Nintendo Direct

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Nintendo Direct
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Provider Nintendo
Launched October 21, 2011
End date N/A
Service provided Video streaming
Accessible by Internet, Nintendo eShop (replays only)
Website www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/

Nintendo Direct is an online video service provided by Nintendo, with the purpose of providing information on new and upcoming games or features in games being developed for Nintendo platforms, billed as "A new online home for exclusive Nintendo news-broadcast directly to you, the player." It provides a video service similar to the Nintendo Channel for the Wii.

The Nintendo Direct format was started in North America and Japan with a simultaneous broadcast in October of 2011. The format would later be brought to Europe and Australia in February 2012, and even later to South Korea in April 2012. Nintendo Directs were primarily hosted worldwide by Satoru Iwata before his passing, though depending on region they have also been hosted by Reggie Fils-Aimé in North America and Satoru Shibata in Europe. Nintendo Directs are streamed via YouTube, Twitch, Ustream, and in Japan NicoNico. Nintendo Directs can cover games in general, games for a specific console, or specific games.

In 2013, Nintendo would forgo the traditional E3 press conference in favor of a Nintendo Direct. The following year, the format was adapted into the Nintendo Digital Event, featuring both game reveals and developer interviews, which has been used as the standard Nintendo Direct format ever since.

After the death of fourth president Satoru Iwata in July 2015, it was uncertain whether Nintendo Direct broadcasts would continue, as there was not a presentation in the months after his passing. However, Nintendo would release a statement in September assuring that the Nintendo Direct format would not be discontinued[1], with a new Nintendo Direct broadcast being announced for November 12 some time afterward.

Contents

List of presentations

2011

Broadcast Air date Regions
Nintendo Direct Oct. 21, 2011 North America, Japan
Nintendo Direct Dec. 27, 2011 Japan

2012

Broadcast Air date Regions
Nintendo Direct Feb. 22, 2012 Worldwide
Nintendo Direct April 14, 2012 South Korea
Nintendo Direct April 21, 2012 Japan, Europe, Australia
Nintendo Direct Pre E3 2012 June 3, 2012 Worldwide
Nintendo Direct June 21, 2012 Worldwide
Nintendo Direct Mini July 18, 2012 Japan
Dragon Quest X Direct July 30, 2012 Japan
Nintendo Direct August 29, 2012 Japan
Nintendo Direct Mini Sep. 7, 2012 Japan
Wii U Preview Presentation Sep. 13, 2012 Worldwide
Nintendo Direct Mini Sep. 28, 2012 Japan
Nintendo Direct Mini Oct. 2, 2012 North America, Europe, Australia
Nintendo Direct Oct. 4, 2012 Europe, Australia
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Direct Oct. 5, 2012 Japan
Nintendo Direct Oct. 25, 2012 Worldwide
Nintendo Direct Oct. 31, 2012 South Korea
Wii U Direct Nov. 7, 2012 Worldwide
Wii U Direct Nov. 14, 2012 North America, Japan
Nintendo Direct Mini Nov. 27, 2012 Worldwide
Nintendo Direct Dec. 5, 2012 Worldwide
Nintendo Direct Mini Dec. 19, 2012 Japan

