Another Nintendo Direct? In this economy? That's right! And it's a 40-minute one, focused on the games coming to the Nintendo Switch in the first half of 2022. Or, technically, mainly focused on the first half of the year...
The Direct will take place tomorrow, February 9th, at 2pm PT / 5pm ET / 10pm GMT / 11pm CET.
Of course, at Nintendo Life, we swim in the waters of all things Nintendo, so we're pretty well-placed to make our own predictions, even if they are based on very little information. Let's see what Gav, Kate, and Tom think we might see tomorrow!
Also, you can check out our YouTube video about predictions above, which also stars Kate, having a chat with Alex.
More details on Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Triangle Strategy
Tom Whitehead (Deputy Editor): I’ve very excited about both of these, and of course another look at Kirby will be awesome. I really hope Triangle Strategy gets a good segment though, it’s potentially a niche release so I’m hoping Nintendo spreads the word (and I hope the game lives up to my expectations, of course!).
Kate Gray (Staff Writer): Seems pretty likely, given that they’re both Very Soon™. Forgive me if I don’t get super excited about it, though! I think Kirby will be cool but I think we might have seen the main hook already – it’s Breath of the Kirb.
Gavin Lane (Editor): I don’t imagine we’ll see loads of Triangle Strategy, but I’d happily look at it for a while. So. Very. Pretty. And I expect there’ll be a dollop of Kirby to whet our collective appetites some more.
A solid date for Advance Wars Re-Boot? Splatoon 3? Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope? Bayonetta 3? BOTW2?
Kate: Here are my predictions, in order: Yes, yes, yes, no, and yes. But I think Breath of the Wild 2 will ONLY get a title and a release date, not more footage.
Tom: Advance Wars and Mario + Rabbids seem likely to get dates, as the focus is ‘mostly’ on the first half of the year. Splatoon 3 would be perfect for Summer, and is surely a candidate for a lengthy section. Bayonetta and BoTW2? Hm, won’t hold my breath for much on those!
Gavin: Advance Wars and Splatoon get dates, the others don’t.
A title for Breath Of The Wild 2
Kate: My money’s on The Legend of Zelda: The Zelda of Legend. That would be a great title, I don’t know why they haven’t done it yet. Probably because it’s a nightmare to talk about.
Gavin: Almost palindromic. I like it. Announcing the title would be the very easiest of wins here. Although I’d love to see more, Nintendo could quite literally fade up ‘The Legend of Zelda’ on a black screen, fade in the subtitle and job’s a good ‘un.
Kate: I would put money on the fact that everyone’s going to hate the title, though.
Pokémon Legends DLC
Tom: I think Pokémon Legends: Arceus will get a mention purely because it’s still fresh and is the hot thing at the moment. In the past Nintendo has used Directs to announce an upcoming Pokémon Direct, so that’s my bet here.
Kate: I agree, Pokémon Legends will get its own Direct, so there’s not much to say, but I think they’ll do it Animal Crossing-style and announce it for a couple of weeks’ time. DLC would be interesting, but I have absolutely no idea what they would add to the game, other than a new area, which I don’t find that exciting!
Any news on Metroid Prime 4? Thoughts on Metroid Prime remake / Trilogy HD rumours?
Tom: Haha, good one. Though I’d hope that if Metroid Prime Remake or Metroid Prime Trilogy HD are real they could get announced. I really want the Trilogy HD, I personally think remaking one of the trilogy would be, well, silly. But Nintendo will be Nintendo.
Gavin: They’ve got to have something on Prime 4 somewhen. Whenever they do it, it gives them the perfect opportunity to plug Metroid Dread while they’re at it. It’s been so long, but we’re getting to the point where there’s got to be a reference sooner or later.
Big first-party game announcement? Donkey Kong? Mario Kart 9? New Fire Emblem? New Xenoblade? About time for a new 3D Mario, no?
Kate: Definitely something new needs to be announced, or we’ll only get news of things we already knew about, and that’s boring. But… well… the Switch has sort of become the “ports and remakes and sequels” machine, so if there’s a new Mario Kart or a new 3D Mario I hope it’s really, REALLY special. Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 pulled it off, so it’s not impossible. But I’d love a new first-party game that’s actually new.
Tom: Some of the rumours have been consistent enough that one or two MUST be at least half accurate. A new Donkey Kong is well and truly due, but I’d love it if Nintendo surprised us if it was DK and Mario together, like the old days (but as friends this time). Probably won’t happen though. And look, we all want MK9, but I’m not convinced this is the Direct where we’ll see it - I’d love to be wrong.
