An anonymous user on 4chan allegedly leaked the date of a new Nintendo Direct in July along with a list of games supposedly being announced.
Now anonymous users wouldn’t normally be credible, but industry insider LeakyPandy said that the 4chan post was “surprisingly, very grounded” in terms of what’s included in the Direct.
However they disagreed on the date of the Direct, saying in an earlier tweet that they can confirm that no Nintendo Direct will happen in July. They predict that the next big PR move for Nintendo will happen between August 1 and August 9.
They later said that the reason they highlighted the post was to show the difference between it and another rumor-filled 4chan post. Even then they suggested that we take the info with a grain of salt.
LeakyPandy correctly predicted the Nintendo Direct presentation last March a few days before it was announced. They also predicted the Switch port of Fortnite Battle Royale well before it was announced at E3 2018, saying that they’ve heard about it since before establishing their first Twitter account of Vandal Leaks. While they were incorrect about the announcement of the “Save the World” PvE portion of Fortnite on Switch and exclusive DLC based on Nintendo IPs, they did predict cross platform play. So while the 4chan post is still very much a rumor, having the backing of LeakyPandy is a pretty good reason to pay attention to it.
We also have some official news to back up the idea of a new Nintendo Direct, especially one following closely from last E3. ScreenRant reports that after Nintnedo experienced a drop in shares after their E3 presentation due to their low quantity of games, outgoing Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima reassured shareholders in an earnings call that Nintendo’s lineup for 2018 hasn’t been fully revealed and that the company is planning on releasing more information on upcoming games at a later time. So now might be the time for that announcement.
Let’s take a look at all the rumors and predictions in the 4chan post. Keep in mind that this is still very much in the rumor phase and may turn out to be inaccurate or untrue.
According to the 4chan user, the Nintendo Direct in July will take place tomorrow, July 19. Though again, LeakyPandy wasn’t sure the date was completely accurate.
Update (July 22, 2018): The date the 4chan user predicted as well as the date another user predicted (July 22) have come and gone without any word of a new Nintendo Direct. We’ll have to see if we get news of a Direct in August as LeakyPandy predicted.
LeakyPandy tweeted that the next big presentation from Nintendo will be a showcase of indie games for the Switch. When asked if this means we won’t get a Nintendo Direct in August, they said “not necessarily.”
Update (July 28): LeakyPandy said that in addition to an indie showcase, a Nintendo Direct will also happen in mid-August at the earliest. However they also said that there’s a slim chance that they are mixing up the order of events and that the Direct will happen before the indie showcase, but they don’t think that will be the case.
Update (August 5): A Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct was announced by Nintendo Versus, Nintendo of America’s Twitter account for their competitive multiplayer games. The presentation will happen on August 8 at 10 a.m. ET. Game Director Masahiro Sakurai will host the presentation.
No word yet on an indie showcase or more general Nintendo Direct as LeakyPandy and others predicted.
The user lists many games we already know exist. The games we know about include WarioWare Gold, the 3DS remake of Luigi’s Mansion, the 3DS remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, Dark Souls Remastered, The World Ends With You Final Remix, Undertale, Valkyria Chronicles 4, Super Mario Party, Megaman 11, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, Team Sonic Racing, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo likes to remind us of games they’ve already announced during Direct presentations, so it would make sense to include these games.
The 4chan user predicted the release dates for the games above that didn’t previously have release dates.
Luigi’s Mansion – September 21
Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story – January 2019
Dark Souls Remastered – August 31
The World Ends With You – September 14
Undertale – September 20
Travis Strikes Again – October 26
The user also predicted an announcement of DLC for Kirby Star Allies coming July 27. We’ve known for a while that the second wave of Dream Friends added to the game will be Daroach from Kirby Squeak Squad, Dark Meta Knight from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, and Adeleine & Ribbon from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. The user also predicts a reminder of DLC for Xenoblade Chronicles 2, most likely the Torna – The Golden Country expansion. The user also predicts an announcement of the release date of Shovel Knight’s King of Cards expansion, which is October 5.
And now we get to the wild predictions.
