When it comes to Nintendo Directs, this season’s was more muted than most. Much of the news centered around some (admittedly great-looking) indie RPGs, DLC expansions, and high-profile remakes. I’m personally quite excited to see a release date for the Suikoden-inspired retro-RPG, Eiyuden Chronicles: Hundred Heroes.
The biggest news is the reveal of the Princess Peach game that was only teased during the last Direct, Princess Peach: Showtime!, with an official gameplay trailer, and release date.
See below for all the new announcements.
Princess Peach: Showtime!
The leader of Mushroom Kingdom stars in her own adventure. In Princess Peach: Showtime!, Peach and her new ally Stella run afoul of wicked new villains at the Sparkle Theater. Armed with Stella’s magic ribbon, Peach can transform into different costumes to gain new abilities, and change the gameplay, such as Detective Peach, Chef Peach, and Kung Fu Peach.
Release: March 22, 2o24
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Remake
The 2004 GameCube sequel to Paper Mario (itself a psuedo-continuation of Super Mario RPG) is often considered the best in the series, featuring a fun combination of turn-based RPG battles within a Mario-world entirely made of paper.
The remake’s announcement was the big tease at the end of the Direct, so expect more news in the next Nintendo Direct.
Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD
Luigi’s Mansion 2 (aka Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon) turns 10 years old this year. Unfortunately this newly announced remaster won’t be out until next year. Luigi returns with his trusty Poltergust 5000 to search for his brother and bust some ghosts around five different mansions.
Release: Summer 2024
Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Mario vs. Donkey Kong is a remake of the 2004 puzzle-platformer, which brings DK back as a meddling villain. Mario will need to rescue the missing toys throughout a series of 2D levels. The remake will add local co-op multiplayer.
Release: February 16, 2024
Splatoon 3 Expansion Pass – Side Order
The Splatoon series is known for its competitive multiplayer. Yet the newest Splatoon 3 DLC is all about single player. Side Order features a new single player campaign, with RPG-like character abilities and increases. Side Order is part of the Splatoon 3 Expansion Pass
Release: Spring 2024
Among Us: Fungal Map
Remember when everyone was playing Among Us a few years ago? Maybe it’s time for a change of scenery! The Among Us crew crash lands on an alien planet filled with large fungal growths. The new area is full of tasks to accomplish, secret hiding places, and, as always, a murderer on the loose.
Release: October 2023
From Vanillaware, the developer of Dragon’s Crown and 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, comes Unicorn Overlord, a tactical fantasy RPG with overworld exploration, fully animated battle scenes, and over 60 unique characters.
Release: March 8, 2024
SaGa Emerald Beyond
Emerald Beyond is a new standalone RPG in the SaGa series. Starring six diverse heroes, you’ll travel to 17 different worlds and make important choices. According to the developer, SaGa Emerald Beyond boasts the greatest branching plots of any game in the long-running series.
Eiyuden Chronicles: Hundred Heroes
Eiyuden Chronicles: Hundred Heroes is an indie RPG inspired by the Suikoden series. Over 100 allies can be recruited and befriended in this war-torn world that features big army-scale battles and smaller dungeon-crawling parties.
Release: April 23, 2024
In the vein of Tetris 99 comes F-Zero 99, a massively multiplayer version of the classic 16-bit racing series. Race with 99 others in hilariously overpacked courses from the original Super NES game. Complete goals to unlock new cosmetics. F-Zero 99 is available exclusively for Nintendo Switch Online members.