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Nintendo Direct September 2022 live report

Come watch the big show with us - live from 3pm BST. Live

Happy Nintendo Direct day! And this promises to be a very happy one indeed, with 40 minutes of news and - fingers crossed - potential for a big update on Breath of the Wild's sequel. There's room for plenty more besides too, so join us from 3pm BST for all the fun! (And the inevitable disappointment when we don't get precisely what we want, of course. Traditions!)

This is the North American stream - should there be any differences with Europe's eventual output we'll be sure to let you know

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And with that I'm logging off, until tonight's State of Play that is. Perhaps see some of you there at 11pm tonight! I'll bring drinks and snacks.

Martin Robinson

Kami says: I don't want to hurt Martin but the last time we just saw a logo with the number 4... weeeeelll...
Indeed...

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And who knows when that'll be - maybe we'll hear more in another seven years time.

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Nintendo has previous for shelving games that are as good as done - I've heard there's a WaveRace or two knocking around their archives - and I feared Pikmin 4 had suffered that fate.

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I would never actually dare dream they'd show off Pikmin 4, so that's a lovely surprise.

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SBandy says: Well that Direct was just loaded full of Zelda stuff as Grubb predicted......... Regardless that was a fantastic Direct. A tonne of games on the way. Switch still going strong.
We got three of our guesses in there! Go us!

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All told, that was a banger - we did indeed see more of the new Zelda, and got a release date and title.

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I'd really love to know what's going on with that Metroid Prime remaster though.

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Kami says: Imo, I think they can just announce the remake release dates. This isn't exactly the first reissue of those games, not exactly primo Direct material
Yeah, that's an email rather than a Direct!

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Some speculation here that the name of the new Zelda - Tears of the Kingdom - is why Nintendo UK decided not to livestream this, whihc would make some sense.

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I wonder if it will have the capacity to capture the wider imagination as Breath of the Wild did, though.

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Which I'm more than up for - odd Nintendo is best Nintendo.

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It looks... odd.

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A very slim look at what's a more abstract Zelda - but we have a name and a release date at last!

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And it is called Tears of the Kingdom - coming next May.

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It really looks like Skyward Sword mashed with Breath of the Wild.

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Just let me know what it's called and when I can play it.

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VektreX says: title and date nintendo pls
That's all I want - I don't think I want to see too much beyond that, even.

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And it is Zelda.

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Ah, no! One more trailer.

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There'll be a remake of Kirby's Adventure too - and that is that.

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This was a fine Kirby game, though I feel no inclination to go back to it.

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Well, once again I couldn't be happier. Stop gnawing away at your Zelda amiibo in the back, though.

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And it's KIRBY!

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We've just tipped over the 40 minute mark, so I imagine there's only room for one last announcement after this sizzle reel.

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Who needs new games when you've got an endless amount of old ones (and two dozen farming RPGs too).

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The wonderful Tales of Symphonia is also Switch-bound.

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Who needs Jeff Grubb when you've got us just wishing things into existence.

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We've now got A WHOLE THREE predictions right.

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Well, I'm excited.

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And there's the megatonne! Radiant Silvergun is hitting Switch later today.

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Resident Evil Village is coming to Switch (via the Cloud, so keep your expectations in check)>

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*a small mob of Pikmin then come and pick up that dust and ferry it away*

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*crumbles into a fine dust*

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I misspoke when I said it'd been five years since Miyamoto told us about Pikmin 4. It's been seven...

Martin Robinson

Or maybe not, as I'd forgotten it's only just over a month away. Instead we'll get a big new action trailer for Bayonetta 3 revealing all the details straight after this Direct. That'll do.

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Bayonetta 3 will likely be getting its own Direct nearer to release.

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(I was secretly hoping I might be playing Metroid Prime on my Switch tho).

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So let's just enjoy a new look at one of the games I'm looking forward to most in what's left of 2022 - Harvestella. And there's a demo hitting the eShop later today, which will keep me busy tonight while waiting for the PlayStation Direct.

Martin Robinson

Eight minutes to go and it seems like it'd be a squeeze to get too much Zelda or Metroid in that time.

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WaveMaster says: Meanwhile...Metroid Prime 4 is MIA....STILL. A new Fire Emblem, Pikmin 4 and Theatrhythm is ok, I GUESS
That could be all we get today, and I'd be fine with that?

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Kami says: How long has it been since we heard anything about Pikmin 4?
Five years. Not like we've been counting or anything.

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But there we have it - Pikmin 4 confirmed for 2023. All of a sudden the world seems like a happier place.

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I didn't think we'd quite be waiting this long to hear more about it.

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Even weirder that we've not heard anything about it since beyond the confirmation Nintendo was strong-armed into after he told us about it!

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I was in the room when Miyamoto told Tom about Pikmin 4. It was utterly surreal.

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But also come on.

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A Niantic joint, of course, and the theme fits their style perfectly.

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Well, there it is - a new Pikmin. For mobile.

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What a shame.

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And here's Miyamoto, who's about to cancel the Mario movie.

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Oh, and also it's been delayed to this winter.

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21 courses coming from the Wii original, plus SURVIVAL GOLF.

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And now news of the golf expansion for the brilliant Nintendo Switch Sports.

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They'll be coming as part of the third wave which is coming later this winter.

