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Well folks, it’s happened – Nintendo held their first Direct of 2023, and it was jam-packed with some incredible surprises! From the surprise launch of Metroid Prime Remastered to the triumphant return of Level 5, the showcase revealed info on a ton of new and upcoming games, with a little something for everyone! This week, join your hosts Nick, Nicolas and Luiz as they discuss all the announcements (big and small!) and which games from the showcase they’re most looking forward to playing. It’s time to get hyped up for a great year of Switch releases!

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System: Switch
Release Date: January 20, 2023
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo

Fire Emblem Engage comes just three years after the success of Three Houses, and though this seems like a quick turnaround for a series that has been known for its richness and depth, the new game streamlines a lot of mechanics and capabilities to make it much more intuitive and approachable without having to sacrifice any of the quality the franchise has seen with each new entry. It’s certainly a different flavor, tone, and direction, so those new to the series – or even long-time fans – may feel an odd sense of having to “relearn” Fire Emblem this time around. However, it’s yet another fantastic addition to a series that seems immune to any type of mediocrity.

Rhythm Sprout review

System: Switch
Release Date: February 1, 2023
Developer: SURT
Publisher: tinyBuild

It takes a certain type of creative mind to look at the vegetables on display in their grocery store produce aisle and decide, “finally – the protagonist for my story-driven rhythm game!” That level of kookiness is the driving force behind Rhythm Sprout, a delightfully bonkers rhythm-action game in which an onion wearing headphones and a tracksuit slaughters various edible enemies to the beat of a wide range of music. As the debut release from Norwegian developer SURT games, Rhythm Sprout’s creative concept has maintained my interest ever since its initial reveal, but how does its beat-based gameplay live up to the rest of the experience?

Fatal Frame new game

According to Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse producer Yutaka Fukaya, a brand new entry in the series is a possibility for the future.

The franchise has been going through a bit of a renaissance as of late. After Fatal Frame was missing in action for several years, Koei Tecmo brought back Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water for modern platforms in 2021. That’s now being followed up with a remaster of the Wii title Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse, which is leaving Japan for the first time.

Following the February 2023 Nintendo Direct, we want your reactions and thoughts about the presentation.

A ton of games were shown in the event that was about 40 minutes along. From Nintendo itself, one of the major reveals was Metroid Prime Remastered, which immediately released. We also got new looks at Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Pikmin 4. On top of that, Game Boy and Game Boy Advance have joined Nintendo Switch Online. Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp will finally launch in April following previous delays.

One of the best trailers we saw at the latest Nintendo Direct was a release date trailer for the long awaited Pikmin 4. Resident Pikmin ecologists Sam and I break down every shot from the latest video, seeing what secrets there are to uncover.

You can check out the full video below. It contains theories about the various main objectives, returning mechanics from Pikmin 2, and the zombie horde of red eye Bulborbs.

At the end of the latest Nintendo Direct, we finally got a meaty look at the heavily anticipated sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. What secrets lie beyond in this 2 minute and 16 second trailer? Sam and I break down every frame to find out.

You can check out the full video below. It contains theories about Zelda’s role, possible new mechanics, important character reveals, and story themes abound.

Best of Nintendo Direct February 2023

February is usually special for Nintendo fans, as it typically spells the ringing of a new Direct. That held true with yesterday’s presentation, as Nintendo revealed its upcoming slate for the first half of the year with quite a few surprises to come over the next few months.

As the Nintendo Direct was happening, Sam and I reacted to some of the best reveals, including Pikmin 4, Metroid Prime Remastered, and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. Check out our highlights video below.

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe preview

Nintendo recently held a short media preview demo for Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe ahead of its upcoming release on Switch. The original Wii game is an all-time Kirby classic, so having it on the hybrid platform at all is compelling. Set to release on February 24, 2023, the title is soon to hit store shelves without us knowing a ton about what’s new.

In this video preview, Sam and I have an in-depth discussion about some of the game’s new features, visuals, and gameplay. We’ve included further bulleted highlights below.

Nintendo Direct February 2023 live stream blog

Nintendo is set to host its first Nintendo Direct of the year with a February 2023 presentation. The company previously confirmed that the event will be about 40 minutes long and will “mostly” be about Switch games launching in the first half of the year.

As is tradition, we’ll have a live blog that’ll be updated throughout the event. On top of that, we’ve rounded up the different versions of the broadcast for major regions – North America, Europe, and Japan. We’ll have tons of coverage after the event on the main site as well.

You can watch the February 2023 Nintendo Direct live stream below. It’ll kick off at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET / 10 PM in the UK / 11 PM in Europe.

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