Expect another Nintendo Direct soon – every Direct Mini so far has been followed by a full one a few weeks later

By James Billcliffe
12 January 2018 10:53 GMT

Yesterday, Nintendo dropped a Direct Mini detailing Switch ports of great games like Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, Hyrule Warriors and most notably, Dark Souls.

However, discussion on reddit has pointed out that Nintendo has tended to follow each Mini with a full Direct presentation within the next few weeks.

In a thread by reddit user Natzore, it was noted that the time between each Direct Mini and the subsequent “standard” Direct has never been more than 20 days. In instances where there were consecutive Direct Minis, the date was taken from the last one.

A table Natzore added to their post showing the time between the Minis and full Directs is below:

Direct Mini Following Direct Distance in days
July 18, 2012    July 30, 2012   12
September 7, 2012   September 13, 2012   6
October 3, 2012   October 4, 2012   1
November 27, 2012   December 5, 2012   8
December 19, 2012   January 8, 2013   20
April 1, 2013   April 3, 2013   2
July 18, 2013   August 7, 2013   20
October 29, 2013   November 12, 2013   14
November 14, 2013   November 27, 2013   13
June 1, 2015   June 14, 2015   13
November 2, 2016   November 5, 2016   3


Another presentation in the near future would make sense. Nintendo have tons of games in the works that they could show off, like Bayonetta, Metroid Prime 4 and Yoshi for Nintendo Switch. There have also been rumours – albeit spurious – that Nintendo is going to properly announce a new Fire Emblem game over the last couple of weeks.

Also, Amazon US posted 18 placeholders for games “just announced at the Nintendo Switch event” at the tail end of 2017. Although some were listed with the standard $59.99 price tag, many were posted costing $99.99, suggesting that they could be special editions of the unannounced titles. Even though a few were just announced at the Mini, that leaves plenty of room for new possibilities.

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