Mina The Hollower (Switch eShop)
Publisher: Yacht Club Games / Developer: Yacht Club Games
Release Date: 2023 (USA) / 2023 (UK/EU)
Planned for PC/Mac release in December 2023, it's not yet 100% clear if Shovel Knight devs Yacht Club Games will bring this old-school top-down GBC-style game to Switch. But with all the Nintendo inspiration visible in the game's aesthetic, Mina the Hollower has to come to the Nintendo console du jour, right?
Ugh, so many long-awaited games, and just as I've rekindled my love for playing Lego thanks to my kids. My wallet weeps.
Will definitely be getting Tears of the Kingdom though, at the very least.
Zelda, Pikmin, Digimon, Advance Wars, Hollow Knight, Kirby... and the year hasn't even started yet. Looking forward to 2023!
Only DISGAEA 7 here.
The other games i don´t like.
Obs: love Advance Wars 1 + 2 but i don´t believe anymore.
I think at this point, The Outer Wilds, Silksong and Advance Wars have the same release date as the Nintendo Switch Pro!
suikoden 1&2 i am looking forward to..along with dragon quest 3 hd-2d.
Missing a few in this list IMO, but 2023 is already looking really healthy. February alone is incredible
Can’t wait for Theaterhythm. I know I’ll certainly put a couple hundred hours into that one. Loved the 3DS game.
You forgot Spongebob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake.
So many great games to look forward to. Rain Code looks especially promising to me.
FF:E, TotK and SOS:AWL are my tentpoles as the preorders are paid for or in Zelda’s case I put aside money hoping for a CE and Limited Edition OLED switch plus making sure I have all the Japanese eshop games on wiiu and 3ds that I want. But as usual I’m going to be broke. My hope next year is to really focus on the backlog and wishlist and reel in the budget but I like way too many games that are on the way. I’m only grateful that there isn’t much on the Ps5/SeriesX/PC front that I want or can’t wait for. I do want to focus less on JRPGs and tactics games so I can beat more games. That being said I think TotK might be my last Zelda.
Suikoden Remasters, for sure, but most looking forward to Octopath Traveler 2, with Eiyuden Chronicles a distant second. Kids are obviously over the moon for Zelda, though I am not. I really enjoyed BotW but TotK doesn't appeal to me in the slightest.
Games that I am excited about confirmed for 2023 are these:
Maybe 2023 or 2024 or Never
About 24 I am really interested in there. Argh. Lol.
You forgot F-Zero.
I'd like to give about half of these a try at some point, but the only ones I'm considering getting day one are Hollow Knight 2, Zelda, Octopath 2, and Blasphemous 2.
@Kategray Don’t forget The legends of heroes: Trails to Azure, Trails into Reverie and Wrestlequest! 😊
Persona 4 Golden and Kirby are my only hyped games for 2023.. Kinda sad, considering both are basically ports lol.
I'll hold off on getting too hyped for Tears of the Kingdom, as BotW was extremely underwhelming for me.
Unless they actually confirm dungeons and dungeon items I will most likely not even get the game at all.
Thankfully there's only a few here I am waiting for. But I am always looking forward to surprise new games that no one was expecting!
Only 3 caught my eyes. I hope we'll see some more nice releases as the year goes by
Pikmin 4, Zelda TotK, and (maybe) Metroid Prime 4. These are the only ones from that list that are for me. Here’s hoping Nintendo has some big announcements to make. I need a completely new Mario game, and where is that rumored DK platformer supposedly developed in-house by Nintendo? Also is Rare working on anything besides Prime 4? <sigh>
Where are you My Goldeneye I was convinced you were going to drop today feel sad. Happy Christmas everyone xx
Advance Wars is bothering me, why delay it for THIS LONG? sighs
They better make up for this by adding Dual Strike alongside 1 and 2.
