10 massive announcements from Nintendo Direct September 2022

Is there such a thing as too much good news?

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Nintendo’s September 2022 Direct was one of its most exciting presentations ever, featuring dozens of upcoming games for Nintendo Switch. Among them are plenty of surprise titles and the sequel to Breath of the Wild.

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Here are the 10 biggest announcements from the jam-packed Nintendo Direct.

10. Nintendo 64

Pilotwings 64, the first two Mario Party games, and Goldeneye 007 join Switch Online this year, with Mario Party 3, Pokemon Stadium 1 and 2, 1080 Snowboarding, and Excitebike 64 coming in 2023. Goldeneye also includes online multiplayer so you can find out which of your cheater friends pick Oddjob.

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9. Resident Evil Village

The cloud version of Resident Evil Village launches on Switch October 28, with the Winters’ Expansion DLC dropping December 2. At an unannounced date later this year, Resident Evil 7 and the Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes will join them. RE Village also has a demo available now.

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8. Pikmin 4

The long-awaited Pikmin 4 is finally set to launch on Switch in 2023. We didn’t get a ton of details, just that it features a new camera angle closer to Pikmin POV and improved controls for the Switch.

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7. Front Mission 1st

Take note, fans of strategy and stompy robots — the previously announced Front Mission 1st: Remake lands this November and its (formerly Japan-only) sequel is due in 2023. Nintendo also confirmed that Front Mission 3 is getting its own remake, but there’s no release window just yet.

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6. Master Detective Archives: RainCode

RainCode is a new RPG mystery from the creator of Danganronpa starring a detective in a fantasy-noir city where it never stops raining. Assisted by the ghostly Shinigami, you piece together clues and explore dungeons to solve sticky cases.

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5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

A new set of courses hit Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in August, and there’s already another batch on the way. Wave 3 includes the winter-themed Merry Mountain from Mario Kart Tour, Peach Gardens from Mario Kart DS, and more this holiday season.

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4. Octopath Traveler II

The first game in Square Enix’s HD-2D style is getting a sequel. Octopath Traveler 2 features eight all-new characters in an original setting. Each has their own Path Actions to interact with the world — one for day and one for night.

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3. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion

Crisis Core, the FF7 spinoff featuring many of the original’s most beloved characters, now has a launch date for all platforms. The remake lands December 13, bringing a new battle system that combines real-time and turn-based combat.

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2. Fire Emblem Engage

In the anticipated Fire Emblem sequel, players embody a divine dragon transformed into a human after a thousand-year slumber. They have the ability to summon classic Fire Emblem characters — and sport a sick red and blue hairdo. It hits Nintendo Switch January 20, 2023.

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1. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Nintendo saved the best for last, announcing the Breath of the Wild sequel’s title and its May 12, 2023 release date. The Direct teaser shows some of Link’s new powers and ends with the hero atop a mysterious bird-shaped stone glider that frankly looks fun as hell.

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