Nintendo Direct is Nintendo's newest way to update you on what is coming to their consoles, but it's changed routes and made it mostly Nintendo Switch content. With these updates, Nintendo tells us about its plans for future games and about any updates that may be coming sometime soon. Here is a recap of the past Directs and when we expect the new one to come.
March 26, 2020
This was technically a Nintendo Direct Mini, which suprised us unexpectedly on March 26, 2020. The video revealed several new games, remasters, and ports coming to Nintendo Switch in 2020. These titles included Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition, Bioshock: The Collection, Borderlands Legendary Collection, XCOM 2 Collection, and more.
The next Direct has been announced and is scheduled for February 20, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. ET/6:00 a.m. PT. This Direct is going to be all about Animal Crossing and will run for about 25 minutes.
January 16, 2020
On January 16, a new Smash Direct was held, showing that Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses was joining the ever-growing fray.
January 9, 2020
A Pokémon Direct has been announced and is being held on January 9, 2020. The presentation will go live at 6:30 a.m P.T, or 9:30 a.m E.T. It will be roughly 20 minutes long, the usual length of a Direct. Naturally, it'll be all about Pokémon.
December 10, 2019
A new Indie World showcase is being held on December 10, 2019. We don't know what games will be shown but we do know the event will be about 20 minutes long. It will go live at 10 a.m. PDT, or 1 p.m. EDT. Indie World presentations focus on upcoming indie games making their way to the Nintendo Switch.
September 4, 2019
Another Nintendo Direct is coming on September 4, 2019. This is going to be a longer Direct than normal, lasting around 40 minutes. Nintendo has stated that it will focus on Switch games of 2019 including Luigi's Mansion 3 and Pokémon Sword and Shield. The video will air 3:00 p.m. PT/6:00 p.m. ET. As usual, we'll be here to cover any big news the company reveals.
August 19, 2019
In the morning of August 19, 2019 Nintendo will be holding a new Indie World presentation. Tune in at 6:00 a.m. PT / 9:00 a.m. ET for a 20-minute show all about new indie games that are coming to the Nintendo Switch. Check out the livestream when it goes live right here.
We'll be covering all of the major announcements as they happen.
June 5, 2019
On the morning of June 5, 2019 Nintendo will have its next video presentation. You can follow along live at 9AM Eastern.
This 15-minute presentation will reveal new information about Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield - the Gen 8 Pokémon games headed to the Nintendo Switch. We've got plenty of questions we want answered. When will the games release? What will the legendary Pokémon look like? What are the starters' secondary types? We may or may not get these answers, but either way we're excited for any new information we can get.
May 15, 2019
Nintendo's next video presentation will take place May 15, 2019. You can follow along live at 6PM Eastern.
The presentation focuses on the new Super Mario Maker 2 game for Nintendo Switch and will last roughly 15 minutes. There are plenty of things fans want to learn about the new sandbox game. What amiibo will work with Super Mario Maker 2? What mechanics and editing options have been added since the last game in the series? With any luck, we'll get some answers. Either way, we're excited to hear what Nintendo has to say.
We'll update iMore with the details once we learn what Nintendo has revealed, so check back tomorrow to learn more.
March 20, 2019
Nintendo wants to take the oppportunity during GDC week to talk about the Nindie scene. The company has announced a new Nindies Showcase broadcast for March 20.
The show will be all about new indie games coming to Nintendo Switch. There will be 30 minutes of new video game talk from 12PM Eastern. There's no telling what to expect from a showcase featuring such a diverse cast of developers, so we'll opt not to expend our energy on speculatory matters. You can tune into the live stream at Nintendo's site once the calender rolls over.
February 27, 2019
Surprise! What we have next technically isn't a Nintendo Direct, but a Pokémon Direct, but considering Nintendo is part owner of the Pokemon franchise we'd say there's reason for us Switch gamers to take notice.
We didn't get much time to play the guessing game as the Direct will take place on February 27. It's a 7-minute presentation that runs from 6AM Pacific, or 9AM Eastern. That's pretty early, but you know we'll be up for it.
The only question that remains: what's the big announcement? We know that a new mainline Pokémon game is in the works and that it was originally set to launch later this year. Our hope is that we'll be getting more details on what that will look like.
