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Nintendo Direct Showcases Farming Sims, Lots Of RPGs Coming To The Nintendo Switch In The Coming Months

Year of the Farm Sim?

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If there was one thing Nintendo wanted you to know (aside from the new Zelda sequel's name), it's that you can get your farming fix on the Nintendo Switch. Aside from literally all the farming simulators, RPGs dominated the Nintendo Direct this morning, with a new Fire Emblem announced, alongside a sequel to one of Square Enix's best RPGs in years.

We saw during the Nintendo Direct four farming games coming to Switch, including a remake of the GameCube's Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life. Also announced was Fae Farm, Harvestella, and Rune Factory 3 Special

Story of Seasons is a remake of the GameCube classic, focused primarily on the farming, though you'll also spend time building up relationships with those around you. Fae Farm, rather, sees players join a community of farmers - online or local co-op - where you take on the role of an adventurer. You'll explore for resources, build out farms and homes and more in this farming sim from Dauntless developer Phoenix Labs. 

Harvestella sees players combat with the season of death, which threatens to destroy your hard built and cultivated farm. You'll be tasked with putting an end to the season of death in the farming sim, reminding one of the harshness of a Westerosi winter. Rune Factory 3 Special is a remake of the Nintendo DS' Rune Factory 3, seeing players go on quests, cultivate crops and take out monsters that might threaten your village.

Farming sims weren't the only genre to get a ton of play during today's Direct, though. RPGs definitely had their say, with Breath of the Wild 2 finally getting a name and date. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is coming to Switch in May 2023.

It wasn't the only sequel officially announced today either, as Octopath Traveler 2 was announced for Switch (also PlayStation, Xbox and PC) today. A follow-up to Square Enix's awesome tactical RPG, Octopath Traveler 2  takes players to a new era with all new travelers to embark on your adventure with. It hits platforms on February 24th, 2023.

Fire Emblem Engage was also unveiled, bringing the legendary RPG franchise back to the Switch, with some familiar faces in the crowd. Engage sees players take a role a world where, a thousand years before, the Fell Dragon was sealed away from the land. Now the seal has broken, and players will need to combat the Fell Dragon's evil. Players are reunited with fan favorites Marth and Celica when Fire Emblem Engage releases  on January 20th, 2023.

TUNIC, the isometric ARPG was also revealed to be coming to the Switch, bringing its small fox on an adventure in the palm of your hand. Bayonetta 3 also got some new gameplay shown off, seeing the 

You can check out the full Nintendo Direct in the embed below.


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore