If you have a Nintendo Switch and are looking forward to what comes next, you might find Nintendo’s silence to sound rather large. In fact, if you remove the broadcasts for a single game, it has been over 160 days since the September 2019 Direct.
While some might count game-specific broadcasts as a Direct, the format of multiple games being discussed and aired in multiple regions is then best referred to as a full Nintendo Direct.
The pause now is as long as when the Switch was launched and the only longer gap was in 2016 when there was a 183 days gap between March and September.
The Nintendo Direct format started in 2011 when Nintendo decided to not hold a presentation at E3 that year. Since then, these broadcasts have been fun and informative, with that bit of Nintendo energy in them mixed with great game announcements that other companies have tried to emulate, with varying degrees of success.
So far the gaming calendar for Nintendo looks rather slim, with Animal Crossing: New Horizons and a Xenoblade Chronicles remaster. Other titles remain without a release date, like Bayonetta 3, Metroid Prime 4 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2.