The only games I’m exited for are Fire emblem and sea of stars. I refuse to get exited for Silksong until it has gone gold
Super excited for TotK, Pikmin 4, Fatal Frame 4, and Rain Code. I would include Advance Wars in that list as well, but the radio silence from Nintendo has been truly disheartening, so I'm not considering that at all until it gets a new release date. Maybe in a decade once the Ukraine situation has calmed down...
I also want to play a few indies this year. I'm very stuck in my rut, where I stick to first-party releases as well as third-party releases from bigger Japanese publishers. A bunch of really cool looking independent games released on Switch last year, and I didn't get any of them. Time to address this.
@Joeynator3000 TBH All would be forgiven for me if they included a bonus campaign in the collection. Maybe have WF branch out and develop their own, shorter side-game.
I'll be picking up Zelda, Fire Emblem, and Kirby next year for sure. I'm potentially also interested in Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden. I want to play Advance Wars so badly as I've only played Days of Ruin and enjoyed it, but, alas, I fear it may not come for quite some time.
@Ralizah I just wished there was DS content, maybe not the campaign, but maybe allow us dual COs and give us the characters/units from that game or something to use during multiplayer or custom maps or whatever. lol
Then again I could see them working around the dual-maps thing from that game as well if they wanted to include that stuff, ah well.
Nintendo seems to be front loading the year again like the last couple of years. Aside from Mario and Donkey Kong, I’m not sure what else we could expect from the Switch this year or before the end of the console.
Fire Emblem Engage looks really bland so far but I hope that's just a case of bad marketing and the game will actually turn out great.
TotK should almost certainly turn out great unless Aonuma has finally gone mad with power.
Metroid Prime 4 would be a dream but I'd take a Trilogy port if it takes another year, thank you very much.
Persona 3 and 4 should get physical releases if 5 was successful. I don't care to download them.
Wow…2023 looking to be another great year for Nintendo Switch.
Let's see, so I am 100% getting Fire Emblem, Kirby, and Zelda. Persona 4 is a maybe; I received Persona 5 as a Christmas gift so if I like it, maybe I'll check the other ones out! I've only been getting just a few games each year the past while, so this very well might be all I bother picking up unless there's some bonkers announcement like a new Wario Land or something.
Yes to Pikmin 4, KRtDLD, BotW2, Cereza, FEE (eventually), and Re-Boot Camp (if they'd let me!).
Maybe to Hogwarts, Gollum, and Octopath II, but I'll likely go for PS4 versions if possible.
Already off to a good start and the year hasn't even started yet. The annual February Direct is usually jam packed with announcements too, looks like it'll be another good year for the Switch.
Games! Games! Games!
Zelda dlc that’s taken 5 years to release as a sequel and the Pikmin game that’s been nearly complete longer than that for me. 😂
No mention of February Nintendo Direct announcement w/ a summer release Disney Speedstorm but including the Disney game that’s already out seems weird.🤷🏻♂️
I did not expect a Dumb & Dumber reference, but I know now that it was needed. In terms of games with release date, Fire Emblem and Zelda, though I’m not really excited for either.
Games without dates, Blasphemous and Silksong.
Vaporware, Prime 4.
These are the games I want, or I'm on the fence about...
Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp (maybe)
AEW Fight Forever
Clive 'N' Wrench
Digimon World: Next Order (maybe)
Disney Illusion Island (maybe)
Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse (maybe)
Hollow Knight: Silksong
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe
Metroid Prime 4 (if it even releases in 2023)
Octopath Traveler II
Super Bomberman R 2
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
If you ask me, 2023 is looking like a good year.
Going to be an expensive year!
@Ralizah It's really disappointing that a stupid proxy war that does not concern Japan in the slightest has resulted in a cartoonish war game being indefinitely delayed (or maybe even canceled). Definitely the worst thing Nintendo has done all year.
@serpenterror that’s ome hefty list you got there! You plan on buying ánd playing all these games?
Oh, I noticed btw that from your list Cult of the Lamb is already out.
Pikmin 4 and Kirby I'm really looking forward to seeing! And of course, I won't lie, Goldeneye 007, even if it is just a Switch Online release. Reminds me of Xmas 1998 when I queued for 90 minutes with my two brothers to purchase an N64 with Goldeneye and three other games. Epic times!
