Most anticipated Nintendo Life game of 2023 (that’s not Zelda)
It’s that time of year again where we all look back to appreciate the good things about 2022, but also start to look forward to a brand new year, full of video game releases and surprises. And yes, when you think of “2023” and “video games,” we know that one obvious answer comes to mind: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, the long-awaited blockbuster to the sky-high sequel to Breath of the Wild.
but you are I already know We’re excited about Zelda, so we polled the Nintendo Life team to find out what else On the wish list for 2023…
Kate Gray, Staff Writer
Perhaps to no one’s surprise, a lot of my most anticipated games are indie games that look like they’re going to be really special. This includes games like Fae Farm, Venba, and Storyteller – it’s a farming game, it’s a cooking game, and one that’s kind of… I honestly don’t know what to expect from Storyteller, but I know it’s a jam, and I wonder if it would have the same vibe repentanceone of the GOTYs who do not have a switch this year.
Special shout out to The Blake Square, and it’s a particularly attractive piece of eye candy that looks like it’s going to dominate the video game discussion when it comes out sometime in 2023. It’s got this cool 2D-3D hybrid thing going on, with a comic art style that I guess I’m going for. to love. Also, Demonschool, which is, UGH, pretty cool. I wrote about it here, so go read my hands-on opinions!
In the AAA corner are games like Pikmin 4, Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life, and… hm, that’s it. Honestly, I don’t play a lot of big releases during the year they were released, so I’ll probably end up playing one of the GOTYs from years past like Red Dead Redemption 2. Oh, and Baldur’s Gate III! Buuuuut that’s not coming to Switch. It might happen one day…
Oli Reynolds, Staff Writer
I have to admit I had to look for exactly what was on the horizon for the Switch in 2023, because right now, like so many others, there’s a tsunami in the shape of Kingdom Tears looming over everything I can think of about.
That said, once I reminded myself of what was coming out, I was pleasantly surprised by just how many games I plan to add to my collection. At the top of the list is probably Persona 4: Golden, a game I haven’t played since I (unfortunately) sold my PS Vita several years ago. I haven’t gotten Persona 5 Royal because I already have it on PS4, but you can bet I’ll be downloading Persona 4 the minute it launches in just over a month.
Elsewhere, I’m really looking forward to seeing what Hogwarts Legacy is all about, although I admit I probably won’t get that on Switch due to the heavy cuts it will inevitably undergo. Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider looks like a great retro game that will definitely make the list, and like Kate, I’ve got my eyes set on Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life, after spending countless hours playing the original game on a GameCube back in the day.
Finally, in order to bring out some much-awaited news, I’m really looking forward to Metroid Prime 4. Come on, Nintendo!
Alana Haggis, Staff Writer
People, 2023 is stacked And I’m a little afraid. Even after discounting Tears of the Kingdom and the big non-Nintendo release of the year, Final Fantasy XVI, for me, in the first six months alone, there’s so much coming out that everything will be vying for my attention.
February has Octopath Traveler II and Theatrhythm Final Bar Line, the two titles I’m so stuck with. I never expected to get a direct sequel to Octopath, and really want to see if the sequel improves the character’s pacing, however, it’s my dream sequel – I can’t believe we’re finally getting another Theatrhythm game. I love video game music and Final Fantasy music, so I thought this would be my go-to for the year.
As a Trails fan, I’m going to be spoiled in 2023. Trails to Azure was released in March, and I’m desperate to see the concluding half of the Crossbell arc, and then Trails to Reverie kicks off this summer! miss. Sea of Stars and Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes both appear sometime in 2023 as well. And I’m definitely obsessed with Persona 3 Portable – I’ve played FES but not this version!
Moving away from RPGs, though, there are plenty of things to do. Mineko’s Night Market and Snufkin: Melody of Moominvalley are just two of the best video games I’ve seen, A Space For the Unbound is so beautiful to look at it seems like it will make me cry, I can’t forget about Pikmin 4, can I? And hey, Silksong is supposed to come out before July 2023, right? It’s going to appear at the same time as Zelda or FFXVI, right…
Jim Norman, staff writer
Once we get Tears of the Kingdom and Remasters in Wind Waker HD and Twilight Princess HD (both Sure, 100% it happens) 2023 is still looking… ridiculously busy.
My year will undoubtedly begin with Fire Emblem Engage – a game we’ve heard controversially about too much Now but I’m still really excited about it. Just like Alana, I’ve been tracking Sea of Stars for several months now and it still looks like one of the nicer Switch games going. I also played Owlboy for the first time this year and absolutely fell in love, so you know that D-Pad Studio’s next game, Vikings on Trampolines, she has to be on my mind.
Then there are titles like Bomb Rush Cyberfunk and Nuclear Blaze, both of which are really eager to see more footage given what I’ve seen so far, I’m sold. Obviously Pikmin 4 is coming and it takes a few weeks of playtime again.
Wildcard transitions to Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp and Marvel’s Midnight Suns. Hopefully they can both make their way to Switch in 2023, that’s really what I’m doing. The former looks like we’ll get a release date any day now, while the latter might be a pipe dream at this point…
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