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Nintendo Direct June 2023 Announcement Round-Up

Nintendo was sure to catch the Summer Game Fest wave with its latest Direct. I've compiled all of Nintendo's exciting announcements in one spot.

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Nintendo wasted no time with its latest Direct diving into the big announcements right away. There was plenty of exciting news to keep everyone's attention. From remasters of beloved classics to brand new IPs, this Direct had something for everyone! Here are all the announcements in one place:

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero

Release Date - The Teal Mask: Fall 2023 and Part Two – The Indigo Disk Winter 2023

First up was the announcement of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero, which consists of two standalone expansions - The Teal Mask and The Indigo Disk. The Indigo Disk transports trainers to the Blueberry Academy, located in the ocean. The latest trailer showcased various features, including new dapper wardrobe options for Trainers, new characters and most notably, an array of new Pokémon.


Sonic Superstars - Release Date - Fall 2023

More of Sonic Superstars was shown off highlighting four playable characters: Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy Rose. In a series-first, the game will also incorporate local four-player co-op gameplay. Sonic Superstars is set to speed onto the Switch in Fall 2023.


Palia - Release Date - Winter 2023

Palia is an enchanting, free-to-play, cozy massively multiplayer online game that invites you to create the life and home you've always envisioned in a stunning new world. Engage in gathering, hunting, and crafting activities as you uncover the secrets of this ever-evolving adventure and forge friendships throughout your journey.


Persona 5 Tactica Release Date - November 17, 2023

Gather an elite squad of heroes for an exciting combat adventure set in Persona's universe, featuring an all-new narrative. Following a strange event, the Phantom Thieves find themselves facing imminent peril, only to be saved by an enigmatic revolutionary. In return for their assistance, this mysterious figure presents them with a deal.


Mythforce - Release Date - 2023

Immerse yourself in a Saturday morning cartoon-like experience by adventuring with your buddies through crypts and castles in MythForce – our signature first-person melee roguelike game!


Splatoon 3 - Release Date - Release Date - 7/14 to 7/16

Get ready for a sun-soaked Splatoon 3 Splatfest, coming your way from 7/14 to 7/16, dishing out triple the excitement. This time, we're asking: Which ice cream flavour reigns supreme?

Vanilla, Strawberry, or Mint Chip?


Detective Pikachu Returns - Release Date - October 6th, 2023

Get ready to unravel mysteries alongside Detective Pikachu in Detective Pikachu Returns! This sleuthing adventure is set to arrive on Nintendo Switch on October 6th, bringing with it a whirlwind of mysteries just waiting to be solved by you and the dynamic electric Sherlock. Don't miss out on this electrifying experience!


Super Mario RPG - Release Date - November 17, 2023

Embark on a thrilling RPG adventure with Mario, Bowser, Peach, and original characters Mallow and Geno, as they navigate a world filled with unexpected twists and turns. Together, this iconic ensemble will face challenges, uncover secrets, and forge alliances in a captivating quest that will keep you engaged from start to finish.


Princess Peach Game (Working Title) - Release Date - 2024

A new Princess Peach game was teased coming in 2024.


Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon - Release Date - 2024

Luigi is back in this spooky remake of Dark Moon, coming to Nintendo Switch in 2024. The new entry looks to have updated controls and enhanced visuals, this ghost-busting adventure has me excited, always up for a new Luigi game coming to the Switch.


Batman Arkham Trilogy - Release Date - Fall 2023

The ultimate edition of Rocksteady's acclaimed Arkham Trilogy games is now bundled together in a comprehensive collection for the Switch. This all-inclusive package features the definitive versions of each game, including every piece of post-launch content released. Gotham City is now in the palm of your hands, you can experience Batman's gripping adventures like never before with this compilation.


Gloomhaven - Release Date - September 18th, 2023

Take command of a motley crew of mercenaries, each with an array of abilities, in this turn-based tactical RPG. Venture into cursed dungeons unearth forgotten ruins and accept morally questionable contracts. Engage in the ever-evolving challenge presented by a unique card-based tactical gameplay system where every decision has consequences. With 17 characters at your disposal, prepare to tackle more than 260 missions that will test your strategic prowess and adaptability. Embrace this rich and immersive experience as you chart your path to victory or defeat.


Just Dance 2024 - Release Date - October 24th, 2023

Get ready to groove with Just Dance 2024 Edition, showcasing 40 exciting new songs and universes, spanning chart-topping sensations, viral internet phenomena, and exclusive original tracks. The tracklist covers a wide range of genres and eras, ensuring there's something to suit everyone's musical preferences.


Silent Hope - Release Date - October 3, 2023

Venture into the Abyss and navigate its constantly evolving dungeons with seven exceptional heroes, each possessing their distinctive abilities and combat techniques. After successfully returning home with your hard-earned loot, craft enhanced equipment to delve even deeper during subsequent expeditions. Level up your heroes to acquire new skills and unlock advanced classes, equipping you to confront the formidable bosses lurking in the dark recesses of the Abyss.


