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Nintendo not planning any Direct streams right now

Earlier this month, it was reported that Nintendo was not planning a big Direct presentation for June to coincide with when E3 would normally take place. As it turns out, there are no Directs planned at all this year for the time being. 

Japan is currently under lockdown due to COVID-19 and many studios located there are adjusting to remote working. Due to this, Nintendo has scrapped plans for a big Direct, announcing this year’s slate of big first-party and third-party releases for the Nintendo Switch.

According to VentureBeat, this current drought will continue for the foreseeable future, as Nintendo “isn’t planning a Direct at all for now”. Instead, Nintendo has apparently begun telling third-party publishers to announce their games, rather than waiting for some form of Nintendo event.

Beyond that, Nintendo will apparently continue to surprise-drop trailers for its first-party games, similarly to what it did for Paper Mario: The Origami King, which was announced via a trailer and press release last week.

https://www.kitguru.net/gaming/matthew-wilson/nintendo-not-planning-any-direct-streams-right-now/



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Fair enough.



Disappointing, but understandable.



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I wonder if this is going to make them announce this year's games individually, just like the new Paper Mario.



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Darwinianevolution said:
I wonder if this is going to make them announce this year's games individually, just like the new Paper Mario.

Probably. They may have teamed up with Geoff Keighleys Summer Of Games event for a few announcements. They seem to have a pretty good relationship.



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PAOerfulone said:
Disappointing, but understandable.

This. I like Nintendo Directs, but these are strange times we live in...




Too bad for Nintendo, I liked Nintendo Direct

Fine by me. Directs are only a platform for announcements, so no Direct does not mean no game.



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We will see more shadow drop announcements like Paper Mario for the rest of the year at least. This may actually create more hype and Nintendo buzz, because instead of people saying, "why no direct, does Nintendo have nothing to show?"...

People will now be saying, "Nintendo could drop an announcement on us any day now, so hyped for what they show next!"

Everyday will be open to an announcement, and that is kind of exciting TBH.



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Shiken said:

We will see more shadow drop announcements like Paper Mario for the rest of the year at least. This may actually create more hype and Nintendo buzz, because instead of people saying, "why no direct, does Nintendo have nothing to show?"...

People will now be saying, "Nintendo could drop an announcement on us any day now, so hyped for what they show next!"

Everyday will be open to an announcement, and that is kind of exciting TBH.

As opposed to people engaging in rampant speculation to guess when the next Direct will be, as it is almost all year long every year.

"When will we get to see the next Direct?"
- "It could be any week!"



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