Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase set for February 21, will feature Switch games coming in the first half of 2024


Nintendo has announced the first Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase of the year, which is scheduled to take place on February 21 at 6am PT (7.30am IST). The showcase is confirmed to be approximately 25 minutes long and will focus on games coming to Nintendo Switch in the first half of 2024. The event will be available to watch on-demand on Nintendo's YouTube channel. There are no further details available about the games that will be presented at the Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase, but a few surprises can be expected, especially since Microsoft confirmed last week that four Xbox-exclusive titles will be releasing on PS5 and Switch. Will be done.

Nintendo confirmed its first showcase of 2024 in its post on X. While the company didn't provide many details about the content of the Nintendo Direct, it did say that the showcase will include upcoming Nintendo Switch games in the first half of 2024 from its publishing and development partners.

The announcement comes just days after reports of Nintendo telling game publishers that the Nintendo Switch successor will be delayed until the early months of 2025. The Nintendo Switch 2 was expected to debut around the 2024 holiday season, but now the console may not arrive until March 2025 at the earliest.

Nintendo reportedly has a relatively thin lineup of games coming to Switch this year; Analysts believe the company is saving its biggest first-party titles for the Switch successor. Fans have long hoped that Nintendo would announce a sequel to Super Mario Odyssey, which came out for the Switch in 2017. However, the Mario Maker is unlikely to do this until it reveals the next-generation Nintendo Switch.

Last week, Microsoft confirmed that four of its first-party games will be released on PS5 and Nintendo Switch. While the Xbox owner avoided naming the games coming to Sony and Nintendo's consoles, sources familiar with the company's plans have said that its exclusive titles heading to multi-platform include Hi-Fi Rush, Pentiment, Sea of Includes Thieves and Grounded. One or some of these games may be confirmed for Nintendo Switch in the upcoming Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase.

Both Xbox and PlayStation have already held their first game showcases of the year. Xbox announced Bethesda's Indiana Jones and the Great Circle at its Developer Direct event early last month, while PlayStation provided details about more than 15 games in its first State of Play of the year on January 31.

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