nintendo surprised us this morning by announcing a Nintendo Direct set for tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. ET. The event promises forty minutes of news, mostly focused on Switch releases for the first half of 2022. Since one of the most fun parts of any Direct is trying to predict what Nintendo is going to show us, today we offer you five predictions. for what we might see in tomorrow’s presentation. These predictions are listed in order, from my most confident to least confident picks, but knowing Nintendo’s penchant for surprise, I wouldn’t be shocked if I missed most of them. With that established, let’s get started!
1. Appearances of Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Triangle Strategyand Advance Wars 1+2: Reboot Camp.
With all of these titles slated for release in the next few months, it seems more likely than not that Nintendo will at least mention each of these games. Kirby and the Forgotten Land in particular is a big part of Nintendo’s 2022 lineup, so I’m hoping to see a new trailer for it. Moreover, if Advance Wars 1+2: Reboot Camp is on track for its current Spring 2022 release window, now is the time to confirm the release date.
2. Splatoon 3 gets a summer 2022 release date
Splaton 3 is slated for release in 2022. The first two Splatoon the games were released in July 2015 and May 2017, respectively, and I think Splaton 3 will fit in perfectly at a similar time of year. If I’m right, then tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct is the perfect time for Nintendo to confirm a release date for this summer.
3. The breath of the wild the sequel is confirmed for 2022, but does not yet have a specific release date
The last time Nintendo told us about the next sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, we’ve learned that the company is hoping for a 2022 release. If development has progressed well since then, tomorrow would be a great time to lock in a 2022 release window. Still, Nintendo doesn’t normally like to commit to release dates. more than a few months in advance. Combine that with the company’s initial unease about preparing the game before 2023, and I’m expecting a late 2022 release that the company won’t want to set a specific date for until later.
4. A New donkey kong 2D platformer unveiled with spring release date
It’s been too long since the last donkey kong game, and rumors of a new 2D entry in the series have been swirling for a while now. Multiple sources have chimed in on the alleged news donkey kong Title. Some have indicated that the game was originally slated for release in 2021, so if it’s real, I like the chances of it releasing sooner rather than later.
5. Tourniquet 007 unveiled for Nintendo Switch Online
Nintendo loves to spice up their Direct presentations with announcements for upcoming Nintendo Switch Online titles and some recent noise surrounding the classic FPS Goldenie 007 involving both Microsoft and Nintendo make me feel pretty certain an announcement is imminent.
Even if Tourniquet 007 isn’t revealed for Nintendo Switch Online tomorrow, I expect we’ll learn the next Nintendo 64 title to join the system. My feeling is that we will have the next game after The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask in March, simply because Nintendo has consistently added a Nintendo 64 game to Nintendo Switch Online every month since the expansion pack was released last year.
6. A New Mario Kart is revealed
This one is a shot in the dark. I’m particularly nervous about this assumption because Mario Kart 8 Deluxe still sells well. Nintendo just doesn’t need to make a new one Mario Kart game to keep moving millions of copies of Mario Kart each quarter. That said, Nintendo has now given Mario Kart Tour nearly three years of substantial support. If they’re ready to move on, a new game on Switch might make sense – and while a new game might cut the wind from evergreen Mario Kart 8 Deluxeit’s not like a new entry wouldn’t make up for that by sell millions and millions of copies.
What are your predictions for tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct? How likely do you think my guesses will come to fruition? Let me know how on the money I am (or how out of touch I am) in the comments below.