The Nintendo Direct September 2022 showcase has wrapped. It was crammed full of trailers and very little waffle, but still felt a little muted. There were four major announcements there:
- Breath of the Wild 2 got a name - Legend of Zelda: Tears of Kingdom (opens in new tab)
- Octopath Traveler 2 got announced (opens in new tab)
- Fire Emblem: Engage also got revealed (opens in new tab)
- Pikmin 4 is coming in 2023 (opens in new tab)
Before the showcase kicks off, we're going to run through some of our biggest Nintendo Direct September 2022 predictions. If we're right – we told you so. And if we're wrong… well, you know, it would be rude to bring us up on it.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
Nintendo delayed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (opens in new tab) back in March, pushing the game to 2023. While it remains one of the most anticipated upcoming Nintendo Switch games (opens in new tab), there has been very little information released so far – it still doesn't have an official title. That's why we're anticipating a Breath of the Wild 2 blowout at the September Nintendo Direct, including a fresh look at the expanded overworld and some of the new combat moves Link has learned since we last saw him in 2017. Of course, Nintendo could decide to hold onto the big Breath of the Wild 2 reveal until the new year, but given that it has been over 200 days since the last full-fat Nintendo Direct – held in February 2022 – we're hoping Ninty has something big to show.
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD and Twilight Princess HD
Last year, The Legend of Zelda celebrated its 35th anniversary – and it passed with surprisingly little fanfare. That's not to discount the rather wonderful The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (opens in new tab), which will almost certainly have close thematic ties to the skyfaring adventures in Breath of the Wild 2, but we were expecting Nintendo to release the full suite of Wii U Zelda games on the Nintendo Switch. There have been some murmurings that The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD are set to arrive as a belated anniversary present – and given that they are two of the best Zelda games (opens in new tab) of all-time, I wouldn't have any complaints.
Bayonetta 3 (opens in new tab) is set to release as a Nintendo Switch exclusive on October 28, but PlatinumGames hasn't exactly been forthcoming with new information. We're seeking clarity around the time-twisting story, not to mention how the developer has expanded Bayonetta