has a new release date: April 23, 2024. This 2D RPG was initially announced in 2020 and had its funding conducted through Kickstarter. Originally slated for release in October 2020, it faced delays primarily due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
WarioWare: Move It! Gets New Trailer Ahead of November Release Date
Nintendo treated fans to another glimpse of WarioWare: Move It! during today’s event. This game had initially been announced at the June 2023 Nintendo Direct. It was previously confirmed to feature an impressive collection of over 200 micro-games, promising a diverse and exciting gaming experience for players.
The Nintendo Gallery Museum Is on Schedule for Completion by March 2024.
Nintendo provided a brief update on its initiative to transform an old Kyoto plant into a museum commemorating its rich history of work and development. They not only reaffirmed its completion date by March of the following year but also shared the exciting news that they are adorning the museum’s roof with the iconic question block, as depicted in the image above.