Nintendo Direct predictions: Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom gameplay, Pikmin 4 release date and more

Nintendo Direct predictions: Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom gameplay, Pikmin 4 release date and more

There’s a February Nintendo Direct coming later today, and we’re expecting big things from the digital storefront. Scheduled to stream live on Nintendo’s official YouTube channel on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM EST / 10:00 PM GMT, we’re already frantic with the possibilities. That’s why we here at GamesRadar+ are getting into the Nintendo Direct prediction game.

With Nintendo confirming that it’s targeting upcoming Switch games for the first half of 2023, it’s possible to make some solid predictions ahead of this new Nintendo Direct. However, the publisher has been known to go against their own advice in the past, so there’s a chance we’ll get a small update on Metroid Prime 4 or one of the other first-party games in development, but yet to be revealed. So read on to find out our Nintendo Direct predictions ahead of the main event.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Detailed

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is less than four months away, but Nintendo has remained top-secret about the game that’s supposed to be its flagship app for 2023 (and potentially Nintendo Switch’s last dance). As fan anticipation grows, it’s definitely time to establish what we can expect from our return to Hyrule. How does this game, a sequel to a franchise that really has no sequels, line up with Zelda: Breath of the Wild? What happened to Hyrule, Ganon and Zelda herself to create the fragmented world as we saw it? What tools will Link have and how will Tears of the Kingdom be different from its predecessor? The wait has been long and increasingly frantic since 2017, but as May 23 approaches, this Direct offers a great opportunity to kick off the hype train. I’m looking forward to a long preview, with Zelda leading the whole Direct.

Pikmin 4 has a release date

Pikmin 4

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During last September’s Nintendo Direct, Pikmin 4’s existence was reconfirmed with a handful of tantalizing snippets from the long-awaited follow-up, but no actual gameplay footage. But when Shigeru Miyamoto said we’d be playing “from the point of view of Pikmin close to the ground”, as opposed to the isometric views of the originals, the omission of a specific release date (beyond a tentative “2023” ), and/or moving images seemed to matter less. It’s been quiet since then, but Greek retailer Game Explorer seemed to turn things around this week by posting a May 26, 2023 release date on its storefront. As of this writing, it is still there, and although this could Being an error on the part of the retailer, we believe something in that vicinity will appear in this upcoming Nintendo Direct showcase for that purpose.

Advance Wars 1 + 2 Re-Boot Camp Stealth Drop

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The release of Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp has been a long time coming. The remaster project was originally set to release on April 8, 2022, but was ultimately delayed due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The game has presumably been sitting on a shelf awaiting release ever since, and now rumors are starting to surface suggesting Nintendo is getting into stealth gaming, something Xbox Game Studios has been pulling off recently, as you can find out on my channel stereo. fever examination. As much as I love Intelligent Systems’ Fire Emblem franchise, I’ve long thought the Advance Wars series was responsible for the best strategy games in Nintendo’s library. The 15-year wait for Advance Wars to return has been tough, and hopefully it’ll eventually be able to return to action later today.

A new Super Mario Bros game.

The movie Super Mario Bros.

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With so much talk about the Super Mario Bros. movie, only fans are excited about something new in the Mario gaming space. We got the Super Mario 3D World port for Switch with the new addition of Bowser’s Fury in 2021, but our old friend Mario has been pretty quiet ever since. (Mario Strikers: Battle League doesn’t count, okay?) Super Mario Odyssey fans want a sequel so badly that an email from Nintendo gave them hope earlier this year, and although it While there aren’t any really tangible rumors for a Super Mario Odyssey 2, I can’t help but have my fingers, toes, and other appendages crossed by something Mario-shaped today. After all, it’s still one of the best games on the Nintendo Switch, and ever since the other top The Switch title will have a sequel this year, it’s just that Cappy and company. finally take a look.

Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe steals the show

Kirby's Return to Dreamland Deluxe

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Let’s be honest, no Nintendo Direct is complete without an appearance from the adorable pink puffball. With the imminent release of Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe this month, hopefully we get to see more of this enchanting adventure. After all, the original Wii version of Return to Dream Land is among our picks for the best Kirby games of all time, and the fact that we’re getting a new edition for Switch is a very welcome addition. While it’s been a big year for the small but mighty pink hero in 2022 – read my Kirby and the Forgotten Land review for more on that – this upcoming relaunch means his time in the spotlight won’t end anytime soon. so early. Here’s hoping Kirby has more time to shine during this stream.

Ports of The Legend of Zelda that have been rumored for a long time

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

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Hello Nintendo. Do you like my suffering? It sure is like that. I’ve spent years waiting for a Wind Waker HD Switch port (or even Twilight Princess) to be teased during a Nintendo Direct, and I’m disappointed every time. It’s like that clown meme at this point; another Direct is announced and the odds of a Zelda rollback are exactly 0%, but here I am, donning my bright red nose and rainbow wig while mumbling “maybe”. It is It’s not that. We all know. With Tears of the Kingdom on the horizon, there’s no chance of a port. Nintendo canon. But you know what? Part of me still has hope.

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