Watch Nintendo Direct Live Stream, Thursday, September 1: What Will And Won’t Be Discussed
A Nintendo Direct is set for Thursday, September 1 at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. After months of what can only be considered by some fans silence, Nintendo looks to show fans what they have in store for the rest of the year. Unfortunately, what they are not going to discuss may be more important than what they will discuss.
If you noticed in the above Twitter message from Nintendo of Europe, it very distinctly gives the idea that the upcoming Direct will in fact be a 3DS only event. Those hoping that there would be mention of what Nintendo’s upcoming platform codename NX is will most likely be disappointed. If this wasn’t enough of a giveaway, Nintendo of America left no doubt that NX would not be present on Thursday.
So, what can fans expect to see considering the fact that a good majority of the experts seem to think Nintendo does not have a lot left for consumers between now and the end of the year? If we take a look at news this week along with the upcoming release schedule, there may be more from Nintendo than originally thought.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
What? Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a four-year-old (in Japan) game. If you will remember back on July 20, Nintendo surprised everyone by announcing a new update for New Leaf that would be available this fall. The free update would add support for not just the Amiibo figures that were primarily used with Animal Crossing Amiibo Festival, but it would also use the 400 cards that were a part of last year’s successful 3DS game Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.
A free update for Animal Crossing: New Leaf is coming this fall! Details -> https://t.co/h0b0oERGOq https://t.co/qJsew2xuPx
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 20, 2016
At the time of the announcement, Nintendo indicated that the figures and cards could be used to allow characters to visit the players at their “new campsite.” They also hinted that theme furniture from non-Animal Crossing Amiibo could find its way into New Leaf. Nintendo recently made Animal Crossing: New Leaf part of the Nintendo Selects program. It can be purchased for $19.99, a full $20 off the original price.
Upcoming 3DS Games
IGN speculated earlier today that Nintendo could actually use this time to focus on the upcoming 3DS games that are scheduled to ship for the system prior to the end of the year. Nintendo did something similar for the summer releases back in March’s Nintendo Direct. While some feel the list is not extensive, there seem to be some solid titles for everyone’s favorite handheld.
Next week Capcom will release the next Phoenix Wright game titled Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Spirit of Justice. While this is not considered a mainstream game, the Ace Attorney games have performed well for all Nintendo handhelds in the past.
Dragon Quest makes its return on September 16. This time players will be playing the much awaited Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past. It should be noticed that Nintendo has already confirmed Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, but no date has been set for this title.
Other games confirmed for September release include Shen Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse (September 20), Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice (September 27), and Yokai Watch Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls (September 30). It is likely fans should see something on these games even if it is just a sizzle reel.
As for first party games, Nintendo has Mario Party Star Rush set to debut on November 4. Along with the latest entry in the Mario Party series will be new Amiibo including Daisy, Rosalina, Wario, Waluigi, Boo, Donkey Kong, and Diddy Kong. Early reviews have been considerably more favorable than the Wii U’s Mario Party 10.
The other exclusive titles for the 3DS are the much talked about Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon that will release November 11. Fans shouldn’t expect much new from these titles. The Pokemon Company has been releasing information at a pretty steady pace and on their terms at this point.
While some fans are likely going to be disappointed that there is no information in regards to the NX, it should be noted that Nintendo does have a tendency to drop a surprise or two when it comes to Directs. Fans may watch the Nintendo Direct Live Stream, Thursday September 1, via Nintendo’s website here or a host of other Nintendo fan sites including Nintendo Life.
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