Things get a little crazy every time rumors of a potential Nintendo Direct come around. And while yes, for the most part each one has turned out to be true so far this year; it’s also always important to take these things with a grain of salt. The folks over on ResetEra once again have been hinting at a potential Nintendo Direct announcement happening sometime next, and while nothing has been officially confirmed as of yet- it’s probably important to note that these same individuals also hinted at the recent Nintendo Indie Showcase that took place earlier this week – before it’s official announcement.
With that said, it’s high time we begin speculating what exactly may be in store for this Direct, as it will apparently be more of a traditional style Nintendo Direct presentation, with it’s showcase being more first party title focused. This is a great thing, considering for most of this year Nintendo has left fans in the dust when it comes to news surrounding upcoming and in-development Switch titles. We of course received a surprise Paper Mario: The Origami King reveal back in June, as well as the even more recently revealed Pikmin 3 Deluxe which was announced only a few weeks back. But even with these announcements, fans have still been left dry; for as of now we are dealing with a bit of a void upcoming holiday season in terms of Nintendo releases – and with a potential direct quickly nearing, it’s time we share what we’re hoping will be touched on in the upcoming broadcast.
Super Mario 35th Anniversary Collection/Announcement?
So as many already know, this year Nintendo is celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. franchise! And while it seems like they’ve done little to NOTHING regarding this huge milestone, many believe that things have already been in the works and will likely be unveiled during the next traditional Nintendo Direct broadcast. Rumors of a potential Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Collection bundle, featuring remastered Mario titles such as Super Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario 3D World; have been running rampant for quite some time. While Nintendo has been very quiet regarding this on the other hand, outside of their being no official confirmation whether this truly exists or not, Holiday 2020 would mark the perfect window for Nintendo to launch the Collection; as Holiday release windows have generally been the consistent release time frame for most Mario games.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Update
While likely NOT coming in 2020, I do believe The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 will in fact receive some sort of screen time, in one fashion or another – during the next Nintendo Direct broadcast. It’s a bit of a long shot to say what I really think they’ll showcase. With as big of a world the first Breath of the Wild had to offer, I still personally wouldn’t be surprised if the games sequel is still a way’s off (perhaps Holiday 2021). I do however feel a new trailer, along with a official title reveal is definitely something Nintendo is much more likely to unveil – ultimately giving us a bit more background on exactly what’s going on in the game, and what we can expect from a story standpoint. It’s also worth noting that 2021 marks The Legends of Zelda’s 35th Anniversary, so any major Legend of Zelda releases are likely to be held off until then, giving Mario plenty of room to shine during the back half of 2020.
Pokemon Sword/Shield DLC (The Crown Tundra)
Coming later on this fall is the second of the two previously announced Pokemon Sword/Shield DLC expansions. This expansion pass is set to introduce an entirely new area to the game, along with more Pokemon to be added to the Galar Pokedex for you to go out and collect! With this next DLC expansion likely arriving before any major Holiday 2020 Nintendo release, you can rest assured that the broadcast will at least touch on a few new details regarding this DLC update, as well as just reminding players in general that it exists.
Alright Bayo STANS, yes this just might be your time! At long last, right? Bayonetta 3 has been in development for sometime now, and outside of a very cryptic reveal trailer we received a couple years back, the developers have been silent as all hell in regards of talking about the game – outside of merely confirming that development is going smooth. Definitely not a bad thing, but also definitely a bit scarce and STRANGE considering it’s been 2 years now since we’ve seen anything regarding the game. Now, with leaked retail listings, and a bit more confirmation from devs that development is going well, having made it’s way to the surface during this year; I think it’s a safe assumption that this game is FINALLY reaching the horizon and will most likely launch sometime very early in 2021. Despite this, it would be a bit worrying if nothing was shown or discussed regarding the game during this potential upcoming direct, and a bit strange too. So personally, I expect a new trailer is at least due for the game, which will likely sport a 2021 release window in it’s conclusion.
Metroid Prime 4
Metroid Prime 4 is a bit of a shot in the dark. Both Nintendo and Retro Studio’s have been as silent as they could possibly be regarding the title ever since it’s “development update” segment from last years January Nintendo Direct; and while we at least know the game hasn’t been cancelled by any means, it would also be nice to hear how development progress has been going in recent times. Luckily, we’ve recently learned that Retro Studio’s is currently seeking another lead producer for the the title, so we at least know that the company is still seeking to get more staff on board – to continue pushing the games development further. Now, despite development essentially being reset for the game; it’s quite unlikely that the reset happened just before the 2019 January Direct, but more than likely, sometime earlier during 2018. With that in mind, I think it’s a safe assumption that development progress is likely much further than many currently believe. I still believe the game is a bit far off, though; and likely will not see a release until 2022 at the earliest, however. But at this point in development, I also don’t think a short teaser trailer, something beyond a simple title reveal, wouldn’t be all that far-fetched to throw into a Direct presentation.
That’s just about a wrap for what we currently hope is shown off during next week potential direct. While I could obviously list so much more, I think it would be hard to do so without treading into the more “wishful thinking” territory. So in the meantime, I’ll keep it more on the safe side. What do you think will be unveiled during this rumored upcoming direct? Let us know on Twitter @EXP4ALL