Update (Sun 23rd Aug, 2020 04:45 BST): Jeff Grubb has seen and heard all the excitement online – including our own story here at Nintendo Life – and has asked everyone to “please tone down the expectations”.
In some follow-up messages over on Twitter, he said it was “weird” that August falls on a Friday and isn’t “confident at all” it will be a “general” Nintendo Direct – further stating how it will probably be something else. If this is the case, expect a “bigger event soon after” presumably in September.
“It’s weird that August 28 is a Friday, so I’m not confident at all that’s a general Direct. It could be any number of things. But do expect a Direct equivalent by the middle of September.”
“If I had to bet, this thing next week is probably something else. So please tone down the expectations. And then if it is a general, we can all be pleasantly surprised. But to repeat myself for the sake of clarity: I expect a bigger event soon after.”
Original article (Sat 22nd Aug, 2020 16:30 BST): Earlier this week, we got an Indie World Showcase, so what typically follows? A Nintendo Direct, of course.
When might a Direct be taking place, you ask? According to VentureBeat’s industry insider, Jeff Grubb – who has a proven track record – there’s apparently a good chance of Nintendo airing its next broadcast on 28th August (that’s next week).
Here’s what Jeff had to say on the most recent episode of GamesBeat Decides:
“I’ve heard a few things and I think there’s a strong possibility that there is a Nintendo Direct next week, on Friday [the 28th]. That’s the date I’ve heard.”
In saying this, it might not be the exact presentation everyone is hoping for – with Grubb making reference to the previous broadcast in July and how it was instead a “Partner Direct” focused on third-party games.
There have also been rumours about a Nintendo broadcast airing in the month of September, which would line up with Mario’s 35th anniversary.
On the same GamesBeat episode, Grubb noted how he expects a first-party focused showcase to arrive before mid-September “at the latest” – so it’s out of the way before the company’s Management Briefing Session taking place on 16th September.
“I was hearing that even before Nintendo announced that they were having a special meeting with investors in the middle of September”
“I think that it makes a lot of sense for them to get a Direct out of the way before that happens, so they don’t have to answer questions like, ‘what games are coming up?’”
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