Elsehwere, we could hear about new stuff in Pokémon GO, something new about the Detective Pikachu movie, and maybe even get some content updates for the Pokémon: Let's Go games. It could be something brand new entirely.
With just seven minutes to talk about it, we won't hold our breath for too much, but we're certainly interested in whatever it is The Pokémon Company has in store for us. Look for the details to hit iMore when they're made available tomorrow.
February 13, 2019
Tune in 2/13 at 2pm PT for a Nintendo Direct featuring around 35 minutes of information on upcoming #NintendoSwitch titles, including new details on #FireEmblem Three Houses!https://t.co/d1Xx3bUMG0 pic.twitter.com/dExyWiigBr— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 12, 2019
Nintendo is ready to dazzle us with yet another series of announcements. The next Nintendo Direct has been scheduled for February 13, 2019, and you can follow along live at 5PM Eastern.
Expect to carve out about 35 minutes out of your day to check it out. Nintendo even dropped a hint of what they'd be talking about. New information on some of the company's upcoming Switch titles will be on tap, including new details about Fire Emblem Three Houses.
Can't make it? We'll be updating you with all that's announced, so feel free to circle back to iMore for all the juicy details after it concludes. For those able to watch, you'll want to be at Nintendo's website once the time comes.
October 30, 2018
Nintendo has announced a new Nintendo Direct presentation that will air on Thursday, November 1 at 10AM Eastern (that's 7AM Pacific, folks). And we don't have to wonder and guess about what's in store, either: Nintendo has already confirmed that this Direct — which runs about 40 minutes long — will be entirely focused on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and that it'll be the final such presentation before the game's launch.
Nintendo wasn't particularly revealing about what, exactly, the Direct would cover, but considering we've already been drip-fed a ton of information to date, we can take a pretty safe guess. For one, we know that the final roster hasn't been set, so we expect to hear about a few more characters Nintendo has up its sleeve.
One character we've been waiting to hear about is Waluigi, who has been the prime subject of many-a fan protests over the past several months. Passionate fans have taken to social media practically begging Nintendo to put the beloved character in the game, including several cosplay gatherings in support of his appearance.
Nintendo has previously acknowledged the fan cry for Waluigi, but the company still hasn't confirmed much. We haven't even gotten as much as a tease or a hint about his status either way, so folks will certainly be throwing one last prayer into the skies ahead of the presentation.
We're also waiting to hear more about a mystery mode that was revealed in the main menu during one of the previous Nintendo Direct presentations. Internet sleuths eventually uncovered the mode's name as "Spirits." Some speculate it is a new single-player campaign for the game, but without much information to go on it's anyone's guess.
Be sure to wake up bright and early on November 1 to learn about all that's new, and then stay a while after for a special Nintendo Treehouse Live presentation where we'll see more gameplay of Super Smash Bros., Diablo 3: Eternal Collection, Pokémon Let's Go!, and more. You can follow along on Youtube, Twitch, or Nintendo's own website.
September 13, 2018
Well, the newest Nintendo Direct was worth the delays. There were lots of things revealed and new information about all sorts of other stuff. Let's jump into the run down!
- Luigi's Mansion 3 – Coming 2019
- Mega Man 11 – Coming October 2
- Capcom Beat em up bundle – Coming September 18
- New Super Mario Brothers U Deluxe – Coming January 11, 2019
- Katamari Damacy Reroll – Coming Winter 2018
- Town – Coming 2019
- Cities Skylines Switch Edition – Available now
- Daemon X Machina – Coming 2019
- Yoshi's Crafted World – Coming Spring 2019
- Carcassonne – Coming December 2018
- Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game – Coming April 2019
- Pandemic – Coming March 2019
- Civilization VI – Coming November 16
- Starlink Battle for Atlas – Coming October 16
- The World Ends With You: Final Remix – Coming October 12
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna The Golden Country – Coming September 21
- Warframe – Coming November 20
- Just Dance 2019 – Coming October 23
- FIFA 10 – Coming September 28
- NBA 2K19 – Available Now
- NBA 2k Playgrounds 2 – Coming Fall
- LEGO: DC Super-Villians – Coming October 16
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition – Coming 2019
- Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD – Available Now
- World Of Final Fantasy Maxima – Coming November 6
- Chokobo's Mystery Dungeoun EveryBuddy – Coming this Winter
- Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age – Coming 2019
- Final Fantasy VII – Coming 2019
- Final Fantasy IX – Coming 2019
- Final Fantasy X X2 – Coming 2019
- Super Smash Brothers Ultimate hardware bundle – Coming November 2
- Wireless NES style controller for use with Switch online NES games – Coming September 18
- Splatoon 2 - Version 4 - Update - Coming Soon
- Mario Tennis Aces – Update - Coming September 19
September 12, 2018
The new Nintendo Direct was postponed last week due to the devastating earthquake in Japan. However, we now have a new date to look forward to. Nintendo announced via Twitter that the newest Nintendo Direct has been rescheduled. If you want to get in on the action and find out about the awesome new games making their way to the Nintendo Switch, you can tune in on September 13 at 3PM PT and 6PM ET.
