Recap: Everything that happened at the PACKED September 2022 Nintendo Direct

September 2022 Nintendo Direct recap

We finally got a date and name for the second Zelda: Breath of the Wild game

Are you ready for a September 2022 Nintendo Direct recap? I’m not! It was a constant explosion of info, and there’s a lot to take in. Let’s attempt to make sense of it all.

September 2022 Nintendo Direct recap: all the news

  • Fire Emblem Engage is the next mainline entry in the Fire Emblem franchise, and it’s coming very soon! January 20, 2023, actually.
  • It Takes Two is out on Nintendo Switch on November 4 of this year. It’ll sport two-player local play across two Switch units.
  • Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse is coming west in “early 2023.”
  • Wave 2 of the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 expansion pass, which is really the first actual chunk of content, is out on October 13 of this year. It features Ino, a new character that can be unlocked after completing her story quest, as well as challenges. It’ll be followed by several other DLC packs, including a bigger expansion in late 2023.
  • Spongebob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake arrives on Switch in 2023.
  • Fitness Boxing: Fist of the North Star edition is confirmed for March 2023 on Switch. Yes, it’s a boxing/fitness game with the Fist of the North Star IP. That’s pretty much all you need to know!

  • We got to see a bit more gameplay for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, which was a quick retread of info, and a reconfirmation of an October 20, 2022 date.
  • Rune Factory 3 Special is coming to Switch in 2023. You can engage in relaxing activities and transform into monsters. Also, a new Rune Factory Switch game will arrive “in the future.”
  • More Nintendo 64 games are confirmed, but they’re not arriving all at once: Pilotwings 64, Mario Party 64, Mario Party 2, Mario Party 3, Pokemon Stadium, Pokemon Stadium 2, 1080 Snowboarding, Excitebike 64, and GoldenEye 64 (with online play). Expect these to be slowly released over the course of several months. No Genesis games were confirmed in the Direct.
  • Various Daylife hits Switch today. See? We got at least one surprise drop.
  • Factorio (October 28, 2022) and Ib (spring 2023) were shown off very briefly.
  • Mario Strikers Battle League will get a second free update, with Pauline and Diddy Kong confirmed for the roster, with more gear and a new stadium.
  • Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & The Secret Key launches on February 24, 2023 (hey it’s that same week of packed games again!).
  • We got a quick look at two tracks coming to Wave 3 from the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC pass: Merry Mountain from Mario Kart Tour and Peach Gardens from Mario Kari DS.

  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion will hit Switch on December 13.
  • Radiant Silvergun, the classic shmup, launches on the Switch eShop later today.
  • Endless Dungeon is coming to Switch next year.
  • Tales of Symphonia remaster is great news! It’ll hit Switch in “early 2023.”
  • We got a sizzle reel of dates for upcoming games: Life is Strange: Arcadia Bay Collection (September 27, 2022), Romancing Saga – Minstrel Song – Remastered (December 1, 2022), LEGO Bricktales (Fall 2022), Disney Speedstorm (2022), and Fall Guys Season 2 (September 15, 2022).
  • Kirby’s Return to Dreamland (2011) is coming back in Switch form with Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe. It’ll have new features, as well as the option to play as Kirby for all four players locally (instead of friends or buddies).

  • Of course, the big news was The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. We can finally start calling it by its real name! It also got a date: May 12, 2023. Other than a brief glimpse at some gameplay, that’s pretty much it. The trailer for that is right above.

If you want to watch the entire thing yourself beyond this complete September 2022 Nintendo Direct recap, you can view it here on Nintendo’s YouTube channel.

One thing’s for sure: January and February are going to be packed when it comes to games!

Chris Carter
Reviews Director, Co-EIC - Chris has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff!