*Last Updated: February 8, 2023 | Splatoon 3 Expansion Pass added, along with release dates for Pikmin 4, Advance Wars and Metroid Prime Remastered.

With special thanks to the September 2022 Nintendo Direct, we now have our first proper look at every game and piece of DLC, Nintendo is currently planning on releasing next year. What’s more, it’s all shaping up rather nicely and the full list can be seen right here:


Every Nintendo 2023 Game with a Fixed Release Date:

Fire Emblem Engage (RELEASED)


Release Date: January 20, 2023 (Worldwide)

Players: 1 player

Genre: RPG

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Intelligent Systems


Game File Size: 15 GB


Summon the Emblems and save the continent of Elyos in Fire Emblem Engage for Nintendo Switch.

This new instalment in the Fire Emblem series takes place in Elyos, a continent consisting of four realms surrounding a holy land at its centre. A thousand years ago, a vicious war broke out between people of Elyos and the Fell Dragon.

During this war, the people of Elyos called upon Emblems – heroes from other worlds – to aid them. With the Emblems by their side, the warriors of each nation fought as one and, in the end, successfully imprisoned the Fell Dragon. However, signs are now appearing that the Fell Dragon may soon be resurrected…

Take on the role of Alear, the Divine Dragon, who awakens a thousand years after the war with no memory of their past. Answer the call to arms and fight alongside your allies in tactical RPG battles to prevent the resurrection of the Fell Dragon.

Bolster your strength on the battlefield by summoning the Emblems – including Marth, Celica and other heroes from past Fire Emblem titles – who dwell within special Emblem Rings. By wearing these rings, Alear and their allies can borrow the power of these Emblems, boosting their stats or granting access to even stronger abilities. Heroes can also ‘engage’ with the Emblems, combining their strength and unlocking unique attacks to challenge the enemy with.

A grand adventure begins! Meet various allies and enemies in each nation, discover the Emblems that dwell within the rings and deepen their bonds as you fight to protect the world.

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Metroid Prime Remastered (RELEASED)


Release Date: February 8, 2023 (Worldwide)

Players: 1 player

Genre: Action, Adventure, First-Person, Platformer

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Retro Studios


Game File Size: 6.8 GB


Step into the boots of Samus Aran as you navigate the winding paths and interconnected environments of an alluring-yet-dangerous alien planet. Use powers like the iconic Morph Ball and Grapple Beam to revisit hard-to-reach areas and find a path forward. With revamped graphics, sound, unlockable art, and updated control schemes, Samus’ 3D platforming debut has reached greater heights. Calm and capable, Samus takes on this solo mission…but she is far from alone.

  • Explore the alien environments and eerie isolation of planet Tallon IV – Journey through the diverse biomes of planet Tallon IV as you uncover the Space Pirates’ sinister experiments and gather information about the toxic substance that left the planet in ruin. Blast forward to your next objective or take time to stop and scan your surroundings and delve into the creatures and culture of Tallon IV. From the quiet stillness of the snowy Phendrana Drifts to the magma geysers of Magmoor Caverns, this alien planet introduces beautifully harsh landscapes and labyrinths.
  • Upgrade your arsenal to take on extraterrestrial terrors – Use Samus’ Arm Cannon and go head-to-head against otherworldly creatures, bolstered Space Pirates, and the energy-sapping Metroids. Backtrack through areas and pay close attention to your environment to solve puzzles and get more upgrades. You’ll need the help of abilities like the Ice Beam, Missiles, and several visors to dispatch the alien threats lurking on Tallon IV.

Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe (RELEASED)


Release Date: February 24, 2022 (Worldwide)

Players: 1 – 4 players

Genre: Action, Platformer

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: HAL Laboratory


Game File Size: 6 GB


  • A deluxe version of Kirby’s Adventure Wii is coming! – Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe is a new version of Kirby’s Adventure Wii for Nintendo Switch! Up to four players can join Kirby and friends as they travel through Dream Land to help Magolor repair his crashed spaceship.
  • Find your favourite Copy Ability – In addition to Sword, Whip and other familiar Copy Abilities, the new Mecha Copy Ability makes its debut! Become a robot and fly through the sky, attacking from a distance with your cannon or up close with powerful punches. You can also inhale glowing enemies to make use of special Super Abilities – ultra-strong versions of Copy Abilities that can really turn the tables!
  • Adventure together! – Share Joy-Con controllers to play together locally on the same console with up to four players. Play as fan-favourite characters like Kirby, Meta Knight, King Dedede and Bandana Waddle Dee, or let everyone play as Kirby, each using their favourite Copy Abilities!
  • Lots of subgames to enjoy! – Take a break from the adventure and play a range of subgames with up to four players! As well as returning subgames such as Ninja Dojo and Samurai Kirby, you can also dive into the all-new Magolor’s Tome Trackers.

