Nintendo Direct January 2019 DELAYED? Is Switch game news on hold for next Nintendo Direct (Pic: NINTENDO)
Nintendo was widely expected to launch a new Nintendo Direct for January 2019 this week.
However, with days in the week fast running out and several high profile Switch Game announcements already being released this week, it's quite possible that the Nintendo Direct you've been craving might have been quietly pushed back.
As we noted last week, Nintendo has (traditionally) hosted post-holidays presentations in the first month of the new year.
We saw a Spring-Summer 2018 Nintendo Switch games Direct take place on January 11, 2018, followed by a 'full' Direct on March 8.
Cast your minds further back and in 2017, we a Nintendo Switch hardware and software presentation take place on January 12, followed by a more specific indie showcase on February 28.
There's quite clearly form and we didn't see 2019 as being any different.
Another case to be made for a new direct was that the last took place way back on November 1, 2018 – and even then, was dedicated more towards the upcoming release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
And when you think of all the Nintendo Switch exclusives that are primed to release this year. Deep breath…
… Which includes: Fire Emblem: Three Houses, a new 2019 Pokemon game, Animal Crossing on Switch, Luigi's Mansion 3, Metroid 4 and the aforementioned Yoshi game.
It's certainly high time that we heard something. And that's just the exclusive stuff!
There's still little to no information about the Nintendo Switch release for Bayonetta 3, confirmed to be coming this year but only having revealed a titled card for the time being.
Likewise, there's plenty of indicators since the start of the year that Atlas will look to bring some form of the Persona series to Switch as well.
For now, this is all you're allowed to know about Bayonetta 3 (Pic: Nintendo)
However, as this week has dragged on, people have become more and more twitchy at the lack of news from Nintendo.
Despite the fact Nintendo are quite abrupt with their Direct announcements at the best of times.
In fact sometimes they'll only reveal them 24 hours before they're scheduled to take place – regardless though, fans are growing frustrated and fearful that nothing is coming.
Normally we'd say, hold tight, but there are also suggestions the Direct might have been delayed.
We say this because there have been several announcements this week which might cast doubt on a new Nintendo Direct not just this week, but anytime soon.
For starters, only last night Nintendo announced the release date for Yoshi's Crafted World, a new Switch exclusive which will launch later this year on 29th March.
Equally, the same announcement – done on Twitter of all things – also revealed a new 3DS port in Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn coming on 8th March.
But that's not all. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen was announced as coming to Switch on Tuesday and will eventually launch on 23rd April.
A pretty big deal not just for Capcom but also a series with a huge fanbase that's gone largely unloved for a few years.
If that wasn't enough, Nintendo also snuck out a reveal for Nintendo Switch Online's next free game additions, which are Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link and Blaster Master.
Now, this might just be us, but given these are some pretty sizeable announcements, for some big games and series, we find it a little hard to believe Nintendo would simply reveal all of this wonderful new info with a new Nintendo Direct just a few days away.
For now, a lot of people are remaining positive.
As Daily Express notes, Nintendo 'Super Fan on Twitter, @Stealth, who has thousands of followers and doles out daily doses of gaming news and rumours, still remains hopeful of a Direct taking place, if perhaps not this week, certainly at some point in January.
Writing to his fans, Stealth said: “Despite the Nintendo announcements today, I still think there is going to be a direct within the next few weeks.”
Whilst there's certainly room for optimism, we wouldn't hold our breath for the time being.