Manic Mechanics - Release Date - July 13, 2023

Welcome to Manic Mechanics, a co-op game where you and up to three friends take on the roles of wandering mechanics who have opened a workshop in the automobile-obsessed town of Octane Isle. From fuel spills and exploding tires to malfunctioning robots, rampaging cows, and even extraterrestrial abductions – expect the unexpected on Octane Isle.


DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince - Release Date - December 1st, 2023

Embark on a thrilling adventure in DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS: The Dark Prince, where you'll join Psaro and his ally Rose as they traverse the demonic realm of Nadiria. Engage in exploration and recruit monsters to join your ranks, strategically combining raised creatures to forge even mightier allies. Unleash the formidable power of your assembled team as you confront adversaries in this captivating quest filled with challenges and discovery.


Pikmin 4 - Release Date - July 21, 2023 - Demo - June 28th, 2023

Embark on a grand journey in Pikmin 4, where you'll navigate a vast world from a tiny viewpoint. Collect treasures, save fellow explorers, and set out on thrilling Night Expeditions with the all-new Glow Pikmin making its debut. A free demo of Pikmin 4 will be available for download starting June 28th.


Pikmin and Pikmin 2 - Release Date - Available Now!

In an unexpected reveal during the Nintendo Direct, high-definition remasters of the beloved classics, Pikmin and Pikmin 2, are available now for the Nintendo Switch. Get ready to relive these cherished adventures in HD quality on the Nintendo Switch.


METAL GEAR SOLID: MASTER COLLECTION Vol. 1 - Release Date - October 24th, 2023

The comprehensive MGS compilation unites the origins of the iconic METAL GEAR gameplay experience for fans around the globe. Delve into enemy strongholds, execute your missions with stealth, and immerse yourself in deep cinematic narratives. This "all-in-one" package is shaping up as a must-have for fans and newcomers alike.


Headbangers Rhythm Royale - Release Date - October 31, 2023

Introducing Headbangers Rhythm Royale, a unique fusion of rhythm-based gameplay, party game antics, and battle royale excitement, all centred around captivating musical multiplayer mini-games. Watch as up to 30 feisty pigeons compete fiercely to claim the coveted title of Master Headbanger in this showdown.


Penny’s Big Breakaway - Release Date - Early 2024

This vibrant 3D platforming journey takes place in the lively world of Macaroon. Players assist Penny and Yo-Yo in evading the grumpy Emperor Eddie. Execute stylish acrobatic maneuvers to outwit Eddie's formidable army of persistent penguins throughout Story Mode. Enhance Yo-Yo's abilities to protect Penny, and challenge your speedrunning skills in Time Attack Mode to uncover exclusive items and hidden stages.


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Wave 5 - Summer 2023

Get ready to ride as Wave 5 of the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Booster Course Pass zooms in this summer, featuring eight additional tracks, like the Squeaky Clean Sprint, as well as the triumphant return of three fan-favourite characters Petey Piranha, Wiggler and Kamek.


Star Ocean The Second Story R - Release Date - November 2, 2023

The beloved STAR OCEAN series' second installment returns as a full remake, featuring 2.5D graphics that merge 3D environments with 2D pixel characters.

Embark on a captivating tale blending fantasy and sci-fi, as you build relationships through the unique Private Actions system, unlocking various endings. Choose between Claude or Rena, shaping your destiny.


WarioWare Move It! - Release Date - November 3rd, 2023

Get ready to strike a pose and engage in over 200 rapid-fire microgames, featuring cooperative gameplay for two players and entertaining party modes designed to accommodate up to four players.


The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom amiibo - Holiday 2023

A picture of the new Zelda and Ganondorf amiibo coming holiday 2023

Exciting news for The Legend of Zelda fans: the upcoming Tears of the Kingdom amiibo collection will introduce two new additions – Ganondorf and Zelda! While their specific functionality has yet to be revealed, they are coming this holiday season.


Super Mario Bros. Wonder - October 20th, 2023

To close out the Direct, Nintendo had a surprise Mario game announcement. The next generation of 2D side-scrolling Mario is coming this Fall with Super Mario Bros. Wonder. Experience a world filled with wonder, excitement, and innovative gameplay that will keep you entertained throughout your journey.


Nintendo Direct 2023 Wrap-Up

The latest Nintendo Direct was an action-packed showcase filled with thrilling announcements and updates, keeping up the exciting momentum from Summer Game Fest events. With a diverse array of titles ranging from a new 2D Mario, Super Mario RPG and more, Nintendo has something in store for just about everyone. Nintendo did an excellent job of adding exciting titles for the rest of 2023 and beyond.


About the Author - Matthew "Dapper Tux" Rondina

Matthew has been involved in all things gaming since the 8-bit era. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been passionate about technology and gaming for over 20 years. Along with being the Managing Editor of, he has bylines with Best Buy, Cineplex Entertainment, Mobile Syrup and Walmart. Follow Matthew’s gaming + tech adventures on twitter, Instagram and join in on the fun!


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