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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.

While the return of E3 is still a few months away, the long-running gaming convention made the news this week after a report alleged that Nintendo, as well as Microsoft and Sony, are all reportedly skipping the event. In this week’s episode of Nintendo Everything Refresh, join your hosts Nick, Nicolas and Dennis as they discuss E3’s future and the unknown variables of this year’s show. They’ll also discuss the recently announced Disgaea 7 and Rhapsody games coming from NIS, the return of Switch Online Game Vouchers in North America, the impending death of Knockout City, and more!

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PowerWash Simulator review

System: Switch
Release Date: January 31, 2023
Developer: FuturLab
Publisher: Square Enix

At various points during my time with FutureLab and Square Enix’s PowerWash Simulator, I was struck by a sort of banal existential dilemma. During these episodes of clairvoyance, I’d become blisteringly aware of the fact that in the only physical lifetime I will ever have – in my one and single corporeal opportunity – I was opting to blast a digital stream of H2O across a fictional individual’s RV/bungalow/penny farthing. Did these sudden jolts of awareness drive me to get up and do something “worthwhile” with my time instead? No, no they didn’t. PowerWash Simulator has its hooks in me now, and I’m shackled to these blue overalls by a mix of catharsis and compulsion – but boy does it feel so good. Truth be told, this isn’t even a new development. I’ve been a slave to the machinations of the game’s grubby world since it originally launched into Steam’s Early Access model. Valve’s digital storefront seemingly recognized how dull of an individual I am, and algorithmically shoved the game in my face on the day of its release – so that was my original date of incarceration. With the game now arriving triumphantly on Switch, it feels like PowerWash Simulator has reached its final form. It’s ready to engulf your attention in ways we haven’t seen since paid actors sat slack-jawed in front of SNES’s during 90s video game commercials.

A new month started up this week. Now that we’re in February, we want to know what you’ve been playing.

Have you been playing Fire Emblem Engage? Or how about GoldenEye 007 on Nintendo Switch Online? Maybe you’re catching up on something you have in your backlog? No matter the case, let us know in the comments below.

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Risen review

System: Switch
Release date: January 24, 2023
Developer: Piranha Bytes
Publisher: THQ Nordic

Risen is a peculiar beast. This action RPG originally graced our consoles back in 2009, where it served as something of an amalgamation of various different western franchises. It featured moral conundrums akin to Mass Effect, a lush open world reminiscent of Fable, and systems that wouldn’t seem out of place in an Elder Scrolls title. The game has garnered a bit of a cult following across the community since its original release (and the release of its two sequels). With Risen’s arrival on Switch – along with the measured benefit of hindsight – have THQ Nordic and Piranha Bytes graced us with a hidden RPG gem? Or has age diminished the game’s quirky, ethereal appeal?

System: Switch
Release Date: February 2, 2023
Developer: ISVR
Publisher: Astrolabe Games

Active DBG: Brave’s Rage is a little misleading. With cute characters and popping colors, what I expected to be a walk in the park pocket RPG is actually a grueling system that takes time and significant effort to master. Fast-paced fights coupled with roguelite mechanics makes for a bit of a steep learning curve, but the tutorial’s combat and defensive basics are drilled early – and there’s a reason you’re forced to play the tutorial when first starting the game: you need to learn these mechanics. You need to know all of the tools in your arsenal to make it through and come out victorious. The “perfect block” is especially useful in aiding survivability, but is that alone enough to get your champion(s) through with their lives?

It’s been a long time coming, but after existing for decades exclusively on the Nintendo 64, GoldenEye 007 has finally been rereleased on modern platforms! In this week’s episode of Nintendo Everything Refresh, we’ll discuss the long-awaited return of this classic first-person shooter and whether it can live up to the nostalgia that so many players have! We’ll chat about a handful of the many games announced for Switch last week, including a surprise port of Life Is Strange 2, the next game in the SteamWorld franchise, and much more!

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