May is the calm before the storm of June onwards this year. Following April 2023 with GrimGrimoire OnceMoreProcess of Elimination, Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp, and Trinity Trigger, this month has The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom as the highlight with some notable shoot ’em ups, NIS games, and more. Here’s what you need to know about the Japanese games releasing in May 2023 on all platforms. As usual, I’ll update this when dates change or new ones get announced.

Japanese video games releasing in May 2023

May 1

Terra Flame
Terarin Games
Nintendo Switch

May 9

Dokapon Kingdom: Connect
Idea Factory International
Nintendo Switch

May 11

Fuga: Melodies of Steel 2
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC

May 12

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Nintendo Switch

May 16

PS5, PS5, PC

May 18

Winter’s Wish: Spirits of Edo
Aksys Games
Nintendo Switch

May 23

Monster Menu: The Scavenger’s Cookbook
NIS America
PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch

Fairy Fencer F: Refrain Chord
Idea Factory International

Puzzle Bobble Everybubble
ININ Games
Nintendo Switch

Ghostpia Season One
PQube Games
Nintendo Switch

May 25

Star Gagnant
Nintendo Switch

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Aoishiro HD Remaster
Nintendo Switch

May 26

Fitness Circuit
Spike Chunsoft
Nintendo Switch

I’ll update this feature if any dates change or when new games are announced for the month as usual.

Update: Added Fairy Fencer F: Refrain Chord Steam release date.

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