If we look at Switch in the coming months of 2019, we'll need a whole lot of games here at Nintendo Life Towers before we even can start considering the inevitable discussions about End of year. No matter how scary it may seem, the holiday season is ahead of you and it's time for retrospectives, GOTYs and the like. At least the giant of Black Friday keeps Christmas music away from the shop's playlists until December of these days.
As usual, our collective backlogs are building up, but this year they are especially pronounced, with the latest exclusive switch titles such as Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Astral Chain with ubiquitous indie releases and game ports that we've probably already gotten into a Humble Bundle but have never met. [1
With surprise releases regularly appearing in the eShop (hello Bulletstorm !), Plus all the old and new indie titles being released weekly, the thought of squeezing a Nintendo Direct also makes us stop there little dizzy. It's not too long ago that the software mentioned above would represent major Nintendo console versions for a year, and to be honest, that would not have been a bad spread in the Wii U days. How times change! However, there is a lot that – and if we want to learn from history, we probably will – be able to produce a fleshy Nintendo Direct in the near future.
Looking back over the past year, after the E3 2018 Direct, we received a smash announcement and some indie highlights ahead of a full direct on September 13 ( a week later than planned due to the earthquake in Hokkaido Eastern Iburi)). During this presentation Luigis Mansion 3 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe The NES Controller for Nintendo Switch Online, Game freaks Town Civilization VI Animal Crossing: New Horizons and more were revealed. The year before as we received a direct on-yep on September 13th. You do not have to be Detective Pikachu to see what's on the horizon.
Since Link's Awakening and Switch Lite are so close up, we doubt there's anything useful that a Direct could deliver about them unless they want to let us know. Of course, the color palette for Switch Lite extended to indigo and spice orange. The rumor that Overwatch is on the way to Switch would undoubtedly be directly earned, though the ongoing talk that Tracer might be the next DLC character from Smash Bros. Ultimate seems a bit far-fetched, especially now that It's supposed to be someone from the SNK stable thanks to a brief on the Nintendo UK website.
We consider a SNK fighter a fantastic addition to the diversified roster, and an announcement would go well with an Autumn Direct. Banjo and Kazooie are expected to arrive before the end of the year, and if rumors and Japanese ads are suspected, this could be sooner rather than later. We would expect to receive more details about the Bear and the Bird following the Dragon Quest Hero video that accompanied its release, but a Challenger # 4 announcement must be in progress, especially if Nintendo UK is the cat of the Has left game bag. A separate (and smaller) smash video would be possible. What else could a Nintendo Direct have in stock in September?
Well, September 19th, Nintendo Switch Online is coming in for the first time and is filed by the FCC A Super Nintendo version of the wireless switch controller can only mean one thing. No official word yet, must make an announcement. We have not heard anything about Animal Crossing: New Horizons since E3, so updating our buddy Tom Nook would be fine. We doubt that we'll hear more about the sequel to Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but it's not beyond the possibilities. And what about the follow-up from Switch to Detective Pikachu ?
And then there's the even more exciting Things we do not know about. It's been nine months since Metroid Prime 4 was restarted. Much can happen in nine months, but we hope for a first look, but since 3DS is out of the picture, Nintendo (presumably) has to fight each of its development teams with switch software. The company is using E3 to focus on the software release this year (despite slippery animal crossing). Now is the time to see what's on next year's hybrid handheld and its new, non-hybrid, hand-held sibling.
There are many who could fill out a 30-minute direct. What happens to this suspiciously open game style gap in Super Mario Maker 2 ? We were told that the online game is coming with our friends, so an update is planned. It's been a while since we had a Wii U port and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe has filled up this January slot very well, albeit from a financial perspective. Super Mario 3D World Deluxe could be on the cards. Or maybe Super Mario Sunshine ? After all, there was this tweet.
Nintendo's habit of overwhelming us with smaller, game-specific directives (such as Smash or Pokémon) or compilations like August's Indie Showcase means less focus on giant 30-40 minute extravaganzas. There's a chance that one of the above ideas might have their own smaller video announcement, but we think there's more than enough in the wings to make a Nintendo Direct hit, and the time is now. In the light of a pleasantly full release schedule in the course of 2020 (and we have not even spoken of delicious demon killing in DOOM Eternal ), the real question is whether we can cope with September Nintendo Direct?
Our hearts would need a new Nintendo Direct every week, but our minds know these things take time to breathe (and our wallets can only stand that much). Do you think we will get a Nintendo Direct soon? Let us know below and tell us what you want to see. We assume that mother 3 is a matter of course.