Yikes, I still haven't beaten Disgaea 5...
Feels like this feature is done every week.
Tears of the Kingdom and Silksong are the two absolute must plays on switch for me next year. It's only really From Softwares Armoured Core that has as much of my excitement right now.
If only it stopped there. I'll very likely pick up the persona 3/4 bundle (reasonable priced so double dipping doesn't feel too bad!), Engage, The Plucky Squire, Mira the Hollower, Sea of Stars, Demonschool, RainCode, Pikmin 4....
Next year is going to be great gaming wise with all these already announced games and we mostly know just about the start of the year!
Plus, I still have many games that came out this year to play, too.
Bayonetta Origins is shaping up to be the most charming prequel since Yoshi's Island.
Advanced Wars release date is basically 'when someone finally kills Putin'.
Octopath and Fire Emblem look great. My wife pre-ordered Engage for me as a Christmas gift. Looking forward to a change of pace from Three Houses.
I am most certainly going to get Kirby: Return to Dreamland Deluxe, as well as Silksong (if it comes out, that is!). As well, The Plucky Squire looks really fun, but first I need to finally play more of RPG Time: The Legend of Wright.
Definitely excited for TotK and Pikmin 4. And also World of Anterra, though the dev recently stated the console release might be getting pushed back to early 2024 instead (though PC release is still aiming for Q3 2023 release).
@Mauzuri thats the same mentality for TotK i have, if its open world and has no traditional dungeons it may be the first zelda game since Age of Calamity ill skip. Or better yet, the first mainline entry ill skip
Dont forget xenoblade 3 dlc story which is suppose to be concluding the klaus saga which will properly have the true final boss along with characters from all 3 to join forces against this big threat and hopefully it give us answers about fog king origins.
Great article with top picks. I'm excited for about half of these. The wait for Zelda has been too long. My excitement has softened....slightly. Hope Hazlenut Bastille makes 2023.
That's probably for the best. The Legend of Zelda lost its magic with Breath of the Wild, controversial as that opinion may be.
So if TotK follows that same path.. I'm 100 procent out.
@Digitamamon64 love your profile pic! Have you played Digimon next order before?
@Calbant Thanks! For some reason Digitamamon has always been my favorite Digimon. I played Next Order when it came out on PS4 in the West. Played a good 150 hours or so and got the platinum trophy. I fell in love with Digimon because of the Vpets and the original Digimon World, so I was hyped for Next Order. It's been a while though and it'll be cool to play it on a handheld this time
My “wanted” list, working backwards:
Metroid Prime 4
The Plucky Squire
Sea of Stars
Metal Slug Tactics
2023, to me, seems even better than 2022.
EDIT: forgot to add Digimon as a maybe for me. I’m starting to resent Pokémon a little and need something “fresh”.
Guys, my wallet is sogging with what appears to be sweat. I don't know how it happened but it happened around the time I was looking at the games coming out in February alone.
People consider scarlet and violet to be cracking games?
Although no release date has been given yet and it hasn't eve been confirmed for Switch, I do believe theres a highly likely chance of it releasing on Switch next year due to the track record of DQ on consoles and Square Enix continuously giving to Switch.
Just Zelda and the new Oxenfree for me. Nothing else remotely appealing... but Zelda should keep me fairly busy if it's anything like BOTW, haha!
An announcement about the successor to the Switch is what I'm hoping for in 2023. That and the new Zelds.
@Serpenterror Oh man, I was just about to comment about how no one seems excited for SacriFire and then you come along
TLDR; JRPG fans eating good this year.
really quite excited about the Mickey Mouse game, and the Bayonetta prequel.
I'm really looking forward to the new Ys games. Ys VIII would be in my all time top ten. I found Ys IX to be a little... dour... but I have a good feeling about X. And, now that we finally have Bubble Bobble, I am hoping that Hamster will bring us Rainbow Islands and The New Zealand Story.
