A Nintendo Direct for August 2020 could be on the horizon, with evidence mounting that a stream could be coming this month. It has been almost a year since the House of Mario held that their last proper Nintendo Direct. That broadcast was the September 2019 Nintendo Direct, which came hot on the heels of the show stopping Nintendo Direct broadcast in June during E3 2019.
But following on from those streams that happened in quick succession Directs have been a bit thin on the ground.
Sure, we’ve had the Nintendo Direct Minis that aired in March and July as well as other streams such as the Pokemon Presents broadcasts.
But none have been as all encompassing as a full fat Nintendo Direct.
This lengthy wait since the last full Nintendo Direct, coupled with the Switch’s bare looking release schedule for 2020, means excitement is sky high for the next Direct.
Previously in-the-know journalist Jeff Grubb claimed the next Nintendo Direct could be as far away as the “very end” of summer – which seemed to hint at an August date.
And it looks like that will be the case, with more and more evidence mounting up that a Nintendo Direct for August 2020 could be on the horizon.
As reported on in a post by Nintendo Smash, at the end of July reliable leaker King Zell posted some cryptic messages about Nintendo on ResetEra.
Following on from the July Direct Mini, Zell was asked whether Nintendo would be having any other big events before the month was over.
On July 26 the leaker posted: “Wait for August, nothing for the rest of this month.”
Zell later went on to clarify that they were talking specifically about Directs, and not any game specific Twitter announcements that could be dropping.
King Zell posted: “To be clear, I don’t know anything about a Twitter announcements, am just talking about Directs.”
Following on from this tease VentureBeat journalist Grubb also appears to have hinted that a Nintendo Direct will be happening in August.
Throughout the summer Grubb has been keeping a schedule of all the individual announcements taking place in lieu of E3.
This schedule has been dubbed ‘Jeff Grubb’s Summer Game Mess’, and for a long time Nintendo has just been classified as a ‘Wild Card’.
But recently Grubb updated the schedule to move Nintendo from the bottom of the pile to a position in between events on August 11 and August 22.
Which seems to be a hint that the next Nintendo Direct, whether it’s a full Direct or another Mini showcase, could be happening between those dates.
One of the most heavily rumoured announcements for the next Nintendo Direct is Ninty will reveal how they plan to mark Mario’s upcoming 35th anniversary.
September 13 will mark 35 years since Super Mario Bros launched on the Famicom in Japan, and Nintendo are believed to have big plans in store to mark this occasion.
It is thought the Switch will be getting a Super Mario All Stars-style collection which features remasters of classic 3D games.
The titles believed to be getting the remaster treatment are Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy.
It has also been rumoured that a new Mario Kart game is in the works and the Switch will be getting ports of other games such as the Wii U’s Super Mario 3D World.
If these rumours are true then surely Nintendo will have to announce these Mario anniversary plans before the actual anniversary falls on September 13.
So, a Direct taking place at some point during August does seem a distinct possibility.
Other games that could feature in the next Nintendo Direct include Zelda Breath of the Wild 2, Metroid Prime 4 and Bayonetta 3.
While there are also rumours that a Metroid Prime Trilogy compilation and a new 2D Metroid (possibly a remake of Super Metroid) are in the works for the Switch.
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