A bunch of Internet detectives suspected that we’d be getting a Nintendo Direct a few days before Nintendo dropped its surprise Direct Mini this week, and now fans have put their tinfoil hats on once again.
The Direct Mini that Nintendo revealed was just that, mini—a small sampling of content Nintendo has coming to the Switch in 2018. However, some big names, including Metroid Prime 4 and a new Pokémon game for the Switch, weren’t on the list. And, as some users on Reddit have figured out by looking at past schedules, Direct Minis are almost universally followed up with a larger Nintendo Direct within a few weeks.
As Redditor Natzore compiled in a table, the time between a Direct Mini and a full Direct has never exceeded 20 days, and the wait is often a lot shorter than that. Here’s the proof Natzore put together, based on Wikipedia’s list of Nintendo Direct dates.
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
We know that Nintendo has a few games in the works that it could show off. The company is working on bringing over the Bayonetta games, with Bayonetta 3 in the works, and there’s also a new Yoshi game we haven’t seen for a while. There’s also the fact that Amazon recently made listings for 18 new, untitled Nintendo Switch games before hastily removing the listings. That’s more than the number of reveals we saw during the Mini Direct, and it’s perhaps another sign that are more new games just waiting to be announced.
There’s no official word from Nintendo yet, but we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for any updates or hints at another Direct. And if the company’s accounts start tweeting weird images again, well, we’ll know something is up.
Source: r/NintendoSwitch on Reddit