There is a Nintendo Direct tomorrow, and for once, the wait hasn’t even been that long. The Direct will be 40 minutes long and promises to feature Pokémon Sword and Shield, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and other 2019 titles for Switch. Beyond those named games, we could see almost anything — I’d even bet that we get a little glimpse at something slated for 2020. Like any Nintendo Direct, this one will be full of fun moments, expected announcements, and, best of all, surprises that nobody saw coming.
Even though those shockers are just about impossible to guess in advance, I’m trying my hand at it anyway, because I’m just that reckless. Read on, if you dare, for my predictions for tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct. Some are obvious and all but confirmed, while others will leave you scratching your head and wondering what’s going on in mine.
Pretty obvious Assassin’s Creed ports and a not-so-obvious Overwatch port
Remastered versions of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed Rogue both showed up today, listed as a double pack on a Greek video game retailer site. The source itself is questionable, but I’m listing these two as pretty obvious because of the leak coming right before the Direct and this year’s surprise launch of Assassin’s Creed III Remastered, which came packaged with Assassin’s Creed Liberation.
Overwatch, meanwhile, is a bit more questionable, but I still feel it is a good bet for tomorrow. Blizzard has always been open-minded towards the idea of seeing their popular FPS on Switch, and the recent leak of an officially licensed Overwatch Switch case raises a few eyebrows as well.
Absolutely smashing: Banjo releases this month, and the fourth Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character is revealed
Hero came out just over a month ago, and it is time to think about our next DLC fighter — the long-awaited, very welcome Banjo and Kazooie. Three DLC characters are supposed to drop in the six months between now and February 2020, so Nintendo cannot take a three-month break between each release like they did with Joker and Hero. Since Banjo and Hero were announced and had gameplay shown about 30 minutes apart, I’m putting my chips in for them to come out pretty close together, too.
After Banjo’s release date is announced, I’m anticipating a whole new character reveal. The SNK leak makes the most sense to me since it was found on Nintendo’s own website, so I’m guessing we’ll see a new fighter from one of their franchises.
A bit out there: Killer Queen Black gets released by surprise
Indie shadow-drops are far from uncommon during Directs, and Killer Queen Black is long overdue for its Switch release. The popular competitive arcade game was first revealed during a Nintendo Direct, and it is still slated for a 2019 release on the company’s website.
Just a hunch: Super Mario 3D World port finally announced
It’s been too long since we had a Wii U port, and December is wide open for Nintendo. While they would definitely be fine just riding on the coattails of their unbelievable fall lineup, a fresh new Wii U port would also be a great bookend to the year. Super Mario 3D World is the most obvious choice to me, but I would not be surprised to see Pikmin 3 or Xenoblade Chronicles X make it over either.
NO Animal Crossing, Metroid Prime 4, Bayonetta 3, or BotW2
The Nintendo Direct is meant to focus on 2019 games, but Nintendo often slips in a little tease to get us excited for what’s on the horizon. I do think that such a tease will occur, but I do not believe that it will concern the major tentpole games we currently have slated for 2020 and beyond: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Metroid Prime 4, and Bayonetta 3.
A “just one more thing” reveal seems pretty likely, especially because this could very well be the last general Direct until 2020. But Breath of the Wild and Metroid Prime 4 should both be very early into development, Platinum just released Astral Chain, and we already know a good deal on Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Instead, I am expecting a brand new reveal to get us excited.
One big reveal: Pikmin 4
We are sort of pushing it with so many major games already on the docket, but Daemon X Machina, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and Pokémon Sword and Shield will all be out before the year is done. The Nintendo Direct will focus on 2019 games, sure, but a new announcement for spring or summer 2020 could keep the hype train rolling. And I know exactly what title that could be: Pikmin 4. Pikmin 4 has been rumored to be nearly complete since late 2015, and tomorrow is just the right time for a reveal with a release date in the first half of next year.
So, am I crazy? I think that quite a few of these could pan out but will not be surprised if none of them come to fruition. What are you expecting from tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct? Air out your predictions in the comments.