Today's Nintendo Direct could bring news on Smash Bros., Bayonetta 2, and plenty more

A few weeks ago, Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata addressed investors to explain why the company wasn't failing as badly as it seemed, and why he shouldn't step down. He also bowed a few times because in Japan, when you fuck up, you gotta bow in front of your investors.

He talked about how the console-maker would continue to support both its handheld and console business moving forward, all the while experimenting with "quality of life" improvement technologies and non-game applications for mobile. He spoke in very ambiguous terms, making wide promises that we still don't fully understand.

Nintendo wasn't about to show trailers for upcoming games to a bunch of stuffy old investors. That's what Nintendo Directs are for. That's what today is for, with one slated--surprise!--for this afternoon. It's been revealed that there's going to be a Nintendo Direct at 2 pm PDT/ 5 pm EDT, and it's going to be broadcasted worldwide. The only information we have is that it'll focus on "Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games launching by the end of spring."

This is a big deal for a number of reasons. One: it's the first Direct since the aforementioned "Sorry the company is doing terribly, please don't fire me" conference. Two: it's worldwide, and Nintendo usually saves its biggest announcements for worldwide Nintendo Directs. Three: it's at a weird time--typically they take place during Japan's afternoon, but this one is starting at early in the morning in Japan.

What does it all mean? Well, that's the thing: we have no idea. But if we had to guess--and why not, guessing is fun--there are two very different ways this could play out.

First, let's put on our optimism hats (which is a red Mario cap with a Nintendo logo on it, in case you were wondering). Tomorrow will be an extremely important, substantial Nintendo Direct. There could be a huge price drop on the Wii U, or some other massive revelations. Seriously, Nintendo needs something big right now. The Xbox One is about to get Titanfall, the PS4 is weeks away from Infamous: Second Son, and Nintendo is still acting like people give half a shit about Cranky Kong. While the company will surely touch on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Yoshi's New Island, and Mario Kart 8 during tomorrow's presentation, it could also reveal major new games for the latter half of 2014.

Let's not forget that it was around this time last year that a Nintendo Direct announced Wind Waker HD, Yarn Yoshi, the next Xeno- game, and plenty more. This could be The One We've Been Waiting For--the megaton--and that might be the reason it's posting at a weird time. Nintendo of Japan might want to extra time to answer questions and deal with fallout, instead of forcing the global press to speculate overnight. This could be huge. New Zelda? A Smash Bros. release date? [Update: Platinum Games, Next Level Games, and members of the Super Smash Bros. development staff have tweeted about the event since this article was originally posted.] Nothing is off the table while we're wearing our optimism hat.

But when we take it off, hang it up, and put on our pessimism hat (which is actually more of a helmet with "B0RN 2 CRY" written on it), we're reminded of another possibility: Nintendo is even more screwed than we fear. What if those games aren't even close to being ready? What if Zelda Wii U is two years away? What if Smash Bros. won't be out in 2014? Most of the promises Iwata made were for 2015, and there's a chance that tomorrow's Nintendo Direct could be a total letdown--a reminder that sometimes, Nintendo screws up real bad.

Which will it be? We seriously don't know. It'll likely fall somewhere in between, with one or two things that surprise us, and a few cringe-worthy moments that make us wonder what the hell Nintendo is thinking. The good news is it's less than a day away, so you won't have to switch between hats too many times.


  • CitizenWolfie - February 14, 2014 9:17 a.m.

    Please be Zelda U... Please be Zelda U... Please be Zelda U... Hell, I'd be happy with DLC for SMB3DW
  • michelkeepertje - February 13, 2014 2:46 p.m.

    That was a pretty dissapointing nintendo direct. Aside from Little Mac being in Super Smash Bros, there was no real "news". I was really hoping for some Zelda concept art or a confirmation for a new 3D Mario or Metroid. Guess i'll just have to wait some more :(
  • Waldo - February 13, 2014 11:59 a.m.

    The Nintendo Directs are fun to watch. They always seem so darn happy and excited. Seriously, that guy smiles and bows the whole time. How can you be mad at him?
  • Squander - February 13, 2014 6:03 a.m.

    Iwata ditches his Luigi cap, takes his very final bow and proclaims 2014 as the year of Cranky Kong! Game Over, no coins left
  • GOD - February 13, 2014 12:44 a.m.

    Please don't disappoint. Please blow my mind. Please don't disappoint.
  • Rub3z - February 12, 2014 11:43 p.m.

