As per the earlier leaks, Nintendo's next Direct showcase will center around third-party titles that are coming to its best-selling hybrid console platform. So, if we read that right, you will not hear anything that's related to Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, or even Metroid, as well as the company's other numerous franchises. But, don't worry, it's not like the Switch is running out of ports of popular games that are headed its way.
According to Nintendo, the next Nintendo Direct Mini will take place on June 28 at 9:00 AM ET or 6:00 AM PDT.
A new #NintendoDirectMini: Partner Showcase is on the way! Watch on-demand via our YouTube channel beginning Tuesday, June 28 at 6am PT for roughly 25 minutes of info on upcoming third-party #NintendoSwitch games.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 27, 2022
The Nintendo Direct Mini is a shorter version of the much larger Nintendo Direct showcase. Typically, these focus on smaller releases but will feature a mix of first-party and third-party projects. However, in 2020, Nintendo spiced things up by introducing the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase. This exhibition shone the spotlight on the company's developing and publishing partners. But, after four such events held during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nintendo scrapped the show altogether. Many took this as a sign that Nintendo abandoned the idea of the Partner Showcase.
Nearly two years later, we know that this is not the case. The only question now is, what are we going to see on June 28?
Since Nintendo did not bill the June 28 event as an Indie World Showcase, we know not to expect anything from smaller publishers and studios. Most likely, we'll see No Man's Sky, which is coming out on the Switch on October 7. Marvel's Midnight Suns could pop by for a few minutes as well along with Dying Light 2 as both are getting Switch versions. Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is also just a few days away from hitting the market, so Capcom may want to use this time for one last marketing push. Also, we know we said that we won't see Mario tomorrow, but Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is technically a Ubisoft game, so the upcoming follow-up should take up airtime as well.
All told, the slate is wide open for surprises with Nintendo giving the floor to everyone else, which could end up being the highlights of the show.