It's gotta happen early Feb or they've screwed all their momentum royally. They've had a terrible 2019 PR wise so far.
I don't think the Metroid delay was as terrible for them PR-wise as you might think. Youtube, commenters, websites have had overwhelmingly positive reactions to the news and are even using it as a showcase of Nintendo's changed corporate communication strategy and in particular of their commitment to the Metroid franchise. They had a great NPD showing for December and 2018 and other than not behaving as we think they're supposed to (i.e., not having a Direct in early-mid January) they haven't done anything wrong. There are resports about suppliers expecting fewer orders, but that's all we know. Certainly this Direct is super important for their 2019 strategy, but honestly we know more right now for this coming year than we have in quite a while for this time of year. 2019 will be just fine, and Nintendo can bring momentum right back to their favor with a Pikmin announcement or any other IP be it February or March.Last edited by super_etecoon - on 29 January 2019