Gavin: Buddy Mission: Bond to be localised. And Three Houses was… three years ago now? Yeah, I can see a new Fire Emblem in the works. Or maybe even a port of an old Fire Emblem. Speaking of ports…
Another Port? Wind Waker & Twilight Princess HD? Tomodachi Life?
Kate: I’ll say it quietly, but Wind Waker HD and Twilight Princess HD already exist. So. They’d just need to port them over, right? I KNOW THAT’S NOT EASY SORRY. But Twilight Princess would be great, because I’ve not actually… played it… before. I got as far as Kakariko Village, maybe, and got annoyed because fighting those shadow monsters is really hard with a Wiimote. I’d love a second crack at it!
Tom: I’m going to be unpopular and say I don’t really want any of these? Wind Waker HD, ok, I can see that could appeal to Switch owners that didn’t have a GameCube or Wii U. As for Tomodachi Life, why? And because I’ve said that it’ll probably be a thing. Anyway, as a card carrying Wii U and 3DS owner I honestly wouldn’t buy any of these.
Kate: We had Miitopia on Switch. And remember Miitomo? I think Tomodachi Life or something weird in the same vein would be awesome.
Gavin: It’s not going to set pulses racing but the Miitopia port sold pretty well. There are a couple more Wii U ports I’d love to see given another chance on Switch (Yoshi’s Woolly World, Xenoblade Chronicles X), but I can live without them. I’ve got a three-figure backlog don’t you know! I don’t mention it much.
Game Boy Games For NSO? Finally?
Tom: It’d be welcome, I think the games would look great on the Switch with good emulation. That said, Nintendo has barely started its glacial N64 roll-out, so I’d say long odds on that.
Kate: Nah. Too soon. The N64 emulation stuff caused enough issues and the N64 library has only just started. I mean, it would be nice to get more value out of the expansion pack, but that doesn’t mean we will…
Gavin: Perhaps an update for the NSO apps in general. Some filter options might be nice, as would a toggle to switch the borders off. Erstwhile NL video chap Jon Cartwright always wanted that… *sniffs
(Whisper it) GoldenEye
Kate: If I see another tweet clumsily hinting at James Bond reveals, I will get a License To Kill everyone who’s got the news about GoldenEye. We get it, thank you.
Tom: What Kate said.
Gavin: It’s gonna be Gex.
5th anniversary celebrations… New hardware???? Another Direct?
Kate: New hardware is a very optimistic guess, but it would be exciting to have a proper 5th anniversary surprise for the Switch! However, we know Nintendo doesn’t exactly have a great track record of celebrating big milestones…
Gavin: Given the state of supply chains and all that gubbins, I don’t see new hardware announcements on the horizon. I imagine they’ve got some ‘silent’ component revisions going on behind the scenes. Perhaps it’s time for a Player’s Choice equivalent? You know, so physical game buyers have a whole set of uglier box art to avoid like the plague in the coming years.
Tom: I’d love a 5th Anniversary… firmware update. Bear with me, but what if Nintendo has been listening and implements the stuff we want? Folders! Themes! Permanent eShop music! Do it Nintendo. DO IT.
Kate: I would be far too excited if we got themes. My 3DS has an incredible Ace Attorney theme, and I’d love my Switch to have it too. Speaking of Ace Attorney…
Wildcard / One more thing…
Kate: We had a great year of Ace Attorney in 2021, with the Great Ace Attorney Chronicles, a really great two-game bumper pack, which was great. What would be even more great is a second Ace Attorney Trilogy, made up of Apollo Justice, Dual Destinies, and Spirit of Justice, although I’d love the art to be better than the original Trilogy remake, please. Maybe they could also re-release Investigations and the Professor Layton crossover too… and do an Investigations 2 official translation? I know, it’s too much to hope for. I think I’d die if any one of these hopes became real.
Gavin: Is new Ace Attorney beyond the realms of possibility?
Tom: As much as I like Ace Attorney, I’ll vote for a complete collection of Professor Layton games instead. Yeah, it won’t happen, but those games were so marvellous that I’d happily play them all again.
Kate: Oh I’d love that as well. I wonder how well the touchscreen puzzles would translate to Switch, though?
Tom: It must be feasible, it must! More puzzley / reading games will be lovely either way!
Gavin: A wildcard? Hmm. I mean, Banjo’s on Switch. We’ve peaked. That’s it folks – video games ended. Great finale, too! Really wrapped things up beautifully…
Oh okay. It’s Zelda 2’s 35th anniversary this year, so let’s go with a remake of that. Alternatively, Metal Gear also turns 35 this year, so Metal Gear Anthology – coming to Switch Holiday 2022.