    After having a think, I just thought of something: what if, in the spirit of Nintendo "innovation," Nintendo made a leap into the 4K display space with reboots of older games? Think about this: if a friggin' Gamecube can run a game as insane as F-Zero GX at a silky smooth 60FPS, imagine a Wii U running the same game at the same unbelievable clip in a dazzling 4K resolution (with some slightly updated textures). The sight would be amazing to behold, and with a few more polished rereleases/ remakes of other games in Nintendo's library, people would start to see Ninty's wee (heheh) box as the first 4K console, with an emphasis on design of smooth-running, "less is more" kinds of experiences. Hell, plenty of games from the Gamecube and Wii are up for consideration to be blown up to 4K screens in remade, rebooted, or remastered fashion with just a few technical jiggery-pokes. Galaxy. Mario Kart. Strikers. Golf. Smash. Pikmin. Zelda. Metroid Prime. Other third party titles like Red Steel, MadWorld, No More Heroes, Viewtiful Joe... fuckin' Heatseeker or Excite Truck. Nintendo have never been about the most ultra realistic textures and all that, so they could use that to their advantage to introduce the first games running in the 4K space (aside from PC gaming enthusiasts with exorbitantly expensive rigs, multiple GTX Titans, etc.). That, I think, would really be amazing, and a grand showcase of what Nintendo is really all about... vibrant, eclectic gaming experiences running without a hitch. It'd bring new meaning to the whole "Nintendo Magic" phrase.
  • Rub3z - February 12, 2014 11:11 p.m.

    60FPS online-multiplayer enabled F-Zero game? Please?
  • brickman409 - February 12, 2014 10:34 p.m.

    I really don't know what to expect from this Nintendo Direct, hopefully it's something completely different than what we've seen before. I hope at least a quarter of the things mentioned in that press event awhile back gets announced. (like DS virtual console, a game that uses NFC, their mysterious comments on mobile gaming, etc)
  • shawksta - February 12, 2014 10:19 p.m.

    Given as a Nintendo Article i might as well say it. Ubisoft is pretty much ensuring that nobody buys the Wii U version of Watch Dogs by delaying specifically the Wii U version. The exact opposite of what they did to Rayman Legends Last Year.
  • shawksta - February 12, 2014 9:44 p.m.

    I love watching Nintendo Directs, i frankly dont care whats gonna happen, if something good great. I dont have a Mario Hat, but i have a Cap with a picture of Mario on it, so that counts right?
  • rainn'sgaydar - February 12, 2014 7:37 p.m.

    I wouldn't expect too much since it's supposed to be about their spring lineup. My guess is a sizable MK8 update, DK footage, another Smash character, and a couple of smaller things. Best case scenario, I'd guess, is a Smash release date.
  • Jackonomics2.0 - February 12, 2014 8:24 p.m.

    Given that Japan already has DK released, I wouldn't be so sure of a trailer, being worldwide is all but there probably is atleast a reminder.
  • rainn'sgaydar - February 13, 2014 3:27 a.m.

    A trailer during Reggie's portion would seem sensible.
  • Jackonomics2.0 - February 12, 2014 7:25 p.m.

    If it means anything, Sakurai, Monolith soft, Platinum, and Next Level games tweeted about the direct.
  • shawksta - February 12, 2014 9:44 p.m.

    Next Level games you say? What wonder they have been up to since Dark Moon. Mario Strikers U? Punch U Out? Luigi's Mansion 2 Wii U edition? Something else?
  • J-Fid - February 12, 2014 6:23 p.m.

    SSB4 release date would be greater than anything else they could announce. If we don't get a release date, at least can we get a newcomer character?
  • Jackonomics2.0 - February 12, 2014 6:52 p.m.

    They did that in December with Rosalina and announced Dynasty Warriors Zelda Edition, and announced other shit people want to be ignorant about because it's not what they want. I guarantee it's gonna happen exactly.
  • Jackonomics2.0 - February 12, 2014 6:23 p.m.

    Lets all be honest here, your all selfish brats that only want whatever is in your heads to be announced instead of what's actually gonna be announced regardless if it's good or not. "Nintendo still thinks people give a shit about Cranky Kong" Watch that attitude Cooper, the whole VGX was rigged to embarrass them and you know it and since you clearly don't give a shit about the game, people shouldn't come here to hear you Bitch about it.
  • rainn'sgaydar - February 12, 2014 7:30 p.m.

    I care about the game. Care nothing at all for Cranky.
  • Jackonomics2.0 - February 12, 2014 8:23 p.m.

    Im talking about Cooper's exaggeration of it.

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