The Nintendo Direct initially scheduled for 9/6 will now debut this Thursday, 9/13, at 3pm PT. The broadcast will last approximately 35 minutes, and will feature information about upcoming Nintendo #3DS and #NintendoSwitch titles.https://t.co/vZbh2Ng6u1 pic.twitter.com/rwQXYOCIzu— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 12, 2018
September 6, 2018
It turns out that we will unfortunately not be getting a Nintendo Direct today. Due to the large earthquake in Japan, Nintendo has chosen to postpone the presentation. As of now, they have not announced to new date but we will make sure to keep you posted and let you know as soon as a new date is announced.
September 5, 2018
Thanks to a tweet from the Nintendo of America Twitter account we now know that the next Nintendo Direct will be coming on September 6 at 3PT. Tune in tomorrow to take in about 35 minutes of upcoming titles for Nintendo Switch!
August 8, 2018: All about that Smash, Bros!
This installment of Nintendo Direct was all about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and included a few fresh announcements. If you missed the presentation, here is everything you need to know!
- Simon and Richter Belmont announced as new playable characters
- Alucard announced as boss character
- Dracula's Castle announced as a new stage
- Pokemon Stadium announced as a new stage
- Garden of Hope announced as a new stage
- Brinstar Depths announced as a new stage
- Unova Pokemon League announced as a new stage
- Magicant announced as a new stage
- New Donk City Hall announced as a new stage
- Total number of playable stages revealed as 103
- Total number of songs revealed as 800
- Squad Strike mode announced
- Tourney mode announced
- Smashdown mode announced
August 6, 2018: New Nintendo Direct to be all about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The Nintendo Versus Twitter account recently announced that the forthcoming Nintendo Direct will be all about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. You had better pick out what kind of popcorn you are going to eat on August 8 because at 7PM PST we're going to get more Smash news than you can shake a stick at!
Nintendo Direct: The waiting game
As of yet, we have no confirmed date in regard to when the next Nintendo Direct will be coming. That being said, rumors abound. A poster on 4Chan got everyone in a tizzy when they told us that there would be a new Nintendo Direct on July 22, but that day has come and gone without a peep so we can safely assume that it was nothing more than talk. At this point, we are going to have to hope that we have a new Nintendo Direct in the pipeline for August.
Earlier in July, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima had a few interesting things to say at a shareholders meeting where he let loose with a tantalizing little piece of information. It seems as if Nintendo has yet to fully divulge it's entire 2018 lineup for the Nintendo Switch. If this is the case, we could be looking down the barrel of a pretty exciting Nintendo Direct, when it comes.
Nintendo Direct: June 12, 2018
Nintendo had plenty to announce this year at E3! Let's take a look at what Nintendo had for us at the biggest gaming event of the year.
- New playable characters for Mario Tennis Aces
- Donkey Kong now available in the Arcade Archives
- Octopath Traveller demo
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 expansion pass available June 14
- Smash Bros. tournament winners announce
- Splatoon Octo expansion launch date announced
- Super Smash Bros Ultimate launching December 7
- Fortnite available on Switch
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 The Golden Country announced
- Daemon Machina announced for the Switch
- Mario Party coming to Switch
- Overcooked 2 coming in August
- Fire Emblem coming to Switch
- Killer Queen coming to Switch
- Paladins now available on Switch
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Donkey Kong coming to Switch
- Fallout Shelter now available on Switch
Nintendo Direct- 4-12-2017
In April of last year, we witnessed one of the first Nintendo Directs that had information about the Nintendo Switch as well as amiibos. There were game announcements and advancements announced last April, and it was only the start of the improvements we would see for the Nintendo Switch.
