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

“Mario Kart 8 Deluxe,” "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom"
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    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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