Zelda, Mario & Luigi, Metroid Prime 4, Dragon Quest…

Nintendo returns to the fray, with the Summer Game Fest fading in our memory, with another Nintendo Direct broadcast, the second of the year, but the first proper after the “Mini Direct” in February.

Nintendo Switch 2, or whatever the successor to the Nintendo Switch is called, is on the horizon, publicly acknowledged by Nintendo, but it won’t come out here. However, with new deliveries of The Legend of Zelda, Mario & Luigi and even Metroid Primethere will be games for a while.

Starting with Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD, with the exception of Nintendo World Championship: NES Edition, there were no exclusive first party games (and almost no third party) for the final six months of the year, which will clearly be a transition period, since The new console will be released in 2025.

Nintendo Direct summary June 2024

Mario & Luigi: Brotherly Connection

After Super Mario RPG and Paper Mario: The Millennial Door, another famous Mario RPG saga returns, with a brand new installment. This saga was thought to be “extinct” due to the closure of Alphadream, but it is back.

This maritime adventure, along several islands, is called Mario & Luigi: Brotherly Connection will come out November 7, 2024.

Nintendo World Championship: NES Edition

As we already knew, Nintendo will launch a compilation of challenges based on NES games, and inspired by the in-person championships organized in 1990, 2015 and 2017.

Nintendo World Championship: NES Edition goes on sale on July 18.

Fairy Tail 2

This winter the end of the original adventure by Gust and Koei Tecmo will be released, the last chapter in the story of Natsu and his friends in an action role-playing game. Fairy Tail.

Fantasy

Fantasian: Neo Dimensionthe JRPG created by Hironobu Sakaguchi and with music by Nobuo Uematsu, the Final Fantasy “dream team”, confirmed for Switch and other consoles.

This turn-based RPG, with a classic development, a story with interdimensional travel and environments created with dioramas, was exclusive to Apple Arcade.

Fantasian Neo Dimension comes out in winter 2024. Also on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series and PC.

Nintendo Switch Sports – Basketball

Nintendo remembers Switch Sports, sequel to Wii Sports, with a free update with basketball (2 against 2 matches, for 4 players).

Basketball arrives as a free update in summer 2024.

MIO: Memories in Orbit

World Premiere by MIO, a 2D action metroidvania starring a small android in a huge spaceship, full of secrets and wonders, but also enemies to fight.

With very stylized cartoon graphics, this game could be the cover of the Direct: it will be released in 2025. Developed by Douze Dixièmes and published by Focus Entertainment, it looks really good!

Headlines

Hello Kitty Island Adventure
  • Free update of Disney Illusion Islandavailable from today
  • Hello Kitty Island Adventurean open world game next year: cross-platform, but temporary exclusive on Switch
  • Update of Among Us with new content, starting today

Looney Tunes: Wacky World of Sports

In the absence of a Mario sports game, in this title you can play four arcade sports such as basketball, soccer, golf and tennis in this compilation with Looney Tunes, with power ups, fun maps… It comes out this year, in autumnand multiplatform.

Pharmacy

Pharmacy

What would happen if Pokémon were mixed with Story of Seasons? This RPG is not very visually attractive, but it mixes farm mechanics with monster collecting. He comes out November 1st.

Donkey Kong Country: Returns HD

The Retro Studios platform game that brought Donkey Kong back to Wii in 2010 will have an HD edition this year. 80 levels, including those from the 3DS version. He comes out January 16, 2025.

Dragon Quest 3 HD-2D Remake (and Dragon Quest 1 and 2)

Dragon Quest HD-2D Remake

The most rumored announcement is the HD-2D remake of Dragon Quest 3. Square Enix and Team Asano are finally ready to launch this beautiful remake, with pixelated sprites and HD effects (it comes out on all platforms).

Dragon Quest 3 HD-2D comes out November 14, 2024. And in 2025, a pack will come out with the remakes of Dragon Quest 1 and 2 in HD-2D. Since the third is the first chronologically in Erdrick’s history, it makes sense to release them this way.

Funko Fusion

On September 13, the Funko game will be released: created by TT Games veterans of LEGO games, but with Pop bobbleheads and Universal movies: 60 playable characters, 20 worlds… New gameplay has been seen in this clip, of the Switch version (you can see it in the graphics…).

Headlines

  • Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD, out next week
  • The New Denpa Menfree to play on July 22 as a temporary Switch exclusive
  • Metal Slug Attack Reloaded– Classic Metal Slug gameplay in tower defense form – out today
  • Darkest Dungeon 2: This dark RPG comes out on July 15

Nintendo Switch Online

  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Four Swords (with online multi)
  • Metroid: Zero Mission
  • Turok 2
  • Perfect Dark

These four games are available for owners of Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, as they are from the GBA and Nintendo 64. The last two games are released in their own app, “Content for Seniors.” All four are launching today.

