Apparently Nintendo has a few announcements to make, the first one being that there will be a Nintendo Direct held tomorrow morning, Jan. 14. New games? Updates on old games? Details on a US New 3DS launch? Whatever it is, at least we don’t have too long to wait before finding out.
It’s been an interesting couple of years for Nintendo, a developer/publisher that has managed to make a massive U-turn as of late. Both the 3DS and the Wii U seemed to be sinking and then, out of nowhere, a bunch of new and exciting games get peppered across both platforms and, boom, the Big N is back in business.
I think one of the things that has helped reconnect Nintendo with the gaming masses is exactly that: reconnecting with their fans. One of the ways they’ve done that is through the implementation of Nintendo Direct event. Think of these as mini E3 press conferences, jam-packed with info on the latest games and developments coming to Nintendo platforms. Typically these Directs feature direct updates from folks actually working on the games, as well as a few comments from the higher ups at Nintendo. It’s proven to be a great way to put a collection of faces to the company, which is always a good way to build trust and support for your products.
As for tomorrow morning’s Direct, Nintendo is being tight-lipped about what we can expect. All we know for sure is what can be pulled from a very brief press relief, saying that we can expect “news focusing on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U releases for spring 2015.” Nintendo President Satoru Iwata will serve as host, giving us updates on what to expect out of Nintendo products for the next several months. The Direct is set to broadcast beginning 6 a.m. PT, so plan to get up early and soak up all of those announcements.
One such announcement could be a release date for the New 3DS which, according to Tiny Cartridge, could be coming in about a month’s time. An advertisement is making its way around the internet of late, boasting a Feb. 13 release date for the new(ish) console. Without confirmation from Nintendo, however, we’re currently tagging this one as a rumor.
As for the games, I’m hoping for new info on Code Name: STEAM, as well as the latest updated classic, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D. The third-person ink shooter, Splatoon, is also likely to make an appearance, alongside Mario Maker, Monster Hunter 4 and maybe the new Yoshi and Kirby games.
But that’s all speculation at this point. See you back here tomorrow for all of the official announcements.