What do you expect in the (unannounced but inevitable) January direct?

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It's the end of the year so obviously, we'll get a Nintendo Direct about what to expect in 2018 which will probably drop in January. There are already a few rumblings about an announcement fairly soon. I have a list of predictions and I thought it would be fun to have everyone share them if they have any. Mine will be split into three groups; expectations, hopes, and unrealistic dreams. Let's go.

Expectations:

  • 3DS crap that no one cares about
  • Switch online service including pricing, features, and launch date
  • Virtual Console which will hit March 3, 2018. One year since Switch launch to represent old and new coexisting
  • 4 save states in VC games
  • NES and SNES games are released first. GB/GBC, N64, GBA will come later. GameCube not announced here.
  • Online and VC will tie in and be launched on the same day (again, March 3rd)
  • Online will be disappointing. A large chunk of the direct will be detailing it. All VC games will have to be bought for the tenth time. No transferring.
  • Yoshi gets title and release window (thinking back on it, I believe it was already slated for Spring)
  • Kirby will get a release date.
  • Nothing on Prime 4
  • Nothing on Pokemon for sure.
  • Octopath Traveler slated for Fall 2018
  • Pikmin 4 teaser.
  • One or two more first party titles not previously announced.
  • More joycon colors.
  • Mario Party
Hopes:
  • Mother 3. It's the rumor that won't die. Emily Rodgers and Laura Kate Dale expect it but we haven't seen it. It's coming with Switch VC. The only reason I didn't put it on expectations is because I don't think GBA will be with the launch of VC.
  • Cloud saves. If they exist, they will be part of the online service
  • Online is NOT disappointing.
  • Joycon varients. One with a d-pad.
Dreams:
  • A paper Mario game that returns to the series' roots.
  • VC is transferrable.
  • Controller price drops
  • More Zelda DLC
That raps it up. Obviously, this is 100% speculation so don't hold any of this to me. If you have anything you expect to see, please share.
 

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3DS crap?

Im American and i'm sensitive to what you said.
Lol (does anyone say lol anymore? No? Okay.), I just think it's time for the 3DS to die I love my 3DS, it has some great games (Bravely Default anyone?), and it's awesome for hacking/modding, but it's the Switch's time to shine and Nintendo just won't accept that. PS I'm American and your offense offends me.
 

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The 3DS isn't leaving in 2018.. So, keep expecting the crap. I just want info on online and VC. Nothing else is important right now. Yoshi and Kirby are meh to me. May buy Kirby as I find some weird satisfaction in playing. Will probably see something about another port or info pertaining to Wolfenstein II. MAYBE some info about Yooka Laylee?
 

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Expectations:

  • DLC for xenoblade chronicles 2
  • Some classic vc that you may have bought ten times, but you'll have to purchase anew yet again
  • Not a word on rainway
 

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Generally I expect this to lay out their plans for the first half of 2018, since we know very little right now. I'm hoping they keep to their ~one big exclusive release per month Switch release schedule that made this year so amazing.
  • Online service details for sure (and hopefully VC as part of that)
  • Yoshi and Kirby
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Fire Emblem Switch
  • Bayonetta 1+2
  • At least one Nintendo-made "DX" port of a Wii U exclusive... hopefully Smash
  • Nothing on Metroid or Pokémon
  • Announcement of 1st or 3rd party series coming to Switch that has traditionally been on handhelds, to signal that the 3DS is coming to an end
  • A new IP or surprise new entry in a Nintendo series announced, but coming in back half of 2018
  • A couple of surprise third party ports ala Wolfenstein 2
 
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I'm hoping for something about Animal Crossing. Pokemon too, but I feel like we might not hear anything about Pokemon Switch for a while.
MOTHER 3 would be nice but I've become increasingly wary of Nintendo's English translations for story-heavy games like that, so I'd probably end up avoiding it anyways.
 
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