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First Nintendo Direct of 2022 coming this week

Nintendo is ready to show off around 40 minutes of new gameplay in a new presentation this week.

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As we get further into the gaming year, we were bound to hear something from Nintendo regarding the latest games coming to its catalogue. The Nintendo Switch is still running strong and the publisher shows no signs of slowing down. With that in mind, it was only a matter of time before we learned of when the next Nintendo Direct presentation would be. Fortunately, the wait is over. The next one is coming this week.

Nintendo announced its first Nintendo Direct presentation of 2022 on the Nintendo Twitter on February 8, 2022. Coming on February 9, 2022 at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET on the Nintendo YouTube channel, Nintendo has announced that it will be showing off about 40 minutes worth of new information on games that are specifically set to launch in the first half of 2022. Some of it may possibly be new details on games we’ve heard of already, but Nintendo is also known for making surprise announcements. We could see a game or two come out of nowhere with a release date set anywhere from the same day to just weeks out.

Regardless, it’s exciting to see news from Nintendo coming into the middle of February. Many were speculating on when the company would have its next presentation after a pretty solid 2021 that included the announcement and launch of Metroid Dread to high praise and, perhaps more importantly, good sales. Other solid titles announced and released last year included WarioWare: Get it Together! and Mario Party Superstars.

Meanwhile, we still have a lot to expect out of the Nintendo Switch. Games like the Breath of the Wild sequel, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, and Triangle Strategy already have our attention this year. It will be interesting to see what else Nintendo has up its sleeve as the latest Nintendo Direct presentation goes live this week. Stay tuned for all announcements from it here at Shacknews.

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    February 8, 2022 6:56 AM

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      February 8, 2022 7:20 AM

      Much needed, Kirby and Rabbids are like only upcoming titles with actual dates right?

      Hoping we get that rumored Mario Kart announcement, but probably not.

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        February 8, 2022 7:37 AM

        Mario Kart ....Party!

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        February 8, 2022 10:30 AM

        Any word on next gen systems? There are so few games in the pipeline that I wouldn't be surprised to see them be launch titles for something new.

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          February 8, 2022 11:18 AM

          They specifically said after last weeks quarterly sales that switch was at half its lifespan

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          February 8, 2022 3:11 PM

          I've read some industry speculation that some kind of newer hardware could be planned for this holiday. No one is willing to go on record if it's Pro that was supposed to hit last year. Chip shortage is wrecking their original plans. I'm pretty sure it's not the full Switch 2.0. Nintendo has officially said they're happy with the current system and it's got a good deal of life left.

          At this point I'm not as sure if the Pro (not the 2) would be the step up we've been wanting. With the delays it's hard to predict if they'll just push the features to the 2.0 and ride out the current stuff for a bit longer. Honestly, they should. Except for the need to recover R&D costs, in terms of market performance, they're in a really strong position.

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      February 8, 2022 7:55 AM

      Hollow Knight released in February. I can't help but get hopeful (for the 10th time).

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        February 8, 2022 7:57 AM

        I still can’t believe that game was only $15 when it came out. They could have easily gotten away with a higher price point.

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          February 8, 2022 7:58 AM

          People have a weird aversion to full-price 2d games, even if they're incredible.

          Like they think it's easier to make one so it should cost $20!

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            February 8, 2022 8:05 AM

            Yeah it is weird. I was more than happy to spend full price on Metroid Dread.

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      February 8, 2022 7:57 AM

      Are we getting BotW 2 this year?

      how about Metroid Prime Remastered

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        February 8, 2022 8:04 AM

        That's the announced target for BotW2 at least. We'll see.

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        February 8, 2022 10:19 AM

        I'll settle for ANY info on Prime 4.

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        February 8, 2022 10:21 AM

        Botw2 is Q4, tomorrow's Direct is for games releasing before the end of Q2

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          February 8, 2022 10:40 AM

          This fact won't stop gamers from freaking out tomorrow when they don't announce anything past Q2.

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        February 8, 2022 12:45 PM

        It's been delayed till December 14th 2022 when the Switch 2 will be released....... -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-BkrwO_Dck :)

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        February 8, 2022 3:14 PM

        I hope so, and timed with a Pro announcement. That would be a great killer title to go with the updated hardware.

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      February 8, 2022 10:31 AM

      Metroid Prime trilogy free for everyone who purchased Dread!

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        February 8, 2022 2:12 PM

        On a scale of zero to "JFK Jr will rise from his grave at Dealey Plaza" I wonder where those of us who think every month/year that "no, this is the time when they'll finally announce Metroid Prime Trilogy" fall

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      February 8, 2022 2:16 PM

      Golf Story 2 AKA Sports Story release date announcement!!!!! C'mon!!!!!

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