It starts off tame with a western localization of the third generation of Yokai Watch games on 3DS as well as a localization of Taiko Drum Master on the Switch (which is pretty likely according to Eurogamer).
But then we get “WarioLand Awazon’s [sic] Quest” on 3DS. Perhaps it will be the long awaited follow up to the Wario Land series, which hasn’t seen a new entry since Wario Land: Shake It in 2008? The user also predicts “The Legend of Zelda: Awakening” on 3DS. This could be a 3DS remake of Link’s Awakening on the Game Boy or even a reimagining of the game similar to how A Link Between Worlds reimagined A Link to the Past.
The user then predicts Switch and 3DS ports of Paper Mario: Color Splash for release on February 11, 2019 as well as a Switch port of Grand Theft Auto V for November 23, 2018. Can you imagine the backlash Nintendo would face if they chose to release ports of the disappointing Color Splash instead of announcing a new, proper Paper Mario game? Besides, we’re already getting a remake of a Mario RPG in 2019 with Bowser’s Inside Story. As for the Grand Theft Auto V port, we can see it happening given how popular the game is to this day and if a game as huge as Skyrim can work on the console then GTAV certainly could.
Finally, the user predicts “New Super Mario Bros. Deluxe.” If this is true, then this suggests a compilation of old New Super Mario Bros. levels packed together though it could also be a brand new entry in the series. However, even though Nintendo likes to have multiple games with Mario in them every year they do like to space out their core Mario platformers. We’re not sure it they’re willing to release another Mario platformer one year after Super Mario Odyssey.
There was another anonymous 4chan user that allegedly leaked the date and contents of the new Nintendo Direct on July 10, though this one doesn’t have LeakyPandy’s blessing.
The user alleges that the Nintendo Direct will take place on July 22. Among the predictions of games shown off during the presentation are a New Super Mario Bros. Switch game with Wario as a playable character, a Switch port of Super Mario Maker, a Switch port of Mortal Kombat X, a Switch port of Fallout 76, a Switch port of Kingdom Hearts 3, a Star Fox racing game, and a remake of Mother 3. The post also predicts Super Mario Odyssey DLC that includes Delfino Island from Super Mario Sunshine, a Mash-Up pack for Minecraft based on The Legend of Zelda, DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and new Funko figures based on Mario, Zelda, and Pokemon.
An update to the post adds a gameplay trailer for Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the reveal of the dream friends for Kirby Star Allies (which we already know about), a Switch port of Xbox One and PC exclusive Cuphead, an announcement of Metal Sonic playable in Sonic Mania Plus, a switch port of the Final Fantasy VII remake, and a bunch of other games including an HD remake of the obscure and Japan-exclusive Doshin the Giant.
As far as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news goes, the user alleges that King K. Rool and Dixie Kong will be announced as playable fighters and that Smash Run and Smash Tour will return.
Now there are some bits of official news that back up some of the claims from this post. Shinya Takahashi, general manager of the Entertainment Planning & Development Division of Nintendo, said in a video on Nintendo of America’s Twitter account that there will be updates for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe going beyond the Nintendo Labo integration. Two days after the 4chan post was published, Funko announced a Pikachu figure exclusive to Target.
Update (July 19, 2018): Nintendo announced a new free update to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe that gives Link a new outfit based on his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as well as a new skin for his motorcycle based on the Master Cycle Zero from the same game.
Rumors of a Star Fox racing game have been around since last May. A Reddit user by the name of DasVergeben said that the alleged “Star Fox: Grand Prix” is being developed by Retro Studios (Metroid Prime, Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze) will have F-Zero-like gameplay mixed with an adventure mode reminiscent of Diddy Kong Racing complete with a hub world and bosses. In addition, it appears that logos for the game exist but those could have easily been photoshopped.
It’s also been confirmed that Retro has been working on a new game since the release of Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze, according to Nintendo Insider.
Other than that, most of the predictions are pretty wild. Things like the remakes of Doshin the Giant and Mother 3 are especially stretches. LeakyPandy does strongly believe that DLC for Super Mario Odyssey is coming but it will be supposedly based on Luigi’s Mansion.
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