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Cerium
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(05-02-2017, 06:15 AM)
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We've cracked the code fellas.



Nothing is confirmed until an official announcement, but sinonobu noticed that on the Japanese Nintendo Direct page a slot opened up about a week before the last direct aired. tonyh24613 provided evidence that this isn't a new pattern and that he'd noticed the same phenomenon before. Today, another slot opened up in the same manner.

Originally Posted by sinonobu

So apparantly there's another empty spot on nintendo direct page...

Guessing Stars is coming

Originally Posted by sinonobu

Just before April's Nintendo Direct, the JP Nintendo Direct page had an empty spot.

Apparently JP Nintendo Direct site has an empty spot again so there might be Nintendo Direct soon

Originally Posted by zeromcd73

For anyone curious:

April 30 (archived)



Today



Looks like they moved the Miitopia direct.

Originally Posted by sinonobu

Pokemon Direct was moved last time. This was exactly one week before the April Direct.



Originally Posted by tonyh24613

I found this once before.

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthre...#post184395404

And there was a direct on Nov 13, announced on 10.

If it's happening, expect an announcement this week.
Last edited by Cerium; 05-02-2017 at 06:26 AM.
Smooth Operator
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Maybe it's for the BOTW dlc pack ?
chaobreaker
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Pokemon Stars? God I hope it isn't a 3DS game.
Zalman
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Look upon the stars.
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Originally Posted by Zalman

Look upon the stars.

Looking intensifies.
SatoAilDarko
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(05-02-2017, 06:18 AM)
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I would assume Virtual Console news.

As unless purchases migrate completely free I wonder if they would want to put that in their E3 presentation.
oti
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(05-02-2017, 06:18 AM)
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What is up with Nintendo? Do they want to own the entire conversation until E3 or what.
ASIS
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(05-02-2017, 06:18 AM)
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Back to back directs?

It's like Christmas every two weeks with Nintendo ever since the Switch launched!

Bring it!
Gaspard
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(05-02-2017, 06:18 AM)
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Didn't we just have a Direct?
ggx2ac
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(05-02-2017, 06:18 AM)
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Here we... go?
Crayolan
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Regardless of the platform choice(s), I look forward to seeing GF make Sun and Moon even better.

Originally Posted by Gaspard

Didn't we just have a Direct?

If the direct is a week from now it'll be around a month between directs. A direct a month isn't too abnormal.
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(05-02-2017, 06:19 AM)
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2DS direct incoming

Please be switch related
Smiles and Cries
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Some poor guy at Nintendo just got fired
Wandering Robot
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It's always a wild ride on GAF. Let's see where this goes.
HawthorneKitty
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(05-02-2017, 06:20 AM)
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Originally Posted by Smiles and Cries

Some poor guy at Nintendo just got fired

Meh, Bill will be back.
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Originally Posted by Smiles and Cries

Some poor guy at Nintendo just got fired

As in literally, a higher-up read the thread title and fired a random community guy.
Zyrox
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(05-02-2017, 06:21 AM)
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Originally Posted by Smooth Operator




Maybe it's for the BOTW dlc pack ?

That was exactly the GIF that jumped into my mind when I read the thread title lol
Happy it's the first post.
Let's see if this turns out being a real thing (the direct, that is). Would certainly be nice.
rrs
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(05-02-2017, 06:21 AM)
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I can already hear the switches going out of stock instantly
kirbyfan407
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The only things that would make sense to me are Pokémon Stars or the next mobile game (Animal Crossing?). They just gave more details about the Zelda season pass, and I think it's too early/soon after the last Direct to be ARMS-focused. I suppose it could be ARMS, though.

I'd take a Switch OS-level Direct as well for online and VC stuff, though I have no idea if/when that would happen.
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I bet this is Pokemon related. Pokemon games are always revealed on their own terms, ORAS were announced in early May 2014 because of the financial briefing, and just last year there was the Sun/Moon teaser Direct mere days before an actual full Direct.

If they revealed Pokemon for Switch just after releasing Mario Kart 8 and BOTW, that'd be the mother of all bombs.

Originally Posted by Xbro

According to the way back machine this happened on July 30th 2016 as well.

https://web.archive.org/web/20160713...nks/index.html

And there wasn't a direct for a full month after that.

Fuck
Xbro
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According to the way back machine this happened on July 30th 2016 as well.

https://web.archive.org/web/20160713...nks/index.html

And there wasn't a direct for a full month after that.
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I'd nut at the speed of light if by some holy miracle they'd announce a new Animal Crossing. Probably way too early with Splatoon 2 not even out though...
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Originally Posted by HawthorneKitty

Meh, Bill will be back.

Not Bill!!
kirbyfan407
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Originally Posted by Xbro

According to the way back machine this happened on July 30th 2016 as well.

https://web.archive.org/web/20160713...nks/index.html

And there wasn't a direct for a full month after that.

