Nintendo Direct February 2021 livestream to feature Smash Bros news & upcoming games

A February 2021 Nintendo Direct livestream will show off 50 minutes of Super Smash Bros Ultimate announcements and new upcoming Switch titles.

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As we charge headlong through the first months of the 2021 calendar, many eyes have been on Nintendo as it finishes its run of Super Mario Bros 35th anniversary projects and moves into uncharted territory. Thankfully, we’re about to find out what Nintendo has up its sleeve in the coming months. A new Nintendo Direct has been announced for this week and promises to share not only updates on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but also upcoming Nintendo Switch titles coming in the first half of 2021.

Nintendo announced its next Direct livestream presentation via the Nintendo of America Twitter on February 16, 2021. On February 17, 2021 at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET, Nintendo will go live on its YouTube channel with a presentation clocking in at around 50 minutes. During the presentation, Nintendo is expected to share a wealth of updates and reveals which will include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news. Nintendo also promises to showcase some titles coming to the Nintendo Switch in the next few months.

Nintendo has played it close to the vest outside of the Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary content coming into 2021, but with Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury wrapped up with a neat bow, the rest of the year looks foggy. Many, including us here at Shacknews, have made guesses at what comes next, but this February Nintendo Direct will be quite illuminating, at least as far as early 2021 goes. With Nintendo franchises like The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Kid Icarus, and F-Zero featuring anniversaries to name a few this year, it will be interesting to see what Nintendo has in store for us. At least we know we’ll be seeing something new for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

As the Nintendo Direct February 2021 livestream presentation nears, be sure to stay tuned to Shacknews for all the latest announcements and reveals headed our way during the event.

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      February 16, 2021 6:12 AM

      NINTENDO DIRECT tomorrow (2/17) at 2pm PT

      https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2021-02-16-surprise-theres-a-lengthy-nintendo-direct-tomorrow

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        February 16, 2021 6:23 AM

        this Sunday is the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda... WIND WAKER SWITCH CONFIRMED!!!

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          February 16, 2021 6:45 AM

          I'd love a Zelda collection similar to the Mario one. OOT, MM, and WW?

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            February 16, 2021 6:46 AM

            "Only available for a limited time, between 03:43am and 03:59am on March 2, 2021! Get yours today!"

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            February 16, 2021 6:48 AM

            Nah, WW, TP and SS.

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              February 16, 2021 6:56 AM

              I legit don't know why but I feel like this is the most feasible for some reason. MAYBE we see OOT and MM as standalone $5 games

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                February 16, 2021 7:17 AM

                I rather think they will be added to Nintendo Online with other N64 games.

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                  February 16, 2021 7:20 AM

                  That is, if they don’t put out an N64 mini classic the same year.

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                    February 16, 2021 7:55 AM

                    A N64 Classic isn’t happening. I would be shocked if Nintendo attempted another Classic console. The original Classics were just to keep Nintendo hardware in the conversation while they spun up Switch production.

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                  February 16, 2021 7:57 AM

                  I see this as the most likely scenario.

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              February 16, 2021 7:10 AM

              I enjoyed TP so I'd be okay with that.

              Never played SS. I think it's the only modern Zelda title I've skipped entirely.

              Really we just want WW.

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                February 16, 2021 7:22 AM

                A skyward sword remake that removed all the constant hand holding prompts and speed up/reduced/removed all the backtracking fetch quests like they tweaked the triforce shards in WW HD, and gave an alternate control scheme that removed the waggle controls(like twilight Princess had on GameCube) could take Skyward Sword from one of the worst Zelda games to one of the best.

                Hands down, from a story standpoint, Skyward Sword is perhaps the best and most interesting of allllll the Zeldas. It’s really good. It’s just the pacing due to fetch quests and excessive handholding that ruins it.

                Of course we all want WW HD on our switches. But a tweaked skyward sword could be amazing.

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            February 16, 2021 7:09 AM

            I'd be okay with that. I think my kids might get into those.

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          February 16, 2021 6:47 AM

          I’d be more excited for Skyward Sword Switch.

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          February 16, 2021 6:58 AM

          I think they will port them all: wind waker, twilight, and skyward sword. I think twilight is especially important as the preview trailer for botw 2 has subtle implications that this could be the same Ganondorf as the twilight Princess timeline. Likewise the whole malice stuff from BotW always felt like it had Demise implications.

