Nintendo hasn’t broadcast a Nintendo Direct since late last year, on December 18th. That’s almost a full two months ago — uncharacteristic of Nintendo, to say the least. Since then, Nintendo fans have been collectively clamoring for more Nintendo goodness. And they want it “directly.” Like tiny icicles on a warm winter day, the days in January quickly melted away; there was no Nintendo Direct announced. But tomorrow’s a new day, and the sun will shine bright in the afternoon with a new Nintendo Direct for fans to yell, cheer, and cry about. It will be the first for this year, and will be presented directly to you. Globally.
It goes without saying that new Nintendo Directs build immense excitement, hellacious hype trains fueled by swirling speculation and rumors, and even anxiety or overwhelming suspense. Earlier today, we reported that two major North American retailers — GameStop and Newegg — recently updated their Kirby: Triple Deluxe release information for the same street date: Friday, May 2nd, 2014. Regardless of whether or not that date is legitimate remains to be seen. Nintendo might even make that announcement during tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct. (There’s that pre-Nintendo Direct speculation knocking at the door again.)
But for now, let’s talk about speculation related to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS.
A little while ago, Nintendo of America senior product marketing specialist J.C. Rodrigo provided an interesting response to an indirectly inquiring fan via Twitter. Rodrigo wasn’t directly asked about a Diddy Kong reveal for Super Smash Bros., but was encouraged to “chime in” about the possibility of a Diddy reveal for tomorrow’s direct. Rodrigo, concluding his Tweet with a smug smiley face, said “I guess you’ll have to watch it and find out.” Even the director of the Super Smash Bros. series, Masahiro Sakurai, has Tweeted that a Nintendo Direct is inbound. He always Tweets when new info is about to be revealed.
We’ve seen these types of teases before, but smiley faces and interest from key players always add an extra level of silent excitement; it almost adds hidden confirmation. Whatever the case may be, it’s definitely time for our peanut-popping pal Diddy Kong to make his presence known in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. And with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze just one week away from being released, there’s never been a better time to announce a new character for the Super Smash Bros. roster. Hey, at least the unexciting Cranky Kong reveal is a thing of the past.