Watching the Nintendo Direct Is the Best Way to Keep up With New Switch Games

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Sep. 12 2022, Updated 5:47 p.m. ET

The Nintendo Switch has become one of the most popular consoles on the market right now, officially outselling the Nintendo Wii and even surpassing other current-generation consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

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On a semi-regular basis throughout the year, Nintendo will give a presentation known as the Nintendo Direct, where consumers can tune in for information on some of the company's biggest upcoming games and additions to the console. Here's how viewers can watch the next presentation to stay up to date on everything Nintendo.

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Here's how to stream the upcoming Nintendo Direct.

Anyone can tune into the livestream Nintendo Direct presentations online, so long as you have an internet connection.

At the time of the presentation, all you have to do is tune into the stream from Nintendo's YouTube channel or Twitch page. There, you can watch the presentation live and chat with others who are also watching the stream at the same time.

These presentations typically only last about 40 minutes at most (unless otherwise stated by Nintendo before the stream), and the biggest announcements usually come at the end of the Direct. If you can't tune in at the start, be sure to log on before the end of it.

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If you happen to miss the livestream, the presentation is always posted in full online. Nintendo also always includes a roundup of some of the more important announcements under the News tab on your Nintendo Switch, so check there after the presentation for anything you might've missed.

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When is the next Nintendo Direct?

Nintendo holds a few of these presentations every year to announce new content, and the first one for 2022 took place on Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. EST. Throughout the year, specific Nintendo Direct streams have focused entirely on individual upcoming games like Pokémon Violet and Pokémon Scarlet as well as Xenoblade Chronicles 3.

In August 2022, Nintendo held another Direct focused primarily on Splatoon 3.

The next Nintendo Direct will be held on Sept. 13, 2022, at 10 a.m. EST. While we don't know yet just what will be showcased during the presentation, we have some leaks and rumors that suggest it will likely be heavy on the Zelda announcements.

The rest of the Nintendo Direct presentations for 2022 have not yet been revealed.

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Direct Minis are also a thing.

Every so often, Nintendo will also host Direct Mini conferences. As the name suggests, these are smaller Directs that are usually half the length of a full-sized Direct. Nintendo also usually discloses the nature of what will be shown during a Direct Mini in order to temper fan expectations. You can also watch Direct Minis on the same channels and outlets as regular Directs.

On June 28, 2022, Nintendo held a Direct Mini focused on third-party titles from partner publishers, highlighting many of the games that came to the console this summer. Here's hoping your favorite appears in a Nintendo Direct or a Direct Mini in the near future!

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