Nintendo Direct, February Fest sale both happening this week

All of a sudden it’s become a Nintendo week, as a new Direct has been announced as well as a February Fest sale.

The Nintendo Direct will be happening first and it’s a long one.

“Tune in at 23:00 CET on 09/02 for a [Nintendo Direct] livestream featuring roughly 40 minutes of information mainly focused on [Nintendo Switch] games launching in the first half of 2022,” reads a tweet from Nintendo of Europe.

Thankfully we don’t have to break out the time zone calculator. In the embed below, we can see that the South African time is midnight tonight so any local fans hoping to watch it live will need to stay up into the early morning.

Some games we already know to be coming out in the first half of 2022 on the Switch include cloud versions of several Kingdom Hearts games (10th February), Triangle Strategy (4th March) and Kirby and the Forgotten Land (25th March).

There are several other games – such as Bayonetta 3 and Splatoon 3 – which are pencilled in for 2022, but do not have release dates so maybe this Direct will give us an update on these titles.

To set yourself a reminder of the stream you can click on the YouTube embed below. It will offer to set a reminder so that you’re sent a notification when the stream starts.

Happening later this week is the February Fest sale.

“Enjoy savings on 1,000+ games in the February Fest [Nintendo Switch] [eShop] Sale, starting this Thursday at 15:00 CET!,” an announcement states.

That’s 16:00 in South Africa as confirmed by a newsletter.

While we’re always happy to save a little money, past sales on the eShop really don’t fill us with confidence.

These sales usually take the form of hundreds if not thousands of low quality games slashing their prices to tempt in unsuspecting buyers.

The eShop has cultivated a reputation for housing endless shovelware which drowns out any actual good deals.

First party Nintendo games are infamous for remaining at $60 so those looking to see something like the recently-released Pokémon Legends: Arceus on sale should prepare themselves for disappointment.


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