          I figure this year is all going to be lead up to botw2 this fall, possibly launched aside a switch pro with higher resolution and/or 60fps for botw 2.

          My wish list would also include a port of link between worlds to the switch.

          I also wouldn’t be surprised if they do some kind of Zelda 3D all stars bundle. Perhaps Ocarina/master quest, and majoras. They could, in theory, put wind waker and twilight in there too then release skyward separately(ala Mario 3D world) with some wind waker HD style QoL improvements to smooth over that game’s rough edges.

          Then I suspect next year they will do a similar thing with Metroid with a re-release of trilogy, a portable all stars port with zero mission, fusion, and Samus returns. Culminating in a Metroid prime 4. That also gets them time to have other properties ready to go next year to offset lower Japanese interest in Metroid.

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            February 16, 2021 7:11 AM

            Actually another way this could go:

            They open an N64 Nintendo online store. Dump OoT, OoT master quest, Majora’s and the Mario 64 in there since it’s time limited for 3D all stars.

            Split Sunshine and Galaxy 1 out as separate $20 products and add in Galaxy 2.

            Then release WW HD and Twilight HD as a bundle

            Release skyward sword as stand alone with QoL improvements.

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              February 16, 2021 7:14 AM

              I think, if anything, they will add N64 games to Nintendo Online.

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                February 16, 2021 7:16 AM

                I could see them breaking that out as a Pro feature only for whenever the Switch Pro comes out.

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                  February 16, 2021 7:25 AM

                  Possible. I do think we will see in some shape or form the return of OoT master quest as it’s a really cool alternate play through of OoT and it’s only ever been available as a limited time promotional disc on Gamecube(I have two copies, one is sealed).

                  It’s such a unique weird but fun oddity that I can easily see Nintendo pulling it out of the vault to add some value to however they release OoT for the 50 billionth time.

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                  February 16, 2021 7:52 AM

                  The worst thing Nintendo could do is cutting features off from the existing Switch user base.

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                    February 16, 2021 7:55 AM

                    I don't disagree, but they started releasing games that only worked on the "New 3DS" if I recall correctly.

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                      February 16, 2021 8:00 AM

                      Only about four retail SKUs in the entire 3DS library required the New 3DS. The Super Nintendo virtual console was the biggest exclusive to the system. There were also a small selection of eShop exclusives.

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                        February 16, 2021 1:53 PM

                        There was also a gargantuan jump in horsepower between the 3DS and New 3DS. The "Switch Pro" or whatever will eventually lead to a cutoff in library but it shouldn't include Nintendo 64 games, something that can be done with a jailbroken launch Switch very easily.

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          February 16, 2021 7:18 AM

          I want a remaster of Skyward Sword because I haven't played it. I also really want an HD version of the OOT and Majora's Mask remakes they did for 3DS. Wind Waker and Twilight Princess would be cool but as someone who owned a Wii U and already played them there, I personally have no interest in re-buying them for $60. But, that is kind of the life of a Wii U -> Switch owner unfortunately.

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          February 16, 2021 7:24 AM

          $60.

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          February 16, 2021 8:47 AM

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          February 16, 2021 9:10 AM

          They should do another Nintendo Direct on April 1 and announce that the CD-i Zelda games are coming to Switch later that day, and actually do it. Like, as a joke but not as a joke.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLxqfmpjB-U
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHcoOLMXono

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        February 16, 2021 6:28 AM

        Hope they actually announce something cool.

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        February 16, 2021 6:37 AM

        METROID PRIME TRILOGY FOR SWITCH, HERE WE COME!!!

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        February 16, 2021 6:52 AM

        Come on BOTW 2

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        February 16, 2021 6:53 AM

        F-Zero: the p2w digital trading card game

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        February 16, 2021 7:17 AM

        Hopefully not half dedicated to Smash info. I love the game but Switch has zero momentum for 2021 and I want new games.

        Mario Kart 9 please.

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          February 16, 2021 9:30 AM

          It seems based on the name drop that it'll at least have a character teaser in it. But I think they learned their lesson that the general populace doesn't want the full smash dump in the normal directs. Ever since the infamous one, they started doing smash specific ones.

