When is the next Nintendo Direct? Will there be a Nintendo Direct in October? What will be announced in the next Nintendo event?

Nintendo Directs are a staple of the gaming calendar, so when can we expect to see more information about Nintendo’s upcoming games?

by Oliver Barsby
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Nintendo Directs have revolutionised how we are shown new video game information. Gone are the days of middle-aged men standing on a huge stage in a blazer-tee combo making awkward jokes to a crowd of journalists.

Instead, we are treated to a 20 or 30-minute blast of Nintendo updates, trailers, and gameplay. It’s truly a special event in the gaming calendar, taking over Twitter’s trending tab for a good few hours.

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So there’s just one question on everyone’s mind. When’s the next Direct, Nintendo?

When is the next Nintendo Direct?

As it is now over 365 days since the last fully-fledged Nintendo Direct, you would expect Nintendo to drop their next Direct pretty soon. However, Nintendo has given no indication as to when the next full Direct will be.

As we get closer to the Holiday season, it is looking increasingly unlikely for Nintendo to reveal any more games scheduled for November or December. Instead, it seems that Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity will instead be Nintendo’s main title for the Christmas shopping window, alongside Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

Indeed, an upcoming Nintendo Treehouse event will take place on October 7 at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET/6 PM BST. This event will focus on Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and Pikmin 3 Deluxe.

This doesn’t mean there can’t be another Direct this year, however. A Direct in October or November may still take place to give fans a better look at the company’s Spring schedule.

Where can I watch the Nintendo Direct?

Every time Nintendo does a Direct, you can find it on their official YouTube channel and Twitch channel.

You can watch the upcoming Nintendo Treehouse: Live when it goes live right below.

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What will Nintendo show at the next Direct?

The next full-fat Nintendo Direct will likely detail Nintendo’s plans for the upcoming holiday season as it attempts to rival the next-gen console launches.

We already know about the huge plans for classic Mario games on Switch, though, and Nintendo has also promised a pair of physical products in the shape of Super Mario Bros: Game And Watch and Mario Kart Live.

Aside from Mario, Nintendo fans will be hoping for an update on the sequel to Breath of the Wild, teased at E3 2019. And let’s not forget about the long-rumoured Switch Pro console or new fighters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Indeed, Nintendo could instead hold a special Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighter Showcase as they have done previously to announce the new fighter for the immensely successful game.

We could also see more information about the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield: The Crown Tundra DLC, set to launch later this year.

Is Nintendo done with Directs?

While this year-long Nintendo Direct drought is unprecedented, Nintendo is committed to the Direct-style presentations… at least for now.

At the 80th shareholder AGM, Nintendo’s President Shuntaro Furukawa gave an insight into the future of their reveal presentations.

Robert Sephazon posted translations of the AGM on Twitter, in which he reported that Furukawa praised the Nintendo Direct format for being an “especially effective means of conveying new game content and announcements to fans.”

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However, Furukawa then expanded on this point, stating that “more effective means may become available in the future.”

There was no reference to what these ‘more effective means’ could be, but we expect that Nintendo Directs, at least for the immediate future, will remain a staple of Nintendo’s marketing strategy. We’ll keep waiting patiently for the next MASSIVE one, then.

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Oliver Barsby