February is behind us now after seeing one of the biggest launches of the year in Hogwarts Legacy despite all the controversy.
In fact, there were plenty of hits people were clamoring for beyond just the wizard game, so the new year is really off to a big start.
Sons of the Forest finally saw a launch after numerous delays where it turned out there were a lot of people waiting for it. Then there was also Atomic Heart following behind those two as a fun and solid shooter.
But that’s in the past and now it’s time to see what’s coming out in March. Does this month have what it takes to follow up what was a great month for gaming? Here’s our Niche Release Recap:
Fitness Boxing Fist of the North Star
Most wouldn’t think of an anime property getting a fitness game, yet here we are with Fitness Boxing Fist of the North Star, a fitness title based on one of the most popular manga in history, Fist of the North Star.
The game is created under the same banner as the Fitness Boxing pair of games. So it’ll play similar to those two, but with the setting and characters based on the manga. Though chances are it won’t have the gory details the manga/anime series is most known for.
Fitness Boxing Fist of the North Star releases March 2nd exclusively for Nintendo Switch.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is a unique take on the Han dynasty as a dark fantasy where demons roam the land. Players take control of a nameless solider fighting to survive with the motif of this being the time where those of greatness are not yet known.
There will be multiple fighting styles to fit any players needs, ranging from standard swords, glaives, and even the use of elemental spells. This combat is based on the real Chinese concept, Wuxing, also known as the five phases.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty will come out on March 3rd for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam).
Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse
Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse is a remaster of the game with the same name which originally launched for the Nintendo Wii. As a remaster, don’t expect major changes to the story or scares, but it will get an update for modern control devices instead of the Wii’s motion controls.
However this was once the best selling title in the series and for good reason. The game has a chilling atmosphere ready lead to a tense gameplay experience on top of Fatal Frame’s iconic Camera Obscura mechanic forcing players confront the horrors head on.
Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse will launch on March 9th for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam).
Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon
While Bayonetta 3 only just launched not even six months ago. There’s already another entry to the series, this time in the form of a prequel that reveals her origins. The game was even hinted at in Bayonetta 3 too.
Unlike the main series, instead of hacking and slashing through dozens of foes. Bayonetta Origins takes a different approach with heroine Cereza teaming up with a demon called Cheshire to battle against enemies together while also solving some puzzles.
Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon comes out exclusively to Nintendo Switch on March 17th.
Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key
Atelier Ryza 3 aims to complete the trilogy which began back in 2019. The game was originally set to launch last month, but got a slight delay to make sure the release came out cleanly.
This marks the conclusion of Ryza’s story, where fans of the series can expect to see some of the classic elements that have made the series stand out with the 24th entry of the Atelier franchise. Not to mention you can enjoy heroine Ryza’s nice thighs.
Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key is slated to launch on March 24th for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC (via Steam).
Resident Evil 4 Remake
In a year filled with horror game remakes, Resident Evil 4’s remake is arguably the biggest launch of them all. Capcom has already released remakes of their other classic titles such as Resident Evil 2 and 3. With what they’ve learned there, they aimed to make this their biggest remake yet.
What also helps is that the original Resident Evil 4 is a masterpiece, you can even check out our review of it here. But Capcom don’t plan on resting on their laurels and from the trailers shared so far. It appears they will be enhancing numerous gameplay elements to make this a strong upgrade.
Resident Evil 4 Remake launches March 24th for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam).
Ravenbound is a roguelite set in a fantasy world based on Scandinavian folklore. As a roguelite, it’ll have all the tropes found in the genre, such as permadeath with “Vessels” lost forever upon dying.
As players grow their power with each death, their lives will be filled with fast paced action gameplay against creatures based on Scandinavian mythology. At the same time, they’ll be able to explore an open world on-foot or in flight as a raven.
Ravenbound will launch on March 30th for PC (via Steam).
System Shock Remake
The title which would lead to the famous System Shock 2 is getting a full remake to overhaul the 1994 classic. Players will be able to see the origins of the rouge AI, SHODAN, as they battle against hordes of haywire robots and mutants.
They’ll be able to use a plethora of tools to survive with gameplay updated to modern standards thanks to the numerous innovations the gaming industry has seen since 1994. Though what hasn’t changed is the story to save humanity.
The long awaited remake for System Shock doesn’t have a specific release date, however it is slated to be coming out during March 2023 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam, GOG, and Epic Games Store).