Nintendo Direct 2021 ‘leak’ features BOTW 2, Mario Kart 9, and Splatoon 3

An alleged Nintendo Direct 2021 leak has suggested the company will soon showcase The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2Mario Kart 9Super Mario Odyssey 2, a Fallout: New Vegas remake, and more in an upcoming presentation. The supposed leak stems from an image of an internal document, shared on Twitter this week, which runs through a list of games allegedly set to launch on the Nintendo Switch.

The document includes several huge games and sequels, which would surely make this the most jam-packed Nintendo Direct of all time. However, the reality is that it is likely untrue — the image comes from a Twitter account with few followers, and while it has been circulated widely, there is nothing to suggest that it is really a Nintendo document.

Additionally, the document contains several spelling mistakes that surely wouldn’t have made their way onto such an important official document. This includes spelling software as “softwar,” and referring to Fallout: New Vegas as Fallout 3: New Vegas. The Obsidian-developed Fallout spin-off may not have been a direct sequel, though it certainly wasn’t an expansion to Fallout 3.

While plenty of software is included in the “leak,” it also includes the Nintendo Switch Pro, the long-rumored upgraded update to the Switch. It will apparently feature 4K support when docked and an upgraded Joy-Con controller.

Games included in the Nintendo Direct ‘leak’

For those curious about the Nintendo Direct 2021 “leak,” the complete list of games are as follows. These include first-party games developed in-house by Nintendo and its first-party studios, third-party games, and more:

First-party software

  • The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of the Past
  • Nintendo World: Park Tour
  • Mario Kart 9 
  • Splatoon 3
  • Super Mario Odyssey 2
  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Path of Radiance
  • Metroid Resurgence

Third-party software

  • Kingdom Hearts: Destiny’s Embrace
  • Bayonetta 3
  • Shin Megami Tensei V
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Far Cry 6
  • Grand Theft Auto 5: Premium Edition
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Upcoming Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Pro games

  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
  • Eastware
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Dirt 5
  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
  • Persona 5 Strikers
  • Control: Ultimate Edition
  • Fallout 3: New Vegas
  • NieR Replicant
  • Dead or Alive 6
  • Hollow Knight: Silksong
  • Apex Legends
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
  • The Witness
  • Hitman 3
  • Maneater
  • Borderlands 3
  • Dragon Ball Z Kakarot
  • Baldo
  • Little Nightmares 2
  • A Way Out
  • No More Heroes 3
  • Bravely Default 2
  • Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X: Definitive Edition
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

While the above leak may need to be taken with a huge handful of salt, a recent leak featuring the Immortals Fenyx Rising Switch DLC dates seems much more believable. In other Switch news, a brand new online update added more NES and SNES games to the Nintendo Switch Online service.