Rewatch The Nintendo Direct Full Stream For February 2019 Here
Rewatch the entire broadcast for all of the news and announcements.
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The first Nintendo Direct of 2019 is officially underway. The live stream started today, February 13, at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET / 10 PM GMT (9 AM AET on February 14), and it'll provide new details on a number of games coming to Nintendo Switch this year, including "new details" on Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the first proper Switch entry in the long-running strategy RPG series. Just don't get up your hopes for any Metroid news. You can watch the stream live below; so far we've gotten news on Super Mario Maker 2, a new Box Boy game, and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. We also got a new release date for Three Houses, word on a brand-new Tetris game, and more. Stay tuned for all the rest. [Update: The event has ended, and it was jam-packed with news, as was to be expected considering its length. There were some big surprises in there and a lot of announcements overall; you can get a full rundown on that in our Nintendo Direct summary.]
The broadcast is estimated to run for approximately 35 minutes, suggesting there will a ton of news and announcements coming out of it. As usual, Nintendo will host streams of the broadcast on its official website and Twitch channels. You can also tune in right here on GameSpot and follow along with the Direct using the YouTube embed below.
It makes sense for Fire Emblem to feature prominently, as very little has been shared about Three Houses prior to now. Despite that, it's set for release sometime this spring, so we might get a release date in addition to a better understanding of how it plays. The reveal at E3 last year showed us it features the familiar grid-based gameplay of previous entries, but with some notable changes, such as armies battling each other in combat and a 3D world for players to explore.
Besides that, Nintendo hasn't revealed what games will be featured during today's Direct, but we already know of a few that are lined up for this year, including the adorable platformer Yoshi's Crafted World, which launches on March 29. Luigi's Mansion 3, Daemon X Machina, and Switch installments of Animal Crossing and Pokemon have also been announced for this year, although none of those have received release dates yet.
One game we can safely assume won't be featured during today's presentation, however, is Metroid Prime 4. Last month, Nintendo announced that it was effectively restarting development on the game--this time with original developer Retro Studios at the helm--as it wasn't coming together to the company's liking.
"Although this is very regrettable we must let you know that the current development progress has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to Metroid Prime series," senior managing executive officer Shinya Takahashi said in a video message. "Nintendo always strives for the highest quality in our games and in our development phase, we challenge ourselves and confront whether the game is living up to that quality on a daily basis.
"From this perspective, we have determined that the current development status of [Metroid Prime 4] is very challenged, and we had to make a difficult decision as a development team. We have decided to re-examine the development structure and change it."
While Metroid Prime 4 is likely a long way off, there are plenty of Switch games on the horizon this year. You can get a look at the biggest ones in our gallery of Nintendo exclusives coming in 2019.
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