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And here's news of the next wave of Mario Kart 8 DLC - there's Merry Mountain from mobile game Tour, Peach Gardens from Mario Kart DS (an underrated gem in the series IMO!)

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In my excitement for Pilotwings 64, I forgot to mention that Pokemon Stadium, 1080 Snowboarding and Excitebike 64 are all also coming to Switch.

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Maybe they'll know more about it? You'd like to think so, wouldn't you?

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And - excuse the plug - you can hear more from some of the original GoldenEye dev team at EGX next weekend.

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No concrete news on GoldenEye other than it will feature online.

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Yes GoldenEye is coming, but more importantly PILOTWINGS 64 is finally coming to Switch!

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Days.

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My.

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Oh.

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And news of Rune Factory 3 which is coming next year. And more Rune Factory games coming!

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Mario Rabbids Galaxy gets a fresh outing after we saw it on Saturday night's Ubisoft Forward, and it continues to look amazing.

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I sometimes worry I drink too much, then I look at the name of a Square Enix game and realise at least I don't drink *that* much.

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good luck remembering how to spell it when searching for it there tho

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And Theatrhythm will be hitting the eShop later today.

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WaveMaster says: Faefarm reminds me of Fantasy Life a little bit
Fantasy Life was such a beautiful premise, though I'm ashamed to say I bounced off it after a dozen hours.

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Another quickfire bust of news - Fae Farm from Phoenix Labs.

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Cripes, the beginning of 2023 is looking busy already.

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And that's out next February!

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That artstyle tho!

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I also hope that doesn't come across as mean - the artstyle is exquisite, but the adventure lacked any real momentum.

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I hope it's a bit less boring and annoying than the first game.

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To reveal Octopath Traveller 2!

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It is time. For Square Enix.

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Hmm, these three-way choices aren't quite as catchy as what we had before, are they?

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News of Splatoon 3's first post-launch Splatfest, with the three choices being 'what would you bring to a desert island - grub, gear or fun?'

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And the real reason we're here.

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WaveMaster says: Oh oh. I still haven't finished Three Houses. Buh bye free time
Meh, it's only a mere 100 or so hours you'll need.

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Fingers crossed for a mech revival of sorts, with the potential of a new Armored Core from FromSoft in the works too.

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And those Front Mission remakes are looking grand.

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Before then - and the first of our predictions to come true - is Tunic on Switch! It's out later this month.

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That's out in March, and I can't wait.

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There was an amazing Fist of the North Star arcade game with a punching bag - I can't remember what it was called, but I remember they had one on Brighton pier and I almost cracked my fist on it. Happy days.

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Nor a Fist of the North Star fitness game, which is just... Yes please?

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I don't think I was prepared for news of a Spongebob game during today's Direct.

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...

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Challenge Battles coming to Xenolade Chronicles 3, allowing you to access swimwear for your party.

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Sorry, there's never a good time for Morrissey quotes, and now's defintely not a good time for them. Anyway, a new Project Zero!

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Frame Frame, Fatal Frame! (It can play hideous tricks on the brain).

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It does offer local wireless play via a Friends Pass which is kind of neat - it lends this version of It Takes Two its own edge. And that's out this November.

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It Takes Two is getting a Switch port - will be fascinating to see how it runs.

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How lovely that a new Fire Emblem is so close though!

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As also previously rumoured, the game's been finished for a while so that imminent release date isn't too much of a surprise.

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The battle scenes look like an impressive evolution of those seen in Three Houses with fancier animations. And we've a release date - 20th January 2023.

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Fire Emblem Engage is the title - as previously rumoured, it features a familiar cast from the series' history, many of whom you might know from the infinite Smash Bros. cameos.

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It feels like a lifetime ago since Three Houses.

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Ask and ye shall receive, @2much.

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Like Fire Emblem, for example.

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All these announcements are coinciding with Tokyo Game Show, so expect their to be a focus on Japanese releases.

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30 seconds people!

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I'm doing my level best not to get too excited about what's to come but I can't help myself.

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Also likely on the slate: Bayonetta 3, as that's out sooooooon, plus perhaps a new release date for the previously postponed Advance Wars.

Martin Robinson

I almost can't quite believe we'll actually get more info on the Breath of the Wild sequel. I won't believe it until I see it.

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So, predictions! Well, you can read ours over here.

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Nintendo UK's decision was something of a surprise, but could probably be expected - their headquarters are in Windsor within sight of the palace. Apparently Iwata would love to go visit the grounds whenever he was over for business.

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I will likely struggle to be respectful if they really do show off Radiant Silvergun on Switch, mind. Apologies in advance.

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I will also try to keep things respectful here for all.

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Nintendo UK is choosing not to livestream today's Direct given the recent death of the Queen, so we've embedded the Australian Direct here which will have PAL announcements.

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This could be a very good Direct.

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Amidst all the hype about the reissues of Zelda and Metroid Prime, plus the hope of seeing more Breath of the Wild 2, I'd sort of forgotten we're also due a look at the new Fire Emblem.

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2much says: 🕯 🕯 🕯 🕯 🕯 🕯 Fire Emblem 🕯 🕯 🕯 🕯 🕯 🕯

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But it appears we are actually online!

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Apologies for the repeated messages - we're having some technical issues which are making it all quite exciting here.

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Well hi!

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Hi!

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Well hello!

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