That's what we think we might see on this surprise February 2022 Direct, although we're almost definitely wrong about some things, and forgetting about others... So make sure to tell us in the comments what we're missing!
SO SOOON SO HYPED!
Hoping for Fire Emblem announcement and we get some dates on everything we know releasing this year.
Also as always I would love to hear about F-Zero or Star Fox!
I've been hoping and wishing for a Xenoblade Chronicles X port in the past 3 or 4 Nintendo Directs. Hoping tomorrow will deliver.
GoldenEye would be nice, but Perfect Dark would be even better.
I really doubt they would give us a title + release date for BotW2 without showing new footage. Tbh I don't expect BotW2 to be show before E3 (or when E3 usually would be) at all
Genology of the Holy War remake please
@Franz I would personally prefer Xenoblade 3 but then either one doesn’t rule out the other for future release
New games. Just something new. Switch can be a port and remaster machine at times so maybe a new exciting 3D Mario that expands on what made Odyssey interesting.
It´s time for Monolith to SHINE! Before Nintendo shows more of that Zelda at E3, you know...
@RaphaBoss Only if they bundle Thracia with it!
Hollow Knight Silksong🤡
I think the "one more thing" will be title and release date for BOTW2, no footage.
I'd also like to see Mario Odyssey 2. Co-op with Donkey Kong would be a fun twist.
@moodycat Xenoblade 2 bad...? In which way? I thought it was a really good game, only a bit worse than the first one in general.
Please no Mario Sports game. Thanks.
Batman Arkham collection??
I want some more Kirby and BOTW 2 info. Other than that I am just looking to see what Nintendo has to say.
Anything Mario. Something. Mario
Sure would be a great time for Atlus to announce Persona 4 Golden for modern consoles...please?
Oh and bring on a new Fire Emblem!
Mk9 or bust… I’m rage quitting if mk9 doesn’t at least show up as a teaser.
Batman Arkham Collection (no cloud version please!) must come in this direct , and I hope hey talk about Metroid Prime trilogy too.
@nitrolink this is FAT hot take.
What will be shown: All of my favourite games.
What won't be shown: None of yours.
Date for a Pokemon Direct (Anniversary coming up, Legends DLC, maybe Darkrai event for BDSP?)
Date for a Kirby Direct (New game, anniversary stuff, spin offs and a Kirby Game&Watch)
We'll be lucky if we get big reveals like BOTW2. They need to save something for E3, whether that happens or not.
Play fetch with the joycons
Considering the great importance of E3, and how Nintendo's strategy seems to have shifted toward bi-annual suprise reveals, I would not be expecting to see anything related to BotW2 and maybe Bayonetta 3. Perhaps a "development update" with just a speech and no actual footage, but that's how far I'm expecting it to go. Metroid Prime 4 most definitely isn't going to appear either.
However, I will repeat my prediction for BotW2's release date: November 18, 2022.
Zelda, also known as Monolith's side project
We're definitely seeing Kirby, Triangle, Splatoon 3, and Advance Wars. Hopefully, we see BOTW 2 and Silksong
Def zelda. I hope they start with that.
Mario Party Superstars DLC, please.
Boards boards boards!
-Starts with the announcement of a Brand-New Fire Emblem in the style of Three Houses but with a big new twist
-Koizuimi introduces the Direct
-Kirby and the Forgotten Land gets a new trailer that focuses on the story and world.
-3-4 Switch is announced, showing more people laughing than gameplay. It is a sequel to 1-2 Switch with expanded 3-4 player multiplayer modes.
-Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters are announced for Switch coming in the Summer.
-Fall Guys is shown and it will come later this month.
-Xenoblade Warriors is shown and it will look exactly like it sounds like it would look, except story will be a bigger focus like in AoC.
-Koizuimi says he has someone to introduce.
-Nogami shows up and talks about Splatoon for a very long time and we see another trailer and then they announce a splatoon direct for March.
-Koizuimi does the “one more thing” bit
-Mario Kart 9 is revealed revolutionizing who and where the Mario Kart series can feature.
Death of the Wild would be a great name given the darker tone it looks like it’s going for.
Pie in the sky dream is for Silk Song to get a shadow drop or at the very least a release date. Given the 5 year anniversary for Hollow Knight is this month (and 3 years since the game was revealed) I don’t think it’s too unfair to go in with just a sliver of hope 🤡
Awesome! I Will Enjoy it!
