Nintendo announces a boatload of ports of classic games and Japanese RPGs for Switch

While the details on the next Zelda game provided Nintendo’s big kick this morning, the company’s latest 45-minute “Direct” presentation was jam-packed with first-party Nintendo creations, Japanese RPGs, and plenty of remakes and ports from other platforms. Here’s a quick summary of everything we managed to jot down:

First-party Nintendo releases

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Enlarge / Fire Emblem Engage takes place after the millennium sleep of the main character.
  • Fire Emblem Engage comes to Switch on January 20, 2023 and features familiar characters like Marth and Cecilia, alongside new partners. Although the game is set after the protagonist awakens from a 1,000-year slumber, his tactical positioning and recruitment of allies will sound familiar to anyone familiar with the series.
  • Shigeru Miyamoto was thrilled to announce Pikmin 4, coming to Switch in 2023, as the next game in the two-decade-old franchise. Very few details were revealed, but Miyamoto seemed excited about an included low-angle Pikmin view of the action.
  • More N64 games are coming to Nintendo’s extended Switch Online subscription. GoldenEye 007 is the highlight here, and it’s “coming soon” to the Switch, along with online play. Other than that, Pilot Wings 64 and Mario Party 1 and 2 will strike in 2022, while Mario Party 3, Pokemon Stage 1 and 2, 1080 Snowboardingand Excitebike 64 will be released “gradually” in 2023.
  • Bayonet 3 is still heading towards its October 28 release, which will come with an optional “put on more clothes” mode.
  • Nintendo’s next partnership with Ubisoft in Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is slated for October 20 and features plenty of new characters and abilities to spice up tactical battles.

Japanese RPG galore

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  • Square-Enix Varied daily life is available to download on Switch later today. It combines adventure and simulation-based RPG elements and focuses on the day-to-day activities of its characters.
  • A sequel to Square Enix’s stylish release in 2018 octopath traveler will arrive on Switch with eight new and very varied adventurers on February 24, 2023.
  • Koei-Tecmo Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End and the Secret Key looks like an extremely generic fantasy RPG from its brief teaser. It’s coming to Switch on February 24, 2023.
  • fairy farm will be a Switch exclusive in Spring 2023, combining the serene relaxation of a farming sim with magical spells, mischievous enemies, and exploration through mystical realms.
  • From the creators of Danganronpa, Master Detectives Archives: Raincode follows a group of detectives from around the world to solve the mystery of a city covered in perpetual rain. Look for it in the spring of 2023.
  • farming RPG Harvestelle will be released on November 4, but those who play a free demo available today can transfer their progress to the full version.