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Release Date: February 24, 2023 (Worldwide)

Players: 1 player

Genre: Role-Playing

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Team Asano


Game File Size: 5.2 GB


This game is a brand-new entry in the OCTOPATH TRAVELER series, the first installment of which was initially released in 2018 and sold over 3 million copies worldwide. It takes the series’ HD-2D graphics, a fusion of retro pixel art and 3DCG, to even greater heights.

In the world of Solistia, eight new travelers venture forth into an exciting new era. Where will you go? What will you do? Whose tale will you bring to life? Every path is yours to take. Embark on an adventure all your own.

  • Begin your adventure as one of eight new travelers, each with their own origins, motivations, and unique skills.
  • The series’ HD-2D graphics, a fusion of retro pixel art and 3DCG, have reached even greater heights.
  • The story takes place in Solistia, where diverse cultures thrive from east to west and the industries of the new era flourish. You can sail the seas and explore every corner of a world that changes from day to night.
  • Each traveler has a unique set of Path Actions they can use to battle townspeople, obtain items, take others along in their travels, and more. Where will you go? What will you do? Every path is yours to take.
  • Familiar mechanics from the original game have been preserved, like the freedom to develop your travelers’ jobs and skills, as well as the Break and Boost system that made battles so exhilarating. New mechanics have also been added.

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Fitness Boxing Fist of the North Star (RELEASED)


Release Date: March 2, 2023

Players: 1 – 2 players

Genre: Action, Music, Sports, Training

Publisher: Imagineer

Developer: Imagineer


Game File Size: 2.9 GB


For resolving your daily lack of exercise and strengthening your physical fitness! You can enjoy authentic exercise in the world of Fist of the North Star, while retaining the functions of Fitness Boxing! Familiar characters such as Kenshiro become your instructors! In addition, a new battle mode against rivals has been added, allowing you to enjoy exercising with enhanced action gameplay. Punch your way through the many enemies that stand in your way and aim for victory in the boss battles!

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Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon (RELEASED)


Release Date: March 17, 2023

Players: 1 player

Genre: Action, Adventure

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: PlatinumGames

Price: $59.99

Game File Size: 3.5 GB


Long before this trainee of the dark arts would come to be called Bayonetta, she took a fateful journey into the forbidden Avalon Forest. Alongside her was Cheshire, her very first demon, possessing Cereza’s stuffed toy. Play as both Cereza and Cheshire and search through the treacherous forest to look for the power to save Cereza’s mother.

Control both Cheshire and Cereza to solve puzzles and fend off fiends – Any good story has a lesson about teamwork, no? In this tale, Cereza and Cheshire coordinate their efforts to fight faeries and solve puzzles. Use the Left Joy-Con™ controller to move Cereza and bind enemies with her magic. With the Right Joy-Con controller, move Cheshire to slash and chomp foes.

Turn the pages of Cereza’s story as you explore the enchanting, storybook-inspired Avalon Forest – Avalon Forest is just as beautiful as it is beastly. Each new area looks like it has been painted carefully by hand. Fully narrated story scenes are told through the vibrantly illustrated pages of a storybook. Be sure to stop and smell the roses in this whimsical world, but don’t tarry too long—the forest has a taste for lost witches.

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp


Release Date: April 21, 2023 (Worldwide)

Players: 1 – 4 players

Genre: Strategy

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: WayForward


Game File Size: 6.8 GB


Lead Andy, Max, Sami and other colorful Commanding Officers in a fun turn-based strategy game. Your expertise is needed as you move land, air, and naval units across the game map. Call upon your Commanding Officers for help—each has their own specialties and powerful abilities. For example, Andy can repair units while Sami can boost the abilities of troops. Keep an eye on the game-changing terrain and weather as you lead a variety of units across multiple maps. This from-the-ground-up remake features two campaigns that cover the events of Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising!

Recruit some friends and see who the superior strategist is – When you aren’t busy planning through the two campaign stories, flex your strategy chops in Versus Mode*. Up to four players can test their wits on dozens of maps. Each player can choose one of the many Commanding Officers from either campaign and strategically use their unique abilities to turn the tide.

Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom


Release Date: May 12, 2023 (Worldwide)

Players: 1 player

Genre: Adventure, Action, Role-Playing

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Nintendo EPD


Game File Size: 18.2 GB


The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom: In addition to the vast lands of Hyrule, the latest entry in the storied Legend of Zelda series will take you up into the skies and an expanded world that goes beyond that! Look forward to Link’s massive adventure starting again when The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, drops for Nintendo Switch on May 12, 2023.

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Pikmin 4


Release Date: June 21, 2023 (Worldwide)

Players: 1 – 2 players

Genre: Action, Adventure, Strategy

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Nintendo EPD

Price: $59.99

Game File Size: 12 GB


Pikmin 4: The first sneak peek at the next game in the Pikmin franchise revealed a tranquil park and a napping Bulborb, but it was still missing one important element … Pikmin! Where could they be? More details about this new title for Nintendo Switch will be revealed ahead of its 2023 launch.