2013

Broadcast Air date Regions
Pokémon Direct January 8/9, 2013 Worldwide
Wii U Direct January 23, 2013 Worldwide
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Direct January 24, 2013 South Korea
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Direct February 1, 2013 Japan
Nintendo 3DS Direct: Luigi Special February 14, 2013 Japan
Nintendo Direct North America
Nintendo 3DS Direct Europe, Australia
Nintendo 3DS Direct February 21, 2013 Japan
Nintendo Direct Mini March 12, 2013 Japan
Nintendo Direct Mini March 13, 2013 Worldwide
Nintendo Direct Mini April 1, 2013 Japan
Tomodachi Collection: New Life Direct April 3, 2013 Japan
Nintendo 3DS Direct: Luigi Special 2 April 17, 2013 Japan
Nintendo Direct North America
Nintendo 3DS Direct Europe, Australia
Sega Direct May 17, 2013 Japan
Nintendo Direct Worldwide
Monster Hunter 4 & Gyakuten Saiban 5 Direct May 31, 2013 Japan
Nintendo Direct @ E3 2013 June 11, 2013 Worldwide
Developer Directs @ E3 2013 June 11, 2013 Worldwide
Pikmin 3 Direct June 26, 2013 Japan
Nintendo Direct Mini July 3, 2013 Japan
Nintendo Direct Mini July 18, 2013 North America, Europe, Australia
Nintendo Direct August 7, 2013 Worldwide
The Wonderful 101 Direct August 9, 2013 Worldwide
Pokémon Direct Sep. 4, 2013 Worldwide
Monster Hunter 4 Direct Sep. 8, 2013 Japan
Wii Fit U Direct Sep. 18, 2013 Worldwide
Nintendo Direct Oct. 1, 2013 Worldwide
Nintendo Direct Oct. 10, 2013 South Korea
Nintendo Direct Mini Oct. 29, 2013 Japan
Monster Hunter 4 Direct Nov. 12, 2013 South Korea
Nintendo Direct Nov. 13, 2013 North America, Europe, Australia
Nintendo Direct Mini Nov. 14, 2013 Japan
Nintendo 3DS Guide: Louvre Direct Nov. 27, 2013 Worldwide
Nintendo Direct Dec. 18, 2013 Worldwide

2014

Broadcast Air date Regions
Nintendo Direct Jan. 17, 2014 South Korea
Nintendo Direct Feb. 13, 2014 Worldwide
Super Smash Bros. Direct April 8/9, 2014 Worldwide
Tomodachi Life Direct April 10, 2014 North America, Europe, Australia
Mario Kart 8 Direct April 30, 2014 Worldwide
Tomodachi Life Direct May 29, 2014 South Korea
Nintendo Digital Event @ E3 2014 June 10, 2014 Worldwide
Yo-Kai Watch 2 Direct July 4, 2014 Japan
Nintendo 3DS Direct July 11, 2014 Japan
Hyrule Warriors Direct August 4/5, 2014 Worldwide
Nintendo 3DS Direct August 29, 2014 Japan
Bayonetta 2 Direct Sep. 4/5, 2014 Worldwide
Nintendo 3DS Direct Sep. 24, 2014 Australia
Monster Hunter 4G Direct Oct. 8, 2014 Japan
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 50-Fact Extravaganza Oct. 23/24, 2014 Worldwide
Nintendo Direct Nov. 5/6, 2014 Worldwide

2015

Broadcast Air date Regions
Nintendo Direct Jan. 14/15, 2015 Worldwide
Xenoblade X Direct Feb. 16, 2015 Japan
Nintendo Direct March 19, 2015 South Korea
Nintendo Direct April 1/2, 2015 Worldwide
Xenoblade Chronicles X Direct April 24, 2015 North America
Splatoon Direct May 7, 2015 Worldwide
Nintendo Direct May 31, 2015 Japan
Nintendo Direct Micro June 1, 2015 North America
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U - New Content Approaching June 14, 2015 Worldwide
Nintendo Digital Event @ E3 2015 (June 16, 2015) June 16, 2015 Worldwide
Nintendo Direct Nov. 12/13, 2015 Worldwide
Super Smash Bros. Final Video Presentation Dec. 15/16, 2015 Worldwide

2016

Broadcast Air date Regions
Pokémon Direct Feb. 25/26, 2016 Worldwide
Nintendo Direct March 3/4, 2016 Worldwide
Culdcept Revolt Direct May 11, 2016 Japan
Culdcept Revolt Direct June 22, 2016 Japan
Nintendo 3DS Direct Sep. 1, 2016 Worldwide
Monster Hunter Direct Oct. 27, 2016 Japan
Animal Crossing Direct Nov. 2, 2016[2] Worldwide
Miitopia Direct Nov. 5, 2016 Japan

2017

Broadcast Air date Regions
Fire Emblem Direct Jan. 18, 2017 Worldwide

External links

References

  1. Nintendo Directs Will Continue. IGN (September 15, 2015). Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  2. Animal Crossing Mini Nintendo Direct Confirmed for 2nd November in Japan. Nintendo Life (September 1, 2016). Retrieved October 24, 2016.


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