The Latest February Nintendo Direct Was Awesome

Details from Every Announcement of The First Nintendo Direct of 2022

Even without any Breath of the Wild 2 coverage, this Nintendo Direct was a treat. This is the first Direct after a 5-month hiatus, so there’s a lot to show here. The presentation appealed to classic Nintendo fans with new showcases of Kirby and Splatoon 3, and RPG fans, giving us a plethora of remakes and one very huge game saved until the very end. Let’s look at every game shown from the chronological order of the Direct.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes

Release Date: June 24th

The presentation opened with a brand new Fire Emblem game titled Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. It’s set in the Three Houses world, and includes many beloved characters from the popular Switch title. As the Warriors title suggests, it isn’t a tactical RPG like its bigger sibling; rather, this is a hack and slash in the style of Dynasty Warriors, like Fire Emblem Warriors before it. The main characters from Three Houses are going to play a major role here, as they were shown prominently throughout the trailer. June 24th is the release date.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp

Release Date: April 8th

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp got some more updates and a solid release date. This is a remake of the first two Advance Wars games, originally on the Game Boy Advance in the early ‘00s.  Highly praised games with a cult fanbase, this one will satisfy them and so much more based on what we saw today. Each commander is now voiced and features new animations and renders. New quality of life features such as fast-forwarding gameplay and turn resets were revealed for the remake, which is really exciting. There’s also a plethora of brand new modes such as a mapmaker, a battle mode titled “War Room,” and local/online multiplayer. This is shaping up to be an exceptional remake with lots of new features and great presentation quality. April 8th is the release date, with the game coming on Nintendo Switch. If you like tactical RPGs, you’re going to love Advance Wars.

No Man’s Sky Switch Port

Release Date: Summer 2022

Next up is the Switch port of No Man’s Sky, releasing this summer. No differences other than lower graphical fidelity were announced or shown, but it’s always nice getting another game playable on a handheld console.

Mario Strikers Battle League

Release Date: June 10th

Mario Strikers Battle League is the new soccer game in the Strikers series. The gameplay is absolutely bonkers and fast-paced, with Bowser fire-breathing and Mario stomping on goalkeepers with his goomba-gutted cleats. The new “anything goes battle soccer game” entry in the series is launching on June 10th.

Splatoon 3 Co-op Mode

Release Date: 2022

Splatoon 3 was shown, specifically its new co-op mode titled “Salmon Run: Next Wave.” The gameplay was presented alongside some phenomenally bizarre yet AMAZING music featuring a wailing cello. Yes, it’s amazing, despite what the chat was saying about it!!! The visuals are equally striking, casting an overcast industrial aesthetic over the squid-kids paint wars. Only the co-op mode was shown in the trailer, where the players were shown fighting off 90+ waves of robot fish and unique boss fights. Splatoon 3 is releasing sometime in the summer of 2022, though there is still no specific date.

Front Mission 1st: Remake

Release Date: Summer 2022

Another tactical RPG gets a full-on remake with Front Mission 1st. The release is this summer, and a full remake of Front Mission 2 is currently in development for future release.

Disney Speedstorm

Release Date: Summer 2022

And now, finally, the Nintendo kart racer we’ve all been waiting for… Disney’s Speedstorm, also coming out this summer without a solid date. Free-to-play is the model the game is employing, with new seasons being implemented regularly. The gameplay looks pretty fun, and with a large roster of racers from Disney’s famous catalog, it’s sure to provide some solid racing enjoyment in a similar vein to Mario Kart.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed gets a remaster on Switch with a solid release date of April 20th.

Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection for the Switch comes out on February 17th.

SG Gundam Battle Alliance looks to be an action combat mech game featuring online multiplayer. It’ll be released on the Switch sometime this year, with no solid release date.

Chrono Cross: Radical Dreamers Edition

Release Date: April 7th

Here’s to all you classic JRPG fans; the much speculated Chrono Cross remaster finally got announced. Titled Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Collection, this remaster includes the text adventure Radical Dreamers game from 1996. Radical Dreamers provides background information and lore for Chrono Cross, so fans have a lot to be excited about here. There’s a solid list of improvements and features, including an ability to turn off enemy encounters and an enhanced version of the legendary soundtrack by Yasunori Mitsuda. Radical Dreamers Collection gets a solid release date of April 7th and is available for pre-order now.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Release Date: March 25th

And now, a much anticipated new presentation on Kirby and the Forgotten Land. Kirby’s first 3D game looks absolutely incredible, and what’s shown here is getting me really excited. The trailer starts off by showing new transformation abilities such as Car Kirby, which is used to traverse the open world, and Vending Machine Kirby. Cone Kirby solves pipe blockages and other obstacles in the environment, and Scissor Lift Kirby allows access to new heights. They’re calling these special transformations Mouthful Mode because they feature extra-special abilities and actions that manipulate and further explore the game world. There’s also a hub called Waddle-Dee Town, which can be expanded and grown as a kind of sim-lite town-building mechanic. The regular copy abilities can now be leveled up to double the damage and improve Kirby’s overall power. Kirby and the Forgotten Land is poised to be one of 2022’s most impressive games and is releasing next month on March 25th.

