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Detective Pikachu Returns, a remade Super Mario RPG, a new Princess Peach game, and more are all showcased in the latest Nintendo Direct.
New video titles, including Super Mario Bros. Wonder, were unveiled for the Nintendo Switch at a Nintendo Direct presentation today, strengthening Nintendo’s 2023 Switch delivery calendar.
The upcoming 2D Mario game Super Mario Bros. Wonder has a number of novel concepts, such as “marvel seeds” that, when touched by the player, cause dramatic and unpredictable changes to the level and gameplay mechanics. The game is scheduled for release on October 20.
Four-player co-op play was also confirmed, similar to the New Super Mario Bros. series, with playable characters including Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, and Daisy.
Nintendo also showcased a graphical update to the Super Nintendo classic Super Mario RPG. The release date for said video game is slated for November 17.
Move from WarioWare It will launch on November 3, and it will have a parlour game mode and a number of minigames that make use of the Joy-Con’s motion sensing capabilities.
While most of the Nintendo Direct focused on titles coming out this year, a new Princess Peach game scheduled for 2024 was briefly shown off, as was an improved visual version of the 3DS game Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon.
Outside of the Mario universe, Nintendo also unveiled Detective Pikachu Returns, a sequel to the 3DS original that resulted in a feature film. The video game will be released on October 6.
In related Pokemon news, Nintendo confirmed the existence of paid DLC for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet in The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero. The first part of the experience, The Teal Mask, will be released in the autumn, and the second, The Indigo Disc, will be available in the winter.
Nintendo also announced the release of new Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom amiibos for Link and Ganon this holiday season, HD downloadable versions of Pikmin 1 and 2 beginning today leading up to Pikmin 4 next month, and wave 5 of the Mario Kart 8 Booster Course Pass, which will include new drivers from other Mario Kart titles like Kamek, Wiggler, and Petey Piranha.
Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince (December 1), Vampire Survivors (August 17), and Star Ocean: The Second Story R (November 2) were among the notable third-party games featured in the Direct.
The first three Metal Gear Solid games, including the original MSX2 Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2 Solid Snake, the first NES Metal Gear and Metal Gear Snake’s Revenge, as well as two digital graphic books, bonus background information on video games, and digital soundtracks, will be released on October 24.
Penny’s Big Breakaway, a 3D platformer developed by the Sonic Mania team and scheduled for release early next year by Take-Two’s Private Division label, is another title on the 2024 third-party lineup.
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