Venture Beat reported earlier this month that Nintendo isn’t planning its traditional Nintendo Direct presentation this June. They’ve since provided an update to this stating that the company isn’t planning a Nintendo Direct at all at present and is instead telling third party developers not to wait for one and just announce their games as usual. Nintendo is expected to repeat what it did for Paper Mario: The Origami King and drop surprises without any notices.
Earlier this month, I reported Nintendo isn’t planning a Direct for June. As an update to that, I’ll add that Nintendo isn’t planning a Direct at all for now. It’s telling development partners not to wait for a Direct even if they have a big announcement.
As for first-party games, expect Nintendo to repeat its Paper Mario: The Origami King strategy. Surprise trailer drops out of nowhere can still build a lot of excitement. The company also doesn’t have to worry about meeting expectations if you don’t know something is coming.
And what’s coming is Pikmin 3 Deluxe, 3D Mario remasters, and Super Mario 3D World Deluxe. It could have some surprises beyond that, but it may actually wait for a Direct to get into those.