The Big N’s E3 replacement showcase might have fallen through.
For years, Nintendo have had Direct presentations scheduled in June on an annual basis to align with E3, and even though E3 2020 got cancelled, many assumed that Nintendo’s digital plans would remain unchanged. The company itself suggested that it was considering alternate plans in the wake of the event’s cancellation- but now it seems those plans may have fallen through.
According to a new report published by GamesBeat’s Jeff Grubb – who also accurately leaked the previous Nintendo Direct – Nintendo were originally planning on putting together a June event in which they would reveal upcoming first party releases for the rest of 2020, including the recently leaked Super Mario remasters.
However, complications arising because of the Japan government’s stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic have hindered those plans. Reportedly, Nintendo has now contacted its partner developers to inform them that there won’t be a Direct presentation in June, as Nintendo struggles to adapt to remote work.
Apart from the aforementioned Super Mario releases, other games such as a new Paper Mario and a 2D Metroid game have also been in the rumour mill, while fans have also been waiting to hear more about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s sequel. How or when Nintendo choose to share updates on all these things and more should be interesting to see if their June Direct plans have indeed met a roadblock.