The next Nintendo Direct will broadcast on Friday 28th August, according to the latest rumours to swirl online.
That comes from VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb, who explained on the GamesBeat Decides podcast: “I’ve heard a few things and I think there’s a strong possibility that there is a Nintendo Direct next week on Friday. That’s the date I’ve heard.”
However, he expressed caution in response to the disappointment that had surrounded the recent Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase.
That presentation had focused on Shin Megami Tensei V, Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster, Rogue Company, WWE 2K Battlegrounds and the Cadence of Hyrule Season Pass, but overhyped speculation leading up to it ultimately left fans feeling short-changed.
“At the end of that [Direct Mini], they said ‘and we’re going to have more Partner Showcases coming up soon!’ So anything I hear, in the back of my mind there’s always that sort of ringing as an echo,” Grubb cautioned.
“There’s a lot of signs pointing to next week being a general Direct, and there is a general Direct coming up it seems for sure.
If it is another Partner Showcase, Grubb adds: “I would still expect a general Direct to come by the middle of September at the latest it seems like. I was hearing that even before Nintendo announced that they were having a special meeting with investors in the middle of September.
“I think that it makes a lot of sense for them to get a Direct out the way before that happens, so they don’t have to answer questions like ‘what games are coming up?’ They can focus on other stuff when they’re talking to their investors and their investors are fully aware of the upcoming line-up and can feel good about that stuff.”
Earlier this month, Nintendo had announced that Pikmin 3 Deluxe will see release on Nintendo Switch this October, but other than that the portable home console’s first-party release schedule remains sparse.