Update [Fri 9th Sep, 2022 02:45 BST]: The rumored Nintendo Direct for the month of September could possibly be delayed.
In a brief message on social media, GamesBeat managing editor Mike Minotti (who also happens to be the co-host of Jeff Grubb’s ‘Games Mess Decides’) mentioned how there’s a chance of the upcoming Direct being pushed back by Nintendo due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
“I am terrified to say this because it sounds like something NO ONE will believe but sounds like the Nintendo Direct might be delayed because of the Queen lol”
Giant Bomb reporter Jeff Grubb has added to this, explaining how as “weird” as it may seem, it essentially boils down to Nintendo being Nintendo. The company has delayed broadcasts, announcements and game releases previously due to global events, and this could potentially be the same case.
“I agree that it’s weird. But are you new here? Have you met Nintendo? Hopefully this was just a conversation about whether or not they should delay and it still happens.”
According to Grubb, Nintendo’s main concern is apparently a possible clash with the funeral proceedings. Jeff also highlighted how the UK is an important part of Nintendo’s global market, so it’s going to take events like this into consideration out of respect and because it has a business on the ground operating there.
Grubb further elaborated on his initial comments in the latest episode of the ‘Games Mess Decides’ podcast – mentioning how it’s still very much a developing situation, and Nintendo America will likely be part of the decision-making process. Games Mess also reiterated how it’s still an “internal conversation at Nintendo” and says third parties have not received an update yet.
Nintendo earlier this year delayed the Switch release of Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp due to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, and has previously postponed a Nintendo Direct broadcast due to an earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan.
If there are any significant developments, an update will be shared.
Original article [Sat 3rd Sep, 2022 08:30 BST]: Earlier this week, video game journalist Jeff Grubb spoke about a Nintendo Direct taking place at some point this month.
While there’s been no official announcement just yet, Grubb has now elaborated on his original comments – reiterating what he has heard from his own sources. Speaking to the Nintendo Shack crew, Grubb explained how Zelda Wind Waker and Twilight Princess re-releases would likely be part of the focus – including a possible name reveal of the Breath of the Wild sequel:
“… A lot of Zelda stuff, now I said the word” blowout “everyone is hyper-fixated on [that]… I don’t know what their [Nintendo] exact plans are, I suspect, and it’s been intimated to me … this is probably happening that we will probably get the name of Breath of the Wild 2, and we will also get the ports of the Wii U HD transfers of Wind Waker and Twilight Princess. “
That’s not all, though. He went on to state how a Metroid Prime remaster could be on the cards, as well as the announcement of EA’s game It Takes Two for Switch, which has also been mentioned elsewhere online this week by another leaker:
“… Metroid Prime is also supposed to come out this holiday, so we should get that as well, so then that’s when we started talking ‘about that’s a lot of remasters … especially a lot of kind of GameCube remasters’ – will they [Nintendo] theme it around that, we have no idea.
“… It Takes Two will be coming to the Switch, that’s the one of the games I’ve heard, yes – will be in the Direct, so yeah – there should be a lot in there, it should be pretty big, it should be much bigger than the series of stuff they [Nintendo[ did throughout the summer when they didn’t have a real general Direct, so it’s exciting and I’m looking forward to it.”
Beyond this, Jeff says he doesn’t know any of the fine details about this rumoured Direct – such as the length, other participants or the exact date.
He also took this opportunity to mention how Nintendo has been “holding onto so much of this stuff for so long” and then it takes forever for it to apparently decide when certain games will be launched. Referencing the rumoured Fire Emblem game as an example, that’s supposedly just sitting at Nintendo HQ ready to be released.
Rumours about Wind Waker and Twilight Princess games originally surfaced online last year – with multiple journalists at the time claiming these titles would be getting Switch versions. The Metroid Prime re-release has also been rumoured for some time now.
Would you be interested in Switch versions of Wind Waker and Twilight Princess? Do you think we’ll be hearing about them anytime soon? Leave your own thoughts down below.