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Nintendo Directs are a common thing these days: information straight from the source about upcoming Switch games and other Nintendo products. However, fans eagerly awaiting the next one may have to wait a little longer.
There have been rumors of a Nintendo Direct in early September, but Nintendo never officially announced anything. Now the plot thickens as the unannounced showcase is reportedly delayed due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. It might not mean much to people outside the UK, but Nintendo is apparently holding the delay out of respect.
Word of the delayed Direct broke simultaneously from at least two sources. Giant Bomb’s Jeff Grubb (who has a good track record of inside scoops like Star Wars Eclipse) tweeted the alleged news during a live stream. He also points out in his thread that Nintendo never officially announced a Direct to begin with.
GamesBeat’s managing editor (and former colleague of Grubb’s) Mike Minotti reported the same. Minotti also elaborates on his tweet by pointing out that Direct only “can be delayed.” Should it happen, it wouldn’t be the first time something like this happened: Advance Wars 1+2 Reboot Camp was delayed indefinitely in response to the war in Ukraine.
In any case, Nintendo fans are still waiting for the next Direct and they hope to see it soon. Recent showcases focused on specific games, spotlighting Xenoblade Chronicles 3 in June and then Splatoon 3 in August. As for what a new Nintendo Direct could focus on, upcoming Switch exclusives include Bayonetta 3 and Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, though the latter will likely be covered during Ubisoft Forward 2022. A Metroid Prime remaster has also been talked about for some time now, and it’s reportedly launching this holiday.
There are also plenty of third-party options for a more general Nintendo Direct. Dragon Quest X, No Man’s Sky, Return to Monkey Island and Shovel Knight Dig are all coming to Switch in the next few months. Of those, Monkey Island is the closest to launch with a September 19th release date.