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It’s that time again! A brand new Nintendo Direct means its time for Tom and Sam to record their live reactions to all the new announcements, updates, and reveals. There were plenty of surprises along the way.

Here’s our full reaction video to the June 2023 Nintendo Direct:

In this week’s episode of Nintendo Everything Refresh (which, fun disclosure, was recorded BEFORE that killer Nintendo Direct!), join your hosts Nick and Tom as they discuss some exciting Switch-bound games announced last week, including of Persona 5 Tactica, the Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy (which contains HD remasters of Ace Attorney 4-6), and much more. We’ll also discuss the upcoming Switch Online release of Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, and why this might be a great entry point into the series for new fans. Stick around for chatter about some creative recent releases, including Dordogne, ProtoCorgi and much more!

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June 2023 Nintendo Direct recap announcement

The June 2023 Nintendo Direct just wrapped up a short while ago, and we have a recap announcement straight from the Big N. The press release is quite helpful since it covers everything in the show, ranging from brand new announcements to smaller updates.

Here’s the full June 2023 Nintendo Direct recap announcement:

June 2023 Nintendo Direct live stream

It’s almost time for the June 2023 Nintendo Direct, and we have the official live stream set up in this post. We have the different versions available for North America, Europe, and Japan.

As a reminder, today’s Nintendo Direct will mainly focus on Switch games launching in 2023, including Pikmin 4. Nothing else has been confirmed, but there’s plenty of speculation as to what might show up here.

Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life review

System: Switch
Release date: June 27, 2023
Developer: Marvelous
Publisher: XSEED / Marvelous

Story of Seasons has had a series of ups and downs as the franchise has tried to find its footing in a genre it once had a monopoly on. It’s true that each new title has offered an exciting prospect of things to come within the series itself. It’s also always seemed to go against the idea of being a market leader once more in favor of keeping things traditional, but much that stubborn thinking may be to its detriment. This rears its head in the series’ new remake, Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life.

With over a month under our belts exploring the expanded and more populous Hyrule, Tears of the Kingdom has had time to settle in as the newest title in the Legend of Zelda series. A direct sequel to Breath of the Wild, players will find maps to be vastly changed, even if a bit familiar. As one of the most-anticipated games of 2023, the team here at Nintendo Everything ended up picking up copies across the board – and for the first time, we’d all like to weigh in with our impressions and takeaways when it comes to Link’s latest adventure since we’ve had a few weeks to digest it all. Members of the team came together and discussed our experiences with Tears of the Kingdom, and you can see our various takes on the game below.

Disney Illusion Island preview

Disney Illusion Island feels like the type of game that Disney hasn’t made in ages. It’s not only the first original Mickey Mouse platformer that we’ve seen in about a decade, but it’s combining some of the best gameplay elements of many of its inspirations with gorgeous character animation, and a rhythm that’s especially tuned for local multiplayer. While perhaps not seeking to innovate the genre, Disney Illusion Island feels like it’s built with incredible care and respect for its IP; while I’m sure fans of Mickey and friends will appreciate this game the most, there’s a lot to love here for fans of platformers in general, and I think its exploration and puzzle elements will resonate with many.

Disney Illusion Island interview

After a surprise reveal at D23 Expo last year, Disney Illusion Island ­- an upcoming 2D Metroidvania from the makers of the recent Battletoads reboot – is set to launch exclusively on Switch in late July. After getting to spend nearly an hour with it at Summer Game Fest, I spoke with lead designer Grant Allen about its development, what it’s like working with such iconic characters, and what players can expect when the full game releases.

My demo with Thirsty Suitors had me battling an ex-boyfriend by slinging insults, racking up combos at an abandoned skatepark, and cooking food to win my parents’ approval. Credit where credit is due: I don’t think any other game has tried to do those three specific things at once! It feels like exactly the type of game you’d expect to see Annapurna publishing these days – a little surreal, very experimental, and handcrafted to surprise you at almost every turn. While I’m a little unsure about how Thirsty Suitors will manage to tie all its ideas together into a cohesive package, I’ve enjoyed the rollercoaster ride that I’ve experienced so far.

Cocoon preview

Cocoon is enrapturing. A few minutes into my demo, I had already managed to completely block out the noise of the bustling Summer Game Fest crowds around me – no small feat – and found myself completely absorbed in the mysterious desert landscapes of the alien planet I was exploring. While ostensibly a game about solving puzzles, playing Cocoon felt less like working out solutions to brainteasers, and more like trying to interpret and learn the rules of the world around me. Or, worlds, to be more precise. While its developer, Geometric Interactive, isn’t revealing too many of the game’s secrets just yet, I’m captivated by what I’ve played so far, and can’t wait to untangle the web of its interconnected pieces.

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