Nintendo Directs always seem to give us plenty of new looks at upcoming games, or announcements of games coming out that day or later in the same month that is complete surprises. The most recent one on February 8th is no exception.
And while there was no announcement for a Switch 2.0 that updates the internal hardware, there’s still plenty to be excited for. Here are our five favorite things that were announced in the latest Nintendo Direct.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom gameplay trailer
There was no way we were going to get through this Nintendo Direct without some look at The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
There are still scant details that we can gather from all that we’ve seen, but this extended look shows off more of the tools that Link will have at his disposal, including a large hovercraft, a hoverboard, and… rail sliding?! The world looks bigger and darker and the enemies look bigger and badder, and we can’t wait until May when we can finally play the dang thing.
This will also be Nintendo’s first $69.99 game.
Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games for Nintendo Switch Online
We know it was coming sooner or later, and it launched on February 8th, the same day as the presentation. Alongside the NES, SNES, and Nintendo 64 online offerings, you now have access to Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games with your Nintendo Switch Online subscription. For Game Boy, it’s launching with games like Tetris and Wario Land 3, and for Game Boy Advance, it’s games like Mario Kart: Super Circuit and The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap.
A Metroid Prime remaster launching… February 8
We love when Nintendo just drops games like it’s no big deal. This time it’s a complete remaster of the original Metroid Prime. It’s giving the Gamecube game improved graphics and dual stick controls, but you do have the option to map to controls similar to the original.
If you’re looking for a physical copy of the game, it’ll hit shelves on February 22.
Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania launch date revealed
The Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania expansion was announced at last year’s Game Awards and got a release date during the presentation: March 6. If you’ve never played Dead Cells, it’s a roguelike-Metroidvania game that will absolutely test your patience. This expansion will be twice as big as prior DLCs, so we can’t wait to play it.
Pikmin 4 gets a release date
Fans of the series have been waiting for the fourth installment for over a decade. It’s been talked about and “in development” since 2015. Well, now there’s an official release date: July 21st. The trailer shows Oatchi, the lovable pup, helping Pikmin explorers colonize their new territory on Earth. The game’s going to bring us down to the level of Pikmin’s world, which should be a fun twist.