I'd like a date for home support in bdsp
@Lemonyoshi or at least Double Dash 2 or Mario Kart Maker
1) big focus on Splatoon 3 for 5 plus minutes
2) Advance Wars dated
3) new Fire Emblem and Xenoblade Chronicles announcements for this year
4) 1 2 3 Switch and nobody cares
5) Breath of the Wild 2 confirmed to be delayed to 2023 and Wind Waker HD port to switch (no Twilight Princess Nintendo will sell them separately for $60)
6) No Bayonetta and Mario + Rabbids
Yeah I say don’t keep your hopes up for goldeneye.
Cause I’m pretty sure that getting a licensed game on the NSO service is not happening unless they pull a miracle.
Mario Party DLC?
Remember when Capcom got hacked and their internal release calendar got leaked ? Fully expect the new Resident evil that may or may not be revelations 3 announced here.
Anyways here’s what I’m hoping will be in the direct.
-the klonoa encore games/phantasy reverie
-a release date for genshin impact
-a new Mario game
-some more details for Kirby forgotten land
Half of this direct could be absolute garbage and still be better than last years E3.
But I'm am looking forward to this.
If there are going to be rereleases I’d like:
Suikoden anthology. Xenogears and Xenosaga anthology. Lufia anthology. Star Ocean anthology. Ogre Battle anthology. Lunar anthology. Chrono Cross remake. Nier anthology. Illusion of Gaia / terranigma / Secret of Evermore. Castlevania Symphony of the Night. Red Dead Redemption. Persona anthology. Mass Effect anthology.
That’s it I think. I’m easy to satisfy.
I feel that a new Mario game to tie in with the movie would be quite the bomb drop.
I hope a new trailer for splatoon isn’t their one last thing. Save that for a new game not one we know about.
I turned this article into a bingo board.
What about monoliths new title?
Maybe to soon for some sunbreak (I mean it’s not spring yet)
Update on turtles, panzer dragoon 2, and HOTD
The legend of Zelda: The rise of Gannondorf
I think I read somewhere that the title gives the game away. Maybe Gannon as playable, lost his powers and as the player you get to travel hyrule and get your powers and castle back.
Other than title name don't expect more from BOTW2 news.
Hoping for Mario Strikers and a new Mario mainline game. DLC for superstars would be cool and xeno 3 hopefully
Ooh. Zelda 2 Remake... You know Wayforward has been talking about how many dream projects they have lined up, and if you've played Adventure Time on the DS/3DS, you know SOMEONE over there has love for Zelda 2... What if-
Unpopular opinion, but I hated 3 houses. If we do get a new FE game I hope it goes in the opposite direction
A release date for Fall Guys and Card Shark is all I could really ask for.
Any news on Golden Eye?
Hah! Gex would be awesome!
Got to be Mother 3, surely?
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 4!
@Gerald don't make me get my Klobb
What about Zelda: Breath of the Skies?
It implies a direct sequel while focusing on the main core of this game, the lands in the sky and the verticality of the world.
Also, it reminds a bit to Skies of Arcadia, which is a good thing XD
@nitrolink Boooo. Sequels for Mario Baseball AND Strikers.
Since Nintendo acquired Next Level Games my hopes for a new Mario Strikers game have risen considerably. I do hope!
I don't think there will be any big surprises - more info about Kirby, dates for Advance Wars and Splatoon 3, maybe more N64 games, but that's it. (Well, GoldenEye would be rather surprising.)
I'm rather sure that BotW2's actual reveal will be at E3 this year (or some kind of equivalent event, given that there are doubts E3 will happen), and will release late this year. I don't know if the WW and TP re-releases will happen, at least not this year.
Remaking Metroid Prime sounds somewhat counterproductive to me - while it would probably sell well, I think it would both overshadow MP4 (at least to some extent) and inevitably force comparisons between the two; but perhaps recreating it on Switch would serve as a good training ground for the people working on MP4... I don't know. Also, Dread released just a few months ago; while they don't play the same, that's another Metroid game to compete with - to avoid cannibalisation, perhaps some space between releases would be recommendable, like how the Link's Awakening remake and Skyward Sword HD were released several months apart from each other and BotW.
Odyssey has sold over 23 million copies, so I think a Odyssey 2 is more likely that that rumoured DK game - and I'm not sure if Odyssey 2 would feature DK characters, Nintendo seems to like to keep their IPs somewhat separate (like how Wario characters don't appear in Mario's own games); then again, DK will appear in the upcoming Mario movie, and that's basically one big advertisement for Mario games, so...
Monolith Soft are probably assisting in the development of Splatoon 3 and BotW2, so I don't think they will release any game this year.
A Fire Emblem game this year is likely, perhaps a remake.
