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Everything announced at Nintendo’s February Direct presentation

The wait is over: The latest Nintendo Direct Ha finally arrived. While the company has held plenty of smaller indie and partner showcases over the past year, Nintendo hasn’t hosted a proper Direct since December 2019. Naturally, fans have been restless for an E3-caliber presentation — and that’s exactly what we got with this 50-minute digital showcase.

The presentation mostly focused on the company’s plans for the first half of the year, with a few 2022 releases thrown into the mix. The biggest headlines were a reveal of Splatoon 3, conformation of a long-rumored HD port of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and a release date for No More Heroes III. Sadly, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 did not make an appearance as some fans had expected.

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If you weren’t able to watch the stream and want to catch up, here are all of the announcements from it in one place.

Nintendo Direct 2.17.2021

Pyra and Mythra join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s newest character is actually multiple characters: Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2. The protagonists from Nintendo’s RPG act as a dual character. The fighters are set to drop in March.

Fall Guys comes to Switch

Multiplayer hit Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is coming to Nintendo Switch. Originally released last summer as a free PlayStation Plus title, the game will land on Switch sometime this summer.

The Outer Wilds lands on Switch

Indie hit The Outer Wilds is coming to Nintendo Switch. The adventure game is a sort of sci-fi version of Groundhog Day where players repeat a 22-minute loop. The game will land on Switch this summer.

Two Famicom Detective Club games arriving on Switch

The Switch will get a duo of Famicom Detective Club games on May 14. Both The Missing Heir and The Girl Who Stands Behind will hit the console on that day.

Samurai Warriors 5 coming this summer

Hack-and-slash game Samurai Warriors 5 is coming to Switch this summer. A short trailer gave a glimpse at the game’s new characters and combat.

Legend of Mana gets a remake

A remake of the popular RPG Legend of Mana is coming to Switch on June 24. The game is an HD remaster with rearranged music music, new visuals, and a feature that lets players turn off encounters.

Mario Golf returns

A brandnew Mario Golf game is coming to Nintendo Switch. Mario Golf: Super Rush features multiple new tweaks to gameplay, as well as new motion control support. The game features several new modes, including Speed Golf, a multiplayer mode where all players play at the same time. The game also features a story mode where players control a Mii and can level up stats. The game launches on June 25, with pre-orders available today.

Third-party games coming to Switch

Nintendo showed off a reel of third-party games coming to Switch. Tales From the Borderlands is coming March 24, a rerelease of Stubbs The Zombie lands on March 16, and Capcom Arcade Stadium is available today.

No More Heroes III gets a release date

No More Heroes III finally has a release date: August 27. A new trailer showed off the game’s alien-filled trailer, minigames, and new abilities.

Neon White coming this winter

Neon White is a new indie game by Annapurna Interactive. The action game is about slaying demons in heaven, and it appears to feature a unique card-based combat system.

DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power coming to Switch

A new DC Comics video games called DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power is coming to Switch on June 4. The cute superhero game features classic DC characters like Supergirl and Batgirl, plus a colorful art style.

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville announced

A complete edition of Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is coming to Nintendo Switch. The game launches on March 19 and pre-orders start today.

Nintendo 3DS game Miitopia returns

Nintendo 3DS game Miitopia is coming to Nintendo Switch. The light RPG lets players customize Miis and take them out on RPG adventures.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons to add Mario items

As teased in the last Animal Crossing season reveal, Mario items are coming to New Horizons. That includes outfits, item blocs,  and warp pipes that can transport players to different parts of their island. A new update will hit the game February 25.

Octopath Traveler gets a spiritual sequel

Project Tringle Strategy is a new retro RPG that appears to be a spiritual successor to Octopath Traveler. The game is a tactical, grid-based RPG in the vein of Fire Emblem. The game allows characters to combine elemental abilities to create powerful attacks and features a story that changes based on player decisions. The game features the same retro art style that was used in Octopath Traveler. The Square Enix game will launch in 2022, with a demo available today.

Star Wars Hunters is a new free-to-play game

Star Wars Hunters is a new free-to-play third-person shooter coming to Switch later this year. Not much was shown beyond a teaser trailer, but it appears to be developed by mobile game developer Zynga. This is the first Star Wars game to be announced following Lucasfilm’s decision to take exclusive development rights of the franchise away from EA.

Knockout City is a new dodgeball game

Knockout City is a dodgeball-inspired multiplayer game where players try to knock each other out with bombs. A trailer showed off a cast of colorful characters, including a giant orc and a football player. The game features character customization and fashion. The game, published by EA, launches on June 21.

World’s End Club coming in May

A new game called World’s End Club is coming on May 28. The visual novel is created by the team behind the Danganronpa and Zero Escape franchises.

Ninja Gaiden gets an HD collection

Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection is coming to Nintendo Switch and includes three 3D Ninja Gaiden games including Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Sigma 2, and Razor’s Edge. The collection lands on Switch June 10.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity to receive DLC

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is getting a $20 expansion pass that brings new content to the game. Players will get new costumes and character stages from May through November.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD comes to Switch

Nintendo Wii game The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is coming to Nintendo Switch with an HD update on July 16. The game features updated motion controls that allow players to control Link’s sword and shield with each Joy-Con. The game also features button control, which will allow players to play in handheld mode or on Switch Lite. A special set of blue Joy-Cons featuring Zelda iconography are also coming to the game. Pre-orders for the game start today.

