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Nintendo Direct (ニンテンドーダイレクト Nintendō Dairekuto?) is an online, often short presentation produced by Nintendo, where representatives from the company reveal information regarding their franchises, games or other products, including consoles.


The presentations began in Japan and North America with the first edition on October 21, 2011, before later expanding to Europe, Australia, and South Korea. In recent years, Nintendo has hosted these presentations at E3 in lieu of the traditional stage show.

Presenters of Nintendo Directs have included Satoru Iwata in Japan, Reggie Fils-Aime and Bill Trinen in North America and Satoru Shibata in Europe and Australia. Iwata presented for international Nintendo Directs on several occasions prior to his death in 2015. The show did not receive a worldwide host again until 2017, when Yoshiaki Koizumi from Nintendo EPD replaced Iwata. Largely thanks to the then-ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns and pandemic, Nintendo Direct was put on hiatus from June 2020 to February 17, 2021, only being utilized for gaming conventions such as Spike VGA, with a new program, Nintendo Monthly Rewind, being created on October 2020 to compensate.

Few Nintendo Direct presentations to date have featured Metroid content. This is because the presentations began airing during the series' second hiatus after the critically maligned Metroid: Other M. Metroid began to have representation at Nintendo Direct presentations starting in 2016.

Metroid-related Direct presentations[]

June 3, 2012[]

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During the Nintendo Direct at E3 2012, the "Mii Wara Wara" menu design depicts a Samus icon that a group of Miis who prefer the series group under. One Mii named AC states, "I've played just about every metroid game" amidst the other conversations. Another in the group, named Leo, remarked, "Back. He's baaaaaack..." The Samus icon is taken from a render of Samus on the Metroid Prime Trilogy reverse cover.

This Direct can be viewed here.

June 11, 2013 (Nintendo @ E3 2013)[]

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The first trailer for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U was revealed here, featuring Samus. She is one of the first characters shown off, alongside her series logo (taken from Other M), and is seen firing a blast at the screen. Samus appears in gameplay in the later part of the trailer, demonstrating the Zero Laser and firing a Charge Shot at Villager, only for him to catch it with his Pocket move.

This Direct can be viewed here.

April 8, 2014 (Super Smash Bros. Direct)[]

Samus's Final Smash still uses the Zero Laser, but it's a little different this time around.

Did you catch it? Previously, when Samus unleashed this weapon, her Power Suit fell to pieces. But not anymore.

It's not just her. All characters who used to change forms mid-match will no longer change. Instead, you'll be able to concentrate on a single moveset for the whole fight.

Hm? What happened to Zero Suit Samus, you say? Well, unfortunately, she's not going to participate in this iteration of Smash Brothers. Nah, I'm only kidding.

In the previous title, Zero Suit Samus was designed with slightly less physical strength, so I thought we needed to find ways to toughen her up. That's why we have given her a pair of jet boots and moves to work with them.

What used to be a weakness, now results in this: kicks that combine both power and speed.

Masahiro Sakurai

During this Direct, also focused on Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, more Metroid content was revealed for the games.

Stage bosses, such as Yellow Devil were revealed. A glimpse of Ridley's shadow was seen on the platform of the Pyrosphere stage, foreshadowing his appearance there. Dark Samus was confirmed to appear in the games as an Assist Trophy, while Mother Brain was shown in gameplay for the first time after being revealed on the official website.

Zero Suit Samus was confirmed to be returning as a playable character, although now as a standalone fighter rather than an alternate form of her suited self. Before she is introduced, the Zero Laser is demonstrated again. The presenter, Masahiro Sakurai notes that Samus's Power Suit no longer breaks into pieces after using the move, and claims that Zero Suit Samus will not return for these installments (her Super Smash Bros. Brawl artwork is displayed here, turning black and white), before a clip of her is shown in the Wii U game. Sakurai then admits he was joking.

Sakurai reveals that Zero Suit Samus now has Jet Boots that augment her attacks, as he felt she was not a strong character in Brawl (when in fact, she ranks highly on community tier lists). Her new moves are shown off, including Boost Kick.

Lastly, Charizard and Greninja were revealed as a returning solo and newcomer character during an ending scene. Samus is among the characters who engage Charizard before Greninja appears, firing a Missile that misses its target.

Brinstar (Melee) plays as the Zero Laser is being demonstrated. Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior begins playing as Zero Suit Samus is revealed. Behind Sakurai, several Figma can be seen, including that of Samus from Metroid: Other M.

This Direct can be viewed here.

March 3, 2016[]

At E3 [2015], there was one game we introduced that left fans with some questions. Today, Kensuke Tanabe, the producer of the Metroid Prime series is here to help you understand how Metroid Prime: Federation Force will become an integral part of the Metroid Prime universe. Tanabe-san...

