Let's watch today's Nintendo Direct together and hope for the best


I’ll trade it all for Pikmin 4

Nintendo is beaming ~40 minutes of Switch news to our brains this afternoon with a fresh Nintendo Direct stream starting at 2:00 p.m. Pacific on YouTube and Twitch, so settle in.

It’s an all-purpose Nintendo Direct with a curiosity-stoking runtime, so we’re stoked.

As a Pikmin fan, I’m setting myself up for disappointment, but that’s all part of the healing process. Everyone has their game — okay, games — that they cling onto and try to will into existence in spite of the odds. Pikmin 4 is mine! I need another co-op campaign.

Also, it’s been a while — nearly four months since the hyper-focused Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct (that also snuck in Switch Online Expansion Pack pricing details), and before that, there was an all-encompassing September 2021 showcase.

With everything in the cooker for 2022, I know that hearing about more N64 and Sega Genesis games attached to the pricey Expansion Pack subscription service is pretty low on people’s list of priorities, but Zelda: Majora’s Mask, which is showing up this month, has my heart. I’ve gone on record to express my joy over Kirby and the Forgotten Land, too.

Kirby and the Forgotten Land gorilla boss screenshot
Kirby and the Forgotten Land has a wider appeal that should reach beyond the usual fans.

On top of any out-of-the-blue shockers, smaller “aww, that’s nice!” tidbits, potential shadow drops, and assorted partner news, there are three other big boys looming:

Granted, today’s Nintendo Direct has a caveat that it’ll mainly highlight “games launching in the first half of 2022.” To that end, I’m expecting a splash of Triangle Strategy, too.

And don’t think I’ve forgotten about Advance Wars 1+2: ReBoot Camp, either! It’s been wonderful to see Fire Emblem live its best life with a larger audience of adoring fans, and while Advance Wars‘ debut on Switch is a more modest remake of the first two city-stomping Game Boy Advance strategy titles, I’m hoping this project is only the first step.

Go on, predict the unpredictable. Hope for some Mario Party Superstars content updates.