My doctor says my body can no longer handle speculation. One more speculation and I will literally die.
As per doctor's orders I will not think of this Direct until it airs and just let the news wash over me.
Arceus DLC seems way too soon, I think it'd only annoy people taking it as 'cut content' (despite that likely not being the case).
Some updates on already announced titles would be great, especially BotW2 and Silksong, but I hope for some new surprises as well!
Mario Kart 9?
Man some of these name predictions for botw2 are Washington commanders level bad.
I'm just....to hyped to be contained. Let me hype dammit!!
Kingdom Karts, complete with FF7 Characters in celebration of their 35th
Games. A lot of talking. Audio footage. VIDEO footage! Switch clicky sound. Puns. Reasons to complain more about Nintendo being evil corporate. The word ''Nintendo'' to be mentioned at least twice. AT LEAST TWICE, I say.
I feel like I may have set my predictions a little too high though.
Kirby, advanced wars and Triangle strategy seem like a given (but you never know). Splatoon 3 release date in June I'm going with.
They'll mention the breath of the wild sequel, simple saying you'll hear more about it later this year.
Nothing metroid 😔
I think something fire emblem feels overdue, so I'm going with a new game not a remake.
I was thinking something xenoblade too but that seems like too much for one direct? Maybe save either that or fire emblem for E3, but I'm predicting one of the two here.
Honestly, when a new console does come out, I really hope it will be compatible with the old switch games. Thats honestly my only hope for the new console. I also think it would be nice to see the accurate amount of hours played on all games instead of rounding to 5's. Hopefully we get more news about Splatoon 3 and Botw2 as well
I don't feel like we need much as we want this time. Mostly more gameplay and release dates with some new surprises. 2022 doesn't really feel like a good time for Fire Emblem with all the tactical games we're already getting or a new 2d Zelda in the middle waiting for BoTW 2. Some ports wouldn't hurt and maybe either a new DK or Star Fox would be great but if they're happening I sort of expect those two next year as well.
As for Arms 2, Mario Kart 9, Xenoblade 3 or a new 3d Mario Game. Maybe one of them but I just don't want 2022 to just be overcrowded or mainly sequels of 2017 at least no more than it is now with Zelda, Mario and Rabbids, and Splatoon. Rather it have its own identity with similarities. Also them saying inspite of doing the contrary before is to expect mainly the first half. Not the whole year.
I want GBA games so bad. I couldn't care less about GB/C though.
Give me Golden Sun!
Mark my words. If they don’t announce Mario kart 9 I will give each user on Nintendo life 500 US dollars.
Hopefully they have a surprise game or two to announce featuring some of the other long dormant franchises: F-Zero, Golden Sun, Kid Icarus, Sin & Punishment, Pushmo, or Code Name S.T.E.A.M.
I didn't think we would get another 2d Metroid game, Advance Wars or a new Crusin game so anything is possible.
@nitrolink Except when it comes to Mario Strikers!
My prediction is people will put unrealistic expectations on announcements, and be disappointed no matter what.
@Rambler in all seriousness, they are missing some big hitters from the DS era. However ignoring some of these franchises for the next ten years wouldn't be outside the norm for Nintendo.
@Cinderace Cough up the cash.😂
We are past due for a full trailer of botw2 with a title and release date. It's gotta be early this year. They'll have other big titles for holiday like Bayonetta. I'm guessing April or May, earlier could impact Kirby sales.
Xenoblade. Please. That is my only wish.
I predict a summer sports game, strikers or baseball, a link to the past ala links awakening remake, a new Mario platformer 2d interim release and finally Zelda Maker. ...... And some new Mario kart 8 DLC tracks.
I'm have having fun, wish list, crazy talk or my uncle works at Nintendo. Let's see
Didn't the official notice say that it will focus on first quarter games coming to the Switch? I think most of the speculation above won't happen then. We'll see Advance Wars' official release date as well as new modes or details. I don't think we'll see Bayo3, BotW2, MP4, or a new DK game/announcement/release date.
outside of botw 2 news, I would love an hd versions of twilight princess and windwaker on switch. There both kinda big blank spots in my zelda fan hood, and since I traded in my wii U long ago(dummy move, i know!) it’s not super accessible for me right now. Would love the opportunity to play both on the switch.
Everyone is coming up with so many first parties and third party games. I feel that, despite the Switch's flaws, it truly has become a masterpiece of gaming. When sometime (within the next 80 years, apparently) they do move on to new hardware, they have to make it backwards compatible. There'd just be too much to leave behind, and if they keep porting the older games over through NSO, they'll have to carry that over as well. I don't think Nintendo will be able to fully part from the Switch for a very long time.