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        February 16, 2021 7:22 AM

        Sweet, I am excite!

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        February 16, 2021 7:23 AM

        METROID!!!!! :((((((((

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          February 16, 2021 7:29 AM

          Much as we want it, I really think this year is going to be alllll about Zelda. Metroid has less popularity in Japan and after a slow year last year, Nintendo needs to bring it hard this year, especially with the competitors new consoles out there.

          BotW 2 work started a long time ago, Prime 4 has really only been going for a little while since they restarted development on it after the first year or so.

          Nintendo is going to go hard on Zelda and possibly new hardware imho this year as it’s their biggest property outside of Mario. Possibly bigger right now after all the acclaim BotW 1 got.

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            February 16, 2021 8:34 AM

            Yeah, I see Zelda going hard, a Metroid All-Stars would be great though. Probably the Prime Trilogy won't show up this year unfortunately but I could see Zero Mission and Fusion showing up on Nintendo Online.

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            February 16, 2021 9:01 AM

            I'd be in for a Zelda themed console if it was done as well as the Animal Crossing one.

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            February 16, 2021 9:24 AM

            Plus they rebooted development. 2022 at best, probably 2023

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            February 16, 2021 11:20 AM

            2 years ago and 1080p means 1/4th the dev time!

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          February 16, 2021 9:20 AM

          I'm thinking this is about the only thing I could get excited for right now. I absolutely hate the fact that all of their most recent releases have been basically re-releases, that aside, I'd still grab the MP trilogy if they announced it. Can't really think of anything else that would make me excited right now.

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        February 16, 2021 8:01 AM

        Bunch of morons on Twitter are hoping Nintendo DOESN'T announce Mario Kart 9. Enough that "Mario Kart 9" is one of Twitter's trending topics. lol

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          February 16, 2021 8:03 AM

          ...What is their reasoning?

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          February 16, 2021 8:05 AM

          I doubt they make a mario kart this soon, right? MK8 Deluxe was the mario kart for Switch unfortunately (I hope not, I fuckin love MK)

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            February 16, 2021 8:06 AM

            qTHIS SOON? ]q Shit dude -- it came out on Wii U in q2014]q!

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              February 16, 2021 8:06 AM

              lol oops

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              February 16, 2021 8:07 AM

              Yes I know but you know how Nintendo is... they consider it a 'new' release I bet.

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                February 16, 2021 8:08 AM

                I'm worried that's how they think about the trash mobile Mario Kart game. :(

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                February 16, 2021 12:08 PM

                The Wii U basically never existed so in the mind of the market these are all new games lol

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              February 16, 2021 8:08 AM

              Look at this shit! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_Nintendo_Switch_video_games

              In nintendo's mind, they dont want to saturate the market with another MK if this one is still selling like hotcakes with every new switch sold.

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                February 16, 2021 8:14 AM

                They could sell TWO! ;)

                At the very least I wish they’d do DLC. I want more! :)

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                  February 16, 2021 8:15 AM

                  I do too. I really hope they make another, but my guess is if they do it, it won't be for a couple years. 2022 at the earliest.

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            February 16, 2021 8:32 AM

            I wouldn’t care if MK9 was just MK8DX with better match making and spectating. The core mechanics and levels are perfect already

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              February 16, 2021 8:35 AM

              I mean that's a patch. I'd rather see DLC for MK8DX than MK9 though if they were going to do that, maybe with another couple of new circuits and maybe some more MP levels.

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        February 16, 2021 8:06 AM

        Mario Super Strikers is my bet for June release

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          February 16, 2021 9:22 AM

          Or Mario Golf. Camelot bounces between golf and tennis games and ACES came out in 2018.

          That did super well so their golf game seems inevitable

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            February 16, 2021 10:16 AM

            This would also be the first Mario Golf on console in almost 20 years lol

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        February 16, 2021 8:15 AM

        My uncle who works at Nintendo tells me to expect Halo Infinite on switch

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        February 16, 2021 9:18 AM

        I AM EXCITE!!!!!

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        February 16, 2021 9:19 AM

        FIFTY MINUTES

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          February 16, 2021 9:25 AM

          Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne HD will get a date for sure

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          February 16, 2021 9:27 AM

          What is? NOA's tweet says tomorrow at 2 PM Pacific.