Phantom Brave: The Lost Hero

Phantom Brave

This tactical RPG saga from Nippon Ichi, which came out back in the days of PS2 and Wii, returns, now with a totally new installment, with new characters (more than 50 characters and 300 skills).

This game, from the creators of Disgaea, will be out next year. Also on PS5, PS4 and PC.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Fighting Collection: Arcade Classics

Marvel vs. Capcom 2, The Punisher, , X-Men vs. Street Fighter… Capcom relaunches a compilation of seven arcades with Marvel and Capcom characters, with online multiplayer, gallery… Capcom’s usual museum work, and seven very fun games.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Fighting Collection: Arcade Classics comes out this year, also on PS4 and PC.

Super Mario Party: Jamboree

New Mario Party, totally new, with the largest collection of minigames in history, 110 minigames, and boards like a shopping center, a racing circuit… five new boards and two boards from the previous games.

Super Mario Party: Jamboree will also have an online mode for 20 players, almost a “Mario Party Battle Royale”, and even more modes. He comes out October the 17th.

The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom

Zelda returns with a brand new 2D game, no remake of Oracle or Alttp. And be careful, for the first time, Zelda is the absolute protagonist!

Eiji Aonuma explains that they want to break Zelda conventions, but now in 2D format. Link disappears when a series of cracks appear throughout Hyrule. But Zelda, instead of using a sword, will have a wand that will allow you to create “echoes”, or replicas: copies of objects, from cakas, water blocks…

That way you can advance through the world, solving puzzles and fighting in a very, very different way than usual. You can even create monster echoes!

Aonuma once again “thinks outside the box” with a 2D Zelda that is much more innovative than we thought. It will be released on September 26, 2024. It will also have Switch Lite exclusive edition.

Just Dance 2025

Just Dance

Ubisoft couldn’t miss out with a new Just Dance, which will have more than 40 new songs, new modes… this Christmas essential comes out in November.

LEGO Horizon Adventures

LEGO Horizon Adventures

The Horizon Zero Dawn spin-off created by Guerrilla for PS5 and PC will surprisingly also come out on Switch this winter. Adventures for the whole family and local cooperative in this “remake” in LEGO bricks, which you can also play on Switch, published by Sony.

Stray

Stray

The popular Annapurna kitten game, originally released on PS5 and PS4, confirms a Switch version: a highly detailed port of a 3D adventure with a kitten and a robot, escaping from a city. It comes out this winter.

Tales of the Shire

Tales of the Shire

The idyllic game like Story of Seasons or Animal Crossing from The Lord of the Rings, with the good-natured Hobbits: spend time with your neighbors, decorate your house, have meals…

Ace Attorney Investigations: Collection

The spin-off of Miles Edgeworthwhich unlike Phoenix Wright’s is more adventurous, will be released on Switch on September 6with Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth and Ace Attorney Investigations 2: Prosecutor’s Gambit

You can change the graphics between modern and the original DS games in these adventures. The second of them never left Japan until now! Of course, as usual in this saga, It will not arrive in Spanish.

The Hundred Line Last Defense Academy

From the creators of Danganronpa, they announce a brand new game, starring an ordinary student, Takumi Sumino, who enrolls in the Last Defense Academy and must defend for 100 days against attacks by mysterious enemies.

This game with role-playing and strategy combats and also social aspects with the 15 classmates of the academy will be released early 2025.

Romancing SaGa 2: Revenge of the Seven

An improved version of Romancing Saga 2which was an innovative non-linear role-playing game in 1993, and although it is available on Switch, it has a complete remake with dubbing, new musical themes…

The protagonists are the Seven Heroes, who, driven by fury when they see that humanity has forgotten their countless sacrifices, abandon the path of good and have sworn to take revenge for such an outrage.

This RPG of strategic combat and class decisions comes out on October 24, 2024.

Metroid Prime 4: Beyond

We didn’t think we’d see it, but Metroid Prime 4the game originally announced in 2017, makes an appearance.

Samus Aran returns with another first-person adventure, which will be released in 2025, and although the trailer is short, it shows spectacular gameplay, full of action, but also a huge open world that we can explore… with Sylex as the great villain.

Metroid Prime 4 It was the last game of the NintendoDirectno news about Metroid Prime 2 and 3 at the moment on Switch, but until 2025, there is time to catch up… What did you think of what is probably the last Nintendo Direct before the announcement of Switch 2?

 
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