Due to the earthquake in Hokkaido, Nintendo has delayed the Nintendo Direct that was supposed to air later today, on September 6th. Nintendo has not rescheduled the Direct, only saying that they will provide a “new date and time in the near future.” The Direct was scheduled to air at 6PM Eastern Time, and run for approximately 35 minutes, covering “upcoming Switch and 3DS games.” We’ll update this story, should Nintendo provide a new date soon.
Japan faced a pair of natural disasters this week; Typhoon Jebi made landfall earlier this week, which would later be backed by a powerful 6.7 magnitude earthquake. Typhoon Jebi, the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan this century, sideswiped the Western edge of Japan, leaving 10 dead and paralyzing transportation in some areas. Then, the earthquake hit Japan’s northernmost island, leaving at least nine dead and hundreds injured, with mudslides ravaging the countryside and small towns along the way.
Even though the Nintendo Direct was canceled, it didn’t stop information from leaking. Twitter user enterzalman spotted what appears to be a reveal of the Yoshi Switch game, titled Yoshi’s Crafted World. While there’s no way of knowing if Nintendo planned on revealing Yoshi’s Crafted World today, the timing fits. You may recall that the upcoming Yoshi game for Switch was conspicuously absent from Nintendo’s E3 presentation, suggesting it could be revealed at a Direct sometime later.
Additionally, Nintendo Directs have been a way for third-party developers and publishers to draw more attention to their upcoming releases. Again, while its hard to know if it would have appeared in the Direct, Abylight’s Hyper Light Drifter Special Edition was announced for Switch earlier this week. The Special Edition will come with a new challenge, outfit, plus a couple of new weapons and co-op play. We’ll keep you updated with any new information about the Direct, including when it gets rescheduled to.