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Nintendo announces a boatload of classic game ports, Japanese RPGs for Switch

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

First-party Nintendo releases

<em>Fire Emblem Engage</em> is set after the main character's thousand-year slumber.
Enlarge / Fire Emblem Engage is set after the main character’s thousand-year slumber.
  • Fire Emblem Engage is coming to the Switch on January 20, 2023, and it features familiar characters like Marth and Cecilia, alongside new partners. While the game is set after the protagonist wakes up from a 1,000-year slumber, its tactical positioning and ally recruitment will look familiar to anyone who knows the series.
  • Shigeru Miyamoto was excited to announce Pikmin 4, coming to the 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-eye-view of the action.
  • More N64 games are coming to Nintendo’s expanded Switch Online subscription. GoldenEye 007 is the highlight here, and it’s “coming soon” to the Switch, complete with online play. Aside from that, Pilotwings 64 and Mario Party 1 and 2 will hit in 2022, while Mario Party 3, Pokemon Stadium 1 and 2, 1080 Snowboarding, and Excitebike 64 will be released “gradually” in 2023.
  • Bayonetta 3 is still barreling toward 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 planned for October 20 and features many new characters and abilities to spice up the tactical battles.

Japanese RPGs galore

More like <em>Nonopath Traveler</em>, amirite?
Enlarge / More like Nonopath Traveler, amirite?
  • Square Enix’s Various Daylife is available for Switch download later today. It combines elements of adventure and simulation-based RPGs and focuses on its characters’ day-to-day activities.
  • A sequel to Square Enix’s stylish 2018 release Octopath Traveler will hit the Switch with eight new, highly varied adventurers on February 24, 2023.
  • Koei Tecmo’s Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key looks like an extremely generic fantasy RPG from its brief teaser. It hits the Switch on February 24, 2023.
  • Fae Farm will be a Switch exclusive in the spring of 2023, combining the serene relaxation of a farming sim with magical spells, mischievous foes, and exploration through mystical realms.
  • From the makers of Danganronpa, Master Detective Archives: Raincode follows a group of detectives that come from all over the world to solve the mystery of a city covered by perpetual rain. Look for it in the spring of 2023.
  • Farming RPG Harvestella will release on November 4, but those who play a free demo available today can transfer their progress over to the full release.

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