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Nintendo Direct 2022 – live: Earthbound, Mario Kart 8 and all the best announcements from last night

We’re expecting a lot of announcements in the brand’s first event of 2022

<p>Expect to see plenty of announcements for upcoming games for the Switch</p>

Expect to see plenty of announcements for upcoming games for the Switch

Update: The Nintendo Direct has now finished. Read below to find out what the biggest announcements were.

Since the events started in 2011, Nintendo Direct live-streams have become the gaming giant’s favourite way to announce new titles and show off gameplay. Previous Directs have focused on upcoming indie titles and there have even been some celebrating one game in particular, such as Breath of the Wild when it was first revealed.

We’re particularly fond of the format as it gives us a much better idea of what Nintendo is willing to share more publicly and narrows down what we can expect in future announcements. Chances are if a Nintendo title is already known to be in the works, you can at least expect an update on its development.

Now another Nintendo Direct has been scheduled for tonight at 10pm GMT and it looks to be one of its longer ones, focusing on games that are coming out in the first half of 2022 for a good 40 minutes.

There have already been plenty of announcements, such as Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Triangle Strategy, but chances are high that we’ll also get a glimpse at some other upcoming titles which are yet to have a confirmed release date. Nintendo also makes a habit of releasing some games and demos on the e-shop immediately after the event has ended.

We’ll be following the announcements live to cover all the big reveals. Keep scrolling to get updates as they happen.

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Nintendo Direct liveblog, starting up

Afternoon, fellow gamers. We’ll be following all the announcements being made in tonight’s Nintendo Direct event. We’re expecting plenty of big news from upcoming titles and who knows, maybe we’ll see some truly earth-shattering gaming news.

Official release date of Metroid Prime 4, anyone? That might be a bit ambitious, but we’ll see.

We can expect some new updates on Kirby and the Forgotten Land seeing as that will be released in March and potentially some further news on Triangle Strategy, which is being released on 4 March.

The live-stream starts at 10pm UK time but we’ll be keeping you posted up to the start of the event and beyond. Stay with us for more Nintendo updates.

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Nintendo Direct predictions

We have a fairly good idea of some projects we know will be frontloaded in the presentation based on their imminent release dates and proximity to the event. W expect to see updates on the following titles:

We also hope to see some new information on:

  • Sports Story
  • Splatoon 3

There may also be some new additions to the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service which could include older titles from the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64 and Sega Mega Drive.

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What time does the Nintendo Direct start?

On Nintendo’s official YouTube page, the next Direct is scheduled for 9 February at 10pm GMT. We’re still a few hours away from the event but we’re hoping to see some more info drop closer to the time.

If you’re looking for the link to the live-stream then you can find it below where you can set an alert to remind you when the event is about to commence.

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‘Kirby and the Forgotten Lands’: How to pre-order

We’ve already talked a lot about Kirby and the Forgotten Lands and that’s partly because it’s a safe bet in terms of new footage being shown tonight but also because we’re just really, really excited about it. He’s pink, he’s round, he inhales his enemies to steal their powers, what’s not to love?

First announced during a Nintendo Direct in September 2021, Kirby and the Forgotten Land promises to be the “next stage” of the Kirby series, according to the series’s director Shinya Kumazaki. Kirby has been known for his colourful side-scrolling adventures but this latest entry into the series is the first time we’ve seen Kirby in a 3D mainline game.

Check out our full explainer of Kirby and the Forgotten Lands and where you can pre-order your copy ahead of release.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 ultra first-look review

On the market for a new phone? We recently got a chance to try out Samsung’s newly announced Galaxy S22 ultra.

Our reviewer said: “The Samsung Galaxy S22 ultra is essentially a Galaxy note dressed up as the new S series flagship. A premium Android smartphone for power users, it blends the best features of both ranges: introducing full S-Pen stylus functionality, impressive software improvements and Samsung’s industry-leading camera technology.

“We’ve only had a short time to test – our full review will follow when we’ve had more time with the phone – but already it’s demonstrated itself to be a versatile, high-performance device, and perhaps the most interesting shake-up of Samsung’s top-end phones in years.”

Find out more about the new Samsung Galaxy S22 ultra in our first-look review.

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Best Switch games so far

The Nintendo Switch is an immensely versatile games console. Besides its physical form – meaning that you can easily play it on the go as well as plug it into your TV – it already has a plethora of different games to ensure there’s truly something for every taste.

Fortunately, there’s one fairly foolproof way of knowing you’re onto a winner. If the game is made by Nintendo itself, and therefore considered a first-party title, it’s almost certainly going to be a good game. That’s because Nintendo is the home of famous franchises such as The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario, which are both great starting points for any growing games collection.

Read our full guide on the best Switch games for every type of player.

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Nintendo Switch OLED review

If handheld gaming is more your thing then check out our review of the new Nintendo Switch OLED. The console features an OLED display for the first time, which is larger than before and produces punchier colours and deeper blacks. There’s also a redesigned kickstand and double the internal storage of its predecessor.

Our reviewer said of the £309.99 console: “The larger display is fantastic and playing games in handheld mode is an absolute joy. The kickstand feels so solid and makes us never want to look at that little toggle on the back of the original Switch ever again...this is absolutely the best version of the console yet.”

Read our full review of the Nintendo Switch OLED to find out why it’s our favourite version of the console.

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The Nintendo Direct will begin shortly

We’re just minutes away from the start of the Nintendo Direct. We’ll be posting every major update in the 40-or-so minutes of the presentation as soon as they are announced so stay with us in case you miss anything!

Once again, you can watch the live-stream in full on Nintendo’s official YouTube channel. Expect a lot of updates very quickly.

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‘Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes’ announced

A follow up to Fire Emblem: Three Houses opens up the show. It looks like a “musuo” spin-off that uses some of the same characters featured in the original. Expect plenty of 1 VS 1000 fights with returning characters Byleth, Edelgard and more.

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‘Advance Wars 1+2: Re-boot Camp’ receives 8 April release date

The turn-based combat game originally featured on the Game Boy Advance makes its way on to the Switch with a confirmed release date of 8 April 2022.

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