—Bill Trinen

This presentation focused on upcoming Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games, hosted by Bill Trinen. It was the first time Nintendo had discussed Metroid Prime: Federation Force, a forthcoming Federation Marine-focused spinoff for the Nintendo 3DS, since E3 2015. When revealed, the reaction from critics and the Metroid fanbase was overwhelmingly negative, with much criticism directed at Nintendo for releasing a spinoff rather than a hardcore Metroid title after five years. Over a half hour into the 41 minute presentation, Trinen and Kensuke Tanabe address the controversy and explain more about the game. Tanabe's portion was uploaded as a separate video.

The 'Project Golem' Game Trailer plays shortly after. Trinen returns and encourages fans to stay tuned for further news about the game. He also says that hands-on opportunities will be hosted by Nintendo, starting with WonderCon 2016. The game's release date is given as late Spring 2016. It ultimately came out on August 19.

The video was later titled "Nintendo Direct Presentation - Star Fox, Kirby, Samus & More | Game Overviews (3/3/16)", despite Samus only being a secondary character in the then-forthcoming spinoff.

This Direct can be viewed here.

Nintendo of America tweet[]

"Kensuke Tanabe, producer of the Metroid Prime series, is now speaking about Metroid Prime: Federation Force."[1]

June 13, 2017 (Nintendo Spotlight @ E3)[]

At E3 2017, Nintendo held a special Direct, the Nintendo Spotlight. Metroid Prime 4 was announced here, revealed to be in development for Nintendo Switch. As it was very early into development at the time (or starting), only a teaser trailer was shown. Metroid: Samus Returns, a 2.5D reimagining of Metroid II: Return of Samus for the Nintendo 3DS was revealed during the subsequent Treehouse Live broadcast an hour after the Spotlight presentation, with a trailer and gameplay footage demonstrated by Yoshio Sakamoto and Jose Luis Márquez.

This Direct can be viewed here.

September 13, 2017[]

In two days, Metroid: Samus Returns finally arrives on Nintendo 3DS, and everyone, from Metroid fans to Super Smash Brothers fans should take notice. This meticulously crafted side-scrolling adventure contains immersive 3D visuals, atmospheric exploration-based gameplay, versatile weaponry, powerful new abilities, and some truly wicked bosses. Who, or what, will you encounter on the deadly planet? Vengeance has a name. Metroid: Samus Returns is scheduled for launch September 15th.


Samus Returns was headlined with "What Dangers Lurk Within Planet SR388?".

This Nintendo Direct was hosted by Yoshiaki Koizumi, who presented forthcoming titles for the Nintendo Switch and 3DS. It aired on September 13, 2017, two days before Metroid: Samus Returns was released worldwide. Samus Returns is shown off at around 8 minutes into the show. Gameplay footage is shown, including a glimpse at the final boss, Proteus Ridley. His hand is briefly shown, with the announcer saying "Vengeance has a name," and the visual system offline screen also briefly having Proteus Ridley's roar being heard in the background.

This Direct can be viewed here.

March 8, 2018[]

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This Nintendo Direct was again hosted by Koizumi, who presented forthcoming titles for the Nintendo Switch and 3DS, most of them ports. It aired on March 8, 2018. The final game announced was a new Super Smash Bros. game for Nintendo Switch to be released in 2018. Samus’s silhouette can be made out among other veteran characters underneath the fiery Smash symbol, while Inklings from the Splatoon series observe them.

The Direct can be viewed here.

June 12, 2018 (Nintendo Direct: E3 2018)[]

We hope you're as excited as we are. Our staff will continue working hard until the game releases. We really appreciate your support. We've made including every single fighter ever our number one goal, so I'm kind of hoping you aren't expecting too many new challengers. However, we do have one more announcement. Please, take a look.

—Masahiro Sakurai, introducing Ridley

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was unveiled in full, and took up most of the Direct. Masahiro Sakurai hosted this portion and revealed that Samus and Zero Suit Samus, as well as all other fighters in Super Smash Bros. history would be returning as playable characters. Also confirmed to return was the Metroid and Mother Brain Assist Trophies, Screw Attack item and Frigate Orpheon stage. At the end of the Direct, a trailer titled A Piercing Screech revealed Ridley as one of the game's fewer newcomer fighters after years of fan requests for him to be playable.

To the disappointment of many, Metroid Prime 4 did not make a reappearance during the Direct. Bill Trinen, Nate Bihldorf and Reggie Fils-Aime all stated that while the game was “making great progress”, it was still too early in development to show and they do not want to repeatedly tease fans, promising that they would reveal it when they felt it would “wow people”.

The Direct can be viewed here.

August 8, 2018 (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct)[]

Chrom and Dark Samus join the battle. You may have seen this coming. Both fighters have been highly requested. They're each slightly different than the fighters they're based on, so pick whoever you enjoy most.

—Masahiro Sakurai

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was again showcased, with new fighters confirmed. This included Dark Samus, the main antagonist of the Prime Series, who was to appear as a playable character and Echo Fighter of Samus in Ultimate. Like Ridley, this marks Dark Samus’s first playable appearance in any game. Sakurai also stated when unveiling them that both Dark Samus as well as the Fire Emblem character Chrom had been highly requested and thus the audience might have seen them coming. Planet Zebes: Brinstar Depths was also confirmed as returning for the first time since Melee, in addition to most of the Metroid-related music from the series and new themes, including Splash Screen and Area 1 - 5 Torrid Zone (both of which would have their titles changed in the final game), and a new remix of Vs. Parasite Queen.

