Nintendo might someday explore more effective ways of conveying new game content and announcements in the future instead of Nintendo Directs

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • July 3, 2020 at 4:28 p.m. PDT | Comments: 6

The announcements for Nintendo Directs are typically a cause for excitement among Nintendo fans. Several times a year, players get the chance to hear about news for upcoming games and content.

During the 80th General Shareholders Meeting Q&A from Nintendo, Nintendo President Furukawa dabbled with the idea that Nintendo might someday explore a more effective way for unveiling these announcements instead of using Nintendo Directs.

"Nintendo believes Nintendo Directs are an especially effective means of conveying new game content and announcements to fans," said Robert Sephazon's translation of the meeting in a Tweet. "However, more effective means may become available in the future, and they may consider what is the best way to bring new information to fans."

The last Nintendo Direct that was released was actually the Nintendo Direct mini that debuted on March 26. This video would ultimately announce that an ARMS series rep was joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in June.

We would later learn that the chosen challenger from ARMS would be Min Min. Notably, this is the first out of six characters that are joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's massive roster via the Fighters Pass Vol. 2.

Being that there was no Nintendo Direct in June, we can probably assume that it was cancelled due to complications surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. A rumor that popped up at the end of April suggested as much.

Unfortunately, E3 2020 had to be cancelled as well because of the global outbreak. Since then, announcements like the one that conveyed additional information about Min Min ended up being standalone reveals.

"President Furukawa says that after the cancellation of E3, there are no plans for large industry events for the time being, and Nintendo doesn't plan to make its own (large events)," continued Sephazon's summary. "They will work to bring announcements and news in other ways for the time being."

It seems that Nintendo may consider some alternative to Nintendo Directs that doesn't require Nintendo to organize their own large events. This would be an interesting move if Nintendo chooses to go this route as their Directs have always had this perception of capturing a certain "magic" that gets fans excited for upcoming Nintendo releases and other content like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC.

Perhaps we'll see something similar to what Masahiro Sakurai has been doing with reveals where he takes this sort of "live stream" approach. During the Min Min reveal, Sakurai actually recorded the video straight from his home.

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