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Nintendo Direct February 2019: What to expect

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

Intelligent system / Nintendo

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.

A match in Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn

Bra-Feel / HAL Laboratory / Nintendo

KirbyExtra Epic Yarn

Remember this Wii game? It comes to Nintendo 3DS. Remember Nintendo 3DS? It gets this Wii game port on March 8th.

A Yoshi hides in Yoshi's Crafted World

Good-Feel / Nintendo

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.


Rikku, Yuna and Paine in Final Fantasy 1--2

Square Enix

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 - Luigi with hands on the sides of his face

Nintendo / YouTube

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: The Black Order artwork

Team Ninja / Nintendo

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.

Piranha Plant in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


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.

Probably not

Tom Nook in Animal Crossing Switch Message trailer


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.

Samus from Metroid Prime

Retro Studios / Nintendo

Metroid Prime 4

Nintendo and Retro Studios immediately started production on this troubled project. Next.

Artwork by Samus Aran from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.

Retro Studios / Nintendo

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.

Two NES controls in front of Switch Tablet

James Bareham / Polygon

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.

Pokémom: Let's go high five

Game Freak / The Pokémon Company

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.

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