Nintendo Switch fans had been hoping a Nintendo Direct for January 2019 was taking place this week.
It has long been rumoured that a Nintendo Direct for January 2019 was taking place on Thursday January 10.
However, that date came and passed without a fully fledged Nintendo Direct or a smaller Nintendo Direct Mini appearing.
But while the Nintendo Direct did not take place this week fans still have reasons to remain hopeful one will happen this month.
Nintendo typically holds a Direct at the start of the year so if January 2019 goes by without a single Direct it would be a big break from tradition.
And those who know the industry well remain hopeful that a Nintendo Direct will take place soon.
Industry enthusiast and ‘Nintendo superfan’ Stealth took to Twitter earlier this week to speak about the rumours of an upcoming Direct.
Stealth, posting before the rumoured January 10 date came and passed without a Direct, said they expected a stream in the next few weeks.
On Wednesday January 9 Stealth posted: “Despite the Nintendo announcements today, I still think there is going to be a direct within the next few weeks.”
And then on Thursday January 10 Stealth spoke out about some announcements that could be getting saved up for a Nintendo Direct.
On that day Nintendo revealed the release dates for Final Fantasy X/X-2 and Final Fantasy XII Zodiac on the Switch.
These Final Fantasy games are upgraded versions of games that originally were released on the PlayStation 2.
Their release on the Switch was announced in a previous Direct in which ports of Final Fantasy 7 and FFIX were also revealed.
And Stealth speculated the release dates for FF7 and FF9 on the Switch were not revealed alongside the FFX and FFXII launches for a reason.
Stealth posted: “I think Final Fantasy VII and IX are more ‘Right Now’ kinds of announcements saved for a direct or E3.”
If that’s the case maybe the reason the FFVII and FFIX release dates weren’t revealed is the JRPGs could get immediately released during an upcoming Direct.
It remains to be seen if that’s the case but Nintendo in the past few days have been making a number of release date announcements typically held back for a Direct.
Could these announcements be taking place in lieu of a Nintendo Direct?
Or are these announcements being made to free up in space in a blockbuster Nintendo Direct that is set for January 2019?
There are plenty of games that Nintendo have in the works that could get showcased in an upcoming Nintendo Direct.
Animal Crossing Switch, Luigi’s Mansion 3 and the new Fire Emblem are all due out in 2019 on the hit hybrid console.
So giving fans a big update on these titles during a January 2019 Direct would be a good way to build anticipation ahead of launch.
Other titles that Nintendo have in the works, such as Metroid Prime 4 and Bayonetta 3, could also feature in a Direct.
While there are also rumours of inbound Super Mario Odyssey DLC, the return of Nintendo Land and a new Mario Maker.
Pokemon Gen 8 is another Nintendo Switch title due out in 2019, but that seems likely to be the focus of its own reveal event later this year.
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