Six predictions for tommorrow’s Nintendo Direct

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Nintendo surprised us this morning by announcing a Nintendo Direct set for tomorrow at 5:00 PM 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 aspects of any Direct is trying to predict what Nintendo will show us, we’re coming at you today with five predictions for what we might see in tomorrow’s presentation. These predictions are listed in order from my most confident picks to my least confident, but knowing Nintendo’s penchant for surprise, I won’t be shocked if I miss on most of these. With that established, let’s begin!

1. Appearances from Kirby and the Forgotten LandTriangle Strategy, and Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp.

With all of these titles slated for release in the next few months, it seems more likely than not that Nintendo will at the very least mention each of these games. Kirby and the Forgotten Land in particular is an important piece of Nintendo’s 2022 line-up, so I’m hoping to see a new trailer for that. Additionally, if Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp is on pace for its current Spring 2022 release window, the time is right for a release date confirmation.

2. Splatoon 3 gets a Summer 2022 release date

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Splatoon 3 is set for release sometime in 2022. The first two Splatoon games were released in July 2015 and May 2017, respectively, and I’m thinking Splatoon 3 will fit nicely into a similar time of the year. If I’m right about that, then tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct is an ideal time for Nintendo to confirm a release date for this Summer.

3. The Breath of the Wild sequel is confirmed for 2022, but does not get a specific release date yet

The last time we heard from Nintendo about the upcoming sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, we 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 does not normally like to commit to release dates more than a few months ahead of time. Combine that with the company’s initial unease about getting the game ready before 2023, and I’m expecting a late 2022 release that the company will not want to slap a specific date on until later.

4. A new Donkey Kong 2D platformer is unveiled with a Spring release date

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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 about the alleged new Donkey Kong title. Some indicated that the game was initially set for a 2021 release, so if it’s real, I like the odds of it coming out sooner rather than later.

5. Goldeneye 007 unveiled for Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo loves to pepper its Direct presentations with announcements for upcoming Nintendo Switch Online titles, and some recent noise surrounding classic FPS Goldenye 007 involving both Microsoft and Nintendo have me feeling fairly certain that an announcement is imminent.

Even if Goldeneye 007 is not revealed for Nintendo Switch Online tomorrow, I expect that we’ll learn the next Nintendo 64 title to join the system. My feeling is that we’ll get the next game after The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask in March, simply because Nintendo has steadily added one Nintendo 64 game to Nintendo Switch Online each month since the Expansion Pack released last year.

6. A new Mario Kart is revealed

This one is a shot in the dark. I’m particularly nervous about this guess because Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still selling so darn well. Nintendo simply does not need to make a new Mario Kart game to keep moving millions of copies of Mario Kart each quarter. With that said, Nintendo has now given Mario Kart Tour close to three years of substantial support. If they’re ready to move on, a new game on Switch could make sense – and while a new game might knock the wind out of the evergreen Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, it’s not like a new entry wouldn’t make up for that by selling millions and millions of copies.

What are your predictions for tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct? How likely do you think my guesses are to come to fruition? Let me know how on the money I am (or how insanely out of touch I am) in the comments below.

Nick Pearson
I'm the Reviews Editor here at Nintendo Enthusiast, and I'm a major fan of all consoles and eras.