Nintendo Direct 2022 – live: Earthbound, Mario Kart 8 and the best new UK announcements

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Expect to see plenty of announcements for upcoming games for the Switch

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Update: The Nintendo Direct is now over. Read below to find out what the biggest announcements were.

Since events began in 2011, Nintendo Direct live streams have become the gaming giant’s preferred way to announce new titles and show off gameplay. Past directs have focused on upcoming indie titles and some have even celebrated a particular game, like breath of the wild when it was first revealed.

We particularly like the format because it gives us a much better idea of ​​what Nintendo is ready to share more publicly and narrows down what we can expect in future announcements. Chances are that if a Nintendo title is already known to be in the works, you can at least expect an update on its development.

Now another Nintendo Direct is planned for tonight at 10 p.m. GMT and it appears to be one of its longest, focusing on games releasing in the first half of 2022 for a good 40 minutes.

There have already been many announcements, such as Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Triangle Strategy, but chances are we’ll also get a glimpse of other upcoming titles that don’t yet have a confirmed release date. Nintendo also has a habit of publishing certain games and demos on the e-shop immediately after the end of the event.

We’ll be following live announcements to cover all the big reveals. Keep scrolling for updates as they happen.

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Nintendo Direct summary: all the most important announcements.

That wraps up the first Nintendo Direct event of 2022! There were some big surprises that we didn’t expect, but we’re certainly excited to see them coming out this year!

If you missed the original announcements, here are the ones worth mentioning in no particular order:

  • Mario Strikers: Battle League, release June 10
  • Advance Wars 1+2: Restart, released on April 8
  • Fire Emblem: Three Hopes, out June 24
  • LIVE LIVE, released on July 22
  • Nintendo Switch Sportsreleased on April 29
  • Earthbound + earthly beginnings is coming to Nintendo Switch Online
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3, coming “September 2022”

That’s all from us, but we hope you’ve found some new titles to excite you in 2022!

Pickering JasperFebruary 9, 2022 10:55 p.m.

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‘Xenoblade Chronicles 3’ confirmed for September release

The next installment in the massive JRPG series Xenoblade Chronicles closes the show with a release date surprisingly close to “September 2022”.

Pickering JasperFebruary 9, 2022 10:47 p.m.

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New courses for ‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’

A refresher course pass for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe promises 48 additional new courses by the end of 2023, featuring favorites from the original Super Nintendo through to 3DS.

The first wave of classes will launch on March 18, 2022. The booster pass can be purchased separately or is also included in the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass.

Pickering JasperFebruary 9, 2022 10:39 p.m.

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‘Earthbound’ is coming to Nintendo Switch Online

It finally happened. Nintendo fans shouted loud enough for the highly acclaimed Earthbound is finally available on Nintendo Switch Online as well as the original Mother of the NES.

Pickering JasperFebruary 9, 2022 10:36 p.m.

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‘Nintendo Switch Sports’ Announced

Remember Sports Wii, the game that was single-handedly responsible for countless broken televisions? Well it looks like there is an official follow up with Nintendo Switch Sports.

Sports like tennis and bowling are making a comeback with new additions like volleyball. The joy-con and leg strap accessory can also be used to participate in certain games such as football.

An online playtest will be available from February 18-20.

Pickering JasperFebruary 9, 2022 10:30 p.m.

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Gameplay details of “Mario Strikers: Battle League”

Pickering JasperFebruary 9, 2022 10:26 p.m.

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New “Kirby and the Forgotten Lands” Gameplay

Kirby can eat a car. That’s all.

Pickering JasperFebruary 9, 2022 10:24 p.m.

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Announcement of the cooperative mode “Splatoon 3”.

A cooperative mode for Splatoon 3 called “Salmon Run: Next Wave” was announced, confirming that the focus is more on Splatoon’s story than the competitive multiplayer aspects of the first two titles.

We also have a firmer release window for “Summer 2022”.

Pickering JasperFebruary 9, 2022 10:15 p.m.

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‘Mario Strikers: Battle League’ Announced

Fans of the original Mario Strikers should be excited about this one. The next “combat football” game featuring Mario, Bowser, Peach and more is coming to the Nintendo Switch on June 10.

Pickering JasperFebruary 9, 2022 10:10 p.m.

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‘Advance Wars 1+2: Re-boot Camp’ gets April 8 release date

The turn-based fighting game originally featured on the Game Boy Advance is making its way to the Switch with a confirmed release date of April 8, 2022.

Pickering JasperFebruary 9, 2022 10:05 p.m.

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