Ah, so perhaps this could just be preparation for E3. That would make sense. Nintendo of America will certainly announce their E3 plans in the next few weeks.
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(05-02-2017, 06:24 AM)
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Curious to see how this plays out
James Scott
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It may be a game specific one which isn't very interesting. Also, now that you've spilled the beans Nintendo will stop doing that.
Mediking
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Let's go!!!!!!!!!
J@hranimo
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What have you done Cerium?!
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If they're getting Stars out this year, it'd make sense to have it out in the open prior to E3. Though honestly, it's not like they need to boost hype on the Switch. They literally can't keep the things stocked.

I'm guessing this is about a few smaller games and features that are set for an early Summer launch (indies, Virtual Console, online infrastructure). Maybe Smash 4 for Switch?
DMONKUMA
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Ah. Doesn't this take you back to the old NX threads? Right guys?
Pez
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Damn you GAF and all this hype you're giving me!
El Odio
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Originally Posted by Xbro

According to the way back machine this happened on July 30th 2016 as well.

https://web.archive.org/web/20160713...nks/index.html

And there wasn't a direct for a full month after that.

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Originally Posted by DMONKUMA

Ah. Doesn't this take you back to the old NX threads? Right guys?

Whenever I see the word NX I feel my soul leave my body.

That was a dark fucking time to be a Nintendo fan.
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MY HYPE STAYS IGNITED

Originally Posted by DMONKUMA

Ah. Doesn't this take you back to the old NX threads? Right guys?

Never mind hype is actually bad
Maximo
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Originally Posted by chaobreaker

Pokemon Stars? God I hope it isn't a 3DS game.

Watch it be 3DS exclusive or even crossgen.
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Originally Posted by Gaspard

Didn't we just have a Direct?

This used to be the norm before Iwata passed away.
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Originally Posted by Maximo

Watch it be 3DS exclusive or even crossgen.

IF this is happening sometime this year, this is what I expect.
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(05-02-2017, 06:31 AM)
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Shhh OP

You gonna scare it away.
ChrisD
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If this was Iwata Nintendo I'd be hyped already, but Kimishima era seems less fond of Directs, so I'm not too sure this wasn't just a mishap.

Will be happy if it's true, of course.
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Originally Posted by Xbro

According to the way back machine this happened on July 30th 2016 as well.

https://web.archive.org/web/20160713...nks/index.html

And there wasn't a direct for a full month after that.

For some reason I expected this to be the case. But it never hurts to get a little excited you know?
Calm Mind
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My gut says something Pokemon related. Only because we had a similar Nintendo Direct last year before E3.
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Originally Posted by Maximo

Watch it be 3DS exclusive or even crossgen.

Crossgen for Pokémon Stars makes sense since I was expecting the Switch version to look like a 3DS Up-port anyway.
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Haven't they done small directs in the past that are just set up for their big E3 directs? I seem to remember one or two of those.
mlclmtckr
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Worst case is N2DS news + Zelda DLC roundup.

Most anticlimactic would be additional ARMS info.

Better would be MK8D DLC announcement.

Huge would be Pokemon Stars or a lot of Virtual Console news or Mother 3.

Megaton would be beloved old franchise ressurection (Metroid Prime, F Zero) or a port of a big new AAA multiplat.
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Originally Posted by ChrisD

If this was Iwata Nintendo I'd be hyped already, but Kimishima era seems less fond of Directs, so I'm not too sure this wasn't just a mishap.

Will be happy if it's true, of course.

We've had like 4 Directs in a way this year alone. The January presentation was live, but it could've been a direct. We had a Fire Emblem Direct. We had the Nindies Presentation, which was basically a Direct and then we had the Switch/3DS Direct last month.

Originally Posted by suaveric

Haven't they done small directs in the past that are just set up for their big E3 directs? I seem to remember one or two of those.

They did a "mini" Direct like a week before E3 one time. I can't remember which E3 it was, but I want to say it was E3 2015.
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Originally Posted by Maximo

Watch it be 3DS exclusive or even crossgen.

Cross gen wouldn't necessarily bad. I could easily see Switch version amassing a lot of sales despite it also being on 3DS, because you'd be able to play it on your TV like many have wanted to see of Pokemon for a long time. Also improved graphics, framerate and textures.
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Another one.

Pokemon Stars seems likely. Could see them focusing on the 3DS version and announcing/showing the Switch version at e3 as a surprise.
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Originally Posted by kirbyfan407

Ah, so perhaps this could just be preparation for E3. That would make sense. Nintendo of America will certainly announce their E3 plans in the next few weeks.

For reference, Nintendo announced their E3 plans on May 5th for 2016, and May 13th for 2015.
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There's also Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions



Maybe unloading the rest of their 3DS info so E3 can have more focus on the Switch?

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