A new Nintendo Direct presentation focused around Switch and 3DS games is coming tomorrow (March 8). Nintendo dropped the news on Twitter this morning at around 9 a.m. ET. No coy hints or teasing this time around: Just a straightforward announcement. Whew, good. I'm getting too old for extended periods of excitement.
Now we know a Nintendo Direct is on its way. All that remains is to parse out the When, Where, and What. When, exactly, is the presentation happening? Where can we see it? What will we see? Let's break this down.
When is the Nintendo Direct? How long is it?
The Nintendo Direct goes live tomorrow (March 8) at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET. The presentation is about a half-hour long.
Where can I watch the Nintendo Direct?
The official Nintendo Direct page is streaming the presentation, though it's simply a YouTube link from Nintendo's account (we'll embed it down below). You can also catch the show on Nintendo's Twitch channel. Oh, and we'll be offering coverage at USgamer, of course! Check in for news, opinions, and fists slammed on table-tops. Don't forget to follow our Twitter account for up-to-the-second impressions.
What will we see on the Nintendo Direct?
Nintendo's tweet states the Direct is focused around Switch and 3DS games. It specifically mentions new details on Mario Tennis Aces, which is due out later this year. But the presentation is 30 minutes, and while Nintendo probably has a good 4 or 5 minutes of Mario Tennis Aces stuff to show off, it's doubtful that's all we'll see out of the Direct. Heck, you never really know what you're going to get out of a Direct, which is half the fun. The infamous January 11 Mini Direct totaled 15 minutes, but that quarter-hour was a rapid-fire deluge of previews and news.
It's a good bet we'll see some Kirby Star Allies footage, since it's on the cusp of release. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is due out in May; maybe we'll hear about some additional features for the Switch re-release.
In fact, the January Direct was full of bite-sized bits of info about Dark Souls Remastered for the Switch, a port of Ys VIII, upcoming DLC for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, and more. Pretty much any game revealed in the January Direct is fair game for additional information and release date reveals.
Does that mean there isn't room in Nintendo's heart for a surprise or two? Nah, there's always room. Following the Direct date reveal, Eurogamer news editor Tom Phillips tweeted out a picture of Super Mario Odyssey's dapper mascot, Cappy. Though it's been suggested otherwise, the Gamer Network staff doesn't share the use of a single pulsating brain contained in a repurposed Cold War bunker deep beneath British soil. I have no idea what Phillips means by this tweet, if anything.
Maybe this Direct will tell us a bunch of stuff we already know. Maybe Nintendo will lay bare all the secrets of the universe. There's only one way to find out: Be there.