A new Nintendo Direct is supposedly in the works and potentially coming later this week. Although, at this stage we're starting to run out of days for this new Direct to take place in March.
Nintendo typically use their Direct's to reveal more info about the slate of games they have lined up for the console and it's been well over 200 days since the company held one of their traditional directs.
We say 'traditional' which is to say that the title specific directs and indie directs are not included. We've seen directs dedicated to Animal Crossing, Smash Brothers and indie titles in those 200 days, but a more traditional broad direct has been missing.
That might not be such a problem if not for the fact that Nintendo now has zero first-party titles on the cards for the months ahead.
We know there are plans for a Xenoblade Chronicles definitive edition, but word on when its being released hasn't been forthcoming.
And with Animal Crossing: New Horizon's now on sale, it leaves the list of games in production incredibly small. Even then, there's no telling at what stage those games are at in their production pipeline.
Zelda Breath of the Wild 2, Metroid 4 and Bayonetta 3 are all confirmed as in production, but who knows how far advanced they are in development.
So it's about time Nintendo does hold a Direct to give a steer on what other content is coming for the rest of the year.
Rumours of a possible Nintendo Direct this week, seem fairly certain (even if time is running out).
As per KitGuru, a Nintendo Direct is being planned for later this week. This was claimed by the same Twitter user who previously leaked E3’s cancellation before anyone else caught wind.
VentureBeat has also suggested that a new Nintendo Direct could arrive before the month is up.
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Earlier this month the tech site reported that there was a March Nintendo Direct in the works with a focus on the 2020 lineup.
However, it's not clear yet what that 2020 focus will include. Previous rumours and suggestions indicated it could involve the likes of Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 and Metroid 4; perhaps even a return for Pikmin.
But one rather trustworthy Nintendo insider, Emily Rogers, has recently suggested that Super Mario could play a big part in 2020.
In a post on Twitter (Via Daily Express ) Rogers said: "My overall expectations for Switch software this year: Good year to be a plumber. Solid year to be an RPG fan. (Xenoblade, BravelyDefault2).
"INSANE year to re-play old games (HD remasters, deluxe ports, remakes). Decent year for more casual games. (AC = casual)".
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With Mario Kart Deluxe continuing to sell incredibly well, and Mario Maker 2 only recently released, the possible options for a new game with Mario in somewhat limited.
The most obvious new game could be a sequel to Super Mario Odyssey, which was a commercial and critical success.
It's been close to 3 years since the game shipped and with the game avoiding any substantial DLC, its possible that a new game is, at the very least, in the works.
A more realistic expectation is that Nintendo fans see a return for some of Mario's lesser-known series such as Paper Mario and possibly another Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle game.
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The last Paper Mario game was Paper Mario: Color Splash released in 2016, so seems a likely contender for a new release in the series.
Ubisoft Milan, the studio behind Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle were also recently hiring for a new project described simply as a “mystery AAA game”.
Whilst Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has remained rather coy on the prospect of a second game, and when asked by IGN, Yves simply responded with the following comment:
"We can't say much today, but we had a good relationship, so let's see what will come."
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Although, with Ubisoft also sending out surveys last to its email subscribers asking for their favourite characters in the Mario universe, it seems likely a sequel is being planned.
Daily Express also suggested we might see a return for Super Mario Sunshine, given that it's both incredibly popular and there's a general clamour for more Gamecube titles to make their way to the switch.
Either way, we should hopefully learn more in the coming days. Personally we're hoping for the return of the Rabbids.
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