Heading into Thursday’s Nintendo Direct, followers had excessive hopes and affordable expectations for 3 items of stories: Animal Crossing New Horizons and its badly overdue content material replace; the reveal of the final fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate; and possibly an official identify for the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

And followers bought … two announcements of an announcement, and zippo.

If not for meaty reveals of Splatoon 3, Bayonetta 3, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, and the solid of the Mario film, Nintendo might be pretty accused of trolling its viewers. Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ post-launch help has been so skinny recently that Nintendo felt the necessity to apologize for it again in July.

Although followers did get a glimpse of Brewster and his cafe, The Roost (whose return they’ve been pleading for), Nintendo thanked them for his or her persistence by … asking them to attend patiently for an additional reside stream occasion, in October, to listen to extra about New Horizons’ subsequent replace. They didn’t even present a date for this steam.

More puzzling is Nintendo’s want to interrupt out the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter announcement for its personal October stream occasion. Roster updates for Smash have usually been a top-of-the present announcement for previous Directs. Instead, Nintendo is holding this one for a presentation with director Masahiro Sakurai, on Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. EDT.

Granted, that is the 82nd and final playable character of a game that launched in 2018, however so far as extra information to share, Nintendo says that followers will see the ultimate Mii Fighter costumes on this present as nicely. That looks as if a protracted watch for one thing that might be simply cleared up now.

Finally, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, or no matter that finally ends up being titled or subtitled, was the longshot of those three so far as new particulars or reveals. It’s a large game, in any case, and it gained’t be right here till subsequent yr. But the game’s title has taken on extra intrigue than normal, as Nintendo is purposefully holding out on grounds that the title itself would possibly give away an excessive amount of. That’s given rise to a slew of fan theories, a few of the pondering extra wishfully than others, and a no-show on Thursday implies that hypothesis mill continues to grind out a really skinny meal.

Taken together with Hollow Knight: Silksong going AWOL once more, and followers might be forgiven for feeling that they were baited with the promise of huge information and given incremental updates. That’s form of unfair to Kirby, the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis (!!!) controllers (and their video games), and even Chocobo GP, that are breaking information we rushed to cowl.

Still, announcements of announcements are kinda/sorta soiled pool, no? Especially when performed on a fanbase this devoted.