Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Nintendo Direct Delayed After Japan Earthquake

Nintendo Direct Delayed After Japan Earthquake

Nintendo has cancelled today's planned Nintendo Direct presentation because of a major quake in Hokkaido, Japan.

Yesterday's 35 minute event by Nintendo to reveal new games on the switch and 3DS while talking about their new "Nintendo Switch Online" service has been delayed out of respect for victims due to an natural disaster in Hokkaido, Japan. But what we do expect, however, is the announcement of the heavily rumored New Super Mario Bros. "Thank you for your understanding".

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The company, which is headquartered in Kyoto, planned to show 35 minutes of details on forthcoming games until a magnitude 6.7 quake jolted Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido overnight. The local media have reported 8 confirmed deaths so far, with around 40 people declared as missing. This was to be Nintendo's fourth Direct presentation. Furthermore, Ninty has said it aims to include online co-op in as many games as possible. It was speculated that Nintendo would put a launch date to its upcoming Nintendo Switch Online Service, which is scheduled to launch in "late September". Nintendo's official website (on some occasions, at least) is now listing the game as "Yoshi's Crafted World". Ultimate. In the last Smash Direct, Game Director Masahiro Sakurai noted that there were still a few characters that have yet to be revealed.

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