Nintendo kicked off its highly anticipated Direct on Wednesday by announcing that both Pyra and Mytha from the “Xenoblade Chronicles” series will be joining “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” as playable fighters.
Wednesday’s livestream marked Nintendo’s first Direct since September 2019, excluding its “Direct Mini” partner showcases focused on indie games, of which there were several last year, and Pokemon-specific Directs. The livestream is expected to run for roughly 50 minutes, and Nintendo teased that the information will be focused on “available games like ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ and games coming to the Nintendo Switch in the first half of 2021.”
Aside from hinting at “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” Nintendo has been silent on details for the Direct. Most recently, during The Game Awards in December, Nintendo announced that “Final Fantasy” antagonist Sephiroth would be joining “Smash” as a playable fighter.
Otherwise, fans have been speculating on social media on what announcements might be in store, particularly regarding games like “Metroid Prime 4” and “Breath of the Wild 2” — both games that have been confirmed to be in the works, but have had few detail reveals so far. Plus, the 35th anniversary of “The Legend of Zelda” series happens to be just around the corner, so some kind of fanfare (similar to the celebration of the 35th anniversary of “Super Mario Bros.” last year) is expected.
Other games that could make appearances include the new “Pokemon Snap,” “Bravely Default 2” and “Monster Hunter Rise,” in addition to potential hardware updates.
Watch the full stream above.