It's been a while since the last truly major Nintendo Direct, which aired in September 2019. A combination of the ongoing global pandemic and different games being a ways off from release when initially announced means that while Nintendo has seen incredible game sales and strong financial numbers overall, there's been a lack of updates on the biggest games fans are excited for.
Now, there's finally a new Nintendo Direct on the way. While there's no doubt it won't have absolutely everything fans are looking forward to, it should provide some much-needed information on big titles coming to the Nintendo Switch.
How to watch the Nintendo Direct on February 17
The next Nintendo Switch airs on February 17 at 2:00 p.m PT / 5:00 p.m. ET. The showcase will run for about 50 minutes. You've got a couple of options for where to watch it:
As for what we can expect to see, there's enough information to make some educated guesses. Nintendo says the presentation features information on currently available games such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, meaning we will likely see the next fighter who is helping to grow the roster of every character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The most recent addition was Sephiroth, revealed as a stunning surprise at the Game Awards 2020.
Outside of that, we'll likely see updates on games like Monster Hunter Rise. We could also see something to celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda franchise. Nintendo says that part of the showcase is focused on games coming in the first half of 2021, so it seems unlikely to expect lots of far-off games such as Metroid Prime 4 or Bayonetta 3. With that said, it's possible there's a surprise or two to close things off, especially since it's been so long since the last full Nintendo Direct.
Gaming on-the-go or at home
Grab a Nintendo Switch eShop gift card and you'll be good to go, no matter what Nintendo announces. Games are sometimes revealed as available that very day after a Nintendo Direct, meaning it pays to be prepared.
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Samuel Tolbert is a freelance gaming writer who started working for iMore and its sister sites Windows Central and Android Central in July 2019. He handles news, previews, reviews, and exclusive original reporting, and has also been featured on TechRadar.
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