USG Notebook: The Latest on the February Nintendo Direct Rumor Mill

USG Notebook: The Latest on the February Nintendo Direct Rumor Mill

With many heavy hitters still up in the air, Nintendo fans are eager for any hint they can get.

USG Notebook is a weekly column dedicated to rounding up rumors, tidbits, and commentary that didn't get full coverage on the site.

It seems like we've been speculating about the next Nintendo Direct since the new year started. It probably started even earlier. Every week here in the Notebook column, there seems to be a new tidbit about rumored Nintendo plans.

It's obvious why. Nintendo fans are always pretty eager to hear what's going on, especially with the Switch showing no signs of slowing down, and it's historically been around this time that we get a new update. I almost feel like I'm tempting fate by writing this column, just to (hopefully) see it become outdated sooner rather than later.

Twitter user Sabi, who's been reliable in the past, recently put out a vague tweet indicating this week wouldn't have anything. And over on ResetEra, known leaker Zippo has indicated there are plans for two Directs this month, one general and one specifically for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, with Feb. 20 seeming like it "lines up" for Animal Crossing. We haven't heard anything to corroborate, though these two have been fairly accurate with previous leaks.

The feverish need for Nintendo news highlights how little we know about the company's plans moving forward. There are currently two major games on the horizon, Animal Crossing and Breath of the Wild 2, and only one has a firm release date. Otherwise we have a few DLC packs dropping in for Pokemon and Fire Emblem, but a big question mark over what Nintendo's future plans look like going into a holiday season with two next-gen consoles.

Are rumors of Pikmin, Metroid, The World Ends With You, and a sooner-than-you-think Zelda concrete? Where is Bayonetta 3? A Nintendo Direct could answer a lot of these questions. But right now, we still don't know for sure.

From the Rumor Mill

  • Thurrott's Brad Sams is reporting that the port on the leaked Xbox Series X pics is for storage expansion. If true, this gives us an idea of what kind of storage the Series X could make use of, and how it could help in squashing load times for next-gen.
  • Something might be coming in March, Sabi says, "indiependently." Maybe another Indie Direct? They also have "no skepticism" about Paper Mario.
  • The 20th anniversary Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 invitational, announced for Evo 2020, has stirred up old whispers of a long-rumored Marvel Vs. Capcom 4. I'm not lending this credence just yet, but considering the timing and the fact that it snubbed Mortal Kombat, it seems a little too much of a coincidence.
  • A recent Sony survey purportedly asks some questions about using PlayStation's Remote Play on other systems, including a Nintendo Switch. Interesting.

News and Tidbits

Over $1.6 million has been raised for Australian bushfire relief in a relief fund drive for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. All of the money will go toward relief efforts in response to the devastating bushfires in Australia, including providing emergency and health supplies to local aid groups.

Since discovering the trick to "arbitrary code execution," The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Any% runners have been absolutely decimating the leaderboard for speedruns of the game. Famous Zelda runner Narcissa Wright has already reclaimed the top spot, and no doubt it will drop further at this point.

Electronic Arts put out some fun statistics in honor of The Sims' 20th anniversary. Players have created over 1.6 billion Sims, "woohoo'd" 1.3 billion times, made 575 million households and got married 37 million times. Now imagine those numbers if the series ever came to Switch.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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