According to VentureBeat, the platform holder will release an indie showcase next week, likely on March 18, which matches what VGC has been told by sources with knowledge of Nintendo’s plans.
Nintendo held a similar Indie Direct during the same period last year to coincide with GDC. GDC 2020 has been cancelled due to concerns over the COVID-19 cornavirus, but this should not delay plans for a digital presentation.
VentureBeat also claims Nintendo will release a full, general Direct soon after its Indie presentation, “likely” on March 26.
Unlike the last two Directs, which focused on specific games (Pokémon and Animal Crossing: New Horizons), the next Direct will take a broader look at the Nintendo Switch’s upcoming lineup, the publication said.
A new Direct this month would end what has become the largest gap between Nintendo Direct presentations since the initiative was introduced.
It’s been more than six months since the last full Nintendo Direct presentation in September 2019.
Typically, Nintendo holds an announcement-heavy Direct in either February or March to kickstart its marketing plans for the year.
However, the platform holder has left its first-party game announcements unusually late in 2020, with only March’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons and a Xenoblade remaster announced for this year.