The Nintendo Direct video broadcast originally intended to air on September 7 is likely landing on September 14, according to a well placed source.

The same source indicated the direct would go ahead on the 14th in a conversation held towards the end of August. However, Nintendo brought those plans ahead one week only to postpone the announcements as a sign of respect to the victims of the 6.6 magnitude earthquake that devastated Hokkaido on September 6, leaving over 2,500 displaced into evacuation centres, more than 600 people injured and up to 40 people dead.

It’s understood Nintendo would withhold the announcement for at least 7 days following the incident out of respect. Other factors leading to the decision is the lack of power in parts of Hokkaido. However, the Tokyo Game Show — Japan’s largest video game exhibition — is still going ahead on September 20, and Nintendo are hoping to release their batch of announcements prior to that event. The publisher isn’t exhibiting games at the show but will be in attendance for media enquires and business meetings. Third party developers are exhibiting games reportedly mentioned in the September Nintendo Direct.

Games that are likely to be showcased are Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and details of the previously announced Yoshi title, which is expected to release in February 2019. Players will also be keen to see more information about Diablo III and Dark Souls: Remastered which have both been previously confirmed to be heading to the console this year. A Nintendo 3DS remake of Nintendo GameCube game Luigi’s Mansion is expected to be showcased in detail following its previous announcement.

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Ty Muddle

Ty Muddle

I cut my gaming teeth on a Commodore 64 my siblings and I found stashed under my parents bed. It was the early 90's and the strange computerised images were a novelty for a young kid living in a rural Australian town. It would be some years before I was introduced to a simple word processor powered by a Apple II my grandfather found at the dump but it didn't take much to spark a love of writing and video gaming that would continue through my life. My first "modern" console was, like most people in Australia at the time, a Sega Master System II. In those days you'd hire games from the local video store. I always loved flipping to the back of the game manual to see the cheat codes other players would scribble in the "Notes" section.