- Three new Link amiibo that were from the older Zelda games.
- ARMS was announced for release on June 16th, this included the new Neon Yellow Joy-Con and strap that followed the release.
- New battery pack attachment for more extended use
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe updated with new tracks, battle modes, and characters, launched April 28th
- New online modes between Race and Battle mode in Mario Kart, as well as personal online tournaments
- Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers announced for release on May 26th, ten years since the original game
- Play in the new HD graphic style or old pixel art style, play as old characters or the two new ones, Evil Ryu and Violent Ken
- Ultra Street Fighter has online or multiplayer modes, and even a first-person mode, and you can also play co-op with another friend
- Minecraft was announced for release on the Switch on May 11th, with both creative mode and survival mode
- Gather up to eight friends to play with you, and you can get the Super Mario texture pack on the same release date
- Arcade games were coming to the Switch as soon as April 13th
- Sonic Forces was announced for release in the holiday season of 2017
- Sonic Mania was announced for release in the summer of 2017, including new and old stages with all of your favorite characters
- Project Mekuru was announced for release in the summer of 2017
- Fate/ Extella was announced for release on July 25th
- Disgaea 5 was announced for release on May 23rd
- Puyo Puyo Tetris was announced for a demo on the day of the Direct
- Monopoly was announced for release in the fall of 2017
- Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition was announced for release in 2017
- Sina Mora EX and Battle Chasers: Nightwar were announced for release in the summer of 2017
- Pay Day 2 was announced for release in 2017
- Namco Museum, home of classic arcade style games, was announced for release in the summer of 2017
- Purchase of a stand-alone Nintendo Switch Dock was announced for May 19th
- The official trailer and information for Splatoon 2 was released, as well as official gameplay
- Splatoon 2 was announced for release on July 21st, along with Splatoon 2 amiibo
Nintendo Direct- 9-13-2017
This is the second Nintendo Direct to include information on the Nintendo Switch, including game releases and amiibo. There was far less to announce this time around since it wasn't a few mere months since the release of the Switch.
- Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was announced for release on December 1st, also showing original gameplay along with the original trailer
- Special Edition Xenoblade Chronicles 2 with a CD soundtrack, metal case, and a hardbound artbook as well as a themed Pro controller
- Splatoon 2 updates including Kelp Down arena, available September 15th, Snapper Canal arena, and the Tenta Brella weapon
- Fire Emblem Warriors announced for release on October 20th, which includes Lin from the Gameboy version, along with the special edition version of the game and two amiibo
- Snipperclips announced for release on November 10th, including a new version where you become random shapes to make it more difficult
- Morphies Law announced for release in the winter of 2017
- Rocket League announced for release in the holiday season of 2017
- Arena of Valor Beta announced for release in the winter of 2017
- Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim announced for release on November 17th
- DOOM announced for release in the holiday season of 2017, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus announced for release in 2018
- Flip Wars was announced being available on that day, September 13th
- Arcade Archives Mario Bros announced for release on September 27th, a way you can play all of your favorite arcade games from Nintendo's past
- Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Champion amiibo announced for release on November 10th
- NBA 2K18, WWE 2K18, FIFA 18, and Pokken Tournament DX were all announced for release. NBA was set for October 17th, WWE would be coming soon, FIFA was set for September 29th, and Pokken was set for September 22nd
- Project Octopath Traveller was announced for release in 2018
- ARMS set out an update for its game, with a new character and a new arena as well as control remapping. It was updated on September 13th
- Dragon Quest Builder was announced for release in the spring of 2018
- Kirby Star Allies was announced for release in the spring of 2018
- SteamWorld Dig 2 was announced for release on September 21st
- Golf Story was announced for September, Nine Parchments was announced for the holiday season of 2017
- Battle Chef Brigade was announced for the holiday season of 2017
- Tiny Metal was announced, and Super Meat Boy Forever was announced for release in 2018
- Lost Sphear was announced for release on January 23rd
- Sonic Forces was announced for release on November 7th
- Resident Evil Revelations and Resident Evil Revelations 2 was announced for release on November 28th
- L.A. Noire was announced for release on November 14th
- Super Mario Odyssey was announced, following the story of Mario and Cappy as they try to save their beloveds from the grasps of Bowser. This announcement showed new worlds and how travelling from each place works, finding moons in some of the craziest places. It also explains shops and the different outfits you can purchase to match each kingdom or old Mario outfits. You can even purchase stickers to put on your ship, and take pictures of Mario in every Kingdom! It's release date was announced for October 27th, along with wedding styled amiibo and a Super Mario Odyssey Switch bundle.
