Nintendo surprised his followers with the first Nintendo Direct of the year. The live broadcast of the Japanese company took place on Wednesday, February 8 from 5:00 p.m. (Peru time). The event was focused on game releases for the first half of 2023.
As recalled, the Direct lasted 40 minutes and focused on Nintendo Switch games for the coming months, including The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, a title that presented a new advance and is now available for reservation. On the other hand, news such as a remastering of Metroid Prime and games for Game Boy adapted to Switch surprised during the event.
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That being said, we can expect news from The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdomthe sequel to the successful The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild (2017) and whose release is scheduled for the May 12. In turn, we could see a preview of Pikmin 4, the next console exclusive that will be released sometime in 2023.
Main news of the Nintendo Direct of February 2023
- New gameplay of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, as well as announcing a special amiibo and a Collector's Edition. This edition comes out on the same date as the game: May 12. Now you can book a digital version.
- He Original Metroid Prime Remastered for Switch on March 8 in its digital version. The physical version will be available on March 3.
- Multiple will be remastered Game Boy and Game Boy Advance video games for Nintendo Switch.
- Pikmin 4 revealed release date: July 21. It also released a new trailer, which featured a new dog creature and gameplay of the game.
- Splatoon 3 receives two DLCs with its Expansion Pass, which are titled Inkopolis & Side Order. Inkopolis lands in autumn.
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will have a fourth batch of new tracks in fall 2023. New characters like Birdo are also added.
- Kirby's Return to Dreamland Deluxe confirmed an afterword by Maglor and a demo. The game comes to Switch on February 24.
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will have a third batch for the Expansion Pass on February 15. A fourth batch will arrive later this year.
- Professor Layton returns with Professor Layton and The New World of steam.
- Fire Emblem Engage presented its Expansion pass. It will be divided into four waves with new Emblems. Also, the fourth wave is a new story called Fell Xenologue.
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New video games announced in the Nintendo Direct
- Samba de Amigo: Party Central, a new multiplayer dance and rhythm game with 40 songs from around the world. It will arrive in winter 2023.
- Fashion Dreamer, a game in which you have to become an influencer and design outfits. It will be exclusive to Switch throughout 2023.
- Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania is a new DLC for Dead Cells that arrives on March 6. The preorder is already available.
- TRON: Identity is a new decision game in the Tron universe coming to Switch in April.
- Ghost Trick: Phantom Directive is the return of the saga that lands in winter 2023.
- DecaPolice is an RPG coming later in 2023.
- Bayonetta Origins: Cherry and the Lost Demon is a prequel story to Bayonetta as a child and her adventure with a demon named Chesire. It arrives on March 17 and there is already a pre-order.
- Disney Illusion Island is a platformer Switch exclusive coming July 28. You can already book.
- Harmony, The Fall of Reverie is a decision-making video game coming in June 2023.
- Octopath Traveler II has been announced, a JRPG that arrives on February 24. A demo is already available.
- We Love Katamari will have a remaster for Switch.
- Sea of Stars is an indie strategy RPG coming on August 29. There is already a demo for Switch.
- Omega Strikers is an adventure game that is released on April 27.
- Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection is a collection of the games for June 1st.
- Advance Wars 1 + 2 is a collection of both games arriving on April 21.
- Master Detective Archives: Rain Code arrives June 30.
- The Baten Kaitos 1 & 2 Remaster Collection lands in Winter 2023.
- Fantasy Life i: The Girl who steals Time is a fantasy game coming this year.
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The Nintendo Switch is already the third best-selling console in history
According to Nintendo's latest financial report, a total of 122.55 million Nintendo Switches have been shipped worldwide. With this, the console of the Japanese firm is positioned as the third best-selling in history, surpassing the PS4 and GameBoy.
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It was not a surprise, because Nintendo confirmed that in the last quarter of 2022from October to December, sold 8.22 million units, a period that also coincides with the Christmas holidays. The information, which is of an official nature, contemplates the units of Nintendo Switch standard, OLED and Lite.
Also, with these 122.55 million Switches soldthe Nintendo hybrid surpasses other heavyweights in the industry such as the PlayStation 4 (117.2 million) and Game Boy (118 million).