Nintendo Direct postponed by 6.7 quake in Hokkaido, Japan


There's rarely much warning for a Nintendo Direct, as they love to throw out quickfire surprises all year round. Then, the natural disaster hit Japan's northernmost island, leaving at least nine dead and hundreds injured, with mudslides ravaging the countryside and small towns along the way. The Nintendo Direct presentation for September is going to be held tomorrow, September 6, according to sources.

A new Nintendo Direct presentation has been announced by the Big N this morning.

It's all because of the massive quake which hit Hokkaido, Japan. At least seven have been killed in the tragedy so far, with Reuters reporting that hundreds are injured and 33 missing at this stage. "Thank you for your understanding". That's a great deal, considering you'll nearly certainly want at least one of those games on your new system. Switch Online is expected to go live in the second half of September 2018, but it's unclear whether this morning's quake will have an effect on that schedule. This disaster, named Typhoon Jebi, also resulted in deaths, injuries, floodings, and power outages.

Yesterday, Nintendo announced that a new Nintendo Direct broadcast centered around upcoming games for the 3DS and Switch. Due to the new delay, it may mean that the debut of Nintendo Switch Online could be affected as well, but that remains to be seen.

Presumably Super Smash Bros.

The Direct will nearly certainly feature Xenoblade Chronicles 2 DLC Torna ~ The Golden Country, Super Mario Party, and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! It was originally set for 6 PM ET in North America and 11 PM BST in Europe.

To tune in, all you have to do is click the following link, which will bring you to the Nintendo Direct website. It will hopefully also give us the final details on the upcoming Nintendo Online services.