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Nintendo Direct September 2022 Highlights: 5 Big Announcements

From Pikmin to Kirby, here are the highlights from the latest Nintendo Direct!



The latest Nintendo Direct presentation featured over 40 minutes of exciting announcements and updates for upcoming Nintendo Switch ports, remakes and other upcoming titles, from Bayonetta 3 to Theatrhythm Final Bar Line and many more. Here are the five biggest announcements of the event, covering a range of popular franchises and all coming to Nintendo Switch in 2023!

Fire Emblem Engage (Jan 20 2023)

Nintendo Direct: Fire Emblem Engage screenshot showing the new protagonist with red and blue hair and eyes.
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Coming sooner than expected, the new mainline Fire Emblem game is Fire Emblem Engage, iterating on the beloved turn-based strategy RPG formula with a brand-new protagonist with striking red and blue hair and eyes who can summon previous Fire Emblem characters with a magical ring. An ancient evil defeated 1,000 years ago, known as the Fell Dragon, threatens to return and deliver ruin and chaos to the kingdom unless a new cast of heroes can prevent this destructive future. Fans of the franchise will recognise returning characters such as Marth and Celica, who can aid the new protagonist in their adventure.

Octopath Traveler II (Feb 24 2023)

Octopath Traveler II screenshot showing a desert encounter between three heroes and a horseback adversary.
Image: Square Enix

The original Octopath Traveler was a criitcally-acclaimed success, and now Octopath Traveler II introduces eight brand-new travelers with their own stories to tell. Set in the land of Solistia, the eight protagonists’ stories are seemingly more interconnected than in the original game. Hikari the warrior, Agnea the dancer, Partitio the merchant, Osvald the scholar, Throné the thief, Temenos the cleric, Ochette the hunter, and Castti the apothecary will explore a vast industrious world on their respective quests. What will happen when these paths intertwine?

Pikmin 4 (2023)

Nintendo Direct: Pikmin 4 screenshot showing some Pikmin underneath a garden bench.
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Shigeru Miyamoto came to this Nintendo Direct with a very special announcement: Pikmin 4, the brand-new entry in the beloved real-time puzzle franchise created by Miyamoto himself. Little is known about this title so far apart from its 2023 release date and a brief cinematic teaster trailer, but its adorable creatures and garden setting, as well as the smile on Miyamoto’s face when announcing this new title, are already good signs of what is to come. For fans who have been waiting many years for this news, Pikmin 4 is the big announcement of this Nintendo Direct that nobody saw coming.

Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe (Feb 24 2023)

Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe screenshot showing four different coloured Kirby characters.
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Return to Dream Land once again in this remaster of the 2011 mainline Kirby platfomer, originally released for the Nintendo Wii. In Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe, players can enjoy remastered visuals, four-player local co-op, new sub-games and a Mecha copy ability making its series debut. The Mecha copy ability allows for both ranged and melee fighting, while co-op play lets everyone play as Kirby simulataneously and use their favourite copy abilities. It may not be a new title, but Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe brings another part of this long-running franchise to Nintendo Switch for fans to enjoy.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (May 12 2023)

Nintendo Direct: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom screenshot showing protagonist Link soaring through the sky.
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The “one more thing” announcement of this Nintendo Direct was a big one: the title and release date for the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! Soar to new heights in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, launching on May 12th 2023, with a short teaser trailer showcasing the game’s impressive verticality. A very small glimpse of the world of Hyrule was teased, with huge sections of the map high in the sky for as-yet-unexplained reasons. With a huge scope and massive expectations behind it given the overwhelming success of Breath of the Wild in 2017, the latest entry in The Legend of Zelda franchise can’t come soon enough.

For many more announcements and updates on upcoming Nintendo Switch games, the full 40-minute Nintendo Direct can be watched below. Also make sure to check out our highlights of the previous Nintendo Direct Mini, which saw games such as NieR Automata and the Persona series announced for Nintendo Switch.

James is a university graduate based in England whose main hobbies are history, languages, and of course video games. His favourite games are Hollow Knight, Horizon Zero Dawn, and anything made by Atlus or FromSoftware, and you can usually find him on Twitter @sacGOONER63 drooling over these games and many more. You can also read his weekly ramblings about games at if you so wish.