At the beginning of the Direct, Samus appeared during the gameplay portion of Castlevania characters Simon and Richter Belmont's debut trailer, "Vampire Killer" (in particular, during the former's portion of the trailer).

At one point in the debut trailer of Dark Samus, she is seen alongside fellow Metroid antagonists Ridley, a Metroid, and Mother Brain, the latter two being Assist Trophies.

At the start of King K. Rool's trailer, "The Rivals", a montage is shown of various Nintendo protagonists battling their antagonists, including Samus and Ridley. They are posed similarly to how they were in A Piercing Screech, although Samus is crouching and charging a shot.

This Direct can be viewed here.

September 13, 2018[]

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This Direct, which focused on upcoming Nintendo 3DS and Switch games. Nintendo Switch Online, the console's online service, was detailed as well. Metroid was confirmed to be one of the NES games available through the service at launch. It was delayed from its original airdate of September 6, out of respect for the 41 residents of Hokkaidō, Japan killed in an earthquake that day.

During the gameplay portion of Isabelle's debut trailer, "A Hard-Worker's Dream", Planet Zebes: Brinstar was briefly shown.

November 1, 2018[]

The direct focused largely on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and as such unveiled three new characters: Ken Masters from Street Fighter, Incineroar from Pokémon, and Piranha Plant from the Mario franchise, the last of whom will act as one of five DLC fighters to be released after launch. It also revealed the main Adventure Mode campaign known as World of Light, which deals with Samus and all other fighters (except for Kirby) being turned into puppet fighters possessed by spirits. This ties into a gameplay mechanic in the multiplayer modes where fighters can summon the spirits of characters from other series to aid them after defeating a puppet fighter who had them. A Metroid, a Zebesian, and Adam Malkovich were confirmed in brief glimpses to act as spirits for the Metroid franchise. It is the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate-centric Direct to be released before the game's launch.

Samus briefly appears in the debut trailer for Piranha Plant, where she is briefly blown upward by its iron ball attack and then knocked away via the same ball at the Duck Hunt stage.

In the gameplay clips, it briefly showed Virtua Fighter character Jacky Bryant's Assist Trophy fighting Zero Suit Samus, an indirect reference to Samus's physical resemblance to Jacky's sister Sarah Bryant.

The Direct can be viewed here: [1]

June 11, 2019[]

No Metroid content was revealed during the Direct. However, Zero Suit Samus and Ridley appear in the cinematic portion of The Hero's trailer for Ultimate as Puppet Fighters, and Zero Suit Samus also briefly appears in the gameplay in the first half where she alongside Zelda and the Hero are sitting around a fireball as if it were a campfire. Ridley also briefly appears during the portion showcasing The Hero's Final Smash late in the trailer. Aside from this, the Samus and Ridley fight image from King K. Rool's trailer is reused for Banjo & Kazooie's trailer.

September 4, 2019[]

Super Metroid was announced to be one of the first SNES games newly available through Nintendo Switch Online, beginning on September 6, 2019.

January 16, 2020[]

Zero Suit Samus and Ridley both made cameos in the announcement trailer for Byleth, "The Ashen Demon" for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In addition, during the tag match between the Fighter Pass fighters and the Fire Emblem characters (or more accurately, Byleth and the other Fire Emblem characters), one of the fighters utilized Mother Brain.

Aside from this, it was also announced that Dark Samus's Amiibo alongside Richter Belmont's Amiibo would be released on January 17, the day after the livestream.

June 29, 2020[]

While no Metroid-related content appeared in the Direct, Zero-Suit Samus and Samus made cameos in Min Min's announce trailer for Ultimate during gameplay portions.

June 15, 2021[]

Announced games during the Direct, with Dread at the top.[2]

During the Nintendo Direct of E3 2021, Metroid Dread was officially announced after nearly 15 years of rumors and speculation, to be released on October 8, 2021 for Nintendo Switch. Shinya Takahashi introduced an Announcement Trailer for the game, after stating that Nintendo was still hard at work on Metroid Prime 4. Following the trailer, Yoshio Sakamoto explained the Development History of Dread. The game was the first to be shown off during the Treehouse event after the Direct show, and again in the final segment of the event. Samus and Zero Suit Samus were also shown during the gameplay portion of Kazuka Mishima's announce trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that had aired during the same event, being defeated by him in his standard and Devil Gene form, respectively.

September 23, 2021[]

A HD trailer for Metroid Dread was released in the livestream. The Japanese version of the livestream also had a different teaser released as well.


  1. ^ Nintendo of America (NintendoAmerica). 3 March 2016 5:32 p.m. Tweet.
  2. ^ Nintendo of America (NintendoAmerica). "Take a quick look at the titles featured in #NintendoDirect | #E32021! What are you looking forward to playing? ¶ Catch up on all the announcements here:" 17 June 2021 10:00 a.m. Tweet.