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The biggest news and trailers from the first Nintendo Direct of 2022

The biggest news and trailers from the first Nintendo Direct of 2022

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Nintendo Switch Sports.
Nintendo Switch Sports.

Fresh off of launching the much-anticipated Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Nintendo held its first Direct presentation of 2022. And it was a big one: the livestream was 40 minutes long and featured surprises like a portable take on No Man’s Sky, the return of Super Mario Strikers, and a Wii Sports revival. Oh, and Mario Kart 8 is about to get a whole lot bigger.

If you weren’t able to catch the whole thing, here are the most important reveals.

Super Mario Strikers is back

Mario’s soccer spinoff is back after a long absence. Nintendo revealed Mario Strikers: Battle League, a sequel to the GameCube original, which looks to include the same wacky gameplay that makes it sort of like Mario Kart but for soccer. It also features support for up to eight players on the same console or via online play. It launches on June 10th.

Mario Kart 8 gets a huge wave of new tracks

It’s not Mario Kart 9, but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is getting a massive influx of new content in the form of 48 new tracks, which will be released in waves over the next two years. The paid DLC, which features remastered versions of classic tracks, will essentially double the size of the racer when it’s all out. The first wave launches on March 18th.

Wii Sports gets a spiritual successor

Strikers isn’t the only franchise making a comeback. Nintendo also revealed a new take on the best-seller Wii Sports, with the creative name Nintendo Switch Sports. It features lots of familiar and new sports, motion controls (of course), and is coming out on April 29th.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is coming in September

The sprawling sci-fi role-playing series Xenoblade Chronicles is coming back soon with its third main entry, which is due to launch on the Switch in September. We don’t know much else about it, but it sure does look pretty.

A new take on Fire Emblem Warriors

The hack-and-slash spinoff Fire Emblem Warriors is getting a sequel, with a new game set in in the same period as 2019’s Fire Emblem: Three Houses. It’s called Three Hopes, and it’s out on June 24th.

Advance Wars has a new release date

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, a remastered bundle of the first two games, was delayed late last year. But now we finally have its new launch date: April 8th for the Switch.

No Man’s Sky is coming to the Switch this summer

There have been a lot of changes to No Man’s Sky since it debuted in 2016, from copious content updates to a virtual reality mode. Now the space exploration game is going portable, thanks to a release on the Nintendo Switch. We don’t know much else about the port, but it’s expected to launch this summer.

Kirby is a mouthful

The latest trailer for the post-apocalyptic Kirby spinoff The Forgotten Land introduces a brand new feature, and, well, it’s a mouthful. Just watch the trailer above. The game launches on March 25th.

The Switch gets a lot of classics

While there was plenty of new stuff for fans, today’s Nintendo Direct also featured a number of classic games coming to the Switch. That includes a bundle of both Portal games later this year, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on April 20th, the Ezio trilogy of Assassin’s Creed games on February 17th, a remake of mech game Front Mission: 1st this summer, and a remaster of cult RPG Chrono Cross and its incredible soundtrack on April 7th. (Chrono Cross is also coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and Steam.)

Earthbound is coming to Switch Online

Speaking of classics, Nintendo’s online subscription service is getting a big addition in the form of Earthbound and its prequel Earthbound Origins, both of which will be available later today.

Play Project Triangle early

Starting today, Square Enix will release a demo of the intriguing strategy RPG Project Triangle. The best part, though, is that save data will transfer over when the full game launches in March.

Metroid Dread gets two new modes

If you found Metroid Dread too easy — or too hard — there’s good news: a free update today will introduce both a “rookie” mode for beginners and a “dread” mode with one-hit deaths. Later this year, the game will also get a boss rush mode.

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The bill, called the Digital Financial Assets Law, would establish a regulatory framework for companies that transact with cryptocurrency in the state, similar to New York’s BitLicense system. In a statement, Newsom says it’s “premature to lock a licensing structure” and that implementing such a program is a “costly undertaking:”

A more flexible approach is needed to ensure regulatory oversight can keep up with rapidly evolving technology and use cases, and is tailored with the proper tools to address trends and mitigate consumer harm.


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At its Tudum event today, Netflix showed off a new clip from the Tim Burton series Wednesday, which focused on a very important character: the sentient hand known as Thing. The full series starts streaming on November 23rd.


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Get ready for some Netflix news.

At 1PM ET today Netflix is streaming its second annual Tudum event, where you can expect to hear news about and see trailers from its biggest franchises, including The Witcher and Bridgerton. I’ll be covering the event live alongside my colleague Charles Pulliam-Moore, and you can also watch along at the link below. There will be lots of expected names during the stream, but I have my fingers crossed for a new season of Hemlock Grove.


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Looking for something to do this weekend?

Why not hang out on the couch playing video games and watching TV. It’s a good time for it, with intriguing recent releases like Return to Monkey Island, Session: Skate Sim, and the Star Wars spinoff Andor. Or you could check out some of the new anime on Netflix, including Thermae Romae Novae (pictured below), which is my personal favorite time-traveling story about bathing.


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Thermae Romae Novae.
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Twitch’s creators SVP is leaving the company.

Constance Knight, Twitch’s senior vice president of global creators, is leaving for a new opportunity, according to Bloomberg’s Cecilia D’Anastasio. Knight shared her departure with staff on the same day Twitch announced impending cuts to how much its biggest streamers will earn from subscriptions.


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Has the Windows 11 2022 Update made your gaming PC stutter?

Nvidia GPU owners have been complaining of stuttering and poor frame rates with the latest Windows 11 update, but thankfully there’s a fix. Nvidia has identified an issue with its GeForce Experience overlay and the Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2). A fix is available in beta from Nvidia’s website.


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If you’re using crash detection on the iPhone 14, invest in a really good phone mount.

Motorcycle owner Douglas Sonders has a cautionary tale in Jalopnik today about the iPhone 14’s new crash detection feature. He was riding his LiveWire One motorcycle down the West Side Highway at about 60 mph when he hit a bump, causing his iPhone 14 Pro Max to fly off its handlebar mount. Soon after, his girlfriend and parents received text messages that he had been in a horrible accident, causing several hours of panic. The phone even called the police, all because it fell off the handlebars. All thanks to crash detection.

Riding a motorcycle is very dangerous, and the last thing anyone needs is to think their loved one was in a horrible crash when they weren’t. This is obviously an edge case, but it makes me wonder what other sort of false positives we see as more phones adopt this technology.


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Ford is running out of its own Blue Oval badges.

Running out of semiconductors is one thing, but running out of your own iconic nameplates is just downright brutal. The Wall Street Journal reports badge and nameplate shortages are impacting the automaker's popular F-series pickup lineup, delaying deliveries and causing general chaos.

Some executives are even proposing a 3D printing workaround, but they didn’t feel like the substitutes would clear the bar. All in all, it's been a dreadful summer of supply chain setbacks for Ford, leading the company to reorganize its org chart to bring some sort of relief.