Boss Rush Banter: How Would You Grade the June 2023 Nintendo Direct?

Nintendo fans are always eager for more. For better or for worse, we fans hype ourselves up with each Direct. Nintendo aired approximately 40 minutes of content today, after weeks of Summer Game Fest and other showcases (to no one’s surprise). How did this Direct go for you?

If you missed the Nintendo Direct live, don’t worry. Here’s a high level recap of announcements, and the link to the showcase is also below.

Pokemon Content:

  • Pokemon Scarlet and Violet The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero: The Teal Mask & The Indigo Disk (specific dates still not released)
  • Detective Pikachu Returns trailer and release date 10/6/2023

Mario Mania:

  • Super Mario RPG remake: 11/17/2023
  • New Princess Peach game announced: 2024
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (2024)
  • Wave 5 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Summer 2023
  • WarioWare Move It: 11/3/2023; pre orders today
  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder: 10/2023

Other Nintendo IP:

  • Splatoon 3 Splatfest Ice cream flavors announced
  • More Pikmin 4 information including night time exploration. Demo will be available June 28th. Pikmin 1 and 2 are available now.
  • Nintendo Live 2023 Information 
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Zelda and Ganondorf amiibo announced for holiday 2023


  • Sonic Superstars: Fall 2023
  • Persona 5 Tactica: 11/17/2023; pre orders today
  • Palia: Holiday 2023
  • MythForce: 2023
  • Batman Arkham Trilogy: Fall 2023
  • Gloomhaven: 9/18/23; pre-orders today
  • More Just Dance 2024
  • Silent Hope: 10/3/2023
  • Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince: 12/1/23
  • Metal Gear Solid Collection Vol : 10/24/2023; pre orders today
  • Vampire Survivors coming to Switch 8/17/2023
  • Head Bangers Rhythm Royal
  • Penny’s Big Breakaway: Early 2024
  • Remake of Star Ocean The Second Story R: 11/2/2023
  • Montage of: Fae Farm, Hotwheels Unleashed 2: Turbocharged, Manic Mechanics, Sparks of Hope DLC

Here is the June 21st, 2023 Nintendo Direct stream ICYMI:

Credit: Nintendo

Overall, I would say it was a solid B+ to A-, depending on your taste. Regardless, there was something old and something new with both first and third party information. After massive game releases this year so far, I wouldn’t expect another massive banger like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom or Metroid 4 for a while.

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