It’s been a busy year for Nintendo — it released one of the best games of the year and a sequel to Breath of the Wild — but based on Thursday’s Nintendo Direct that just wrapped up, the company isn’t slowing down.
Nintendo promised that the September Direct would feature “roughly 40 minutes of information” about Nintendo Switch games coming “this winter,” and while I’d argue Nintendo pushed the definition of the timeframe of “winter,” I think the show more than delivered:
- F-Zero is back as a 99-player battle royale, and it will be available on Thursday.
- Mario and Donkey Kong is getting remade for Switch, and that will be available in February.
- The new Peach game got a name, and it’s launching in March.
- We got another look at Splatoon 3’s stylish single-player expansion, coming in spring 2024.
- One of Nintendo’s best games ever, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, is also being remade for Switch, and that game will be released in 2024.
Here’s all of our coverage of the September 2023 Nintendo Direct.
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It stung a little when Thursday’s Nintendo Direct showed the opening of a race from the SNES F-Zero and it wasn’t a surprise F-Zero GX sequel announcement, but to its credit, F-Zero 99 is a blast.
- Boy, Nintendo really loves remakes.
Nintendo’s September Direct announcements covered a bunch of remakes and remasters coming to the Nintendo Switch: Super Mario RPG, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, a collection of both Another Code titles, Luigi’s Mansion 2, and Mario vs. Donkey Kong.
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At long last, Sora gets his amiibo. Announced during today’s Nintendo Direct showcase, the Keyblade’s chosen will finally receive his plastic statuette, which means that now every Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter finally has one. Complete the set when he arrives next year or add to your Kingdom Hearts shrine. Or both, we don’t judge here.
If you’re a fan of the classic Tomb Raider series, today’s Nintendo Direct had something special for you. Lara Croft makes her triumphant return to the console as well as PC, PlayStation, and Xbox, with a remaster of her first three games in Tomb Raider I-III Remastered Starring Lara Croft.Read Article >
The three games are all coming to the Switch with improved graphics and, hopefully, improved control schemes. Lara Croft’s classic trilogy has been rereleased on PC and mobile, but the PC release suffered from lackluster controls that made it difficult to raid tombs properly.
- Move on over to watch this WarioWare: Move It! trailer.
Nintendo shared a new trailer for its next WarioWare game at the September Nintendo Direct, and it looks just as silly as the other games in the series. You’ll have to move your body in some creative ways to complete each microgame, which I’m guessing will be a riot if you’re playing with some friends or family.
WarioWare: Move it! launches on Nintendo Switch on November 3rd.
- More footage of the Super Mario RPG remake.
I’m still over the moon about the Thousand-Year Door remake, but I was also happy that Nintendo shared another look at the Super Mario RPG remake, too. This new trailer includes some new details about what it’s like to actually play the game, including some tweaks to the original game’s already-great battle system.
Super Mario RPG is scheduled to be released on November 17th.
Nintendo is giving Another Code: Trace Memory and its sequel, Another Code: R, a remake for the Switch. Both games will return “fully enhanced” as part of the Another Code: Recollection bundle that will release on Nintendo Switch on January 19th, 2024.Read Article >
Another Code: Trace Memory first launched as a point-and-click adventure on the Nintendo DS in 2005. It follows 13-year-old Ashley Mizuki Robbins as she searches for her father on Blood Edward Island, with the DS version prompting you to complete puzzles along the way using the handheld’s touchscreen.
- Among Us’ new map looks like a fungi-good time.
The crewmates are stranded on a deserted island infested with poisonous mushrooms, but since it’s Among Us, I’m sure many of the biggest threats you encounter will be from your fellow traitorous players.
- Dave the Diver splashes onto Nintendo Switch in October.
If you haven’t played Dave the Diver yet, you really should when it comes to Switch on October 26th. It’s a fish-catching roguelike mixed with a restaurant simulator mixed with a bunch of other genres, and somehow, it all holds together.
I recently got to ask the creators a few questions about making the game, so stay tuned for my piece on that.
During its September Direct event, Nintendo announced progress on plans to convert its old Nintendo Uji Ogura Plant in Kyoto, Japan, into a gallery displaying its various products. Dubbed the Nintendo Museum, the site is under construction and on track to finish by March 2024. However, an exact opening date hasn’t been announced yet.Read Article >
Other than the concept rendering from its original announcement in 2021, Nintendo showed off an iconic question block that’s painted on the building’s roof, and from the air, you can get an idea of how it will line up with the planned design, at least from the outside.
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s Booster Course DLC is going out with a funky bang.
