Nintendo Direct reveals trailers for ‘Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom,’ ‘Pikmin 4’ and ‘Metroid Prime’

Nintendo Direct reveals trailers for ‘Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom,’ ‘Pikmin 4’ and ‘Metroid Prime’
via Nintendo of America
Michelle De Pacina
February 9, 2023
Nintendo released trailers for upcoming games and updates for the Nintendo Switch during a Nintendo Direct livestream on Wednesday.
The 45-minute livestream kicked off with a trailer for “Pikmin 4,” a real-time strategy game that is slated for release on July 21. The trailer introduced a new dog-like creature named Oatchi to the “Pikmin” series’ fourth main installment.
Fans of the third-person shooter “Splatoon,” which debuted in 2015, can now look forward to a paid expansion pack for “Splatoon 3.”
The game, which became the second-bestselling game for Nintendo last quarter, will span two expansions: Inkopolis, launching this spring, and Side Order, which will come later.
Other announced expansions included new content for the action role-playing game “Xenoblade Chronicles 3,” the tactical role-playing game “Fire Emblem Engage” and the racing game “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.”
A trailer for the long-awaited remaster of the original action-adventure game “Metroid Prime” was also released.
The digital version of the game is now available in Nintendo’s eShop.
Another classic making its way to Switch is a bundled remake of the “Advance Wars” turn-based strategy games. “Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp” will launch on the Switch on April 21.
“Samba de Amigo: Party Central,” a new rhythm game that is part of the cult classic music series “Samba de Amigo,” and an HD re-release of the classic DS dungeon-crawling series “Etrian Odyssey” were also revealed to be coming to the Switch.
The beloved paranormal detective game “Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective” will also return this summer with a remaster.  
Subscribers to Nintendo Switch Online are now able to play original Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games.
The platform now offers a selection of games from the classic handheld consoles, including “Tetris,” “Metroid II,” “Fire Emblem,” “Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins,” “Mario Kart: Super Circuit,” “Wario Land 3,” “Warioware Inc.,” “Kirby’s Dream Land,” “Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX” and “The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap.”
Nintendo capped off the livestream with a trailer for the highly anticipated “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom,” a sequel to the wildly successful “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.”
The game will be released on May 12 and will be retailing for $69.99, which is the costliest standard edition of a Nintendo game yet.
Nintendo noted that the release dates and information presented in the livestream are subject to change due to COVID-19. Players are to check the official Nintendo website for potential updates.
Check out the full Nintendo Direct showcase below:
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