5 best new announcements from the latest Nintendo Direct (February 2023)

The latest Direct packed a bunch of surprises (Images via Nintendo/Level-5)
The latest Direct packed a bunch of surprises (Images via Nintendo/Level-5)

After several days of floating rumors, Nintendo finally dropped a Direct showcase that was highly anticipated. Thankfully, that wait was justified as the Japanese game publisher revealed several shocking game announcements, much to fans' delight. From new trailers for upcoming games to confirmation of previously rumored offerings - and even brand-new reveals. This Direct impressed fans who love the Nintendo ecosystem for its unique and charming games.

Exciting reveals at the latest Nintendo Direct

5) Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp release date

After an unfortunate delay from the Ukraine-Russia conflict, Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp finally gets a release date. This also comes after previous leaks. Rebuilt from the ground up for the hybrid console, players will relve the engaging tactical battles introduced in the Game Boy Advance originals.

Manage units on the grid battlefield, strategize to maintain control over the map, and seek to demolish the foe.

Coming April 21, 2023, exclusively to Nintendo Switch.


Probably one of the more overlooked new titles showcased in the Direct, DECAPOLICE marks the first new IP from Level-5 in several years. It is described as a "crime suspense" RPG where players control a rookie detective called Harvard. Taking place between both the real world and a virtual copy called DECASIM, players will bring dangerous criminals to justice.

It is headed to Nintendo Switch sometime in 2023.

3) Game Boy addition to Nintendo Switch Online

After much clamoring, the Game Boy selection is finally here as part of the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service. Both Game Boy (plus Color) and Game Boy Advance games will be making it over.

For 1989 handheld and its 1998 successor, the games in the catalog include classics like Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Kirby's Dream Land, Metroid II: Samus Returns, Tetris, and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX.

In the case of the beloved 2001 Advance handheld, the following notable games will be available at launch: The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgame$, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, and even the underrated gem Kuru Kuru Kururin.

Interestingly, like other NSO retro titles, offerings with multiplayer components like Tetris and Mario Kart: Super Circuit will also allow local and online play. While the GB and GBC are available to base subscribers, the GBA catalog demands a subscription to the more premium Expansion Pack tier. The selection is available for subscribers to avail of right now.

2) Professor Layton and the New World of Steam

Another Level-5 classic, this is a dream come true for fans who had given up hope after the Japanese studio's announcement that their games would not make it outside of Japan due to lack of popularity.

Thankfully, this brand new Professor Layton game is another win for gamers. Subbed "New World of Steam" it marks a return for the iconic puzzle-solving gentleman.

We don't know much except that it will take place in a steampunk world. We know this will be another charming story-driven puzzle adventure that fans are eagerly looking forward to. There is no word on the release date except for a tentative 2023 launch window.

1) Metroid Prime Remastered

The rumors are true: Metroid Prime Remastered is indeed a thing and coming soon to Nintendo Switch. Step back into the spacefaring boots of bounty hunter Samus Aran as she braves the hostile planet Talon IV in search of the originating distress signal.

As a remaster of the 2002 GameCube title, this iconic first-person adventure sees an update to its visuals while retaining the solid 60 FPS frame rate. Platform and solve puzzles across varied biomes, use all the weapons and tools at your disposal to defeat the dangers lurking about, and unravel the secrets of the Chozos.

Metroid Prime Remastered is now available on Nintendo Switch as a digital version. The physical copies will arrive on February 22, 2023.

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Edited by Srijan Sen
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