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Everything announced in the Nintendo Direct

All the trailers, reveals and release dates.

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Nintendo's hotly-anticipated February 2023 showcase is over, and we now have a much clearer idea of what's coming to Switch during the first half of this year. Nintendo Direct crammed a huge amount into its 40-minute runtime, including some truly fantastic reveals. We got a portion of Zelda, a pinch of Pikmin 4, a bowlful of Bayonetta and more than a few surprises. Here are all the announcements, trailers and news Nintendo gave the gaming world. Strap yourself in, there's A LOT.

Nintendo Direct kicked off with a trailer for Pikmin 4, which looks as lovely and cute as you'd hope. The big news is the release date: 21st July 2023!

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Next up, a trailer for Volume 3 of the Xenoblade Chronices 3 expansion pass, which is out later this month, and a sneak peek of the new story scenario coming in Volume 4 later this year.

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Moving on to a brand new Samba de Amigo game from Sega! Samba de Amigo: Party Central hits Nintendo Switch this summer.

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Nintendo Direct then announced Fashion Dreamer, from Marvelous Entertainment. It's due out at some point this year. The Japanese trailer is below:

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Next we have a 6th March release date for the Dead Cells Return to Castlevania DLC.

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Tron: Identity from Bithell Games is coming to Nintendo Switch this April. Here's the trailer:

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Capcom's murder mystery series Ghost Trick returns with a remaster of the first game. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective comes out this summer.

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Next! Level 5's DecaPolice hits Switch this year. Here's the trailer:

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As expected, Nintendo Direct showed more of Platinum's Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon. It's due out 17th March.

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Splatoon 3 time! The Splatoon 3 Expansion Pass is a paid DLC that includes two waves of content. The first wave features Inkopolis, and launches this spring. Wave 2, dubbed Side Order, launches at some point later. Here's the trailer:

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Next came Disney Illusion Island, a nice-looking platformer featuring Mickey Mouse and co. It launches on Nintendo Switch on 28th July.

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Fire Emblem Engage Expansion Pass Pack 2 got its time to shine in the Nintendo Direct. It's out now! The trailer also teased Pack 3 and 4.

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Here's a surprise: a brand new game from Life is Strange developer Don't Nod. It's called Harmony: The Fall of Reverie, and it's due out this June.

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Octopath Traveller 2 is just around the corner. A demo containing the game's opening hours is out now.

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Bandai Namco announced We Love Katamari Reroll+ Royal Reverie, due out 2nd June.

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Sabotage Studio's retro turn-based RPG Sea of Stars launches 29th August.

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Free-to-play air hockey multiplayer game Omega Strikers launches on Nintendo Switch on 27th April.

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A collection of remasters of the first three Etrian Odyssey games hits Nintendo Switch on 1st June. It's called Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection.

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Nintendo finally announced a release date for the delayed Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp: 21st April. Here's the new trailer:

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Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe has a new demo out now on the eShop. The game launches 24th February.

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Here's a cool surprise! Game Boy and Game Boy Color games are available on Nintendo Switch Online! Launch games include Tetris, Super Mario Land 2 - 6 Golden Coins, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX and Gargoyle's Quest. More games will be added in the future.

And! Game Boy Advance games are available on Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack! Expect the likes of Mario Kart: Super Circuit, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap and other GBA classics.

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Here's a massive announcement: the original Metroid Prime remastered for Nintendo Switch! And it's out now on the eShop! The physical version launches 3rd March.

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Phew! Moving on from that bombshell, Spike Chunsoft revealed Master Detective Archives: Rain Code. It's described as a "lucid-noir detective adventure from the minds behind the Danganronpa series", and launches on Nintendo Switch on 30th June.

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Remasters of GameCube RPGs Baten Kaitos 1 and 2 are coming to Nintendo Switch this summer. It's collectively called Baten Kaitos Ⅰ&Ⅱ HD Remaster.

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Here's another surprise from Level 5: Fantasy Life i The Girl Who Steals Time comes out this year on Nintendo Switch.

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And more from Level 5: a new Professor Layton! It's called Professor Layton and The New World of Steam, and that's pretty much all we know. Here's the teaser:

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Wave 4 of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Booster Course Pass DLC is notable because it adds Birdo, something of a Eurogamer mascot. It's out this spring.

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Nintendo saved the best for last, a good look at The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. And yes, it looks amazing. It's out 12th May.

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That's a wrap! And what a Nintendo Direct is was. So, what stood out to you?

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