Today Nintendo Direct was one for the Nintendo faithful, with numerous remakes and remasters of classic franchises – and a star turn for Princess Peach.
The Direct’s lineup, including an announcement of F-Zero 99 and the grand finale, a port of the beloved Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, were fan-pleasing additions to the Switch’s voluminous catalog.
And perhaps those are the kind of more modest announcements we’d expect at this point, for a platform that’s widely expected to be replaced next year. Yet, as we’ve seen, there’s still plenty of life left for at least the next six months – and beyond?
The top bill for me was Princess Peach: Showtime! which sees the royalty of the Mushroom Kingdom take to the stage and dress up in different costumes to unlock themed special attacks. Peach can become a sword fighter, ninja, chef and much more. It is released on March 22, 2024.
As the highly requested remakes come, they’re not much bigger than Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. It remains the pinnacle of the Paper Mario series and is a GameCube classic that deserves to be introduced to new audiences on Switch. Nintendo has remained vague on the release date, however, saying only that it would arrive at some point in 2024.
F-Zero fans have had their patience rewarded with F-Zero 99, another version of Nintendo’s online battle royale series. It launches today for Switch Online members.
And speaking of remakes, Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD, a remake of the 3DS game, is now listed for a summer 2024 launch. This is the furthest game out of all the Switch games.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong moves from Game Boy Advance to Switch on January 19, with its tiny puzzle combat also available in local multiplayer.
THE DS cult classic Another Code and its sequel are coming to Switch next year in remastered single version. It’s called Another Code: Recollection and will launch on January 19.
We also took a look at Detective Pikachu Returns (due October 6), the upcoming Splatoon 3 DLC pack Side Order (due Spring 2024), WarioWare: Move It (due November 3), and Super Mario RPG (due November 17).
Nintendo will finish its Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC this winter with a final set of tracks including Daisy Circuit from Mario Kart Wii, and the addition of Diddy Kong, Funky Kong, Pauline and… Peachette. A boxed version of the DLC will also be available.
Oh, and a quick amiibo update: Tears of the Kingdom Zelda and Ganondorf figures launch on November 3, Noah and Mio from Xenoblade 3 arrive on January 19, and Sora from Kingdom Hearts will complete the Super Smash Bros. line. Ultimate next year.
Apart from first party ads, there is a a remastered set of Tomb Raider 1, 2 and 3 comes to Switch on February 14 next year (which I reliably know is Lara Croft’s birthday). The games’ original polygonal graphics are also available as an option.
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown launches on Switch on January 18, ahead of new NCsoft 30-player fighting game Battle Crush in the spring – with a beta test in October.
Unicorn Overlord from 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim developer Vanillaware launches March 8. Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes launches on April 23. Square Enix’s SaGa Emerald Beyond is also coming to Switch next year.
Eastward: Octopia is a charming expansion to Chucklefish’s farming life game, planned for release this winter. Speaking of Chucklefish, Wargroove 2 releases October 5 and our Christian Donlan has just published his thoughts!
Konami’s Super Crazy Rhythm Castle musical premieres on November 14. A reimagining of the original Contra, now called Contra: Operation Galuga, will come to Switch in early 2024.
League of Legends spin-offs Song of Nunu (a story-driven single-player adventure, scheduled for November 1) and Bandle Tale (a nice handcrafted RPG, scheduled for 2024) were shown.
We also got glimpses of Horizon Chase 2, an online racing game released today, Wartales, a turn-based tactical title released today, and SpyxAna: Operation Memories, an artistic story game due next year .
And finally, there is a new map called Fungle for Among Us in October.