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Nintendo Direct (February 2022)

Nintendo had their first event of the year a couple of days ago, and it actually had some massive announcements.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes was announced and will be released on June 24th. I’ve never really played this franchise, but it looks fun enough.

Advance Wars 1+ 2 Re-Boot Camp: Again, I’ve never played this before. It looks alright if you are interested in turn-based strategy games. I don’t hate them, but I don’t love them either. Available April 8th.

No Man’s Sky is set to make its way to Switch at some point. At this stage, I’m sure we are all familiar with the space exploration game at this point. If not, here is the trailer.

Mario Strikers: Battle League is a fun-looking soccer game, that combines some of the Mario elements we all know and love. I enjoy sports games like this, so I suspect I’ll check it out on June 10th.

We got another look at Splatoon 3 which looks to be more of the same as the first two. I quite enjoy them, but I wouldn’t mind a more in-depth campaign. A release date hasn’t been set yet, but we are looking for a summer release.

Front Mission 1st is getting a remake. We only got the 40-second announcement trailer, so no details are available as yet. I’ve never heard of this game, but the trailer had me intrigued.

Disney Speedrunner is a combat racing game (think Mario Kart), set in the Disney/Pixar Universe. It will be free to play and come out this summer. I’ll probably stick to Mario Kart, but because it is free I will give it a go.

April 20th will see Star Wars: The Force Unleashed make its way to the Nintendo Switch. I frickin’ love this game. I already own it on PC, so I won’t buy it, but if you’ve never played it, I would recommend it.

Speaking of ports, the Assassin’s Creed: Ezio Collection is also coming to switch. I used to enjoy these games, but they haven’t aged very well. I’m very over this franchise. If you are interested, you can get it next week on the 17th.

SD Gundam Battler Alliance is an action-RPG coming out sometime this year. The trailer didn’t show a lot, but I was getting some Xenoverse vibes from it.

Square Enix are working on another remake for the Switch, this time Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition. It looks like a typical Square Enix old-school RPG. Cool.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land got a small update. The last Kirby game I played sucked more than Kirby does. I’m out.

For the first time, MLB will make its way to the Switch with MLB The Show 22. These aren’t bad games, but personally, I don’t think baseball translates very well to video games.

The Kingdom Hearts Trilogy is coming to the Switch. I never clicked with these, but I’m sure a lot of people will be very happy to play them when they drop.

July 8th will see the return of Klonoa. I had a demo of one of these back on PS1 when I was a kid. I loved it. I’m looking forward to playing the entirety of both games!

The Portal Collection is also coming to Switch. It’s good that the Switch library is growing, but it would be nice to see a few new games every now and then. They are always 10 years behind. Still, Portal is fun. I just don’t want to buy games I already have.

Live a Live is another Square Enix remix, that will release on July 22nd. At least this one has never been released outside of Japan before. It looks a bit dated for my tastes, but I’m sure it will find an audience.

Woah! Wii Sports is getting a sequel. Nintendo Switch Sports is on the way. No release date yet, but you can do an online test weekend between the 18th and 20th of February. It will feature some old favorites as well as some new sports.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival looks like some dance game, that will also feature a paid subscription to unlock more songs. Pass.

Triangle Strategy dropped its final trailer. It still looks just like Octopath Traveller, but that was fun. You can try the first few chapters for free right now, or wait for the full game on March 4th.

Cuphead is getting a DLC pack, The Delicious Last Course.

Metroid Dread is receiving a free update. It will feature two new difficulty modes – rookie and dread. Dread is a one-hit kill mode and rookie is an easy way to play.

Earthbound and Earthbound Beginnings have both been added to the Nintendo Switch Online library and are available to play right now! Woohoo!

Mario Kart 8 is getting 48 “new” tracks, they are essentially remakes of the classic old tracks. It will come in the way of paid DLC and will launch next year.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will come out later this year. Apparently, it will be satisfying for fans of the first two, but also welcoming of those who have never played before.

And that’s everything! I’m excited to go play Earthbound. Klonoa too! Triangle Strategy looks like a lot of fun. I’ll probably also play Mario Strikers, Gundam, and check out Speedrunner. Otherwise, I will likely be too busy!

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