Gaming News 08 Apr 2021 9:01 AM +00:00

Nintendo Direct Mini Coming Today, Focused On Development and Publishing Partners

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Nintendo will air a Nintendo Direct this afternoon, with the event offering the company's first "Partner Showcase" event.

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According to Nintendo's Japanese Twitter account, the show is expected to run for 10 minutes, but given the company's relative silence in the wake of COVID-19, there's a good chance many fans will just be happy to hear something.

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Nintendo Direct Mini Coming Later Today

The event will be available on Nintendo's YouTube channel and will kick off at 3 PM BST.

Don't expect a wealth of new announcements though, as the company confirmed via Twitter that the event is focused on "a few updates on a small group of previously announced Nintendo Switch games".

Today at 3pm (UK time), we'll debut the first #NintendoDirectMini: Partner Showcase, a new series focused on titles from our development & publishing partners. We'll share a few updates on a small group of previously announced #NintendoSwitch games. pic.twitter.com/4ljZ8I0f3S

— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK)

July 20, 2020

Since Animal Crossing: New Horizons launched in March, the company's release slate for the remainder of 2020 has been unclear. Paper Mario: The Origami King launched just last week and Min Min arrived in Smash, but first-party titles have been few and far between. Reports have stated that the company has struggled with the transition to working from home in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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While rumours continue to circulate about a Mario Remaster Collection, this would be the perfect opportunity to update fans on what to expect for the remainder of the year.

A focus on "development and publishing" partners doesn't mean we won't be seeing exclusives, either - now would be a great time to offer updates on the likes of No More Heroes 3 or Bayonetta 3.

Depending on Nintendo's definition of "partner", there's always an outside chance Metroid Prime 4 gets a mention, as its development continues at Retro Studios.

With new consoles from both Microsoft and Sony on the horizon, here's hoping Nintendo is able to regain some mindshare after a quiet few months. 

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