Nintendo recap: BotW 2 gets official name and release date, GoldenEye and more N64 games are coming to Switch

Hello and welcome to this week’s Nintendo recap. We could see several exciting new game announcements for Switch revealed via the Nintendo Direct on Tuesday. The most notable announcement was the release date for Breath of the Wild 2, which we now know is officially called The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.

Arguably the most exciting news after that revolves around nine classic N64 games coming to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, including GoldenEye 007. This week’s Switch game recommendations!

Nintendo Direct finally reveals the official name and release date of BotW 2

On Wednesday morning, Nintendo released a 40-minute Nintendo Direct that featured 53 games and updates coming to the Switch in the coming months. By far, the most exciting news revealed during the September 2022 Nintendo Direct is Breath of the Wild 2’s official name and release date. The game is called The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and is scheduled for release on May 12, 2023.

The trailer was short, but gave us several new things to watch, including new gear attached to Link’s belt. It’s unknown what these glowing green canisters are at present, but they could afford new powers or could be an item Link is about to collect.

We also see Link seamlessly dive from the floating islands above and into the vast world below without any load times. There, in the air, waits a floating device, but we don’t know if Link commands it or if it moves on its own path.

Breath of the Wild players will remember that there were many ruins in the Faron region of the game. Thanks to some texts that players can discover, we know that the beings who created them were known wielders of magic under the name Zonai. It looks like the sequel will force Link to examine their creations and culture.

Britain’s Nintendo Channel did not broadcast the Direct in regards to the 12-day period of national mourning which marks the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Considering the name of the Breath of the Wild sequel, it was a good choice.

Nine N64 games including GoldenEye are coming to NSO

Another exciting reveal from the Direct included nine N64 classics that are heading to the Nintendo Switch Online+ expansion pack. The most anticipated title is undoubtedly GoldenEye 007

Snowboarding 1080°: Take to the mountains and accelerate to the finish line while performing tricks and overtaking your opponents.

Excitebike 64: A classic racing series from Nintendo that depicts real-world bike brands and lets players perform tricky stunts.

Mario Party: The original Mushroom Kingdom board game that launched a franchise. Up to four players participate in a digital board game with mini-games between each round.

Mario Party 2: If you ask longtime fans what the best Mario Party game of all time is, they’ll probably tell you 2 or 3. This game builds on the foundations of the original and features even more mini-games and boards to interact with.

Mario Party 3: As with the previous entry, this one has worked to refine the Mario Party formula while also featuring new minigames. Perhaps more importantly, it was the first game that allowed players to play as Waluigi.

Pilot Wings 64: This is a classic flight simulator where each flying vehicle behaves a little differently. Try to perform multiple tasks like flying through hoops, collecting points etc.

Pokemon Stadium: It was one of the very first games that allowed Pokémon fans to see their beloved characters in 3D. You can battle from a list of available Pokemon. The original release allowed players to import their own Pokemon from Red, Blue, or Yellow if they had the right device, but it’s unclear if something like that is in the Switch version.

Pokemon Stage 2: This entry builds on the original while providing even more Pokemon for players to command. There are also a few mini-games that players can participate in.

GoldenEye 007: A Bond-themed shooter created by Rare that was released two years after a movie of the same name. The mechanics employed in single and multiplayer modes defined the genre in the late 90s. The NSO version will have local and online multiplayer.

As was the case with previous N64 games announced for the expansion pack, these will slowly arrive one at a time. All are expected to join the collection by 2023.

New Fire Emblem game announced

Fire Emblem Engage was also announced during the Direct and showed off the new protagonist with parted red and blue hair. If this character looks familiar, it’s because footage for this game leaked a few months ago, but some people had a hard time swallowing it as fact, with the hero’s hair being so unique.

In Engage, players take on the role of a youth known as the Divine Dragon. The world is in danger, so they must team up with familiar Fire Emblem heroes from the past to get their skills and weapons.

It certainly looks a lot different for the series compared to the quiet, calm look of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Considering the latest entry managed to be the best-selling Fire Emblem game of all time, it’ll be interesting to see if this one can pull the same kind of numbers.

Notable games missing from the Direct: Wind Waker, Twilight Princess and Advance Wars

Wars Advance Delay

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Last week I reported that Jeff Grubb claimed on his podcast that two Zelda games, Twilight Princess and Wind Waker, were coming to Switch and would be in the Direct. However, this turned out to be wrong. While we’d love to see these remastered classics ported to Switch, it’s unclear if Nintendo will because no official reports for these plans have been revealed.

Another game many people expected to see at the Direct was Advance Wars 1+2: Reboot Camp, which was delayed earlier this year due to the invasion of Ukraine. However, the strategic battle game was also a no-show. Despite this, fans shouldn’t lose hope for its release.

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Axios reporter Stephen Totilo contacted Nintendo to ask if the game had been cancelled. Nintendo’s rep responded by saying, “The release has been delayed. We’ll announce the new date once it’s been determined.” While we don’t know when this highly anticipated title will be released, we do know that the Japanese game company hasn’t completely given it up. We’ll just have to wait to see when the new launch date is revealed.

Splatoon 3 sales have already surpassed 3.45 million copies

Splatoon 3 Deep Cut members posing

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Splatoon 3 released last weekend to a great start by breaking sales records in Japan. As Nintendo reported, Splatoon 3 had already sold over 3.45 million copies in Japan in just three days after the game’s launch. To put that into perspective, the original Splatoon on Wii U reached a total of 4.95 million sales worldwide over its lifetime, so Splatoon 3 is doing very well. The third entry is sure to top that number as we don’t even know what US sales look like right now. We’ll have to wait for Nintendo’s next financial report to find out how well this title has performed.

It’s no surprise that players are embracing Splatoon 3 so heavily. The game offers several improvements over the previous two entries and offers both a fun single-player mode and a polished multiplayer experience that isn’t depreciated by microtransactions.

Rayman in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

During last weekend’s Ubisoft Forward event, we received a new trailer explaining the DLC for the upcoming Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. In a quick teaser, we saw that Rayman would have some sort of “featured” role in this additional content.

Rayman’s involvement in the game isn’t too surprising, given that the Rabbids hailed from Rayman and served as the protagonist’s adversaries.

Change game to play this weekend

Bear and breakfast with bear next to building

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Bear and Breakfast was already released on Steam earlier this year, but now it’s finally released on Nintendo Switch. In this chill simulator, you play as the titular bear who works to run a B&B in the forest. Have fun decorating your rooms and taking care of your tourists.

Splaton 3 may have been released last weekend, but it’s still a game I strongly encourage everyone to check out. With the next post-launch Splatfest fast approaching, you’ll want to practice and get used to these weapons before things get really competitive.

Varied daily life was one of the games featured during the Nintendo Direct. It was released on Tuesday and was put together by the creatives behind Octopath Traveler and Bravely Default. If you like this style of JRPG, you really should check it out.

Have a good week-end!

This week’s Nintendo Direct certainly gave us a lot to chew on. Breath of the Wild’s sequel, Tears of the Kingdom, is shaping up to be an exciting new adventure filled with new mechanics and lore to uncover. Then, of course, when this new N64 release is announced, I’ll be spending a lot of time diving into classic titles from my childhood.

We didn’t see some of the supposedly expected titles at the Direct, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Nintendo will never release them. We just have to wait and see what the game company does.

Until next time.

– Rebecca Lance

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