The now confirmed September 23, 2021 Nintendo Direct is fast approaching. Here’s everything that we think has a chance to appear tonight during the gargantuan 40 minute news presentation that will cover every big thing on Nintendo until the end of winter.
Nintendo Direct: New Monolith Soft Game
It’s likely we’ll see what Monolith Soft has been working on other than their work as Nintendo’s premiere support studio. In 2017, they were hiring for a new game using a piece of concept art that implied the game had an art direction that —and we know this a cliche— reminds us of Bandai Namco’s Dark Souls. We’d love to know what that game is. We’re also sure that they’re hard at work on Xenoblade Chronicles 3, so we could see that too.
Nintendo Direct: Metroid Dread, Prime 4
Metroid Dread is very likely to be there, with one last big trailer to sweep up the last of the pre-orders and amiibo sales before the game launches at the start of October.
Other than Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, Metroid Dread is the big tentpole game for the Nintendo Switch at the end of 2021. Because of that, we don’t think we’ll see anything to do with the always distracting Metroid Prime 4 until after the marketing for Metroid Dread is over, but we’d love to be wrong about that.
Nintendo Direct: Animal Crossing New Horizons
It’s been a while since we’ve had an Animal Crossing New Horizons update, and this Nintendo Direct seems like the perfect time to put fans at ease in regards to what new content is next for the cute life simulation game. We personally hope to see collectible Gyroids and their biggest fan Brewster, the master of the coffee house, show up on our islands soon.
Nintendo Direct: Monster Hunter Rise Expansion
It’s almost a year after Monster Hunter Rise came out, so it seems like it’s about time for an expansion pack. Capcom used to sell version after version of their titles, but has mostly evolved their business model to factor in DLC now.
If data from the Capcom hack is to be believed, a PC version of Monster Hunter Rise is set to be released roughly a year after the Nintendo Switch version. It would make sense that alongside porting the game over, an expansion pack had been made for both platforms to continue the game’s momentum and get the fans excited.
- Disney’s Aladdin: SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Sega MegaDrive
- Disney’s Aladdin – Final Cut: Sega Mega Drive
- Disney’s Aladdin – Demo Version: Sega Mega Drive
- Disney’s Aladdin – Japanese Version: Sega Mega Drive
- Disney The Lion King: SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Sega MegaDrive
- Disney The Lion King – Japanese Version: Sega Mega Drive
- Disney The Jungle Book: SNES, Game Boy, Sega Mega Drive
Nintendo Direct: Castlevania Advance Collection
Konami’s Castlevania Advance Collection keeps showing up again and again. First it was rated in Australia, and then it was rated in Korea. At this point it’s not a case of asking whether such a collection exists, but rather what’s in it and when we’ll get to play it.
We think it could be aiming for a Halloween release, as it was once again rated recently, this time in both Taiwan and America. Castlevania Advance Collection was rated for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC, so everyone can expect to play it soon.
If you’re curious, here is it’s American ESRB description:
‘This is a collection of four classic Castlevania games in which players battle monsters and attempt to overthrow Dracula and his minions. From a side-scrolling perspective, players traverse platform environments and use whips, boomerang-like blades, and grenades to kill fantastical creatures (e.g., vampires, demons, harpies, ghouls). Several enemies emit splatters of blood when injured or killed, and some levels / environments contain larger depictions of blood: tears/pools coming from a statue; a bat crushed in a giant’s hand; a figure impaled on a stake. A handful of small female demons / monsters are depicted topless. The word “bastard” appears in the dialogue.”
Nintendo Direct: Aladdin, Lion King, Jungle Book
An updated version of Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and Lion King that addresses fan feedback is coming out in November. It’s called Disney Classic Games: Aladdin, Lion King and Jungle Book.
The biggest criticism of the original Disney collection was that it was missing the SNES version of Aladdin, which was a different game by Capcom that was designed by Shinji Mikami, creator of Resident Evil. This collection apparently rectifies that, and also includes all versions of Disney’s The Jungle Book game. We think one of the safest Nintendo Direct predictions is that we’ll probably see a trailer.
SteamDB DLC listings seem to imply that people who bought the original will be able to pay to upgrade their copy, so that’s likely to be a route a lot of people that have already bought into the collection will take. Here’s a full list of all the games included:
Nintendo Direct: Dragon Quest 3 HD2D
Dragon Quest 3 HD2D is a remake of Dragon Quest 3 using the graphics technology and style behind very pretty Square Enix RPG games like Octopath Traveller and Triangle Strategy. Dragon Quest 3 is a direct sequel to 2019’s Dragon Quest 11 S: Echoes of an Elusive Age — Definitive Edition, so it’s a perfect time for it to come out before everyone gets distracted with whatever happens in Dragon Quest 12.
New screenshots for Dragon Quest 3 HD2D were released online recently, and we’ve also heard rumours of a simultaneous worldwide release date, although we don’t actually know what that date is. If they showed off this gorgeous remake of the beloved Enix RPG again tonight, we wouldn’t be mad about it at all.
Nintendo Direct: Final Smash Character
Masahiro Sakurai and Nintendo have said we’ll see the final Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC character before the end of the year. It’s fairly likely to be one of the trailers tonight. If you wonder who we think it could be, then you’ll want to check out this page here.
Nintendo Direct: Nintendo 64 Nintendo Switch Online and Game Boy Nintendo Switch Online
Leakers have said for a while that Nintendo 64, Nintendo Game Boy and Nintendo Color are on their way to Nintendo Switch Online before the end of the year. If those leaks are true then it’s likely we’ll see them tonight. If you want to read our stories on those, then here:
Nintendo Direct: Klonoa 1&2 Encore?
Bandai Namco have trademarked ‘Waffuu Encore” and “Waffuu 1&2 Encore”. “Waffuu!” is the catchphrase of their platforming rabbit character Klonoa, so it’s likely we’ll see Nintendo Switch remasters of Klonoa: Door to Phantomile and Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil at some point in the near future.
Nintendo Direct: Baiten Kaitos
Bandai Namco has recently renewed their trademarks for classic GameCube RPGs Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean and Baten Kaitos Origins at the European Union Intellectual Property Office. We actually think it’s a bit soon to see these, but we’d love to be surprised tonight.
Nintendo Direct: Aragami 2
Aragami 2 was rated for a Nintendo Switch release by IMDA, the age ratings board in Singapore. That game is currently on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. We wouldn’t be surprised at all if the stealthy ninja game’s Nintendo Switch version was announced tonight, as the first game is already out.
Nintendo Direct: BOTW 2
It’s likely that The Legend of Zelda BOTW2 falls into the ‘winter’ window that this Nintendo Direct is supposed to cover, unless it’s been even further delayed. We’re hoping Nintendo shares Breath of the Wild 2’s real name and release date with us.
Those were our Nintendo Direct predictions! We’re very excited to see whatever Nintendo has to bring to the table. Which Nintendo game would you most like to see more of in the Nintendo Direct tonight? Let us know in the comments below.
If you want even more information on the Nintendo Direct, we have this article from when it was just a leak, that covers the games Samus Hunter said wouldn’t be at the event.