Already pre-ordered 6 games for Feb and Fire Emblem which releases on my birthday, going to be an expensive year as a Switch owner 😭🤣
Fire Emblem, Kirby, Fae Farm, Story of Seasons, Tales, Hogwarts, Gollum, GrimGrimoire, and a few others I’m excited for. Will be getting Zelda but it will be for my sons to play, not me.
Zelda, Hogwarts(please be good), Disney rpg, Disney side scroller, Disney racer. hoping announced soon DQB 3(c'mon enix).
I'm looking forward to so many of these games but anything that comes out after Zelda is just not going to get played by me.
The outer wilds would be a pretty damn fantastic launch game if that was the case.
for me im hyped for the likes of Trails to Azure, that DQIII remake and zelda naturally. (and those FF remasters due to how long its been since any of them have been on console)
There are quite a few hitters on this list. The problem is I'm going to be spending the first half of this year catching up what I should have played last year. I will balance it all the best I can.
Hogwarts legacy!!! 🪄
2023 is going to be bonkers for Switch!!
Just Zelda for me.
Then the inevitable Mario Bros Movie tie in game (maybe).
MP4 will be out in 2024 although we might get a trailer this year.
Looking forward to the Zelda direct soon...
For me (Switch): Fire Emblem Engage, Tales of Symphonia Remastered, Kirby, Octopath Traveler 2, Fatal Frame, Zelda, Advance Wars, Oxenfree 2, Pikmin 4 and Metroid Prime 4 if it actually launches this year. And many more to be announced.
(PS5): Hogwarts Legacy, Forspoken.
(XSX): Whatever they announce on GamePass. Maybe Hogwarts Legacy instead of PS5.
(PC/SteamDeck): I don't really know yet.
I would say on this list about five or six are solid purchases and about seven more are in the maybe column depending reviews. This is about typical as far as games I know I want at the start of any given year, so I would say 2023 is looking fine so far. Actually, better than fine since I’m a huge Zelda fan, so that makes 2023 a big year no matter what.
Prediction: By the time the "world events" are over, the Switch is at the end of its life cycle and it would not be profitable to release Advance Wars. Instead, 25-30 years from now they release a "Switch Classic" that finally has the game on it.
Pikmin 4 is my absolute most-wanted game for 2023 right now, Prime 4 would join it but who knows if we'll see it this year, other than that i'm also really looking forward to these -
Tears of the Kingdom - Obviously, although Zelda doesn't excite me as much as other Nintendo franchises do.
Spongebob:The Cosmic Shake - i've always enjoyed the Spongebob 3D platformers.
Clive 'N' Wrench - hopefully it isn't delayed any further.
Project Zero 4
Detective Pikachu 2 - Although it hasn't been shown off yet it is supposedly close to completion, i really enjoyed the first one.
Advance Wars 1+2 - again though, who knows on this one...
Finally, i'm gonna wish for Starfox Zero to get a Switch port with normal controls, it seems like such an obvious thing to do, maybe too obvious for Nintendo lol
I so so wonted to add castlevania SOTN and MVC2 to my switch list for this year. Lots of great games on this list, but these two titles would complete me like joker to Batman. Lol
Lot of Nintendo Switch games coming. Best console ever made in the world. The Nintendo Switch. Number one. Everything is great about this hybrid console. I have never seen this kind of a console ever.
One of the main games that I'm looking forward too is Sea of Stars! The pixel art looks so pretty and so well done, the team seems really passionate about the game. I cannot wait to play it!
I think this lineup has shown me the truth. I’m finally moving on from gaming. All of this stuff is a shoulder haunch, for me. I feel like I’m trying to hold on to something, that why I still show interest. 🤷🏿♂️ Or maybe the industry has gotten boring. I don’t understand the momentum that keeps any of these systems going, these days.
Hogwart legacy. it's a bomb
Nothing here. Maybe Warhammer 40000.
My priority is Street fighter 6 (Steam version).
I don't think Metroid Prime 4 will make it in time. It will probably be a Switch 2 title.
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