Extra long Nintendo Direct due on Thursday – N64 controller reveal expected

What surprises will Nintendo have in store this Christmas? (pic: YouTube)

A 40 minute long Nintendo Direct has suddenly been announced for Thursday, and no-one’s sure exactly what it will be about.

It’s always expect the unexpected with Nintendo, but announcing a 40 minute Nintendo Direct just a day before it’s scheduled to go live is surprising even by their standards.

As is typical, they haven’t said what will be shown but normally for a Nintendo Direct at this time of year you’d expect it to focus on upcoming Christmas titles, with little to nothing on anything coming out next year and beyond.

That means the likes of Metroid Dread, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl, Shin Megami Tensei 5, Mario Party Superstars, and Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp are likely to be the primary games featured, but that still leaves room for at least some surprises…

Nintendo don’t tend to dwell too much on Pokémon titles, as they usually get their own livestreams, so even though it’s out in January there’s no guarantee Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be mentioned.

It’s impossible to say whether releases from further out, such as Splatoon 3, Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2, Bayonetta 3, and Metroid Prime 4 will be shown but, well… you can always hope.

When does this week’s Nintendo Direct start?

What does seem almost certain though is that Nintendo will unveil some kind of new controller, as the already discovered FCC filing will no longer be secret after Friday, September 24.

Officially there’s no clue as to what the controller is but it’s widely rumoured that it’s a replica of the N64 controller, to tie in with a new range of N64 games for Nintendo Switch Online.

Rumours and Nintendo don’t mix well though and we’re sure you remember that time everyone was convinced the Switch Pro was a real thing. Still, the FCC filing is real, and really runs out on Friday, so that should mean Nintendo has some kind of secret at least.

This week’s Nintendo Direct starts at 11pm BST on Thursday, September 23. The fact that it’s a late night one is a pain but that’s usually a further sign that it’s important, as Nintendo wants to make sure their American audience is watching.

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