The sixth and final wave of DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch is coming this holiday season. Nintendo announced during its September Direct that the sendoff Booster Course pack will include a new course and four new playable characters, including Peachette, Pauline, and (most importantly) Funky Kong.
Like previous Boosters, you’ll be able to purchase it standalone or access it with a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription.
Did you know there was a time when Nintendo had more than one racing game? With today’s Nintendo Direct, now you do. F-Zero, after an almost 20-year hiatus, is back with a new online multiplayer battle royale game, F-Zero 99.Read Article >
F-Zero 99, like Super Mario Bros. 35, Pac-Man 99, and Tetris 99 before it, is a battle royale game in which you and up to 98 other players race to be the last Captain Falcon standing. F-Zero 99 will feature all the carts and tracks from the original F-Zero game and is available for free right now to those with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.
Paper Mario is back! At its September 2023 Nintendo Direct, the company announced a remake of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the beloved RPG that first came out for the GameCube. The game is set to come out sometime in 2024.Read Article >
It looks incredible in large part thanks to the game’s original paper and cardboard art design holding up remarkably well. But there have clearly been some graphical enhancements to make the game look even better on Nintendo’s Switch hardware. In Nintendo’s trailer, characters in particular looked really impressive: to me, they actually seemed like they’re cardboard cutouts come to life. The remake also looks to be incredibly faithful to the original game, as the trailer is packed with iconic moments that I remember from my time playing it on GameCube.
- The Luigi’s Mansion 2 remake for Switch is coming next year.
Officially titled Luigi’s Mansion 2: HD, it’s set to release in summer 2024. Nintendo showed off a new trailer at the September 2023 Nintendo Direct, and I think it looks really charming.
The toot-tacular indie darling Trombone Champ is releasing on Thursday on the Nintendo Switch eShop.Read Article >
Announced during Thursday’s September Nintendo Direct, last year’s hilarious music rhythm game that was a sleeper hit on Steam is making the move to Nintendo Switch. The game also has new control schemes just for the Switch, allowing you to use the Joy-Con controllers’ motion or IR sensors to control your trombone pitch.
Splatoon 3’s expansion pass is getting a new single-player campaign. The DLC, called Side Order, comes out in spring 2024 and is designed to “be replayed over and over,” according to Nintendo.Read Article >
The new DLC invites you to see what has happened to Inkopolis Square, the city featured in Splatoon 2. As you traverse the Spire of Order, you can continue to level up your abilities by adding upgrades to run speed, splash damage, and more. The new mode also features damage counters that appear when you splat your enemies, which seem a bit distracting at first glance.
He’s the leader of the bunch; you know him well. He’s finally back to kick some Mario tail in Mario vs. Donkey Kong.Read Article >
Mario vs. Donkey Kong seems to be a remake of the 2004 Game Boy Advance game. In it, Mario must complete a series of platforming puzzles to reach Donkey Kong and thwart his theft of windup Mario toys.
Earlier this year, Nintendo teased that it had a Princess Peach game in the works. With Thursday’s September Nintendo Direct, we finally know more about the game, which is officially titled Princess Peach: Showtime!Read Article >
Peach will be able to put on different outfits to transform into new versions of Peach with different powers, like Detective Peach and Kung-Fu Peach. During the Direct, Nintendo hinted that there were more transformations than what was shown, so I bet there are some fun surprises in store. The game is scheduled to release on March 22nd, 2024.
- I can’t wait for the new Prince of Persia game.
Nintendo debuted a new trailer for Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown during its September Nintendo Direct. It looks fantastic — I love the return to a side-scrolling style.
- Need a refresher of what Nintendo has in store?
During its June Direct, Nintendo revealed games like Super Mario Bros. Wonder, the Super Mario RPG remake, and a new WarioWare game. I’m guessing we’ll hear more about all of those during the September Direct, which starts at 10AM ET.
It’s almost time for the third major Nintendo Direct of 2023. It’s set to be a big one, as Nintendo promises that the livestream will feature “roughly 40 minutes of information” focused on the Nintendo Switch games set to release this winter.Read Article >
Nintendo already has a packed lineup through the rest of the year, so we’ll probably get looks at games like Detective Pikachu Returns (October 6th), Super Mario Bros. Wonder (October 20th), WarioWare: Move It! (November 3rd), and the remake of Super Mario RPG (November 17th).
Today, Nintendo announced a 40-minute fall Direct showcase focusing on games scheduled for release this winter, set to stream on September 14th at 7AM PT / 10AM ET.Read Article >
Ever since Nintendo had its Super Mario Bros. Wonder Direct earlier this month, rumors circulated saying that a bigger, more general Direct would follow. Those rumors strengthened when the Gotham Knights ESRB rating page added Nintendo Switch as one of the game’s platforms.