Nintendo have announced that the first full Nintendo Direct stream in a long, long time will take place tomorrow, 17th February, at 10PM GMT. The stream will last around 50 minutes, but with a focus on the immediate future of the Nintendo Switch, including new content for already released games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and games coming to Switch in the first half of 2021.
Tune in 2/17 at 2 p.m. PT for a #NintendoDirect livestream featuring roughly 50 minutes of information focused on available games like Super #SmashBrosUltimate and games coming to #NintendoSwitch in the first half of 2021.https://t.co/fbG3hEtD0Q pic.twitter.com/w8J6lbdIkQ
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 16, 2021
While there hasn’t been a “full” Nintendo Direct in quite some time, Nintendo have hosted a number of smaller Nintendo Direct streams. This included the dedicated streams for the announcements of Steve & Alex and Sephiroth for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in October and December respectively, a Partner Showcase in October, and an Indie World stream in December. There was also a guided tour of the Super Nintendo World theme park.
What will the Nintendo Direct reveal?
The curious element about this Nintendo Direct is that the last two Smash Bros. centric streams have been standalone events, but this time it’s coming as just one part of a wider stream. When a new Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter is announced, it typically takes a decent amount of time, as game director Masahiro Sakurai walks us through the fighter’s moveset. It could simply be the character reveal on this occasion, but if Sakurai-san does go into detail, expect it to take up a fair chunk of that 50 minutes.
However, there’s plenty more that Nintendo could reveal or talk about. The 35th Anniversary celebrations for Nintendo are coming to an end in March, and they’ve teased an Animal Crossing: New Horizons tie in event for the game next month. Hot on Mario’s heels, it will also be the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, which first release on 21st February 1986. Nintendo will almost certainly have something to say about that, and recent trademark filings suggest that remakes and remasters of The Wind Waker, Spirit Tracks and Phantom Hourglass could all be on the way, making a Toon Link trilogy.
Wrapping things up, a quick trailer for Monster Hunter Rise, and new New Pokémon Snap details would probably see us through to the end.
One thing that seems very unlikely, given the phrasing of the announcement tweet, is the reveal of a Nintendo Switch Pro. While not entirely off the table, it feels like it’s a remote chance as Nintendo focus on games and DLC content.