Following the announcement of Animal Crossing New Horizons and its long-awaited content update on Thursday, fans had high hopes and reasonable expectations for three pieces of news: the reveal of the final fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the reveal of the name of the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and possibly the official name for the game's sequel.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons will introduce a slew of new features. Ani. Nintendo could be accused of trolling its audience if it weren't for the substantial announcements of Splatoon 3, Bayonetta 3, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, and the cast of the upcoming Mario film. Because of the lack of post-launch support for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Nintendo felt compelled to apologize for the situation in July.
After a brief glimpse of Brewster and his cafe, The Roost (whose return fans have been begging for), Nintendo thanked fans for their patience by. . . asking them to wait patiently for another live stream event in October, when more information about New Horizons' next update would be revealed. Not even a specific date for when this steam will be released was provided.
The fact that Nintendo felt the need to make the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter announcement during its own October stream event is even more perplexing. . . . In previous Directs, roster updates for Smash were usually announced near the beginning of the show. In its place, Nintendo will host a presentation with director Masahiro Sakurai on October 5 at 10 a. m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
As for the additional news to share, Nintendo has stated that fans will also get to see the final Mii Fighter costumes during this show, despite the fact that this is the 82nd and final playable character of a game that was released in 2018. Something that could have been resolved quickly appears to have taken an inordinate amount of time.
As a final note, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (or whatever it ends up being titled or subtitled) was the longshot among the three in terms of new information or revelations. Remember, this is a substantial game that will not be released until next year. In addition to being more intriguing than usual, Nintendo is intentionally withholding the game's title on the grounds that the title itself may reveal too much information. As a result, a slew of fan theories have sprung up, some of which are more wishful than others, and with the team failing to appear on Thursday, the speculation mill will continue to grind out a thin meal.
When combined with Hollow Knight: Silksong's disappearance, fans could be forgiven for believing that they had been duped into expecting big news only to be given incremental updates instead of the promised big news. And that's a bit unfair to Kirby, the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis controllers (and their games), and even Chocobo GP, which is breaking news that we had to report on right away.
In any case, announcements of announcements are a bit of a muddy pool, don't you think? Not least because of the devoted following the game has.