Six months and still no full Nintendo Direct.
Nintendo, much like any other major company, enjoys hyping up fans for its product in order to sell more. One of its main methods has been hosting what they call a Nintendo Direct. They’ve usually been a bit consistent when it comes to its reveals, but this time around it’s been pretty seldom.
Now, that’s not to say they aren’t planning anything special this month, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is coming this month. Not to mention also have the Xenoblade Chronicles remaster in the works which are set to come out sometime this year.
That said, this is far from news to anyone keen on Nintendo coverage, but as of March 4, it’s been six months since the last real Direct. Sure, there was last month’s Animal Crossing Direct, but that hardly counts since it was focusing on new coverage of a singular entity.
Sometime between February and March is often their hay day as they reveal major upcoming releases. The event started back in 2011 and proved to be a means to reveal new info to fans in a more entertaining way. It also allowed Nintendo to have more freedom and retain the reach of fans that an event such as E3 or GDC couldn’t.
This marks the longest wait for a Nintendo Direct, the last being during the buildup to the release of the Switch. The last Direct focused on mostly software coming out during the holidays. The only game to be revealed was the Xenoblade Chronicles remaster.
Is this the future of Nintendo Directs?
It’s hard to tell if this trend of mini-Directs is going to be the future of Nintendo’s official coverage. This would somewhat make sense since the Switch is having a rocky time right now. These could also be because they are focusing primarily on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and everything will go back to normal afterward. At least, fans can hope, anyway.
Are you bothered by the lack of Nintendo Directs? Why do you think they’re not doing more?