Did Details of a January Nintendo Direct Leak?

2019 is finally upon us, and with this new year we have ourselves some new leaks! 

This time around it is in regards to a potential Nintendo Direct that is allegedly going to air this month. That is pretty much the only aspect of this whole thing that I believe, seeing as 5 of the past 6 years saw a Direct in January. Everything else is just too much to be true.

Given that this is a rumor, posted on the IGN forums by a random user who goes by "Waluigifan19", and has no sources cited, we're going to take this with a gigantic grain of salt. Mr. Waluigifan's full post can be read here.

I don't even know where to start with this one. There's a whole lot going on here, and it actually seems like far too much for a single fourty-five minute direct. So what I'm going to do first is go down the list in order, and state my opinion on what I feel could be real or not.

Super Mario Maker 2.0 is a concept that I could easily see becoming reality at some point, given how immensely popular the first game was. What I don't see happening is it being announced 2 days before the release of another 2D Mario game, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. And as for the whole "2D Mario 64" style being added, that is something that I personally would love to see, but it does feel like a bit of a stretch.

The 3DS headlines seem reasonable, and I'd love to see them officially announce the end of the 3DS, but who knows.

The one thing that stands out as being fake the most is the supposed update for Splatoon 2, seeing as the final update for that game went live on December 5th.

Next up we have a port of Street Fighter V. This is again something I'd like to see, but given that Capcom partnered with Sony to develop the game, and that resulted it in being a PS4 console exclusive title, I highly doubt we'd see it on Switch.

Mario Tennis Aces is a game I could easily see them supporting well into 2019, but past that point not so much. This one gets a pass.

Genesis Classics being updated also seems reasonable. The surprise Dreamcast games seem a bit less believable, but since we did just pass the system's 20th anniversary. who knows what might happen.

Next up we have a port of the Wonderful 101. Again, this doesn't seem too outrageous to believe, seeing as Nintendo has been showing a lot of interest in porting over Wii U titles ever since the Switch launched.

A Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 trailer seems appropriate on the surface, but given that it was announced less than a month ago at the Game Awards, it might be a bit soon to assume they'd show off more so soon. I could be wrong to assume that, but it's just the first thought that comes to mind.

More Joy-con colors would be great, and I really hope that turns out to be true. As for the NES titles being added to the online service, Mario 2, Castlevania, and Kirby's Adventure are all great choices and I'd love to see them added, But honestly I really think they should look into branching out to other systems like SNES and Game Boy if they're gonna make buying into this seem more appealing.

The whole Pokemon Lets Go announcement seems like total nonsense to me. The game was clearly made to be a "remake" of Gen 1, and I highly doubt they'd go into the other generations with it. This is mainly because they're still actively working on that in Pokemon Go Proper, and because they have another main series game supposedly coming this year. (That is something I'd like to see in a direct sooner rather than later btw)

Next up, we have Overwatch being ported to Switch, with Nintendo themed skins included. A year ago, I'd never believe that Overwatch would come to the Switch. But with the release of Diablo III, on top of all of the talk of unannounced projects at Blizzard, this is something I can now say I'd believe could happen. Whether or not it gets announced in a direct this month, or at all for that matter, is anyone's guess.

A Super Mario Party update is a given.

Mortal Kombat X being ported over in anticipation of MK11 is also something I could see happening but not until after the MK11 community reveal, which is on January 17th. And since this rumored direct is slated for the 9th, I don't see it happening.

A port of Borderlands: The Human Collection seems reasonable. With Borderlands 2 VR having released last month, the series is back in the public eye, so its entirely possible.

Anything Fortnite related would not surprise me in the slightest at this point.

Yoshi's Crafted World is a game that we haven't seen much of at all, especially given that it was first announced back in 2017. It's long overdue for a release date, and again its something I'd believe.

The same thing goes for Daemon X Machina, seeing as we've heard nothing about it since it's reveal at E3 2018. (At least as far as I'm aware).

The indie games being shown off sound legit on the surface, as Shantae and Shovel Knight are indie staples with Nintendo at this point. Deltarune though, is a red flag. As far as I'm aware the game is still a work in progress, and once it's finished, there's no doubt that it will find its way to the Switch, but not anytime soon.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a game that could headline a direct on its own, so I'm very skeptical that the only thing they would share is a release date.

Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection is another game that sounds like it could happen, and I don't really have much else to say about it.

Doom Eternal and a Fallout 3 Port both seem like they could happen as well, but for whatever reason I don't see it happening this early in the year.

Persona is at the forefront after Joker was revealed to be the first DLC fighter for Smash Ultimate, so I could definitely see something else Persona related come to Switch, but as to what that could be and when it would be revealed and released, I have no clue.

Grand Theft Auto V is one of my favorite games released this decade, and I would love nothing more than to see it become portable. I could go either way as to whether or not I believe it would come to Switch. We did get LA Noire ported over, so only time will tell if I will have to buy this game a third time.

I don't know much at all about the 400 different Kingdom Hearts games that released between 2 and 3, and I don't really care to know at this point. But given that the Switch is a port magnet, we will see. KH3 is finally coming in January, and a Switch release happening farther down the line seems very typical of Nintendo systems at this point.

After it was heavily rumored for The Game Awards, only to not show up, Metroid Prime 4 is a given. I'd hope to see details sooner rather than later, but who knows if or when we will see anything on this title before E3.

Pikmin 4 and a Pikmin collection are both titles I've heard people speculate on for awhile now, and I totally see it happening at some point.

Now that I've gone over my opinions on the various announcements this alleged direct will bring, I can honestly say that its just far too much for one direct. This would be bigger than most Nintendo E3 directs, and is just way too good to be all true. As I stated above, there are a lot of titles contained within that beast of a rumor that seem like they could happen, but there's no chance in hell that these would all be announced at once. This is just way too much, and there are other things absent from this list that would seem ripe for showing off in a January Direct. These of course would be any new information about the upcoming Animal Crossing title, as well as details surrounding Piranha Plant and Joker in Smash Ultimate.

To summarize this mess of a post, I can safely say that I do think that there will be a Nintendo Direct at some point this month, but there's absolutely no chance that it will be what this rumor says it is. Regardless, I look forward to any information at all coming from a direct, even if it is completely different from whats going around in rumors and leaks.

- Josh

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