Nintendo began the segment by saying that it had no new updates to share on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, which is sure to disappoint fans.

Splatoon 3 revealed

Splatoon 3 is coming to the Nintendo Switch. A trailer for the multiplayer game showed off new customization options, levels, and weapons. The game will launch sometime in 2022.

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While the Nintendo 3DS had a rocky launch, the handheld system recovered gracefully and ended up having one of the best game lineups of any Nintendo system. Many of these 3DS games, like Super Mario 3D Land and Fire Emblem Awakening, were very popular and well-known. Still, the 3DS had a lot of fantastic games that not as many people know about and threaten to be lost to time when the eShop closes down.
The 3DS eShop will shut down soon, preventing people from purchasing new games. As such, we've been reflecting on the system's vast library and all of the fantastic games that 3DS owners will no longer be able to buy digitally. From games that we think will skyrocket even further in price after the store shuts down to some enjoyable hidden gems that didn't get the attention they deserve, you might want to snag these 3DS games before you can't anymore after March 27. 
Ever Oasis

Grezzo is one of Nintendo's most underrated developers. It's delivered top-notch The Legend of Zelda remakes like Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and Link's Awakening. So what if I told you that it used that experience to make an original IP for 3DS that's one of the best-looking and expansive games on the system? Ever Oasis, a 2017 3DS game, follows a young kid as they help a water spirit named Esna build an oasis and try to save their brother from Chaos.
The result is a mix of 3D The Legend of Zelda and city management games. Players can venture out into surprisingly large open worlds and dungeons to restock and grow the number of "bloom booths." This mix of open-world exploration, dungeon crawling, and oasis-building will keep players engaged for dozens of hours, and it also stands as one of the deepest and best-looking action-adventure games on the platform. 
Ever Oasis didn't get much attention when it launched because the Nintendo Switch had been released a couple of months earlier. Still, it stands as one of the 3DS' best games, so it's a shame that more people don't know about it. It risks being forgotten forever now the 3DS eShop is closing down, so check it out before the closure; it will surpass your expectations. 
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After a shockingly strong January for video game releases, February 2023 was relatively quieter, held up by just a couple of big releases, remasters, and the launch of a new VR headset. There are still plenty of games worth playing, but you probably got the most out of February if you're a Nintendo Switch owner.
We've combed through this month's big releases to share our favorites, but let's address the elephant in the room: Hogwarts Legacy was the most notable release of February, despite being mired in controversy. While Harry Potter fans are enjoying the title, Digital Trends was a bit less enamored with it in our two-and-a-half star review. Writer Giovanni Colantonio criticized the open-world game's uninspired use of magic and generic design, noting that nostalgia for the IP does a lot of the heavy lifting.
As such, we've left it off this month's list for a simple reason: There were just better games released in February. Our goal with this series of lists is always to compile the very best gaming has to offer every month, not necessarily the most talked-about games. From excellent remasters to a surprisingly robust rhythm RPG, these were no shortage of titles that deserved a shout-out. These were our six favorite games released in February (plus one great piece of hardware).
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GameCube classic Metroid Prime is already considered one of the best games of all time by many people. As such, it’s no surprise that a Nintendo Switch remaster that adds dual analog supports and makes the game look even better is one of the best releases of the month. Metroid Prime Remastered even got a surprise launch during a Nintendo Direct, adding even more excitement to its release ahead of a physical release on February 22.
“While it might have been tempting to give the original a Dead Space-type remake treatment, the GameCube title didn’t need modifying,” Colantonio wrote about the game. “Instead, the remaster does some quiet technical work to remind players why Samus’ first 3D outing is still an unparalleled adventure two decades later.”
This refurbished version of a GameCube game has no glaring technical shortcomings. If you enjoy beautifully crafted sci-fi worlds and excellent game soundtracks, and want to experience one of the best-looking Switch games, we recommend picking this remaster up. Metroid Prime Remastered is available now exclusively for Nintendo Switch.
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Nintendo has confirmed reports that it won't be participating in E3 2023, meaning the gaming trade show will be missing one of its key vendors when it returns in-person this June.
"We approach our involvement in any event on a case-by-case basis and are always considering various ways to engage with our fans," a Nintendo spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge. "Since this year’s E3 show didn’t fit into our plans, we have made the decision to not participate. However, we have been and continue to be a strong supporter of the ESA [Entertainment Software Association] and E3."
After taking 2020 and 2022 off and being digital-only in 2021, this year was supposed to mark the grand return of E3, which was once a dominant game industry trade show that attracted every big video game company. Although Sony hasn't participated since 2019, it still came as a shock in January when IGN reported that both Nintendo and Microsoft would not be attending E3 this year as well. It appears that the report is true, as Microsoft has not confirmed any E3-related events outside of its independently run Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase.
Nintendo skipping E3 2023 not only takes away a vendor that dominated the show floor in previous years, but also raises questions about whether or not the company will hold an exciting Nintendo Direct around then. While Nintendo typically holds a big showcase with lots of first-party game announcements around June every year, in 2022 it only held a third-party driven Partner Showcase in June. Now that we know it won't be at E3 2023, we're left to wonder when exactly then next big Nintendo Direct will be. 
E3 2023 will take place between June 13 and June 16, but don't expect Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft to have a big presence there.

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