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          February 16, 2021 10:27 AM

          The banger 2019 Direct that introduced Astral Chain, Super Mario Maker 2, Tetris 99, Link's Awakening (!), and had a deep dive on Fire Emblem Three Houses was only 35 minutes long

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            February 16, 2021 11:20 AM

            Serpico74 DONT YOU GET MY HOPES UP TOO HIGH!!!!!

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              February 16, 2021 11:26 AM

              On the one hand I'm like "don't hold your breath for Mario or Zelda" and on the other I'm like FIFTY MINUTES LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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                February 16, 2021 11:27 AM

                Did you know that Astral Chain started development before Nier Automata? Talk about not saying anything until they had a release date nailed down

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        February 16, 2021 9:36 AM

        So which of the leaked Smash characters are being announced. Ryu from Ninja Gaiden, Doom Guy, or Rayman.

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          February 16, 2021 11:41 AM

          Ryu might be happening because they are rumored to release the ninja gaiden sigma trilogy on switch/ps4 in march.

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            February 16, 2021 11:44 AM

            Releasing a retro trilogy is no reason to put a character into Smash

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              February 16, 2021 11:59 AM

              Timing the overlap is deliberate, it isn't causal. If koei tecmo has given their go ahead they know long in advance that it will happen they can coordinate that with the HD release of their back-catalog especially because they burned through all their projects for nintendo and the new console gen.

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                February 16, 2021 12:01 PM

                I don't think Ryu Hayabusa is significant enough a character to put into Smash. We'll see though, its certainly possible!

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          February 16, 2021 11:45 AM

          I want Doomguy, even more now because of 2020 GOTY Doom Eternal.

          What do we actually get? Lord knows lol

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            February 16, 2021 1:55 PM

            Gen 8 Pokemon seems possible btw. People wouldn't be thrilled but they've had Pokemon from every generation up until gen 8

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              February 16, 2021 1:57 PM

              People talk about Fire Emblem but every FE is covered after Byleth's release. Pokemon still doesn't have a gen 8 rep, that seems very possible now that I think about it

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        February 16, 2021 9:39 AM

        I’m not getting my hopes up. But would love to hear about Odyssey & BOTW updates.

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          February 16, 2021 10:15 AM

          The Direct is only covering the first half of the year so definitely don't get your hopes up for those

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            February 16, 2021 10:18 AM

            Odyssey 2 I don't expect anything. But given how close we are to there Zelda anniversary I wouldn't be surprised if we get another botw2 trailer.

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              February 16, 2021 10:22 AM

              I don't think they'll show anything BOTW2 related unless they have a release date. If it'll be out this holiday then maybe

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                February 16, 2021 10:32 AM

                I think BOTW2 has to be a Summer/Holiday game at this point.

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                  February 16, 2021 11:25 AM

                  There's no "has to be" with Nintendo games, especially the Zelda team. For whatever reason they've always announced the earliest and had the most delays, and this is even under a Nintendo that does a very good job of not giving out announcements and release windows until the game is pretty nailed down.

                  I think its possible that BOTW2 is a holiday game but we'll see. If it isn't this year I won't be surprised either.

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            February 16, 2021 11:24 AM

            Hopes dashed.

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        February 16, 2021 10:27 AM

        Rune Factory 5 American release date announcement please

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      February 16, 2021 8:39 AM

      Looking forward to this! We know almost nothing about their 2021 docket.

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      February 16, 2021 11:49 AM

      Things I want and think might be realistic: silksong
      otherwise info on bayo3, botw2 update (lets be real they are gonna ship that with the switch pro) would be appreciated.

      What I think we are getting: zelda windwaker wii u deluxe and some eshop drops on gba/ds/3ds zeldas

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      February 16, 2021 11:56 AM

      Gonna be a good week. 50 min direct & Blizzcon on Friday. So many announcements!

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      February 16, 2021 1:30 PM

      My kid is going to be over the moon. She LOVES watching the 'Nintendo News' with me, and it's been so long since they've had a big announcement like this.

      I've given up on guessing what they will announce for these things. Crossed fingers for Prime Trilogy and new Silksong & Axiom Verge 2 footage.

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