Nintendo Direct Premieres February 17; Features Switch Games in First Half of 2021 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nintendo Direct

Nintendo have announced the premiere date of the next Nintendo Direct presentation, focusing on games for Nintendo Switch in the first half of 2021; as well as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. 

While Nintendo Directs in recent years have been shorter, focused on indies, or focused on individual games; this would be the first “true” Nintendo Direct focusing on a variety of first-party Nintendo titles since September 4th, 2019.

The presentation will be roughly 50 minutes long, and will focus on games coming to the Nintendo Switch in the first half of 2021, along with currently released titles like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. 

The latter may mean that a DLC character will be revealed. So far three characters have been revealed for Fighters Pass Vol. 2; Minmin from ARMS, Steve from Minecraft, and Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII.

UPDATE: It is almost certain the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that started in 2020, along with subsequent quarantine orders and cancellations of major gaming conventions and events, had caused hindrances to games that were in production, or set to be announced.

Across social media, popular theories for what will be shown. These include the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the rumored Nintendo Switch port of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword [1, 2], gameplay from New Pokemon Snapand more.

Some are also guessing there will be the reveal of the rumored “Nintendo Switch Pro” [1, 2, 3], capable of supporting 4K graphics. However, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa has denied a new Nintendo Switch model will be announced in the near future. This was amid Nintendo having it’s best financial quarter since 2008, and the Nintendo Switch selling 79.87 million units since launch.

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The Nintendo Direct presentation premieres February 2nd at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) on YouTube.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now for Nintendo Switch. In case you missed it, you can find our thorough review for the game here (we highly recommend it!)

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Ryan was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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