The first Nintendo Direct of 2019 will fly tomorrow, February 13, at 5 pm – and because of that, because Nintendo has a lot to talk about. There is a lot on the company's 2019 slate that it has not yet covered in depth, from the next Pokémon game to Animal Crossing, to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC.
With only 35 minutes assigned to the presentation, Nintendo will likely make sense of which games it is focusing on. Below we speculate on which games the company will, or will not, mark.
Fire emblem: Three houses
Nintendo already told us that it would highlight this upcoming Nintendo Switch game, the first console game in the Fire Emblem franchise since the Wii Days. We expect a specific spring date for Fire emblem: Three houses, as well as more information about the story and the gameplay.
KirbyExtra Epic Yarn
Remember this Wii game? It comes to Nintendo 3DS. Remember Nintendo 3DS? It gets this Wii game port on March 8th.
YoshiIt's Crafted World
Crafted World is out soon – March 29 – so maybe Nintendo doesn't have too much else to say that it hasn't already been said. But the company would be reminded not to remind us that another sweet, warm and fuzzy Yoshi platform is on its way.
Final Fantasy on the switch
Final Fantasy 7, 9, 10, and 10-2 is out on Switch this year. Final Fantasy 10 and 10-2 arriving on April 16, which makes this a good time for Square Enix to show a little more of these highly anticipated ports. (We would also like to get a sense of when PlayStation will happen.)
Luigi's Mansion 3
Again, Nintendo has said a little about this game. An expected 2019 launch means that it is now a good time to show something – something! – Why Luigi again stays off a haunted mansion?
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3
At the Game Awards 2018, Team Ninja and Nintendo beat up to reveal the next Marvel: Ultimate Alliance game. subtitled The black order, the game has full publishing support from Nintendo, a unique grip for the company. There are a lot of tensions around this one, as the previous fighting game was launched 10 years ago. It is also wonderful season at the cinema, so it would be smart for Nintendo to show us a little more of what we must look forward to from The black order.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC
Nintendo just released Piranha Plant, the game's first of six DLC fighters. Persona 5Joker is also on the dock, although Nintendo hasn't said when; the remaining four are unknown. If Nintendo wants to keep up with a nice quarterly cadence with these releases, then it should tell us what happens next Super Smash Bros. Final, please.
animal Crossing on the switch
We haven't heard or seen so much since Nintendo announced this game last year. It seems unlikely that Nintendo would spend a few minutes of a Direct on a game so big, but we would like to know more in 2019 than later.
Metroid Prime 4
Nintendo and Retro Studios immediately started production on this troubled project. Next.
Metroid Prime trilogy Port
We would rank this as a bit more credible than that Metroid Prime 4 updates, after months of special rumors that Nintendo would download this collection to its current console. But that's all there is: rumors. And so the leaves that are green (continue) turn to brown.
New Nintendo Switch Online features
A great Nintendo Switch Online update feels necessary (even SNES games would be a good change), but such a thing seems to deserve a bigger one by itself. But it is hard to tell what Nintendo really likes or plans for this premium service, if we are honest – and this directly seems too early for any of us to have figured it out.
Pokémon on switch
Pokémon will be 23 later this month, which can justify the introduction here. But let's be serious: We're more likely to get a Pokémon-centered presentation to hear about the series' first core RPG on Switch than for Nintendo to release some news during some rando Nintendo Direct.