Nintendo Direct set for September 4 to feature upcoming Switch content including Pokemon Sword and Shield plus more

Will we see Banjo's release date and maybe whomever SNK's possible representative is

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • September 3, 2019 at 7:07 a.m. PDT

Just as we've been hearing rumblings about what is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the near-ish future, Nintendo went ahead and announced a new Direct livestream to talk about what they've got coming for the rest of 2019.

The next Nintendo Direct will take place tomorrow, September 4, and focus on "2019 Nintendo Switch games" like Pokemon Sword and Shield and Luigi's Mansion 3. It may also prove to be our opportunity to learn more about Banjo-Kazooie's arrival in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate along with who will be coming after the duo — though we may already have some leads.

This Direct stream is scheduled to last around 40 minutes in total with a start time set for 3 p.m. PDT / 6 p.m. EDT.

Nintendo's last Direct came during E3 2019 where the company revealed Dragon Quest's Hero plus the long-awaited Banjo-Kazooie as DLC fighters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Hero is already out for the game, and evidence suggests we'll be getting the Rare pair very soon.

An advertisement showed up at 7-Elevens in Japan for Banjo-Kazooie similarly to Hero before them which is said to remain up until September 15 leading many to believe we'll see them release on or before that date.

In Hero's case, his ad was scheduled to be taken down on August 4, but he ended up launching on July 30.

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As for who is coming after the bear and the bird, Nintendo themselves may have leaked which guest company the next Smash Bros. fighter will come from. Potential roster spoilers ahead.

SNK's trademark appeared on the Challenger Pack 4 listing on Nintendo UK's website meaning there's a great chance we'll see one of the company's iconic fighters join the fray alongside Capcom's Ryu and Ken.

Nintendo has since taken down that Challenger Pack page, but Vergeben, a leaker who correctly predicted characters like Snake, Simon Belmont, Ken and more, says now that he believes the next Smash fighter will be one Terry Bogard of Fatal Fury and King of Fighters fame.

This wouldn't be the first time SNK and Nintendo have worked together recently, as the companies alongside NIS America teamed up to distribute physical copies of SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy in the West in 2018.

A different leaker previously stated that they believed Koei Tecmo's Ryu Hayabusa from the Ninja Gaiden series would be the next character to join Smash Ultimate though now that is certainly looking less likely.

If new Smash Bros. content is revealed tomorrow, it will also put to bed that dubious 4Chan "leak" which said the next character will be female and one that isn't highly requested. A follow-up post appeared to suggest said fighter may be Overwatch's D.Va with a Nintendo Switch port of Blizzard's title potentially coming soon.

We won't know for sure what Nintendo and Masahiro Sakurai have up their sleeves for the last two Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC fighters, but hopefully we'll get some new information in the Direct along with an ideal "available now" reveal for Banjo-Kazooie.

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