You wouldn’t be blamed for expecting a new Nintendo Direct soon. After all, the big N have been suspiciously quiet lately. Their upcoming first-party lineup is definitely looking a little bare, with only the sequel to Breath of the Wild on the horizon. Unfortunately, multiple sources seem to suggest that the next big Nintendo Direct, rumoured to be hosted in June, has been postponed due to COVID-19-related difficulties. A VentureBeat report claims that Nintendo was indeed planning a June Direct, but this has since been put on ice. This, according to the report, is due to Japan’s current difficulties adapting to the work from home model forced by the current Coronavirus pandemic.
The Direct would have focused on celebrating Mario’s 35th Anniversary, This would have been done with the reveal of a re-release of some beloved 3D Mario games on the Switch. This is a rumour that has surfaced before – and like that rumour, VentureBeat’s report has also been corroborated by VGC’s sources. Although the Direct itself is cancelled, it’s unlikely that this means the games it would announce are. Announcements will probably simply happen individually, spread out throughout the year. We’ve seen evidence of this already this year, with both the Mario Maker 2 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons updates being announced in separate videos.
This, of course, is by no means Coronavirus’s first impact on the games industry. E3 was cancelled for the first time this year due to the virus. A June Direct would have lined up with the expo, so really it makes sense that the Direct is no longer going ahead.
Is a June Direct still possible?
Of course, none of this is confirmed officially by Nintendo, so take all of this with a grain of salt. There could still be a Direct in June. Alternatively, there may not even have been one planned in the first place.
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