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author: Matt Buckley

Pokemon, Mario and Pikmin! - Nintendo Direct Highlights

From Pokemon to Pikmin to Super Mario, there were a lot of exciting announcements in today’s Nintendo Direct. With around thirty different announcements, there is a lot to cover.

Source: Super Mario Bros. Wonder developed by Nintendo

Today’s Nintendo Direct was a forty-minute presentation covering many new and upcoming games that are slated to launch on the Nintendo Switch this summer, fall, and beyond. Announcements included a new Detective Pikachu game, more info on Pikmin 4, and several Mario-related announcements too. To watch the full presentation, click here.

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The presentation started off with new info about the upcoming DLC for Pokemon Scarlet & Violet set to release in parts this fall and winter. The DLC will have new areas to explore, new Pokémon to find, and plenty of returning Pokémon as well. But that wasn’t the only Pokémon announcement either. A new game in the series, Detective Pikachu Returns was announced and is set to release on October 6th.

Outside of Pokemon, there were also several big Mario announcements. A Super Mario RPG remake will release in November, along with an enhanced version of Luigi’s Mansion 2, and an untitled game starring Peach as the main character scheduled for next year. Finally, the last announcement of the direct was Super Mario Bros. Wonder. This brand-new 2D side-scroller brings some strange and unique ideas to the series this October.

Pokemon, Mario and Pikmin! - Nintendo Direct Highlights - picture #2

The original two Pikmin games (Pikmin and Pikmin 2) will launch digitally for the Nintendo Switch today ahead of Pikmin 4’s release next month. A lot more information was also shown about Pikmin 4, including a new battle mode called Dondori Battle, the ability to venture out at night, and a new kind of Pikmin: Glow Pikmin. Pikmin 4 will also have a playable demo on the Nintendo EShop on June 29th.

There were a ton of announcements throughout the direct, too many to cover individually, so take a look at everything announced today:

  1. Pokémon Scarlet & Violet DLC - Autumn 2023 & Winter 2023
  2. Sonic Superstars - Autumn 2023
  3. Palia - Winter 2023
  4. Persona 5 Tactica - November 17th, 2023
  5. MythForce - 2023
  6. Splatoon 3: New Splatfest - July 15th through July 17th
  7. Detective Pikachu Returns - October 6th, 2023
  8. Super Mario RPG Remake - November 17th, 2023
  9. Untitled Peach Game - Next Year
  10. Luigi’s Mansion 2 Enhanced Version - Next Year
  11. Batman Arkham Trilogy - Autumn 2023
  12. Gloomhaven - September 18th, 2023 (Pre-Orders Today)
  13. Just Dance 2024 Edition - October 24th, 2023
  14. Silent Hope - October 3rd, 2023
  15. Fae Farm - September 8th, 2023 (Pre-Orders Today)
  16. Hot Wheels Unleashed 2: Turbo Charged - October 19th, 2023
  17. Manic Mechanics - July 13th, 2023 (Pre-Orders Today)
  18. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope DLC: The Last Spark Hunter - Later Today
  19. Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince - December 1st, 2023
  20. Pikmin 4 - July 21st, 2023 (Demo Available June 29th)
  21. Pikmin 1 & 2 HD Versions - Later Today (Physical Versions September 22nd)
  22. Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 - October 24th, 2023 (Pre-Orders Today)
  23. Vampire Survivors - August 17th, 2023
  24. Headbangers Rhythm Royale - October 31st, 2023
  25. Penny’s Big Breakaway - Early 2024
  26. Mario Kart Deluxe Booster Course Pass Wave 5 - Summer 2023
  27. Star Ocean: The Second Story Remake - November 2nd, 2023
  28. WarioWare Move It! - November 3rd, 2023 (Pre-Orders Today)
  29. Super Mario Bros. Wonder - October 20th, 2023

Which announcement did you find the most exciting? Leave a comment below letting us know!

Matt Buckley

Matt Buckley

After studying creative writing at Emerson College in Boston, Matt published a travel blog based on a two-month solo journey around the world, wrote for SmarterTravel, and worked on an Antarctic documentary series for NOVA, Antarctic Extremes. Today, for Gamepressure, Matt covers Nintendo news and writes reviews for Switch and PC titles. Matt enjoys RPGs like Pokemon and Breath of the Wild, as well as fighting games like Super Smash Bros., and the occasional action game like Ghostwire Tokyo or Gods Will Fall. Outside of video games, Matt is also a huge Dungeons & Dragons nerd, a fan of board games like Wingspan, an avid hiker, and after recently moving to California, an amateur surfer.


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