Nintendo Direct live blog: All the latest Switch news in real time


Welcome to what could be a hectic night of announcements. We’re hoping for something on Switch Pro, even a logo, and maybe news of the official name and Breath of the Wild 2 tease.

What do we think will be announced during the Nintendo Direct? Everything from a new Mario game to the Breath of the Wild sequel title and even a new Star Fox are being touted.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp, and Splatoon 3 all look likely to be revealed at tonight’s Nintendo Direct. We’d love to see what Nintendo could do with a new Splatoon UX.

Speaking of great UX, casual board game 1-2-Switch really impressed when it was released during the Switch launch – it sold 3 million copies. It would be good to see where Nintendo can take this game, especially in Switch OLED. Nintendo doesn’t need to use it to convince us of Switch’s strengths, and could focus on gameplay.

Nintendo blogger Zippo suggests Persona 4 Golden is coming to Switch and may be announced later. Visually one of the most original games around, all artists need to check this game out. It’s old, but good. Will it be announced?

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Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp, and Splatoon 3 all seem more likely to be revealed tonight. Do you have a preference? We’d love to see what Nintendo could do with a new Splatoon UX.

There are some wild rumors floating around, including Nintendo announcing a deal with Google to bring streaming to the Switch using Stadia technology. That would be something interesting – streaming demos, perhaps? Although Destiny 2 on Switch is also touted.

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Goldeneye 007 HD was almost released on Xbox 360 a while ago but it was canceled at the last minute. This N64 game set the blueprint for a generation of shooters and is a classic in game design. Could it be resurrected as a Switch exclusive? We will know in a few hours.

Another bubbling HD remaster is Metroid Prime. Building on the success of Metroid Dread, Samus is more popular than ever. It’s a good time to revisit the series on Switch.

Nintendo Direct: Samus standing against a starry background

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A Metroid Prime HD remaster could be a great stopgap while Nintendo prepares Metroid Prime 4 for release – which could take two years and could be a Switch Pro launch game. May be.

Shigesato Itoi, the creator of the Mother series, just tweeted about Nintendo Direct. Maybe nothing. Or it could mean an English translation of Mother 3 or an Earthbound port to Switch. The Mother series is a clever parody of Japanese RPGs while still being fantastic Japanese RPGs. Indie developers really need to check out this series.

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There are rumors that more SNES games will be added to Nintendo Switch Online, as the service is down for maintenance shortly after Nintendo Direct ended. (A tweet seems to confirm this, with new, uh, old games being added after Nintendo Direct.) There’s a lot to learn from those golden oldies if you’re designing your own game.

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Batman Arkham Collection for Switch? The rumor has been swirling all week since it appeared on a French website’s mailing list, with an August offered for sale. It would be a Switch re-release of Rocksteady’s three hit games that reimagined the Batman universe. Great art direction paired with clever game design, it would be nice to play them again.

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Mario Kart 9 on Switch has been one of the loudest rumors circulating all week. Only 20 minutes left until we know if there will be a new entry in this iconic series…

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Fire Emblem is back! Looks like a Dynasty Warriors style action game. And No Man’s Sky on Switch is massive – this one has a unique ’70s sci-fi design aesthetic.

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Mario Strikers is back! Wow, we missed that art style. No one creates cute, chaotic, and daring characters quite like Nintendo. Eight-a-side matches and online clubs? GOAL!

Splatoon 3 looked… odd. We don’t know what we’re looking at, but it could be a summer twist for Nintendo. It’s just weird. And mixing so many different art styles – and a giant salmon!

Front Mission 1 and 2 remastered on Switch, wow. The classic art style holds up well.

We wanted Mario Kart 9 and get… Disney Speed ​​Storm, free go-karting that makes us want Mario Kart even more.

Who asked for a Jedi Force Unleashed remake?

Oh hello, three Assassin’s Creed game remasters on Switch? We will take them.

ChronoCross? With more classics being remastered for Switch, is Nintendo’s handheld now the home of classic games?

Kirby’s animation and imaginative design are second to none; bite mode (ahem) is classic. Is there anything Kirby doesn’t want to eat? There are some really great creature designs in Kirby and the Forgotten Land!

I can’t wait to rediscover Klonoa, this one brings back memories. And now Portal, fantastic. We’re still gutted Fire Emblem is now a Dynasty Warriors clone, we’ll get over it…oh, Live A Live? It looks classy.

Nintendo Switch Sports? Everything comes back ! If we’re talking about ground-breaking UX design, then that’s it – on Switch Nintendo Switch Sports could be another watershed moment for Nintendo.

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Is Yukiko Yoko still designing Taiko no Tatsujin? We hope the art direction of these drum games is beautiful.

The rumors were true – Earthbound is coming to US/UK Switch. The artistic direction holds up, it feels like a modern indie.

This new Xenoblade has an awesome world design (and it’s better than a Mario movie trailer). You have to appreciate the scale and detail that these games manage to bring to the screen.

And that’s it… not Breath of the Wild 2 or Mario Kart 9. But a Wii Sports sequel feels like it could really show how to design for full motion. Let the (summer) games begin.