As is tradition, the latest Nintendo Direct arrived with a few exclusive surprises for audiences in Japan. While this regional Direct largely resembled the global version, four additional games made an appearance during the show – only some of which will actually release in the West. There’s a new Square Enix game in the bunch, and even a return for the long-running Atelier franchise.
Here’s every game included in the Japan-exclusive
Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo
Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo is a new horror-themed visual novel developed and published by Square Enix. It appears to be a more experimental title from the studio, which has become known for traditional action-adventure and role-playing games – but its early trailer has us intrigued. With plenty of spooky visuals, and a haunting soundscape, this paranormal adventure should be on your radar.
While exclusive to the Japanese
Atelier Marie Remake: The Alchemist of Salburg
During the Japan-exclusive
Given the popularity of the Atelier series, which is nearing its 30th anniversary, it’s surprising that this wasn’t included in the worldwide
Natsu-Mon: 20th Century Summer Vacation
Natsu-Mon: 20th Century Summer Vacation continues the long-running Summer Vacation series, which has occasionally popped up in the West. These games are essentially cosy life simulators that follow children on idyllic summer vacations as they explore quiet towns, and get to know new people.
The latest entry looks to be more of the same, with the game’s protagonist tasked with wandering a green village, and taking part in various festivals. At this stage, it’s unknown if the game will launch in the West. Shin chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation -The Endless Seven-Day Journey- was released in the West in mid-2022.
Momotaro Dentetsu: The Earth Spins With Hope
The Momotaro Dentetsu franchised debuted in Japan in 1988, and in that time, it has never made its way to the West. That likely means the latest entry, The Earth Spins With Hope, will remain a region exclusive – but regardless, it looks like an adorable, wholesome time.
In this series, you must travel by rail and other public transport across a board, attempting to acquire property and build up your wealth against rival players. The game loop appears to be very Monopoly-like, although the characters are much cuter, and there are also mini stories that play out as you travel.
Catch up with all the announcements from the February 2023 Nintendo Direct.