A Nintendo Direct presentation focused on Zelda announcements will reportedly be held in September.
That’s according to GamesBeat managing editor Mike Minotti and Giant Bomb reporter Jeff Grubb, who were speaking on a podcast this week.
“To be clear guys, the one thing we are very, very sure is being announced at this Direct are the Wind Waker and Twilight Princess ports for Switch,” Minotti said.
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That’s according to Giant Bomb journalist Jeff Grubb, who had previously reported that a company showcase was coming in the week of September 12, but then claimed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II that the global news event could see Nintendo’s plans rescheduled.
However, speaking on a live stream, Grubb said that despite Nintendo having communicated to its development partners that there could be a delay in scheduling, this now seems not to be the case.
“Yeah, I think there’s going to be a lot of Zelda stuff at this thing,” Grubb said. “I think this is like a Zelda blowout for Nintendo.
“100% there’s a Nintendo Direct in September, it’s that simple. There is still some uncertainty about whether this will be a general [Direct], maybe a Mini, there was some talk of it being a Partner Direct”.
Grubb added: “If they’re going to have Zelda stuff there, this is not a Partner Direct, and those are the things that we’ve been hearing. The specifics that were name-dropped were Twilight Princess and Wind Waker HD ports to the Switch.
“Which, again, even had we not heard that, I would be speculating that that would be happening right now while we wait for the run-up to Breath of the Wild 2. And yet we have heard that, and we’ve heard other things, again Metroid Prime remaster, that sounds like it’s got to be announced at something like this.
“And then third parties will be showing up,” he continued. “I’ve heard some of that as well, it’s not super exciting the things I’ve heard. To me it sounds like at least a Mini Direct, but if it’s going to have the name of the next Zelda, which seems like a distinct possibility, that sounds like a big general Direct.”
Grubb said he’d heard from “a pretty good source” that the event will take place during the week beginning September 12.
Twilight Princess and Wind Waker were already given the HD treatment on Wii U and are now among just a handful of Nintendo’s last-gen games that haven’t been ported to Switch.
Based on what he’s heard about the Direct, Minotti said everything outside of the Twilight Princess and Wind Waker announcements is speculation.
“The Metroid Prime things seems like it should be happening. It’s a lot of remasters to announce in one thing, but maybe that will be a little bit of a theme here.”
Metroid Prime’s long-expected Nintendo Switch remaster will finally release at the end of this year, Grubb recently claimed.
He stated on a Giant Bomb show in June that he’d been told “pretty definitively” that the title would arrive in time for Prime’s 20th anniversary this November.
Metroid Prime remasters have reportedly been coming for years, with one recognised insider claiming last November that Prime 1’s remaster was already completed and ready to be released.