MLB The Show 22 gets a Switch release for April 25th. Sorry, baseball fans, that’s about all I’ve got to say for this one.

The Kingdom Hearts Collection for Switch was shown and includes KH 1.5/2.5, 2.8, and KH3. The collection will only be accessed as cloud versions requiring connection to the internet (sigh). In typical Square Enix fashion, it’s titled KH Integrum Masterpiece (I’m a KH veteran, and even I have no clue what Integrum” means). It drops February 10th, either as three independent titles or the whole collection, on Switch via internet cloud streaming (sigh).

Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series

Release Date: July 8th

The famed Dreamcast platformer Klonoa makes its Switch debut with Klanoa Phantasy Reverie Series. The 2-game collection includes remasters of the PS1 classics Klonoa: Door to Phantomile and Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil. Klonoa is an incredibly colorful and fun side-scrolling platformer, and I highly recommend checking this collection out if you like Sonic’s 2D games. The release date is July 8th.

Portal Companion Collection

Release Date: 2022

Portal 1 and 2 are packed together in Portal Companion Collection for the Switch. No new features were announced, and the release date is merely “sometime this year.” The cake may be a lie, but at least the release date most likely won’t be since it’s so broad like many others shown.

Live A Live Switch

Release Date: July 22nd

WOOO, JRPG fans unite! Square’s legendary 90s RPG Live A Live FINALLY gets its overseas release in a new remaster coming July 22nd. Live A Live was a classic RPG on the SNES and still gets a lot of love for its sweeping musical score by Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura. The game features very novel stories set in different time periods throughout history, portraying a diverse cast of characters.

Nintendo Switch Sports

Release Date: April 29th

Nintendo Switch Sports is the new entry in the best-selling Nintendo Sports series. This time featuring tennis, bowling, chambara, soccer, badminton, and volleyball modes. Local and online play are available with adaptively progressive difficulty.

Nintendo Switch Sports releases April 29th. To accommodate Nintendo’s lacking online infrastructure, an online beta test will occur for a select number of players from February 18th through the 20th. The test period will only include the bowling, chambara, and tennis modes.

Taiko no Tatsujin Rhythm Festival

Release Date: 2022

A brand new Taiko rhythm game is announced, titled Taiko No Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival. Megolovania from Undertale and the Main Theme of Legend of Zelda were two featured tracks from the trailer, and they sounded great with the taiko drums. As someone who loved me some Donky Konga on the Gamecube, the track layout from the trailer really intrigues me to try this out. 76 tracks in total, the next entry in the fun Taiko series comes out sometime in 2022.

Triangle Strategy

Release Date: March 4th, demo today

The hotly anticipated strategy RPG Triangle Strategy gets a new trailer. A couple of character paths get shown, along with a new demo that allows gameplay up to the end of chapter 3. The demo is available on the Nintendo e-shop in the evening today, February 9th.

Cuphead in “The Delicious Last Course”

Release Date: June 30th

Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course gets a June 30th release date on the Switch. The Delicious Last Course is a large DLC to Cuphead and has been in development for years now. The trailer reveals a new Inkwell Isle and a bevy of boss battles.

Metroid Dread Free Update

Release Date: Today (Feb. 9th)

Coming out today are two new difficulty modes called Dread Mode and Rookie Mode. Dread Mode looks absolutely brutal, with its one-hit death penalty permeating the game, and Rookie Mode is, well, for rookies or fans who want a more relaxed experience. There’s also going to be a 2nd update in April, including a boss rush mode.

Earthbound on Switch

Release Date: Today (Feb. 9th)

*Closes eyes and bangs head to music.* Earthbound and Earthbound Beginnings get Switch ports for Nintendo Switch Online service, releasing today. Heck yeah! Can’t wait to rock out to the Dungeon Man Theme for the 20th time! (For real, Earthbound is one of the best JRPGs in existence. Try it out!)

Next is a rapid-fire section.

Capcom’s GetsoFumaDen: Undying Moon gets released today, and it looks like some real fun side-scrolling action.

The CyberConnect2 fighting game, Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles, gets a release date of June 10th.

LEGO Brawls has a release date of June 2022.

And last of the rapid-fires, Two-Point Campus, is shown releasing on the already-known date of May 17th.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Booster Course Pass

Release Date: March 18th

Finally, the time has come! Mario Kart8? Yep, not 9. Well, more like 8.75.  48 new courses remade from the ground up are releasing in waves starting March 18th. It’s paid DLC with a $24.99 price tag unless you have the Switch online subscription, where it’s free. I’m personally looking forward to more Double Dash courses.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Release Date: September 2022

Last but not least is the biggest Nintendo news of the show. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is coming out this September. The trailer looked beautiful and was accompanied by legendary composer Yasunori Mitsuda’s music.

Watch the Gaming with Geeks live reaction to the Nintendo Direct in full here:

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