Nintendo hosted its first Direct stream of the year in the wee hours of this morning. Those of you who stayed up until 00:00 might need that extra cup of coffee today but for those who didn’t, I have rounded up all the news and announcements from the event for you.
The Nintendo Direct was an interesting one. It mainly focused on a lot of first-party games headed to the Switch in the months ahead. Nintendo also announced the official price hike for its games starting with The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. This is after pre-orders for the game were taken offline yesterday.
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Aside from that, the Nintendo Direct also announced the addition of Game Boy games to the Switch, shadow-dropped a Metroid Remaster and dated Pikmin. Here are all the announcements from the stream.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
A new trailer was revealed for the game. Nintendo also unveiled a Collector’s Edition alongside the $70 standard edition. The trailer is exciting. It shows off gameplay mechanics, exploration, puzzles, combat, boss fights and more. The game is set to launch on 12 May.
Metroid Prime Remaster
Nintendo announced a remaster for the original Metroid Prime. It is also available on the Switch today.
Pikmin 4 got a good showcase during the stream. It also got a release date of 21 July.
Splatoon 3 Expansion Pass
Nintendo announced a paid expansion pass for Splatoon 3. It will release in two parts. It will introduce new features such as the Inkopolus location from the first game and a new single-player campaign called “Side Order”.
Game Boy Games Come to Switch
Nintendo’s Online subscription now includes Game Boy games alongside the other classics. Starting today, subscribers can grab titles from the original Game Boy and Game Bot Advanced era. These include the likes of Tetris, Metroid II, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap and more.
Advance Wars Release Date
Advance Wars 1 + 2 finally has a release date of 21 April. The game was delayed last year following the invasion of Ukraine.
Samba de Amigo: Party Central
Nintendo has announced a new entry in the Samba de Amigo series coming to Switch. It takes full advantage of the motion features on the controller. Nintendo says it will release sometime this year.
Nintendo has also announced two new demos now available on Switch. One is Octapath Traveller II and the other is Sea of Stars. Both are available today.