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Awesome video games are usually preceded by awesome announcements, and Nintendo Directs are pretty good at delivering awesome announcements. To keep overlap with the Moment of Awesome pages of the various games mentioned throughout this list to a minimum, this page focuses solely on general Directs.







  • The March 2018 Nintendo Direct served as this for both the Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. communities. Splatoon fans got two things that they've been craving for since the original game launched back in 2015: a new single-player campaign starring the rival Octoling species and the ability to play as an Octoling online, which is unlocked after beating this new story campaign, called the Octo Expansion. Shortly afterwards, Smash Bros. fans got a shock when what seemed to be just additional news concerning Splatoon ending up being a character announcement trailer. The Inklings coming to Smash and that a new installment is on the horizon, coming out later that year.
  • The "September 2018 Direct" had one for Final Fantasy fans, with the announcements that the previously Sony console-exclusive Final Fantasies VII, IX,X/X-2, and XII would be coming to the Nintendo Switch early the following year, marking the first time that a Nintendo platform has seen a new mainline Final Fantasy game in any form since 1994.note  Extra fan attention was given to VII in particular, as that was the game which led to Square famously breaking off a long-standing relationship with Nintendo to release the game on the PlayStation instead, due to that console using CD-ROMs while the Nintendo 64 stuck with cartridges.
    • Two words: Animal Crossing. While Isabelle getting into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was a nice surprise, Animal Crossing fans once again felt a bit mislead by her reveal trailer, as they've spent the past few years hoping for a brand new console entry, especially since they felt similarly fooled by the trailer for a Spin-Off title in the franchise years prior. A spin-off that ended up being... poorly-received upon release. So you can only imagine the joy when the Smash Bros. announcement was causally followed by Tom Nook telling the audience that a new Animal Crossing was coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2019.


  • February 2019's Direct bookended itself with two major announcements, in addition to giving us a nice dose of Fire Emblem: Three Houses news. The show opened with Super Mario Maker 2, a game that Mario fans have wondering about since the launch of the Nintendo Switch, considering how the first game was one of the few that made heavy use of the Wii U's Gamepad. Some fans wondered if Nintendo would attempt to port it over or make a sequel, and lo and behold, not only is this sequel happening and adding tons of new features such as the much wanted slopes, but it's releasing in just four months. Then there was the unexpected announcement of PlatinumGames' brand-new science-fiction action game Astral Chain, coming exclusively for the Switch in just six months. And then the show ended with the long-awaited announcement of the next 2D The Legend of Zelda game, which turned out to be the equally long-awaited announcement of a remake of the critically-acclaimed Link's Awakening, introduced by a beautifully-animated recreation of the opening cutscene.
  • The Spring 2019 Nindie Showcase also bookended itself quite nicely. The direct opened up by announcing that Cuphead would be coming to the Nintendo Switch, something that had been rumored for a while thanks to many game journalists talking about how Microsoft and Nintendo had been talking a lot recently. But it's the end of the direct that arguably delivered the bigger news: Nintendo was letting an indie developer use one of their IPs, and not just as DLC either. Nope, Cadence of Hyrule, the sequel to Crypt of the NecroDancer, doubles as a full-fledged Spin-Off entry in the The Legend of Zelda franchise. The fact that they urged a small Canadian team of less than a dozen people with only a single released game to their name to take their turn with one of their most popular franchises shocked absolutely everyone. Yes, urged. Brace Yourself Games just wanted to have Zelda characters as DLC for the original game, but Nintendo was so interested by the idea that they pushed for a full-on title.
  • Compared to other recent Directs, the Nintendo E3 2019 Direct was relatively tame, though there were still a few standout moments. A Switch version of The Witcher 3 was shown, setting a new high water mark for how capable the hybrid console could perform, while a remake of Panzer Dragoon and the announcement of No More Heroes 3 thrilled fans of those series. But the biggest screams of excitement came from the one-two punch at the end — the debut of nostalgic characters Banjo and Kazooie in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, followed by confirmation that a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was on the way.
  • By most accounts, the September 2019 Nintendo Direct was a boon for die-hard fans of obscure and offbeat games. Western players were ambushed by the announcement of Deadly Premonition 2, a sequel to the quirky Twin Peaks-style Deadly Premonition adventure game, as well as Overwatch finally coming to the Switch. Meanwhile, Japanese gamers were greeted with news of remakes of the first two Famicom Detective Club games. But the biggest news was arguably the Switch release of the cult classic "anti-RPG" Moon: Remix RPG Adventure, along with news that it would — after 22 years — finally be officially localized and released worldwide.

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