Nintendo Direct February 2019

What can we expect from February's expected Nintendo direct? Will there be new game announcements? Online updates? Or confirmed release date for already scheduled games. We look into what could be announced and how this shapes 2019 for Nintendo.

News sites have been speculating that there could be the first big Direct of 2019 coming in February, with the 13th February rumored to be the date.
Nintendo fans have been kept on the edge of their seats so far this year, as January past by with no announcement of Nintendo’s plans for the year ahead.

What to expect?

Well if the rumors are true, quite alot. There should be big improvements to the online service after it emerged that more people are opting for a monthly subsrciption over the annual. In a statement, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said “The company is always looking at ways to boost the service and make it more appealing”

Furukawa explained more “We are not disclosing details by each membership plan but among consumers who have purchased memberships, however, a growing percentage is now opting for shorter plans like the one-month membership”.

Whether this hints at different levels of membership being introduced, and players who opt for the yearly subscription get more benifits than others are yet to be seen. Could the rumored SNES games be unlocked by having the yearly subscription only? I guess we will have to wait and see.

What about new games?

As reported in a post by Nintendo everything a listing appeared on the GameStop Germany website, for a switch version of Spyro Reignited trilogy. This post however was taken down shortly after. Could this have been an early leak? again we will have to wait and see when the Direct drops.

Other games that may be announced are the Metroid prime trilogy for Switch and Mario Maker 2.
It has also been claimed the Nintendo have a “bunch” of other Switch announcements this year, but the scheduling for these reveals isn’t clear at this time. These include the new Gen 8 Pokemon game. A potential new 2D Zelda game and a Pikmin game coming to Switch.

Could we also finally be getting the reported 22 SNES games who’s files were discovered by Kapu (via Nintendo Life ) These include huge games like Zelda: A link to the past, Super Mario World, Super Metriod and a personal favorite Super Punch Out!

Alongside all that could we also get the next DLC character reveal for Super Smash Bros ultimate? After Joker was revealed at the Game Awards in December we haven’t heard any more regarding the next DLC plans. I feel this Direct would be a great time to announce the next fighter to join the battle!

Plus there could be suprise 3rd party releases for the switch which would really signal Nintendo’s intent to make 2019 another standout year for them, as the big two, Sony and Xbox gear up for next gen.

Stay tuned to for more Nintendo news.

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