Some good predictions here, utter your One More Thing / Wildcards let you all down ! Now I love Ace Attorney and Professor Layton as much as the next person, but if either of those were saved for the One More Thing... it would not go down well at all.
A couple of surprising omissions from your predictions (in my opinion!)
My only prediction is some stealth release, because there aren't a lot of first party games Nintendo is making that have confirmed release dates. BotW2 Tomorrow? Probably not. But it would be great if they just gave us a DK or Mario Sports game overnight
Hoping for something outta left field. Like when Link's Awakening and Metroid Dread were just dropped on us shortly before the release.
But I won't ever be truly happy with Nintendo until they revive dead franchises that only appear in Smash. I'm young enough taht I've never played an Earthbound, F-Zero, or Star Fox game outside of Smash 4's Masterpieces.
When BDSP were heavily leaked, they turned out to be true. That's my logic for believing in games like Mario Kart Crossroads
One of the only things I want is the Fall Guys port to actually be announced. Also like BotW2 and stuff.
I think Prime 4 is a no no. Other than that, some reliable predictions
as much as the phrase "perfect for switch" became a meme, i feel like those FF remasters are definitely perfect for the switch.
as mentioned in another comment section ive been hoping to see the earlier FF games on modern devices for a while since its been around 10 years since any of them were on a console/dedicated handheld outside of the Nes and snes classic (which had FF1 and FF6 respectively iirc)
plus with the virtual console gone ive definitely been appreciating remasters and retro collections more.
@AW1Long If they are smart, they treat it like a cell phone. Beef up the specs, make it fully backwards compatible, and come out with a shiny new model every 5-7 years.
I'm not going to bother watching it because I doubt there will be anything I care about I'd like mario kart 9 or a new mario platformer but that's not going to happen
@Korgon I really hope that we see something from Persona this Direct. I just started playing Strikers and now I need more Persona games to play. I love RPGs, so I'll like the style of not being a hack and slash.
@Cinderace Time to pay up
No one mentioned Sonic Origins?
the focus of the first Nintendo Direct of 2022 is gonna be just Splatoon 3, Kirby and the Forgotten Land e Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, don't expect anything for Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 at this Nintendo Direct(Nintendo is gonna show more information regarding Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 at E3 2022 or at TGA 2022).
@Duboiss sadly the rumored timed Resident Evil exclusive for Switch is canceled.
1-2 Switch Drift.
New games that utilise the Joy-con drift!
@StarPoint Nintendo never show big 3D Legend of Zelda at Nintendo Direct, only on E3 Direct/TGA.
@AW1Long there are some perks to being old.
Nintendo Direct start with a story trailer of Kirby and the Forgotten Land, trailer and release trailer of Splatoon 3 is show
new trailer for Advance Wars Reboot Camp with it release date
new trailer for Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak with it release date
anouncemt of Batman Arkham Collection
anouncement of a Fire Emblem Geneology of the Holy War remake
hint of Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 been delayed to 2023
final anouncement is Xenoblade Chonicles 3
anouncement of Wind Waker HD/Twilight Princess HD coming in summer 2022
I just want some Metal Gear games on Switch.
"Gavin: Is new Ace Attorney beyond the realms of possibility?"
You mean the one long confirmed to be in development? Sure, it's been off the news radar for a long time since, but these days, what isn't? Steep's radio silence eventually proved to be its requiem whereas SMT5 and Bayonetta 3 have eventually survived theirs; we'll see what we shall see, but there isn't much to suggest Capcom would just quietly up and axe the project, especially given their attention to the franchise in the recent years.
I’m excited to watch, not sure what I’m hoping for though!
Any Zelda news is good news, so I’ll take whatever they give me.
I feel the itch for a really good RPG. There’s a very large Skyrim and Witcher shaped hole in my life at the moment. Because of my job I’m pretty much exclusively playing games on switch alone, and I need me some rpg….
Monster Hunter Rise x Nintendo Collaboration
1. ARMS 2
2. Yokai Watch 4 & Yokai Watch Jam get English version
3. New game from Level-5
4. ACNH update
5. New Mii games
Despite what I said about not getting my hopes up earlier today, I'd love to see UI revisions. Themes, folders, and an option to message & voice chat with friends would be terrific additions.
To tell you the truth I am used to not waiting much by Directs because I only care about Mario and Mario Kart (and not sports games) and Zelda. Maybe Pikmin too. So I get new games that I really want rarely. But Goldeneye with online multiplayer (not the NSO tragedy, with random players) would be great.