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Upcoming DLC, Add-on Content and Free Updates Planned for 2023:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Free Updates)

Notes: Free updates released regularly throughout 2020, 2021 & 2022

Current Update: Version 2.0.6

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Booster Course Pass (Paid DLC)

Notes: Paid DLC with content releasing in 2022 through to 2023. The first 8 of 48 courses to be added to the game will be added on March 18, 2022.

Access 48 remastered courses at no additional cost with a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership – Racers who have an active Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership will have access to all of these newly-added courses as they are released at no additional cost. Non-members can access the courses as they are released by purchasing the Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass on its own from Nintendo eShop*.

Double your course options with the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – Booster Course Pass! – A total of 48 remastered courses from throughout the Mario Kart™ series are racing to the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game as paid DLC*. Courses include those based on real-world locations like Paris Promenade and Tokyo Blur from the Mario Kart Tour game in addition to nostalgic favorites like N64 Choco Mountain and Wii Coconut Mall! Content will release in 6 waves of 8 courses from March 18, 2022 until the end of 2023.

Mario Strikers: Battle League / Mario Strikers: Battle League Football (Free Updates)

Notes: Three waves of free updates adding new content, characters and stadiums, released regularly throughout 2022, with the first wave available on July 22, 2022 and the second wave available on September 21, 2022.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Expansion Pass (Paid DLC)

Notes: The Xenoblade Chronicles™ 3 Expansion Pass includes access to multiple waves of DLC content as they become available. The planned release timing and details for what each wave of DLC includes are as follows:

DLC Wave 1: (July 29, 2022) | Out Now

  • A collection of helpful items
  • Color variations for existing outfits

DLC Wave 2: (October 13, 2022) | Out Now

  • Challenge Battle mode against difficult enemies
  • A new hero character and accompanying quests
  • New character outfits

DLC Wave 3: (February 15, 2023) | Out Now

  • Challenge Battle mode against difficult enemies
  • A new hero character and accompanying quests
  • New character outfits

DLC Wave 4: (December 31, 2023)

  • New original story scenario

Fire Emblem Engage – Expansion Pass

Obtain Emblem Bracelets to Engage with more Emblem characters and get support items and new accessories with the Paid DLC for the Fire Emblem™ Engage game. Pre-order the Fire Emblem Engage Expansion Pass today and download Wave 1 when it becomes available to meet Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude (as one Emblem Bracelet) and take on Divine Paralogues to get Tiki as an Emblem character. As more waves become available, you can test your mettle in even more Divine Paralogues, obtain Emblem characters and accessories, and experience a brand-new story with added characters and locations.

Splatoon 3 Expansion Pass

Take a deeper dive into the expansive world and colorful characters of the Splatoon™ series. Make Inkopolis from the first Splatoon game your stomping (err…splatting?) grounds with the first wave of the Splatoon 3 Expansion Pass paid DLC*! Another major metropolis of the Splatoon universe, Inkopolis has changed a bit in the past several years with some new shopkeepers. Ready to jam? Then come to Inkopolis to see some fresh Squid Sisters performances during Splatfests**.

A new single-player campaign called Side Order super jumps to the Splatoon 3 game in the second wave of this DLC. See what has become of Inkopolis Square, the central area featured in the Splatoon 2 game!

Pokémon Scarlet / Pokémon Violet: The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero

Even more Pokémon, places, and stories await in this 2-part DLC* for the Pokémon Scarlet game! In Part 1: The Teal Mask, join a special school trip to the land of Kitakami. In Part 2: The Indigo Disk, study abroad at Blueberry Academy! Encounter the newly-discovered Legendary Pokémon Ogerpon and Terapagos as you broaden your horizons beyond Naranja Academy and explore even more of the Pokémon world.

The following DLC is included:

  • Part 1: The Teal Mask (Fall 2023)
  • Part 2: The Indigo Disk (Winter 2023)


Other Upcoming Nintendo Titles currently in Development:


Metroid Prime 4

First Announced: June 13, 2017


Detective Pikachu 2

First Announced: May 28, 2019

As always, we hope you found this guide helpful.

By Jack Longman

In 2015, when rumours of the NX and Zelda U were everywhere, my brother and I started Miketendo64 and we've been running it ever since. As the Editor-in-Chief, I have attended video gaming events in three different countries, been to preview events, and penned more than 4,000 articles to date, ranging from news, to features, reviews, interviews and guides. I love gaming and I love all things Nintendo. I also love Networking, so don't be afaid to reach out. Email: contact@miketendo64.com / jack.lo@miketendo64.com Website: https://miketendo64.com/ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyVMO4QgcniAjhLxoyc9n8Q

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