Nintendo Direct 18th June 2024: A Spectacular Showcase

Mario & Luigi Brothership in Nintendo Direct
Discover new games, updates, and expansions for the Nintendo Switch

The month of June 2024 has been a gaming bonanza! With the Xbox Game Showcase and Summer Game Fest already thrilling gamers, Nintendo Direct on the 18th of June took it up a notch. Let’s dive into all the exhilarating announcements, categorized into new game releases, updates, and expansions for Nintendo Switch Online.

New Game Announcements

Mario & Luigi: Brothership

After a seven-year hiatus, Mario and Luigi are back in a brand new adventure, “Mario & Luigi: Brothership.” Set to release on 7th November 2024, this game sees the iconic duo exploring a ship-island hybrid, battling foes with turn-based combat, and experiencing lush, animated graphics.

Metroid Prime 4: Beyond

Fans have eagerly awaited more on Metroid Prime 4, and the latest Nintendo Direct did not disappoint. “Metroid Prime 4: Beyond” offers a glimpse into Samus Aran’s new interstellar adventure, set to release in 2025. The gameplay trailer showcased intense battles and stunning planetary exploration.

Nintendo World Championships: NES Edition

Launching on 18th July 2024, this collection of NES classics is perfect for speedrunners. Compete in challenges from iconic games in this nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Donkey Kong Country Returns HD

Coming to the Switch on 26th January 2025, this HD remaster of the beloved Wii game includes enhanced graphics, levels from the 3DS version, and a co-op mode.

The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom

In a surprising twist, Princess Zelda takes the lead in “The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom.” Using a magical staff, players can copy and conjure objects and enemies to solve puzzles and fight. Mark your calendars for 26th September 2024.


The hit cat adventure game, Stray, arrives on the Switch this holiday season. Navigate a futuristic world as a stray cat, exploring and causing mischief in a post-humanity setting.

Ace Attorney Investigations Collection

For the first time in English, the “Ace Attorney Investigations Collection” lands on the Switch on 6th September 2024. This remastered collection includes both spin-off titles from the Ace Attorney series.

Super Mario Party Jamboree

Launching on 17th October 2024, “Super Mario Party Jamboree” offers online multiplayer for up to 20 players and 110 mini-games, making it the largest Mario Party game yet.

Marvel vs. Capcom Fighting Collection: Arcade Classics

Relive arcade glory with seven classic Marvel vs. Capcom games in this collection, complete with online play, private matches, and combo training. Release date: later this year.

Darkest Dungeon 2

The dark, challenging RPG sequel “Darkest Dungeon 2” is set to haunt the Switch on 15th July 2024.

Dragon Quest 3 2D-HD

This beautifully remastered version of the classic RPG is set to release on 15th November 2024. Plus, remakes of Dragon Quest I and II are on the way for 2025.

MIO: Memories In Orbit

This metroidvania title, set to release in 2025, showcases stunning environments and fluid gameplay as players explore a derelict spaceship.

The New Denpa Men

Available for free download on 27th July 2024, this RPG lets players customize their Denpa Men for various adventures.

Lego Horizon Adventures

We’ve finally seen gameplay for this upcoming Lego title, blending exploration and creativity. Release date is still TBD.

Tales of the Shire

This charming farming game set in the Lord of the Rings universe is a must-play for fans, coming later this year.

Fantasian: Neo Dimension

From the creator of Final Fantasy, this enhanced version of Fantasian with new features is set for a winter 2024 release.

Fairy Tail 2

Experience an emotional retelling of the “Alvarez Empire” arc in this real-time action game, releasing in winter 2024.


Launching on 1st November 2024, this unique game combines farming with monster cultivation and combat against an evil ruler.

Funko Fusion

This crossover shooter, featuring beloved Funko Pop characters, will be available on 13th September 2024.

Looney Tunes: Wacky World of Sports

Engage in various sports with iconic Looney Tunes characters when this fun title releases later this year.

Hello Kitty Island Adventure

Inspired by Animal Crossing, this game lets you explore an island with Hello Kitty and friends, coming to Switch next year.

Metal Slug Attack Reloaded

Available now, this new tower-defense game in the Metal Slug series is ready to play on multiple platforms, including Switch.

Luigi’s Mansion 2 HD

Get ready to spook up some fun with this HD remaster, launching on 27th June 2024.

Just Dance 2025 Edition

Dance to new tracks and routines in the latest Just Dance game, out this October.

The Hundred Line – Last Defence Academy

Fans of Danganronpa will love this new game from the same developers, set to release in early 2025.

Phantom Brave: The Last Hero

This strategic RPG, featuring a young girl with the ability to speak to phantoms, will be available in 2025.

Romancing SaGa 2: Revenge of the Seven

Take control of a kingdom over generations in this RPG, releasing on 24th September 2024.

Game Updates

Basketball in Nintendo Switch Sports

A free update this summer will add basketball to the lineup of sports in Nintendo Switch Sports, complete with motion controls and local multiplayer.

DLC for Disney Illusion Island

A new adventure titled “Mystery in Monoth” is now available for free to all owners of Disney Illusion Island.

Among Us

New roles like the Tracker and Phantom are now live, adding fresh dynamics to the game.

Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack

Perfect Dark

The original Perfect Dark is now available via the N64 application, along with Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and new titles for the Gameboy Advance app: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Four Swords & Metroid Zero Mission.

What Do You Think?

Nintendo certainly knows how to keep gamers excited. From long-awaited sequels to surprising new adventures, this Nintendo Direct had something for everyone. Which games are you most excited about? Do you have any theories or hopes for upcoming releases? Let us know in the comments below!

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