Tomodachi Life… yes please please please! We need that so bad on switch!
Hmm, is that it? Can you think of someting more to say?
I want gameboy mini
And Zelda ww HD
And Arms 2
And kongey Kong
Obviously, I would love to hear about a new Star Fox that serves as a sequel to Assault (and ignores the continuity of Command).
But realistically, I doubt that would happen. Same with any info on a Switch Pro, the sequel to Breath of the Wild, and Metroid Prime 4.
But it would be nice to see if miHoYo is finally bringing Genshin Impact to the Switch with the Version 2.5 update. Playing it on the PC is giving me bad carpal tunnel, and I don't want to have to play it on my phone or PS4.
TBH, I don't even have any expectations at this point, aside from maybe seeing BOTW2, but even that I'm not getting my hopes up too much for.
Of course, an Okami sequel and new Ace Attorney would be fantastic.
Oh... forget about the rumored Persona 3 port. It's been a long time since we heard that rumor, so I'm not getting my hopes up too much.
Wow opening comments is now impossible!!!
I’m excited to watch! I don’t even know what to expect outside more Kirby, Project Triangle, and Advance Wars. I’m guessing we’ll start getting some release dates, probably for Splatoon 3. But I’m really hoping for some surprises. I have a feeling Nintendo will have a good line-up this year.
Majoras mask shadow drop on NSO.
The only thing I want since freaking 2017 is a freaking new Donkey Kong Country game and I know I won't get it
@1UP_MARIO I’m definitely with you. Mario fans get treated WAY better than fans of many other franchises, but that won’t stop us from hoping for new games!
Yay more overhyping
I had forgotten Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope still doesn't have a defined release date. This might be when we'll know it.
Maybe an announcement of more Rareware games coming to NSO.
Why does Nintendo Life want to ruin these directs with speculation?
Games announcements…for Nintendo consoles!
My wildcard: a port of Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts n Bolts for Switch.
Profile picture checks out :/
Temper your expectations guys.
Be excited, by all means, but don’t be unreasonable in your expectations.
@Ihaveabotwaddiction Honestly I'll keep my switch and the portability makes it so I probably wouldn't use the compatibility a ton but I want backwards compatibility just so people won't have to complain about wii u ports for the next 10 years
20 minutes of the Direct will be already announced games, sprinkled throughout. To be fair, though 2022 is looking massive so far. We’ll probably see:
-Kirby and the Forgotten Land: a similar trailer to the fall 2021 direct for Metroid Dread, just more stuff about the game.
-Triangle Strategy: Brief trailer showcasing cool stuff in the game
-Bayonetta 3 (or 4, idk and I’m not bothering to look it up): Gameplay explanation and stuff.
Advance Wars: Short trailer explaining QOL improvements and confirming a release date in mid March.
Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Story and Battle Breakdown, probably about 3-4 minutes of details, with a release date in September.
Splatoon 3: Mode breakdown, including a much-improved and in-depth story, and a non time-locked Salmon Run, with a release date in July.
BOTW 2: The next-to-last announcement in the Direct, with the gameplay and layout of the game becoming a bit clearer. At the end of the trailer, a big twist will be revealed, and the title will emerge, with a release date in December.
10 minutes will be B-Roll stuff, with some cool announcements. I don’t even pretend to know enough about the indie and other console circuit to make guesses here, so Fall Guys finally being confirmed is about all I got.
The other 10 minutes will be new reveals.
The Donkey Kong game made by Nintendo will be revealed about midway through the direct, and it will not be 3D, but it will look really cool and people will buy it so they make more faster. The Nintendo team will then say that Platinum games helped them make this game, but Platinum was not able to make it entirely because they were working on Metroid Prime 4, and although they have nothing to report on that game, they do have something else planned: the Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch, releasing in June. The graphic improvements to the games will not be enough for some, and they will complain, but it will sell a lot of copies.
A new Punch-Out game will finally make its way to Switch, with a new 3-D mechanic where you remain in the place that you dodged to when you dodge, leading to angle-based boxing.
The one-more-thing announcement will be, somewhat disappointingly, the Mario Movie trailer. It will surprise some people by being not terrible, but still hilarious enough to seem like a train wreck. Chris Pratt as Mario will be just as jarring as the memes suggest, but all the other characters actually sound really nice in their roles, and a semi-unique story will be told in the movie, with a story of Mario and Luigi quitting their plumbing job, finding a magic pipe, and exploring the Mushroom Kingdom.
I have no expectations the only way I could be disappointed is if they bring out some NFT's or some awful metaverse game.
