Nintendo will sneak into Summer Game Fest with a new Direct

Rumors of a Nintendo Direct in late June are true, TRG sources can corroborate.

While Nintendo was a no-show at Summer Games Fest proper, a Nintendo Direct later this month would still let Nintendo slip through the games party’s back door. With massive announcements at Summer Games Fest around known quantities like Starfield and Diablo 4, and then new surprises like Minecraft Legends, Nintendo has its work cut out for it with a new Nintendo Direct.

In the company‘s latest Nintendo Direct in February, Nintendo showed off a slew of updates, including new tracks for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, an all-new entry in the Fire Emblem series in the form of Fire Emblem Warriors: Three. Hopes, and the announcement of Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Remasters of classics like Chrono Cross and early Front Mission games were more low-key slam dunks that complemented an impressive Direct lineup.

But above all, what will we see at the next Nintendo Direct? Let’s put on a Power Glove, place our hands on my questionably accurate crystal ball, and watch for a look of hope.

Breath of the Wild 2 running through the fields

(Image credit: Nintendo)

There’s no way to avoid Breath of the Wild 2 swirling mists from our crystal ball. Everyone’s hungry for more information, so it would be nice to get a deeper look at gameplay changes, story, or even a more specific release date beyond the vague “spring 2023” which we have to work with now. Link and crew are a quieter bunch than Mario, but they’re part of the powerful first-party scaffolding that keeps Nintendo on firm ground.

Deep in both of our hearts, and hidden behind a few other things in the oracle ball, is the possibility of Metroid Prime 4 appearing. News of Samus’ final main adventure would be a massive reveal for Nintendo. We’ve had nothing but tumbleweeds since we discovered in 2019 that Metroid Prime 4 was being scrapped and rebooted with the help of Retro Studios. It’s a long time to wait for a preview, and I’m willing to bet the latest Metroid will finally get some screen time.

And then just to hedge my oracular bets I’m going to put my prediction credentials on the line and say it’s a lock we’ll see Xenoblade Chronicles 3. With a July release there’s no way Nintendo won’t benefit no chance to show us more of the latest entry in the sci-fi JRPG series. Another trailer would make more sense here, given how close we are to release, especially if it shows off more gameplay, given how co-op play can shine with the new party size of up to seven.

But for now, all we can do is wait and dream of an imminent visit from some of Nintendo’s gaming luminaries.

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