What you need to know
- Nintendo traditionally hosts a Nintendo Direct presentation in June within E3 season.
- E3 was cancelled in 2022 by the Electornic Software Association, leaving companies to decide whether to host their own conferences.
- Nintendo announced a Direct for June 22, but exclusively for their upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles 3.
June is known by gamers the world over as E3 month — popular video game studios and indie studios alike show off their upcoming games and hardware, making it a bit like gamer Christmas in the summer. Nintendo was initially among the developers who held an in-person presentation in Los Angeles, but opted to pivot to pre-recorded Nintendo Direct presentations instead in recent years. Now, Nintendo is known for having multiple Directs a year, with a June Nintendo Direct almost always guaranteed.
However, this year is a bit different. Three quarters of the way through the month and there was no official announcement for a Nintendo Direct... until now.
Tune in on 6/22 at 7am PT for a livestreamed #XenobladeChronicles3 Direct presentation featuring roughly 20 minutes of information about the upcoming RPG adventure for #NintendoSwitch. pic.twitter.com/x3pRs0EYRATune in on 6/22 at 7am PT for a livestreamed #XenobladeChronicles3 Direct presentation featuring roughly 20 minutes of information about the upcoming RPG adventure for #NintendoSwitch. pic.twitter.com/x3pRs0EYRA— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 20, 2022June 20, 2022
That's right, Nintendo is holding a presentation in June! But... it's only for Xenoblade Chronicles 3. While there's no doubt that Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will be a great game, it's a bit unusual for nothing to be announced regarding a company-wide presentation that looks at games produced by Nintendo's various development teams. There are still a few days left in June, and perhaps there will be a presentation in July, but for now, you can tune in to the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Direct on June 22, 2022 at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
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Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.