A most awaited event for Nintendo fans, this year’s first Nintendo Direct announced many games to be excited for.
The first Nintendo Direct of this year was streamed online on February 9, 2022. The 40-minute presentation brought forward a lot of highlights and news for which the fans had been waiting for a long time. From multiple moments of surprise, here are some of the bests of the upcoming games by Nintendo –
XENOBLADE CHRONICLES 3
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 which was released back in 2017. This is an open-world role-playing game developed by Monolith Soft. The sci-fi worlds of Xenoblade Chronicles will see their story move forward as players become the protagonists in a war-torn place. The game’s story will be themed around life. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is set to release in September this year.
MARIO STRIKERS: BATTLE LEAGUE
After a long wait of 15 years, Mario Strikers: Battle League comes back on June 10th, 2022 as a sequel to Mario Strikers Charged, which was released on Wii, back in 2007. There are many Mario games out there, and this one is based on soccer. Up to 8 players can play this together online or on a single shared console.
MARIO KART 8 DELUXE BOOSTER COURSE PASS
Even though the fans of Mario Kart are not getting a new Mario Kart 9, the Mario Kart 8 is getting a major upgrade by the addition of a large number of new courses. 48 new race tracks will be added to the game over a period of time, with 8 new tracks in each installment. The first wave of new race tracks will be available from March 18th, 2022.
NINTENDO SWITCH SPORTS
The beloved Nintendo series also makes a return after fans thought it’s all over. Wii Sports is now becoming Nintendo Switch Sports. Launching on April 29th, it will include sports such as Tennis, Badminton, Volleyball, Soccer and also Survival Bowling. More sports like gold will also get included later. The Beta version was released earlier, in late February.
FIRE EMBLEM WARRIORS: THREE HOPES
A hack and slash game based on the universe created by Fire Emblem: Three Houses, its prequel from 2019, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes will have a fresh story with some familiar faces. It is set to release on June 24th, 2022.
PORTAL: COMPANION COLLECTION
It has been over a decade since Portal and Portal 2 were released, and they are now finally becoming available for Nintendo Switch. These puzzle games have been a fan-favorite for years. Portal 2 is a multi-player cooperative game and will support split-screen multi-player along with online and local co-op for Switch. The date of release is yet to be revealed.
KIRBY AND THE FORGOTTEN LAND: MOUTHFUL MODE
Kirby’s latest trailer left the fans excited as it announced the new Mouthful Mode, showing Kirby swallowing an entire car by accident. Kirby and the Forgotten Land’s new version is launching on March 25th, 2022.
NO MAN’S SKY
No Man’s Sky is a game very true to its name, a space-exploration survival. The game itself has been out for five years and will celebrate its sixth anniversary with the release on the Switch. It will include all the updates on Switch that it has gone through in its previous years on other platforms.
A lot more trailers were shown in the presentation, all of which can be seen here. There is a lot to be hyped about for Nintendo gamers this year, but there was also some disappointment regarding no news about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild or Metroid Prime 4. Still, the disappointments get overshadowed with all the cool new updates and launches around the corner. People can now try out Square Enix’s new role-playing game Project Triangle, many classics including Star Wars and Assassin’s Creed are also finally making their way to Nintendo Switch.
This is a great time for Nintendo Gamers with a lot more to look forward to in the future!