They have already revealed when it is coming. They did it like one day after banjo
Just thought of this but maybe the oracle games.
At 4:21 of the video, a certain male video hostess made the following ill-judged remark:
[Redacted] Americans! I don't know how you live in Canada, frankly.
Now, I have defended said male video hostess, and his furry face, on this site before. But let us be clear: this remark will live in infamy.
Please don't conflate le Canada with los estados unidos again. Neither of us likes that. Isn't that right, Mr. Euro-Irish @AlexOlney?
No wonder KateGray didn't bid you a respectful farewell.
No Switch Pro rumour this time?
@blindsquarel I thought they only said that it would be released in February, I didn't know they had a date announced.
I am not sure about a exact date, but I consider a shadow drop to be same day announcement and release.
I still think Mario Kart 9 could have a Smash style roster of other characters. With new tracks and racers being released every few months until Switch is dead. They loved stretching out Smash so it’s only a matter of time before they apply this to Kart.
Pokemon Fork and Pokemon Spoon!
I'm believing they will announce the New Switch/Super Switch/Switch Pro, and they are announcing it tomorrow just a few weeks before Valve releases the Steam Deck.
It's all part of the battle that's about to happen. Valve announced the Steam Deck, what, 2 days before the Switch OLED pre-orders went live? Nintendo will announce the New Switch with either a 2/22/22 release date, or one random date in March, maybe alongside Kirby's launch.
I'm also hoping for Metroid Prime 4 news, and I feel at the very least a teaser trailer/first look might be done, as it's been 3 years since we last heard anything other than, "We're starting over with development on it."
BUT, if they don't really show anything on Metroid Prime 4, I'm expecting them to do a, "While work on Metroid Prime 4 continues, here's a look at the Metroid Prime Trilogy for the first time ever in full HD. It will be available for download on the eShop at the end of this stream.", and maybe do something like, "A Special Edition physical retail bundle will release with the New Switch".
Outside of that, I hope for maybe a new DK game announcement/teaser, since we haven't seen/heard anything from DK in a while.
Wave race 64 added to NSO
Jump ultimate stars deluxe.
I seriously hope that the 'just one more thing' is not ace attorney, that would not be worthy of that in my mind.
My predictions have been mentioned many times so go over the same names, but a surprise always makes for a better direct, so one of them please nintendo.
@moodycat @the_beaver I'm probably not qualified to judge XC2 yet as I've only played Torna to completion just to see if I would get into the main game. However, playing XCDE right now makes me think that the plot and characters in the XC2 world will never live up to the first game. If XC2 is just more of Malos, Mythra and Jin then I don't know if I'll be able to stand it. Still gonna get/play it after my XCDE playthrough but if XCX or XC3 is in the horizon then I might get to those first.
The predictions are lacking new games. I expect information from the already announced ones to be condensed so they can make room for new announcements. Maybe not big Nintendo franchises aside from a couple which is likely something from Monolith and the Mario team, but I expect some 3rd party releases to make the direct interesting as well, or so I hope.
I only really get excited for new announcements. If there's a game coming and I already know I want it, I want to see as little footage as possible. We're all going to buy Breath of the Wild 2 or whatever it will end up being called, so all new footage will do is spoil stuff.
I'd love more Fire Emblem, but it might be too soon. All but six months since Three Houses came out have been in the pandemic.
I don't think they'll say anything about Legends Arceus DLC. There is almost always a Pokemon Day stream from the Pokemon Company, but even that might be too soon for a DLC reveal. The game won't have even been out a month!
Apart from previously announced games, I'm eagerly waiting for them to announce two I really want to be real:
I'm also wondering if there will be some Pokémon prescence there. I'm really wishing for DLC for Legends: Arceus
@Octane_st1m As I said, XC1 is better than 2 in pretty much every way, but 2 is also an amazing game. It´s like compare FFVII and IX; I´m sorry, but IX is worse in every way, but that doesn´t mean FFIX is an amazing game, one that is also among my favourite RPGs, actually.
So there you have it. That´s just my opinion, though.
Think about it: For a long time, we've had Smash Bros news in (almost) every direct. This pattern may end with this direct.
End it with how it started: Smash 64 added to NSO!
Another Direct, another missed opportunity to get hype for a new F-Zero…
All I really want is info on Kirby and at least one unannounced first party game, I'll be happy. And please no more Wii U remakes, if you want more Wii U games, just go buy a Wii U, they're already available.
A range of handheld-only games (or rather, designed for handheld play) would be excellent, imho. They could start with a Prof Laytron collection
Kate was cool in the predictions video. Will we hear more from her now that Jon has gone.
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