The Nintendo Direct in February 2023 is happening, and here’s everything you need to know how to tune in or stream the latest show.
For the last three years, Nintendo has hosted a Direct stream in the month of February. The company’s last Direct took place in September and delivered plenty of big hitters. We finally got a release date for Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, a first look at the next Fire Emblem series entry, and a long-awaited announcement for Pikmin 4.
Historically February Directs reveal Nintendo’s slate of games coming over the summer and give a glimpse at what’s coming during the upcoming holiday season. In 2022, Nintendo announced Kirby, the Forgotten Land, Xenoblade Chronicles 3, the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Pass, for example.
Nintendo has announced that a brand new Direct presentation will be happing in February 2023, and here are all the details.
Every game shown at February 2023 Nintendo Direct
Pikmin 4 gameplay and release date
Nintendo Direct kicked things off with a brand new gameplay showcase for the upcoming Pikmin 4. Perhaps the biggest reveal, though was the confirmation of the release date, which is July 21, 2023.
Xenoblade expansion trailer
A new trailer for the upcoming Xenoblade 3 expansion DLC was also shown at Nintendo Direct.
Sambra de Amigo: Party Central release window
Sambra de Amigo, a movement-based game which gets you to move to the beat, dropped its new trailer and a release window of Summer 2023.
Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania release date
We also got a firm release date for the upcoming Dead Cells game. Players can return to Castlevania on March 6, 2023.
TRON: Identity trailer reveal
A new trailer for the upcoming TRON: Identity also dropped at Nintendo Direct. Set in the same universe as the iconic movies, players can solve the puzzles and navigate the digital world beginning in April.
Ghost Trick HD remaster announced
Players will be able to relive the classic 2010 mobile game Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective when it arrives to the Switch in Summer 2023.
Splatoon 3 DLC waves 1 & 2 revealed
Splatoon fans have been waiting patiently for the new waves of DLC and they are on the way soon. Wave 1 will be dropping in Spring 2023, with Wave 2 scheduled for some time in the future.
Disney Illusion Island trailer and release date
Fans of Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald Duck can play as these iconic characters when platformer Illusion Island drops on July 28. Check out the new trailer below!
Fire Emblem Engage second wave
The second wave of DLC for the Fire Emblem Engage expansion pack was also revealed at Nintendo Direct.
Harmony: The Fall of Reverie trailer
The newest game from Life Is Strange developer Don’t Nod, Harmony: The Fall of Reverie was shown for the first time at Nintendo Direct.
Octopath Traveler II demo launch
Before the full launch of Octopath Traveller II, a demo was announced to become available on the Nintendo Shop beginning today, February 8.
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Katamari Damacy Reroll + Royal Reverie announcement
In a new trailer, Bandai Namco announced that players can keep on rolling with the remakes of Katamari Damacy REROLL and Royal Reverie coming to the Switch on June 2, 2023.
Sea of Stars release date and demo
From the creator of The Messenger, Sea of Stars will let players explore a gorgeous pixelated world with turn-based combat. A demo will be available for the Switch on February 8, but the game will release in full on August 29.
Etrian Odyssey Origins collection revealed
A surprise reveal, the first three Etrian Odyssey games will be coming to the Switch in a new Origins Collection on June 1.
Advance Wars release date revealed
After lengthy delays, the Advance Wars remakes for the Nintendo Switch finally have a release date of April 21, 2023.
Kirby Return to DreamLand Deluxe remake revealed
Another classic Nintendo remake was revealed at the Direct presentation, with Kirby Return to DreamLand Delux getting a new trailer highlighting Magolor and getting a release date of February 24, 2023.
Classic Gameboy games coming to Nintendo Switch Online
Perhaps the biggest reveal of the day was the announcement that select classic Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, and Gameboy Color games will be available on the NSO store.
Metroid Prime Remastered trailer
Metroid fans may be disappointed that there was no announcement of Metroid 4, but they had their appetites sated by the reveal of a remastering of the classic Metroid Prime.
Master Detective Archives: Raincode release date
Another highly-anticipated adventure game, Master Detective Archives: Raincode has a confirmed release date of June 30, 2023. See the full gameplay trailer below.
Baten Kaitos I & II remaster revealed
Originally rumored to be a remake, two of Monolith Soft’s RPGs Baten Kaitos I & II will be receiving a remaster for the Switch, according to the latest trailer. The game will be available in Summer 2023.
Professor Layton and The New World of Steam announced
A new installment in the Professor Layton series, The New World of Steam will offer new puzzles for eager players to solve when the game drops. See the trailer below.
Fantasy Life: The Girl Who Steals Time announced
A sequel to the 2012 Fantasy Life has been announced for the Switch from developer Level-5 with Fantasy Life: The Girl Who Steals Time, coming in 2023.
Mario Kart 8 Booster Pass DLC wave 4 trailer
More DLC is coming to Mario Kart 8 as the Booster Pass DLC’s fourth wave of content will bring the new map Yoshi’s Island and new playable character Birdo.
Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom gameplay trailer and release date
This Nintendo Direct ended with a bang, as fans finally got the official release date for Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom along with a brand new gameplay trailer. The game will release for the Switch on May 12, 2023.