Nintendo Direct Mini- 1-11-18
This Nintendo Direct isn't a full video like we're used to, but just a small update to keep us in the know with all the new things happening with Nintendo and the Switch. This quick update was all about Nintendo Switch, including all of the games announced to release in 2018.
- The World Ends With You, originally for the Nintendo DS, was revamped and announced for release in 2018
- For Pokken Tournament DX. Aegislash and other new Pokemon were announced in the new Battle Pack DLC for the game, Wave One was available on January 31st and Wave Two was available on March 23rd
- Kirby Star Allies was announced for release on March 16th
- Dragon Quest Builders demo launched on January 11th
- Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition was announced for release in the spring of 2018
- Mario Tennis Aces was announced for release in the spring of 2018, with an all new Story Mode
- YS VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA was announced for release in the summer of 2018
- Super Mario Odyssey got a free update, including Balloon World for after you beat the game and new filters for Snapshot mode, announced for release in February
- SNK Heroines was announced for release in the summer of 2018
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle announced Donkey Kong joining the ranks this spring
- Pay Day 2 announced an update with CrimeNet and JOY, a new heister, releasing February 27th
- Fe was announced for release on February 16th, and Celeste was announced for release on January 25th
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was announced for release on May 4th
- Dark Souls Remastered was announced for release on May 25th
Nintendo Direct- 3-8-2018
The first official Nintendo Direct of the year is jammed packed with news of goodies for both DS and Switch.
- Kirby Star Allies was released the week after the Direct video, and it was announced that his allies could also be enemy characters, and more friends would be released on March 28th
- Okami was announced for release in the summer of 2018
- Sushi Striker: The Way of the Sushido was announced to release on June 8th
- Octopath Traveler announced two new characters, jobs within battles, and the release date for July 13th along with a Special Edition version of the game
- Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes was announced for release later in 2018
- Dark Souls Remastered announced a network test for players to try the game before launch, as well as an amiibo being launched with the game on May 25th
- Gold coins can be used to help pay for games on the eShop
- Mario Tennis Aces is set to launch June 22nd, with new modes to play, different shots, and a pre-launch tournament that will be set on
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was announced for release on July 13th
- Undertale was announced to release on the Switch with no date
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was announced for release on July 10th
- Little Nightmares was announced for release on May 18th
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole was announced to release on April 24th, along with Danger Deck DLC Pack one and From Dusk Til Casa Bonita DLC Pack two released with the game and another DLC Pack, Bring the Crunch, will release later in the year
- Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition was announced for release on May 18th
- ARMS US and Canada Online Open was announced to start March 8th through the 18th, where the top eight players would then move onto the finals on March 31st.
- ARMS announced a three-day "testpunch" for people to try out ARMS for free
- Splatoon 2 announced an update to Version 3.0 later in April as well as the Octo Expansion DLC that launches in the Summer of 2018
- Super Smash Bros. was announced for release in 2018. The trailer didn't release a whole lot about this version of the game, but it looks pretty darn awesome.
When is the next Nintendo Direct?
Nintendo doesn't give out information for the Direct videos in advance, but there is a pattern that seems to be happening with these videos. Every month, around the first week, they send out a video to update on the smaller games and what updates producers have put out. The big videos that highlight new games and big updates tend to come out every three to five months. Make sure to keep an eye open for the next Nintendo Direct within the coming weeks.
What has been your favorite Nintendo Direct announcement?
Let us know down in the comments what your thoughts are!
Updated June 2019: Nintendo has announced an all-new direct for June 5. This one is all about Pokémon Sword and Shield for Nintendo Switch.
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